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.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Reddish Vale, 17.11.2017.

Had a nice morning down at Reddish Vale today, met another chap with his camera, and after throwing some seed into the lake managed to get the beautiful Tufted ducks in to the side for some snaps, they are usually a bit shy but with not many people about today perhaps there wasn't much food about.
Anyway here are today's efforts.
Male Tufted Duck.

Here is the Female, looking a bit shy hey

Lots of Squirrels about today




These two taken though the window of the information centre whilst having a cuppa to warm up after a brisk walk round the lakes.
All sorts come to this bird table during the day.



Round the back of the centre on the stone trough feeding station there is always plenty of activity,

A Great Tit


The Coal Tit saying to the Nuthatch, 'Save some for me'

Our National Bird, and a very good choice as well!.
Whilst in the info centre saw that Santa is coming soon!.

The other side of the big lake high up in a tree was this Heron, which having the Autumn leaves in the background, I thought made nice picture.

This one more in the usual position!.

Snapped this Female Goosander in the week as well.


Finished up the day meeting friends at The Windmill Carvery in Denton, a nice meal as usual and a nice chat, so a good day all round!.
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Always keep your words soft and sweet, Just in case you have to eat them!.

Don't kick a man when he's down, unless your absolutely certain he won't get up.

All things are possible, except Sking though a revolving door.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

1st November 2017.

1st November already!, doesn't time fly when you're enjoying yourself, or is it that time flies faster the older you get!!
Been out and about with Pepe and other Dog walking friends, this Nuthatch was snapped at Reddish Vale and I've joined the Stockport Nature Watch website.




Some cracking nature pictures on this site!.


To Etherow Country Park,
 The swans and their baby have come down to the big lake after their Summer on the Keg pool, of course they have been seeing off the four young swans that arrived in their absence claiming their territory back again.
The baby (the only one this year at Etherow) isn't much of a baby anymore is it!, and there ever present with them is Queen Tut the Egyptian Goose. 
 

Queenie.

Junior.



Been to The Windmill Pub at Denton for a carvery lunch a few times, you can't do better that this can you?, the beef is for a doggie bag for Pepe.

Lovely grub and that's Pepe's beef in the blue napkin.


The signage on the toilet doors.

Lately I've been thinking of a bit of a change in the back garden and thought I wanted a couple of Cotoneaster plants and saw this in the Pub rear car park, which are Pyracantha's!, that's what I was thinking about, quite colourful even at this time of ear. 


The biggish clumps of Fuchsias were getting past their sell by date and would be dormant all winter so it was out with them.  

Added a couple of trellis.

The two different colours of Pyracantha planted, they are said to grow to 20 ft but as you could see at the Windmill they can be trimmed to hedge high.
So I hopefully will have colour though the winter in this section of garden, there again the birds might help themselves to a few snacks, never mind that's another reason for adding them to the garden.
Those wall pots will have to be moved when the Pyracantha fills out.

That looks a lot better from the living room window

Whilst buying the plants saw this nice bird bath and bought it, when I got it home thought it was a bit low, so to Plan A, stood it on an upturned plant pot.

Plan B.
Then on another visit to buy the second plant, found this pot which turned upside down looked a lot better to my eye, they say 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' don't they!. 

In the spring, I might even paint it to match the ladies and give Them a fresh coat of paint, think the birds needs are more than mine at the moment though.
Better to sort out the Rainbows that I made  a few years ago and are now looking a bit tired, will keep me busy whilst the birds are looked after!.

Well that's it for another post, hope you like the pictures.
For more bird pictures see the TAB at the top 'Birds in the park'

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Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

Mobile phones are the only subject on which men boast about who's got the smallest.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
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Friday, 27 October 2017

Nice Day October At Reddish Vale, 27.10.17.

Nice sunny day at the Vale today, misty to start with but by the time I'd met friend David and we'd had lunch at the tearooms the sun had burnt off the mist and we had a nice walk round the lakes.


Here is one of the heron's doing a bit of flashing,
 

Nuthatch getting stuck in to the free seed.

 

Form an orderly queue.

Chaffinch.


Tufted Duck, Male.

In the undergrowth.

Its mate being a bit more acrobatic!.

Cute Hey!.


A walk down to the river.




Just before we left I saw this Nuthatch checking out this nest box behind the info centre!.


So a nice day out, you have to grab them whilst you can before the days close in which is this next weekend isn't it!!.
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Another wild beast, he is until he's had his Sausages!.

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a flat tyre!.

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted. Mae West

Help keep the kitchen clean, Eat Out!.
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Swan family, 26.10 17.

This week at the lake (Etherow) was surprised to see the Swan family down from the Keg Pool, the last time I was up there the Baby could have fitted on your hand, look at him/her now.



Not a fluffy little chick now!.

Mum and Dad with the ever faithful Queen Tut


Queen Tut still armored to the Big Daddy, always getting between him and the female!. 


Afternoon Nap, but Queenie still got an eye out for any intruders.

Bath time 

Are you sure he's not mine??, handsome enough!.



Queenie what a colourful bird!.







Another family unit that's been at Etherow for years, with their bodyguard!.

Only one Cormorant today, I think all the rest are at Reddish Vale!.

Plenty of Gulls about on the perches provided by the yacht club.

Quite an old picture of Queenie butting in on the Swans, doesn't seem to realize that Twos company, Threes a crowd. This was when Mate Bob and I thought it as a King Tut!
This Female Swan died and the King Tut after investigation turned out to be a Queen Tut, as you can see in the pictures above still faithful to the male swan, even if its not getting her anywhere.

A lot of the same family pictures today but they are rather nice creatures aren't they!.
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Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

Maybe its true that life begins at forty.
But everything else starts to wear out, fall out or spread out.

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