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.

17 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  December 16, 2018
    • Gezza

       /  December 16, 2018

      Yes there is a newborn pooklet (or pooklets). I will record today as their birthday. Bluey recently left & Sweety just flew in, in a big curving arc, for her breakfast wheat on the pook promenade. When she finished she asked quietly for more and indicated, when asked, that a bread chunk would be nice.

      She then ate a small portion only, and walked down the bank thru the foliage with most of it still in her beak, got down into the water and walked North along the middle of the stream where it is pebbly & shallow until she was hidden from my view (so she thought, I’d quietly moved South along my fence-line & thru the gate and quietly observed from behind a leafy tree.

      She got about 15 metres down and turned left and made the pooklet feeding noise as she walked to the bank on my side and disappeared with the bread chunk behind a creeper-covered bush.

      I always use bread chunks to find out when their kids are born. They always hold bread chunks in their “hand” and eat up every pecked morsel – until there’s a newborn pooklet, then they ALWAYS walk away with the bread chunk, dip it in the stream, and take it to the bubba(s), no matter how far away the nest is.

      I will need to avoid that part of the parenga, and that area of the stream – if I’m walking in it – for a few weeks, until they make a new nest when that one gets tired, old, and the rubbish tip of the daily bedding change, too big.

    • Gezza

       /  December 16, 2018

      I only just noticed the eel – right by the pukeko, in front, at very start.

      • Gezza

         /  December 16, 2018

        I’m holding off on concluding the eggs have hatched. I’ve noticed that only Sweety has taken a bread chunk to the nest, but neither bird has picked up individual wheat grains and made the pooklet feeding noise and taken them off singly to the nest (which I can tell is very close). When the adults all do that, it’s pooklet birthday time. Sweety may well have just been taking something to Bluey. They do sometimes take food to the bird on the nest-sitting shift.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 16, 2018

    I wish that she’d held on for a few days, it would have been a lovely birthday present. I was surprised to read about their nesting habits.

    The dog has just been pruned, so I am having a coffee and a rest. The fur that came off would just about make another dog. It filled the shovel part of the long handled brush and shovel 3 times and there’s still a bit around. The long handled b & s are an investment, as long as you have one with stiff bristles.

    FIDO’S SONG

    My mother’s cut my hair, and now
    I’m neater and much thinner.
    She said I’d look a film star, but
    The film star’s Yul Brynner.

    • Gezza

       /  December 16, 2018

      I think your godpook will probably get his Aviator’s Wings this week, Kitty. He has flap-walked up the BS Block Wall a couple of time last week, and yesterday he suddenly started running along the stream bed in the shallowest part flapping his wings the whole way. I reckon he’ll achieve lift off within a few days. Hope I get to see his first solo flight.

      I can just imagine Alex going: “WTF? How did this happen? Hey … this is soooo cool – wheeee … look at meeee … look at meeee !” 😀

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 16, 2018

        My godpook does not use that sort of language, I hope.(WTF) I hope that Mum and Dad are watching ‘Mum ! Dad ! I’m flyinnnnnnnnggggggg !!!!’

        I’d love to see a first flight in reality and know that it was one. I love the video of the ducklings who are born in a tree leaping out into space.

        It was funny seeing Fido jumping onto a chair and being delighted with himself; still more seeing him jumping onto the bed, which is quite high because it has a deep base and I had to raise it with wood under the legs to make enough space to store things underneath.

        ” ??? How did I do that ???”

        He took a long time to learn to bark and not make strange squeaks. The first time he did, he looked around to make sure it was him. They look sweet when they first learn to lift a leg rather than just spread their feet as widely apart as they can. They wobble a bit at first, and it’s endearing to see the tiny leg going up; my pup’s growing up.

        I once stood him on a table to put his lead on (it was one that was used as a desk) and was diverted by something…turned back to see Fido stepping off it like a cartoon character. He was perfectly all right, and quite nonchalant.

        • Gezza

           /  December 16, 2018

          My godpook does not use that sort of language, I hope.(WTF)

          Quite right, my apologies. And I certainly don’t use that language around them either. Alex would say: “Eeeek!”

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 16, 2018

          If mother forgets herself, Fido says ‘LANGUAGE !!! Puppy present !’

          • Gezza

             /  December 16, 2018

            Yes, dogs don’t like you swearing. They get quite concerned about what’s wrong and what’s making you swear.

            They get a hard time on farms. That’s where that dog in the tv ad picked up that: “Bugger !” 😡

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 16, 2018

              An elderly friend has bad arthritis and sometimes forgets that she’s a lady when she stands up. The dogs leave the room and look over their shoulders as they go through the door – every time.

              A man took his dog into a pub and bet the barman $100 that the dog could talk.

              ‘If I cut an apple into two pieces, what would each of us get ?’
              ‘ARF !’
              ‘What does sandpaper feel like ?’
              ‘RUFF !’
              ‘What’s on top of a house ?’
              ‘WOOF !’

              The barman ordered them out, saying that it was a con; all dogs made those sounds. When they were outside, the dog said ‘I suppose that I could have said chimney or television aerial…..’

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  December 16, 2018

    Random cover…

  4. phantom snowflake

     /  December 16, 2018

    …and original

  5. Blazer

     /  December 16, 2018

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 16, 2018

    It’s a small thing, but it’s very annoying to see a wad of flyers being shoved into the letterbox when there is a prominent sign asking for them not to be.

    • Gezza

       /  December 16, 2018

      Seem like there’s someone who’s treating it like a Keep Off The Grass sign – where there’s always some DH who feels compelled to do the exact opposite.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 17, 2018

        I have put another sign on the end of the letterbox. Nobody can not see that. There is never anything that I want in the flyers, so there’s no point in having them.

        I always want to pinch the signs that the council put up that apologise for any inconvenience during the renovation of the grass (or words to that effect) and put one on my fence.