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.

Monday, 18 September 2017

This weekend, 17-18th September 2017.

This Sunday the PJMP Dog Walkers Club met at Pico'o in Glossop which as I've said before is Dog friendly,so that's our interest there, plus its a nice friendly atmosphere and the interior always gives you something else to look at that you missed the first and possibly second time around!.

Mary and the three dogs waiting for our grub to appear!.

Even the shop next doors thinks of the dogs.

Monday saw us all at Reddish Vale, but Catastrophe!, the Cafe there as decided that after the last school holidays there isn't enough business to open in the week, can't blame them really can you, still they are still going to open at weekends!.
So it was a walk round the lakes and a cuppa in the info centre.
  
Always good to take photo's of as they stand so still waiting for a passing meal.

One of the cygnets, looking a bit more regale now,  

Not so regale now, bottoms up, can just see dad's head, bottom right!.

This Moorhen is taking a chance with its leg within reach of this Terror-pin!.

Can you see how many Cormorants in this picture?. 

Its 7! plus a heron on the right.

A bit nearer,

Think I've mentioned it before, but if you didn't get it, their feathers aren't as waterproof as ducks to help them dive under the water, so they have to dry themselves out afterwards.



The other end of the lake.


On the small lake there was a few visitors as it is quieter in the week. 

A nice fluffy young moorhen.

And the Little grebe is still there hiding at the side of one of the islands.

So we all went our separate ways and it was Morrisons for Fish and Chips for me!.
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What do you get if  you cross a cat with a gorilla?,
An animal that puts you out at night.

No body will ever win the battle of the sexes,
There's too much fraternising with the enemy!.

A critic is a legless man who teaches running!.
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Vale, 12th Sept 2017.

Feeling much better after a cold at the weekend, Pepe and I went out today for the first time this week!, it was only a quick trip to Reddish Vale again, and was I glad, as we saw the Little Grebe on the small lake catching a fish!.

This beautiful duck was sharing the lake,

 Then this Maggie came to see if we had anything for him

This one a Muscovy Duck all white with his red face is for friend Jacqui down in  Cornwall!.

The swan family are doing well on the big lake.

The babies are nearly full grown now.

Mum with her Green leg tag.

Eat your Greens son, can't just eat seeds or you will never have nice white feathers like me and your dad.


Mum Grebe still helping out with the feeding 

Baby Grebes getting bigger as well.

Great Crested Grebe adult.

 A nice tufted Duck.

This is the female, still got a little tuft on the back of her head.





























Small Terror -Pins on the big lake in the middle, the size of side plates.

The ones on the other side of the lake are the size of dinner plates!.

Did you know that the foundry in Stockport called Needhams exported manhole covers all round the world as far afield as Australia!.
The chap that made this bench has used some of the original mounds and even made a new one to illustrate the system used in the day!

Here's one he made to show the visitors how it's done,
placed in front of the bench.

Another attraction put on by the Friends of the Vale coming shortly, so you could see all in this post and have a drink too! 

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Bye for now!

Monday, 4 September 2017

This weekend, first in September 2017.

Its September again!, where has the year gone? will be Christmas before we know it!.
This Sunday Pepe and I were at Reddish Vale again 
The Terror-pins were still on the big lake, until the coots walked all over them and made them move, coots are quite aggressive, didn't think they would gang up on Terror-pins though!.
 

Plenty of Cormorants about but you could miss them, sat there so still if you didn't know where to look. 

This one sat high up on an old tree stump.

I can see you, can't hide from my zoom!. 

A nice little Tufted Duck

Our National Bird beautiful aren't they!. 


As in one of my previous posts here is an adult little Grebe, as I said then the adults have red on their heads and are quite shy


This one hiding in the weeds but managed to get round the other side of the lake to get these pictures.

The write up on the camera manual said that you could get a good picture of the moon and without a tripod I got these


You can see the craters can't you, but must get the tripod out next time!. 


After Reddish Vale this Sunday Pepe and I went to Pico's again in Glossop, has they allow Dogs in there!.
Met friends Jean, Mary and another Peter.
Whilst waiting for my meal I had a wander round checking out the items on the ceiling and walls.


Inside it makes you feel your age as a lot of the items on the walls, you remember, I do anyway!. 

Old standard lamp shades
 

We had one of these in the Best (Front Room).
Even the floor boards are recycled 




Luckily the seating outside is more modern with large parasols with heaters underneath.

We gave them a miss though, maybe next time if we get an Indian summer!.

All in All a very nice day out, nice interesting place and good company!.
Bought a new winter coat next door at the Mountain Warehouse where the prices are mostly halved,  end of Summer sale??.

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Small cannibal, 'I hate my teacher'.
Mother cannibal, 'Well just eat your chips'

Many women believe that men's ultimate fantasy is to have two woman at once.
This is true, but one woman is cooking and the other is cleaning!.

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