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, 16 October 2017

Middle October 2017.

Since my last post been to Reddish Vale and there were 20 cormorants there!.


Posted this picture on a new forum I've joined, Stockport Nature Watch, hoping someone will enlighten me as to the different colours on them 

Too tired to fish any more.

And I'm too full to even stand up!


The new forum joined,


Been to Grandpa Greens Cafe today with friends, whilst it was overcast with the Red Sun it was nice and warm.



This photo turned out an unusual colour due to the light from the red sun!.


Outside the Cafe.


The Gates to the Standedge Tunnel, quite ornate hey!.


Our group on the right there, been a few extra decorations put up since the last time we were here.


Has Noah's ark been discovered on this canal??.


Plenty of adventure things for the kids to play on away from the water.







This is some sort of game played with this dice and the flagstones below!.




The things I posted about on our last visit turned out to be buds!

You can see them a bit closer.

Even outside is nice as you walk up to the Cafe from the entrance by the lock gates. 

So another nice day out with friends, grab them whilst you can hey, its a long winter!.
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What's the difference between a clown and a man having a mid-life crisis?.The Clown knows he's wearing ludicrous clothes.

Did you here about the man who fell into the lens grinding machine?, he made a spectacle of himself!.
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It's the way I tell em!.

Monday, 2 October 2017

1 October 2017.

First of October already where has this year gone, flushed down the drain with all this wet weather we've been having prob-abelly. 
The water butts I bought after having the Water meter fitted turned out to be a waste of money, that much rain haven't had to use them!.
This Sunday with Son John at Church all day the usual Sunday dinner was off, still not to worry went on the usual  Sunday visit to Reddish Vale and got a few pictures, there were a lot of cormorants about and discovered that there are a various colours on them at the moment.

 Looked on my phone Appt to see if there is any reason for this but nothing mentioned, perhaps mate Bob will know!.




When you have an itch that you can't quite reach!

The Great Created Grebe babies are still staying close to mother.

Just starting to get a few tufts on their head like mother now.

Dripping off after a dive.

Wonder if there are any fish left after these guy's, still they would soon disappear if there weren't wouldn't they.

This isn't Etherow!

Then it was off up to Glossop for dinner at Pico's, been before as you will have noticed if you follow this blog.
Yes!, it's me without the hat, still got the dog though, recognized for him as much as the Hat!. 

Food still good, though with the flat ceilings and solid flooring it makes it quite noisy at weekend, still its very enjoyable, its perhaps my hearing aids that make it noisy!.

Looking down from the toilets




This is a nice idea.

Even the toilets have retro stuff in them!.

On the way there noticed a Barnardo's Charity shop and had a quick pop in, where I got the bargain of the week!.
These Recordable DVD blanks for only £2.99 for 50!, just the job for my garden ornaments!.

This book for £1.99 and a Lee Child 'Reacher' novel for £1.00, so was worth the quick turn round

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The Garden Centre Cafe menu has been updated, more choice!, still the same prices, why would you go anywhere else!



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Went for my Flu jab today.
Said they would send for me for the shingles jab.
Asked when they were doing Dry Rot Jabs!.

The good news about being middle-aged is that the glass is still half full,
The bad news is that pretty soon your teeth will be in it!.
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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!.

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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!.
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