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I have seen stuff about Wild Boars on the telly.  I wouldn't take one on unless it was already filleted. :laugh:

 

That said, I was engaged in a stand off with a Grey Squirrel earlier today. I went for a walk up onto the sylvan slopes of the mighty Billinge Massif and as I passed a small wood a 'Grey' suddenly shot off and took refuge in a branch only a few feet away.  From there, it sat and tried to 'stare me out'.  I muttered 'I'm not scared of you Pal..'  But. I looked away for a moment ( so I suppose it won..) and when I looked again it was gone.. The little wuss...

 

It was a beautiful day today and as I stood on top of Billinge Hill, I found myself wondering what prehistoric Man would have thought, standing on that same spot, looking over the Mersey, the Welsh Hills, Derbyshire, the Forest of Bowland etc...

 

Still at least he'd have got there before Heinz Kitt Green, the Thelwall Viaduct and Blackpool Bl%%dy Tower...  ;)

 

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Wild boars are a big problem in Georgia.  They are said to be very aggressive and you'd better not try to stop one with a .38.  That just makes 'em mad.  You need some heavy artillery.  Thankfully I've never had a run in with one.  Hope I never do.

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Col,Grey squirrels are a lot better when they have a lead earing,terrible little sods that carry the same diseases as the common rat,I never pick one up unless it's with a litter picker

 

Rog

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Though I have to say, Greys can be very amusing, like the time I was at Moreton In Marsh and went outside to investigate the disappearance of the birds nut feeder to see it being rolled across the road by Chip 'n' Dale personified!!! And at Sandringham when one managed to get inside of a "squirrelproof" feeder and when I went to shoo it off it panicked and couldn't get out :rotfl:

 

PeverilPeveril do come and fish off the loch......John is going to try his hand at fly fishing while we are there, I shall just be meditating the deeper meaning of life..... Om! I think a meet up at the loch sounds like fun....should I warn the local hotel folks?

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Agree about Greys Rog.  I'm sure I've mentioned on here before how my friend managed to catch one back in the 1960s.  It must have been sick because you normally would't have a chance..

Anyway, the little sod sank its teeth into his finger, breaking the bone.  He was off work for months and very ill with septicaemia or summat for ages.

 

I have heard of deaths from squirrel bites.

 

Col

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Right.  I'm off to force myself to swim a few lengths at the local pool...

 

Wish me luck!!

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Right then Miducks, I'm just off to B-ham. We are about 18miles away, but the traffic can make it about 2hrs journey, and appointment is at 1.30pm. See what pleasures the Dentist has for me today. lol.  I'm not nervous today, ( Even put some eye makeup on because I know I wont cry ) because all the scary stuff is over for a while. Haha. :)

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Feral pigs, Boars are the males, the sows can be just as dangerous, we are under instructions from the Missouri wildlife folks to shoot them on sight and burn their carcasses. UNDER no circumstances to eat the meat as it's loaded with parasites, and not to touch the carcasses with bare hands, disease!

I'd use 7.62mm Dave, semi auto rifle, if the bugger keeps running for me, I'll have a few more rounds to drop him/her before they get to me.

 

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Bit different to shooting grey squirrels then John

 

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Made Blackcurrant tartlets with a whipped cream topping this morning :)  Also attempted an egg custard; sadly it failed.....too much filling to set before the pastry was overcooked :(

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I suppose with boar whether they are fit to eat depends on where you live in the UK and Europe they are fine. Same really with greys, the farmer who's land we shot asked for greys to be shot on sight these went in the game pie and in fact were very tasty.

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You mean grey squirrels? I've never heard of anyone eating squirrel, what a sheltered life I lead...

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There's a restaurant in London that specialises in cooked squirrel, or there was a couple of years ago, wouldn't fancy one myself, tree rats

 

Rog

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Swim went surprisingly well considering I've not been for months.  Managed about 25 lengths of front crawl which is 625 metres.

So, walking better, getting back into swimming, and will try to gradually resume training with the free weights.  The hardest bit will be the diet.. but we shall see.

I have a new friend.  When I asked about current cost of a swim the young reception girl asked: "You aren't over 60 are you?"   I asked "How old do you think I am?"  After looking me up and down she said " Maybe 54?"  "You'll do for me Miduck.." I replied.  "I'm 68" 

Nice girl..  very discerning..  she'll go far... :)

 

If you are looking for me at the next meeting.. here's a clue:

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:rotfl:

 

 

When I got home there was an envelope containing a re-print of 'Bestwood  Story of a Village', by Alan Parr, very kindly sent to me by the school secretary at Bestwood Hawthorne Primary.  I shall send them a donation to their funds.

 

Col

 

 

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There was a prog on R4 a few years back where a girl brought up in the Canadian forests described often eating Squirrel when she was a child.

 

I had a fair bit of Rabbit as a lad, but I think I'd draw the line at Squirrel.

 

Col

 

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If you think about what greys eat, nuts, seeds etc they have a very good diet, taste a little like grass fed rabbit but milder. Our rule was unless its a serious pest i.e. certain corvids or you were going to eat it then don't shoot it.

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Don't forget they eat young birds and eggs,plus some of the crap off the floor of the woods,the only thing I think should be in a squirrel is Lead

 

Rog

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Brew.....  These hillbilly's over here will fry and eat Squirrel.  Said to be quite tasty.  I've never had any.  Somehow I don't think I could.  :unsure:

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I don't really fancy rabbit now yet it used to be quite a delicacy in the 50's. The last time I ate rabbit was in La Grenouille French restaurant in Lenton about 25 years ago and I remember it as being rather tasty. I've only got to pick up my gun and I can shoot a rabbit from the landing window but I've grown soft in my dotage and don't have the heart to do it.They're a bit fiddly to prepare as well. It's like plucking and dressing a duck - you seem to end up with more than you started with! Still game for dressing (or is that undressing) a crab though. Takes me about 20 minutes x 2.

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Had a good day,nice trike ride to Newark,nearly met up with Philmayfield, got taking to loads of folk in Newark mainly about the trike (the jolly Roger),nice chap come upto me telling me he has an upright trike,turns out we rode together a few years ago at Tuxford with a group of other trikers mainly uprights,

Got back home for a well earned coffee and wiped the trike down,got to keep it clean,I'v had it for eight years now and done many thousand miles on it and still on the original tyres "Shwalbe Marathon Racers",Going to order a new seat mesh next week,expensive but they have strategically place padding to support your back,looking forward to that

Anyroad,I hope you've all had a great day and enjoyed it as much as me

 

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Have just been sent a link about Wetherspoos, evidently the staff will not be wearing poppies this year while on duty.  Itis due to multi cultural nature of their customers.

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I very much doubt it.  We usually to Wetherspoons on friday so i will ask who's bright idea it was to insult the service men and women oh our country, reply should be interesting.

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