Monthly Archives: April 2018

Busy Bees!

It has been a very busy week and the weekend was too.   I have so many things happening at the moment I am the proverbial juggler trying to keep everything going at the moment.


So having had a crazy few months of freezing temperatures, snow and rain this week we are going to roast with temperatures in the 70’s!!!  However this means that I am going to be washing everything in sight and getting it out on the line which will be one job off the Spring Cleaning List.

Doctors Alice in Wonderland April 2018

Here is a capture off the TV of Youngest (dressed as “Alice”) in the BBC1 Soap Opera called “Doctors”!!!  It is only on for half an hour each afternoon and we were watching the episode and it got to 26 minutes and he had still not been in it and we thought it may have ended up on the cutting room floor but no here he is!!!!  He has another part in another episode later in May. 

Because of the nice weather I have been also changing over winter bedding to summer bedding, curtains etc and I have managed to get a picture of the lovely blanket our German visitors gave me.  It is now at the end of our bed.


I know I have my Book Club review to do, that will be tomorrow now.  I didn’t get our friends 40th Anniversary gift finished either, so am still doing that (!) and I have almost finished the Spring Cleaning Planner and will get that done for this week!!!  Oh Boy, you just think you are all organised and it all seems to come apart at the seams.

We had a lovely evening at our friends party on Saturday evening and saw lots of our friends, some of whom we haven’t seen for a while, so it was great to catch up with everyone. 


This is Woolly Bully at the moment!  She is booked in on Friday for her Spa Day but that will be when all the warm days have faded of course.  It always happens, I have Treacle’s haircut and it goes freezing cold again!!  I am sure she will cope over the next few days and she will love it as she can be outside all the time. 

We are very busy re-cycling her at the moment!!  What you say how can you re-cycle Treacle?  Well it is her fur actually.  As she is so long-haired at the moment we are getting quite a bit of fur out of her when she is brushed and we are putting it on the bushes in the garden for the birds building their nests.   I have been watching the Great Tits collecting it and they only have small beaks but seeing them flying away with a great piece of Treacle’s fur it is so funny. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend and will have a good week.

Hugs, Susie xx

I Am Here!


I am here!  Sorry there have been no posts this week but DH has been away at a business exhibition all week so Treacle and I have been extra busy!!!! 

I saw my Consultant yesterday and have now been discharged for good behaviour tee hee!!! 

I also know that today should be Monthly Friday Book Club but will do the post either over the weekend or on Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx


April Go Away and Bring May!


You know the old saying “rain, rain go away come again another day” well April, April go Away and Bring May now!!!!!!  It is only the 9th but I am sick of the rain already, in fact April is the only month I hate.  We had those two days last week of lovely Spring sunshine and that was it and today is more like November, cold, misty and raining.

The weekend was a wash out too, I rather over did it whilst are German visitors were here and paid the price on Saturday and spent the day in bed but was fine yesterday, which I then spent quilting instead of doing jobs.  I got a lot done for the thing I am making for our friend’s wedding anniversary which is this coming Saturday.  I will show you pictures next week of it. 

I have managed to catch up on the blogs I read and also replied to various emails that I needed to do, and have caught up with my business work having lost two days last week which was a relief.  Tonight I have a basket of ironing to do and then will have caught up with home jobs as well.  It is amazing what you can get done when you are stuck in doors!!!!


Treacle’s view of Monday morning!


“What, it’s Monday, oh good grief!”

Have a lovely week all of you.

Hugs, Susie xx

What Day of the Week is it?


Having Monday off this week as a holiday and busy with work and then our German visitors on Wednesday evening and yesterday I have completely lost the plot as to what day it is!!!! 


Our German visitors arrived on Wednesday evening and we joined them for dinner at a local Derbyshire restaurant which was a lovely evening.  Yesterday whilst the men went off to business meetings I took the ladies, Mom who is a quilter and Daughter who is a textile artist, to some quilt shops and to see Cromford Mill.

This is where Sir Richard Arkwright was the first man to run a mill with water power and produce cotton yarn in a modern way, thus creating the first modern factory system.  He ran the mill twenty four hours a day with two twelve hour shifts the majority of the staff being woman and children.  The children were aged around ten and also received six hours a week of schooling when not working.  There were approximately two hundred people employed at the mill and as this was more than who lived in the surrounding area, Sir Richard built housing near the mill for his workers to live in.  Since the Mill closed it was bought by the Arkwright Society and returned to its former glory and now houses the museum, businesses, conference centres and of course one of our local quilt shops, Quiltessential.  It is also part of the World Heritage site which includes all sixteen mills along the River Derwent. 


Our dinner on Wednesday was at Darleys which is housed in the last of the Mills in the World Heritage Site.

Whilst we toured the Mill they have hand held devices which tell you all about the history in every language which the ladies were so pleased about.

After this I drove them through Matlock Bath and Matlock to Darley Dale where our second local quilting shop is, Heir & Graces.  They have two shops very near to each other and a few months ago they had all the quilting in one and embroidery/knitting/weaving and everything else in the other.  However they decided to mix everything up which I actually did not like but at least the ladies got to visit the two shops and they did buy some fabric and so did I!!!!!!

By then the men had finished their business meetings so we decided to take them to visit Chatsworth House.  We are very lucky where we live to have great views, walks and these places to visit.  Our visitors loved the tour of the house, again with handsets in German telling them all about the history. This is our first visit since we went at Christmas and they have changed the route around the house and you now get to see some rooms you have not seen before and they have also changed the pieces around in the house.  This is why we love visiting because things change all the time.

As you can see from the pictures we had an amazing Spring day which was a relief as the previous few days it had been heavy rain and cold. 


As you know this is my most favourite room in the whole house, The Library.


After Christmas they moved the Grand Piano into the Anti-Library next to the fire place. 


I would be quite happy to just live in this section of Chatsworth!


The State Dining Room had been set with the ceremonial silver wear and was stunning


The dining room is so large that there are two fireplaces in the room but not lit as it was, dare I say, warm outside.


A view of the dining room towards the library.


This is the new chandalier which was put in place after the Christmas trees were taken down and is made of brass and I can imagine very heavy.

I managed to drive all day with no problems and walk around but with one crutch just for some support although I did not walk around the grounds.  I stopped and had a cup of tea whilst they walked which was very nice in the sunshire.  However I am quite sore today as this is the first time I have done a lot of walking since the Op.  I have my final appointment next Wednesday with my Consultant so will see what he says.  In the evening we again went out for dinner to another lovely restaurant in Derby, near the Cathedral before our visitors left early this morning to go home. 

They bought me a lovely blanket from the company where Daughter works and I will show you a picture of that when I have changed our bedding over from winter to summer.  I also got some lovely homemade keyrings.

Today is house jobs day and again the weather is very Spring like which is great because tomorrow and Sunday it is going to be raining again all day!  However that is good as I won’t feel guilty quiling all weekend when I should be gardening!  I have two things I need to get a move on with and so I will be trying to get them done as I need one of them in two weeks time!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx


The Wednesday Wag.


To be quite honest I don’t know if I am coming or going with all this weather.  We had some snow again the other morning, just  a light sprinkling but snow all the same and I am so glad that Mom has not taken me for an AireCut as it has been very cold over the last few days.  Everybody keeps saying it is Spring but it sure doesn’t feel like it.

Mom says everyone needs to know about this who have dogs, so she has put it here:

There have been quite a few news items on the radio about alabama rot in dogs, as there have been a few cases in the UK and one near us in Derbyshire.  They think it is caused by walking through mud and appears as skin lesions on the dog’s legs, chest and abdomen if not caught very early it can then lead to other complications including renal failure.  They are advising everyone to wash and dry their dogs legs, chest and abdomen with warm water immediately returning from a walk if they have been through any mud and ensuring they are dried well and to inspect them regularly.  Any signs of lesions then to go to your vets immediately. 

I am okay as I hate walking through anything wet and really don’t like mud or any bits of water but Mom says she is keeping an eye on me anyway.


It’s raining again here today so I don’t even like going out to do what is necessary I am quite happy in my basket whilst Mom is busy working.  We are supposed to get some better weather at the weekend but we are not holding our breath!!!!

I hope you are having a happy Woofy Wednesday and the weather is better where yo are.



April Already.


Well the first three months of the year have flown by in a flurry of activity in our home.  Eight major swimming events as well as the weekly swimming club sessions, Three weekends of quilting done whilst everyone else was at swimming, countless business meetings/travel/emails, Visits to Universities x 3, Youngest filming three times and one hip replacement.  Along with all the usual washing/ironing, cleaning, cooking, shopping etc.  So although we think it has flown when you actually look back on what has happened you wonder how you fitted it all in.



I actually got to drive on Saturday which was quite strange not having driven for six weeks but I was fine and it was such a relief.  As soon as someone says you can’t do something like driving it feels like you are trapped forever!!!!  Needless to say we did not get the attic done as the “Staff” were otherwise occupied!!!  Eldest was busy and so was Youngest but we have earmarked it for another weekend to get the job done and also the garage and room off. 

Saying that, we did not do a lot over the weekend.  We saw some friends, Eldest and Girlfriend came for Easter Dinner which was lovely and we generally chilled.  It would have been nice to get into the garden but the weather was not good and we woke up on Monday morning to snow on the ground again, but not a lot to Treacle’s annoyance.


Our Easter Table


This is the Simnel Cake I made which I have not done before.  It is a light fruitcake with a layer of marzipan in the middle and then a layer on top with eleven circles of marzipan on top although I substituted little eggs for some of them.  It was really good and I was so pleased how it turned out.  I will put the recipe on my recipe page.


Our German guests arrive on Wednesday evening and so Thursday will be a very busy day but they are leaving again Friday morning which is a change to the itinerary because of their ferry times.  We are going to visit two quilt shops and then take them to Chatsworth House where we will meet up with the men for lunch.

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break and tomorrow I will have the Spring Cleaning Planner ready for you to have a look at.

Hugs, Susie xx