#TBT

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As we are coming up to Bonfire Night on November 5th I thought the TBT picture should be the Boys with sparklers!!!  This is from 2005 so Eldest was Ten and Youngest was Six!!

Talking about Clearing Out the things you don’t need created quite a few comments, a lot of which were don’t throw out anything really important which I would never do.  I think what all the experts were saying is just get rid of the rubbish.  My own experience with my Grandmother’s house is quite funny in some ways but not when DH and I were in the middle of it.

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My Grandmother used to pay her bills in cash (she was born in 1904 so they always dealt in cash) so she would get the bill in the mail, she would then take it to whoever it was from and pay it in cash and then put the bill back in the evelope she had received it in, the receipt and sometimes the change!  So when she passed we had hundreds and hundreds of envelopes with bills and receipts and even some money, long out of circulation, in!  Of course we had to go through every one to make sure that there was not something important in it and it took us weeks.  DH went to the tip with two trailer loads of just paper.  I think that this is the sort of thing which needs to be sorted and not left.

However I did find something very interesting; I found the family bible.  It’s a big old thing with big brass catches on and in fact I must get it out and get a picture of it.  Anyway it was obviously given to my Grandparents as a wedding gift and it had their wedding details in.  Eventually we found all the family papers and I was going through them and I found my Grandparents marriage certificate which had their wedding date as 29th May 1929 but in the bible it said 29th May 1928!  Which meant that my Grandmother was already expecting my Mom when they married!!!!!!!!   I never knew and I don’t know whether my mother knew as she had already passed!!!  DH and I corrected it and also added our marriage to the bible.  Just shows you all those family secrets finally see the light of day!!!!

DH’s Dad moved from the family home to a sheltered accommodation and when he did we did have a big clear out then so when he passed the job was no where near as bad as with my Grandma! 

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With out business we have to keep our records for seven years so each year they get put into clip boxes and as we put one in we take the oldest out and shred it all, so at least we are keeping on top of that.  The Boys have Keepsake boxes which have things in from all the years they were growing up.  They are all filed and labled and in the attic  although we have sorted some of their things our, with their help.  I kept every single book from all of their Primary and Senior school years so we whittled it down to just a few they wanted to really keep and have shredded the rest. 

There is a lot of stuff in the attic which I know I can get rid of but as I said the other day it needs a nice weather day to do it so I am planning it as part of the Spring Cleaning.  It will probably involve the whole house looking a tip for a few days whilst everything comes out but I think it will be a good job done. 

I used to collect Bookmarks, you know I love books, and I did have them displayed in frames down the stairs at our old home.  Originally I got them from places I visited which was great and then other people started to buy me them which was lovely but it was really for me to remember where I had been.  Eventually I stopped and when we moved I did not want to put them up, so they are all now stored in the attic still in their frames.  So I think I will take them out and put them in a scrap book, a lot smaller to store and get rid of the old frames.  Again something I can do, of course I am sure when I am gone and the Boys are having to deal with it, it will go in the donate pile but hey ho I liked them at the time and that’s the important thing.

So on that philosophical note I bid you a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

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The Wednesday Wag!

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Dad left really, really early this morning to get to something called a conference so I had been out and had my breakfast at the crack of sparrows and Mom was still asleep in bed, so I went back to bed too!

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I still haven’t caught up on my sleep from the other night when it was very, very windy. 

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A little later when everyone was up I was allowed out in the garden un-supervised.  Last week I was out on my own in the garden and when I came in I had been digging, a lot!  Dad still has to find out where I have been digging and I did get into a little trouble for it!!!

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As it’s almost Thursday, so #TBT, Mom found this on the computer the other day of Youngest and I when we were little!  Mom has to refrain from looking at lots of these in one day otherwise she gets very melancholy!

I was chasing leaves in the garden today as it was still a little windy but I was too fast for Mom to get a picture, tee hee!

Happy Woofy Wednesday

Treacle

We Escaped!

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Well we escaped relatively unscathed after the high winds, the leaves were the worst!!!  We spent the evening listening to the house creak with the gusts and Treacle had a pretty bad night and we all went to bed with battery hurricane lamps as the power had been flicking on and off.  Fortunately it didn’t go altogether but we had powered down all the computers and switched off as many of the electrics as possible.

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This is Treacle this morning, very tired from her disturbed night!

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I was reading an article in the paper yesterday regarding de-cluttering called “Swedish Death Cleaning”!  No it is not as gruesome as it sounds but it is based upon looking at your items and thinking whether your loved ones would actually like the article and if not and you don’t want or need it then get rid of it, especially stuff that has accumulated over many years. 

I have had experience of this when my mother was alive and she said that she dreaded clearing my Grandmother’s house out because of all her stuff (my Grandmother had looked after my Great Grandmother in her latter years and there was all her stuff in the house as well).  Well my mother passed away before my Grandmother and my mother had a lot of stuff too which I had to deal with!  Eventually my Grandmother passed and DH and I had to deal with it and it was a very, very big job. 

We also had to have the house valued for probate and the lady who came to do it was a great help and gave us a great piece of advice; don’t keep anything just because of sentimental feelings, only keep it if you love it and it fits in your home at present.  My Grandparents had some wonderful pieces of furniture but they were huge and fit their house perfectly (it was a big old Victorian house) but they would not fit into our little modern house. 

Having had these experiences I think we have been very conscious of clearing things out every so often, especially when we have moved house.  In fact when we moved into this home we fitted our furniture in and then things that didn’t go we sold. 

So I am still going through draws, cupboards, wardrobes and all the other places that things lurk and sorting things and I do find it very therapeutic!  There are two big areas which need doing, one is the attic and one is the room off of our garage, but they both need a good weather day to do them so I think they will now have to be done in the Spring.  I can get on with other things though!!!

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On quilting news, I am trying to finish Evalyn’s quilt, didn’t quite make it for her Birthday, and also the other things I am making for Christmas and also another thing I am trying to finish.  The days seem to fly by and nothing gets done!!!  Really do need more time or one of those Time Turners from Harry Potter!!!!

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x

The Sky Is Falling?

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This has been the colour of the sky most of today!  All because of Hurricane Ophelia which has been battering parts of the UK today and it has been dragging sand with it from the sahara which is why the sky is this colour.  Ireland has been hit the most with winds of up to 90mph with damage to property, treess etc and loss of power.  Here the winds are about 40mph and all it is doing is knocking the leaves off the trees.

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As you can see Treacle is not happy about the weather!  It is also very warm and muggy today which for the third week of October is really, really weird!!!  Of course tomorrow there is a 10° drop in temperature and we will all be freezing again!

Speaking of weird these are my two pots on the garden steps still with the summer fuschias flowering!  Normally by now they have died and I have replaced them with winter flowering pansies but as they are still going strong I have left them, of course the first frost and they will be dead.

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This is the Dogwood which is next to our varigated holly bush.

I took these pictures in our garden yesterday, when again it was mild, whilst we were out there gardening.  Normally at this time of year we are tidying things up and sort of putting the garden to bed for winter but certaining not this year, its still all growing!

We had a busy old weekend, as always.  Friday night was a sort out night as Saturday morning we were out at Evalyn’s fourth birthday party at a play centre near them!!!  It was very loud and very warm but they all had a great time, including lunch!

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At one point there were more parents than children but I did warm Felicity that eventually the children get to an age and they are having parties when the other parents of the invited  “Dump and Run” usually as fast as possible!!! 

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Evalyn; you can’t beat a good sandwich.

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And cake of course, especially an Elsa from “Frozen” cake!

After we got back Youngest rushed off to a car meet and DH rushed off to a swimming event as Chairman!  Sunday we got garden jobs done and then he rushed off to another swimming meet where he was announcing!  I managed to get some more jobs done in the house and decorated for Autumn and Halloween and measured out all the fruit for my Christmas Cake and for a birthday cake and set them aside to soak in brandy.  The kitchen smelt lovely!  I will be baking them tomorrow.

Finally last night was the last episode of “Victoria” for the season, there is a Christmas Special, and Youngest was in it.  In fact this was the first time you can see his face properly.

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As you can see I was taking the pictures off of the TV.  They were directed to look solemn and he sure does!!!  Tonight is the last episode of Rellik and we are hoping that his main bit that he did for this is in that, so far he has only been seen in the background.  I will let you know tomorrow!

It is almost 5.00pm and it is getting very windy now and the house is starting to creak!!  Treacle is in her basket by my desk and jumping at every little sound, so I will be putting the TV on to make some other noise, DH and Youngest won’t be home until later so it will be just Treacle and I snuggling!!!!

I hope your Monday is going well!

Hugs, Susie x

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Lesson Learnt!

Further to my post of a few days ago and after several emails between myself and StockFood Ltd as well as our Business Solicitor I have today paid the sum of £50 to end the matter.  Less than the £72.20 they wanted (if paid within 14 days of their letter!) and slightly more than the £30 I offered to pay, but it is done, finished and hopefully I will never hear from them again.

Our Solicitor’s view was that they should only be due the £19 which is the License fee and the rest of the charges they were “trying it on” and that he believes there are images out there put as “traps” so this company make money out of it, which I believe but they of course, deny.  They did not prove to me that they or the photographer actually own the copyright and if I had a lot more time and money I would not have paid, but I don’t so have resolved it.

However please be aware that no image, no matter whether it has meta data on about the original owner or not, or comes from a website/Pinterest/Google et al, is not copyright free.  If you use it, even if your blog makes no money and does not benefit in any way from using the image, you are still liable and may end up paying like me.

Please be assured that I never intended to breach anyone’s copyright and  it was a pure mistake, one which I will not repeat.

So I have learnt my lesson and will not now use any image, no matter how cute or appropriate, to decorate my blog posts unless I or my family have taken it.  I have spent several hours going through all of my old posts removing pictures so I am sorry if you are looking at anything older and there are gaps or something does not make sense but  I have had to do this as I cannot afford to be paying anyone else and boosting their profits!

I have deleted my old blog from Google Blogspot as I cannot afford to have anything on there be subject to this copyright issue and do not have time to go through it.  Anyway it has been five years since I have been on WordPress so it is about time the old one was deleted, although people did still read it!

Thank you to all my Followers who contacted me regarding this nasty business and all your lovely comments, you don’t know how much you all mean to me.  I am glad this has been resolved before the weekend and I will be back on Monday to blogging every day.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

 

A Salutary Lesson and A Warning To Other Bloggers!

Today in the mail I received a four page document from StockFood Ltd (www.stockfood.co.uk) demanding payment for an image I used on my Blog in November 2014.

99.9% of the photographs/pictures I use on my blog are my own, taken by myself or my family, however occasionally I have used a picture from the web, usually Pinterest, to add colour or interest to a post.  This image I used in 2014 came from Pinterest and no where did it have the name of the person who took the picture or any credit/copyright details on it or a link back to anywhere, so I used it.  I have since removed the picture from the post and my Blog media archive.

My Blog is about quilting, our family, my day to day life and Treacle and is really a diary.  I do not make money from my blog and I do not have advertisments on my blog.  So I have made nothing from using this image in 2014.  I have never intended to use a picture which I did not believe I could use and understand with an Open Blog that anyone can use pictures off your site, hopefully for good reasons, and that is the nature of being on the Web.

StockFood Ltd is a company which pays photographers for their pictures and then, I suspect, have some very fancy software scouring the web for their images and if you have not bought a license or credited the photographer you are then fined for its use.

Their charges are :

Standard License Fee £19.00, VAT £3.80, Post use licensing Surcharge £95.00, Surcharge for not crediting the image £19.00, Infringement Detection Fee £26.60, Infringement Collection Fee £26.60 making a total o £190.00.

If, however, you pay up within fourteen days it will only cost you £72.20.  They go on in the letter to threaten you with court and fees of hundreds of pounds if you don’t settle up immediately.  The letter is not signed by anyone and although their website states their hours of business are 9.00am to 5.30pm when I rang to talk to someone at 5.15pm the phone was not answered.  Two emails I have also sent bounced back.

I have consulted our Government website regarding copyright and as is typical with a Government document is talks about intellectual property but does not say anything about the fact that if you cannot find out if anyone owns a picture and don’t know who to credit but use the image, you can still be liable and be fined even though you don’t know who it belongs to, as is the case here.

StockFood Ltd is a business which makes nothing but I believe makes money from fines and in my mind is morally corrupt.

I have had to forward all this to our business solicitor, which may cost me even more money and I suspect in the end the answer will be I will have to pay up.  Over the last few years and since the recession things have not been too good with our business but this is not what my Blog is about, but I am heartbroken that I have caused our family needless expense over something which I feel I had no control over and was just a mistake.

I have now removed any picture not of my own from my media archive so that this does not happen again, so if you are looking at old posts and there are gaps or missing pictures I am sorry but I had to do it as I cannot afford to pay anymore money out.

As you can imagine this has left a very nasty taste in my mouth and terribly upset about the whole thing and I will now be taking a blogging break, to decide what happens next; whether I continue Blogging, something I have loved and really enjoyed doing for the past seven years or whether to delete my blog entirely.

Susie

 

Dark Nights!

 

I am sat at my desk finishing off my work and have realised that although it is only 6.30pm it is completely dark outside!!!  I think this is the only thing I don’t like about Autumn, the evenings are dark so early!!!!

Yesterday disappeared in a whirl of work and I didn’t finish until late and DH and Youngest were both out so before I knew it it was 8.00pm and no dinner made!!!  Treacle was also very keen for her dinner too.

At the weekend DH and I managed to get lots of extra house jobs done and the garden and on Saturday evening was the first of the swimming club’s Championships.  This is just for our Club and our swimmers.  They all had a great evening and some club records were broken.  We were both tired by the end of it!!!

Treacle got to spend all day Sunday outdoors as the weather was good, which is when we got the garden sorted.  I cannot believe that we are still outside in October with decent weather which I suppose is down to Global warming!DSC04128Starting to plan making the Christmas cake and am also going to use the same recipe for a Birthday cake which is required at the end of November too.  It makes the house smell lovely when it is baking with all the Christmasy flavours.

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Also need to get on with making the Christmas puddings.  I am in the process of sorting out the freezer so that I can fill it with some things for Christmas!!! 

It’s not all about Christmas though as I have got the Halloween things out from the attic so need to decorate the house with them.  Youngest is actually going to a car meet the weekend before and is going to raid the Halloween decorations for his car!!

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Treacle is taking advantage of the darker mornings too and sneaks onto the bed after DH leaves for work, usually around 6.00am and before I get up.  She is definitely getting into hibernation mode.

Tomorrow I have some errands to run and a visit to the supermarket to get some bits and some Birthday cards and then get back and get my work done.  Of course tomorrow they have forecast heavy rain all day!!!

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx