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.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday ,23.6.2017.

A big change in the weather today, dull and drizzly, consequently no one I knew at the lake, in fact visitors few and far between.
Had a drink in the Garden  Centre cafe and after a chat with Maggi the owner it was off on a short walk round the lake!.
Here are a few pictures taken on an earlier visit to Reddish Vale this week.
Just not good enough, but getting there.


A moorhen with her baby

Large feet but not as webbed as the a coot. 
Excuse me if you think I'm teaching my grandmother to suck eggs as they say, but like you maybe, I'm in a learning situation as well and just passing on the information.

Majestic.

Hiding.

Baby Mallards


Juvenile Coot just starting to get his/her White forehead marking. 


A couple of Baby Coots from Etherow, Red heads in the early stages, but then as above



And the odd chaffinch!.

Synchronised Swimming!


Well, that's it for today, at least it was a bit cooler, we are never satisfied are we!, one day its too hot and the next it's too dull and showery, still that's what we Brit's do isn't it, complain about the weather, we are lucky that's all we have to worry about I suppose!.
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I'm saving for a rainy day,
So far I've got a sou'wester, two mackintoshes and a Canoe!.

A vasectomy is never having to say you're sorry!.

Always keep your words soft and sweet in case you have to eat them.
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Reddish Vale Country Park.17.6.2017.

If you've been following my posts you will have noticed I've been going to Reddish Vale Park this past week as the Cafe at Etherow is closed for a fortnight for refurbishment!!, who came up with that one, would have been better in the winter wouldn't it, when there weren't as many people using it still that's the councillors for you.
Once spoke to one of them and she said quite openly "I didn't know all this was here" (Etherow), talk about putting both feet in it!. 
Still, back to Reddish, spotted this Kestrel under the railway arches the other day and today there he/she was shredding something up.



Then it was into the box to feed the chicks I would thing, must keep my eyes open for any coming out on to the front porch!

Something for everyone here, ie plane spotting as it's right on the flight path to Ringway.



Squirrels 



Terror -pins.

Front and back views of Maggies.

Great Crested Grebes seem to be nesting again and babies left to fend for themselves.




Aways something going on with the help of the "Friends of the Vale"

Been lucky this year with three baby Cygnets.

Don'r need any more pictures they are all on the video!




Put plenty of Video's on the Model Boat Club site, but seem to have been a bit amiss here, watch this space!
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All men are animals, some just make better pets!.

How do you scare a man?,
Sneak up behind him and start throwing rice!.

How do you keep a man from reading your e-mails.
Rename the folder "Instruction Manuel"!.
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Birds in the garden.14.6.17.

Been feeding the birds in the garden lately but only seem to be getting Woodie's and sparrows at the moment, still there are lots of cat's everywhere and though Pepe stops them coming down into the garden he's a bit hampered with his size!.

Been putting out those suet blocks which they seem to like and it doesn't get all over the place and not much falls into the garden so Pepe can get it.



Queuing up in nice orderly lines. 


The sparrows seem to like the pellets better, or else can't get to the suet!.

The new camera seems to be doing like it say's on the box.

Another example of the great zoom on this camera are these pictures of a Kestrel, high up under the railway arches  at Reddish Vale Park.
That's his nest box behind him/her?.



 



Might have been a bit clearer with a tripod, that's if I could remember to take it with me, always forget, what a gorpp!.

Did get another attachment for the camera the other day, John ordered it for me, as you can see it attaches to your car window and has three different directional adjustments.
There is the obvious drawbacks of course, the position of the car but you can't have everything in this life can you, and if that's all you have to worry about you are quite lucky aren't you!.

 

This taken with it on the car park.
That's it for now, see you soon.
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Hollywood movies would be improved if they shot less film and more producers!

Never judge a book by it's movie!.
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Monday, 12 June 2017

Monday at the Vale,12.6.17.

As the Cafe at Etherow is closed for renovations for the next two weeks decided to go to Reddish Vale again today.
We had breakfast first at McDonalds, though there is a Cafe/Tearooms at the Vale and here is the sort of thing you can expect there.
The weather looked a bit doubtful for sitting outside with Pepe there so that's what decided us for McDonalds.

And a specials board!


This is the view from the Cafe, the riding school saddling up


The first thing to greet us at the Vale today was this beautiful Heron 

It even flew on to the fence so I could take his picture better.

Then the ones I'd been trying to get for the past few days, the young cygnets with their parents

Mum seemed to be stamping her feet in the water to bring up the sediment and then pull up a string of green weed for the babies to pick though!.


Try this kids!.





Bottoms up.





Then big Daddy stood up in the water and started honking loudly, I though we had disturbed them but it seemed that feeding time was over and it was time to go back to the nest for a siesta.


No ifs, but's or arguments, off they all trouped with him. 


And so to bed, have to learn fast don't they or the consequences are very hard and no second chances for the ones that stray too far!.


Think these are young Chaffinches.




This is an adult Male


Black headed Gull.


Sparrow.


And a young one.


A Magpie, he didn't stay long after cleaning up all the seed put out.




This cheeky squirrel checking out Pepe


No threat so settled down to eat!.

So it was back to the centre for a drink and there was this Squirrel though the window stuffing itself with seed put out for the birds.
Turned out well though the window I thought.


Had the car park to myself today
except for this Robin, still you can't fall out with anyone on your own hey!.



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How do you know if your cat has eaten a duckling?.
It's got that down-in -the-mouth look!.

Where there's a will,
I want to be in it!.
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