The Wednesday Wag.

I was busy this morning keeping an eye on our home as Mom had to take Youngest to work as his car was in for a service.  I was in stealth mode when she came back at the top of the stairs where I can see upstairs and downstairs!!!

I was then outside looking after the garden whilst Mom was working.

Is it biscuit time yet Mom?

I have had such a busy day so it is snooze time in my basket now. 

It is very warm today so it is nice to be in the cool. Mom says they are forecasting those horrible thundery storms which I am not keen on so I will probably be hiding in my basket.  I hope you are having a lovely Woofy Wednesday. 

Treacle xx

Garden Done!

Dh and I spent a lot of last year’s lockdowns getting our garden back into order after a few years of only doing the minimum.  So much so that although we have not been able to do much so far this year it really has not gotten out of hand and only took us Saturday to tidy it all up.  It has been lovely and warm, although Sunday was very hot, but yesterday was back to being nice and warm and today but tomorrow we have forecasts of possible thunderstorms which we always seem to get after some nice warm weather. 

Picture Heavy Post Warning!!!!!!!!!

Our new raised planter with some veggies in.

The summer flowers are all coming out now after the cold and wet May we had.

We have put some bedding plants into the pots.

I have re-planted my herby garden with parsley, a new rosemary plant, some oregano and my chives are still doing okay. 

The garden from our bench and the table.

The blue of the sky through our tree.

All the above pictures were taken facing the sun so they have a slightly ethereal quality. 

Of  course Treacle got in on the act the other evening whilst she was waiting for dinner!!!

This is this afternoon’s picture: 

Even though it is warm she still likes to snuggle under her quilt!!!!  Although it is cool in our den next to my desk. 

Happy Summer you lovely lot! 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xxxx

Christmas Already?!!!!!

As you will see from my Countdown on my blog there are six months to go before Christmas and yet on some of my favourite Blogs Christmas things are starting to appear!!  I really do admire these Quilty Ladies who start to plan and execute their Christmas projects now and they are all done and sorted in plenty of time for the Gift Giving period. 

I try to be organised but sometimes with my quilting it does not happen!!  In fact I have done no quilting for ages as I was trying to get the Spring Cleaning finished and decorating and getting the garden sorted.  However I am hoping from now on I will have a little bit of time to get things done.  I have some quilts which need binding and then I can perhaps start planning some Christmas quilting. 

I have my eye on some pretty Christmas fabrics already.

This is Makower Christmas 21 London Icons which is out now, I will be looking out for this.

This is called “Snow Day Red Wagon Christmas” and I think I will be getting this for DH & The Boys.

Loved this material for Christmas cooking.

This will be perfect for Girlfriend for her Puglets, Ralphy & Dottie!!!

The big quilt show, Festival of Quilts, is on this year, Yeah, at the end of July and my tickets arrived last week for the show.  It will be so nice to go and although there won’t be any speakers, there will hopefully be lots of stalls and the fabulous quilts.  I am hoping to get quite a few fabrics there.  I was saving up with “Val’s Quilting Studio” for the year to spend on something quilting and usually spend what I have saved at the quilt show.  Obviously it was cancelled last year so I have two years savings to spend by the time we go in July!!!!  I think I will have to take an extra large bag with me! 

I hope you all had a great weekend.  DH and I got the garden sorted on Saturday and it did not take very long after all the work we put in last year during the Lockdowns, so something good came of that.  We do have some trimming of trees etc to do but that can be done any time.  It was warm but not too bad.  Yesterday it was VERY warm, so I sat outside reading whilst DH hid in the garage, which is under our home and quite cool messing around with the sound equipment.  Although he did say it got warm in there too!  I think I probably over did it a bit as I have felt off today, so have spent the day at my desk in the dark working!!  Of course having had a few nice warm days they are now forecasting thunder storms for the middle of the week which is typical.  Hopefully it will be nice again for the end of the week and weekend. 

Have a wonderful week you lovely lot. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Susie’s Friday Book Club.

I have only just started this book but have already read several of Karen Rose’s books and love them.  Karen’s Biography reads that she “was introduced to suspese and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe’s “The Pit And The Pendulum” and was afraid to go to sleep for yours.  She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep”.  Now I don’t find her books that scary but she does wite a very good story. 

This book is about Doctor Dani Novak who was been keeping local soccer coach Diesel Kennedy at arms length because of her dark secrets.  However two young boys, Michael Rowland and his younger brother Joshua need their help when Michael runs from his stepfather with his brother in his arms.  Hiding from him he sees him taken away in the trunk of a stangers car never to be seen again. 

Michael is now the only witness to who murdered his stepfather and is in grave danager, can Dani and Diesel protect him and his brother but find who is threatening Michael!

I will let you know how it goes as I get into it!!!  

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I was asked by one of my loyal readers for pictures of the sitting room and our books now that it has been completed so here are a few on Book Club Day :

Here is one side of the sitting room bookshelves.

The sofa, drinks table and fireplace.

The other sofa, coffee table and fireplace.

The other bookshelves and our TV.

This is my reading chair!  My rocking chair was bought for me by my Grandmother for my 18th Birthday.  I love it and it has done duty as not just a reading chair but also in the Boys’ Nurseries when I was feeding them.

The colour originally in the sitting room was Buttermilk which was slightly yellow but as you know we could not get the colour in the paint we needed so we went for this one which is called “Ivory Lace”, it is slightly cream in colour but looks white in this picture.  I do sometimes wonder with all these names of paint these days whether they are just white with different names!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am so pleased it is all done now! 

Tomorrow It is going to be warm, dry and sunny again so DH and I are going to get the garden sorted because Sunday is supposed to be the same but very much hotter, so that will definitely be a rest day!!!!

I do hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to and it is a lovely summer’s weekend wherever you are. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

The Wednesday Wag.

It is another sunny glorious day in Derbyshire and I have been outside with my tennis ball. 

I took my lunchtime biscuit outside as well.

However as it is very warm today I do spend sometime inside on the cool tiles but I can keep an eye on my garden whilst I am in. 

Mom follows this lovely Airedale on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ataleoftoffee/) whose name is Toffee, very similar to my name of Treacle.  However what fascinates Mom about Toffee is those ears, they are apparently “a lifestyle choice” but Mom has never seen an Airedale with standy up ears.  Mom thinks it makes Toffee look surprised all the time, but very, very cute!!!!

I hope you are having some lovely summer weather, I am making the most of it before it rains or becomes cold again. 

Have a very good Woofy Week.

Treacle xx

Tuesday Things.

After all the rain and how cold it was in May we now have some lovely sunshine and it is warm.  So much so that I have finally got the last of the Spring Cleaning jobs done, ones which need the sun out.

Here are all the baskets and bins in our home which I wash and then leave out to dry in the sunshine, including Treacle’s basket.

I also have crystals around our home (I think they bring good energy to a roome but understand that not everyone believes the same)  I wash them and then run them under cold water and put them on the tray and then put them out in the sun to “charge” them.

I have also managed to get all our curtains washed and the under bedding and now it is the turn of the dressing gowns and a couple of quilts and some other bits I have in the kitchen.  I love it when I can hang the washing out. 

Here are the pictures of our outdoor furniture newly painted.

Also here are a few pictures of the flowers currently out in the garden, we have some weeding to do!

Quite a few more flowers are just coming out.  I will have to water them tonight after today’s heat!

This is how blue the sky is today with no clouds!  Bliss. 

I hope your Tuesday is going well.  I have managed to get all my work done and these other jobs done in between, as well as answering the door for deliveries for the Boys! The weekend is supposed to be nice so with luck we can get into the garden and do a general tidy up and then perhaps the following weekend we won’t have any jobs to do and can do something different!! Wonders will never cease!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Literary Monday.

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading.  She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends.  Books became her friends and there was one for every mood.” 

Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

The Library at The Broadmore Hotel, Colorado taken by Wanderlust & Whiskey

Who would not want to spend time reading here?  DH and I spent a bit of time on Sunday sorting out our books and they look SO much better now!!  We were due to be gardening but such was our luck that it rained a lot!!  Saturday I did manage to get the garden furniture painted whilst they were all out!!  Tomorrow is supposed to be lovely and sunny so hopefully I can get a few outside jobs done then.  I will show you some pictures tomorrow.

I am hoping that next weekend will not be so busy!  It seems like the last few weekends it has been non-stop.  I am still trying to get some quilting done!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Although when the weather is nice it is a shame not to be outside! 

We  had dinner with our friends from the village on Friday evening and it was so nice to spend time with them and we had a takeaway so no stress of cooking a meal either, especially after the busy week.

I had a lovely surprise this morning as I was invited to lunch with Girlfried and her Mom today.  We had a lovely time and again it was so nice to be out doing something normal even if we still had to wear masks until we were sat down!!! 

I hope you lovely lot had a good weekend whatever you were up to and a good week to come. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Summer!

Summer

“Come with me, Mom says.  To the Library. Books and Summertime go together.”

Lisa Schroeder

Just in time for the start of June we finally have some sunshine and it is warm!!!! Hurrah!  We are all enjoying it, especially Treacle.

We had another long weekend last weekend so DH and I started painting our sitting room.  We had the paint and all the stuff needed but of course things did not go as planned as the Boys put a spanner in the works so we did not start painting until Sunday!  It took us all Saturday afternoon and some of the evening to clear the sitting room and now I remember why we don’t paint it regularly!!!! 

Here are all the books stacked on the dining table, floor, dresser etc!!!!

It took us a while to get it all back in as well and no the books did not go back right so that is the next job!! 

We had traumas with the paint we had chosen it was thick and gloopy and did not go on the walls well so we had to go and buy some more paint which was fine.  It looks nice and clean now and I am so glad we have finished.  There is another long weekend at the end of August and we need to paint our bedroom/dressing room so that will be then. We also need to get the ceilings re-plastered in our den, kitchen and laundry and of course that will need painting when it is dry, but of course that will then make the walls look bad so we may end up painting those too!! 

As we have some nice warm days now I am washing curtains/cushion covers/quilts/matress and pillow protectors and getting them all hung outside.  Can’t let the sunshine go to waste.  I also have all the baskets and bins to wash and they can dry outside too. 

This weekend DH and Youngest are going to a new car museum which has opened near us and not only do you get to see the cars you can drive them too!!!   I am going to try and get the outdoor furniture re-stained and there is some gardening to do.  One weekend soon I am going to do nothing at all!!! 

Our Boys are having a few issues with each other at the moment, did you know I am running the Derbyshire branch of the United Nations?  As well as a restaurant, Chinese laundry, hotel and all round diary consultant!!!!  We are still due to go away in August, so long as the wretched Covid doesn’t start to act up again, and at the the moment we think it will just be DH and I and it will be SO nice to get away!!!!!!!!!! 

Of course this week is now a short week and I will be confused all week being a day out but at least the weekend will come round quicker!!!  I hope you all are having a great week. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.

It is so cold again today so I have been doing nothing but this :

10.00am

11.30am

2.30pm

I did do a bit of Doggy Yoga though!!!!!

Tomorrow it is supposed to be a lot warmer and Mom says I can have the door open so I can run in and out if I want to.  We all want some warmer weather!!!  I hope you are having a wonderful Woofy Wednesday.  Hopefully if the weather is nice Mom can get some pictures of me in the garden!!! 

Woof, Treacle xx