Monthly Archives: May 2017

Sun, Sun & Sun!

It has been wall to wall sun today and the top temp has reached 79°F which I know is not that hot compared to some of you, but we in the UK are not used to it!!!!!  Of course as we have a long weekend this weekend it is due to rain from Sunday!!  This is always typical but then it is going to be lovely and sunny next week, when everyone is back to work.  However Youngest is off from college for a week so it will be nice for that.

DH is out all weekend at the regional swimming competition for the three days, leaving early and getting back late.  Youngest is out filming tomorrow and then out Saturday as well as teaching at the swimming club, so I am going to be able to play for the whole three days in my sewing room!!!  I may have to spend a little time in the garden though as we cannot waste this weather. 

Treacle has again spent the whole day outside and by the time the sun is going down she is so tired, as she is not sleeping during the day!!!  In fact last night she was so asleep she was snoring up a storm and when DH woke her up first thing this morning, she only opened one eye, with a look of no it is too early, go away!!!!

Okay this started on our screens this week and I was an avid fan of the first two seasons which were first aired twenty seven years ago (!) and yes it was weird and you had to really concentrate or you could miss clues but it was so new for a TV show.  It was really the start of this type of new shows followed quite closely by The X-Files, which I absolutely love. 

I started watching the first two episodes and I am confused already!!!!  I am hoping that the third one will start to make more sense!!!!! 

I hope you are having a great, Happy Thursday.

Hugs, Susie x

The Wednesday Wag!

It is very, very warm today and I am definitely a hot dog!!!!!

These are my steps where I keep an eye on the garden and those pesky cats and squirrels.

Here I am on patrol.  It may be really warm but I still need to defend the garden from all incomers!!!!

When it is too hot I come in and lie down on the cool tiles which cover most of the ground floor of our home.  I also push my quilt out of the way to get to the tiles.  I think Mom must be very warm as well, as this picture is a bit blurry of me!!!!

The best thing about the summer weather is that the back door is open all day and I can come and go as I please! (Yes but as you do not have anyone telling you what to do all day Treacle you don’t behave yourself in the evening!!!!!!  You were quite naughty last night!)

I promise I will be good Mom!

Woof Treacle.


Some days it is hard to find words, that have not all been said before, to describe the feelings about such a senseless act.   We are thinking of all the people affected by last night’s atrocity.

1927 – 2017

Also in the news Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to play James Bond, another National Treasure passed away today!   Not a good day at all in some ways.

However, here is Youngest (on the right in the picture) dressed as a Court Clerk for his second day as an Extra on the TV Series Victoria. 

This is a headless picture as he does not like the look of his hair, which is flattened with oil and very heavy on his forehead!!!!!  I love the costume though.  The week before he was playing a French soldier!!!

The above picture is from the first Series of Victoria during the Coronation scene (which one of the Boys former Head of Year was playing an Extra!).  Can’t wait for the second series to begin, probably in the Autumn, and spend the time trying to spot Youngest.

Treacle is loving the weather at the moment and has spent all of the morning and most of this afternoon here!!! 

Lots of Hugs today for everyone, Susie x

Monday Planning!

Well last week after all the rain, this week we are due for lots of sunshine and very warm temperatures!  Talk about change and change about!!!!!  Of course that means I need to get all the summer clothes out and pack away all my thick winter jumpers!!!!  Oh I would so like an area where I could just move things around and not have to put things away in the attic but our dressing room is just not that big.  However it does give me the opportunity for a good sort out.

The weekend was good and Saturday I got some more quilting done, although this quilt is proving difficult.  The backing I had chosen was not quite right so I have had to change that and now I find that I have not got quite enough wadding so am having to get some more!!!!  Sometimes things just don’t go as planned.

This is Treacle keeping me company in the sewing room (Eldest’s Room!) whilst I am sewing.  You can see how bright the picture is with the sun shining through the window. 

Speaking of planning we have been trying to sort out the trip for the Younger Swimmers for their Christmas event and that is proving difficult!!!  We have only received 32 replies out of 85 invites (!) and now looking at the costs it is not going to be viable, so we are on to plan 2!!!!

I am also busy with another event we are planning but more about that later!!!!!!

Today has been very warm and Treacle has spent it running inside and out as we have had the door open all day.  I have just finished my work and she is now in her basket by my desk, fast asleep!!!!  She has even slept through her usual teatime time!!!!

The newspapers have been full of Pippa Middleton’s wedding on Saturday and here she is arriving at the Church.  There has been a lot of speculation about how much she has copied the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding and there does appear to have been some copying(!) but what sister doesn’t?  I must say I love the flowers and the colours they choose!!! 

Speaking of flowers, today is the start of the Chelsea Flower Show and I will show you some pictures when they are out.  It is an event I would love to go, hopefully soon.

I hope you are having a good Monday.

Hugs, Susie x


We actually saw the sun for a few hours today, before it started raining again!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So as it is Throw Back Thursday I thought I would show you some pictures taken on our trips to Orlando Florida, where the sun shone every day and it was lovely and warm and oh my do I wish I was there!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The Castle, I love it, ever since I was a little girl and watching Walt Disney movies and the Castle used to be at the start.

Of course TBT would not be the same without a picture of our Boys.  I love this picture of the two of them and DH has it on his side of the bed – the Boys and a pickup truck!

This was at the villa we were staying in and I just managed to get both of them underwater when I took the picture.  I have this on my phone during the summer as a screen saver.  You can tell they are water babies or as is the case now water men!!!!!!

I hope your weather is better than ours at the moment.  I have house jobs and grocery shopping tomorrow and a huge basket of ironing but I am trying to get it all finished so on Saturday I can play with fabric!!!  Quilting of course.  Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie x

The Wednesday Wag!

It has been very wet the last few days so I have been very, very busy at home keeping Mom company!!!!  In fact we have had as much rain in three days as we get for the whole month of May according to those weather people!!!

So what is any good Airedale supposed to do on days like this?  Curl up in your basket and sleep!

Mom I am so busy keeping you company but I do need my sleep now!!!!

Hopefully the weather is going to be a bit better at the weekend and we can get out and about.  It is supposed to be Spring but the weather is more like April with all the rain instead of May and its flowers!!!

I hope you are having a woofy Wednesday.


Same as Yesterday!

More heavy raing again today!  I know we need the water, especially as they are talking about a drought this summer (!) but it would be nice to see the sun.  Treacle is not out long in this weather at all.

In fact this is where she is spending most of her days!  Why do we spend money on new cushions and pillows only for the dog to use them the most?

This is the “don’t disturb me Mom I am really comfy”!!!!!!!

Of course you always need to choose the right programme on TV to watch!

I have been working all day today so am hoping to get some other jobs done tomorrow.  Pretty boring really at the moment but I am still planning things for my quilting.  Hopefully I will be able to get quite a lot done when DH is out over the Bank Holiday weekend.

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x


It has been doing this all day today!  Treacle has not been a happy bunny at all and to add insult to injury she had to go to the vets this morning.  She had a little pimple on the inside of her front left leg and yesterday I checked it and it was a little bigger so off to the vets we went. 

She’s fine!  The vet thinks that she may have caught her leg and it has raised a lump or they can get little lumps like this and then they disappear after a few weeks.  It is not hurting her, it is definitely on her skin and it is not hot but we are to keep an eye on it and go back if anything changes.  She has to go back at the beginning of July for her annual check up and jabs and the vet will check it again then if it has not disappeared!  Just what we needed on Monday morning.

I shared some pictures of the Boys yesterday and of course they managed to get one with me in!  You can see why when DH, Eldest and Youngest are at home I feel like I am walking through a forest of trees!!!!  They are all six feet one inch tall and I am only five feet four inches tall so really do notice it, especially when they are all in the kitchen.  Add Treacle into the mix and sometimes when I am cooking they are all scooted out as I cannot move!!!!!

After Treacle’s adventures this morning and her lunch she has been asleep in her basket all afternoon by my desk whilst I have been working.  It doesn’t take a lot for her to burrow into her bed for the day.  We did spend most of yesterday in the garden again and DH and I managed to get a lot done with more trimming and sorting out.  Another weekend and we should be finished, until the Autumn when we can trim some of the bushes that cannot be done until then. 

I hope you ll had a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends in the US, I hope you all have a lovely and relaxing day with your families.  We celebrate ours in March and the weather is never very good so I think we should move ours to May.  Today the weather is supposed to be nice and sunny and warm so here’s hoping.

Fliss, Lee, Evalyn and Owen came to visit yesterday and Eldest and Youngest had not met Owen yet but I managed to get some pictures of them.

Eldest with Owen who was quite happy asleep!  Dad Lee and Evalyn in the background.

Eldest, Youngest, Grandad and Owen.

Why is it that I can never get them all looking at the camera?

After everyone had left and we had tidied up DH and I went to the cinema on our own!!!  Shock, horror!!!! 

We went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it was great fun, with some very funny bits in it, although we didn’t think the vintage music was as good as the first picture.  It was still great though.  We don’t go to the cinema much now as it is not a cheap night out anymore.  In fact it is almost as expensive as going out to eat but we thought we had to see this film on the big screen. 

If the weather co-operates we will hopefully be in the garden doing some more jobs.  I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie x


Flower Friday & Treacle!

We are joining with Molly and her Mom, ( for Flower Friday.  This is the work we managed to get done at the weekend on the garden, it was a lovely sunny Spring day.  The large flower to the left is my peony, on the right are the bluebells and I have planted new pansies in the pots. 

We trimmed the bush on the left and did the same to the Weigela on the right and although it won’t flower this year it needed doing. 

Treacle supervising!

A closer picture of the peony.  I don’t know what the little flowers are underneath it but they are a pretty pale lilac colour.

Our Wisteria flowering.  I love this plant.

Daddy managed to finid Treacle a suitable football (soccer ball for those in the US) for her Birthday.  It is called a street ball and as you can see she was pretty pleased with it.

Come on Dad lets go outside and play.

This picture is blurred as she was moving very fast with it.

Youngest getting in on the act!

We have a busy weekend coming up with Youngest teaching and coaching at the swimming club today, tomorrow and Sunday.  I got my house jobs done yesterday and I have done the grocery shopping and then been cooking all day today as Fliss, Lee, Evalyn & Owen are coming tomorrow and it will be us four as well.  Unfortunately Girlfriend can’t come as she is in the middle of her exams.  Hopefully Sunday is going to be nice and we can get some more jobs done in the garden again.

I hope you have a lovely sunny Spring weekend.

Hugs, Susie x