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    This is my stonework project, it's on hold at the moment...dropped down the priority list.

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    ^
    I know a guy who makes really squared off oblong ish rocks. They go together quite easily provided you have the strength of Achenaten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    This is my stonework project, it's on hold at the moment...dropped down the priority list.
    That looks good so far. What is the bush with the maroon flowers?
    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    It indeed does look very good. We have a few spares from my Joe dirt digging, I'd love to have enough to do something like that though.
    Vistors this am, 5 minutes ago. I suppose we know now that the hen is one of our covid ducklings from last year.
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    Brought home to show the kindly neighbours. Very cute!

    Some crazy paving. Sandstone and granite. The black is potting mix to help little rockery plants just added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiletto View Post
    That looks good so far. What is the bush with the maroon flowers?
    Climbing rose. I've had it for ages and this year is the first time it's put on a real show.
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    It's been raining solid for 3 days but only showers forecast for today they say.
    Some new growth...
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    That's a black mamuku tree fern. Not so many here so we value them.
    Some mobile and fluid garden art,
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    I think about 4 neighbours generate or catch that on their lawns and then hand it on to the lowest common denominator. Ie Joe Dirt, er John .
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    Rather than pollute the photo a day thread with my thoughts..
    Answer to Jay regarding the duckling attrition, I said something like 'the first forty didn't make it'.
    The first three reasons are weakness , cold or bad weather and incompetent mamma, Jay.
    They start off as clutches between 10 and 14 when we see them, but there's often one that just trails along and sits . Sometimes they make it overnight and sometimes they don't. Then the next one becomes weak. ..
    This happened with a good hen just recently . 14 getting whittled down over a week to 8. 8 for a week, then a storm and suddenly its 5. I think 3 just got washed away in the heavy weather and flooded fast running stream.

    Bad mamma. Yep, the ditz hen didn't watch much, wasn't very good at running interference or guarding, traipsed them miles, lost the lot in a week.

    Predators. Ditz bird walked properties 3 or 4 away that have dogs , there are a few cats too. Swamp hens /pukeko take them down in the mangroves , maybe the adult herons (although neither the ducks or ducklings show evidence of fear when the heron have been on a branch close by). There's stoats. They all move very fast when a hawk appears.

    Drakes snap at them, would explain the dead but uneaten ones we find in the middle of the lawn or some such. I've never found a gnawed bird on the property.

    I'm becoming of the opinion that it's less predation than I thought and more of weakness, cold, parenting and weather ,as above.
    I don't interfere other than to provide mixed grain for them , try to make them a bit stronger faster .
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    On the subject of new growth...

    The small natives we planted in autumn all seem to be doing OK, except the 3 lancewoods, which just seem to sit there. I think the two front ones that are sort of brownish have a little more stature than when planted, but the third, of a greenish tinge, is the smallest and seems resolute in remaining so.

    Then Bridgit noticed that something had appeared at it's top. I swear this wasn't around the previous weekend, so this is at most, 5 days growth on a plant that has appeared all but dead until now. Give it another 7 or eight years and it might reach the top of the fence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnalogKid View Post
    On the subject of new growth...

    The small natives we planted in autumn all seem to be doing OK, except the 3 lancewoods, which just seem to sit there. I think the two front ones that are sort of brownish have a little more stature than when planted, but the third, of a greenish tinge, is the smallest and seems resolute in remaining so.

    Then Bridgit noticed that something had appeared at it's top. I swear this wasn't around the previous weekend, so this is at most, 5 days growth on a plant that has appeared all but dead until now. Give it another 7 or eight years and it might reach the top of the fence.

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    Nice, we planted 2 of them ourselves, or Kirsty did.
    Very pleased to find out that one of the young trees that had us confused is a Matai !
    I check the kauri and Kahikatea every day, the growth is astonishing, I didn't expect that.

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    Urban 'landscaping' is sooo much easier!

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    Looks exceptionally pleasant, except the magpie. Is he a friend or enemy?
    I know the artillery squad would be on alert if he turned up here, waiting for orders from the command tent under the LPBC.

    Story I babbled off somewhere else here, goodness knows what thread.
    2 nights ago in groundhog day land, maybe 3 ,the female kiwi mentioned earlier repeated her knife scene from psycho call at 9 pm.
    Yet again I revelled in the fact that I neither threw my beverage over my shoulder nor popped my clogs at the shock.
    Quickly waddling to the door as my knees regained circulation, I , with my trusty Wife beside me to prop up my courage in the pitch blackness ,proceeded to the carport.
    I heard some rustling, no not the High Chaparral kind, and pointed my red spotlight in the direction of the noise.
    There in the red glow stood a perfect kiwi, just like the pictures and the nature programmes, except red.

    Yeah, so we finally saw one in the driveway. It ran off.
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    Not a magpie but a peewee (or peewit). Lovely little birds. They remind me of those delicate little black and white birds you see flitting about in the middle of the ocean.

    Nice to have a local kiwi!
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    Ah! Nice. We have these tiny birds here called Grey warblers. They'd be the smallest equal but their tail is a bit longer than the rifleman.

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    Ye have flies there? Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Ye have flies there? Ha!

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    The green eyed March Fly...buggers bite.
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    I don't believe we have anything like that green eyed monster. Just your normal housefly and blowfly, nothing like the level you have in the lucky country though.
    We don't wear those hats with corks on strings that you all wear over there, for example. That's a very clever photo capturing it in mid air like that, real action packed.

    I drove past the purple tyre teapot/kettle garden sculpture the other day and thought about another clandestine attempt at a photo. I think my jeans got hooked up in a fence post staple last time I tried the tactical roll entrance to the property method. That time I was forced to make a quick escape after all the crying and the unhooking. They were my good jeans.
    I suppose I could just knock on the door but .....seems too easy.

    Sometimes I wake up feeling like an artist, I wonder if it would be possible to carve an eagle penguin for a gate post.
    A sort of Gauguin esq tribute thing.

    There's my thoughts for the day.
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    A temporary garden ornament if you will. This tui (usually a nectar feeder) is supplementing its diet with bugs from the hedge that grows over my side fence. I see it visit several times a day while sitting in my home office. This one time I was ready with the camera by the backdoor and managed to get this shot from about 3m away.

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    We definitely have grey warblers in the tree over the back fence. I stood out a couple of evenings ago listening to one singing away as the light was fading. Never clapped eyes on them though. They're small and stay up in the tops of the tree, totally obscured by the foliage.
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    Cool, love those things, we have a few residents ourselves.
    That's pollen over his forehead, probably from a flax flower.

    I very much agree, the best garden art is the natural stuff.( not this stuff we're joshing about, haha ha)
    One of our guys I snapped last year
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    That was through the kitchen window glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    The green eyed March Fly...buggers bite.
    Maine beaches have flies like that called greenheads. Their bite huts! A friend used to swim a lot & to stay in for more that a few minutes, he'd wear his 7 mil wetsuit (10-12 degree C water). He discovered that they couldn't bite through that, so he'd wear it all afternoon...
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    Those hats with corks don't work because they pull the hat off when the flies land on them. The best thing is to just keep a mallet handy and get them when they land on someone else. Most March flies succumb after only two or three whacks with a heavy mallet and, around here, the consequential rise in brain damage is barely noticeable.
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    I only wear my cork hat when I saddle up the Roo to go shopping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Those hats with corks don't work because they pull the hat off when the flies land on them. The best thing is to just keep a mallet handy and get them when they land on someone else. Most March flies succumb after only two or three whacks with a heavy mallet and, around here, the consequential rise in brain damage is barely noticeable.
    It seems to me you'd lose your upward peripheral vision too, dangerous with those drop bears and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    I only wear my cork hat when I saddle up the Roo to go shopping.
    Don't need any bags when you've got a marsupial to go shopping .

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    I'm feeding this one, it's the runt and getting a bit beat up.
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    I call this Pulmonary pink at sun up.... 6 am today
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    That's an ice floe in the center, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    That's an ice floe in the center, right?
    Yip, brrrrrr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
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    I'm feeding this one, it's the runt and getting a bit beat up.

    Interesting photo when you mistake the nostrils for eyes.
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    ^^^^Echidnapus
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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    Interesting photo when you mistake the nostrils for eyes.
    Yep, that was the point of the crop.

    Crop...accidental birdy reference .heh.

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    Lost track of my own threads, there's a tree one somewhere.
    Anyway, garden surprise yesterday morning after half a gale. JB makes scooby do noises.
    Somehow this 40 ft kanuka (tea tree) missed not only the shed but the little matipo we've preserved previously. There's a bough just touching it, no damage at all. I had nearly decided to keep that tree and double the shed size on the other side, but that dilemma has been removed now.
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    Just when I thought the chainsaw was put away for summer too.
    Gone by lunchtime , as they say...
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    Glad it missed the shed! Maybe this one? http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...light=hey+lupo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Glad it missed the shed! Maybe this one? http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...light=hey+lupo
    That's the one, ah well.
    Let's just say the unwelcome garden decoration has left the building.....

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