Pookie corner (aka general chat)

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

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  1. Gezza

     /  November 26, 2018

    So this is ma’s back yard, and the blackbird nest with the newborn chicks in it is midway up in the hedge atop the fence, right about the middle of that gorgeous black metal table. She likes to sit in her airy, sunny, North-facing lounge doing crosswords or reading when she’s not busy. And at the moment she’s enjoying watching both the blackbirds flying in and out of the hedge all day, feeding the chicks. We are not disturbing them. She’s hoping to see the fledglings this time because the caretaker recently trimmed the hedge (before leaving last weekend after the new owners of the village put around a newsletter with a paragraph telling residents they were not to socialise with the caretaker). Regrettably this followed a woman gossiping to the female of the two married owners that the caretaker (a very bronzed, fit-looking lady) said “oh, you know, overworked and underpaid” when she was asked how she was.

    This quickly escalated into “Oh, did she say that about me? Well, do you want to know what she said about you?” These things happen I guess.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 26, 2018

      Sometimes the world seems full of bitch fights. From all sexes.

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    • Up at my soon to be new home on the Tauwharenui Peninsula, there exists literally scores of Purple Swamphens, aka Pukeko.
      Is it just me or is New Zealand being drowned in veritable swamp of Pooks?
      I simply do not remember them being anywhere near as prevalent in my childhood.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 26, 2018

        It’s possible, I suppose. Sweety had quads just recently but none of them survived. With only her and Bluey, and demanding 10 week old Alex to for them to look after it may have just been too many to look after. Large broods are usually looked after by larger groups than just two. Sweety can produce four clutches a year.

        They are protected but permission can be obtained to cull them when their numbers get too large and cause too much damage to pastureland or the ecology I think.

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      • unitedtribes2

         /  November 26, 2018

        I have a wetland on my property. It was dominated with pukes with nothing else able to survive. After I suggested some of them might like to piss off I now have many species of birds enjoying it. Last couple of years have seen (heard actually) spotless crake. I intend to keep encouraging the pukes numbers down.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 26, 2018

          I read of someone firing into the air, which frightened them into moving away and didn’t harm them.

          I bought a funny little $2 lock which is a circle of ‘wood’ with a bas-relief pook on it. I don’t know how good it would be as a lock, but have attached it to the little wheeled suitcase that I use for groceries and it looks quite sweet as an ornament.

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  2. Gezza

     /  November 26, 2018

    Light but steady rain at Pookden Manor at the moment. Some of the lunchtime squadron.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 26, 2018

      And the cute little sparrow hen they sent to perch two feet in front of me at the fence while I looked at the stream, to ask when lunch was being served.

      I never expected to get so fascinated with birds. Or that they would have so many diverse personalities. It’s quite something to be down at the Eel Spot feeding an eel, while a pukeko is quietly grazing or grooming 4 feet away, aware of what I’m doing because it’s already let me know the eel was here.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 26, 2018

        The rain’s got heavier. I went out to give Sweety something because Bluey and Alex scored extras half an hour ago and left. (She keeps count, I think.) And this little tiwaka who’d been flitting about flew in and landed briefly a foot above my head. Gone before I could get that on video. 😦

        The air’s full of birds and birdsong. Dunno why but they seem to like the rain. Ma reckons it’s because all the worms come out.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 26, 2018

          Now the tui’s turned up. Two ducks and a shag and I’ll have the complete set.

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          • Two ducks and a shag and you’ll be buggered mate

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            • Gezza

               /  November 26, 2018

              I’m off down to ma’s again in a minute. I have to have a think about that one, trav.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 26, 2018

            Two ducks and a shag and you’ll have the whole bag.

            I always liked to have birds around, but have become enamoured of them in recent years. The small amount that their food costs is more than repaid by the fun and entertainment.

            It peed down in the centre of Hamilton today. The skies opened, and there was thunder and lightning. The birds would have been ecstatic.

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            • Gezza

               /  November 26, 2018

              I forgot. A starling paid a fleeting visit, but I haven’t seen a waxeye yet. And I’m still missing a swallow, although they are a rarity at the moment. But you never know. The stream’s too muddy to see if any of my eel friends are around. I imagine not, it’s flowing very fast.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 26, 2018

              TRAVELLER ! Remember that you are a little lady.

              Write out 1,000,000 times “I must not forget that I am a little lady.’

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 26, 2018

              Sit on the naughty step until you’ve finished the lines and then hand them to me.

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