Welcome to my new Blog



Welcome to my Blog.
My Blog is mostly about my hobbies, ie Model boats, Cross Stitch, Gardening, Days out and about, Lego Technics and Photography you might recognize the hat and the dog rather than me. My models and other hobbies can be found in the Tabs at the top below the header picture.
There will also be entries of days out with my long haired Chihuahua "Pepe", weather permitting of course.

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Bitz & Bobz, 12.5.22.

 Yesterday, (Wednesday) as it was showery we went to The Snipe for a bacon buttie, then across to Home Bargains for some bird food as the birds are all stocking up and feeding their youngsters.

Whilst in the store I noticed some LED bulbs, which I'd been lead to believe were quite dear, these seemed cheap enough so bought some!.

As you can see they give a 60w light but only use 8.5 watts. 


 Two in the pack.

Before, in the hall.

Afterwards, and I'd always thought they weren't as bright, but these are blindingly bright.

So that's the hall and landing done, must look round to see anything else can but changed.
The kitchen light that son John fitted to my new kitchen ceiling gives out 16 watts instead of the 40 Watt fluorescent tube it replaced!.
So I'm getting there with my savings.

Because I'd bought a camera bag for my new camera from Amazon I now get lots of adverts for Camera stuff.
One advert was for a Hot shoe cover,


Looking at the camera I thought, if I've made model boats for many years surely I could make one of these?.
So it was out with the offcuts bag for some scraps of plasticard, plastic weld and the modelling knife and came up with this.

The hot shoe.

My plastic cover fitted.

Easy to slip in and out 

So it wasn't the price so much as the knowing I'd made it myself!.
Didn't bother painting it as using it would only scrape the paint off, plus it stands out to everyone its home made hey!.

In Debdale park yesterday took a few pictures.
This huge bush fuchsia ( taller that Me) in full flower already. 

A lot of skinny Robins about, not babies as they don't have a red breast, so perhaps last years youngsters.



Plenty of cheeky squirrels about.

This lovely plant I found out is called "A bleeding Heart", a lot of new plants going into the Nature Centre at the moment, call in and see them, the café there is open Fridays ,Saturdays and Sundays by the way.

Whilst there Vicky the boss gave me a copy of the newsletter and said "I've used one of your pictures on it", 
That's my 15 mins of fame perhaps hey!.


This is the original, a bit better than the Photocopy.

At Pear Mill today, father peregrine was on the lookout for dinner. 


Can hardly keep my eyes open, all this providing for a new family.



I'd taken this picture on Monday of the mother on the eggs, but told on the website she was feeding chicks today!!.

So a good couple of days, it's a change after all the bad news on the TV.
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Sunday, 8 May 2022

The past week, 2-8.5.22

 Not been a bad week, the rain has been mainly in the evening or night so that's not too bad.

Been to our regular watering hole a couple of times this week, but its been a bit quiet there, people must be going to the coast to catch up for the last couple of years lockdowns.

We are more country than coast people and that goes for our music as well. Have you heard David Allan Coe, his greatest hits are on my phone and plays though the music system in the car, has it seems new cars don't have CD players these days!.

We had a visit to Ashton Moss nature reserve this week and saw the female swan on her nest so hopefully will see some cygnets there soon. 


There are jackdaws there as well, don't seen them at many places.

Mallard with a couple of babies.

Female blackbird.


At Debdale Nature garden centre the Bird table and camera have been moved as the bird poo was killing the plants underneath it.

Wood Pigeon on camera (Literally).

Collared Dove.

Nuthatch with pellet.

Great Tit.

Cute Robin.


Know this to be a Coal Tit as you can see the white stripe up the back of it's head.

These pellets are nice.

Hang on there.

Great Tit  on the peanuts.


This squirrel showing it's got table manners.

Blue tit.


A couple of different types of gull on the Lower reservoir.

Black headed gull.

Herring Gull.


The pair of Great Crested Grebes have taken over the Coots nest that  had been abandoned.

Hopefully we will see the babies riding on her back soon. 


For your information.

Pepe after his walk today, on his cool blanket.

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Still getting over the fact that two of my friends have died in the last week or so, I know people die everyday, but it hits you when you  know them doesn't it.

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On a happier note!.


 


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Sunday, 1 May 2022

1st May 2022, new camera round Debdale.

 Today after a McDonalds, we went into the park at Debdale with the new camera, what a difference in the weight!.

Been reading some of the book I bought off Amazon.

Only scratched the surface at the moment, luckily a lot of the controls are similar to my others.

It was quite a dullish day but quite warm.


Lots of stuff coming into flower now. 

Thought this was a bird feeding table, so where's the food!

So glad they chose the Robin has our national bird.
We were watching this pair of Ring Necked parakeets investigating this hole that I saw a pair of Nuthatches trying to get into but the Parrots kept chasing them off.

The Nuthatch with nesting material.




Thought you wanted to see what was in here?.

They lost interest after a while, so the Nuthatches could carry on building.

Nuthatch collecting food.

Plenty of these guys about.



What's Pepe brought today?.


So not a bad first day out with the new camera, hopefully will get better, after reading more of the manual!.

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