After an extremely busy week last week I think I have managed to catch up!!!  Eldest came out of hospital on Thursday afternoon, minus one appendix and slightly sore in the abdomen!!!  He went into work on Friday to see them and hand in his sick note but of course they are away on holiday tomorrow so he is only off work from last week until today!!

The weather here over the weekend was very wet and it is also raining again today, Treacle does not like getting wet at all.  She is sulking slightly today as I have washed all her beds and bedding, quilted mats and her towel so she is hopping between our bed and Youngest’s bed!

As the weather was bad yesterday I decided to take the opportunity and make the Christmas cakes!!!


Mixed and ready for the tin.


Levelled in the tin and ready for the oven.


I always wrap brown paper around the outside of the tin so it does not burn because of the long, low cooking time.

Our kitchen smelt wonderful whilst they were cooking.  I have also had a request from Youngest for all the usual Christmas treats I make, including mince pies, sausage rolls, cheese stars, Christmas cookies and Christmas pudding!!!  I think I will try and do a bit each weekend as we now have another freezer in the room downstairs so I can put some things in there.  I am also going to make some Christmas Chutney to go with the cold meats over the holidays. 

Before this of course there is Halloween, tonight I am going to decorate the house ready for all the Trick or Treaters! 

Have a very happy week, I am hoping ours will be a little quieter!!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

How Your Week Can Go Awry!


You think your whole week is going well and have things planned and then I get a call from Eldest on Tuesday at around 5.30pm  he does not feel well.  This has been going on since June and he has been going to our GP and the Hospital for tests and scans with no real answers.  It started with a sharp pain in this stomach from which he could not stand up straight.  After all the tests they thought me might have a grumbling appendix but that was it.  Anyway Tuesday evening it was as bad as the first time, so I collected him and took him straight to A&E.

We arrived at 6.00pm and got booked in, they took more bloods and gave him some painkillers and then we had to wait.  The results were his white blood cells were up which meant it could be an infection, he then went to see one of the A&E Doctors who then sent him for x-rays and then we had to wait to see the Surgeon.  By which time DH had arrived at the hospital and it was getting on for 11.00pm.  The Surgeon he needed to see was in surgery and he saw another surgeon who did not think it was his appendix, however when the other surgeon appeared she said she thought it was and admitted him to hospital and she said he would have his appendix removed whatever!

By the time he was on the Ward and we left it was 3.00am and DH and I had not eaten so ended up at McDonalds.  We got to bed at 4.00am and got up again at 7.00am.  Of course things are never simple!  Treacle was booked in for a Spa Day on Wednesday so we took her, then went to collect Fiancé for DH to drop her and I at the hospital for him to then drive back and get Treacle and take her home!

We got to the Hospital at 10.30am and decided to go up to the big Restaurant for something to eat which is on the fifth floor but were then called down to Theatre Reception to see Eldest on the second floor, however by the time we got there which was 11.00am he had gone into theatre!!!  So back we went to the fifth floor, had lunch and waited there until 2.00pm.  We were then told which Ward he was going to but by the time we got there he was still in Recovery.  We went for more cups of tea and got back to the Ward at 3.00pm and he was still not back, however by 4.00pm he was on the Ward all done. 

The surgeons were not sure what it was when he first went through, but when they went in his appendix was very inflamed and ready to burst so they took it out and immediately after the pain had all gone.  They did the operation by keyhole surgery so he has three little lines. 

We left him yesterday evening at 8.00pm after he had had some dinner and although he was sore it was so much better than the pain.  I went back this morning for visiting which begins at 11.00am and then stayed with him all day until he was released this afternoon, so I could bring him home.

Of course nothing is ever simple with our family as he and Fiancé are due to fly to New York next Tuesday for their first holiday in six years!!!!!  However as it was keyhole surgery the Surgeon has given him permission to fly and a letter to say he can fly for his travel insurance!!!!

DH and I are running on empty at the moment with our sleep all over the place and Treacle has no clue what day it is.  Last night when we got home it was 9.00pm, we quickly had something small to eat and went straight to bed.  When we said bed to Treacle she looked at us as if to say “What?” but eventually came up to her basket in our room!!!  She has been on her own all day today as well which is unusal as I am normally with her all day, so she was very pleased to see us when we got back at 7.00pm tonight!!!

We are all so relieved that it was his appendix as we were worried that when they did the Op they would find the appendix was okay and so there would be no answer as to why he had this pain. 

I have to run him about again tomorrow to his work to take in his sick note and to sort out things for their trip and as you can imagine I have a great deal of work to get on with being out for three days as well as home jobs but that all fades into the background now we know Eldest is all fine.  I will catch up at the weekend. 

I hope your week has been okay!

Hugs, Susie xx


Blog Hop.

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I have signed up for the above Blog Hop being run by Carla at Creatin’in the Sticks.

I always used to love the Blog Hops run my Madame Samm and when I saw this on FarmQuilter’s Blog I sent Carla an email.

The Hop is about:  “Stitch a gift for someone and tell us the story.  Maybe it’s a donation quilt, a quilt of valor for a veteran, a mug rug for a friend, a kennel quilt for a pet, a doll for a granddaughter (wink), a trash basket for a family member (another wink), or maybe it’s the gift of teaching someone to sew.  Anything will do.  It’s your interpretation of Stitch It and Give It.”

My Day is November 15th so come along and see what I and all the ladies who have signed up have been up to with our Holiday sewing!  I will put up a post with all the dates and the ladies who are taking part when Carla has done all the wonderful organisation of it.  Thank you Carla for all your hard work.

I already have some projects almost finished and a few more on the go.  It is a bit worrying that my Christmas Countdown is now on days instead of months!!!  In fact there are 78 Days to go to Christmas.  Oh boy!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx


Goose Fair 2019.

We drove over to Nottingham on Friday evening and it was a very black sky and when we parked it just started to rain!!!!  However after about ten minutes it stopped so DH and I set off to Goose Fair!  Eldest and Fiancé with four of their friends were also going on Friday night but we did not see them. 

Here are some pictures of the famous and great Nottingham Goose Fair:


DH and I queued for the Big Wheel which was taller thant the white Big Wheel!

Going Up!


Here are some of the pictures from our seat on the Wheel.


DH with me in our carriage!


I love this picture above, you can see how many people are there already and this was early!


Below is the Wheel we were on.




This picture above is how they cook the mushy peas on this one stall, which has been there for years, even when I was going as a little girl!!!  They are the best!  This will freak my good friend FarmQuilter out as she does not like mushy peas at all when she tried them when she was over here in the UK!!!!!  I suppose they are an acquired taste!  Normally you would eat them with fish and chips but at the fair you just have a pot of them and put mint sauce on them!  I think, also, it is one of those foods that they taste better outside!!!!

The rain stayed away!!!!!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Susie xx


It’s Friday!


Yeah It’s Friday finally!!  Long week this week with work and things!!  Goose Fair tonight, yeah!


I saw this on Farm Quilter’s Blog, a wonderful Autumn Giveaway and some great Autumn projects to have a go at and Carole is so generous with Autumn patterns on the Autumn Jubilee.    If you leave a comment and also blog about it you can be entered into the draw.  The link can be found here.


I have noticed that quite a few of my favourite Bloggers are stopping their blogs or have not added anything for a while and several I have followed for years have also stopped.  I know that life gets in the way but I am sad that these ladies are no longer blogging.  However it also means that I get to search for some new blogs to follow.


Busy Weekend hopefully getting the garden done tomorrow as the weather is getting unpredictable so it is now time to get things done before it gets too bad and we can’t get out in the garden.  Sunday it is due to rain all day so that will be a good excuse to get indoor jobs done, there are always lots of those to do!!!!!


Our power went off this morning (it went off yesterday too!) just as I was in the middle of working.  Fortunately I have fifteen minutes to save my work and close the computer down once the power goes off!!!  So that was it for this morning, I gave Treacle her lunchtime biscuit early and went out and ran errands!!!!  By the time I got home it was back on so I was able to finish my work and do this post!!! To say we live not far from the city we seem to lose power very often!!!!  Of course I now have to go round and set all the digital clocks again and switch all the things back on, Grrr!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Weekend whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx


As it is #TBT I thought I would show you the trees in all their Autumn finery from last year.  As you can see from the first picture it was a very misty morning. 


It cleared a little later and I managed to get a great picture of the tree below.


The final photograph was taken further down the road with different types of trees.


The leaves this year seem to be hanging on longer and not turning colour yet, probably to do with all the rain we have had this year!!!

I have had a busy day today getting up with DH this morning at 5.00am and working, then I got the cleaning done and this afternoon a huge basket of ironing!!  I have some errands to run tomorrow and more work to finish and then it’s Goose Fair!!!  At the moment we have rain in the morning but it should have dried up by the time we go in the evening.

I hope you are having a Great Thursday.  Friday tomorrow!

Hugs, Susie xx

Autumn Sunshine on The Wednesday Wag.

After all the rain we have had over the last several days it has been really sunny today although cold!  In fact there was a frost on the lawn this morning when I first went out with Daddy!!!!  It was very cold on my paws!


This was when I was out in my garden at lunch although it is still cool.  Mom won’t let me have the door open all day like in the summer as she says it is too cold for that!


Just checking to make sure there are no pesky squirrels around!


Of course now it is getting colder you will never guess what?  Mom has booked me in for an Airecut and bath!  I mean really!!!  I will be freezing all over then!!!

Happy Woofy Wednesday everyone.