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.

22 Comments

  1. phantom snowflake

     /  December 23, 2018

    • Gezza

       /  December 23, 2018

      Is he a bloody foreigner, snowy? He bloody looks like one >:D

      • phantom snowflake

         /  December 23, 2018

        Hell they’re everywhere, even behind our mirrors!

      • phantom snowflake

         /  December 23, 2018

        He aha te mea i korerotia e koe, e Tauiwi?? (lol)

        • Gezza

           /  December 23, 2018

          Google Translate confidently informs me that, in English, that means:

          “What did you say, O Gentiles?” 😐 👍

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 23, 2018

            He’s a Kiwi, he’s lived here since he was a small child. He’s a famous poet; he sounds like one, he reads like one who loves language.

  2. Gezza

     /  December 23, 2018

    Cheekybird stopped by at 9.50 am. Usually arrives between 9.30 & 10 am, when the early morning sparrow breakfast squadron has disappeared to go about their business. The gif doesn’t let you hear it, but she’s always very vocal. Whistles, chatters and cheeps the whole time, until I tell her she’s had enuf & close the window. I often feel like I’m on Cheekybird’s chat show.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 23, 2018

      My birds have more and more blackbirds among those present. I do wish that Miss Thrush hadn’t died so young. She was very beautiful.

      It’s decidedly hot and muggy outside; after emptying a garden sack of lawn clippings (I stand these in the garden cart to double its capacity), reattaching a sign, spending some time wondering why the bit wasn’t working and coming in for the right one, filling the garden cart with branches and doing some weeding I am having a break.

      • Gezza

         /  December 23, 2018

        What’s a garden cart?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 23, 2018

          It’s a two-wheeled thing like a giant bucket that goes up at the back an has a handle/slot so that you can tow it. Mine is the smaller size green one. I put a garden sack in and attach it to the bottom of the handle hole with clips, and this more or less doubles the capacity.

          • Gezza

             /  December 23, 2018

            Something like this?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 23, 2018

              Mine’s the smaller 48 litre one-piece Saxon one, but a garden black sack turns it into 100 litres.It was money well spent. It holds surprisingly long branches which are tossed into the gully (it’s a deepish gully so steep that it can’t be used and anything chucked in vanishes quite soon, rotting away and/or grown over)

            • Gezza

               /  December 23, 2018

              Ah, yes – I saw that, but from the angle shown on the first image I found I couldn’t see any wheels.

      • Gezza

         /  December 23, 2018

        Did you notice Cheekybird’s cute little seam down the front, Kitty? I wonder if she zips her feathers up?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 23, 2018

          Probably. It must be nice in summer if she can undo them.

          • Gezza

             /  December 23, 2018

            Unnecessary as they all have built in fans; one on each side.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 23, 2018

              Did you ever see the bird using his wing as an umbrella to keep his little wife dry ?

              Do the sparrers fan themselves all night, or take turns for one to stand in front and do the whole lot ?

            • Gezza

               /  December 23, 2018

              No, I can’t say I’ve seen a bird using its wing as a brolly for another bird, although I’ve wondered if they do when their chicks hatch in the rain because the poor little things are often naked.

              Re keeping cool at night – I think they probably just open the windows.

          • Gezza

             /  December 23, 2018

            Aww … thanks for those bird brolly pics, Kitty. Worth posting, I reckon 😀

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 23, 2018

          That’s my cart with its orange wheels.

          • Gezza

             /  December 23, 2018

            I think the orange wheels are a master stroke. No self-respecting low-life male burglar or thief will want to even think of stealing one.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 23, 2018

              Har har. They are such a naff looking item anyway that the wheels can’t make them worse. The wheels make a noise that can be heard a mile away, they are wheels, not tyres.