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.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Today at Reddish Vale, 26.3.2017.


I think Spring has finally arrived don't you!, the clocks have gone forward and the sun was shinning today

The Vale 
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Nice with a bit of sun on your back isn't it Ethel, Don't be getting any idea's Fred!.

The Great Crested Grebes are getting their nest sorted


Don't worry about the black one eating all the seed Ethel, he only eats fish!

Look at the size of his webbed feet!.

Mr Heron.






Spotted this Moorhen high up in a tree!.
 

You can just make out the wild Ring Necked Parakeet here.

Last but not least are these beautiful Chimneys for my Narra Boats, that my Mate the Master Design engineer has made me!
There will be a smoke unit in them when they are fitted to the boat.
With the weather getting warmer I will soon be Abell to start spraying the Amelia Rose and fit these beautiful Chimneys, in the meantime I will paint them, but show the Brass bands round their tops

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Yesterday I saw a guy trying to chat up a Cheetah!.
"Hello I thought hes trying to pull a fast one!.

Cats took thousands of years to domesticate humans!.

Do radioactive cats have 18 half lives?.

Now an important announcement for drivers travelling to Shrewsbury on the M11.
The M11 doesn't go to Shrewsbury!.
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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Spring in the North West, 2017.

This weekend went to Reddish Vale Country Park, there was a lot of excitement in the Information centre as there had been sightings of wild Green Parakeets in the park.
I found out where they were but even with my big zoom camera couldn't manage to get a picture as they were too high up in the tree and the sun wasn't in a favourable position.
Still Bob the Abell my mate has come up with an item on the net so


A nice little Robin feeding.

Then at John's for dinner there was this cheeky Squirrel on his lawn, 
His lawn he said "Kiss my Butt. its mine!.

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Pepe at 3 months old.
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Did you hear of the mean dad who bought his six children a Dachshund, so that they could have a pet they could all pet at once!.

Fred bought a puppy going cheap at the pet shop.
It cost him a fortune because it did bird impressions!.

Man to friend, "I've really had it with my dog, he'll chase anyone on a bike!.
Friend, "What are you going to do, Have him put down?".
Man "NO I think I'll just take his bike off him!.
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Has spring arrived!, March 2017.

 The lake at Etherow was quite full today with the yachtsmen from the Model Boat Club, there were a few fishermen  out too!, why they park in the front row I don't know and then disappear for the rest of the day. The folk that only come to sit in their cars, have a buttie and perhaps are not able to walk far don't get the chance to park and watch the view at the front, some people are so inconsiderate aren't they!.
The Great Wall just outside the park it seems is not being taken down, but only being pointed!. Doesn't look very good at the moment, still its early days and perhaps the chaps will get better as they progress.

  On the way home stopped off at Aldi and got a big bag of stuff for next to nowt!, no wonder the bigger supermarkets aren't doing very well!.
Then it was a call at McDonalds for lunch and felt a bit guilty afterwards, so it as out with Pepe and off for another walk round Debdale Park to walk some of our dinner off.
Hence the Question "Has Spring arrived".
Crocus on the banking looking towards Hyde Road

More Crocus in the park!.

Beautiful sunny day, but still need the big coat on, or is that my age showing though I wonder!.

Been going to the cinema quite a bit lately, seen some good films too ie
The Great Wall,
Patriots Day,
 Hidden Figures
To name a few,
 Like it at Cineworld as the time early in the day suits us, the sound is great and afterwards my mate Dave and I go to McDonalds for lunch, then I do a bit of shopping on the way home, good day.
Must get an Unlimited ticket though, which makes it a lot cheaper if you are going regularly, gives you money off as well at the restaurants locally.

Have you read any of Matthew Reilly's books?, an Australian writer of Action adventure books, bags of action from page one!.
I'm an avid reader and he is one of my favourite authors, another is Lee Child with his Jack Reacher character, though not too keen on his choice of film star to portrait him though, Tom Cruise??,  still if you buy the film rights you can have who you want can't you, even yourself!, he did a good job though, still not the size of Reacher in the books!.   
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"Mummy Mummy! Daddy's on fire" "Quick grab a burger and a frying pan"

"Mummy Mummy!, can I wear a bra now I'm 16?"
"Shut up Albert"

"Mummy Mummy I don't want to see Niagara Falls"
"Shut up and get back in the barrel"
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That's it for today Folks.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Back again, March 2017

Been to the Ellesmere Model Boat show this past weekend, 4th/5th March.
I went with Pal Bob the Abell in his car. on the Saturday, I think he thinks I drive too fast, prob-abelly do in the new car!.
This is the place we went to, good for a visit even when its not the Model Boat show.

 






The large white thing behind the building is a ship going down the River Mersey!


One of the model warships had a full military band coming up on the plane lift playing "Life on the ocean waves" which was quite a novelty.



Another of my favourites on the day was this Narra Boat, same size as my present build project

There was even a few trucks on display, here a nice "Eddie Stobart", fancied making one of these models but the price is a bit too rich for me, I'm still waiting for "Velda's name to appear on a truck, waiting time for a name has gone for Two to Four years!. 


With my interest in Canal boats found these exhibits  


As you can see on this write up, the canal children had one plus in their lives, fresh air, rather than the kids in the smoky towns!


Spot "Duckie"

This chap said "All these beautiful model boats and you are going on about a duck!, I didn't enlighten him that my AKA was "Duckie" and that I had a better one at home, I don't like to see grown men cry!.

It is a big Quacker though isn't it.

A right rogues gallery hey!, two on the left are friends from Colwyn Bay MBC, one on the right is Dave from our club at Etherow MBC, and the one in the hat seems to have something missing?, and no Pepe isn't in the trolley, he was spending the day with his Auntie Joyce,, Bob's Wife.

Good friend Bob the Builder!.
Beautiful sunny day, the sun shines on the righteous they say don't they, got everything on my shopping list which was also a bonus!. 

Wake up at the back there nearly finished now!

So endeth the lesson.
AMEN.

If you want to see more of the Boat show  click on the links on the right hand side, Parts 1.2.3., full coverage this year!
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What's he doing with his Boat build I heard you saying?.
Have got the servo for the rudder all ready to fix in the boat.
Only the spray painting to do now but waiting for a bit warmer weather!.




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Went to see the film "The Great Wall" last week and low and behold they are starting to rebuild the wall outside Etherow Country Park where we go, thought this picture was about right.
One working and two watching him



Bob is wondering if they find anything when they take the wall down, but I think the only thing there is us Old Fossils.

What's it for now folks.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

This weeks pictures from Reddish Vale. 11th Feb 2017.

Was a cold but sunny day at Reddish Vale this week.
Forecast was for heavy snow in Oldham so cried off going to John's, its not the going its the returning home later in the day!.
Had a run to the Vale and all the wildfowl were glad to see us as there wasn't too many people there with food.
Then we had an invite from good friends Bob & Joyce to have dinner with them so with Pepe nearly wagging his tail off we had a nice afternoon there chatting and putting the world to rights, checking out Bob's progress on his latest project and arranging our visit to the Ellesmere Model Boat show on the first weekend in March!.

Click here for news of shows coming up shortly
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Heron

Tufted duck

Cormorant drying out
 

That's a Little Grebe behind the Coot, that's the name of the Grebe rather than its a baby one!, quite shy and always at the far end of the lake.

Great Crested Grebes

The family of swans are doing well and the adults don't seem too bothered about seeing off the young ones, perhaps that's because its a large lake and plenty of food for all.






Little Gull.

Spotted this Kingfisher in the trees but my Zoom didn't zoom enough so sorry folks perhaps a better picture next time!.

The new (to me) car is running well and its a joy to drive, one of the best cars I had.
I even got a £70 rebate back from the DVLA this week, its the new system where the road tax doesn't transfer with the car, you get confirmation that the old one is off your name and you are no longer listed as its owner, and you get a cheque for any time left (full months only)from the old car.

Not been to the Shire Horse centre yet with the inclement weather but as soon as it brightens up I will be going and taking the camera with me for some photos for you.
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Joke of the week.
A novel beer mat from the carvery I go to in the week, 



For us older bikers.

That's all for now folks.
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