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. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 3, 2019

    Recommended after a long day pumping two tanks of water from a lake under the road and up a hill to the tanks for the horses plus reconfiguring the cabins for incoming guests (today), the four B’s – Beer, Banana, Bath and Bed. Banana goes surprisingly well with a nice cold beer.

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  2. Gezza

     /  January 3, 2019

    Recommended after a long trip home from Welly Hospital on a hot, windy day, with your ma caught up in a traffic jam because The Terrace Tunnel was closed by an accident and some dude near the crash site seen bleeding & wielding a knife – feeding pooks & watching them then feed their pooklets:

    Shadow is so much bigger than the two smaller siblings I’m assuming he was born about 7 days earlier than the other two, who are both same, smaller size. Shadow is quite bold and unconcerned with me watching them over the fence.

    Summer is getting bolder and will come up onto the pook promenade when called, but River seems quite timid and takes a lot of persuading to come out of hiding. Sweety is very particular about making sure the little ones get fed; she seems to make them her priority and will walk past a begging Shadow to feed them. He doesn’t seem to mind but Bluey usually favours him.

    Hard to know what sex they are. Young Alex was extremely time until Shadow was born around the time he finally learned to fly; following which he has completely lost his shyness around me and will now come up quite close to me, closer than Bluey.

    They don’t mind me looking straight down on Shadow, but they loudly warn me off if I get too close to the little ones. I wonder if that will change as they grow a bit bigger. I’m trusted so long as I keep my distance down at the Eel Spot, or I’m safely behind the fence.

    Sweety can produce a new brood every three months. Not sure how I’m going to get on with a pook population explosion.

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    • Gezza

       /  January 3, 2019

      *Young Alex was extremely timid, that should’ve said.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 3, 2019

        I can’t think why the boys in blue don’t taser the fool who’s making such a pest of himself….buses in case he falls off, forsooth.

        There’s nothing nicer on a sweltering day than coming home to an ecstatic Fido, a frothy latte and the sight of birds flitting around the trees and going boing, boing, boing on the branch with little branches that they use as a bouncy castle (it has now been tied to the fence) I saw some plovers, and who knows how many goldfinches down the road.

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        • Gezza

           /  January 3, 2019

          One 1ewes a nearby shopkeeper suggested the crash might have followed a police chase. There were certainly plenty of police vehicles there when we drove past the exit, but given what we now know was happening that might not be surprising. Nobody else mentioned a police chase, so that chap may have been speculating. He was still up there during 1ewes at 6; they had a reporter live at the scene.

          I’ve been seeing a solitary yellowhammer around here for the last couple of days. A rarity. Some of my sparrows are covered in yellow powder on their heads and upper breast so I guess they must be getting nectar or seeds from some flowers.

          The wild flowering Summer Lilac weed on my bank is attracting heaps of bees, & Monarch, White, & Red Admiral butterflies. But the blackberry is spreading too. It’s choking off all the other bank-side flora & reducing the natural food supply for the pukekos. Man it spreads fast.

          I might see if the council can do something to deal with it, but I hope they don’t spray it with anything toxic to the waterbirds and eels.

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          • Corky

             /  January 3, 2019

            ”I might see if the council can do something to deal with it, but I hope they don’t spray it with anything toxic to the waterbirds and eels.”

            I wouldn’t if I was you. Selective eradication isn’t part of their toolkit..especially when it’s left to a foreman and gang of workers.

            Trust me, I have first hand experience.

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            • Gezza

               /  January 3, 2019

              The last foreman and gang of workers (2 Summers back) just stood in the stream and spent the first two hours picking & bucketing blackberries and only cutting off the tips of the plants with their bladed weed-eaters. Waste of time.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 3, 2019

            There are a lot of natural sprays (I was amazed at how many of Yates’s ones were) but they might not be any good to to the flora and fauna.

            I don’t see very many yellowhammers around, either. They may be well camouflaged.

            I can’t remember if 3 mentioned a chase or just a crash,

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 3, 2019

            It must have been, he was reported as being in a crash after driving on the wrong side of the road.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 3, 2019

          Mrs Al would take out the lunatic with a tranquilizer pellet and let him take his chances on the wsy down. Not much sympathy here for causing so much disruption..

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 4, 2019

            Not much from anyone who really needs to be somewhere. I am very tolerant of being delayed by prangs, having been the person who delayed everyone on the main road, but this is ridiculous.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 4, 2019

            He took 10 1/2 hours to deign to come down.

            Why they were so tolerant is a mystery, but I am glad that we don’t live in a trigger-happy place where he’d probably have been shot.

            I must confess that I’d have let him take his chances, too. Close the tunnel and starve the bugger out. I can see why they wouldn’t send the dogs up; poor old Rover, burning his feet and risking being stabbed.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 3, 2019

    Who suggested ibuprofen and paracetamol to be taken together ??? It hasn’t completely eliminated the pain in my kneecap, but now that I have worked how much to take, it seems (fingers crossed) to be helping it quite a lot. I see no point in buying an expensive combo pill when I can buy generic ones which are just as good.

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    • Gezza

       /  January 3, 2019

      The oral surgeon’s nurse suggested it to me when I had a procedure done 2 months back. It worked well, only needed to take it for about 3 days & not much of either.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 3, 2019

        Someone else mentioned it, too, I remember.

        I took two of each this morning. I was in a lot of pain and was going to be doing a lot of walking.

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        • Griff.

           /  January 3, 2019

          I did.
          You can take the maximum dose of each concurrently without increasing possible side effects.
          I avoid painkillers as a rule but it is good to know they are there if you need them.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 4, 2019

            I have been in pain for ages with this kneecap (an old injury that comes back to bite me on the, er, knee and has prolonged its stay this time) and although I am not a fan of painkillers as a rule either, this was making my life a misery.

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