Thursday, April 21, 2005

Foxy lady

This is the little vixen that took Gnasher by storm when he stood and watched me feed her the other day and she is Post natal so has some cubs to support. they are good parents and in the past I have observed a vixen take the runt of the litter into another garden to ensure that they get their fair share of feeding.

21 comments:

rob said...

I have to say that the widows of my conservatory are not dirty and the double glazing is causing the hazy effect in the photo. Thats my story and I am sticking to it (seriously though!)

Even though the vixen in the photo will take food from my hand she is not sure if she can trust me yet ( and I don`t really want her to as she will get herself in trouble if she starts to believe that she can trust humans)
Interestingly enough, as her hunger is gradually satiated she will stand farther away until I finally have to throw the food to her. Tonight her mate came down the garden and she allowed him to have some of the food that I had thrown to her, The good diet seem to be working well they both have splendid coats and I trust that the cubs are having a good start to life too.

Yvonna said...

HI!
AAlthough sometimes I don'
t comment on your blog I always read it.Sometimes it takes time to look some words up( and It drives me crazy :/ but what is learning English about?) because it's like 40 % of the words unknown for me.
I would rather some Germans not to go to Auschwitz.You don't even know how they can behave...

I promise I'll start blogging about something more interesting...

take care and have a nice day.

rob said...

Thanks for commenting it really makes it worthwhile to know that somebody reads it. Do some of the Germans behave badly when they visit auschwitz? thats awful if they do! don`t they have any respect?.

B. said...

The other week on Kira beach I've been tossing slivers of dried meat to a falcon hoverin above me....it was beautiful....glad Gnasher likes 'vixens'.

rob said...

Hi Francesco! I love the wild life. I am quite envious of countries where they still have most of their stock like Africa and America. I guess that I will have to make do with foxes for now? I bet that was a really special thing for you feeding the Hawk. I like birds! we had two Andean Condors at the Park (they were raised from eggs in captivity) and to keep themselves active they had learned to use the convection currents off the rocks in their enclosure to hover a metre above them. It was both beautiful and sad to watch I would have loved to have let them free but they would never have survived. They were quiet feisty and would have your ears off when you went into their cage, so a broom was always kept handy to keep them away.

Maria said...

Francesco never tosses me food!

B. said...

Hi Rob, I posted this reply on M's blog, but I'll repost here for your convenience...thanks for your interest in the matter, we can use good advice stemming from experience...ciao

Dear Rob, I haven't compared its price with other similarly built boats...we just saw that it is a good price considering it comes with all the gear etc.
When I wrote to Pippen I did ask if it suffered any major damage in its life, but unfortunately they aren't replying to our emails...
A french boatyard constructed the boat and it did made it to Malaysia somehow, so I think it can take the weather...
As for the survey...I don't know if I could trust the surveyor himself in such a place where corruption might be rife, he might work with the broker often enough to have a byest eye...
Being a light boat also makes me think it might keep up a good speed even when under reduced sail, also ply is easy to jury-patch in case of damage...don't you think?
Please, I am no expert in materials at all, though I've been on boats of fiber, ply and oak and all considered I do hate pure fiberglass, wood rots and is hell to mantain (done my share of varnishing in the tropics god forbids!), while steel corrodes anyway...all boats are advantages and drawbacks after all....
Thanks for your opinion in the matter....F.

rob said...

Hi Francesco! I had a friend that built his own Wharram cat out of exterior ply (not marine) and in this construction, it also is covered with fibreglass. I lost contact with him a few years ago but I know that he made it to the Carribean and beyond and chartered her for years.

I have just remembered there is a south African company that builds ply based super cats over a hundred feet long using the same fiberglassing method so they must work OK I guess its called "Composite Construction"

It sounds a lot of boat for what you are expecting to pay but I am still not sure if the resale would be good as its unusual, a bit like Ferrocement and is blighted a bit.
If it does the job and lasts as long as you want her too, we all can`t have beamy long keeled steel Ketches with little or no maintenence! and any needed on the ply one you should be able to do yourself. Lets face it a six month holiday in Lankawi would cost you $30000.00 so if you did nothing but day sail for six month you have your money back. Mmmmmmmmm!! Im starting to think that you may be right.
Rob

Yvonna said...

Hello! I posted few sentences about the trip.I'll answer all your questions as soon as I come back from school :/
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Bye :)

B. said...

Hi Rob,

I have a little tale to tell....when on a oak (actually, douglas fir I think) schooner in the tropics the deck was fiberglassed...in one area the fiber had detached, whenever we walked on it we would hear a squishy sound coming from underneath and constantly worried of what rot might hide there...we only washed the deck with saltwater and never with fresh.
couple months later we got very worried so we cut out the fiberglass...the wood was still perfectly solid under it. Guess where we found a HUGE area of rot?
Near the bathroom area...vapour from the shower managed to rot one inch thick oak beams for an area as big as a soccer ball.
I would definitely check for scrapings in the fiber...though fresh water seems like the real danger for any kind of wood. I love salt.

rob said...

Hi Francesco! I think that the problem is not too much about what sort of water it is but more whether or not it gets to dry out. in areas where the water gets in and is trapped or transmitted about by osmotic action as in the case of a fibreglass surface
separated from its wooden base the water seems to stay there and fester. Salt is more astringent and doesnt so much support the life of spores etc but fresh is not much worse. both cause rot of various kinds particularily in soft woods (difuse porous as opposed to ring porous)if it can`t dry out. The bit of wet deck that you took up was done in time, perhaps! if it hadn`t been allowed to dry out before it was repaired you may still have been having some problem. The showers are a typical problem area as they remain wet usually on the undersurfaces and GRP is the best for this and or a rubber paint such as a polychlorinated Rubber (swimming pool paint) in wet areas. This can also be used on Fibreglassed bottoms of boats to prevent osmosis (a lot cheaper that two pack epoxy just finely rough up the surface, clean it off with some thinners and paint it on.

Yvonna said...

Well, I think 12 comments is our record, isn;t it?
:P :)

rob said...

Yes your right! Te He !! an Old man realising his Dream eh!!!! Iv`e never had that number before! :o)) Thankyou everybody

B. said...

Let's make it 14!
Ciao!

rob said...

Wo!! Francesco thanks for that!

Yvonna said...

And 16!
Hi Rob!
Finally, I'm back.My computer was broken...bleh..
I'm so excited about Mona's comingThat's tomorrow!!! *Heeeellllppp*
How are you?Is anything interesting happening in the UK?
Thank you very much for the correction!
Bye

rob said...

I have just got back from a weekend at my boat and really had a great time. I didnt do anything much except try to loose some weight by not eating too much and read a couple of books, one was the Da Vinci code? by Dan Brown it was quite good but I don`t think you would like it? its OK for an old agnostic like me though :o)).

Have a great time with Mona and friends, Take care!

B. said...

is it worth all the publicity? bet I know most of what's there anyway...agnostics united against the forces of obscurantism...

rob said...

Hi Francesco! its OK ish! slow start faster middle and predictable end. Basically Freemasons, Catholic church, a very little sex,

RisingSlowly said...

CONGRATULATIONS
You have won a MARBLE CHEESEBOARD WITH CUTTER for having the most comments for a fox ever recorded in blogging history.
Enjoy your cheese.

rob said...

I dont believe it!!!!! I won the very same item for winning the West Wapping Cha, Cha, Cha, contest in nineteen sixty. I have it even now, along with its blunt curved knife, kept in its treasured place (the Garage.

The central bearing is going a bit rusty but it still "rotates". The cheese board that is, not me, I went rusty years ago! :o))