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.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Visit to Daisy Nook Country Park,2017.

Tuesday, Pepe and I had another visit to Daisy Nook Country Park and after a nice Sausage and Bacon bap in the Cafe, nice, warm and dry!.
Then it was off on a walk round the park, didn't see the Teal Duck we had seen on a previous visit, perhaps it was just passing though and stopped for a snack and a rest.
In the Cafe saw this history of the park back in the mists of time.

On our walk, with Pepe up to his arm pits in mud, we saw this high rise bug house, a huge old log but luxury for the bugs!, Hilton Bugsville.


Do you think I suit a moustache, say's this crow?. 

I'm going for the healthy option!, bread's not good for me

Looks tasty though, says this Great Tit!.



This lot behind us aren't ours are they Gladys?.

No they are only tagging along waiting for us to drag up some weeds from the bottom with our long necks.


They are Chinese Swan Geese, they come in Brown and White varieties.
 



They have a big lump on the front of their heads, you wouldn't want a Glasgow kiss from one of them would you, nicely marked though aren't they.

Only one cormorant here on the day, think they are all at Reddish Vale!.

Today Wednesday 
After a visit to the Vets for one of Pepe's worming and flea tablets, met Peter & Mary our friends with Sasha their dog at Reddish Vale and had a nice walk round the butterfly field which has been cut back ready for next years growth.
Then back to the visitors Centre for drinks for us and biscuits for the hounds!, they always know where the treats are don't they!.

Great Tit.
 

The Robins were out and about today.



Then it was off to The Windmill at Denton to met friend Jean and have a nice carvery and a slurp
So a nice day was had by all  
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When virtual reality gets cheaper than dating, humanity is doomed!.

Clones are people two!.

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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Monday, 4 December 2017

First Sunday of December, 2017.

The first Sunday of December 2017, turned out to be quite cool and on a visit down to Reddish Vale saw that all the Lakes were frozen over.

Waiting for the thaw!

As it was quite misty the pictures on this post are not quite up to scratch.
This black bird out and about at the feeding trough.

Managed to get the big jet coming into Manchester airport.

This one looks like 'A rose between two thorns' doesn't it, or is that my imagination running away with me again, perhaps put it down to old Age!.


These are a few of the 12 cormorants on the lake on the day

A Little grebe one of four seen on the day, I was told by Darrell one of the workers that where he comes from they are called Dab Chicks!, 



Looking though the square window at the info centre there was a lot of activity on the bird table!.
Just need some berries on that holly bush to make it a real Christmas scene.


Ah, the sun came out for a while so managed to snap this Maggie, round by the small lake!
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Today at Etherow, 4.12.2017.

Misty, although slightly warmer 

From an earlier year of ice.





Queen Tut, the Egyptian Goose on her own today, perhaps the love of her life has gone into mourning after his mate crashed and broke her neck in the week!.

Little Gull.


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Been watching the 'Strictly come dancing' on the telly, then over to the 'I'm a celebrity get me out of here!' where people seem to go to any lengths to further their career's , so eat this!.





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Its only a blog post!!!!.


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Last day of November 2017!.

Last day of November went out with a shiver from everyone, first thing was scrape the ice off the windscreen of the new car! (new to me anyway).

Breakfast at McDonalds, Drink anyway!.

Then it was off to Diggle, up though Uppermill to Grandpa Greens, the popular canal side Cafe.

Looks lovely doesn't it, but appearances can be deceptive can't they!, it was blooming freezing!, though inside the area where you can take your dogs was nice and warm with an overhead heater and we all settled down to the new Over Sixties Special or the other nice choices on the very variable menu!.

The outdoor area decorated for Christmas, but not many takers for sitting out today!.
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The CafĂ© has also launched a ‘GG’s 60 Club’ offering over 60s a meal of home-made soup, a sandwich, and ice-cream with pot of Yorkshire tea for £6.95. The deal is valid weekdays from 10am-4pm, excluding holidays.


The soup of the day, today was Potato and leek, and yes that's the soup!, couldn't get much thicker than that could you!, and it was delicious. My choice of Sandwich was Ham and Cheese equally nice and then you took the ice cream cone to the counter and had your choice of ice cream and being their speciality as you can imagine there was a great variety.
There is even Mince pie & Christmas pudding flavour!.

The two ladies had another drink whilst the two Peter's took the three dogs for a walk up to the Standedge Tunnel.

Nice gate on the tunnel, we were wondering how it worked if there were a boat going in the opposite direction and met in the middle of the tunnel, will made an effort to find out!.





On the way home we called at The Hartshead Pub for another drink and chat and warm up!
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The day before had a visit to Daisy Nook Country Park Cafe and saw that they had put up their Christmas decorations.
Another nice place for eating and very pleasant staff, and best of all 'Dog's Allowed'

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A traffic cop pulls level with a speeding car on the motorway.
Glancing over at the car, hes astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel is knitting!.
The policeman cranks down his window and yells, 'Pull over!, No shouts back the blonde
'Scarf'!.
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It's the way I tell em!




Saturday, 25 November 2017

Down in The Vale, 25.11.2017.

After a bit of indecision with the weather decided to go out and went down to Reddish Vale Country Park..
It was drizzling when I got there, but whilst having a drink in the Information Centre the heavens opened!. I'd seen on the Stockport Nature Watch website that the Green Ringed Parakeets were on show in the park, due no doubt to the fact that the leaves were off the tree where they were last  time I saw them, but didn't manage a picture!.
So braving the rain, wrapped Pepe up in his coat and went looking for them in their tree, couldn't miss this one really it stood out bright green against the branches and dark sky!.

 


What you looking it!!.




At the feeding trough there was this little Sparrow, they seem to be getting a bit scarce nowadays.


A bit misty these, but it was raining!.

Form an orderly line?, push off, get in while you can they say.

I'm full to bursting!.

This little chap was only about 6 feet from the car, yes Pepe & I are not stupid we were sat in the car near the feeding station!.
Still showing some nice colours though a bit bedraggled. 

So it didn't turn out too bad, after lunch at Morrison's for their famous Fish & Chips it was home to the fire and the Darts on the television.
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I'm saving up for a rainy day.
So far I've got a Sou-wester, two mackintoshes and a canoe!.

A word to the wise isn't necessary, its the stupid ones who need the advice!.

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else!.
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Daisy Nook Country Park. 18.11.2017.

Pepe and I had a good day out today at Daisy Nook Country Park!, first stop was the Cafe for a breakfast muffin, Sausage and Bacon, very nice too, also discovered that they Allow dogs into the seating area, so instead of the usual trying to get your food and drink down outside before it goes cold, it was a leisurely affair, the only down side I found was that the WI FI  connection was'nt working as the wardens who had the connection had all be retired!.

Still it was nice and warm with plenty of people using it, they are open every day except Christmas day which was good news!.


Nice clean toilets and seating area.


Not a bad menu as well.

Then it was off round the park which I'd not been too for a few years, not much changed except for my interests.

The children's play boat was standing up well to the elements, been there for a few years now. 


The Cafe area and car park.

Plenty of horses around if you like them. Pepe seems to like them but couldn't eat a full one!

Ponytails!, They say that dog owners look like their owners, does that go for horse owners?.

Not been down here before but seen children playing in the river from off that bridge.

Further round near the canals found some wildlife.
These Gray lag geese with the usual White goose tagging along! 
 

A Heron hiding amongst the reeds.


Then I couldn't believe it when a guy pointed out this Teal!!.
Id always thought they were a bit smaller that this but perhaps its a bit overweight getting some fat on for the coming cold spell.  

Couldn't get a clearer picture as it was too far away and wouldn't be enticed nearer with some seed, perhaps next time 

It started to rain as well which didn't help the situation, can't blame Pepe for pulling my arm as my new Carabiner attachment on my belt to clip his lead to works well and I'm pleased with that!

So with the rain it was back to the Cafe and another hot drink to warm me up.
Off to the Daisy Nook Garden Centre then!,

Oh No its that time again!


Walking round the Centre.

Dog friendly area in the cafe, nice to see that places are opening up to us dog owners, closing a lot of customers out other wise, all ways been good here though!

Prices gone up a bit since I was last here, but its the same everywhere isn't it, still not bad though.


Menu.

Well that's my investigations done for the day, Two dog friendly places found !.

Had a look round the centre to see if I could find anything to make my bird bath into the idea that my Mate Bob the Builder had suggested last week, with this Photo shopped picture where he's used the top and fitted another section lower!.

Then found this nice green bowl which is just the Bees Knees I think, just the right size as well.
  

Bought a few other bits and pieces, ie  Bird seed and feeder.

Then saw this beautiful plant that I've been looking out for for years, only small now ( but so was the price) but with a bit of TLC will be alright.



So all in all a good day, which the slight shower didn't spoil!
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If you live in a glass house, you should change clothes in the basement!.

If you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

Drive carefully, its not only cars that can be recalled by their maker!. 
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