General chat

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

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  1. For bird lovers here:

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  December 3, 2018

      Wow! Give that brave woman a big scoop net for the next time she rescues a bird of prey.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 3, 2018

        Birds of prey are doing what their nature tells them to do; humans eat meat, too, but they aren’t described as animals of prey.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 3, 2018

    It’s raining so no dog walk this morning. Hope it clears later so I can finish clearing the second track on the other side of the peninsular. It’s a lovely forest walk with not much gorse as its more shaded – just a bit at the road end. With the showers we’ve been having the ground is softened and I can pull the small clumps out by (gloved) hand. The big ones have to be cut and root sprayed.

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  December 3, 2018

      Morning Alan 😃 Have you considerd some Wombels or woofers to come slash your weeds. A truely marvolous place to stay while they do it. Freshly baked croissants an added bonus. Raining and cold over here. Fire will be raging today. A pigmy whale turned up dead in the harbor this week. Whats going on with our whales?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 3, 2018

        I read that there are about 85 a year, which amazed me. Why do the whales come into harbours where the water is too shallow and why, oh why, do they come BACK ?

        Wombles sound fun.The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we…but would they come and slash weeds ?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  December 3, 2018

        Not really, Possum. I’d be afraid they would injure or poison themselves – prefer to manage risks myself.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 3, 2018

          It’s blimmin hot and humid here, PP….windows open, fans on….

          Language, Possum, ladies present ! 😀

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 3, 2018

    Just had a very successful hack to remove the stuck glass cover on my failed oven light. Softened the end of a length of 25mm polythene pipe with a heat gun and forced it over the cover which has little indentations in it but is hard to reach and get your fingers around. Let everything cool down so the polythene got hard again and then it unscrewed the cover no problem. Keeping the pipe for next time I need to change the bulb.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 3, 2018

      Although one can take the screws off the oven door, it won’t come apart. There is always something on the glass, and although it’s not that important, I wouldn’t mind cleaning it. I was once putting a new screw into a pair of glasses and the tiny screwdriver fell inside the oven door. Someone will find it and wonder what kind of moron tried to use that on an oven door.

      I saw a good one today for removing posts; they fastened a plank to it at right angles with a chain (but a screw or nail would do, surely) and used it as a lever. Someone put castors on a pallet and made it into a trolley. I also saw the way to put heavy things into a wheelbarrow….turn it on its side and roll them in.

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  4. Gezza

     /  December 3, 2018

    Sparrow fledglings capable of picking up their own wheat grains (the sparrers quickly learnt where the pooks get theirs) relentlessly still hassle poor mum for hers.

    It took me wee a while to spot yesterday that there are two new mums among the late morning sparrow squadron, and that 3 or 4 slightly smaller look-alikes among the small throng on the ground were following their mums around, flittering their wings, and they were having to give them every grain they pecked up.

    I’ll be interested to see when they stop doing this and make these little “adolescents” do their own foraging.

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