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Postcards from Brooklyn - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 10th, 2013

10:31 am - Postcards from Brooklyn

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Last night, in an effort to improve our suburban street cred, we bought a lawnmower. And because we are tree-hugging hippies (or maybe dinkies or perhaps some form of crunchy yuppies I really don't know anymore), we got a push one. This is actually because I'm lazy and have some experience with small motors and the mower provided is a four stroke that has been described as 'temperamental'.

Now, I know enough about small engines to know that 'temperamental' means 'won't start without the wind blowing the right way, exactly the right amount of choke, the sacrifice of a virgin or two and pulling the cord to the rhythm of Smoke on the Water precisely 2.5 times'. And it also involves keeping petrol and oil in the shed at all times, which involves remembering to buy it. And then there's the bit where engines are noisy and smelly and the prep and maintenance take up chunks of time that I'd rather spend doing other things.

Frankly, I can't be arsed with all that faffing. A push mower you just get out of the shed, push it around, job done. Tonight, if it's not hosing down, it'll get the inaugural push. Because tidy lawns are important, yo.


Not really, it just feels like we're on holiday. Here, have a postcard from Brooklyn:



On the left, for those not familiar, is a cabbage tree. They make pretty silhouettes.

Also last night, I was almost incapable of moving. That was quite a weekend of trying to do hard stuff, and my body responded by literally everything hurting. Even the palms of my hands hurt. So Dr Wheel, because he is awesome, ran me a bath with bubbles and persuaded me to get in it*, then dried me off and carried me to bed, where I proceeded to fall asleep in about 10 seconds flat because I was so relaxed. Today I feel fantastic.

<3 Dr Wheel. Seriously, I cannot recommend this man enough. Even his weird astrology book says so. *ahem*

Meanwhile, here are some pics of our dining room. This mysteriously got sorted while I was away over the weekend. When I left it had stuff all over the table and a box on the floor. Now it's a dedicated dining room:



The table's pushed against the wall because mostly we don't need all six seats, which leaves this huge space in the rest of the room, which is very sunny. A lot of the plants have ended up in here:



I am hoping the lovely light will help my zebra plant perk up from its problems. Brutus the winter-flowering cactus on the left is another indestructable plant which I've had for 25 years. Mum gave him to me as a cutting when I left home. The plant he came off was given to her as a cutting when my folks bought their first house in NZ back in 1971. So Brutus is nearly as old as me and I'm quite attached to him.

And here is that garden I pass on my walk to work.



It doesn't look like much, but it covers about a quarter of an acre and it's terraced down the side of a really steep hill that would get all day sun. I've worked out that it's attached to an individual house, and it looks like the people are using it to feed themselves. It's just the sort of garden I'd like to have one day when I have time to dedicate to it. Only, mine would have more flowers. Yep.

*I feel similarly about baths to how I feel about motor mowers - they are generally more hassle than they're worth. Also, I'm not very good at letting people look after me. But Dr Wheel is all kinds of persuasive and last night, it was just the ticket. More <3


The craft room is now at the stage where it needs a table. Oddly enough, they seem to be quite hard to come by on TradeMe. Maybe I'm being too fussy, or just impatient. I cheekily asked someone for a Buy Now price and the one they put on was double the reserve. Which is way more than the thing's worth, and obviously twice what they were willing to take for it. I'll pay $20 more for convenience, sure, but double? Um, no. But I would like to get on with finishing getting that sorted, so I can disappear in there and make nefarious things.

Also, shearing this weekend. Apparently these ones might have lice. Eek!

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From:tatjna
Date:September 9th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Yes, that one. It's not a very good angle because there were people around and I was trying to be surreptitious. I will try to get a better one at some point.
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From:empresskylon
Date:September 9th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I too have a place with a lawn :) we decided on an electric mower as our lawn is huge.  Only problem is the blade is only 30cm wide. We're talking an hour each evening for 5 evenings to get all the lawns done. To be honest I would have preferred a push mower so I wouldn't have to worry about a power cable.  Also power here is coal which is not exactly the best source of power.

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From:tatjna
Date:September 9th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that is a gigantic lawn!

This mower has a 40cm cut width so still not huge, but the lawn isn't huge either - maybe about 1/3 the size of the Horokiwi ones, and I used to do those with a push mower in 2 hours.

We had a neat little electric that I inherited from Mum that ran off a battery. That was pretty cool too and I fully recommend them - but as you say, coal-produced power ew.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 9th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
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I have already given the lawns a once over... as I suspect the storm may arrive by this evening!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 9th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
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This is because you are awesome! And this means that I can spend time tonight building the guts for the compost bin. ;-)

And I think you're right. It's closing in down here already.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 9th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Speaking of invading ice giants, I am waiting with bated breath for the aerial wampa vid.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 9th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Well, I'm pretty sure that this woman isn't:



But she would be if I told her about it.
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From:richdrich
Date:September 10th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
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Small engines have got a whole lot better since the invention of the electronic magneto.

They're a bit variable though - our mower always starts first pull, and the velocitraption is pretty good (even though 2 stroke) but my strimmer doesn't want to go at all after the winter. I was told it was fussy about fuel when I bought it though, so guess I just need to drain it and try with clean fuel.


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From:tatjna
Date:September 10th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
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This mower looks like the one we used to have back in the 80s, so I'm giving it the side-eye even without having tried to start it. I had a 2-stroke once that was pretty cool, but still involved messing around with fuel and oil and measuring and I could've mowed a couple of strips in the time it took to do all that.
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From:richaarde
Date:September 10th, 2013 02:35 am (UTC)
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I guess it depends how big your yard is for a push mower to make sense. Growing up we had a yard that was large enough and irregular enough that a self-propelled motor lawn mower was a must.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 10th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
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I've never lived in a place that had a lawn big enough to need a self-propelled mower. In fact, all the self-propelled ones I've seen have been industrial ones that could easily run off with me.

I did have one place that had a total of maybe a half acre of lawn in varying topography from flat to moderately steep, and I mowed that with a push mower.

But I'm stubborn like that.
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From:pombagira
Date:September 10th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
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when i has my own place in december.. i shall have plants, in pot on the indoors.. and they shall be pretty!

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From:tatjna
Date:September 10th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
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You totally need a Brutus cutting. It just so happens I have one started and ready for you.
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From:pombagira
Date:September 10th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
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*squee* hooray.. i am stoked about that.. i like Brutus he flowers during the winter, and its pretty!

:D
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 10th, 2013 10:41 am (UTC)
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first craft project: make a table.

or y'know get a door for $10 from the tip and a couple of trestles.

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