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, 17 August 2017

Birthday Venue, 17.8.2017.

Had a good day out today, we went to Pico's restaurant in Glossop!.
Free parking for 4hrs for customers!, and the main thing is they are very dog friendly, which for us was the one of the main attractions as we were a party of 5 with 3 Dogs!.  
So we had gathered together here instead of our usual venue at the Etherow Garden Centre Cafe, Sorry Maggie!.

 
There is a very varied menu and something to suit most people.
Here is part of the menu.
 

There was 5 of us, celebrating mate Davids birthday which is on Sunday but today was the only day that we could all get together!.
That's David with the mustache, with Peter  

Some one else's view.

Mary, Peter's wife and Jean in Red!

Jean showing us all up with a new hair do and make up!.

And someone caught me without my hat on!

Between chatting about all things dog related, and putting the world to rights, looking round I realised that the owners must have been to Drew Pritchards the Salvage Hunter for their decorations and lighting, if you watch his program on TV you will see the type of items he buys and sells.
I remember having that lady picture on the far left, years ago




This couple are from Etherow as well, small world, there again they have a Cockerpoo too

Think we will be having another trip there in the near future!.

Leaving the others afterwards Pepe and I took a walk around and right next door was The Mountain Warehouse with all the outdoor gear so I bought a pair of  trousers that were going at half price, End of Summer Sale???, we've not had any yet have we?.
In the Market on the High Street got the latest Celine Dion CD at a good price, so a good day all round, just got back to the car and the heavens opened for a while to wash us home!.

Got a nice plant at the Etherow Garden Centre this past week as well, 

Very bright colours and very shiny foliage,which is said to get better in the Autumn, Mary looked it up and the common name is the Mirror plant because the leaves are so shiny.


 The gazebo at the Garden centre is looking a lot better now the legs have been raised, lighter and the big people don't bang their heads now.


Nice job Ryan!, I just did a bit of supervising, old habits die hard!.

Nice atmosphere, and there is a nice family of Robins hopping all over the place.

The Spam and Egg torpedo's are to die for!.

Well that's it again, 
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Children brighten a home, they never turn the lights off!.

 A small boy gets separated from his father at the funfair and asks a policeman to help find him.
the policeman tries to get a description. 
What's your father like he asks,
Beer and women, replies the boy.

Today I saw a man trying to chat up a Cheetah.
Hello I thought,
Hes trying to pull a fast one!.
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

More of the Amelia Rose build!.

As it was a mite damp at the lake again today, and its 1st August 2017!!, it seemed to put a lot of people off, so after a drink and some of the new menu's delicious Salt and Pepper chips at Maggie's Place in the Garden Centre Cafe I decided I'd had enough so it was home for us!.
I'll bet some of you thought I'd given up on the Narra Boat, 'Amelia Rose' my latest build project!, but after a cuppa I retired to the workshop and did a bit of modelling!.
First tried out the transfers supplied with the kit, and even if I say it myself they look quite well, but there is some more fitting out on the superstructure before I can do anymore transfers!

Ie, doors fitted on the rear cabin, might mark the transfers fitting them first!


The doors on the front of the boat, just noticed the dust on the roof, shame on me!, that will dust off though.


The steering servo fitted and bracket glued and screwed in place



Then decided to give the inside of the body a drop of paint so it was out with the acrylic paint and did the ends and sides, the bottom will be given a coat of varnish before covering with the removable cover, needs to be removable as the ballast needs fitting last of all.

Drop of paint on the rear lower deck as well.

More later, watch this space!.
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Thousands of years ago cats were worshiped as gods!.
Cats have never forgotten this.

Cars these days are almost foolproof, 
As long as the fool behind the wheel stays awake.

When I was born the doctor came out to the waiting room and said to my father, "I'm very sorry we did all we could, But he pulled though!!.
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Garden Cafe Dog Walkers Club!.

Today at the Etherow Garden Centre Cafe, Owner Maggie in collaboration with friend Jean had put on a lovely birthday spread for Jean's daughter Jacqui, who had come back home to Jean's for her birthday this week!.
Earlier in the week we had been to the Hare and  Hounds at Werneth Low for a meal and then on to Reddish Vale to see the local wildlife where we met friends Mary and Peter and Sasha the Collie.

Enjoying a coffee at the Info Centre

You can see why its called the dog walkers club hey!, they are all friends as well.

Jacqui, Peter and Button with the Stockport viaduct in the background.

And a rest at the lake side.




Today's spread at the Garden Centre Cafe, all the decorations provided and made by Maggie.

Thanks Maggi.




Lots of choice.


We even had a bit of music with my Bose Mini Link on the table on the left there.

Button wants to join in!

Another pressie!.





Mary and Peter.

Tucking in .

A beautiful birthday cake, pity we didn't get a picture before it was attacked!.

Big Al and Colin from the Model Boat club, regular customers now at the buttie wagon on their sailing days.

Here is the splendid Buttie wagon in the Garden centre car park.

The Menu!.

Even George from the boat club arrived with his poorly legs!.

I wasn't going to say the ladies age, well you don't ask do you,!, but its hard not to notice isn't it with all the decorations, bunting and balloons Maggie had put up!.

Certainly doesn't look it does she!!.

So its another day out for Mum and daughter tomorrow before she goes home south hopefully to a better climate than the Rainy City, Manchester, but being a true Mancunian I'm bias anyway!.

So if you'r stuck for somewhere to have your next birthday celebration try the Etherow Garden Centre Cafe, I'm sure Maggie will sort you out, or just call in for a cuppa and a snack from the menu above.

 You never know you might find a plant in the unusual selection on display, I know I have in the past!.
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A friend in need is a pain in the Bum!!

I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists somewhere else in the universe is that none of it has bothered to contact us!.

  I went live on the internet myself the other day- I was plugging in my modem and got my fingers stuck in the plug!.
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It's the way I tell em!.



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Sunday At Reddish Vale, 23.7.2017.

This week at Reddish Vale there was plenty of wildlife about!, there was this nice Moorhen and when her male brought her a twig and she stretched out for it, uncovered two of her babies, didn't see any others.


 

There were plenty of baby Coots about too.


The two cygnets last week looked like this, 

This week they looked like this, quite a bit bigger and hopefully safer from predators!. 

Plenty of squirrels.


Some of the terror-pins seem to be growing too, this one is the size of a dinner plate.

The other one isn't much smaller.

The local Herons still there.


The Maggi's 

That's my boy!.

The two young Great Crested Grebes have disappeared, perhaps chased off by the parents as they have produced their second brood and very nice too!.
One sat on Mum's back here,

And there it is, with two in the water.
 

Got a good view here Mum!, sit still or you'll fall off again.


Unusual colours for the babies aren't they, but it must be natures way of camouflaging them. 

That's the last, but there again you can't have too much of a good thing can you?.

Met a chap today at the Vale who told me he was in Reddish Vale Nature photographers, and here is the link


Some cracking pictures on there!.
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????.
Why is Lemon juice mostly artificial ingredients, but dish washing liquid has real lemons?. 

How come a Pizza can get to your house quicker than an ambulance?.

How much deeper would the ocean be if there weren't any sponges in it?.

That's all for now folk's.