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  • Anyone know what this caterpillar is? The colour was a lemony yellow. I think it may be a moth? Saw on a trip to a national trust arboretum.
    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winkworth-arboretum

    Did not see much fauna, a couple of juvenile lesser grebe … Quite a few homo sapiens (a pest species apparently) …

    Walker
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Yes, it's a Yellow Tussock Moth caterpillar.The hair can be an irritant, and children are more sensitive to it than adults.
    The caterpillars feed on a large variety of leaves including oak, walnut, willow, rose, maple, pear, and many others, including conifers.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran
    edited October 19

    Ah yes, the full moon of October.

    Tomorrow marks the final day of Vassa (Rains Retreat).

    The monks and nuns will come out of their three months in hibernation :)

  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    Yeah, I bet they really like their meditation retreat thought of as a hibernation. lol

    BunksWalkerShoshin1lobster
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Maybe it’s more a cocooning and a transformation into dharma-butterflies?

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Inspiring… check the photos of the ceremony

    https://plumvillage.org/articles/go-to-the-other-shore/

  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    Meds were delivered early enough, and I got most of what I wanted to get done last night, so jumped back in the car and drove back today.

    I missed my calling in life. Should have been a long-distance trucker. lol

    BunksShoshin1lobster
  • @Walker said:
    Meds were delivered early enough, and I got most of what I wanted to get done last night, so jumped back in the car and drove back today.

    I missed my calling in life. Should have been a long-distance trucker. lol

    Good to hear....How far do you have to travel/drive ?

  • Yes, it's a Yellow Tussock Moth caterpillar.

    Many thanks B) Looked it up and came to the same ID.
    From our perspective, the caterpillar is maybe more attractive than the moth. Very common. Never seen one before.

    meanwhile … I watched this recommended documentary:

    Jeroen
  • @how said:
    Yeah, I bet they really like their meditation retreat thought of as a hibernation. lol

    Tee Hee!

    Sing a song of Sangha
    A pocket full of rile
    Four and twenty ravings
    Waked inner Pi

    eh wait …
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sing_a_Song_of_Sixpence

  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    @Shoshin1 said:

    @Walker said:
    Meds were delivered early enough, and I got most of what I wanted to get done last night, so jumped back in the car and drove back today.

    I missed my calling in life. Should have been a long-distance trucker. lol

    Good to hear....How far do you have to travel/drive ?

    About a six hour drive. Mostly decent roads. Night-time driving this time of year is dicey though. The deer are in their rut season. Hence, I was happy to get away in the morning.

    Shoshin1
  • On the island a 15 minutes drive is a long drive...I normally pack a lunch ;)

    Went for a nice social distance walk with a Dharma friend...
    Spectacular cloud formation...

    WalkerJeroen
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Yeah, the Netherlands is a small country too. A couple of hours will get you pretty much anywhere inside.

  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    @Jeroen I really want to visit the Netherlands some day. The way you guys have built your transportation infrastructure and general city design looks amazing to a North American eye.

    We're literally decades behind you in bicycle infrastructure and public transportation.

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    You’d be very welcome! There was a big wave of emigration to North America in the 50’s and 60’s, and I have some family who settled in Canada near Vancouver. So lots of people speak decent English, and it’s quite hospitable to visitors.

    Have a look at Lelystad in the Flevopolder if you’re interested in modern city design. It’s the most recent attempt at creating a city from scratch on reclaimed-from-the-sea land.

  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran
    edited October 20
  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    There a lot of Dutch immigrants in the Edmonton area too. I had a few friends growing up whose parents were farmers.

  • I've visited the Netherlands quite a few times, back in the 70s & 80s, I lived in Rotterdam for a while back in 79/80 got casual work through an uitzendbureau, I started to learn some Dutch but for the most part every time I tried to speak to someone in Dutch, they would say "Speak English it's easier to understand" so I gave up...🙃

    There are lots of people from the Netherlands living in Aotearoa, and from what I gather many came over in the 50s & 60s, there're quite a few living on the island....

    WalkerJeroen
  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    Rotterdam sounds like an interesting place to visit. Probably the most 'North American' style city in The Netherlands.

    Shoshin1
  • Yes It is @Walker, the Port of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe..

    What I found interesting when living there was Dutch TV, they don't dub, they just use subtitles for movies etc... I guess this is one of the reasons why most Dutch people speak very good English...

    WalkerJeroen
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Shoshin1 said:
    I've visited the Netherlands quite a few times, back in the 70s & 80s, I lived in Rotterdam for a while back in 79/80 got casual work through an uitzendbureau

    Hehe, that’s fun, you actually came and lived here! There’s quite a lively English expat community living in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, I played Dungeons and Dragons a few times with some of that crowd a few years ago when I was living closer to Amsterdam.

    BunksWalkerShoshin1
  • When I lived in Rotterdam, I was flatting with three French people, a couple and their friend., One spoke a little English( about as much English as my French which was not much) and another spoke some German, I had lived in Germany for a while working at a youth hostel, plus I studied German at night school for a few months, (so I could get by in German) and one could only speak French.
    The language of the flat was Un peu de français ....Ein bisschen Deutsch and a little English...It's quite amazing when I think back, we got on really well, we worked together, lived together and socialised together, communication was not a problem...

    WalkerBunkslobsterJeroen
  • Bravo @Shoshin1
    … language is simple when we don't use it too much …

    Shoshin1Jeroen
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited October 22

    @lobster said:
    Bravo @Shoshin1
    … language is simple when we don't use it too much …

    You see kids on beaches, all playing together, from different families, with varying nationalities.. It would be nice if countries got along like they can...

    BunksShoshin1lobster
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    The problem is, countries are governed by greedy people with massive ego’s. I was just reading about the uproar around the Syrian government pocketing half the aid money spent on helping the people there…

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I know of only 1 country that is led by a compassionate and conscientious leader, and that is New Zealand. I can't think of anyone else that can even stand inher shadow.

    Shoshin1
  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    Mum was moved from the hospital in Saskatoon to the hospital in town yesterday. I was finally able to see her and give her a hug.

    We are now trying to get her well enough to be able to come home. She needs to be eating better and her mobility will be a challenge. Mrs Walker took a piece of cheesecake in for her this afternoon which was eagerly consumed. Ramp is almost complete and we will probably have a few more jobs to do to make the house suitable for her to stay here.

    Mrs Walker is looking into compassionate leave at her job, and we may be staying here, for the near future. We'll have to look into getting someone to check our place every couple of days over the winter to make sure the furnace doesn't quit and water pipes don't freeze, etc.

    Shoshin1lobsterJeroenyagr
  • @federica said:
    I know of only 1 country that is led by a compassionate and conscientious leader, and that is New Zealand. I can't think of anyone else that can even stand inher shadow.

    Naturally @federica she has her critics both here and overseas, however mostly I feel it's just a case of tall poppy syndrome, sour grapes on their part...dare I say a big dollop of envy is involved...especially from the right wing opposition leaders... and no matter how much they and their families too have benefited from her leadership during this crises, I guess it's their job to bitch and moan...and of course they start to say how they would have done things differently ...hmm
    “Most people'sopposition politician’s hindsight is 20-20” ~Richard Armour~.

    On the whole I think most Kiwis think she's done an excellent job leading the country especially in times of crises, the Christchurch terror attack, the White island volcanic eruption and now the pandemic...

    She's only human so she's not quite perfect, but for a politician she has set positive examples which will be quite hard for other politicians here in Aotearoa to emulate....

    WalkerBunks
  • @Walker said:
    Mum was moved from the hospital in Saskatoon to the hospital in town yesterday. I was finally able to see her and give her a hug.

    We are now trying to get her well enough to be able to come home. She needs to be eating better and her mobility will be a challenge. Mrs Walker took a piece of cheesecake in for her this afternoon which was eagerly consumed. Ramp is almost complete and we will probably have a few more jobs to do to make the house suitable for her to stay here.

    Mrs Walker is looking into compassionate leave at her job, and we may be staying here, for the near future. We'll have to look into getting someone to check our place every couple of days over the winter to make sure the furnace doesn't quit and water pipes don't freeze, etc.

    That's good news @Walker and no doubt relief for all the family...

    Walkerlobster

  • It's been a cold overcast stormy windy day today, the ocean's been like a washing machine with all the soapsuds on the shore line...Similar weather to yesterday, still I got my washing dried quickly thanks to the strong winds...

    Walker
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Walker said:
    Mrs Walker is looking into compassionate leave at her job, and we may be staying here, for the near future. We'll have to look into getting someone to check our place every couple of days over the winter to make sure the furnace doesn't quit and water pipes don't freeze, etc.

    Ouch, the practicalities of things strike home. I hope she comes home soon and there are no problems over leave and so on. The employment market is so tight at the moment that it can be difficult to find a replacement…

    WalkerBunks
  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran
    edited October 23

    Her employer seems to be pretty good about giving leave when people need it. They don't like to be losing trained personnel, and they don't want people working when they are facing personal stress, as it can be dangerous to have them in a very active rail yard when they aren't 100% focussed on the job.

    Shoshin1Bunksfederica
  • It's interesting when you think about it....
    Marketing companies knew they were onto a good thing when they came up with one of the best marketing tools ....a catchy earworm tune to help sell products...

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Don’t you love it when you leave a tissue in your pocket when washing =)

    WalkerShoshin1federica
  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    @Bunks
    Next time you get a washing machine..consider getting a front loader. It is gentle enough on clothing to have your average forgotten tissue paper simply wad up into a ball instead of breaking apart into smaller pieces.
    The downside is unless you are prepared to wipe down the front door seal on a regular basis, you'll end up with a funky mold smell that can be very tough to get rid of.
    & the same silicone shortage that is now starting to limit computer chip production around the world is the same product that those seals are imbued with to try to prevent that mold from getting a footing on.

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Ah, washing machine mould. Caused by your fabric softener, that contains the same kind of oil you fry your chips in. That black mould in your machine? That's where it's from!
    Stop using fabric conditioner! You DON'T NEED IT! I haven't used fabric conditioner for about 8 years. No mould, no stink.Clothes still fine!

    BunksJeroenyagr
  • Well finally the rain has stopped and the forecast is for warm sunny weather tomorrow...
    On this afternoon's walk I stopped to listen carefully to what Mother Nature had to say...

    WalkerBunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Ground breaking ceremony today for the new retreat centre at Newbury Buddhist Monastery.




    WalkerShoshin1
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    There is hope… apparently Facebook is losing traction with teens.

    Of course they are trying to rectify this, but a whistleblower has leaked a whole bunch of documents about the effort.

    If you want to have a read about what Facebook is up to, have a look here…

    https://www.theverge.com/22743744/facebook-teen-usage-decline-frances-haugen-leaks

  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    This guy's channel is great. A Canadian living in Amsterdam explains why North American cities are so junky compared to what cities are like elsewhere.

    BunksShoshin1Jeroen
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Walker said:

    This guy's channel is great. A Canadian living in Amsterdam explains why North American cities are so junky compared to what cities are like elsewhere.

    I spent some time in Birmingham, AL and Charlotte, NC in 2006 and was shocked that you couldn't walk anywhere in the suburbs we were in!

    There were no footpaths (pavements / sidewalks).

    In fact, my ex wife (much to my annoyance) had to get in a car with a random stranger to cross a freeway to get to a shopping centre.

    Weird.

    WalkerShoshin1
  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    Some of the streets in my neighbourhood (in the McMansion zone) don't have any sidewalks. It's frustrating, because the narrow lot, walkable, dense areas (where I live) are far away from the shopping areas on the nearest arteries, while the massive homes with two Beemer SUVs on each driveway are closer.

    Good news
    There is a light rail line planned for my area (with a stop about a five minute walk from my place). =)

    Bad news
    It's probably not going to get built for at least another fifteen years. :(

    Bunks
  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    @Bunks
    Here's another video from the same guy, he talks about a similar experience he had in Houston.

    Shoshin1BunksJeroen
  • There are hardly any footpaths on the island just the village and some of the other small settlement centre, but it's safe to walk around most places....

    A pair of Eastern Rosellas playing tag in the vineyard next door...

    BunksWalker
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Walker said:
    This guy's channel is great. A Canadian living in Amsterdam explains why North American cities are so junky compared to what cities are like elsewhere.

    Fascinating stuff, @walker … I spent some time in the US when I was young, but I had no idea the car dependency had grown this bad over there. Love the YouTube channel (and not just because he says complimentary things about the Netherlands).

    Walker
  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    @Jeroen
    It's funny, when he started posting videos, the YouTube algorithm was recommending his videos to viewers in the Netherlands, and a big chunk of his audience was (and still is) Dutch.

    The comments can be pretty hilarious to read, stuff like

    'Of course we build bike paths, why wouldn't we?'

    Thing is, even the Netherlands was razing neighbourhoods and filling in canals (Utrecht) to build motorways before they realized the damage they were doing and made a concentrated effort to reverse the damage they had done.

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited October 26


    Red sky at night...

    BunksFosdickShoshin1Walker
  • Yesterday afternoon a kererū (native wood pigeon) paid my neighbour's gutting a visit, in search of a snack...

    WalkerBunksJeroen
  • On my afternoon walk I heard a bird singing its heart out...in the bush area down the driveway...Not quite sure what species of bird it was...

    Walkerlobster
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