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.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Daisy Nook Country Park. 18.11.2017.

Pepe and I had a good day out today at Daisy Nook Country Park!, first stop was the Cafe for a breakfast muffin, Sausage and Bacon, very nice too, also discovered that they Allow dogs into the seating area, so instead of the usual trying to get your food and drink down outside before it goes cold, it was a leisurely affair, the only down side I found was that the WI FI  connection was'nt working as the wardens who had the connection had all be retired!.

Still it was nice and warm with plenty of people using it, they are open every day except Christmas day which was good news!.


Nice clean toilets and seating area.


Not a bad menu as well.

Then it was off round the park which I'd not been too for a few years, not much changed except for my interests.

The children's play boat was standing up well to the elements, been there for a few years now. 


The Cafe area and car park.

Plenty of horses around if you like them. Pepe seems to like them but couldn't eat a full one!

Ponytails!, They say that dog owners look like their owners, does that go for horse owners?.

Not been down here before but seen children playing in the river from off that bridge.

Further round near the canals found some wildlife.
These Gray lag geese with the usual White goose tagging along! 
 

A Heron hiding amongst the reeds.


Then I couldn't believe it when a guy pointed out this Teal!!.
Id always thought they were a bit smaller that this but perhaps its a bit overweight getting some fat on for the coming cold spell.  

Couldn't get a clearer picture as it was too far away and wouldn't be enticed nearer with some seed, perhaps next time 

It started to rain as well which didn't help the situation, can't blame Pepe for pulling my arm as my new Carabiner attachment on my belt to clip his lead to works well and I'm pleased with that!

So with the rain it was back to the Cafe and another hot drink to warm me up.
Off to the Daisy Nook Garden Centre then!,

Oh No its that time again!


Walking round the Centre.

Dog friendly area in the cafe, nice to see that places are opening up to us dog owners, closing a lot of customers out other wise, all ways been good here though!

Prices gone up a bit since I was last here, but its the same everywhere isn't it, still not bad though.


Menu.

Well that's my investigations done for the day, Two dog friendly places found !.

Had a look round the centre to see if I could find anything to make my bird bath into the idea that my Mate Bob the Builder had suggested last week, with this Photo shopped picture where he's used the top and fitted another section lower!.

Then found this nice green bowl which is just the Bees Knees I think, just the right size as well.
  

Bought a few other bits and pieces, ie  Bird seed and feeder.

Then saw this beautiful plant that I've been looking out for for years, only small now ( but so was the price) but with a bit of TLC will be alright.



So all in all a good day, which the slight shower didn't spoil!
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If you live in a glass house, you should change clothes in the basement!.

If you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

Drive carefully, its not only cars that can be recalled by their maker!. 
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Friday, 17 November 2017

Reddish Vale, 17.11.2017.

Had a nice morning down at Reddish Vale today, met another chap with his camera, and after throwing some seed into the lake managed to get the beautiful Tufted ducks in to the side for some snaps, they are usually a bit shy but with not many people about today perhaps there wasn't much food about.
Anyway here are today's efforts.
Male Tufted Duck.

Here is the Female, looking a bit shy hey

Lots of Squirrels about today




These two taken though the window of the information centre whilst having a cuppa to warm up after a brisk walk round the lakes.
All sorts come to this bird table during the day.



Round the back of the centre on the stone trough feeding station there is always plenty of activity,

A Great Tit


The Coal Tit saying to the Nuthatch, 'Save some for me'

Our National Bird, and a very good choice as well!.
Whilst in the info centre saw that Santa is coming soon!.

The other side of the big lake high up in a tree was this Heron, which having the Autumn leaves in the background, I thought made nice picture.

This one more in the usual position!.

Snapped this Female Goosander in the week as well.


Finished up the day meeting friends at The Windmill Carvery in Denton, a nice meal as usual and a nice chat, so a good day all round!.
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Always keep your words soft and sweet, Just in case you have to eat them!.

Don't kick a man when he's down, unless your absolutely certain he won't get up.

All things are possible, except Sking though a revolving door.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

1st November 2017.

1st November already!, doesn't time fly when you're enjoying yourself, or is it that time flies faster the older you get!!
Been out and about with Pepe and other Dog walking friends, this Nuthatch was snapped at Reddish Vale and I've joined the Stockport Nature Watch website.




Some cracking nature pictures on this site!.


To Etherow Country Park,
 The swans and their baby have come down to the big lake after their Summer on the Keg pool, of course they have been seeing off the four young swans that arrived in their absence claiming their territory back again.
The baby (the only one this year at Etherow) isn't much of a baby anymore is it!, and there ever present with them is Queen Tut the Egyptian Goose. 
 

Queenie.

Junior.



Been to The Windmill Pub at Denton for a carvery lunch a few times, you can't do better that this can you?, the beef is for a doggie bag for Pepe.

Lovely grub and that's Pepe's beef in the blue napkin.


The signage on the toilet doors.

Lately I've been thinking of a bit of a change in the back garden and thought I wanted a couple of Cotoneaster plants and saw this in the Pub rear car park, which are Pyracantha's!, that's what I was thinking about, quite colourful even at this time of ear. 


The biggish clumps of Fuchsias were getting past their sell by date and would be dormant all winter so it was out with them.  

Added a couple of trellis.

The two different colours of Pyracantha planted, they are said to grow to 20 ft but as you could see at the Windmill they can be trimmed to hedge high.
So I hopefully will have colour though the winter in this section of garden, there again the birds might help themselves to a few snacks, never mind that's another reason for adding them to the garden.
Those wall pots will have to be moved when the Pyracantha fills out.

That looks a lot better from the living room window

Whilst buying the plants saw this nice bird bath and bought it, when I got it home thought it was a bit low, so to Plan A, stood it on an upturned plant pot.

Plan B.
Then on another visit to buy the second plant, found this pot which turned upside down looked a lot better to my eye, they say 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' don't they!. 

In the spring, I might even paint it to match the ladies and give Them a fresh coat of paint, think the birds needs are more than mine at the moment though.
Better to sort out the Rainbows that I made  a few years ago and are now looking a bit tired, will keep me busy whilst the birds are looked after!.

Well that's it for another post, hope you like the pictures.
For more bird pictures see the TAB at the top 'Birds in the park'

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Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

Mobile phones are the only subject on which men boast about who's got the smallest.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
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