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Some videos and the inevitable pics of the garden - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 21st, 2013

09:09 am - Some videos and the inevitable pics of the garden

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This was my last free weekend, in that for the next few weeks I will most likely be spending at least one of my weekend days shearing sheep. I have 45 or so booked in for this Saturday - it doesn't sound like a lot but it starts with 18 big stroppy English Leicesters, then goes to what I call the Jenny Craig emergency farm, at which all the sheep weigh more than I do. And then it finishes up at this place where the guy has sheep that I can only describe as corrugated, they are that wrinkly. And because it's the start of the season and I haven't done much shearing lately I am not fit for it. I'm not looking forward to Saturday. I am looking forward to the money though.


This came via tieke's Mum, who is a keen spinner and fibre artist and fellow sheep afficionado. I don't know how she stumbled on this but I found it highly amusing. It's a home movie from the Nehterlands in the 1930s ish(?) of sheep being brought in and prepared, then shorn, then the wool being sold.



If you watched it, yes that's right - they washed them before shearing. I saw this once on one of those shows where people live like in medieval times in some old country cottage in England and I was all "Surely not. Why on earth would they do that?" I still haven't worked out why they'd wash the whole sheep before shearing rather than just the fleece afterwards - surely you get a cleaner fleece that way - and what a mission trying to wash a struggling sheep that thinks it's about to drown..

And then there was this one - Carrot dating!



Some guy setting up a dating app that allows you to offer a bribe to potential dates in order to convince them to date you. Anything from dinner or a movie through to jewellery - because women love presents, right? No he does actually say that, I'm not being facetious.

I am not sure what to make of it tbh. I mean, he makes it fairly obvious that his viewpoint is that of a man trying to get women to date him, and he makes a bunch of stereotypical assumptions about women which rubs me up the wrong way - but is it that bad an idea?

More importantly, would you use it?

*ahem*

Garden progress!



This week's flowers - impatiens, a flower carpet rose in red, a variegated heliotrope, sweet peas that I grew from seed, red poppies and yellow gazanias. This part of the garden is going to make people go "Ow my eyes!"

Vegies:



Some beans grown from seed, and also a pair of courgette plants (not pictured). Still no luck getting capsicums to germinate. Also, our watering can has gone missing. I realise it's unlikely that anyone would come down the drive, walk round the back and go into the shed, just to nick a watering can. The only other explanation is that it's blown away - but that seems equally unlikely given where it was. So I have to get another today* - meanwhile, these plants got watered from a jar, hence the wee spots instead of a thorough soaking.

* I considered getting a hose but I'd need a 30m one to reach the end of the drive, and watering cans make you very aware of how much water you're using.


It seems we are having a housewarming. The weekend of the 2nd and 3rd* the 23rd of November - you have been warned. Invitations with details will go out when we get ourselves together enough to do them, but if you already know where we live then you can pretty much consider yourself invited anyway. ;-)

This weekend I also made a sword and shield. They aren't finished yet, but the sword's ready to paint (in the gesso layers stage) and the shield has its straps and is awaiting the arrival of my Wonderflex so I can do the heraldry. And there was adagio practice, in which we did both better (success!) and worse (oops sorry about your nuts/head!). Overall I think there was improvement. Now I am sore. And there is more adagio tonight... eep.

* Date changed in consultation with management to allow for the attendance of alphamatrix, without whom the party would be sadly lacking in bad pants. Also, there might be a theme. It might involve bad pants.

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From:tatjna
Date:October 20th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Urk, that's a shame. I will have to consult with the management.
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From:richaarde
Date:October 20th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
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That Carrot dating concept does seem kind of creepy. Either a person is interesting or they're not. You're not buying a commodity, so adding sweeteners to the deal isn't going to work.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 20th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. If someone turned me down for a date, I would feel very strange going "What about if I bought you cupcakes?" or something. It's just a bit tryhard.
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From:pythia
Date:October 20th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
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"Just like the donkey can be motivated by the carrot and a dog can be bribed by a bone, a woman can be enticed by a gift."
Except no, because we're not donkeys or dogs, thanks very much.

I bet the guys who would use this will be the ones who, when it doesn't work out, claim that the woman was only dating them for gifts etc. all along. Even though that seems to be the point...




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From:pythia
Date:October 20th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and capsicums like warm temperatures while germinating, so try putting them somewhere warm (I have a seed heating pad, so i can use that) but places like windowsills, where it gets cold at night aren't great.
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From:crazedturkey
Date:October 20th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
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I've never managed o get capsicum to grow properly, so if you work it out let me know...I suspect they probably need more warmth - but you know Australan summer ffs, still no joy.

Yay for flowers!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:October 21st, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)

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I believe that there are already a number of sugardaddy type dating sites out there where women who want to pretend they aren't prostitutes can meet men who want to pretend they're not johns.
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From:jvmatucha
Date:October 21st, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
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Ah! So you do know your sheep. I'm a total city slicker. I've never done any work involving farm animals.

Bribe someone to date you? Hm... What kind of bribes would you offer?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
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I am the exception rather than the rule. I would say that about half the population of this country (perhaps more) have never even touched a sheep. But yeah, I'm geeky about them.

To date me? The pleasure of my scintillating company, of course. If they don't want to date me for that, I doubt I'd enjoy a date I had to bribe them into.
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From:strude1
Date:October 21st, 2013 05:07 am (UTC)
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Wow those sheep have really slender legs!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Oddly enough, quite a lot of breeds from that part of the world have legs like that. Dunno why..
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From:meathiel
Date:October 21st, 2013 10:17 am (UTC)
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*head desk* And this carrot dating works???
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
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I don't know- the guy seems to be trying to sell the app so he thinks it will, but I kind of picture it being like the pickup artist thing - it will attract men who think there's a formula for interacting with women, because women are somehow a different species. And the only women that'll go for it are ones who subscribe to a similar view and thus reinforce the idea, and it'll end up being a singularity of gender stereotypes that the rest of us are happy to stay away from.
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:October 21st, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
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i loved that the sheep all still had their tails! amazing. do you know when docking came into popularity? i assume it was around when it became cheaper to prevent infection but don't know when that is...
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From:tatjna
Date:October 21st, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it's a matter of when as such, but a matter of a combination of culture and climate and emphasis on wool. So in Australia and New Zealand, wool was a major export and sheep were bred to grow as much wool as possible, at the expense of other traits such as keeping clean bums. Meanwhile, the climate lends itself to flystrike and the nature of farming is to have large numbers of sheep that you can't individually care for. All these things combined led to docking being more economic than leaving the tails on.

The sheep in that video are clean around the points so they are probably fairly clean around the tail too. The wool is clearly not as meticulously cared for as Aussie or Kiwi wool would be, and the flock is small so they could catch and treat any flystruck ones.

There is a slow trend away from docking here now as sheep numbers drop and wool has less value. Smart farmers are selecting for sheep that don't get daggy bums, and hopefully eventually we'll have a good breed here that doesn't need docking.
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From:pundigrion
Date:October 31st, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
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I was noticing the wee thin spindly sheep legs too!

Also, my was I ever surprised by *how* they washed the sheep! So, we washed our sheep too, but in a very different manner. More like rinsing them than a full wash. Step one, dam up the creek a bit (the dam is temporary and removed afterwards). Step two make a chute. Sheep really aren't that keen on stepping into the water so they have to be funnelled in. You'd think they would have learned that such chutes lead to Bad Places... Then you herd them along into the chute which narrows as it gets closer and in they go. The constant stream of more sheep behind them persuades them the fastest way is to swim through and out the other side. Then they had a nice field of fresh grass and looked a lot like puffballs as they dried. You sheared a few days later once the sheep were dry.

IIRC, this is the same method described in one of the Little House on the Prairie books (probably Farmer Boy, since I don't recall the Ingalls owning any sheep.)
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