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.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Continuing Amelia Rose build.

Continuing Amelia Rose build.

Started to cover the rear deck with the planked piece in the kit 


Then realised I had some Chequer plate plasticard in stock and thought it would be more in keeping with a steel narrow boat.

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Think it looks better don't you.


Then thought what the hell why don't I chequer plate the bow section of deck as well.





I'd bought some Mirror screws the other day and decided to attach them to the roof as vents whilst waiting for glue to set again.


There we are


Workman left his tools!.


The roof hatch I'd decided to make a working version was a bit tricky but all finished.


A gas bottle locker added to the bow section as well.


After vacing everywhere with my trusty vac, every modeller should have one in their workshop to keep the better half happy!.

Coated everything with a sanding sealer 


A couple of fairy lights inside to see what it would look like lit up!.


Pepe was in the Christmas mood this Sunday at Reddish Vale park


A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers



Pepe as a pup!.
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The year you stop believing in Santa Claus is the year you start getting clothes for Christmas!.

Why was Santa's little helper feeling depressed, He had low Elf esteem!.

What's the most popular Christmas wine, "I don't like Brussels Sprouts!"
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Friday, 16 December 2016

More on the Amelia Rose build.

More on the Amelia Rose build.

The bottom skin of the bow, this completes the outside skin of the boat!
As you can see you have to be a bit inventive to get pressure in all the right places. 

Then it was the inside edges of the bow

Slight sanding needed as with all the parts

More clamping on these parts and you might notice that I've made a hatch for a gas locker, that small square bit at the front.

An earlier picture of the bow construction showing it a bit rough!. 
That's all been sanded down and is now as smooth as a baby's bum.

This is the start of the rubbing strips on the sides and bow section.

This is the start of the rubbing strips on the stern section,
                                      

That middle one run's right round the boat, but the hard part to me is getting the stripes round the tight bend of the stern!.


Anything will do!

Nearly there!, one more to go.



Whilst all the stripes were drying, made a start on the cabin hatch, but then decided that if it was a hatch it should open, why do I do this to myself??.
so it was get the thinking cap on instead of the Tilley Hat and think about that. 



While I'm thinking how about this?.
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Had a meal out this past week at the 'Windmill' in Denton, with my beautiful youngest granddaughter Ruthie!, though the picture was taken a week earlier at the Church Christmas carol service where she was a member of the choir.
A future Civil Engineer!!.



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A sobering thought hey!.
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Monday, 12 December 2016

Sunday morn at Reddish Vale Park.

Sunday morn at Reddish Vale Park, Dec 11th 2016.

Nice morning walk at Reddish vale Park
We had to leave before Santa got there, much to Pepe's dismay, no doggy bag for him!.

Info Centre tree.

Young swans doing well 

Previous week 

Looks like a lesson going on here!.

There were a few pair of goosanders as well.

Male.

Female.


A Great crested Grebe, in his winter Plumage, perhaps its so he isn't so notice-Abell in the snow of winter?. 

Plenty of tufted Ducks and the common Mallards 

Cormorants


Always look a bit Christmasy don't they!.

This passed week also went with the Breakfast/Dog club from the lake to the Andrew Arms (at Compstall) for our Christmas Dinner!.







Can you spot me without my hat or faithful hound at my side, unfortunately no dogs allowed!, tell you what though, there would have been no crumbles under the table to clear up afterwards if he had been there!.
Pepe
He had been all washed and trimmed ready as well, haaaa!.
 The lady groomer Kate had even given him his Christmas Bow as well.

This is quite true as well.

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That's all for now folks!
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