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, 2 January 2017

Christmas holidays 2016.

Christmas holidays 2016.
Not been a bad Christmas for me and Pepe, other than two of our friends had to be taken into hospital!, still these things happen, unfortunately they always seem to be over a Bank Holiday don't they!.

 
Nice lay out at the Teal's
John doing his bit before going to look after a sick other Grand parent!.

Jo was left to entertain those of us left, we all had a good time, but there is always the absent ones in the back of your mind hey.

My place name.
Which ended up back home round the neck of one of my ornaments.

The lake has been very busy over the holidays, with all the children showing off their new toys and gadgets. We always found our Son played with the previous years toys more than he did during the year!, before he gave them to a deserving cause!.

Me and my big mouth, I'd said on the Club blog that the previous few years we hadn't had to break the ice at our Frostbite sail and wouldn't you know it the lake was frozen over the next day!.

I went to Argos the other day and bought a Bean Bag, when the guy brought it out from the back I thought ' The Blob' had got him, it was HUGH, that's the trouble buying before you see the item isn't it!.
I had trouble getting it into the car, fighting it all the way in, when I got home it was bigger than Pepe's armchair and I'd only wanted to sit on it for Pepe's mad half hour in the evenings.
Then I had a fall of Soot!, remembered John's dog 'Max' on Instagram struggling to sleep on his bean bag.

So an e-mail to John and we had a new for old swap!

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And there is Max looking quite small though he is quite a big boy

Pepe is now happy with 'The Blob' gone as am I
In fact everyone happy with the outcome.
My birthday today.
Lady at the lake bought me a birthday cake and some bright soul said why don't you put candles on it!, must have been to see the latest film 'Inferno'!.

I even got dressed up today for the lake, I like to shock people now and then to make sure they are still with us!. 

Friend, Bob sent me this comment, very witty guy, but I don't mind as he and his good lady are great friends.

Selfies needs stick extension, to cut out the distortion!
It is distortion...innit?

Its the lack of a hat, Bob.

This one is for him since he bought a drone for himself for Christmas!



For those dog lovers amongst you here is an updated picture of 'Belle' the Cavion, Johns neighbours puppy mentioned in an earlier post.




Well that's it for now folk's my brains hurting now!.
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As said earlier, everything seems to happen on a Bank Holiday. The keyboard here just packed up half way though, Oh no!.
Then realised this is a Wireless one so how does it work?, of course batteries, had some spares in so everything OK again.
What a gorppp.
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Continuing Amelia Rose build.

Continuing Amelia Rose build.

Started to cover the rear deck with the planked piece in the kit 


Then realised I had some Chequer plate plasticard in stock and thought it would be more in keeping with a steel narrow boat.

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Think it looks better don't you.


Then thought what the hell why don't I chequer plate the bow section of deck as well.





I'd bought some Mirror screws the other day and decided to attach them to the roof as vents whilst waiting for glue to set again.


There we are


Workman left his tools!.


The roof hatch I'd decided to make a working version was a bit tricky but all finished.


A gas bottle locker added to the bow section as well.


After vacing everywhere with my trusty vac, every modeller should have one in their workshop to keep the better half happy!.

Coated everything with a sanding sealer 


A couple of fairy lights inside to see what it would look like lit up!.


Pepe was in the Christmas mood this Sunday at Reddish Vale park


A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers



Pepe as a pup!.
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The year you stop believing in Santa Claus is the year you start getting clothes for Christmas!.

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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Friday, 16 December 2016

More on the Amelia Rose build.

More on the Amelia Rose build.

The bottom skin of the bow, this completes the outside skin of the boat!
As you can see you have to be a bit inventive to get pressure in all the right places. 

Then it was the inside edges of the bow

Slight sanding needed as with all the parts

More clamping on these parts and you might notice that I've made a hatch for a gas locker, that small square bit at the front.

An earlier picture of the bow construction showing it a bit rough!. 
That's all been sanded down and is now as smooth as a baby's bum.

This is the start of the rubbing strips on the sides and bow section.

This is the start of the rubbing strips on the stern section,
                                      

That middle one run's right round the boat, but the hard part to me is getting the stripes round the tight bend of the stern!.


Anything will do!

Nearly there!, one more to go.



Whilst all the stripes were drying, made a start on the cabin hatch, but then decided that if it was a hatch it should open, why do I do this to myself??.
so it was get the thinking cap on instead of the Tilley Hat and think about that. 



While I'm thinking how about this?.
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Had a meal out this past week at the 'Windmill' in Denton, with my beautiful youngest granddaughter Ruthie!, though the picture was taken a week earlier at the Church Christmas carol service where she was a member of the choir.
A future Civil Engineer!!.



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A sobering thought hey!.
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Monday, 12 December 2016

Sunday morn at Reddish Vale Park.

Sunday morn at Reddish Vale Park, Dec 11th 2016.

Nice morning walk at Reddish vale Park
We had to leave before Santa got there, much to Pepe's dismay, no doggy bag for him!.

Info Centre tree.

Young swans doing well 

Previous week 

Looks like a lesson going on here!.

There were a few pair of goosanders as well.

Male.

Female.


A Great crested Grebe, in his winter Plumage, perhaps its so he isn't so notice-Abell in the snow of winter?. 

Plenty of tufted Ducks and the common Mallards 

Cormorants


Always look a bit Christmasy don't they!.

This passed week also went with the Breakfast/Dog club from the lake to the Andrew Arms (at Compstall) for our Christmas Dinner!.







Can you spot me without my hat or faithful hound at my side, unfortunately no dogs allowed!, tell you what though, there would have been no crumbles under the table to clear up afterwards if he had been there!.
Pepe
He had been all washed and trimmed ready as well, haaaa!.
 The lady groomer Kate had even given him his Christmas Bow as well.

This is quite true as well.

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That's all for now folks!
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