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.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Another visit to Daisy Nook, 12.12 2017.

Today, even though it was quite cold and icy, we set off to Daisy Nook Country Park for a bite to eat and a drink.
The roads weren't as bad as we thought and the councils seem to have been on the ball and had the gritters out and about!.

Some of the strange structures round the park, that's the little hound in the front leading the way.

Still plenty of snow and ice about, and blooming freezing!.
 

If you are wondering what these strange structures are there is a chart on the previous post.
Click here.

Met this young fellow on our travels, just wandered up behind us.


Good job there was a fence there, though it was quite friendly and let me stroke him/her, didn't think to check which.

Think it came up the hill from the valley to see what we were so interested in.

A couple of Blue tits for a start.


and a Great Tit.

Then some beautiful Nuthatches 



They must have all been hungry and these Robins seemed to be all round  and didn't seem to have any territorial problems.


Every time I turned round there was another one a few feet away from me.

 

Got anymore mate I'm still hungry he seemed to be saying.

So though it was freezing cold, had a nice walk round and there is plenty to walk round as you can see from their map!

Then back to the cafe for a hot drink to warm up, all in all a good day.
Then of course had to spoil it with some ironing when i got home, whilst Pepe curled up on his chair in front of the fire!.
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Of course Adam was the only married man not to have a mother-in-law,
and he lived in paradise!

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove you don't need it.

Money's not everything,
There's always MasterCard and Visa!
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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!