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.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Latest project May 2014.

Just when you thought I had stopped hobbying, I'm back with my latest project!.
You may remember in an earlier post than I'd bought a Green Goddess fire engine planter and a Tug boat planter.
Well I've started the Green Goddess, 

First it was a good going over with the jet washer to remove all the muck and grime that had been accumulating sat at the garden centre.
Then I had to fill the blow holes from the original molding and any bits not quite right with Milliput filler and then rub that down.

Then it was a coat of filler primer, then a coat of grey primer. 

The next stage was a coat of Lawn Green spray paint all over, doesn't look too near the colour here under the neon lights in the garage, but it is near as I am going to get it!. 

Here you can see I've coloured in the underneath with acrylic paint and also the tyres, looking a bit better now and more detail showing up.

Thats as far as I've got for now, so watch this space.

Most people think that these vehicles are Army vehicles, but they were first introduced in the Civil Defence and used by the Auxiliary Fire Service in which I was a volunteer member as a leading fireman  until I was thrown out when I joined the Ambulance Service, as it was said at the time, I would be claimed by the Ambulance Service in the event of hostilities so it was no longer viable to spend money training me in the AFS.
As it happened the AFS was abandoned about 6 Months later and a couple of my crew followed me into the ambulance Service!.
So you can see my interest in buying the Green Goddess. 
The Army then used the mothballed Green's when the Regular Fire Service  went on strike later on, hence people only remember the Army using them later on.

I will publish the on going project progress as and when!.

There was a fire at the nurses home
It took the firemen 15 minutes to put the fire out.
It took the nurses three hours to put the firemen out!

The Mexican fireman was the proud father of twin boys.
He called one Jose and the other Hose B.
Thats all for now folks

Saturday, 17 May 2014

4 days of sunshine

Well at last!, we seem to be having a bit of good weather for a change, watch it change now I've put my big foot it my mouth!.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday been down to the Lake where our model boat club is situated in the beautiful Etherow Country Park.
In between going out  enjoying the good weather I have been doing a bit in the garden with advice from my lady friend Marjorie, it's a bit of a steep learning curve for me in the garden as Velda used to do all the gardening with me only allowed to do the heavy lifting and carrying.
The thing at the moment is to make it the garden with plants I like and have to live with.
Here is my attempts up to date.


Whilst at the lake Thursday managed to spot these baby mandarins, 9 in all with mother.


And the Coots have been busy on the nests as well

On the home front my youngest granddaughter did this painting for her final art class project at school, inspired no doubt by her visit to Venice earlier in the year.

The grandson here is now 18 and in July will be off to service as a Latter Day Saints missionary in the Greece Athens mission which also includes Cyprus!, so he will serving there for the next two years. So not all teenagers are tearaways you see!.

And last but not least the eldest Granddaughter is at Manchester University studying Maths! certainly didn't get that off me!.

So I'm a very proud  Grandad indeed, I think they all have the Teal good looks as well!.

Check out son John's Blog with his latest project, A Metrolink tram!, on his garden track layout.

There was this tribal family eating round the cooking pot and the little boy said "I don't like the missionary"
so the mother said "Well leave him and eat your Vegetables"

Its the way I tell em!.

Thats all for now folks.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Bad penny turned up again.

Hi there folks, yes the bad penny has turned up again!.
Over the past few weeks since I last blogged quite a bit been happening, firstly my grandson put in his papers to be a missionary for The Church of Latter Day Saints, LDS or some of you might know it as The Mormons.
After a tense wait of 3-4 weeks he got his calling as it is known and will be off to serve in the Athens Greece area. He will first go to The Mission accommodation at the Temple in Chorley on the 31st July for 9 weeks to learn Greece, not long that is it, I think my mission would be over before I could pick up the language, the alphabet is a mystery to start with!, still I'm sure Jacob will cope with it with flying colours.
To follow his mission
 Click here

Been doing a bit in the garden again, that's another rainbow I made for the other side of the garden
Photo's don't do them justice really, its when the sun catches them that they are at their best.

A new section of the garden, trellised up and three new clematis planted bought from Aldi..

    These are the three I got,  One I bought myself and the two bottom ones off Marjorie as an easter pressie!.
Can't beat those price's can you, saw the same thing in the same packaging at Asda a few days later, only difference was the price tag was £3.00!!. Got to shop around hey!.

Had a day at the lake last Thursday, nice sunny weather, good crowd sailing and stayed too late really as fell into the rush hour traffic on the way home!.

Still it was worth it , after a walk round the lake with Pepe, seeing all the wildfowl nesting

Cop for this Darling, it's for the nest, not to eat you stupid bird!.

When is he going to bring me something to eat, bet he's eyeing up the birds again

And some have even got babies already, this one had eight 

Talk about the last man standing, this is the last two sailing after all the others had gone home!, Charlie and Eric enjoying the late sunshine, watch the sun on those heads you guys, that's one of the reasons I wear my hats, keeps the rain off the hearing aids as well, its like it's thunder in your ears if a raindrop hits the aid!!.

Been to the beauty parlour today, with Pepe I hasten to add !!.
No I just leave him there and go for a spot of lunch and a check of the local charity shops in the area, today's bargains were, 3 Books, 3 Ties and a nice pot for a plant all for the princely sum of £4.

So there you have it, too posh to go in a charity shop, not on your life, might find some Moorcroft pots yet, not likely though after all the programs on TV ie Bargain Hunt and Flog It.

Want a bit of modelling , check out Son John's model Metrolink Tram

That's it for now folks, hope to get back into the swing of it again a bit sooner next time.

She thought an Aperitif was a set of dentures.

He thought alter ego was a conceited priest.

She thought awestruck  was being hit with a paddle.

He thought polyunsaturated was a parrot in a raincoat.