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.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

The last week

Not much modelling done again this past week, its not very good trying to glue tricky bits when coughing your heart up. So it was out and about in the fresh (Wet) air as it felt better than indoors.

Whilst in my Eddie Stobart hat I took this nice picture of Pamela Joyce on the roundabout at Denton going from the M60 on to the M67
One of my best "Eddie" snaps up to now, hopefully the website will include it in their Gallery!

Then John shattered my illusions with this picture out of the Saddleworth Trumpet, This is Daryll Anne stuck at an awkward corner still reported as only the Street furniture damaged,(signpost) to you and I!.
When I took John to Chorley chapel the other week, as his car was being MOT'ed I called at the Forton Services on the M6 to catch any "Eddies" and whilst going to the little lads room passed the shops and there in the front was some Doggy IPads, reduced from £14.99 to £4.99, I like my bargains so bought one for Pepe!.

And there was you thinking it was like my Ipad only for dogs!!. Pepe thinks it's great on an evening and only uses it later on, perhaps thinks I'll miss him up there and not put him in the kitchen when I go to bed.

Another of my pix's taken at the same location as the "Eddie" above.

I like photography but not in the same class as my mate Bob the Abell and Dave the Sharp, he was a professional snapper!, but I enjoy it and that's what its all about isn't it, if you take a lot of pix's with your digital you are bound to get something reasonabell aren't you??

 At the lake on Thursday I met mate Colin who had just found and recovered his boat that had sank at the Commodores Challenge 4 weeks ago, it was water logged and full of mud and silt so will have a job trying to dry the electrics out to see if they can be salvaged, still it's nice to hear one of the many boats that have sank there over the years has been recovered.
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A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument!.
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Did you hear about the Dyslexic Devil Worshipper?
He sold his soul to Santa.
Boom Boom
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That's all folks

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Busy week

Been a busy week helping John with his 1.1 modelling (job) but managed to get the under supports for the deck on the boat fitted and fixed in.
Frame work made up

Fitted into deck.

Glued in 

The finished item.
Thought I'd better make a start on the deck as it's time to fix the motor in and then it's the job of fixing the deck down.
It was the photo comp at the club last week and I entered what I thought was a different picture for the model boat scene, as it was a bit wishy washy I didn't think it would get anywhere, but thought I would make the number up, I don't think some of the people noticed the heron!.

Then when I showed it to Bob (the Snapper) Abell he said send me the picture on an e-mail, and this is the picture after he'd worked his magic on it

 The wonders of Photoshop hey!.

Get my new IPhone 4 to-day , after John ordered it, it's all singing and dancing and the only thing it doesn't do unfortunately is cook, but I suppose there is a cookery program on there somewhere!.

Yesterday went Eddie Stobart spotting to their depot at Warrington, only half an hour run, and spotted 83 trucks but after discounting the spots al-ready got, finished up with 51 new ones and loads of pictures to load onto their website!, all very nice people and the truckers even slow down going out if they see you with a camera.
After that it was a quick nip over to the lake to see who was there and had a chat with Charlie about his new scratchbuilt boat, nice but too heavy for the motor in it I thought, but what do I know! I'm a kit builder myself!.
Well that's it for now folks.
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Forgive me Father, I have an obsession about stealing wood from where I work, I have suffered with this problem for years, What shall I do?
"That's al-right my son" said the priest, "But because this sin has been going on for so long I must ask you to make a novena"
"If you've got the plans father, I've got the timber"!
Boom Boom
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Friday, 14 September 2012

Modelling weather.

After being out and about the last few weeks in the decent weather it's finally broken and so decided it was time to do a bit more on the OL2
Can't do much more topside until I've got the motor in and fixed.
First I've drilled the holes to fix the Mount plate to the hull and wired up the motor.

Then I decided it was time to put in the prop, I'd got a boss from another model I'd not used so that went on too, looks nicer don't you think.?.

I greased the propshaft first!, yes it does come out for maintainance though a tight fit, just needs a bit of bending,(Only kidding! Honestly)
Then before I screw in the motor unit I've varnished all the mahogany woodwork inside the hull. 
That front box is for more possible weights, as well as the side boxes.

Now waiting for the varnish to dry, and the dog's sat here cross legged so more to follow soon.
See what the weather brings to-morrow.

That's all folk's
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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Past couple of days

Over the past few days Pepe and I have been to John's for Sunday Dinner, Where Pepe was having non of the puppy Jessie jumping all over him and put her in her place with a rolled up lip and growl showed her his teeth, that didn't stop her so it was a more serious snap that got her attention. they were fine after that, a few months on and she will be the bigger of the two !.
Contentment.

And here is the official Facebook for Jessie
We get dafter as we get older don't we!.  

Friday Pepe and I had a walk round the lake with Sylvia (Friend from Etherow) and her dog Molly , we went up to the top lock house and I took these pix's.
Mandarin

Mandarin's


Is this a scruffy Mandarin or a juvenile without its full plumage ?


And a Tufted Duck which I've not seen at ECP before, must have heard of the rich pickings there.
Then down at the clubhouse landing stage found these Moor-hens,
Mother 

and Baby


Monday and Tuesday,  I've helped John up in Lancashire and spotted quite a few Eddie Stobart trucks, for my new Hobby of spotting them, a bit higher up the leader board now.
As it's raining to-day I hope to get some more done on the Boat, you have to be in the mood for modelling haven't you and whilst I'm out and about I find it better than in the house on your own.
I did manage to get some button headed screws for the mounting of the motor whilst out so done a little bit for the boat!.
That's all folk's
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Friday, 7 September 2012

Settling back in.

After a great holiday in Scotland, the people are so friendly there, it was back to the old routine, finally got straight with the washing and ironing!.
Had a wonderful day out with Ruth my youngest G/daughter on Monday, she's such good company after being on my own at home, it was her last day's holiday before back to school.
We went to Stamford park with our camera's.
The kids love this.

Unusual park bench

The beast in the woods

My best shot of the day

Ruthie doing her stuff


And again, some strange rock formations here

And when I got home this little blighter was in the garden.

Then it was off to the Hartshead Pub for lunch, Fish and chips for me scampi and chips for Ruth, very nice but not as good as Scotland where fish straight from the harbour.
On the modelling front I'd not felt up to it with all the house work but yesterday finally cut the aluminium plate for the motor mount and fixed the mount to the plate with 6BA nuts and bolts so that I can adjust the mount up or down, and hopefully the aluminium plate will act as a heat sink.
900 Motor in the mount and fixed to plate

Placed in the boat just have to drill holes to fix to supports now, but its a nice day again and you have to get out whilst you can don't you Summer nearly over and we haven't had much here in Manchester yet!.
Off to the lake again to-day, we had a great night last night at the Venetian Night and BBQ
Great turn out and plenty of ladies too which was nice to see

My mate Bob took these pix's, don't have any others of boats lit up on the water yet perhaps they will arrive later.


  That's all folks.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Back Home!

Well Pepe and I are back home, and as much as you enjoy yourself its always nice to get back to your own fireside isn't it!.
I went with the family and another family of friends
The two family parents.

The two sets of family children, what a handsome group hey, the three on the left are my G/Children.

Pepe went too, he enjoyed every minute of it and I think everyone enjoyed him, they must have done because whilst there Google'd on the internet and bought this little beauty on the way home. 

That's Ruth the youngest G/Daughter with their new Cocker/poodle Do.
A cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, so No Moulting, Pepe will do that for both of them.

 
Then of course there was the Old codger! That's Desperate Dan I'm with in case your too young to know, he was a chap out of the Dandy comic book, why was he in Dundee, that's where the publisher's were we found out on the internet.
We all had a wonderful time, the accommodation was beautiful and the company was great.
Best chippy in the UK

St Andrew's where Kate met Will's
Life's a Beach

One of the side street's

Free parking at the beach!!


St Andrew's cathedral.
Bags of history, churches and universities. 

Well that's it for now, must get back to the washing and ironing.

More details and pix's later, not too many pix's honest!

Ps, John and I are now joined up on Model boat Mayhem with our builds
Check it out here.