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.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sunday, 23.4.2017

Went to Reddish Vale again this Sunday, nice sunny day and plenty of wildlife about.

Moorhen on the nest, though there was a baby walking about so that's about 3 weeks old, so not sure if it's a different Mother or the same with another brood on the way!.


Baby Moorhen about 3 weeks old.

They even climb trees.

Look at the size of that egg, its abandoned by the swans.

They seem to have moved into the trees at the side of the lake and the path has been fenced off to give them some privacy. 

Looks a real love nest hey!.

Round the park there was plenty of other birds 

A Dunnock.

A chaffinch.


Then on the small lake spotted these baby Coots!.

Get this down your neck

Dad's helping out too.


Meanwhile back home, did a bit more on the boat, ie masking and spraying again.

Made a use of some of the loads of pamphlets than get pushed though our doors daily!

Sprayed the Green


Then,with the masking removed, shows the nice Red contrast, bright but Canal boats are aren't they!.

Son John has made a track cleaner for his garden railway and he has just painted his model Green!, 

Mate Bob's boat, Green as well, this is his lettering just done and sent by email.

Great minds think alike hey!.
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One of mate Bob's birthday cards, won't tell you his age but this isn't his picture!!.
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

The lake today,22,4,2017.

The lake today was quite busy what with the sun out and the children back to school next week I would think.
Went looking for the baby Mallards I'd seen yesterday and expected to have to go up to the first bridge but to my surprise they appeared in front of me on the middle path and scampered into the big lake where I took these pictures!.

Stay away from my babies she is obviously saying! 

Cute aren't they.

The Coots haven't got any young yet.

Where's he got too with that grub?.
Is that a Blue ribbon wrapper in the nest?.

About time you good for nothing!.

The Moscovy ducks doing well.

Plenty of colour on them close up/.

Moor hen here at Etherow not got a nest yet.

Queer tree, how is this staying up in the high winds we've had lately?.

Well, that's it for another day, hope the weather stays like this for a it longer
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On maternity room door "Push Push Push".

At the electricity company, "We'd be delighted if you sent in your bill,
However if you don't you will be!. 

On a house fence,
"Salesmen welcome, dog food is expensive".
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Amelia Rose spraying again,

Been doing a bit more spraying on the canal boat again, if you have been keeping up to date you will realise I'd only done the Hull painting up to now.
Did the Rear hatch cover in Green, here it is now against the plan sheet.

And back on the boat.

The superstructure as you saw last time was masked up, now its been sprayed Red,


After leaving for a few days to harden stripped off the masking,

Looking good hey!.

Today at the lake saw these beautiful Muscovy Ducks making their way back to the lake after a grazing in the sunny fields.
A year old now and some of the males are beginning to get their Red faces

Meanwhile back at the lake near the Cafe this Mandarin Duck couple were staking out their territory!.

Up near the first bridge over the Canal side spotted this family of Mallards.

Counted nine babies in all but couldn't get all the little blighters to stay in a group!.

Back home the garden is getting a bit of colour Now.
My Japanese Maple's are all getting colour now, this is just a couple of them, the Green Goddess is standing up to the weather as well.




That's all for now off to mask up the Red on the superstructure to spray the green next.
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Look up the word Politics in the dictionary,
Its actually a combination of two words;
Poli which means many, and tic, which means bloodsuckers.
Enough said!

Did you hear they are putting a clock in the Leaning tower of Pisa?.
Because what's the good if you have the inclination and don't have the time?.

A man goes to his GP and say's "Doctor I think I'm a Moth".
"You don't need a doctor, you need a psychologist"
"I know" say's the man "But I was passing and your light was on".
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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter Sunday,2017.

Woke up today to bright sunshine and thought the weather forecast I'd seen the day before couldn't have been more wrong, but by the time I'd showered and shaved it became apparent that the forecast was right after all, it was a light drizzle so decided to go out anyway!.
We went to Reddish Vale as there was a Easter Do on there.


The band setting up

What a pity the weather was the usual bank holiday kind!.

The volunteers 

Setting up the Easter trail for the children.

The rear of the visitor centre, on our walk to the fields.

This is at the entrance to the playing fields. 








Signs round the Vale.


Then on to the lakes to see the wildlife.

The baby Moorhens are doing well.

The Swans nesting.

Having a snack of grass cuttings.

The Grebes still on the nest can't see any babies yet!.

Dad, very attentive.


The Mandarins all very aggressive looking for mates. 























This Mallard seems to have quite a following.




This Coot has quite a big nest Hey!.

Resting before the crowds arrive.

Then it was home to dry out!.

Pity about the weather for the event!, hope it didn't stop too many turning out!.
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Organic!, at my age I need all the preservatives I can get!!.

On a billboard ad for a safe company.
If your stuff is stolen its not our Vault.

A sign on the side of the road with a message from the police,
If you drink and drive, we'll provide the chasers!.
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