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.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

This was the last visit!

Thought Friday was the last visit to the lake but I was wrong it was yesterday (Saturday) as John wanted to see if his new project was sea worthy before he did any more on it.
He needn't have worried has all went well and as you can see in the video I took on the day, the boat sailed beautifully!.

So now he will be thinking of his deck clutter and fitting out his cabin, although he has already made a start with his moving man and a nice wheel, one of Bob Abell's  contributions as was the rudder assembly, thanks for that Bob!


Pepe looking forward to Christmas dinner at John's.

Well must get off and get brushed up for my visit to John's
 Perhaps there will be a present for Pete N Pepe.

The girl next door has just brought me some sweets and Pepe a nice doggie toy, he will be taking that to John's, he won't leave it now. 

Friday, 23 December 2011

Last of the visits before Christmas

On Thursday I had a visit to the lake to see if anyone was there and by the time I got there, there was only Dave, Trevor and Glyn still there, others had been and left I was told. after a chat and handing out new membership badges to those that had paid already, it was off to the Cafe with Pepe for a sandwich.
I made a lady happy in that I gave her one of Velda's fancy walking sticks and she was over the moon, she had been struggling with one on those fell walking sticks, so that's two of Velda's fancy walking sticks gone to good homes and both past friends of her's, so it was a day well spent.

The village Post Office was looking festive with the Christmas tree on the green and as you can see the weather was quite mild and sunny for this time of the year.

The previous Saturday I was down at the lake and took this picture in Romiley centre, always seems more Christmassy when the brass bands come out doesn't it, I always remember our first Christmas in this house, on Christmas morning woke up to the Salvation Army band playing outside the house, would probably not tried that in Moss Side where we lived before.


Found this on a stand in the market and thought it was very funny, there again its my warped sense of humour.
Just been to the Dogs home charity shop and bought two more Action Men in case anyone is in need of one.
Well it's nearly here and all its left to do is to wish all my readers 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all 
From Pete N Pepe

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The dentist said that's the biggest cavity I've ever seen,"You've got the biggest cavity I've ever seen" 
"Okay" said the patient "you don't have to repeat it"
"I didn't" said the dentist "that was the echo!".

She thought the tooth fairy was a gay dentist

They had to admit she was a great housekeeper
Divorced three husbands and kept the house every time.
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That's all folks

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Action men and Super Women

Last night I went to the club as it was the AGM, met John there and we were very pleased to hear that the club had made two new trophies! One for Graham Harling and one for Velda!.
The one for Graham is for the best "J" Class sailor and Velda's is for the best static or diorama.
The Graham Harling trophy

The Velda Teal Trophy

I was lucky enough to be presented with a trophy for the best kit build boat on the night
So my luck is changing it seems, its long overdue!


Whilst out getting something for dinner (See above!) I called into the local Manchester Dogs home charity shop and ask if they had any Action men,has I couldn't see any on display, to my surprise she said "I've got a bag full in the back!" so I then thought "how much" but to my amazement she came back with a bag full at £1 each! and one even had a wet suit on! so I bought one for John as well for his boat that only had shorts on though, will make up for the fact he paid a £1 for an egg the day before!!
So my luck was in again.

As the more observant of you will have noticed I've had my vertical blinds fitted and very nice too
With curtains
With blinds
Hopefully will save a lot of work in the future!

At John's for Sunday dinner Pepe enjoyed himself helping sort out the Christmas decorations, and  really liked the snowman with the big carrot nose!


One last picture honestly

This ships wheel in the club house has passed Commodores down the left side and passed secretaries down the right side and as you can see Velda's name is up there, she would like that and the Trophy named after her even though she was a very private person she would be thrilled to be recognised for her efforts in the club!
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The human body is an interesting phenomenon. A pat on the back can result in a swollen head!

Education is what you get from reading the fine print,
Experience is what you get from not reading it!

There are two types of people. Those with swimming pools and those who can't keep their heads above water.
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That's all folks!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Chickened out again

Well the new (Double Horse) Jet ski came and John brought it round on Friday and here it is! 

About the same size as the "Robbe" one, but a third of the price and no rider but John had an Action Man to try on it and it looks just right,so now must tour the charity shops for a Action man in a wet suit if possible, as the title of this blog suggests I haven't tried it out yet. The weather on Saturday was too wet and cold and as I've already got a sore throat I thought discretion was the better part of valour in this case.
Anyway I'd bought myself a new All-in-One Pc for Christmas and John came round to set it up for me on Saturday morning so that's another reason not to go to the lake,well that's our excuse and we're sticking to it.
The new PC with wireless keyboard and mouse
With this I can replace the keyboard if I wear out the lettering as I did on the laptop!
Plays DVDs and CDs and does everything except set itself up( and cook a meal) , hence the need for John's expert help in that direction.
On Wednesday it was off to the Probate courts in Manchester and after having my camera confiscated and locked away until I came out it was all a formality really, took 5 minutes going though my statement and taking an oath and then another 30minutes talking about the Mormon church and Model Boats, think I might have got a convert there, for which one I'm not sure?.

On the way home I took another picture of the Big Wheel and the remodelled M & S, I was lucky there when it was remodelled by the IRA, as I was on holiday at the time! my office where I worked was on the  7th floor of the building and was completely gutted, The management couldn't understand where all the soil came from? I didn't say at the time but it was from all the plants I had collected over the years and covered all the available window ledges and being on the corner of the building there were a lot of ledges!
Still it looks better now hey!

Well that's all folks

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Something a little different

When my sister Babs and hubby Bryan came from Oz for the funeral they came on Emerites Airbus A380 so when I found this model on YouTube thought it would entertain them  and you good people, what people will do and spend modelling never ceases to amaze me!
Without the people in the shot this video would be taken for the real thing any day don't you think



I was thinking of buying a Jet Ski from Robbe and John came up with this one as well and as its similar in size and performance decided to go for this one, the price is right anyway!



Can't be bad for the price can it £44.99 on Ebay
So John ordered me one on his Paypal account so I should have it in a couple of days and will let you know the results 
Can be found on ebay item no 260881749580

So apart from helping John out at work, (a private client in a block of offices making a ladies toilet from an empty room with only a hole in the wall and a mirror a bit basic that isn't it!) it turned out very nice and I had good company all week
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If your wife wants to learn to drive, don't stand in her way!

"How's your headache Fred?" 
"Out doing the shopping!

Fred always called a spade a spade until the night he fell over one!

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That's all folks

Monday, 28 November 2011

Over the weekend

We all went to my Granddaughters 18th birthday party on Friday and what a good turn out it was.
plenty to eat
plenty of sweets
And of course the music
Thats where my hearing aids come in handy, I can turn them off when it gets too loud!
Birthday girl and younger sister.
Not forgetting the PC boy wonder!

I managed to buy two tables same as the ones at the boat club on the Friday morning at Cosco where a friend  had a card.

Then it was on to Saturday, too cold and wet to go sailing, the cafe would still have been shut anyway.
So John came round and helped me dismantle a wardrobe and set of drawers, we were fortunate to give them to a good cause, someone setting up home, always like to find a good home instead of the tip!
Then I found out I'd not painted behind the wardrobe last time!! so it was a quick dash to B&Q with fingers crossed that they could match the colour, I had the numbers so I was in luck!.
I painted the wall on Sunday before going to John's for Sunday dinner and here is the results of our labours.
The offending wall with nice dog picture added, we like our dogs, that's a camping table from years back.
Ritalea and Paula 3 (club boat).
Window wall
Fiesta, Bantock Ragtime One metre, Aziz and Wyeforce tug
And back wall with present project Narra Boat hull in front, Comtessa, Micro Magic and that's the two new tables!.

Nice hey? got to keep up standards haven't we.
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There are three kinds of people in this world,  those that can count and those who can't

Whenever I am down in the dumps, I treat myself to a new hat she said, oh I wondered where you got them he said!.

Salvador Dali took Picasso aside and said "Excuse me friend, could I have a word in your eyeball?.

Fred was an atheist, but he gave it up. He said there were no holidays!.
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That's all folks!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

     This has to be one of  the best singles ads ever printed. It is reported to have  been listed in the Cornish Guardian.
 

SINGLE BLACK  FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm  a very good girl who LOVES to play.
 I love long walks in the  woods, riding in your  truck, hunting, camping and  fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the  fire. Candlelight dinners  will have me eating out of your hand.
I'll be at the front  door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature  gave me... Call 01272-6420 and  ask for Annie, I'll be waiting.....
page  down
 

 
 
 
 
 
  





 
 
Over 150 men found  themselves talking to the Truro RSPCA



Might interest Pepe hey!
 That's all folks

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Lights

With Christmas fast approaching I was reminded of my first look into lights for my boats!
I found that garden centres with their vast array of Christmas lights at this time of year had lots of LED lights and found a packet of 20 coloured lights with a switched battery box to hold two AA batteries all for £1.99!
Ritalea boat built by Bob Abell!

So this was my first project all 20 lights round the canopy, and the battery box was painted to look like a picnic box in the bottom of the boat.

Unfortunately times have moved on and these lights went up in price to £2.99 the following year, but not to be disheartened with this price increase I then lit up my next project with a string of 30 lights! on my "AZIZ" , good job I'd got a stock of lights in at the old price after Christmas, It was just a case of attaching an extra 10  lights on to the 20 in the packet and they still last long enough for a sail on the two AA's

My next venture into lighting comes with my Narra Boat, and having found that my other lights don't show up very well on the water I decided to avail myself of John's knowledge of electric's and use bigger LED's but my brain couldn't work out the resistors to use for this! so after John's input I started 
So it was started by soldering on the resistors, covering the LED's with plastic tube and then inserting three into a housing for them.
Making up a small unit to house the lights 
connecting to a battery box, nice and bright hey!
And there you have it, painted up and bright enough to see in daylight, not much dearer than the garden centre ones and with rechargeable batteries no problem.
Well I hope you find this of interest and look out for bargains after Christmas.

Must get on and finish that superstructure of the Narra Boat needs sanding sealer and painting.
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"I will go to the end of the world for you" he said 
"Yes but will you stay there" she yawned.

Paddy took his crocodile into the pub and said "Do you serve Catholics?" 
The barman said he did.
"Well I'll be having a pint of Stout, and two Catholics for my Crocodile!
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That's all folks

Monday, 21 November 2011

Donations

Don't panic, you've already given them!
I received this nice letter from St Ann's Hospice the other day and after I'd said I'd been there last Tuesday  with the donations from the people at Velda's funeral service,I thought it was only right that you shared in the thanks from St Ann's.

So now you know how your money is spent, I've done years of volunteering work for Donkeys and Guide dogs, but I think this is a better way in my mind to help People, rather than Animals, so that's my goal in future 
There is a St Ann's charity shop in Romiley if you are passing and anything you don't want or need will be gratefully received by them!.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Aziz and Coaster.wmv

Yesterday John and I went to the lake at Etherow and had the lake to ourselves, as you will see from the accompanying video it was a nice sunny day and quite warm for the time of the year.



At dinner time we packed up our boats and as the cafe was still closed we drove round to "The George" and had a nice Bacon,sausage and egg baguette, the only trouble was they had run out of bacon so we got sausage,two eggs to make up for that, side salad and various condiments too.
So suitabelly filled up with grub, we went back to the lake to find another couple of members had turned up, so after a chat we went round the big lake with Pepe and chatted and watched the real yachts that had a competition on.
A good day was had by all and going our separate ways I did my shopping on the way home.
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Seasoned couple at the airlines reservations counter.
"Two tickets wherever our luggage is going"

I went to a travel agent and asked where I could go for £50, He told me!

She was on the phone from the Riviera."The holiday is wonderful darling, I feel like a new woman".
"So do I. Stay there another week"
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That's all folk's

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Keeping busy

Last couple of weeks I've been helping John out with his back log of work!
We have done jobs in Manchester South ward,Stockport ward,Ashton ward and Middleton ward.
Stockport Ward

Inside Stockport

Ashton Ward
Nice clean jobs and out of the cold!
Then yesterday it was up to Dobcross to finish a gazebo John had started earlier
Built over a swimming pool.

Who said John was scared of heights

Notice Pepe guarding the tools!

That pool doesn't look big but it's like a trendmill.
That's a hot tub at the side so very tricky to get round the roof for the shingles.

In case anyone out there is worried about me eating how about this!

Frozen meal from Asda only £1

And then Jam Roly Poly for after's also from Asda.

Doctor from St Ann's when she asked me if I was eating alright and I said only frozen dinners said "There's nothing wrong with frozen dinners, I live on them" so that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
John and Jo's Sunday dinners are good though!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Out and about

In my last blog I said I hoped the guys on the coach trip to Warwick had had a good day, I needn't have give it a thought, as you can see from my mate Bob's report all went well.
To-day I went to St Ann's Hospice to take the monies raised from the donations at the funeral and handed over £215 to them, there is more to add to that by people who have sent donations in direct to the hospice, so I was quite happy with that though the visit there brought a lump to my throat, still it had to be done sooner or later.
Then it was over to Romiley to St Ann's Charity shop with some stuff which was gratefully received!

Further over again it was on to the Lake to see some of the members there and a bite to eat, plenty of members there sailing their "J" class yacht's, but nothing to eat!!

Please note the cafe is closed for refurbishment until 28th November, I said in my last blog the food wasn't up to scratch but I didn't think they had heard me!
So in case you are hungry next time you go to the lake remember the Post Office do nice sandwiches and cups of Tea and Coffee, tea only 70p!! 
Then there is "The George" round the corner as stated in the last blog, but not tried it out yet, perhaps next time, will let you know.
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"When I see your father coming up the front path",she said to her husband, "I sometimes wish I'd loved and lost".

Modern fashions are crazy. fish-net stockings and forcing feet into those high heels is ridiculous!.
I've told my father to stop wearing them!

Remember, the darkest hour is just before the pawn.

She told her banker; I haven't got much collateral, but will you take one of those promiscuity notes?"
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That's all folks

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Getting back to normality

To-day went to the lake and met John and granddaughter Ruth there!
John has joined on my Family membership and is going to come every Saturday after dropping the two older children off at their Saturday jobs.
My coaster has gone on Lease to a new captain (John) and after trying a yacht with wind, (there was non to-day) he might take over the Captaincy of my Comtessa, so he has the best of both worlds to play with.
New Captains
Concentration !

Still in the family line

New captain even extended the rudder before he came, has I'd explained to him it was too short, works great now, you can just see it white.
I've taken over the captaincy of Velda's favourite boat "Wyeforce" and the "Aziz" again so it was all changing the programs of the  two trannies yesterday, not done that for a bit,funny how you soon forget isn't it or is it just my age do you think??
I went to the George pub on the way home to see what the meals were like as the park cafe seems to have gone off a bit whilst we've been away.
The George has changed hands about 6-8 weeks ago, they still do meals though only 12-00 til 2-30pm, and best of all they still have dogs, not on the menu I hasten to add, see the menu and prices below.
They haven't even got menu's yet, so it was out with my trusty digital and snapped it.

So there you go a very good sunny day at the lake with good company, but no wind even for my Micromagic yacht.
Pepe had his walk round the lake as well!
Hope the guys on the coach trip had as good a day!