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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    We've got rabbits, and.....
    No that's it.

    Here's the highly technical and time consuming tow hitch arrangement on the good ship corona.
    After much consideration I chose a 40mm holesaw and drilled three holes. Naturally I drilled one right through so spent time removing the hole/positive from the holesaw. Took an age.
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    And threading the chain...don't get me started.
    That's an impressive job of backing that in there!
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    Hahaha. Yup , quite a mission.

    Funny thing happened tonight. I heard a Kiwi screaming really close, freakin loud, so I walked to that patch and something bumbled away through there, saw the growth moving but didn't see it.
    They haven't been that close before, I'll check out the mud for tracks tomorrow.

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    The tractorless man makes the mighty hydrostatic work.
    Time to move the fabulous but ignored for the last month stripper to a winter home for a couple of months.
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    Look it that. Hung by the neck until dry, no bull.
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    A bit marginal getting up the hill, needed some push to limit the wheelspin.....if only I had 4wd.

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    more of a stone airplane...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Hahaha. Yup , quite a mission.

    Funny thing happened tonight. I heard a Kiwi screaming really close, freakin loud, so I walked to that patch and something bumbled away through there, saw the growth moving but didn't see it.
    They haven't been that close before, I'll check out the mud for tracks tomorrow.
    You've never been to Bondi?
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    I never have been to Bondi, navigated Morton bay at 1 o dark , cleared customs in the daylight and got on a plane. Nearest I've bin.
    Lee has a very nice aeroplane, such a grounded fella.

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    That would be near enough to Bondi for me too

    How common are kiwis in the wild? It would be very nice to have them around your own place!
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    The Stone boat went for another drive yesterday after yet another blade cruncher got floated out of the earth on a bed of buoyant firewood and with the help of ole Archimedes.

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    That one was really hard to shift, heavier even than the other bigger one I moved earlier in the year. It's almost as if some rocks are denser than others.
    Wait...
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    Some hazards on the way too.

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    I've heard those things can jump 6 ft high fences so I'm thinking of 8 plus electrification just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Some hazards on the way too.

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    I've heard those things can jump 6 ft high fences so I'm thinking of 8 plus electrification just in case.
    you'll want to have those spayed and tutored

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    Even a jaded old dude like Moi goes awwwww when the new crop of ducklings turned up 2 days ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    That would be near enough to Bondi for me too

    How common are kiwis in the wild? It would be very nice to have them around your own place!
    Missed this, sorry Rick.
    Not very nationally, but a lot more common in Northland. We're in a Kiwi area next to a sanctuary so we get some trickle down effect from the pest trapping.
    Aroha island next door is the conserved area, its an island with a causeway. They have a pair of kiwi. Incredibly territorial birds so chicks get raised to a point and then thrown out of home. I thought we had 2 on the property but lately I've been thinking 4 because of the calls we're getting from each valley on each side of the little point we're on. 2 distinct calls for male and female and they're quite a feral sound. A scream, loud enough to make you jump if you're within 30 metres or so.

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    I found summat in the back of the garage.
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    Grandpa's mower. Complete, not seized, low compression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Missed this, sorry Rick.
    Not very nationally, but a lot more common in Northland. We're in a Kiwi area next to a sanctuary so we get some trickle down effect from the pest trapping.
    Aroha island next door is the conserved area, its an island with a causeway. They have a pair of kiwi. Incredibly territorial birds so chicks get raised to a point and then thrown out of home. I thought we had 2 on the property but lately I've been thinking 4 because of the calls we're getting from each valley on each side of the little point we're on. 2 distinct calls for male and female and they're quite a feral sound. A scream, loud enough to make you jump if you're within 30 metres or so.

    https://www.arohaisland.co.nz
    As the kids would say, that is soooo cool! Kiwis!

    I remember those lawnmowers, mostly saw them used on bowling greens and golf courses. Will you restore it or are you a sensible person? Nice find!
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    It's an artefact right now.
    Of course I had to squirt some atf and alcohol into the bore, Spin er up and check for spark, of which it has none. On removing the magneto cover I observed points with also no spark plus other stuff I have no knowledge of whatsoever.

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    Oh oh ....
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    Bumping cos Lee's gone quiet and Rick is missin'.
    What are they doing, how many barns has Eldub built, is he burnt out by brothming, how many motors has Rick installed and staircases built?
    The panel wants to know.
    I yam chopping things down , I can only deconstruct so I'm envious of people who make things.
    An aspiration y'see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    It's an artefact right now.
    Of course I had to squirt some atf and alcohol into the bore, Spin er up and check for spark, of which it has none. On removing the magneto cover I observed points with also no spark plus other stuff I have no knowledge of whatsoever.
    Clean the points... burnish them, it will probably go!

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    Lawn mower goals?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Clean the points... burnish them, it will probably go!
    I did but no sparky! I put a speed wrench on a socket and spun it like a demon. Next , the Makita.
    On a very cursory inspection a fabric covered wire looks like it's degraded and earthing, so 'one day' I expect to a. Put it at not on knees height and b. Have a proper look.
    I'll watch that later ak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Bumping cos Lee's gone quiet and Rick is missin'.
    What are they doing, how many barns has Eldub built, is he burnt out by brothming, how many motors has Rick installed and staircases built?
    The panel wants to know.
    I yam chopping things down , I can only deconstruct so I'm envious of people who make things.
    An aspiration y'see.
    Nothing as exciting as swearing at an old motor. We need to accommodate the mother-in-law so I've had to switch over to working on the house at Pt Stephens. Building a new driveway, putting in an ensuite, lining all the downstairs walls and ceilings, insulating, and, later, building another kitchen. All sounds exciting but the biggest job right now is getting all our crap out of the way!
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    If you go to Saving Old Seagulls, they explain how to regenerate the spark. Basicly pull the plug, oil the bore and spin her with a drill. After a while, the magnetism bootstraps itself and you get a spark. That is assuming no other fault.

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    I'm assuming that has nothing to do with my mother-in-law!
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    The mower, the mower!

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    Hahaha.

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    There's an article in the local paper about a man who slipped and fell down a cliff, bounced a few times going down and ...landed in a patch of blackberries.
    The blackberries cushioned his fall and saved his life.

    I read it and thought Lee needs to know this.

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    A lot of the trails we rode on our mountain bikes were cliff side trails. Once, we all stopped to regroup and decide the course wed take on such a stretch of trail.

    As soon as we remounted, and I clipped my second shoe in, the entire stretch of trail I was on collapsed, and I tumbled down with it.
    I fell 5 meters, at least, and somehow landed upright, sans bike, in a big patch of deer brush, a woody shrub. I was torn and cut, but otherwise unscathed.

    Thanks for jogging that memory.

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    Sounds like a good result, Rob.

    Haven't found the article I read the other day but... its a thing!

    "AIM FOR THE BLACKBERRY BUSH: Michael Holmes slammed into the ground after his parachute failed somewhere above Taupo. "I looked at the ground again and without thinking I just blurted out: 'Oh sh**, I'm dead . . . Bye!' " The 7000-jump veteran, survived the fall of 3657m, reaching a speed of up to 193kmh after his parachute and reserve chute became twisted. A blackberry bush broke his fall. He spent 11 days in Taupo Hospital with a punctured lung and broken ankle."
    Ahh, the one I was looking for.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/blackb...GOR6YZ7SUPXJ4/

    "A man seriously injured when he fell 40m down a cliff in darkness near Queenstown early yesterday was fortunate to land in blackberries, one of his rescuers says.The Queenstown-based alpine cliff rescue team arrived about 1.30am, after emergency services were initially alerted at 12.25am that the man had fallen from Gorge Rd, near the intersection with McMillan Rd, and close to the Shotover River.
    The man was later flown to Dunedin Hospital by helicopter. An update on his condition was not available last night."

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    ow ow ow ow ow.

    And yet, Rob, you're somehow here to tell us about it. Your angel's working overtime, and on serious anxiety meds.
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    aim for the blackberries, ha!

    i lost it into a steep ditch on my bike as a youngster. my fall was cushioned by a lush patch of wisconsin's finest stinging nettles.

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    I think the moral behind these stories is you should keep the blackberries, for they are good.
    Just in case, y'know.

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    courtesy to skydivers, mostly.

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