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.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Cotebrook Shire Foals born in May 2015.

Today we went to the Cotebrook Shire Horse centre again as I had seen that the next foal to be born this month had arrived at 5-30 am, on the 28th of this month, only one day overdue.
Beth's new foal is a beautiful grey colt foal, which might be Black when he get's a little older. 
Will leave you to make your own mind up on how cute they both are.



Admirers all, for this other Lady-in-waiting.




Down and dirty with the horses.


More babies





My Birds!.


 With "Edward the Great" the daddy of the two foals.


Another testosterone fueled animal. 

That's it for today!.
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Woman goes into a pet shop.
"I'd like a parrot for my husband"
Proprietor: "Sorry, we don't do swap's!.
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Today at Oldham. 27th May 2015.

Today at Oldham. 27th May 2015.

It was off early to Oldham today to get Pepe washed, cut  and beautified, 


Lovely job by Kate Schofield of Mucky Pups!.
Whilst he was being done I was off back to the Lees Village teashop for a nice cooked breakfast and a rummage round the charity shops there.

Bargains of the day were these two hardback books at 50p each

And this retractable Dog lead at £1!


After picking the lad up we were off to Dovestones and after another drink at the Buttie wagon we were off to Velda's tree!.

As you can see the scenery at Dovestones is great, Daughter-in -law Joanne was lucky enough to be brought up in this area!.





The site of Velda's tree, Plantation at Indians Head.

Getting a little more packed now.





Tree doing well!








After another drink back at the Buttie wagon, where the nice lady always gives Pepe a doggie bag of Sausage and Burger bits, it's not just him though she gives John's Cockapoos some too when they go!. 

Called at the fish shop on the way home, situated in the Garden centre at the Snipe retail park, bought a few more Golden Angels and thought I'd better get another filter refill.

You used to get a refill with the plastic container included, I've got loads for them and I can understand when the guy said "they don't give you the plastic part now", But I can't understand the fact that the price is still the same!, is it me, as I thought it would be a bit cheaper with the biggest part now not included.
A bit like Mars bars " we have made them smaller instead of putting the price up", I bought one the other day and couldn't decide if it was a Bite size one or the regular size!.

Enough whining hey, it was a nice day and that's all that matters really isn't it!.
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"Mr Minister" boomed the back-bencher, "What are you going to do about the Abortion Bill"
"Shhh, not so loud" said the Minister, "I'm paying it tomorrow"

If your dog is too fat you're not getting enough exercise!.

Had my Tetanus jab the other day.(true)
But Lockjaw means never having to say you're sorry.

When God created man, she was only joking!.
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Thats all for now folks. 



Monday, 25 May 2015

Cotebrook Shire Horse centre.May. 2015.

Cotebrook Shire Horse centre.May. 2015.

At the beginning of the month we had been  to the Cotebrook Shire Horse centre, and from their Facebook page found that a couple of their mares were in foal, one on the 16th of this month.
 So it was off again on Thursday thinking we would see the newest foal, but the Owner had been up for the last two nights thinking any time now!, we then saw on Facebook that the Colt foal had arrived in the early hours of Saturday morning, so it was back again on the Saturday morning. 
You might think this is costing a fair bit of money, But!, if you pay to go it you also get a certificate to go free for the next month!, can't get better than that can you, we have been three times u to now and the next foal is due on the 27th, so we will get to see that too.
Here is the sequence of events for the latest foals arrival!.
On our first visit, Carron, lady in waiting.

Eight hours old!

Tiring this standing up 





Legs still a bit wobby

What are they all staring at Mum?.

Tired Alistair, three sleepless nights.

There was an ITV film crew there to film the occasion for a program that will be going out next Summer of big animals giving birth!

Gavin Barkley the cameraman, been filming all over the world!

Simon Paintin the director, they were waiting in the sunshine for three days, tough job but someones got to do it hey!.

There is another birth due on the 27th of this month, 
Beth, I'm bet Alistair is hoping it won't be another three nighter!.
Both these mares were sired by Edward the best in the world stallion!, 

Some of the other foals at the centre, some owned by them and others on a visit to be mated 
In the barn.


Proud Mum


Out in the paddocks




Beth the next birth.


As well as the shires there are other attractions for the whole of the family, such as these little piglets.






And Rare breed chicks.


Hard work this child minding!

Scottish Wild Cat.

Whilst we were there we saw Edward the Stallion doing his stuff, I won't put the pictures on here as it may offend some people!.
The are only Eight Premium special Stallions in the world and Edward and three of his sons live here! so quite an achievement for the owners.

Nice food in the Cafe!, or you are quite welcome to bring your own food and eat it in the picnic area, not many places want you to do that do they!.

A very good day out and as if that's not enough with the month's free entrance there is another special for OAP's .
   

 Check out their Facebook page for updates!.

Where else can you get value for money like this!.

Unfortunately you can't take dogs, you can't blame them for that though, got a good example of people letting their  dogs off the lead today at the Lake where a Jack Russell off the lead disappeared down a badger sett and just stood there laughing, the warden wasn't too pleased when we told him and he said they were lucky to get the dog back if the were babies in the sett!.
Can you imagine them chasing the young foals and other animals.
   
Thats all for now!.
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