Monthly Archives: September 2017

We Got A Lot Done!


We managed to get a lot done over the weekend even if everyone was in and out!!!  Saturday was a good day for weather so DH and I got a lot done in the garden, including putting all the outdoor furniture away as it was lovely and dry.  I gave it a good clean and then Youngest and his friend arrived just in time to help DH carry it up to the den where we store it!!!  You must know that if you come to our home you may get a job!!!!

We also managed to get some tidying done to the plants as well and got the lawn mowed so really happy.  I managed to get the house clean if not tidy but next weekend it will be as Youngest’s furniture is arriving, yeah!!!!!  I will then be able to show you the before and after pictures.

Yesterday I managed to get Eldest’s room sorted and did some more work on Evalyn’s quilt and got it as tidy as I could but there is still a lot of Youngest’s things in there too!!!!


I had a lovely surprise that I had won one of the sponsers items from The Pets On Quilts Show 2017!!!!  This arrived in the post and many thanks to Jeanne Harwood for sponsoring.  This is Heat Press which you can use to join odd pieces of batting to make bigger pieces, without the hassle of trying to zigzag them together.  I have just done this with two small pieces of batting and it worked but not without some problems!!  However it will now be so much easier with Heat Press.  I will let you know when I have used it.  Thanks to LilyPad Quilting for running a great show.

The weather is cool again here but Wednesday it may be warm again, silly weather!!!  I hope you had a lovely Autumn weekend, the nights are drawing in fast with it getting dark by 8.00pm at night now.

Hugs, Susie xx


It’s Friday but where did Thursday Go?


I really am glad to see Friday this week.  It’s been a long week yet I don’t seem to have achieved much in it!  DO you get weeks like that?  Yes work got done and jobs got done and everyone got fed and clothes got washed and Treacle got fed but I still don’t feel as if it was a stellar week!  Probably because the weather has been yuck too.  In fact I have even, today, succumbed to switching the heating on, which must tell you how bad it is.  I have sat at my desk all week freezing!!!!!


This is the garden yesterday starting to look very much like Autumn and the sky was very blue but it was not warm. 


Even the moon was still up when I took this picture just before lunch at 12.00pm. 

The weekend is supposed to be a little better with no rain which will give us a chance to get those garden jobs done and house jobs (they did not get done this week either!).  Youngest is teaching/coaching at the swimming club at various time and DH will probably have to go up as well, they are both having their haircut tomorrow, Eldest had his done last night and then DH has a business meeting on Sunday morning (!) hopefully for not too long.  The house still looks like a bomb has hit it with Youngest’s things still all over the place, but his new furniture arrives next week so hopefully he will all be sorted by then.  But I am taking back Eldest’s room and sorting it out as I need to get on with my quilting, especially Evalyn’s which is for October!!!!!!!


As you can see from the above picture it has not taken Treacle long to “discover” Youngest’s new bed!!!!  This was this morning after they had left for work and college!!!!  I will add that there are decorative pillows and cushions to go on the bed which are stacked next to the bed as he obviously could not be bothered to put them back on the bed this morning!!!!!  Boys!


Talking Christmas (!) I have started three projects that are going to be Christmas gifts this year!  Are you impressed?  It was one of those “I saw the material and it inspired me” to make these gifts rather than trying to make something because it is Christmas.  They will be able to be used all year and I can’t wait to show them to you but I won’t be able to until after Christmas!!!!  Boy it seems a long way off yet but I know the weeks will fly by and I know Treacle ratted me out the other day but I have bought a Christmas ornament which I am now thinking I will also get as gifts for some other friends!!! 

I love it really!!!  And an advert on TV last night for Movies24 becoming Christmas24 and this year it is starting on October 21st!!!!  Which is even earlier than last year!  Soon they will be showing Christmas movies all day everyday from June!!!!!! 

Anyway I had better go as I have lots to do and I do hope everyone has a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to.

Happy Hugs, Susie x

PS I am not going to mention what has happened in London again today!  I am being an ostrich and hiding my head in the sand and only thinking happy thoughts!


The Wednesday Wag!


It has been sunny this morning so Mom allowed me to spend time outside on my own on the strict warning to not get into trouble!  Me?


Although it is sunny it is not that warm and I can definitely feel that Autumn is on the way.  I managed to find my football. Dad has not mown the grass for two weeks because the weather has not been good but he needs to get on with it!


Where did my ball go now?

I also saw Mom on her computer looking at Christmas things.  If Christmas is on the way I will need to get on with my list!  Now what can I ask for this year?  More squeaky toys and tennis balls!!!!  (thanks for ratting me out Treacle!)

I hope you are having a very Woofy Wednesday.


Not Just A Dog!

Dog : (noun) a domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, non-retractile claws, and a barking, howling, or whining voice.


Hmm I don’t think the above description really relates to Treacle!


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Of course the description doesn’t mention anything how well they can dress!


It doesn’t mention anyting about how clever they are; using a toy so you can see out of the door.


It says nothing about how helpful they can be.


It says nothing about how peaceful they can be.


It says nothing of how athletic they can be; “look at my feet”


Dog: Treacle – Happy, cuddly, clever, sometimes naughty, loyal, loving and all round wondeful furr-kid and we love her from her cold wet nose to her paws!


Have a Wonderful Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx




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Hugs, Susie x

It’s Friday!


Yes we made it to Friday without too many issues!!!

Today DH, Youngest and I attended the funeral of the Swimming Club’s Honorary Life President Frank Mansey, who passed away a week ago.  He was 91 and still was involved with the life of the swimming club although he was not as mobile but he loved seeing the swimmers and always came to the Presentation Night at Christmas.  It was a lovely service and as they say a good send off to a lovely gentleman.


I had a check up and clean at the dentist this afternoon and then I have a house to try and clean and tidy although it is still in a state of upheaval although Youngest’s new bed has arrived so hopefully we will be able to get him back into his own room and all his stuff and then I can get  Eldest’s room back in order and my sewing things out.  I need to get on with Evalyn’s quilt as it is her birthday at the beginning of October.


Yep this is Treacle today!  Told you she was going into hibernation mode!!  She had her breakfast this morning at 5.30am when DH got up and she came back to bed and slept for another four hours!!!  It has been raining again today and I think the weekend is going to be like this so there goes getting the garden done!!!! 

I hope you have a lovely Autumn Weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx


It’s Starting!


Yep I popped into the card store today for some Birthday cards and there were the Christmas cards!!!!  It’s only just September for goodness sake!

However I have also noticed on Pinterest that suddenly there are a lot of pins appearing with Christmas things in them.  Now I know if you are making things for Christmas you need to be getting on with them but things to buy in the shops don’t need to be out this early.  DH and I went to Vienna on our 15th Wedding Anniversary (which is November 12th) and they were only just getting their Christmas things out then.  Here they had been out since the middle of September!!!!


Jayne and I had a lovely lunch at Croots Farm Shop in Duffield which is the next village to where we live.  We got caught up on each other’s news and hearing about her new job which begins at the end of September.  We usually go Christmas shopping together (see the link?!!!!) in November so we will have to arrange it for one of her day’s off. 


As it is Thursday I cannot resist a #TBT picture of The Boys on Christmas morning 2007 so ten years ago.  The furry face which can just be seen is our Airedale Kelly, Eldest’s dog.  At this time of year, as the Boys had gone back to school, I would start booking all the things for Christmas like the visit to Santa on the local Steam Train and arranging to get the Christmas Tree and ordering any specific Christmas gifts which you knew would either be difficult to get or would sell out.  So I suppose I am as much at fault as the stores for starting Christmas in September!!!!  I do miss this though especially now as it is quite boring getting their gifts now they are all grown up, either clothes or money!!! 

Oh hell I will just admit it I LOVE CHRISTMAS, but I do love all the things which happen in between now and Christmas and during Autumn so I have to make sure I don’t miss those things in the headlong rush to Christmas.

Happy Thursday everyone, it’s almost Friday.

Hugs, Susie xx