Monthly Archives: May 2018

Talking TV.

Why is it that some actors make a programme and then some actors completely ruin it.  In fact when you look back on all their performances they are actually rubbish at acting and wonder why they are ever offered another part!


I was scouting round on Netflix for a series to watch whilst I was ironing and I found “Person of Interest”.  I know I am late to the party as it began in 2011 and ended in 2016 but it has five seasons so I have plenty to watch and I do like Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P Henson but then came across the episode in Season 1 with Amy Acker in.  She is just awful.  I remember seeing her in Angel when I watched that and then she was in an episode of Grimm and she is just the same in every part she has.  I once read an article about her and the critics lauded her and said she was the best actor of her generation, I think they were watching the wrong person!  However these bad actors make you not want to watch the programme!!!!! 

I skipped the episodes with her in and still got the gist of what was going on!


It is that time of year again for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  The Queen attended yesterday and looked lovely in pale pink and the weather has been amazing. 


My favourite of the Show Gardens is this one below


This is the “Welcome to Yorkshire Garden” above by Mark Gregory and it won a Gold Medal. We saw it on TV last night and the colours were wonderful and very much a cottage garden.  It was also awarded Best Construction.  The little hut is actually making cheese during the show.  Have a look on-line at all the flowers.  One of my favourites is featuring a lot this year, the Lupin.  Unfortunately we cannot grow them here although I always try because they get eaten by the slugs and snails!!!!!


Tonight I will be doing some quilting for my super secret quilt and I also have some planning to do of things which I need to get done and things I would like to get done!!!  You know I love lists!

I hope you are having a great Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

What a Weekend.


What a great wedding and although we were only invited via the media I think we all enjoyed it.  I loved her dress, I thought it suited her (please mind the pun!!!!) down to the ground.  I am sure that there will be a little one on the way before long.


On Friday after running errands I went to our local garden centre for a couple of plants and some other bits.  As you can see from the sky it was so hot the sky is just a very pale blue.


I also went up to our local farm shop, Croots, where they have horses and sheep.  Here is the new foal who is a month old now.  It was so warm he was asleep!


The lambs are growing fast and were busy grazing despite the heat.


This is the view from the farm shop across the valley.  It really was a beautiful Spring day.


In between watching the wedding DH and I managed to get a few jobs done in the garden, although it was too hot at the top of the day to be outside. 


The furniture came out and the umbrella, after a good clean we set it up on the patio.


I got some more seeds put in the my grow house and gave it a tidy.


I emptied the pots and put new compost in and planted the summer bedding flowers.  They will take a little while to fill out but will look good soon.


DH tidied this corner next to the shed and wall and put some new gravel down.  It is where we store the compost and sticks and the watering can.  We found the frog hiding behind the compost bag but he moved to behind the vegetable planter.


This pot has sweet pea seeds in and will hopefully get going soon.


Here is my vegetable planter with a couple of tomato plants in and some cucumbers and lettuce and also some herb seeds.  It will be interesting to see what comes up.  All a little bit of trial and error at the moment. 

It is a lovely warm day again today and the sun is shining, unfortunately I have a basket of ironing to do as well (!) having finished my work this morning.  One benefit of becoming a new Duchess is that Megan will never have to clean or iron ever again unless she wants to!!  

Tonight I will be working on my super secret quilt.  My machine came back from its service and it was all okay just needed a lot of clearing out of bits of cotton and fluff.  I have been told I need to bring it in sooner rather than later next time!  Oops!!!


Don’t forget to take my picture Mom.  (I love this picture as we have an Airedale shadow!!!)

Have a Great Monday and fabulous Week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Monthly Friday Book Club.


In keeping with the Royal Wedding tomorrow I thought I would share with you this book.  It was first published in 1998 but I have read it a couple of times and loved every page.

Georgiana Spencer (Princess Diana’s ancestor) became the Duchess of Devonshire and mistress of Chatsworth House in 1774.  She very quickly became the toast of London and Society very much adored by the Prince Regent and friend to Marie-Antoinette. 

Her clothes were copied, if she attended the theatre the play was a success and she also influenced the politics of the time.  However in private her husband, The Duke, was indifferent to her charms and had an affair with her best friend, Lady Elizabeth Foster.  For twenty years all three resided at Chatsworth which was at times fraught. 

210 years later a similar scenario would be played out within the walls of Kensington Palace with Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Mrs Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Amanda Foreman’s writing is very easy to read and although she is delivering historic facts, they are not the same old dry boring ones of your school history lessons! 

This book is definitely on my To Read list again.  It is available from Amazon in all versions.  If you like historical novels you will not be disappointed in this book.


Georgiana by Thomas Gainsborough

I hope you are having a very happy Friday and looking forward to the Wedding of the Year tomorrow.  The weather is set to be sunny, warm and 19°C so everyone should have a lovely day ready for the open carriage ride of the Newlyweds.

Hugs, Susie xx



I should have saved the wedding pictures from the other day for #TBT especially as we are now only two days away from the Wedding of the Year.  I do feel sorry for anyone else getting married this weekend, as their big day will sort of fade a little into the background.

It was definitely a benefit for DH and I getting married in November that we had no problem with venues/flowers/cakes etc as the usual wedding season had ended.  In fact for our wedding breakfast we actually had Christmas Dinner!!!!  The Queen got married on November 20th so we are in good company there for an Autumn wedding.

DH and I were lucky with the weather too as it was a very cold frosty morning but very bright sunshine and we married at 11.00am and arrived at the hotel for lunch at 1.00pm.  After all the speeches, the cutting of the cake and pictures we left for Honeymoon that evening to the Lake District.


We stayed in the Northern Lakes where it is a little quieter.


This is Grasmere one of our favourite villages to visit.

Royal Wedding

Every hour we seem to be getting updates regarding the wedding and there must be a different programme every day looking at the wedding and the past Royal weddings which is great re-living them.  I had just started work when Diana Spencer married Prince Charles and we got a day off work so we could watch it on TV.  I remember it was a Wednesday and my Mom, Grandmother and I had “Sunday” lunch and watched the whole day on BBC1.

I was just 17 when Diana got married and really related to her as she was only three year’s older than I and I just loved her dress and flowers.  It was very 1980’s New Romantics style.


When William and Catherine married in 2011 I was 47 with two Boys of my own aged 11 and 15 and we were all on holiday in Scotland for the Easter break.  In fact we were staying in a castle and I spent the day watching the wedding, whilst DH and the Boys were outside!!!  The only problem with having Boys is that they are not interested at all in the wedding dress and flowers etc!!!!!


This is Foulis Castle where we stayed and in fact The Queen Mother was a regular guest.


This is where I watched the wedding from.


After the wedding and dinner the weather was so nice we went out and played baseball in the grounds. 


I am looking forward to Saturday and am recording it as well as watching, although I do think it will be an entirely different wedding to all those that have gone before because it is Prince Harry and he is definitely his own person.  The weather so far is supposed to be good.

Happy Thursday Everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.


I am not happy today as it is cool and Mom will not let me have the door open all day!!! So I have been looking at new films coming out at the cinema and I have seen this one which we will all like I think.


It looks really funny and Mom says it is the Doggy version of Miss Congeniality!!!! I will let you know what Mom says if she goes and sees it!

Mom says I need to get my hat out for Saturday as it is the Royal Wedding, whatever that is.  So long as it goes with my new Pink Collar I don’t mind!!!


Mom is it going to be nice tomorrow, can I spend all day outside? 

Yes Treacle it is supposed to be better tomorrow and nice and warm by the weekend, in fact we will hopefully be able to eat outside this weekend if we get all the summer furniture out and celebrate the Royal Wedding in style!

Oh boy, more work jobs, think I will stay out of the way!

Happy Woofy Wednesday everyone.


Another Warm Day and Wedding Fever.


You can see someone has found the sunshine today.  This was early this morning and she is now outside lying in the hot sun, baking!!  It is a good job she is not white and I would have to put sun cream on her!!!  It is 21°C today and tomorrow it is going to be 12°C, a 9°C drop. No wonder everyone is confused.  Saturday is supposed to be back to 18°C and Sunday too so hopefully DH and I can get into the garden. 

You may wonder why I am always going on about the garden.  It is not as if we have acres and acres to deal with but, as my longer followers will know, it is getting to silly season with events on and then it means only the bare minimum gets done.  So if we get it tidy and all done now after winter, we can cope with just minimum work.  This also goes for our home too, which is why it was great getting the Spring Cleaning all done.

The Royal Wedding is now taking centre stage with all the news feeds and it will only get more intense as we get nearer to Saturday.

So I thought I would share with you pictures of my parent’s Wedding on March 19th 1949 below.


There was still rationing and so my Grandmother made my Mom’s wedding dress and their cake having saved their ration cards.  This was outside the church after the wedding.


Here is DH and I on November 12th 1988.  We will be celebrating Thirty years this November and are hoping to go away for the weekend after the 12th, as it is a Monday!!!  What a yuck day to have an anniversary!!!!

DH’s parents wedding pictures are in the attic (!) and I cannot get in there to get a picture of those.  When we sort the attic out one of my jobs is to sort out all the pictures that are up there and get them into albums.  These are photographs inherited when we cleared out our parents homes and are just in piles in a clip box.


Eldest and Girlfriend recently when they were out for dinner.  Not jumping the gun or anything but this may be a wedding in the future.

I have been busy with Work and have also been sewing in the evenings. I have completed one thing but will show that to you in a while.  My job this evening is to cut out my super secret blue quilt.  I am also going to arrange to get my machine serviced eventually!!!!

I hope you are having a great Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx