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.

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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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Just like spring.Feb 2017.

Just like spring, but I'm not fooled!, I always think February and March are the worse months!.
Still it was a beautiful day out today, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the company at the lake was good.
Plenty of people out feeding the ducks & geese and as you can see loads of gulls

  

This is a snassy outfit isnt it, think it was just to keep its pom poms clean with all the mud about from the rain last night

A nice pair of tufted ducks enjoying the sun shine, the one with the white on its side is the male.

What also made it a nice day out in the sun, was the fact I've changed my car, Oh No not again I hear you saying, but the gold one was too big for my needs really, not the driving it, but the size for my needs, didn't need a 7 seater but it was an impulse buy and taken a bit more into consideration this time!.

Its a Vauxhall Meriva SE Turbo, no that's not a doggy number plate, can do without someone at the other end of the country cloning mine and me getting someone else's fines!.  
 
Reading the reviews on the internet about the Electronic handbrake on these type of vehicles I was a bit concerned and asked the garage owner about it, and also the turbo!.
"Get in" he said and took me round the block, frightened the life out of me, but you always feel like that when your a driver and someone else is driving don't you?.
Bottom line is went out this morning and after his instructions had no trouble at all. 
Another plus is, Pepe seems to like it as well.

Lovely car and lovely day out.
Must have a trip out to the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre next week for a nice long run , plus one of their Mares are due to give birth on the 11th of this month!.


I don't think you will be disappointed.
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What has four legs and flies
A dead horse!

I bet on a great horse yesterday,
it took six horses to beat him!.

Custer's last words at the Little Big Horn;
"I'll never understand these Indians, a few minutes ago they were singing and dancing"!
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Bye for now folk!.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Today's outing and Amelia Rose build continued.


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Good day out at the lake today, after the rest of the week was so miserable!, been busy though so not too bad. 
Pepe's check up and yearly booster at the Vets on Tuesday then he was at the Dog Groomers for his regular wash and trim, its all been a bit too much for the little fellow!.

Still he was ready and waiting for me putting my boots on this morning and we had a nice walk round the big lake, after we had helped put the world to rights at the Cafe!.
Then it was a visit to my favourite watering hole "The Windmill" at Denton on the way home, got to get Pepe a doggy bag, that's my excuse anyway!.


Continuing with the build report on the Amelia Rose, I'd set up the rudder and added a few bars at the side of the support as it seemed a bit vulnerable stuck there on its own.

 

Then added a bit of filler to smarten it up.

Added a bit of plastic tube to the roof vents.

Just making sure the bitz & bobz fit before we go any further.
Battery compartment 

Steering servo bracket.

Gave the hull a coat of undercoat last week when the weather was a bit warmer 



Then today, as it looked so nice I decided to mask up the bottom of the hull again and spray its black bottom, trouble was its in the garage and too cold to be painting really.

Not a good idea really, the paint that's supposed to be touch dry in 20 mins might be dry for my next post!!, still looking good, can't see the joints so my woodworking skills not too bad!.

Can't paint in the house as Pepe and my Golden Angels might suffer the fumes, not to mention myself

Well that's it for today folks.
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Where's the joke for today I hear you asking?.

Whilst waiting for Pepe to be washed and trimmed, sat in the local Cafe having a drink and a bun, noticed this on the wall, one for the lady readers!.


Got this one off my Sister and her hubbie in OZ, why don't we have stools like this in our Cafe's?.

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T.T.F.N.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Christmas holidays 2016.

Christmas holidays 2016.
Not been a bad Christmas for me and Pepe, other than two of our friends had to be taken into hospital!, still these things happen, unfortunately they always seem to be over a Bank Holiday don't they!.

 
Nice lay out at the Teal's
John doing his bit before going to look after a sick other Grand parent!.

Jo was left to entertain those of us left, we all had a good time, but there is always the absent ones in the back of your mind hey.

My place name.
Which ended up back home round the neck of one of my ornaments.

The lake has been very busy over the holidays, with all the children showing off their new toys and gadgets. We always found our Son played with the previous years toys more than he did during the year!, before he gave them to a deserving cause!.

Me and my big mouth, I'd said on the Club blog that the previous few years we hadn't had to break the ice at our Frostbite sail and wouldn't you know it the lake was frozen over the next day!.

I went to Argos the other day and bought a Bean Bag, when the guy brought it out from the back I thought ' The Blob' had got him, it was HUGH, that's the trouble buying before you see the item isn't it!.
I had trouble getting it into the car, fighting it all the way in, when I got home it was bigger than Pepe's armchair and I'd only wanted to sit on it for Pepe's mad half hour in the evenings.
Then I had a fall of Soot!, remembered John's dog 'Max' on Instagram struggling to sleep on his bean bag.

So an e-mail to John and we had a new for old swap!

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And there is Max looking quite small though he is quite a big boy

Pepe is now happy with 'The Blob' gone as am I
In fact everyone happy with the outcome.
My birthday today.
Lady at the lake bought me a birthday cake and some bright soul said why don't you put candles on it!, must have been to see the latest film 'Inferno'!.

I even got dressed up today for the lake, I like to shock people now and then to make sure they are still with us!. 

Friend, Bob sent me this comment, very witty guy, but I don't mind as he and his good lady are great friends.

Selfies needs stick extension, to cut out the distortion!
It is distortion...innit?

Its the lack of a hat, Bob.

This one is for him since he bought a drone for himself for Christmas!



For those dog lovers amongst you here is an updated picture of 'Belle' the Cavion, Johns neighbours puppy mentioned in an earlier post.




Well that's it for now folk's my brains hurting now!.
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As said earlier, everything seems to happen on a Bank Holiday. The keyboard here just packed up half way though, Oh no!.
Then realised this is a Wireless one so how does it work?, of course batteries, had some spares in so everything OK again.
What a gorppp.
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