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 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.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Tuesday at Reddish Vale, 15.5.2018.

Had a change on Tuesday and went to Reddish Vale Country Park, for those of you who don't know where it is, it's one of the country parks on the North side of Stockport.

This is the River Tame that runs through it, you can just see a white speck on the bank on the left that's a lone swan having a rest after searching for a mate.

Nice little Chaffinch 


Lovely little birds and here is the female of the species!

Looking in the crystal clear water it seemed that the bottom was covered in black then realised it was all Tadpoles!, if they all survived we would be knee deep in frogs, but they are part of the food chain and will be breakfast, dinner and lunch for Herons and all the other birds in the area I suppose!, tough though it is.


The resident Swan is still sat on her nest and doing a good job keep turning the eggs.

Near to the Swans nest was this Terrapin sunning itself ,

And a bit nearer with the zoom.

On the other side of the lake were these others.

Another, and on closer inspection they look really colourful don't they, its a pity that a lot of parents just walk past with their mobile phones glued to their ears and don't notice the wildlife under their noses to point out to their children.


Top of the lake near to the railway arches were these baby Coots scooting all over the place,

Another brood being feed by mother,



Dad helping out too.

And there's more.

More on the way too.

This one is a bit bigger and doesn't know it yet but will be soon put into service when Mum and dad have their second blood and he will be expected to help out with feeding them, one of the only birds that are used like this, their not daft coots are they, most waterfowl see off their young when they are expecting again don't they!.

Wednesday at Daisy Nook
That's it for another day, was quite cool today at Daisy Nook after the hot weather we've been having so didn't stay long and instead called at friends Bob and Joyce on the way home to see how they were doing and letting them see Pepe as they are his Auntie and Uncle!.
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Why are Dolphins smarter than humans,
Within three hours they can train a man to stand at the side of a pool and feed them fish!.

What's a quark?.
The noise made by a well bred Duck!.
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Monday at Daisy Nook,14.5.2018.

Monday at Daisy Nook turned out to be Heron Day, they seemed to be everywhere!.

First news though is that the lady in waiting is still waiting!

Eggs still there and she keeps turning them, she is very attentive. 

Dad still on patrol.


Ain't that a kick in the head, (Frank Sinatra?)



Coot.

moorhen.

Then just as I thought of going back to the Cafe for another drink or an Ice Cream saw this Heron land in the top of a tree on the other side of the canal near the Swans nest, perhaps he thought she was due as well, hope not!. 

Predators but a lovely looking bird, and that's life isn't it, the horrible food chain!.





So with these good pictures returned to the Cafe a happy fellow.
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What does the maths graduate say to the Sociology graduate?.
'I'll have the Burger and fries Please!'

Why did the cross eyed teacher get the sack?.
He couldn't control his pupils.


Did you hear about the atheist dyslexic?.
He didn't believe there was a Dog!. 
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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Saturday at Daisy Nook, 12.5.18.

Saturday at Daisy Nook was quite busy but got there early to get a parking place, after a tasty snack and cuppa, Pepe and I set off round the park to check out the wildlife.


The female swan was still in waiting on her nest 

Whilst I was there she stood up and turned over four big eggs and I was so engrossed watching I forgot to take a picture.
Here she is being a good home maker tidying up the nest.

Her mate was off bullying all the other birds.

Looking like he's free wheeling here.

But not these two Herons, they were not bothered with his threats


Couldn't make out what this one was doing but seemed to have lost a lot of feathers, perhaps making a nest, if so perhaps will see a few babies soon, never seen baby Herons before!.


Only saw two Herons together but these all look different, wonder what this ones seen?, they are usually looking down into the water aren't they.

Just near there took this one of Hartshead Pike on the hillside, took out the ugly pylon next to it, what a blot on the landscape the pylon's are but a necessity these days I suppose. 


A pair of Dunnock's, not sure if the paler one is a youngest or a female?.


Back at the car for a drink, we had got our 5,000 steps in for the day!, there again Pepe must have got a lot more in than that with his little legs.

He's not keen on sharing an ice cream.

He'd rather have a cone of his own, (the bottom of mine) more his size.

A lot of Pepe today, he likes watching the world go by, just like his dad.

But you can't have too much of a good thing can you?.

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If God meant us to touch our toes, he would have put them further up our bodies!.

The only reason I would take up jogging, is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

Who invented King Arthur's round table?,
Sir Circumference.
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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Morning at Reddish Vale, 10.5.2018.

Quick visit morning visit to Reddish Vale today as we had the Gas engineer coming at 1300 hrs!.
After a chat and a cuppa in the info centre set off round the lakes.

 Look how big the Coot babies we saw on Sunday have grown, mind you they are being good and eating their greens.

They have to get on their feet and bulk up before they become someone elses dinner don't they.

Underneath the arches, that's an old song isn't it?, don't really remember it myself.



The workers have tried to soften the old brickwork with some nice plantings.

Cooling off in the river.

One of the regulars.

Oooh that's so good!.

Lady in waiting Still!.

And her mate still trying to dominate the whole lake
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Careful Pepe, he'll have you 

Terrapins still sunning themselves 


A few head shots if you'll excuse the pun.

Plenty of serrations on that beak 

Has he just heard one of my risky jokes?. 

My first from Reddish!.
A yellow Grey Wagtail.


Last but not least a video of this weeks Coot babies.


So there you have it, nearly the weekend again.
A visit to friends Bob & Joyce ended another nice day.

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Do you know why turtle wax is so expensive?, 
because turtles have very small ears.

Did you hear of the snake that said to his mate, Are we poisonous as I've just bitten my lip!!.

Why did the cannibal become a policeman?, 
so he could grill suspects!.

Small Cannibal: I hate my teacher!.
Mother cannibal: Well, just eat your chips!
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