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, 15 January 2018

Daisy Nook this Week, 15.1.2017.

Few visits this week to Daisy Nook, spotted a few more birds you might like to see!.

Pink footed goose amongst the Canadian geese.

Put some seed on a wall for the small birds around, but the mallards were soon out of the water and flying up for the grub. 


Mum was getting stuck in too. 

Eyes down for a full house

Save some for us little guys.
Coat Tit.


Great Tit.

Chaffinch.

Dunnock, (Hedge Sparrow).

Chinese Swan Geese still there but with their guardian. 

Get in line at the back there.

Round the back was this Heron quite Dark in places, perhaps a Male?.

This Nuthatch looks like its got a mouth and nose instead of a beak doesn't it!, could do with those claws trimming too, there again its more suited for hanging upside down on tree bark isn't it

Wondered why this big girl kept coming up to the fence every time I've seen it and here's the reason why, a young girl and her parents had a bag of carrots, they soon learn don't they!.

A Dalmatians day out, not quit a 101, but perhaps that many spots?.


So even though its been a cold wet week we haven't let it get us down, there is always someone at the Nook to chat to in the Cafe and the food is excellent!.
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You should always borrow money from pessimists, 
They don't expect it back!.

Whats a pessimist?, a well-informed optimist 
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Daisy Nook Country Park, 9.1.2018.

Today at Daisy Nook, on arrival decided to go for our walk first as it was quite cold, then we would be ready for a hot meal afterwards, that was the idea anyway!.

Captured these little fellows on the way down the canal path.


Eventually arrived at Crime Lake, though like everywhere else it was a bit deserted, 

Except for these nice Chinese Swan Geese!.

Can imagine one saying to the other ,
'Are you sure he's mine!' 

There used to be one of these at Etherow for years before it got too old.

A beautiful swan to keep them company.

On the way back to the Cafe, noticed this dog had a Webcam on its back!, what ever next!.

The Highland cattle came up from the valley to greet us again, perhaps remembered us from a previous post, there again, like the ducks thought I had something to eat.
When it realised I didn't have anything, gave me a raspberry,brrrr.

Back at the Cafe again, cold and hungry, as you can see not many people about, so felt it was my duty to go in and keep the profits up don't want they closing for lack of customers do we.
With my eye on my FitBit watch decided to forgo the sausage and Bacon today and go for the slightly healthier option   

A toastie with rabbit food!, makes you feel guilty with the watch on, still nicely presented hey!.

Enter stage left Barbara Streisand & Barry Gibb with 'Guilty' one of my favourites.
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A three legged dog walks into a wild west bar and says,
'I'm looking for the man who shot my Paw'.

Beer; helping ugly people have sex since 3000 bc!.
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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Today at Daisy Nook Country Park, 6.1.2017

Today, whilst quite sunny at Daisy Nook Country Park, it was freezing cold and after the usual Bacon and sausage muffin, set off round the park carrying Pepe has the mud would have been up to his armpits.
For my birthday my son and daughter in law, had bought me one of these,

So off we went with this on my wrist, though it hadn't been set up very well.
I was surprised to see later that I had done over 5,000 steps, though I only went as far as I usually do to find some wildlife to snap!.

Today was lucky enough to see three pair of Goosanders on the fishing lake.
This is a  male,  


Females, more colourful, which is unusual as the males are usually the ones with more colour aren't they, there again perhaps others think the males are best, perhaps its my liking of ginger birds, my first girlfriend was ginger haired.  
Why do guys call girls Birds?, is it because they are always picking up worms?.



The national bird.

Is he still there with his camera?.

Longtailed Tits, synchronised feeding?. 

Such delicate little things aren't they.


So small to cope with this weather!.
Me and my Shadow.


Chaffinches.



Blackbird, need to be a big pie to get four and twenty of these into it!, (English poem)

Never seen one of these nuthatches until this last year and now they seem quite common.

So with hands, frozen it was back to the Cafe and noticed they had hot soup, potato & leek with a roll, so thought that was just the job to warm me up.
Nicely presented too, loverly jubberly as Mr Larkin used to say.

Nice meeting place at the Park Cafe for walkers, runners and Dog owners, all welcomed with nice hot food and  friendly staff what more could you want on a freezing cold day!.

On the way to the car saw these common but beautiful birds 


So off home with a nice doggy bag for Pepe's dinner.
Then realised friends Bob and Joyce should be over the worse of their colds and sniffles so called in there, I think they like to see Pepe on a regular basis.
Glad to see they were on the mend and there was a friend from the boat club picking up some of Bob's items he had advertised on my other Blog, the Model Boat Club website.
So all in all another good day, sunny but cold though getting lighter now thank goodness!.
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Happiness; good health and a bad memory.

If I do any decorating I use my step ladder, I don't get on with my real ladder.
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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Christmas 2017, New Year 2018 and 80th Birthday!.

First event for us Dog Walkers was a nice Christmas lunch at the Lymfield Garden Centre at Mottram.




He's alive and well in Mottram.

We also had a meeting at Reddish Vale Cafe where they had really gone to town at make the place merry for the children that attend the riding school next door.

Even the horses were dressed up with saddle blankets, hats and spats.

They always make us Dog walkers very welcome.

Another visit was to the Daisy Nook Country Park Cafe,
A couple of pictures from there.


A windswept little Coal Tit, how do these little things survive in this weather!.

 Then to the Garden centre across from there, where Pepe had this photo shoot.

Christmas Eve saw my Grandchildren and their wives/husbands in the Nativity at the local LDS Chapel. Must admit I'd been out all day, came home and got warm and fell asleep and woke up too late to attend! 

From Istagram, posted by Dad!.


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Christmas Day I was at Son's for Christmas dinner, with some of the other Grandparents and also a couple of LDS missionary ladies.
The one on the left is from Australia and the one on the right from Germany, though she said her grandmother was originally from Manchester!, small world isn't it!
These ladies are away from home for 18 months as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, must be hard for them at Christmas time, that's why the church members try to make it as pleasant as possible for them at this time. 

They had Skype'd home to their folks back home earlier in the day, so were very happy.

New Years Eve we were back at Son John's for dinner and as it was going to be a long day they had done a selection of Casseroles 2 of each!


And even though there were 15 sat down, their largest dinner yet, there was plenty to go round, and it was beautiful!, the large extension to the house is certainly working out well.

One of the visiting young girls had made this to share, very talented hey.

Plenty of fancies to follow, there will have to be some running to run this lot off in the new year hey!.

New Years day saw us Dog walkers at Grandpa Greens at Diggle, as we had booked it the previous week on hearing they would be open, and as it was my birthday on the 2nd it was a good excuse for a meeting.
On arrival found the place packed to bursting, and even though there was an hour's wait on orders it wasn't a problem as we had plenty to talk about, and got a free drink to wet out whistles whilst we waited!. 

Wouldn't think I was 60 would you?, and you'd be right!

One day to Go!.

Another Peter

George from the Boat club. 

Mary and Jean

Jean

So that was another good day, you have to get out there and help yourselves don't you, no one is going to do it for you.

Last but not least it was a dinner out with the family at a Toby Carvery in Chadderton, piling on more pounds hey, but the meal was very nice and you should have seen the size of the Yorkshire puddings!.
When John's turn came at the counter for his meal they brought out another turkey which looked more like an ostrich to me!.

John took this one
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Then the waitress came along and took one with us all on.

Horrendous journey home with it being nighttime and the heavy rain that had been sheeting down all day, still it was worth it to be together with the family on this my momentous day!.

So all in all its been one of the best Christmas holidays for a long time made possible by all my friends and family, thank you all, and may this New Year be kind to you all!.  
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If I knew I was going to last this long I would have taken better care of myself!.
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