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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2018 5:09pm (Feb 16th 2018)
     
    Mickey was chuntering away fit to bust on the window sill this morning. As it was really early I didnt get up to see what was aggravating him. Then when I was putting the laundry out on the line I saw loads of feathers on the grass so we had a bird of prey visit. There were a pair of sparrow hawks that nested down in the valley last year so it might have been one of them I will keep my eye out for them. Wish I had looked out now !!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2018 7:07pm (Feb 16th 2018) edited
     
    Oo dear, I wonder what the sparrowhawk got. Heard the blackbirds going mad a couple of years back and a sparrowhawk had seized a fledgling...horrible. I know it's nature but I wish sparrowhawks (and foxes!) were vegan (said the omnivore, hypocritically).
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2018 7:59pm (Feb 17th 2018)
     
    I think it was a Black bird CC. We've hardly had any birds in the garden since Poor things. I saw two magpies checking out the garden this morning. Now I do thing they are strikingly good looking birds but no way do I want them any where near my garden. They kill all the tiny birds. Nasty old things
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2018 11:32am (Feb 18th 2018)
     
    Magpies are evil, but close up they are stunningly beautiful. Their black feathers have green and blue sheens on them - at my fisrt job we had some that used to sit on the windowsill next to my desk.

    We have lots of pigeons, magpies and seagulls round here - if the hawks took a few of them it would probably be a benefit to the rest of the wild birds. Birds of prey are wonderful.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2018 5:18pm (Feb 18th 2018)
     
    I've never seen a Magpie.

    My front yard is full of Junkos, Chickadees, Stellars Jays, and Ring Tail Doves. Finches and Pine Siskins, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Varied Thrushes, and Spotted Towhees are here too - in smaller packs than the first group... We have hawks and Bald Eagles, and owls who will sometimes stalk my yard. Less so now that there are goats bleating and snorting out there. Well, that and the 12 deer that show up twice a day. If I am really lucky the California Quail will show up, with their babies, like they did for the first time last year.

    I used to have about 20 domesticated/wild cross bunnies. But I think the deer have frightened them off over time. Now there is usually a pair of wild bunnies.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2018 5:29pm (Feb 18th 2018)
     
    It is SNOWING here! About 4 to 6 inches so far. Sunny weather yesterday. Snow today. We don't get much snow. None some years. So this is a bit shocking.

    Lynnie? Do you have snow there?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2018 5:09pm (Feb 19th 2018)
     
    Junkos? Chickadees? Grosbeaks? Towhees? Are you kicking our bucket, Diane?:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2018 7:19pm (Feb 19th 2018)
     
    Best get your camera out Diane we would like to have a look at them xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2018 7:16pm (Feb 20th 2018)
     
    Sounds like a fantastic menagerie! I'd spend all day sitting and watching them.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2018 2:20pm (Feb 21st 2018)
     
    They are fascinating to watch, and do get used to you being about. Some of mine sit on the fence and wait until I have sorted out their feeders then swoop down again before I am even in the house
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2018 6:29pm (Feb 23rd 2018)
     
    Diane, we got 6 inches of snow that didn't melt more over the next few days..it's snowed yesterday and it's supposed to snow this weekend again..it was 17°F when I got up this morning..really sick of Winter now:face-sad:

    We have the same birds here too Diane, the only time I ever saw a Magpie was in Wyoming, they were really pretty.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2018 9:02pm (Feb 23rd 2018)
     
    I believe American magpies are different to the English ones.

    Your weather sounds terrible Lynn - we've been forecast a very cold week with snow over on the east coast side. Hope it doesn't push in to the Midlands!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2018 12:38pm (Feb 24th 2018)
     
    By the sound of it it'll push in to everywhere!:weather_snowing:
    Their magpies look like ours as far as I can make out, but I know the robin is utterly different, more the size of a thrush by the look of it - huge!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2018 2:37pm (Feb 25th 2018)
     
    Large buzzard circling in the sun above my garden today..... one one blackbird in the garden but that kept its self well hidden.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2018 6:08pm (Mar 5th 2018)
     
    Your Robins are utterly different, as CC has shown me many times in various Robin themed gifts ;) Point of information - CC if you has said "Are you kicking THE bucket?" you would have been asking me if I am dying. We don't have "kicking OUR bucket here" but I am assuming it means something along the lines of "pulling your leg" and not a query about whether I am trying to kill you. Lol

    It sounds like everyone ended up having SNOW. Yes, I am completely in favor of the arrival of Spring now. And I think it is happening. My goats having their dandelion fluff undercoats floating sticking to them and me and everything else. And our male American Robins are back and dressed in their brightest orange/red feathers to impress the girls. All the right trees are beginning to bud.

    :bow_flowers::bow_flowers::bow_flowers::bow_flowers:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2018 3:27pm (Mar 6th 2018)
     
    Kicking your bucket = pulling your leg = yanking your chain, etc.

    All our snow is gone; we cancelled our Russian class on Friday to the bemusement of our teacher - who, we realised, had studied in Moscow and was therefore unfazed by anything less than 2 feet of snow!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2018 6:19pm (Jul 13th 2018)
     
    THANK YOU, LONDON. We noticed, here across the pond. It really helps to know we aren't alone in this fight.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2018 6:45pm (Jul 13th 2018)
     
    He went by road - the bloody helicopters went over this morning just as Popmaster was on the wireless!! Then later on I got cut up pulling out of a road as limousines and loads of police outriders tore past at FAR above the speed limit.
    Did you like the blow up baby Trump?:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2018 5:12pm (Jul 14th 2018) edited
     
    The balloon was a huge hit with everyone I know. Including being able to point out to his idiot supporters that they are easily upset by things like...BALLOONS. ;)

    I'm going to try to post a photo of my favorite protest sign so far.

    London set a record for turnout - FIVE times the number of people they were expecting: 250,000. Many more than attended the "mangle faced orange hellbeast's" inauguration, by the way. Much of the reporting here is about how much more creative your insults are than ours. LOL
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2018 5:21pm (Jul 14th 2018)
     
    Awesome protester and her sign
      Londoner anti-trump sign (2).jpg
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2018 5:22pm (Jul 14th 2018)
     
    Your's is bigger
      London Protect vs Inauguration.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2018 6:56pm (Jul 14th 2018)
     
    :rolling: Makes me proud to be British...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2018 6:33pm (Jul 17th 2018)
     
    A deserving pride. If I didn't love my island and animal family so much, I'd be camping out in your living room at this point.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2018 7:51pm (Jul 19th 2018)
     
    I'd be there with you, Diane..I'll bring the sleeping bags! Sooo upset with this idiot man!!:face-sad:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2018 4:40pm (Jul 20th 2018)
     
    I got camping gear, a six person tent and all the requirements wouldn't it be fun if we could all camp
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2018 6:37pm (Jul 20th 2018)
     
    There's not even room for a ONE person tent in my front room....so it's everyone up to Nanny North's! I bet Grandad North could build a Trump refugee shed by the time you get there. :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2018 8:44pm (Jul 20th 2018)
     
    My house also CC but I have a decent sized garden and two bed settees in summerhouse so am sure we could all fit in somehow ha ha...…. Ha Ha re the Trump shed
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2018 3:17pm (Jul 21st 2018)
     
    Bagsy sleeping on one of the summerhouse sofas!!! :rolling:
    :zzz:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2018 5:15pm (Jul 21st 2018)
     
    Maybe we should have a celebratory gathering, once we oust this mangled apricot hellbeast (quoting one of your countrywomen)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2018 8:09pm (Jul 21st 2018)
     
    Nick Abbot (LBC presenter) hates him and last night referred to him as the Orange Screaming Me Me.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2018 10:51pm (Jul 21st 2018)
     
    ok Kate good idea to book ahead xxx!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 5:19pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    Is that what Kate meant? No fair using code. :) Is is "bagsy" the same as "dibs"?

    I have been watching the current (Season 4) of Madam Secretary on Netflix. Most of it is spent taking pretty direct shots at the trump administration. One was about someone in the US administration being Putin's puppet. In Episode 12, the president went crazy (as ours IS) and they invoked Section 4 of the 25th Amendment which allows for a US President to be removed from office by the vote of a majority of his/her Cabinet and the Vice President, if they are deemed incapacitated. They actually used Section 3 on the show, under which the President agrees, gets treatment, and can return if criteria is met. Pretty amazing to see a popular show depict this. It is something that we were working toward (providing the professional assessment of this President's mental incapacity and dangerousness) in the book I wrote a chapter for. The book was a bestseller, allowing members of our group high level access to push the case further. At this point, it is pretty clear that there is so much corruption around him that it will take vast numbers of US citizens rising up to get rid of him and his collaborators. Many of us are working to get out the vote for the elections in November - which could put enough good and clean people in office to oust him.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 7:09pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    Diane, Bagsy is about getting in first a bit like saying shotgun real quick before any one else so you get the front passenger seat in the car!!! We don't think nothing about these sayings as we have been using them since we were kids.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 11:47pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    And yes, it is the same as dibs!

    I don't feel like the American people will ever be able to get rid of him. He's the sort of person that would change the rules (constitution?) so that he can stay in office as long as he wants.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2018 6:49pm (Jul 29th 2018)
     
    He's like Dutch Elm disease; strikes once and never leaves...:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2018 4:49pm (Aug 4th 2018)
     
    We have a couple of things that we are holding out hope around. The big one is the midterm elections (for Senators and Representatives in Congress and Governors of many of our States). People are very angry and may finally turn out en masse to vote. If they do, if we elect at least 23 Democratic Representatives, his ability to do anything more will be severely curtailed and, if we actually get a majority in the Senate as well, the he will be impeached. There are also some flash points at which he would create revolution, which he may not survive. Fortunately, he cannot change the Constitution on his own - each of the 50 States has to ratify amendments to that (thank you founding fathers). He HAS done a lot of, hopefully temporary, damage through the use of Executive Orders. But some of the biggest long term damage is the appointment of judges who are either very conservative or actually corrupt. That damage is harder to undo. The most terrifying is the appointment (which must, at least, be approved by Congress) of the Supreme Court Justice - a life term. We are fighting that right now but with a Republican (the conservative party that has been taken over by criminals and wing nuts) majority, it is going to be difficult to keep that from happening. It would shift the majority to conservatives on the highest court in our land. Then there is the Mueller investigation, which a lot of us pin hopes on and which is the place he is most likely to go overtly authoritarian - firing the people investigating him. through impulsive actions he is too ill to control. He does that and there will be rioting in the streets. Right now, he gets up, watches Fox News, sets his schedule based on that conservative sham show. Apparently he currently spends much of his day raging about how unfairly he is being treated. (The editor of the book I wrote a chapter for told me once that she got an urgent call asking for advice when he was having a melt down and they didn't know what to do.) He holds these "campaign rallies" which are really just events where he can feel the love his father never gave him, populated by the worst of America - the classic Ugly American, during which he openly stirs them up to violence. He is an obvious sociopath but many of us also suspect that he is experiencing the onset of Alzheimers Disease. And, of course, these very expensive rallies, to say nothing of his regular golf weekends are costing us tax payers millions. We have truly been taken over by a mafia style crime family that has been doing business with Russian criminals for decades and for whom Trump himself has most likely become an asset in Putin's tampering with our election system. All this is a test of our very young democratic system and we are truly being tested. I still think there are enough checks and balances, and, ultimately, a population that abhors authoritarianism, that we will pull through and then make it better than it was. But it is very assuredly a terribly dangerous time.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2018 7:28pm (Aug 4th 2018)
     
    Today's reported gems from his visit: he now reckons he wasn't late to meet HM the Q, but SHE was late to meet him. Then said that they (?) used to call Britain 'England'. :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2018 6:21pm (Aug 5th 2018)
     
    He is SO embarrassing. And dangerous.