Monthly Archives: July 2018

Very Hot Wednesday Wag!

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I am so glad Mom got my hair cut very short in this heat!!! 

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My tennis ball is on the steps but it is just too warm to bother with it.

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I am being plagued by pesky flies but I am very quick and catch them if they are not fast enough!!

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Even though it is hot can, I still have my biscuit please?

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Snooze time.

I hope you are staying cool in this summer heat and have a very woofy week and weekend.

Woof, Treacle

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6th Annual Piggy Bank Savings.

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Val at Val’s Quilting Studio is setting up the 6th Annual Piggy Bank Savings again for this year, where we save money for those all important quilt purchases.

I joined for the first time last year and when we opened them this year have managed to save £150 which I am going to spend on some material.

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So I am joining the challenge for this coming year and again I will probably buy material with my savings.  Here is my actual Piggy Bank, who I have decided to call Percy Pig, where I will be saving.

If you want to join in, create a post regarding the challenge, show us where you will be saving your pennies and then link at Val’s blog here : http://myplvl.blogspot.com/2018/07/6th-annual-piggy-bank-challenge-begins.html.  We will then open them on July 6th 2019 and find out how we have all done.  You have until August 1st to sign up.

It is a great way to save some money without really thinking about it and it is amazing how quickly it mounts up.  So come along and join us saving for quilting.

Hugs, Susie xx

Tuesday Thoughts.

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I think the heat is getting to me now!!!!  Looking forward to our family vacation with just two weeks to go before we are off to Scotland and I cannot wait!!  We have house sitters coming to look after our home and garden whilst we are away which will be a great help in this weather.

Today has been a frantic day of work whilst not feeling too well which is why I think the heat is getting to me!!!  The next two weekends are busy too so we will all be ready for our vacation.  Treacle is off to her Doctors on Saturday for her annual physical and injections.  She doesn’t mind as her Doctor always gives her a treat after the injections and that is all she is waiting for!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

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It’s Monday Again.

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Monday came round quick this week!!!  Our weather held over the weekend so we were able to eat outside with our friends on Saturday evening!!!  It was a very hot day and was very warm into the evening. 

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Here is out outside dining table set for the evening.  I put my summer quilt on the bench in case it got cool in the evening. 

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The friends who came to dinner are the ones celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in September and this is the quilt I made for them.  They loved it. 

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Another picture of the front and one of the back courtesy of DH.

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We had a lovely evening and we had not seen them in a while so it was great to catch up. 

Sunday was another very warm day so DH and I took the opportunity to get the garden tidy again and also continue with the changes we made to the top of the garden.  At least now it is in great shape before we go away on vacation. 

The top picture below is where we have put decorative bark down to help protect the plants with moisture, especially in this heat.  We have also put down weed suppressant membrane down as well.

The six pictures above are just the tidying we have been doing and getting it ready before our vacation.

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The Buddleia has come into flower and the bees and butterflies are just loving it.  Above is a Peacock Butterfly.

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The garden from the patio and you can see just a few wispy clouds.

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The above, sorry it is blurred, is a Comma Butterfly.

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Treacle spent all day outside on Saturday and yesterday too and was so tired last night she was fast asleep by 7.00pm.

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This was a couple of hours ago where I caught her asleep sitting up (!)  I don’t think she has recovered from the weekend!!! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and ready for a great week ahead.

Hugs, Susie xx

Friday Book Club for July.

Welcome to my Friday Book Club for July and this is a little bit of a throwback too.

We had the good fortune for our Boys to be young when the Harry Potter Book Series began to be published, the first in 1997.  The film of the first book was released in 2001 when Eldest was six and I took him to see the movie, he absolutely loved it and so we then bought all the books as they were published and I read them to him.  Youngest when he was old enough to also see the film wanted me to read the books to him too, so I got to go through the books twice and of course we saw all the films at the cinema as soon as they were released.  Youngest always used to call Harry “Har Potter” when he was little!!!!!

The reason I have chosen these books for Friday Book Club is because they are so well written that adults can read them, J.K. Rowling did an amazing job of writing them for children but not writing down to children.  This means that adults can read and enjoy them.

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When I was little we had the Narnia Series of books written by C.S Lewis and again they were written for children but adults can read and enjoy them.  Of course the films of these books were not made until recently and I have to say I enjoyed the books more than the films in this case.

I have been watching the Harry Potter films again whilst I have been doing my ironing and as they are so long, because they did not miss that much of the story from the books, I get a lot of ironing done to them!!! 

Both the Boys have the Harry Potter set so I think I am going to borrow one of theirs and take them away with me on holiday and read them again.  Who doesn’t like to escape into another World made of magic, even if there is an evil in it, because it is eventually defeated and that is how our World works.

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Here they are in the Great Hall.  By the look on their faces you would think we had told them that they had to stay at school!!!!!!

As you know we took the Boys to Harry Potter World when it first opened to see the sets and where the films were made and it was a great visit and again if you have chance, it is well worth a visit. 

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Happier faces!!!

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Harry’s bed on the set.

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The three of them outside Hagrid’s Home.

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They just look like Ron and Harry don’t they!

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Getting their Wands at Olivanders.

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A brilliant and very accurate quote from J.K. Rowling at the end of the visit.

Eldest will deny it now but when he was eleven he wanted to be Harry and he copied Harry’s look and the sort of bag that Harry carried at school and the way he dressed.  Here is a picture of him from 2007;

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Here is Eldest, on Bonfirm Night, on the right in that jacket with the sparkler pretending to cast a spell.

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As you can see from this still of the Film The Prisoner of Azkaban Harry has the same jacket on!!!!

I will say that I am so glad that our Boys wanted to emulate a book character rather than some “stars” today who seem to make money out of nothing!!!!!

The Harry Potter Books can be found in every form from Amazon and if you like fantasy books they really are worth reading.  Of course if you like something which is a little less magic but more about relationships and family then give the Narnia series a go, again who doesn’t want to walk through the wardrobe to a new realm where it is always winter and almost Christmas!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Weekend and Happy Reading.

Hugs, Susie xx

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The Library at Hogwarts.

#TBT.

For #TBT today and because Wimbledon is currently on, I thought I would throwback to the 1970’s and a children’s TV programme created from the books of Elisabeth Berresford from 1968.

The Wombles of Wimbledon Common.

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The Wombles are pointy nosed little creatures who live under Wimbledon Common and keep the area clean and tidy of rubbish which they collect and then re-cycle.  As you can imagine this was way ahead of its time.  The above picture is from the BBC who created the series for Children’s TV in 1973.  The Wombles motto was “Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish”.  I used to watch them as a little girl and loved them!

The Wombles names were; Great Uncle Bulgaria, Madam Cholet, Tobermory, Orinoco, Bungo, Tomsk, Wellington & Miss. Adelaide.

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It was Ladies’ Semi-Finals day today and both were a bit of a white wash with Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams crushing their opponents to reach the final on Saturday.  Tomorrow it is the turn of the Men; Kevin Anderson against John Isner and Novak Djokovic against Rafael Nadal.  I think these matches will be longer possible even into five sets and I would hate to call who will win on either match. 

I have errands to run tomorrow and grocery shopping but am going to get everything done very early so I can be back in time to watch the matches!!! 

I will also be getting things ready for our friends who are coming to dinner on Saturday.  We have not seen them for a while and this is the couple whose Golden Wedding Anniversary is in September and I have made the quilt for.  We will be giving them the quilt on Saturday and I will show you pictures after then.

Today has been sunny and warm again but they have forecast that we may get thunderstorms tomorrow.  I am hoping that is all we get and Saturday will be lovely again so we are able to eat in the garden.  However, knowing my luck, Saturday will be bad too and then Sunday will be lovely!!!!! Hey ho.

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

Terrific Tuesday & Wednesday Wag.

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Yesterday The Queen and the Country celebrated 100 years of the Royal Air Force, which is close to my heart as my father served in the Air Force during WWII.  There was a Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey in the morning with several members of the Royal Family attending, followed by the presentation of New Colour to the Air Force by the Queen in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, followed by the biggest flypast ever.

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The Queen watching the flypast.

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The new Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the balcony.

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The RAF Pipes & Drums Band.

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The planes in the flypast just kept coming.

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Finally the Typhoons flying in the 100 formation.

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The RAF Squadrons spelling out RAF 100 in the Grounds of the Palace.

Watching the whole event made me very proud to be British and to have the connection with the RAF.

Today DH and I went to see a show case of the work done by Youngest this year, his final year at college before he goes off to Uni or something else!!!!!  We not only saw his work but work by the other students and it was all very good and of a high quality.  I am sure they will all do well with their final marks.

Today, of course, is Wednesday Wag but Treacle was in all day on her own as we were out but probably a good thing for her as it has been very warm today. 

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This is when I come in.

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When Daddy comes in!!!!!!

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Still watching the wonderful tennis matches but so sorry to see Roger Federer go out but great for Kevin Anderson to be in the semi-finals.  It really has been an open Open this year with lots of different names coming to the fore.

Tomorrow is house jobs day and I am also going to go to the gym for the first time in over a year and as you know it is never that day or the next when you feel it, it is the day after that so probably by Saturday I won’t be able to move, tee hee!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Hugs, Susie xx