Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Sky Is Falling?

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This has been the colour of the sky most of today!  All because of Hurricane Ophelia which has been battering parts of the UK today and it has been dragging sand with it from the sahara which is why the sky is this colour.  Ireland has been hit the most with winds of up to 90mph with damage to property, treess etc and loss of power.  Here the winds are about 40mph and all it is doing is knocking the leaves off the trees.

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As you can see Treacle is not happy about the weather!  It is also very warm and muggy today which for the third week of October is really, really weird!!!  Of course tomorrow there is a 10° drop in temperature and we will all be freezing again!

Speaking of weird these are my two pots on the garden steps still with the summer fuschias flowering!  Normally by now they have died and I have replaced them with winter flowering pansies but as they are still going strong I have left them, of course the first frost and they will be dead.

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This is the Dogwood which is next to our varigated holly bush.

I took these pictures in our garden yesterday, when again it was mild, whilst we were out there gardening.  Normally at this time of year we are tidying things up and sort of putting the garden to bed for winter but certaining not this year, its still all growing!

 

 

The weekend was really busy.  Saturday Youngest rushed off to a car meet and DH rushed off to a swimming event as Chairman!  Sunday we got garden jobs done and then he rushed off to another swimming meet where he was announcing!  I managed to get some more jobs done in the house and decorated for Autumn and Halloween and measured out all the fruit for my Christmas Cake and for a birthday cake and set them aside to soak in brandy.  The kitchen smelt lovely!  I will be baking them tomorrow.

Finally last night was the last episode of “Victoria” for the season, there is a Christmas Special, and Youngest was in it.  In fact this was the first time you can see his face properly.

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As you can see I was taking the pictures off of the TV.  They were directed to look solemn and he sure does!!!  Tonight is the last episode of Rellik and we are hoping that his main bit that he did for this is in that, so far he has only been seen in the background.  I will let you know tomorrow!

It is almost 5.00pm and it is getting very windy now and the house is starting to creak!!  Treacle is in her basket by my desk and jumping at every little sound, so I will be putting the TV on to make some other noise, DH and Youngest won’t be home until later so it will be just Treacle and I snuggling!!!!

I hope your Monday is going well!

Hugs, Susie x

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Lesson Learnt!

Further to my post of a few days ago and after several emails between myself and StockFood Ltd as well as our Business Solicitor I have today paid the sum of £50 to end the matter.  Less than the £72.20 they wanted (if paid within 14 days of their letter!) and slightly more than the £30 I offered to pay, but it is done, finished and hopefully I will never hear from them again.

Our Solicitor’s view was that they should only be due the £19 which is the License fee and the rest of the charges they were “trying it on” and that he believes there are images out there put as “traps” so this company make money out of it, which I believe but they of course, deny.  They did not prove to me that they or the photographer actually own the copyright and if I had a lot more time and money I would not have paid, but I don’t so have resolved it.

However please be aware that no image, no matter whether it has meta data on about the original owner or not, or comes from a website/Pinterest/Google et al, is not copyright free.  If you use it, even if your blog makes no money and does not benefit in any way from using the image, you are still liable and may end up paying like me.

Please be assured that I never intended to breach anyone’s copyright and  it was a pure mistake, one which I will not repeat.

So I have learnt my lesson and will not now use any image, no matter how cute or appropriate, to decorate my blog posts unless I or my family have taken it.  I have spent several hours going through all of my old posts removing pictures so I am sorry if you are looking at anything older and there are gaps or something does not make sense but  I have had to do this as I cannot afford to be paying anyone else and boosting their profits!

I have deleted my old blog from Google Blogspot as I cannot afford to have anything on there be subject to this copyright issue and do not have time to go through it.  Anyway it has been five years since I have been on WordPress so it is about time the old one was deleted, although people did still read it!

Thank you to all my Followers who contacted me regarding this nasty business and all your lovely comments, you don’t know how much you all mean to me.  I am glad this has been resolved before the weekend and I will be back on Monday to blogging every day.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

 

A Salutary Lesson and A Warning To Other Bloggers!

Today in the mail I received a four page document from StockFood Ltd (www.stockfood.co.uk) demanding payment for an image I used on my Blog in November 2014.

99.9% of the photographs/pictures I use on my blog are my own, taken by myself or my family, however occasionally I have used a picture from the web, usually Pinterest, to add colour or interest to a post.  This image I used in 2014 came from Pinterest and no where did it have the name of the person who took the picture or any credit/copyright details on it or a link back to anywhere, so I used it.  I have since removed the picture from the post and my Blog media archive.

My Blog is about quilting, our family, my day to day life and Treacle and is really a diary.  I do not make money from my blog and I do not have advertisments on my blog.  So I have made nothing from using this image in 2014.  I have never intended to use a picture which I did not believe I could use and understand with an Open Blog that anyone can use pictures off your site, hopefully for good reasons, and that is the nature of being on the Web.

StockFood Ltd is a company which pays photographers for their pictures and then, I suspect, have some very fancy software scouring the web for their images and if you have not bought a license or credited the photographer you are then fined for its use.

Their charges are :

Standard License Fee £19.00, VAT £3.80, Post use licensing Surcharge £95.00, Surcharge for not crediting the image £19.00, Infringement Detection Fee £26.60, Infringement Collection Fee £26.60 making a total o £190.00.

If, however, you pay up within fourteen days it will only cost you £72.20.  They go on in the letter to threaten you with court and fees of hundreds of pounds if you don’t settle up immediately.  The letter is not signed by anyone and although their website states their hours of business are 9.00am to 5.30pm when I rang to talk to someone at 5.15pm the phone was not answered.  Two emails I have also sent bounced back.

I have consulted our Government website regarding copyright and as is typical with a Government document is talks about intellectual property but does not say anything about the fact that if you cannot find out if anyone owns a picture and don’t know who to credit but use the image, you can still be liable and be fined even though you don’t know who it belongs to, as is the case here.

StockFood Ltd is a business which makes nothing but I believe makes money from fines and in my mind is morally corrupt.

I have had to forward all this to our business solicitor, which may cost me even more money and I suspect in the end the answer will be I will have to pay up.  Over the last few years and since the recession things have not been too good with our business but this is not what my Blog is about, but I am heartbroken that I have caused our family needless expense over something which I feel I had no control over and was just a mistake.

I have now removed any picture not of my own from my media archive so that this does not happen again, so if you are looking at old posts and there are gaps or missing pictures I am sorry but I had to do it as I cannot afford to pay anymore money out.

As you can imagine this has left a very nasty taste in my mouth and terribly upset about the whole thing and I will now be taking a blogging break, to decide what happens next; whether I continue Blogging, something I have loved and really enjoyed doing for the past seven years or whether to delete my blog entirely.

Susie

 

Dark Nights!

 

I am sat at my desk finishing off my work and have realised that although it is only 6.30pm it is completely dark outside!!!  I think this is the only thing I don’t like about Autumn, the evenings are dark so early!!!!

Yesterday disappeared in a whirl of work and I didn’t finish until late and DH and Youngest were both out so before I knew it it was 8.00pm and no dinner made!!!  Treacle was also very keen for her dinner too.

At the weekend DH and I managed to get lots of extra house jobs done and the garden and on Saturday evening was the first of the swimming club’s Championships.  This is just for our Club and our swimmers.  They all had a great evening and some club records were broken.  We were both tired by the end of it!!!

Treacle got to spend all day Sunday outdoors as the weather was good, which is when we got the garden sorted.  I cannot believe that we are still outside in October with decent weather which I suppose is down to Global warming!DSC04128Starting to plan making the Christmas cake and am also going to use the same recipe for a Birthday cake which is required at the end of November too.  It makes the house smell lovely when it is baking with all the Christmasy flavours.

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Also need to get on with making the Christmas puddings.  I am in the process of sorting out the freezer so that I can fill it with some things for Christmas!!! 

It’s not all about Christmas though as I have got the Halloween things out from the attic so need to decorate the house with them.  Youngest is actually going to a car meet the weekend before and is going to raid the Halloween decorations for his car!!

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Treacle is taking advantage of the darker mornings too and sneaks onto the bed after DH leaves for work, usually around 6.00am and before I get up.  She is definitely getting into hibernation mode.

Tomorrow I have some errands to run and a visit to the supermarket to get some bits and some Birthday cards and then get back and get my work done.  Of course tomorrow they have forecast heavy rain all day!!!

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

Goose Fair 2017.

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A version of the Cyclone but they twist upside down as well!

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A firm favourite of everyone’s The Big Wheel

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I took this for the Boys as the were both Big Fans of Thomas The Tank Engine!!!  They would have loved this ride!!

 

The weather stayed fine and DH and I just had a walk around the fair but not for long.  Often it is just seeing the lights and hearing all the noise and smell of all the foods that make it a great evening.

Happy Saturday everyone.

Hugs, Susie x

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It’s Goose Fair Friday!

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Yes we can do the Snoopy Dance as it is Friday and not just any old Friday, it is Goose Fair Friday!!! 

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Historians believe that the fair first began in 1284 when the Charter by King Edward I referred to City Fairs for Nottingham.  Its name comes from the thousands of Geese which were driven into Nottingham from Lincolnshire to be sold to be fattened for Christmas Day.  Our family when my Grandparents were alive always had Goose for Christmas Day Dinner instead of Turkey and there was also Beef as well. 

 

There are two roads in the Nottingham City Centre, one is called Goose Gate where the Geese entered the town and The Poultry where all the butchers/poultry shops were.

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This is the Fair in Old Market Square with the old Council House in the background

The fair used to be held in the city centre, in Old Market Square in front of the Council House but moved in 1927 to its present venue of the Forrest Recreation Ground when Old Market Square was re-developed.  The fair was cancelled for a few years; 1646 because of the Bubonic plague and during the First and Second World Wars but since then it has been continuous. 

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The Fair with the new and present Council House being built in the background.

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Another side of the fair in the Square with the old buildings in the background which are still there today.  In fact the building on the right next to H. Samuel is by Watson Fothergill a famous Nottingham Architect

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Today it is all about rides from the little ones for the children to the very big ones that even I won’t go on!!!  They also always bring one new ride to the fair usually very fast or very big or both!!! 

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Nottingham is DH and My Home Town so it is tradition to go and we even went before we were both born and so did both of the Boys.  In fact DH and I had our first date at Goose Fair, so we are going tonight!!!  The weather at the moment is cold but at least it is not raining like the last couple of years.  This is one of the events we all look forward to during Fall and really marks the end of Summer and start of Autumn for us. 

 

Also a tradition, which not a lot of people understand, is having a pot of hot mushy peas with mint sauce whilst you walk round the fair!!!  You have to be there to appreciate it!!!

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

Hugs, Susie x

#TBT!

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Throwback Thursday today and this is from 2006, Youngest was six, Eldest was ten and DH was well…..  I won’t say!!!!  Taken in Scotland on our summer holiday, although the weather does not look good with mist over the mountains. 

I know I say this every time I do one of these Throwbacks but where does the time go?  In fact I quite often cannot look at the pictures from when the Boys were little, although I do love looking at them but I then get sad that they are not this little any more!!!  I love them to bits now as I did then, but then they relied on you for everything and now, of course, they are completely self-sufficient. 

Anyway I had better get on before I cannot do any more work because of the tears!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone, tomorrow’s Friday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Youngest’s Room Makeover

We have finally finished his room after the last piece of furniture was delivered.  So here is what he had before in 2011 when he was aged 11 and just going to Senior School.

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He had his bed this way round so he could have a reading chair in the corner with a lamp.

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The wall behind his bed.

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Bookshelf and inevitable junk of an 11 year old!

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His desk with all the electronics.

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His wardrobe with all the games on it.

So now being almost 18 he wanted it to be more sophisticated and less stuff!

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His new bed, with his quilt!

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Bedside cabinet and new wardrobe.

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Where his bed used to be with his guitar and less stuff!

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His desk and drawers still in the same place but again with less equipment on it.

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New bookshelves and less baggage!

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New chest of drawers for all his jumpers/t-shirts/jeans etc.

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Behind his door; shelves for all his books/dvds/games etc and his jackets.

It is very tidy at the moment but that may change and I also think that a few more pictures may appear over time but he loves it so that is the main thing.  I am not very keen on the black furniture but it was his choice.  I am glad it is finally done and I also now have my dining room and our room back!!! 

I am still sorting through odd things and getting rid of things I don’t want/need/like and it is true what they say it does give you a great freeing feeling!

It is Girlfriend’s Birthday tomorrow and then Friday it is Goose Fair!!!  Saturday evening it is the first of the swimming club’s championships and we are hoping that the weather is going to be good to get the final bits done in the garden.  I also want to plant some Spring bulbs in the pots.

I know today should be Wednesday Wag but Treacle is off playing with Youngest as he is at home today and not at college!!  She will be back next week.

Hugs, Susie x

Christmas Monday?

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Yesterday was October 1st and I cannot believe that we are in the tenth month of the year!!!  The leaves are really starting to fall now, although the weather is not too bad it has gotten a little colder and been quite rainy.

 

So this morning was quite grey and cool, having had a lot of rain over the weekend we are being invaded by these hairy eight legged monsters getting out of the cold and rain!!  I picked up a cushion off the floor for our bed and one of these things was running over it!!  I shrieked, Treacle ran and Youngest came to the rescue!!!  After a lot of batting of cushions, pillows we managed to get it on the floor and mostly we try and throw them back outside but this one was not co-operating so he met his end!!!!!  So after a fraught few minutes I started work.

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I turned the TV on at lunchtime to discover that True Movies have changed, today October 2nd, to True Christmas!!!!!  Really?  Even if you want to ignore Christmas as it is too early even at the beginning of October you seem to be getting it rammed down your throat every way you turn.

However the weather is putting me in mind of cooking more wintry dinners, so tonight we are having beef casserole with mashed potatoes and peas, the recipe for which is on My Favourite Recipes page if you want to have a go.

Over the weekend, as the weather was not good and we couldn’t get into the garden, I have been busy sorting things out and decluttering all those nooks that are often overlooked, including my sewing box.  This was a box that my Grandmother bought for me and held all my sewing things in, until I started quilting and all my things exploded out of it so I had to use other storage.  When I actually looked at what was in my box I did not need half of the things in there, so I have cleared it out and put things in there for ordinary sewing and not my quilting things. 

As I have started this I am going to carry on and sort out other areas which have not been used or sorted for a while.  There are two major jobs, one is the attic and one is our room off the garage but these cannot be done without a full weekend and in the case of the garage a nice weekend so we can get everything out!!!  However there are still quite a few things I can get done on my own, it will just mean a few trips by DH to the tip/recycling place and the charity shops.  I am also slowly getting the Boys to sort their things too.  Youngest is doing a great job having had his new room but Eldest still needs a little push!!!!  I do love getting these jobs done as I feel a great sense of accomplishment doing it. 

I hope you had a great weekend and Happy Monday.

Hugs, Susie xx

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