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, 19 September 2017

Derwent Valley trip, 19.9.2017.

Today Pepe and I had a trip to Derwent Valley, been before but it was such a nice sunny day decided it was time for another visit!.
The journey there was nice except the part where you get to the end of the M67 which turns into an A road but more like a B road!.
Still it was worth it once we got there, the Buttie cabin and Information centre were open as usual

Can't be bad, though there was only one lady in the cabin, I felt a bit sorry for her as there was a good  crowd there when we got there about dinner time.
She seemed to manage very well though and we didn't have to wait too long got our Sausage and Bacon barm, delicious as well.

I will help you finish off that barm, don't put it in the bin, say's Pepe.

This couple look a soft touch!.

No change?, you can buy a parking ticket in the info centre, check the time on it though!, mine was wrong!.
The first thing of interest there was this nice scooter, not seen one like this before.

Don't know about the Peak District, looking at this water it's more like the Peat district!.

This white duck wasn't being ignored, 

He started tapping the guy on his back

And was making sure he had nothing left.


Bit of shelter if it rains.



























Then on to the dam itself, the east tower.

That's not the tower leaning, think it's me.

They didn't just build a lump of stone in those days, its very decorative even right at the top.  


West tower.

Some of those stone blocks are really large, no machines like the builders have these days. 



Notice for the 100 years celebration.




So there you have it the full history.

On the way back to the Cafe.

Celebration seat.

A lot of people about so not as many birds, still got a few Chaffinches at the feeding stations.




All the car parking fees go to the bird feeders they say, so the parking fees which seemed a bit steep are lining the birds bellies and not someones pockets!.

So a good day out, and on the way back stopped in Glossop and got a DVD I'd been looking for, 'Flash Dance' with Jennifer Beals at the record stall in the indoor market, got a huge selection in there!.
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Time is a great healer,
But a lousy beautician.

You know you are getting old, when the candles cost more than the Cake.

What happened when the old lady streaked though the flower show?,
She won first prize for the Best Dried Arrangement!.
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Monday, 18 September 2017

This weekend, 17-18th September 2017.

This Sunday the PJMP Dog Walkers Club met at Pico'o in Glossop which as I've said before is Dog friendly,so that's our interest there, plus its a nice friendly atmosphere and the interior always gives you something else to look at that you missed the first and possibly second time around!.

Mary and the three dogs waiting for our grub to appear!.

Even the shop next doors thinks of the dogs.

Monday saw us all at Reddish Vale, but Catastrophe!, the Cafe there as decided that after the last school holidays there isn't enough business to open in the week, can't blame them really can you, still they are still going to open at weekends!.
So it was a walk round the lakes and a cuppa in the info centre.
  
Always good to take photo's of as they stand so still waiting for a passing meal.

One of the cygnets, looking a bit more regale now,  

Not so regale now, bottoms up, can just see dad's head, bottom right!.

This Moorhen is taking a chance with its leg within reach of this Terror-pin!.

Can you see how many Cormorants in this picture?. 

Its 7! plus a heron on the right.

A bit nearer,

Think I've mentioned it before, but if you didn't get it, their feathers aren't as waterproof as ducks to help them dive under the water, so they have to dry themselves out afterwards.



The other end of the lake.


On the small lake there was a few visitors as it is quieter in the week. 

A nice fluffy young moorhen.

And the Little grebe is still there hiding at the side of one of the islands.

So we all went our separate ways and it was Morrisons for Fish and Chips for me!.
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What do you get if  you cross a cat with a gorilla?,
An animal that puts you out at night.

No body will ever win the battle of the sexes,
There's too much fraternising with the enemy!.

A critic is a legless man who teaches running!.
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Vale, 12th Sept 2017.

Feeling much better after a cold at the weekend, Pepe and I went out today for the first time this week!, it was only a quick trip to Reddish Vale again, and was I glad, as we saw the Little Grebe on the small lake catching a fish!.

This beautiful duck was sharing the lake,

 Then this Maggie came to see if we had anything for him

This one a Muscovy Duck all white with his red face is for friend Jacqui down in  Cornwall!.

The swan family are doing well on the big lake.

The babies are nearly full grown now.

Mum with her Green leg tag.

Eat your Greens son, can't just eat seeds or you will never have nice white feathers like me and your dad.


Mum Grebe still helping out with the feeding 

Baby Grebes getting bigger as well.

Great Crested Grebe adult.

 A nice tufted Duck.

This is the female, still got a little tuft on the back of her head.





























Small Terror -Pins on the big lake in the middle, the size of side plates.

The ones on the other side of the lake are the size of dinner plates!.

Did you know that the foundry in Stockport called Needhams exported manhole covers all round the world as far afield as Australia!.
The chap that made this bench has used some of the original mounds and even made a new one to illustrate the system used in the day!

Here's one he made to show the visitors how it's done,
placed in front of the bench.

Another attraction put on by the Friends of the Vale coming shortly, so you could see all in this post and have a drink too! 

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Bye for now!