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  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran

    Shoshin1Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Well I had just got home from supermarket shopping and was putting the shopping away, when through the kitchen window a burst of colour crossed my line of vision ...So dropped everything, grabbed my phone and headed for the deck...

    A pair of Eastern Rosellas made their presence felt.... in a colourful way...

    Fosdick
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Beautiful clear Mr blue sky morning, however there's definitely a wintery chill in the air ...

    Bunks
  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran

    I have finals in 2 weeks. Psychology finals. AHHH!

    I've told myself if I pass them all I will skinny dip early in the morning by the Playa del Ancla.

    BunksShoshin1
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    good luck @Kotishka
    I have told myself if I pass by the Playa del Ancla, watch out for naked psychologists … they might be zennists … 😉

    BunksKotishkaShoshin1
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Uh oh, I have a feel> @Kotishka said:

    I have finals in 2 weeks. Psychology finals. AHHH!

    I've told myself if I pass them all I will skinny dip early in the morning by the Playa del Ancla.

    Best of luck 🤞

    Kotishka
  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran

    @Kotishka said:
    I will skinny dip

    I didn't realize this was such a common interest here! :3

    Good luck and good effort @Kotishka

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    Google Translate is adding Sanskrit. Will wonders never cease.

    Bunks
  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran

    @FleaMarket I was inspired by Shoshin. In fact, I always thought that skinny dip meant something else. I thought it was just to take a quick "dip" into the water (for some reason, skinny I translated to "rapidito", like a quick dip and out).

    @Jeroen I have this app called Drops and they offer Sanskrit too. I'm between adding that to Japanese, or Ainu... :pleased:

    Shoshin1Bunks
  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran

    I have new neighbors. They accepted my housewarming gift of cherry tomatoes and have been quite helpful getting me out of bed in the morning so far. They are building a nest in the tree behind my house and seem to think my chimney is a toilet.

    Shoshin1KotishkalobsterBunks
  • 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

    ... any port in a storm...
    Let's face it, we humans seem to think this planet is our toilet, so you can't blame them for giving shit back...

    FleaMarketlobsterBunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    9 C degrees this morning, mist coming off the water...

    FleaMarket
  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran

    @Shoshin1 said:
    At the lookout point, I noticed that somebody had screwed a plaque with a quote on it, to the wooden table leg ...

    Would you have any more info on this quote or the author? I really like it but my googling was inconclusive.

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    I did the same but unfortunately no leads @FleaMarket,... However, at times some locals attach plaques to wooden benches with a personal quote on them...

  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran

    FleaMarketJeroen
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Humid and overcast on this morning's jolk, but very calm, next to no wind and calm sea...

    As I was entering the shared driveway of the property I live on, a very large dog came bounding towards me, my heart started to race a little, I thought "Uh oh how am I going to get out of this?" then I heard its human companion call my name "Hi ......." and as the dog got closer I recognised it, (I don't wear glasses when jolking) it was Henry my friend's dog, it bound up to me and jumped up to say hi, slobbered all over me and nearly knocked me over....My friend's in Oz visiting his daughter , and his son is looking after his dog and had decided to take him for a walk near where I live...

    I'm off to the city later to pick up my new glasses....I guess I'll do a bit of shopping too, while over there....

    BunksKotishka
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran
    edited May 15

    Yes, my aunt also has a very enthusiastic and rather large dog, and whenever i go walking with her as i approach them i have to deal with his affectionate greetings. He doesn’t slobber but he does jump and put his dirty paws all over your jacket…

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    Anyone watch the Eurovision song festival? I understand (from family who watched) that Ukraine won…

  • FleaMarketFleaMarket Newbie, not Veteran
    edited May 15

    I think I got it all out. 🙏🏽

  • 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

    @Jeroen said:
    Anyone watch the Eurovision song festival? I understand (from family who watched) that Ukraine won…

    Ukraine won, but it was a sympathy vote. UK came second, but would definitely have won - if Ukraine hadn't got the sympathy vote. But that's ok. All the songs are bloody awful and they're underpinned by fantastic light shows and crazy dancing. Not like it was in my day...
    Australia was bizarre....

    BunksJeroen
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @federica said:

    @Jeroen said:
    Anyone watch the Eurovision song festival? I understand (from family who watched) that Ukraine won…

    Ukraine won, but it was a sympathy vote. UK came second, but would definitely have won - if Ukraine hadn't got the sympathy vote. But that's ok. All the songs are bloody awful and they're underpinned by fantastic light shows and crazy dancing. Not like it was in my day...
    Australia was bizarre....

    Why on earth are Australia competing in Eurovision???!!!

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    @Bunks said:

    @federica said:
    Australia was bizarre....

    Why on earth are Australia competing in Eurovision???!!!

    Apparently Eurovision is really popular in Australia, so they asked to join, and the committee said ok.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Jeroen said:

    @Bunks said:

    @federica said:
    Australia was bizarre....

    Why on earth are Australia competing in Eurovision???!!!

    Apparently Eurovision is really popular in Australia, so they asked to join, and the committee said ok.

    Hmmmmm....maybe I move in a different crowd.

    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

    @Bunks said:

    @federica said:

    @Jeroen said:
    Anyone watch the Eurovision song festival? I understand (from family who watched) that Ukraine won…

    Ukraine won, but it was a sympathy vote. UK came second, but would definitely have won - if Ukraine hadn't got the sympathy vote. But that's ok. All the songs are bloody awful and they're underpinned by fantastic light shows and crazy dancing. Not like it was in my day...
    Australia was bizarre....

    Why on earth are Australia competing in Eurovision???!!!

    EXACTLY!!!

  • 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

    @Bunks said:

    @Jeroen said:

    @Bunks said:

    @federica said:
    Australia was bizarre....

    Why on earth are Australia competing in Eurovision???!!!

    Apparently Eurovision is really popular in Australia, so they asked to join, and the committee said ok.

    Hmmmmm....maybe I move in a different crowd.

    Make that both of us!

  • 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 May 17

    I mean... how fucking bizarre is this??

    (He came 15th)

    BunksJeroen
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @federica said:
    I mean... how fucking bizarre is this??

    (He came 15th)

    The whole thing is bonkers but each to their own

  • 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

    The Eurovision Song Contest is no longer about the song. That is almost incidental. It's just a political showcase, and a parade of people all vying for the most attention, by appearing in the most weird, eye-catching and controversial apparel.

    Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
  • KotishkaKotishka Veteran

    An old classic...

    Jeroen
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    I remember that album, really liked Common’s ‘The Corner’… some pretty decent tracks on it.

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    This one…

    Kotishka
  • 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

    Am I the only one who thinks the word 'bucolic' sounds more like a negative temperamental trait, rather than a description of an idyllic, pleasant pastoral scene?
    English, you've broken me!

    KotishkaBunksShoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Nice cloud formation on this morning's jolk...

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran


    Good morning beautiful people from my bathroom window <3

    Shoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Morena @Bunks...nice sunrise photo...I take it the temperature has dropped first thing of a morning...

    It was quite cold first thing this morning when I left for my jolk...As I jolked along then beach I spied a Heron who was playing a game of bobbing hide and seek, where I had to guess where it would appear next...

    Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Beautiful rainbow over the property this morning...

    Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Well last week I spied some rodent droppings on the deck, and one on the carpet by the sliding door leading to the deck...First I pre baited with bits of peanut , when the peanut disappeared, I set the live cage trap but lock down the hook so it wouldn't release the trap door and put more bits of peanut in and around the trap...after the peanut had been taken I unlocked the hook and baited the hook with peanut , plus I was feeling generous so added a piece dark chocolate too...and this morning...Viola.....

    Rattus rattus or its more common names roof rat, ship rat, black rat (however I only come across them with grey fur like this one)...Their home range is normally around 50 metres, so on my way for my morning jolk, I released it away from any residential area...however in the wild, cats, stoats, weasels, and birds of prey, will prey on them ...survival of the fittest I guess...
    I will set the trap again just in case it has relatives close by...

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    Wow you are quite competent with your wild animals @shoshin1 … i’d be calling the local council rat service, who would probably put down poison, not very buddhist of me i know, but i am not so fond of rattus

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    @Jeroen said:
    Wow you are quite competent with your wild animals @shoshin1 … i’d be calling the local council rat service, who would probably put down poison, not very buddhist of me i know, but i am not so fond of rattus

    My background is in urban pestology @Jeroen ...so dealing with the so called pests, I have years of experience...The company I ran offered a pesticide free service, I think at the time (this is going back twenty odd years) we were the only company in Aotearoa who offered such a service...

    My pest management days are over, well apart from dealing with my own pest problems...

    However from a kinda Buddhist approach, I give the rodents three choices, the first, they can go into a live cage trap and be set free, or, two be killed using a snap trap and the last is be poisoned by using an anticoagulant rodenticide...Fortunately for this one it took the first option....Wise choice....

    BunksJeroen
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    It’s funny how sometimes these things come back to haunt us… I used to do graphic design, before I went into software development, and now my cousin is taking up graphic design and I am giving tips…

    BunksKotishka
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Welcome back @TheEccentric - congrats on the graduation

    JeroenTheEccentric
  • 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

    @Shoshin1 said:
    Well last week I spied some rodent droppings on the deck, and one on the carpet by the sliding door leading to the deck...First I pre baited with bits of peanut , when the peanut disappeared, I set the live cage trap but lock down the hook so it wouldn't release the trap door and put more bits of peanut in and around the trap...after the peanut had been taken I unlocked the hook and baited the hook with peanut , plus I was feeling generous so added a piece dark chocolate too...and this morning...Viola.....

    Rattus rattus or its more common names roof rat, ship rat, black rat (however I only come across them with grey fur like this one)...Their home range is normally around 50 metres, so on my way for my morning jolk, I released it away from any residential area...however in the wild, cats, stoats, weasels, and birds of prey, will prey on them ...survival of the fittest I guess...
    I will set the trap again just in case it has relatives close by...

    Their homing instinct is way more than 50m. It is in fact, anything up to 2 miles. Because rats tend to live in family units, other 'family' members will send signals out, such as calling or scenting, venturing far afield themselves to encourage the missing family member to follow their homing signals and return.
    The sewers of London have rats. It's a maze of different channels and pipes, and rats travel far afield to find food and shelter.
    I don't know about NZ, but in the UK, rats are officially recognised as vermin and it's illegal to release a wild rat back into the wild.
    Check with your local authorities.

  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    @federica the home range (the area regularly frequented by an individual) depends on the environment and situation... Yes research has shown that rats can travel great distances (they are also good swimmers)... but in an urban environment their home range is 'normally' from 30 to around 120 metres (from nest site to food source) ...females generally have a smaller home range...Rats in particular are neophobic ( fear of new objects/change in the environment) they tend to be creatures of habit and familiarise themselves with their surrounding, bearing in mind the further afield a rat has to travel from their nest to a food source the more at risk they are from predator attack...

    Yes they are pests and carry diseases, (thanks to human waste), contaminate food, destroy furniture and clothing, their gnawing habits can causes fires when chewing on electrical wiring, they gnaw through plastic water pipes causing damage, they have been known to bite humans and even kill in some cases the list goes on and on...

    I should also point out there an eradication programme going on on the island, which includes rats stoats, weasels feral cats, there are a number of kill traps set throughout the island plus bait stations ( containing anticoagulant rodenticide) which are regularly monitored by volunteers and property owners...

    But they are also sentient beings, they know fear and feel pain and deserve compassion ...hence why I choose to give them options... live cage trap, humane kill snap trap and as a last resort anticoagulant rodenticide...

    Whatever they choose I guess it is karma ...

    JeroenFosdickKotishka
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Winter's cold is gradually replacing Autumn's coolness...Beautiful sunrise this morning..

    Bunks
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran

    Venus and the moon were my meditation partners this morning...

    It was a chilly wintery jolk this morning...

    however, the day has turned out sunny and warm...

    KotishkaBunksTheEccentric
  • 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

    My fervent wish is to live near the sea...oh, to be able to swim all year round!

    BunksShoshin1Lionduck
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