Happy 4th of July.

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To All My American Followers & Friends

Happy 4th of July, Have a Great Day!

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To All My Canadian Followers & Friends

Happy Canada Day, July 1st, Hope you had a Great Day.  Sorry I missed it!!!!

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Hugs & Love, Susie xx

It’s Friday!

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Well we made it to Friday this week, it has been one of those weeks!!!  I got house jobs done today and the grocery shopping and last night did a big basket of ironing.  The weather has turned again and it is cool and rainy here!!!  I just wish we could have some settled weather with it being warm and sunny and not too hot!!!

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One good thing about the weekend is that I am having my hair cut and done on Sunday!!!  The first day that our hairdresser is able to work!!!  So I won’t look like the picture above every morning!!!  DH is also having his hair cut, I won’t scare you with a picture of how long his hair is at the moment, and the Boys are having theirs tidied up!!!!

If the weather co-operates we are still trying to get to stain the shed, den and outdoor furniture but the previous weekends have not been good enough to do that job. 

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We are not having much success with getting the swimmers back in the pools, despite all the meetings we are having!!!!  It all comes down to the actual pool operators and they do not seem keen at the moment to open!!!!  However the very keen parents seem to have all bought a particular brand of outdoor, above ground pool with tethers to keep the kids swimming.  I think I should have bought shares in that company as lockdown happened.  One thing for sure I am sure they will have had a good quarter!!!!!!

Still more events are being cancelled, despite things being eased a little which I suppose this year is no surprise.  We are now looking at events in September, October, November and December and wondering whether they will be able to happen or just to cancel them now!!! 

We are still booked to go up to The Highlands in August for two weeks but that is still not definite.  In fact they were saying earlier in the week that if they get rid of the virus in Scotland they “may” insist on anyone travelling from England to quarantine for two weeks!!!!!!!  As you can imagine there has been uproar about that especially as a lot of Scotland relies on the tourism industry!!!  So we are just waiting to see what happens.  At this stage nothing surprises me!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a Wonderful Weekend whatever you are up to and I will see you all on Monday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

#TBT.

For #TBT this is from nine years ago.  Eldest was moving from Senior School into Lower Sixth to do his A’Levels and Youngest was moving from Primary School to Senior School.  Eldest was 15 and Youngest was 11.  As it was a big year for them we went down to London for the week as a celebration, after the Schools had broken up for the summer holidays in July. 

One of the places you can visit during the summer, as the Queen is in Residence at her holiday home in Scotland, you can tour Buckinham Palace, which we did.  It was great to see all the rooms you usually see on TV and I also got to see the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress which was on display from their wedding in the April.

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DH and The Boys outside the gates to Buckingham Palace.

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We took them for Afternoon Tea at The Ritz.

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The Palace, it was a very warm week weather wise!

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The State Coach used by Her Majesty on big occasions.

We also went to a few of the museums, which we had been to before, The Natural History museum being their favourite, the British Library and also did a bit of shopping too.  We had a great week and something the Boys still talk about today!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone, Friday tomorrow!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag!

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When Mom has pinched your quilt cover for washing!!!  What does an Airedale do but sleep on just the quilt!

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Of course you can always push Eldest into the corner of his King Size bed and stretch out on what is left!!!!!

Hope you are having a good Woofy Wednesday

Treacle xx

Crossings Out!

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Although I use my computer for all my work and digital diary I still like to have a paper diary which I carry with me.  However this year it is full of crossings out!!!  Do you remember at school when you used to get told off for crossing anything out?  We did.  We were taught not to write anything down unless you had first thought it through!!! Anyway because of everything being cancelled this year because of the virus I have more crossings out than entries!!!

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This week would have been Carnival Week in the village.  Of course we cancelled this very early on to save incurring costs etc.

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DH carrying the US Flag as it was July 4th that particular Carnival year when he was Chairman and we had an Indpendence Day theme.

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This week would also have been Wimbledon!  Which I am missing a lot!!!  They are showing past games on the TV and at least children will get to see some fantastic historic matches. 

Although we have had time to get jobs done, Summer does not feel quite the same because of the lack of events.  We only generally have a short summer here in the UK and sometimes it can be dreadful weather but that is all part of living here!!!  I know all the reasons why it is happening and it is hopefully keeping everyone safe but I certainly do miss the structure of the year.  Hey ho.

I am now off to the hospital for a check up (!) and then it is our friend from Derbyshire her funeral this afternoon.  We are only able to go as there is a large area outside where we can all stand 2m apart of course.

I hope you all are having a good Tuesday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Monday!

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The heavy grey sky over the valley!  Can’t believe last week as so hot and sunny!

Our weather seems very inconsistent at the moment.  It is now grey and cold!!!!  Treacle is tucked up in her basket as if it is November and I am now back in long sleeves!!!!  I just wish we could have some settled warm weather, which is not too hot or cool!!!!

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The garden today, it is also very windy!

On a happier note I had a wonderful Birthday with DH, The Boys and their Girls.  They sent me some flowers which are made up into a book (you know I love books) and it has been wonderful.

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My cards from them on the mantlepiece and DH’s Father’s Day cards on the fire and both the Boys got the same card one a little larger than the other which Eldest bought!!!!  They have said that they will now speak before buying their cards!!! It was such a laugh.

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My “To Read! bookshelf which needs tidying but as you can see I am going to be okay for the next few months!!!  It has been a godsend over the last three months of Lockdown for me to have these to read!!! 

This little lady is twenty one tomorrow!!!  How time has flown.  Here she is in the Playschool Nativity as an angel and right at Youngest’s Sixth Birthday party!!!!  She and Youngest are good friends and at Playschool/School together.  She is the sister of Eldest’s best friend.  We hope she has a wonderful day.  Her Mom and I, Jayne, usually go out for lunch especially as our Birthdays are a week apart, and we are hoping that we will be able to go out for the day soon.  We are also hoping that we will be able to do our annual trip to Nottingham in November for Christmas shopping and lunch.  I really do miss that.

I also had some visitors, outside of course, on my Birthday and it was lovely to see them and had some lovely flowers and plants.  The worst thing about seeing them? Not being able to give everyone a hug!!!!  We are at one of our friend’s funerals tomorrow and it will be the first time we have seen a lot of our close friends since Christmas and New Year and we will not be able to hug anyone there either, especially tomorrow when we could all do with a hug!  I also have a hospital checkup beforehand!!!  It is not going to be a good day at all.

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I have had some new Followers join me on this blogging journey over the last few weeks so I wanted to say Welcome and thank you for following and I hope you find some fun and friendship here. 

Thank you also to all the followers who contacted me after my post on our friends’ passing, it was very kind of you and meant a lot to me.  You are all a wonderful lot.

I think I am getting a little jaded by all the talk on the virus and the fact that we are having spikes of the virus and could now go into another lockdown!!  I feel now that we are living in limbo.

I hope you all have a great week and things are all well where you are. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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Treacle tucked up in her basket next to my desk!!! 

 

 

 

Rainy Saturday.

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Sorry for the radio silence this week.  It was our business year end on May 31st and it takes a while to get everything finished and the books taken to our Accountants and then do all the budgets etc for the new business year.  But it is now done and we are off on a new year!

The Boys are busy with work, Eldest at his work and Youngest keeping himself busy until he can go back to work.  They are saying from July 4th that the social distancing here can come down to 1m+ which will hopefully mean that he will be able to get back to work.  He is, however working on his project car so that is keeping him occupied.

DH is busy with work as more and more companies get up and running again and of course they all want their parts NOW!!!  Of course they miss the fact that all of our customers want their parts now!!!!!  We will sort it all out eventually!!!

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This week has been extremely hot, well hot for us in the UK!  Around 32°C which meant hot days and not much sleep at night.  I usually wear boots during the day but decided as it was so hot this week to wear my Scholls and I ended up with heat rash on both feet!!!  So I am now back in my boots!!! 

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The Boys and their Girls came for dinner outside last night and we were lucky as the weather was very sunny but very warm!  I made lasagna, salad, homemade bread and the Boys asked for chips as well!!!!  It was a lovely evening.  We all had to be up really early this morning as DH and Eldest are helping Youngest with his project car today.  I will be doing some tidying and getting on with some of my other nice jobs!!!!  Even some quilting!  I know don’t faint!!!

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Today here in the UK it is National Armed Forces Day.  Both DH’s Family and mine were both involved in the Services during both World Wars so we say Thank You to all those who were and are in the Armed Forces and what they do to keep us safe, including these last few months during the virus crisis. 

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Treacle has been busy helping me now that the Boys are busy but as soon as they get home she is constantly with them.  Eldest had just got a packet of crisps and so definitely had a friend to help in case he needed it!!!!

I hope you had a good week, whatever you were up to and have a great weekend.  I will be back as usual next week.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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#TBT & Yeah It’s Friday!

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I seem to be a day stepped out this week!!!!  It has been one of those weeks.  We have had two Zoom meetings in the evening about getting the swimmers back into the pool and as much as we try and sort out one set of issues, something else comes up.  We have decided that we need to get the older swimmers back in first as they can understand the social distancing and directions and see how things work.  Lots of big companies have been planning their opening since week 1 of Lockdown and it is only now that employees are back are they seeing what works and what doesn’t and how to change it, so I think that is what we are going to have to do with the swimmers.  However until our Leisure Centre provider comes up with their rules and how they want to deal with us, we are in limbo!!!

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Our very good friend Corinne, above and below, passed away last week. We and the Boys have known them both for over twenty years and will miss her greatly.

DH, Youngers and I went to visit her and Gordon in their new holiday home in the South of France during the Easter break in 2014. 

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This is their home and it was lovely and warm.

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This was their local church, the entrance.

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One day whilst we were there Gordon and Corinne took us to Saint-Émilion for the day which is quite a small place but every other store is a wine shop!!!!  We had a lovely lunch outdoors and then a walk around.  The above is one of the oldest parts.  It is called The Cadène Arch which dates back to the 13 Century and is located on the Rue de la Cadène. It was designed to monitor people moving from the different sections of the town.

Sadly because of the current situation we are unable to go over the France to see Gordon but will do as soon as we can.  He is going to come back to the UK eventually.

Another friend also passed away the same week and her funeral is on June 30th.  We are able to go to be in the grounds but not actually at the service.  Neither of the Ladies had this horrible virus, they both had conditions which were being treated but sadly they passed.

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I am glad it is Friday today.  It has been raining most of the week but hopefully the weekend will be a little better and we have some warmer weather next week.  I am ever hopeful that next week will be a little calmer, quieter and I can get some of my things done!!!  That sort of went out of the window this week!!!

I hope you lovely lot will have a great weekend, whatever you are up to, and whatever you are able to do wherever you are!

Hugs & love Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.

It has been a funny old week.  Eldest is now back at work and I am missing his company as Mom spends most of her day working!!!!  The weather has not been nice either with heavy rain but warm days and we have had thunderstorms which I really don’t like!!!

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Yesterday was spent in my basket as it was raining and I was snoozing most of the day!

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The other day it was really cool again so Mom covered me in my quilt!!!!

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Today is not too bad but heavy rain is forcast for tomorrow so I will be in again!!!  At the weekend we will be seeing everyone as it is Mom’s Birthday, can’t wait I love having everyone around to play with.

I hope you are having a very woofy Wednesday.

Treacle xx