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  1. ...thats really great.....!!! ...do you contemplate joining the ""Black Pensioner Gang "" ?? .....(this from another old bloke !!) ..this because I often see some of my old aquaintances....motor bike fanatics, dressed in their black leathers etc, gathered at a country pub / cafe in an area where I live....thus I address them , as above, which brings about some considerable humour.......as one can imagine.....!!! Mike
  2. ....Bay Watch ...???? .....thought it was called "Crutch Watch "" Mike
  3. ....a Yamaha Quad bike is far more use than a Unimog will ever be.....and if you wanted a back hoe.....or a machine that pulls logs.....or does agricultural tillage....as depicted in the excitement of Seths fecund mind.....you wouldn't buy a bloody Uni-Mog....and if you have visions of conquering the world.... (quote : Seth ...)...right now, all you require is a major share holding in a major drug company....and a ''D '' ticket...and if you are that sort of a deranged idiot most of us normal peasants wouldn't wish to associate with such guileless trash anyway...... ...and to finish this particular sermon ...on the vehicle which is essentially German.... ....go price a part for any Mercedes Benz built vehicle........think about it ,go sit under a tree for a while ....than maybe....just maybe a sense of normality may briefly return into that tortured mind.... Yes..I realise that this was a harmless ''poll'' ...with a touch of mirth , from Seth..in the respect of the alternative to the much vaunted Unimog...but for Joe Average , a Unimog would be about as usefull as 'tits on a duck'....................and as we all know that Seth is a duck collector of note in the fine State of Vermont...that analogy was purely to mollify him.... ...again..just my opinion Mike
  4. ..re Gus's last Xmas with you folk...... ...I ,like other's, no doubt who frequent this topic thought that rather sad......so I thought I would relate to you a 'dog tale '......a little gimpse into the past , but an event which , at the time, was highly amusing...still is in fact.... The dog in question , was named "Zack''...and he was an exact replica of your ''Gus''.....and just as interesting.... Zack's friend who brought him new collars, registered him every year...brought him special biscuits , drove Zack around in a new ..(at the time ..) Ford Falcon, to look at various contractual jobs, because Bob was an Earth moving Contractor....Thus Zack spent a lot of time in the Falcon ..or on the floor of a big Hitachi Excavator....I worked with Bob Taylor for some time......and one other memorable day was we were looking to build a large dam on an orchardist's property...The Falcon was parked on the top of a small hill...overlooking the orchard and the propective dam site....and as there were those ''toy '' dogs running about with property owner, Zack was left in the car...Zack had a thing about ''toy'' dogs....they brought out about the only mean streak in him.We wandered down into the mass of old "Granny Smith "' apple trees and walked out the dam site.... took awhile, and when we we walked back up onto the hilly area ...the Falcon was gone...no where to be seen....vanished. Bob was any easy going bloke...said he thought he left the car in "park"....(column shift auto...)...but wasn't sure., So a brief survey revealed the car wedged in the old apple trees...it had sort of run down parallel to the rows then finally crunched up against one ...doing quite a lot of superficial damage...Zack would have spotted those ''toy'' dogs and lept up at the winscreen and somehow knocked the shift arm out of 'park'' and away.... Anyway,,,we were doing a ''shape correction '' on a little used County road, involving putting a massive ''Armco '' culvert in the bottom of a gully, to replace an old ''trussed' wooden bridge....The road wound down into the gully and wound up and out on the other side...heading into a straight bit of road with a distinct ''down grade'' We were taking our lunch break....sitting up in the grass with all machines turned off.... and across the t'other side of the gully , a horse and wagon hove slowly into view....it eventually climbed out on our side....a very smart looking mini ''Conestoga ' type wagon...complete with all the requirements of that sort of life style ...including , tethered behind the wagon, a dog....an exact replica of Zack....except for one ''fundamental orifice''...shall we say....thus...as the wagon passed by and headed down the ''down grade ''beyond...Bob Taylor said, to no one in particular..in his laconic way.....'''its not that often you see a dog with two heads and six legs...''' ..guess you had to be there..but it shore was amusing....Zack turned up eventually....tired...but happy.... ... there is a lot of us out there that love the old hounds......all the best, Jeff, with "Gus" for the foreseeable future.... Mike
  5. ...the 090 is a beast "" used down under on chainsaw mills.... I still have a Stihl 76....but have a heckuva job starting it...just due to the old shoulders being buggared.....My 35 yr "boy' starts it instantly......I just no longer have that 'snap'' in the old arm.... Got a bunch of smaller Stihl's....the smaller they are...the easier for me to fire them up !!! A bloke needs a good rifle .....a good sawmill .... and a good woman...life is good... Mike
  6. .....for the hunting fraternity ...of which there are many on this forum....I have often mentioned "Chamois " and "Thar" whilst pontificating on New Zealands hunting options.. ...I guess very few of you blokes would be familiar with either of those two particular. game animals.....animals that were introduced in New Zealand, years gone, this from Europe....where only the wealthy elite are priviledged to be able to hunt them....And have to be chaperoned by a guide..... ..Down under, with a permit from Department of Conservation.....which costs nothing...any "Joe Average " with the necessary horse power in his legs....and with still a bit of fire in the belly...can hunt these animals...but....and here is the but....there is no drifting along , standing on the back of the 4x4...with firearms at the ready......this is sheer hard , gut busting effort...because these game animals live ''way up there' I have good pictures of Chamois only..but still on a format which with my legendary incompetance with ''white man's magic' ...simply means thats where they will stay....for awhile So, whilst watching a very good NZ Hunting TV production....I took a few pictures from the TV...of these animals...The pictures are not of great quality...but you can clearly see at least what a "Thar"" looks like...the picture of the "Chamois' needs looking at closely...to see its''horns''...and how different they are from thr "Thar" Some years back when my great American hunting friend from Southern Utah, was over here.....We got up into similiar country as pictured...but..the weather crapped out for three days...and anyone who has been enveloped in mountain fog and rain, will know those frustrations.... then add the dreaded ''time '' schedules into the equation..... Fifth picture down is the Chamois....(didn't have much time to set up and pick the pictures...!! )...you can see the type of terrain that these animals frequent.... Mike
  7. ...sounds perfectly normal to me, Jacka........the only irregularity in your attitudes to this vexed question of ''hoarding'' is the fact that you are seemingly questioning your motives here..... so..once your mindset is ''re-programmed'' ...to never letting anything of remote value leave the ''heap'' ...you should be OK ... Mike
  8. guess that diesel ''gells'' at that low . ( low ?????????? wow! ) temperature ??..of course I am not refering to your motorised sledge.... ...very warm here today, Ryan !!! Mike
  9. Well, Steve...it like this.....back in '77.....the two wives of the day and my best Mate went to America...the second wonderful trip for me....first for the other three...of which both wives have passed, long since.....A couple of years prior, our good friend s from Southern Utah...Kanab, had visited us in NZ....so Lynn was keen to show off the State of Utah...to us....specifically the other three , as I had been there five years before.... Prior to our arrival, he told me he had a brand new 4x4 pickup..... and as such, he had also planned a multi -day. off highway excursion for the ''males' .....Sounded good... Upon arrival , I was traumatised by the sight of the new pickup....A single cab Datsun..of, obviously . 1977 vintage.... Now Lynn was then 6ft plus....and a bloke that needed to leave the dinner table ,a lot sooner than he normally did....my long time friend from NZ, was also north of six feet...and solid...and i then was a mere five ft ten inches..in the up right position....of average weight....and as the cloud of despair descended upon my frail shoulders...I new exactly where I was going to fit into that freakin' rice burner........in the bloody middle..... Two days of getting thrown about...cheek to jowl ,despite it with two very close friends, left me scarred for life.....and throw in those barrels of some iced soda, which Lynn consumed , constantly...something that tastes so bloody bad..it made me talk like Elmer Fudd......and this claustrophobic torture continued for two long days.....passing by some great parts of Utah....but it finished me.....a broken wretch ......needing intensive counselling ...............and to really rub the wound...we met....of all things, Toyota Land Cruiser soft top things..like the Datsun...seating but two people...and needing a 'speaking tube '' to converse ...at any speed over 50 miles per hour.... Unbloodybelievable...that American males would buy that garbage...when Ford Dodge Cheverolet and GMC offer ''proper '' comfortable and quiet trucks.... A sad commentary on life over there....and that Datsun thing that Lynn had was disposed off very quickly....traded on a real American F250....but ...alas...far to late for our visit...... My thoughts .... Mike
  10. ......news...but no good news, Jeff !! and Lorraine did not use the tele lense on the big Canon...she just poked the camera through the railings from the adjacent pen..... to Gene's surprise !!! Gene is the Farm manager....the bloke trying to escape the bull, in the fourth pic down Mike
  11. ......those big bulls are heavy.....had the four wheeler come up , four bulls is all it would take......can't give you a precise weight....and the dogs are " huntaway's ".. check out very recent post on the "Dog Thread "" for an explanation ..as to the ''NZ Huntaway "" origins ... Mike ....except the one black and white dog , pictured in the river..is just a regular heading dog...(.the pic with three dogs)
  12. No worries, Lazy !!! Down under we always refer to the small truck on the left...(4x2) ..as a ''four wheeler '' ....and the ones on the right (8x4) ...as an ''eight wheeler ''.... (then that leaves the regular 6x4....as a ''six wheeler..."" The four wheeler would sneak aroungd the bluff ..pic taken out of the JD window......but no way could the eight wheeler make it around there !!..because of crate hieght... Mike
  13. ......nine bulls heading up into the back country.......first up the truck should have been a small single deck 4x2....but due to the vagaries of stock shifting.....an 8x4 triple deck turned up.....with double deck for cattle......thus the bulls could not be unloaded at the normal site due to the truck being unable to sneak around several rock bluffs...on the very mean carriage way, above one particular river section......The only 'bonus' was just the one trip up the back.....rather than the two trips from the small unit... Bulls were unloaded at Stockyard Flat, and had to be walked up several miles...then split into two 'lots'...one heading up the Rainbow Flats....the other lot being pushed across the Wairau River onto the Eastern Flats......hence the usual fracas coaxing five bulls across the river.....Once again the Huntaway dogs played their usual vital roles...note the river antics... Mike
  14. Ace......you know. I reckon that the Iowa bloke should have figured that out .......there must a lot of ''back woods '' still in Iowa...complete with hill billys.....who maybe are not that bright...but they can lift heavy weights......Its a worry... Mike
  15. .......best thing for stuck/frozen pins is to land a job doing river protection work....!!!.....Rumbling over small boulders / stones etc will sort them out in no time...but I realise if you farm in the vast plains of North America......you shore as heck are not going to ship your crawler up to an Alaskan braided river to cure that particular issue..... None the less ..it works immediately.... Mike
  16. Gheez KWRB........next thing you will extolling Hank Snow's virtues ""Movin' on "' etc.....however..I could cope with his songs.... Mike
  17. ...yeah.....it is not that pleasant....couldn't operate the excavator.....well...not without some very painfull discomfort.....and the picture shows but a third of the '''infection'' Mike
  18. OK Jeff ...get yourself a nice cup of cocoa...and settle back..... The "Huntaway"..or the NZ Huntaway have been bred over many years ...initially to suit the demands of the New Zealand high country sheep stations... The breed is relatively new, dating back to the late 19th century...colour is generally black and tan.... Only dogs that have won events at Dog Trials...can be registered as stud "Huntaway's",..by the New Zealand Dog Trial Association.... Huntaways are large , deep chested dogs....weighing from 55lbs to 90 lbs.....about 22 to 26 inches high , at the shoulder....smooth haired and with floppy ears .....and generally, very amiable critters !! They are required to have great intelligence, agility and stamina, for days of working over steep country....covering large distances, driving very large mobs of sheep..... Their bark is deep, and repeating , with usually short pauses between barks, which allows them to sustain the barking .... this for very long periods... Early New Zealand had vast pastoral high country ''runs'' or Stations , this in the South Island, running thousands of sheep.....in early days, all unfenced , thus the requirement for big strong heading dogs who could make a serious 'bark' as opposed to the initial British dog breeds who barely barked at all.... Check out the Molesworth book, Jeff.....some of those early Stations had in excess of 100,000 sheep , pre 1900..When NZ's population was around 3 and a half million humans...there was seventy million sheep running around !! I trust this was helpful....good to chat with you a week back... thankyou.....and here is a sheep picture, not very brilliant, taken about a few years gone....You well know why the old Huntaway is more than handy to have around ...!! Mike
  19. Yes....something like that......the vet explained it to me...(.just about made my stomach turn.).....he said even if you got the old hound in pronto....the outcome could not be predicted to be the outcome that one would hope for......due to the mess of complications .....this basically due to the fact of the dog not being able to lie still for a week or so.... I n my little circle of dog owning friends...the incidence of the 'Huntaway' dieing this way is quite extraordinary.....most ok in the evening....dead in the morning...... There dosen't seem to be any particular feed/work related/ incident pattern to it....Very distressing for the shepherds / farmers with their working dogs... Tears in our house when ""Jed"" expired in this manner.....He was a neat dog....smart ...and just ''part of the family'' Mike
  20. ...I have to say that the term '' Beater'' ......as defined in both "Merrimans and Oxford " dictionary....bears no possible connection to some of ..in fact ...any of the trucks on this topic...bitty , for one needs fifty lashes for leaving that classic Ford in that state.....and I do not mean the Keystone State... I would let Wes go with just a warning....as for Seth ....well what more can one say Wi ih needs some serious counselling...for calling his trucks ''beaters '' MTB98 is also guilty of handling the truth carelessly...but will be let off with a warning.....as for oleman....I well recall his historic and memorable treatise directed at the famous "Ford ' marque....as I recall he wanted to do a complete hysterectomy on that Ford truck.....and I think to bring him into line...swapping my 1988 Datsun pickup, white, with blue smoke...for his Suburban...that would certainly give him another perspective on life in America As for you, Jake.....abject envy is a terrible thing .........and I just love those American trucks.... Mike......the bloody rice burner kid
  21. ...on a brighter note....Station hounds, ready for the days work..... Mike
  22. ....a 'bark'' on those Huntaway's that will rip the wax from your ears...great hounds...very nice nature but they have one major issue...in their prime...about 5/6 yrs old...they to often succumb to some weird intestinal issue.....good as in the evening.....dead as in the morning.....as our beautiful Huntaway, "Jed'' passed that way.... Mike
  23. @oleman......I well recall , some many posts ago, your uncharacteristic burst of vitriol...concerning a Ford V 8 powered vehicle....apparently it possesed some unfavourable aspects to which you found quite unacceptable........do you recall that ..???!!!!! ......as for your pictured 1993 Chevrolet.....there are some of us down under that would give our left testicle for a truck like that......However, a trade of such nature may not be very appealing...more of a metaphorical statement......plus the fact that our 'ever lovin' Socialist Govt has made it fiscally impractical to import a ''proper'' truck like that....d ue to the horrendous compliance costs of RHD conversion.... ...and I notice recently ...as in my new ""unvaccinated leper'' status into the local 'city' of Nelson, the new Dodge 1500 (half ton ?)...V8 petrol powered truck on display is around $180, 000 NZD's...including ''on road costs''.......something that few of us can ever aspire to....... Picture of the "Rugby " pickup.....cooling off after a tough climb..... Mike
  24. ...the New Zealand "Huntaway" doing what he does best.....Sayin' something like ..""Move you woolly basturds ''' ..in his loudest voice.... Mike
  25. ...the hounds takin' it easy ...on a High Country Station South Island NZ Mike
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