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 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, 27 September 2017

Portland Basin Day out, 27 Sept 2017.

Today had a good day, starting with the last of the old wood fencing taken to the tip.
Rears seats down it's cavernous.
Got everything covered so it didn't damage the car. 

Had bought a boot mat at B & M

Seemed a good bargain, a decorators sheet was £10 at B&Q and wouldn't have lasted.

The last, thank goodness, can now tidy up the garden.

A quick visit to the Garden Centre cafe and then off to meet Jean and Button 50% of the PJMP Dog Walkers club at the Portland Basin Museum in Ashton, I'd been before years ago, but was told the cafe there was very good and I wasn't disappointed 

Pepe with his Leonburger pal.

The Portland Basin.
Outside seating area for us dog owners, still it was a nice day if a bit breezy.

This is me for a change, Jean trying out her new phone camera!, as you can see we didn't finish all the chips, we'd had a portion between us with our BLT's, they were buootiful with plenty of filling, 3 rashers of nice lean bacon!.

The Menu.

Indoors, beautifully clean.

These old pictures on the walls??, can you name the people ?.

At the side of us was this strange arrangement of a narra boat and after a chat with the guy on it, it was as I thought a Buttie boat with a separate engine section at the back, seems it is easier to operate on the canals smaller turning circles, it can be detached and used at the front or the back!.  

The connection.

Commercial boat and on the right a work boat

Canal and River trust.

I think these are restoration projects

Steams up.

This is a newish boat and came in as we were there and unloaded a load of disabled people and the chap at the front was giving hand signals to the driver.

Is this Canada goose taking the mickey?.

Cost for this £95,000, all by donations and run by volunteers, lovely boat. 

This is the place where Gail's husband in Coronation Street drove the family into the canal, years ago that was, perhaps had a few more husbands since!.

If you live on a canal boat this is the way you go to the shops!.

Built stuff to last in the old days .

One of the exhibits inside, didn't go round inside much with having the dogs, but saw this on the way to the loo's!, an example of dry stone walling.

Something you might be interested, in this chap we were told is a local guy from Dukinfield, seems like a good night out, get your old war time gear out of the wardrobe!.


The older you get, the better you realise you were.

The older you get the longer it takes you to get over a good time.

I've got to watch myself these days, its too exciting watching anyone else.

Once over the hill, you pick up speed!.


  1. It looks as though you've had another nice day out Peter.
    Mary x

  2. Hadn't got my big camera in the car so all these taken with my IPhone so not turned out too bad.