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 and Photography with pictures taken at and around our Model Boat club at Etherow Country Park, where I can be found quite a few days a week on the landing stage, 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 above the header picture.
There will also be entries of days out with my long haired Chihuahua "Pepe", weather permitting of course.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Reddish Vale again.

Reddish Vale again.
This Sunday went back to check on the swans, the ones sat on eggs and the ones already hatched!.



The small lake had two newly hatches cygnets out of five eggs, which seen to have been abandoned, but the two youngsters seemed quite healthy.

 


Proud Dad

Meanwhile the four babies on the big lake have been reduced to three, nature is cruel isn't it. 


Mum showing the kids how to get their own food!.



Chewy isn't it!.

Ugly duckling??.

An old lady said to me on the way back to the info centre, " Look at that ducks wing, I think its injured",  but on closer inspection saw something quite cute!.
It was a Moor Hen with a chick and it was keeping it out of the sun which was getting quite hot by then!.


And dad was doing his bit as well keeping them well fed.

So the lady went off and instead of going home and thinking of an injured bird for the rest of the day, went off with a nice happy thought and I think it made her day.

The last view of the day was a nice female chaffinch.



Well that's it for today, hope you like the pictures.
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What do you call a duck that's been dead for a week?.
A humming bird!.

What do you call a Woodpecker with no beak?.
A head banger!.
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It's the way I tell em!.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Back at Etherow!.

Back at Etherow!.

It was back to Etherow today and you could certainly tell the children were off school as the roads were almost deserted!, makes a heck of a different doesn't it!.

There were a couple of Great Crested Grebe's back on the big lake,


Then Pepe spotted something!,

Look at those two toads playing piggyback Dad!
Hmm, Yes Pepe, he's too young to realise!.


On the big lake there was this family of Coots, Father showing the first born the ropes.

This is how you furnish your mate with material to keep the nest together Son!. 

What an idiot!, its too big!!,

"I was only demonstrating to our Friday you nasty old witch, you're are always like this when you are broody"!

They've called him Friday because Dad took one look at him and said 'I think we'll call it a day'!.

Put some bread out to attract any birds and saw this Crow struggle to get the lot into his beak!.

On the opposite bank there was this family of mandarins, good camouflage hey!.  

If you have seen the earlier posts you can see that all seven of the babies are still doing well

Mum doing a good job!


'Is that our Dad Mum?', 'Yes he was such a charmer when he was courting me, mind you he has been knocking himself out keeping me well feed'!.
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What side of the chicken has most feathers?.
The outside!.

What's a polygon.
A dead parrot!.

Why do Owls avoid making love in a storm.
Because its too wet to woo!.
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That's it for today folks.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Reddish Vale. May 2016.

Reddish Vale. May 2016.

Went to  Reddish Vale park this Sunday to see if the swans on the small lake had got their babies yet!.

First a call at the information centre to see if the Blue Tits had fledged yet and they were still in the nest and of the nine eggs eight had hatched and were being well fed by their patents!

Whist having a drink saw this Pigeon on the feeding table outside the window. 



The swans on the small lake still in-waiting, can just see a cheeky Coot diving near the nest!, the male will soon see him off!.


Male on guard.

Was told that there was a pair of swans on the big lake with babies, so it was off over there to catch them if possible, no need to panic there they were in full view showing off their beautiful brood!.






This is how you get your dinner.

Do you have to get your head right under mum?.







A lot of these pictures I know, but aren't they cute and how can they say "Ugly ducklings"

Now that's ugly, but there again as they say "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" don't they.





This is the last one, but wil be visiting them again so look out for them growing up.


Also at the park on the day, there were some Coots with their babies.



Both parents going all out to make sure their babies are not going short of food, don't know if that's Mum or Dad just diving under there?.



Today, Monday was at the Lake at Etherow but due to it being Bank holiday was packed out so Pepe and I went up the high paths where it was a bit quieter away from the hustle and bustle of the families with the screaming little girls!, I must be getting old!.
Came home early and had an hour in the garden with my book before dinner.


Great author by the way!, the beer's not bad either!.

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What's the difference between a business man and a warm dog?.
The business man wears a suit, the dog just pants.

What has 4 legs and an arm,
A happy pit bull!.

Where there's a will , I want to be in it!.
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That's it for today folks.