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.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Reddish Vale. May 2016.

Reddish Vale. May 2016.

Went to  Reddish Vale park this Sunday to see if the swans on the small lake had got their babies yet!.

First a call at the information centre to see if the Blue Tits had fledged yet and they were still in the nest and of the nine eggs eight had hatched and were being well fed by their patents!

Whist having a drink saw this Pigeon on the feeding table outside the window. 



The swans on the small lake still in-waiting, can just see a cheeky Coot diving near the nest!, the male will soon see him off!.


Male on guard.

Was told that there was a pair of swans on the big lake with babies, so it was off over there to catch them if possible, no need to panic there they were in full view showing off their beautiful brood!.






This is how you get your dinner.

Do you have to get your head right under mum?.







A lot of these pictures I know, but aren't they cute and how can they say "Ugly ducklings"

Now that's ugly, but there again as they say "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" don't they.





This is the last one, but wil be visiting them again so look out for them growing up.


Also at the park on the day, there were some Coots with their babies.



Both parents going all out to make sure their babies are not going short of food, don't know if that's Mum or Dad just diving under there?.



Today, Monday was at the Lake at Etherow but due to it being Bank holiday was packed out so Pepe and I went up the high paths where it was a bit quieter away from the hustle and bustle of the families with the screaming little girls!, I must be getting old!.
Came home early and had an hour in the garden with my book before dinner.


Great author by the way!, the beer's not bad either!.

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What's the difference between a business man and a warm dog?.
The business man wears a suit, the dog just pants.

What has 4 legs and an arm,
A happy pit bull!.

Where there's a will , I want to be in it!.
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That's it for today folks.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Out & About, May 2016.

Out & About, May 2016.

On Sundays these days I tend to go to Reddish Vale to miss the bad parking at Etherow Country Park, and this week it will be really bad as there is a Big Barn Bike weekend there at the farm at the top of the road.

There isn't any trouble with the bikers, they are a nice crowd of guys with a different hobby to ours perhaps. They were all at the Cafe this morning waiting for them to open has it seems the food at the farm wasn't too good.
At Reddish Vale there is some nice quite areas to sit and enjoy the wildlife,
 



There wasn't much on the lake this week has the male swan was seeing off anything else whilst his mate was sat on her eggs.

As there is only hot and cold drinks at the information centre there I tend to go to McDonalds on the way,
So it seems do others,






Live in Debdale park and visit McDonalds for meals can't be bad!.

The Mandarin babies mentioned in the last post are all doing well and being trained by Mum in the art of pruning and foraging for food.







The Coots are doing fine
 



Dad is doing his bit as well, keeping mum and kids well fed


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The dentist found a cavity so deep in his teeth, he referred him to a chiropodist!.

Man said to the dentist 'Can you recommend anything for yellow teeth'
Dentist - 'A brown tie!'.
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That's all for now folks!.


Thursday, 26 May 2016

This week,23.5.16.

This week,23.5.16.
Been a good week this week with sighting some of this years baby Mandarins!.
Proud Mum.

She has 7 babies in all, not a lot really, last year there were Mothers with as many as 14!.
 




Dad looking a bit scraggy now, loosing his smart plumage!.

Then there are the Coot babies!
This mother is keeping a firm grip on her babies in no uncertain way, Ooch!.

Dad is doing his bit feeding the young ones already on the water




The previous weeks Moor Hens chicks are doing well and putting on some weight now.


Keeping up with Mum.


Canada Geese babies with dad in aggressive stance to ward off the other birds!. 

The ever watchful crows looking for an easy meal.
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On the home front, I finally got my new chair today, the last part of my order from Sofology in Oldham and look who's claimed it!

I'm only kidding really it was for him, notice the pouffe for him to get up without scratching the front.


Very comfy now and looking a bit more modern!.
Sofology very good in that they give you a 4 hr slot for delivery on the day and then phone you as they are getting near to you, so at least I was able to get out and have my haircut ( one cutting and two bagging) so it wasn't a wasted morning!, nice friendly guys as well!.

The new Pouffe now replaces the chair I was using at the PC, 

Free to good home now! 

Studs on Pouffe 

Replaced with 

Castors!
Much more comfortable! and can be moved about very easily.


A bit of gardening this afternoon after a trip to the lake.
Put the two Buxus into nice matching pots, just have to try and keep them as round balls now!

Last week friend Marjorie bought her Granddaughters this beautiful puppy, can't remember if it's a cross Bichion/ Shitzu or Bichion/ lapiapso!, but whatever its a lively little beauty


How can you not like that cute face!.

This week I also fell foul of the Windows 10 dirty tricks system that's been in the news this week, where you found your PC updating to Windows 10!!, luckily Son John found out for me how to revert back to Windows 7, which I'm more used too.
You have to change back within the month of the change, but it only takes about half an hour whereas the Windows 10 update took forever and slowed down everything and turned all my photos to useless blurred images!.
3 other friends of mine got caught out that I know of, how many others are out there suffering, if you want a fix let me know!.

Another moan, bought these Hay-fever tablets from Aldi, small packet at the top are the same as the bigger packet with the same contents in!. What is the point of that?, if only to make you think you are getting better value for your money!, it only fills up your Blue bin quicker doesn't it, don't we get enough junk mail though our doors these days!
Well that's the moan of the week done, on to happier things!.

 
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A barking dog never bites, well at least not while its barking.

What is a Shiatsu?, A Dog? No a zoo with no animals!.

A dog walks into a Wild West bar and says 
'I'm looking for the man who shot my Paw'.
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That's all for now folks.