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.

14 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  December 21, 2018

    Young startings are brown with black beaks. I never knew that. There is a very handsome specimen wandering around my back lawn as I type this.

    • Gezza

       /  December 21, 2018

      And the Summer Lilac plant over the fence on the bank has suddenly started to flower. It’s a magnet for bees butterflies especially Monarchs and sometimes Red Admirals. Someone pointed out to me it’s actually a noxious weed species, difficult to eradicate, and it is spreading – there are 3 separate stands of it now – but I like it.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 21, 2018

        Lilac a weed ??? Well, you can control it, surely, and any plant that’s a bee and butterfly magnet is not a weed in my eyes (within sweet reason)

        A Mrs Blackbird was busy on the lawn, pecking something up, but I couldn’t see what.

        Oh, poor Miss Thrush. I ‘buried’ her in a small gully, a pretty place for a pretty bird. I found her dead on the verge, no obvious reason.

        • kluelis

           /  December 22, 2018

          Aww not at Xmas. Please stop (sniff) I am upset now 😦 Thrushes are so delicate and too trusting/slow and are easily predated upon. RIP Thrushy 🙂

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 22, 2018

            Yes, she was a beauty, and knew it. Well, she couldn’t not. I am certain that it was her, she was always in that place. RIP Miss Thrush, in your valley.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 21, 2018

    The dopey flyer man ignored the new sign (upright, bright yellow letters, right in front of where the flyers went in) and put them in. I’d have thought that the firm would tell him not to to do this. He even ignored Fido’s righteous wrath. Fido’s little, but he’s loud.

    • Gezza

       /  December 21, 2018

      I must try and remember to photograph the sign a man has on his letterbox in a street not far from here. It would be a foolhardy individual who put junk mail in his letter box or who door-knocked this person. They have been warned.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 22, 2018

        Kroma makes signs for houses; they show a soppy one with a photo of the people and ‘The Smith Family’ ( I suppose that some fools would have those) But you could put anything on it.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 21, 2018

      I do like the sign down the road here: “Beware of the Dog’s Owner!”

    • kluelis

       /  December 22, 2018

      The remains of any trespassers will be prosecuted 🙂

      • Gezza

         /  December 22, 2018

        Think I’ll jump in the car now and go see if that sign’s still there.

        • Gezza

           /  December 22, 2018

          7.56am

        • Gezza

           /  December 22, 2018

          Damn. It’s gone. In fact I think it’s a whole new letterbox. Perhaps the previous owner had moved on. Man, I wish I’d photographed that sign. If I saw it these days, I would.

          It was professionally made. It was a complete short paragraph. Metal. Gold painted lettering on a dark green background. From what I remember, in essence it said that he wanted no junk mail from people who had no business with him, that he worked hard & his home was a haven for relaxation. If he saw anyone putting unsolicited mail in his letterbox, or anyone door-knocked him, whatever subsequently happened to them was their fault.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 22, 2018

            I have done a new & larger one for the fence, with every possible word for flyers (except junk mail, which I think is impolite) in the same bright yellow letters. The existing one is smaller and the yellow paler, but still conspicuous…the new flyer man must be illiterate, as nobody could miss the upright one which faces the back of the letterbox.NO FLYERS, PLEASE in BRIGHTTTTTT yellow letters….the neighbour’s little one has no chance, he ignores that one, too.

            Alas, anyone who owns a Maltese terrier is unlikely to be ferocious themselves. I should borrow my big black neffie, the pig dog. ‘Flyers, Misfit !!!’

            The ‘no salesmen’ one has worked. It’s polite but firm. I DON’T want anything.

            I have seen ‘no religious callers’, but there aren’t enough to be worth it.