blighty mam

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Stone the crows!

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 15:54

And I never said I had a problem with management did I? As long as it was humane and no suffering. Sadly tho, it seems that animals do suffer despite our best efforts.

I never called anyone murderous who controls animals expertly and with backing from the government/scientists/animal welfare groups. I have called a man who kills squirrels just coz he don't like em blood thirsty. Well, I have implied it, not said outright and I think the same of all folk who kill animals for not daring to do exactly what they say in a garden.

And evidence of a clique? What is Hosta's last post all about then? That's hardly evidence of a grown up discussion is it, expressing his views? No, it was immature snipe by your buddy.  He claimed to not like what am writing and pretend block me yet he persists in joining in, by putting in a... well.... I can't say helpful comment... but he just wants to say something, anything as long as he gets heard.

Stone the crows!

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 15:21

Holy moly, Hosta, what are you, 12?

I didn't realise this place was so cliquey and that someone can't express their distaste over someone nasty killing squirrels without running into immaturity from folk old enough to know better.



Funny innit. A gardening forum, where we are supposed to love growing and nurturing, living a gentle life and I've run into murderous blood thirsty folk. The last place I would've expected it.

Stone the crows!

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 14:15

Yes, management is good - but only if the animal doesn't suffer. The badgers suffered in an expensive and ineffective experiment to control TB.  It's animal cruelty I have a problem with.

I do find it hard tho to agree to control our little plots. We decide to have a bit of land and god help any creature who dares disrupt our garden. The fact is that an animal does not understand boundaries, or that the food put out was only intended for a certain faved-by-humans creature and not for itself. Again, its a shame that humans will kill something when it's only doing what comes naturally and has no idea that because it ate something or pooped somewhere in a garden means that it will pay the price, sometimes with it's life. Pretty awful when you think of it and I certainly do not think it's 'rightly so'.


Stone the crows!

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 11:15

Dove,  I did not put words in your mouth, nor did I misinterpret what you said.

Your post was a vague supportive response to the killings mentioned, no? I  think what you wrote wasn't even relevant anyway, when pretty much the thread was about someone not liking animals and taking matters into their own hands. That, to me, is hardly for the greater 'good' of the management of animals.

A lot of folk think what is done to animals is humane when it's not. I think it was fair for me to write what I wrote in response to you.  I cannot ever support animal suffering, no matter what the reason and I am entitled to share my opinion.

Sorry you took it to heart. 

Stone the crows!

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 10:54

Dove, humane management? Don't believe all the hype you read please. Hardly any of our dealings with animals are humane. For example, just last year with the badger cull, it was deemed inhumane with the badgers taking over 5 mins to die. This was the official report by the way, not just my take on it. So we killed lots of badgers, slow death and all to protect livestock. Which didn't work. A perfect example of where we humans kill for greed and didn't get it right anyway. Why not use inoculation and sterilisation to control numbers instead?

And this is miles away from someone killing squirrels coz they simply don't like em.

The Supernatural

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 22:24

Makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, reading these! So very interesting tho..

I have two stories to share, although one is my mums. When my parents had their eldest, they lived in an old cottage in Stock, Essex while dad was on contracted work nearby. Mum said the doors used to open on their own, but the doors all had those old fashioned lift up latches on them, which lifted on their own. They also head footsteps around, all over the house at all times of the day. They nicknamed the ghost 'fred' and used to make light of it. Then dads work came to an end and they were moving again, leaving the rented cottage behind. Mum said the strangeness got more frequent in the last week, and the morning of the move, she woke to find all the food, chairs, tables, kettle, everything in the kitchen was in the middle of the room and piled up to the ceiling. Mum told me that was when she felt like it was too much for her and was very pleased to leave that house!

My own experience was when I was a school kid, roughly 13 years old. 3 of us were mucking around in my mates house and we decided to try and hold a seance. Failed miserably of course, but I remember looking out the french windows into an old banger racing car in the back garden. It didn't register for a moment or two, but then I described the man I saw sitting in the drivers seat to my friends and the girl who's house it was got a photo of her father, who had died a few years previous and it was the same guy. He'd died as a result of all the spray paint he had inhaled doing up racing banger cars.  I'd never seen a photo of him before, and she never talked about him, so I don't think I could've had ideas put in my head. That was the end of my school girl fascination of the occult!

Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:58

And anything that lives within 1 mile of Hosta's house.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. I'll shush now!!

Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:30

Don't tell Hosta about the Jays eating baby birds Berghill, otherwise he'll add em to his list of things he hates and want's to eradicate.

While feeding squirrels in Leeds a few years ago, Jays pinched the peanuts and hit them hard on rocks and branches to get to the nut. Crows were rather smart too - when they had eaten enough, they copied the squirrels and buried them under leaves and soft soil. Was really interesting to see these smart birds at work!

Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 17:49

Aww, sulking now, rather than address my points? Kinda thought you would. Chicken.

Less stalking, more trying to understand why someone in their right mind would want to kill defenseless animals. 

Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 17:37

Hosta, it looks to me that you're throwing your toys out the pram now. And thanks for the low-down on your garden, not sure how it's important here, but thanks anyway.

I guess I picked up that you didn't like crows, as I'd already read how you dislike cats and also killed squirrels because you don't like em. I just find it hard to keep up with your likes and reasons for disliking - you claim to dislike animals that kill birds, yet in another post you are excited about spotting hedgehog poop, when hedgehogs eat birds eggs. You're not very consistent with your reasoning. If you had said that you plain ol' don't like these creatures without trying to justify your dislike, then fair enough, but to try and justify and being inconsistent about it well, I find it a bit odd. Esp when you go around killing squirrels, which by the way, are wildlife.

And what am I wrong about on birds of prey in Devon? Buzzards? It's a raptor is it not? It feeds on other small creatures which as far as I know, is a bird of prey. You also have sparrowhawks too, which are a small bird of prey. I've seen both birds  with my own eyes when staying with my parents - who live in Boyton. 

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