Monthly Archives: November 2018

Happy St. Andrew’s Day.


Today is St. Andrew’s Day, Patron Saint of Scotland, home of my Ancestors!!!  As you know we spend our holidays in Scotland and the whole family love it, more space and less people and I think that is definitely something to treasure in this day and age!!!!!

Today has not been much better than yesterday or the rest of this week so I will definitely be glad to see the back of it.  I just think sometimes, especially if you are having an easy time of it, the Universe decides to give you a week like I have had to remind you to be grateful!  Well Universe I am very grateful for all my blessings so back off now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Last night DH was compering the Christmas Light Switch on in Long Eaton and tonight the same but at Ilkeston.  Yesterday the weather was not good at all with the tail end of a storm battering Britain at the moment.  However today the sun is out and that is the first time in about two weeks we have seen it.  It has been so overcast, grey, damp and cold that I honestly thought the sun had gone away for its holidays!!!!


If I can get a lot of my monthly house jobs done today then we have been asked by the Boys if we can decorate our Home for Christmas over the weekend!  That means getting the tree tomorrow morning and then an expedition into the attic for all the Christmas decorations!  I am not moaning however as I absolutely love it.  Tomorrow evening DH and I are out in Nottingham for dinner and we are going to have a walk round and see the lights etc so hopefully I will have some pictures for you on Monday! 


Youngest was always a serious little chap!!!


Sunday is Youngest’s Birthday so Eldest and Girlfriend are coming round for the day and we are again out for dinner in the evening.  It really has been a lovely few weeks. 


I still have two Christmas presents to get and then that is all done and wrapped and ready and waiting, I need to finish my cards and get the stamps and I have some more baking to do.  I have ordered the Christmas food and drink so that is all sorted and we have heard from our friends in Jersey who are coming back to Derbyshire for Christmas, so we are going to be able to see them between Christmas and New Year which will be great to catch up with them. 

I hope you have all had a better week than I and will have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


They are still forecasting this for the whole of December in the UK but I will believe it when I see it!!!!

To Read.

As I didn’t get chance to go to the Book Store on holiday with one thing and another I went when all the children were back at school.  It was lovely and quiet and so I spent a happy few hours browsing.

I found a few of my favourite authors had published new books so I got those and also a few books of a couple of authors I have missed their newest works.  Anyway that means this :


Sorry it’s a bit blurry!!  But a whole bookshelf of new books to read, what a great sight!!!!

Obviously these will appear as I complete each one, on my monthly Friday Book Club, the second Friday of each month!!

It has been a very strange and busy old week but I can honestly say I am so glad tomorrow is Friday and it is the weekend!!!!!!  I know we are not supposed to wish the weeks away but this one can be gone as quickly as possible as far as I am concerned!!

I hope your week is going better than mine!!!!!

Hugs, Susie xxx


Chatsworth Library, again!  I am thinking of putting up some lights halfway up my bookshelves!!!!  Might look for the lights in the sale after Christmas for next year, watch this space, tee hee!!!!!


The Wednesday Wag.


Here is my new Toy basket that Mom and Dad brought home!  Isn’t it amazing and I have so much room for lots of new toys from Santa Paws!!!  I can also now find all my toys as it is wide!!!


I even managed to find Mr Pig who was at the bottom.


I was also in the sewing room the other day whilst Mom was busy and I am sure she was wrapping a present for me, but she wouldn’t show me even though I put my best “Please” face on!!! 

The weather is not nice at the moment and it is grey and horrible all day and dark and it has been raining for two days and I really don’t like being dried every time I come in.  Mom says I am going to the spa soon which means it will probably go very cold then!!! 

I hope you have a very happy Woofy Wednesday.

Treacle xx

Chatsworth at Twilight.

Ever since the outbreak, a few years ago now, of foot and mouth disease the old Duke of Devonshire decided to keep Chatsworth open up to Christmas and decorate with trees and candles to try to help the estate as they had lost so much money as people had stopped going out because of all the restrictions. 

DH, The Boys and I went that first year and it was lovely to see the house at Christmas and it was so popular that they have carried on doing this every year now.  They also decided to have a different theme each year to make it interesting for regular visitors.  This year’s theme was “Fairy Tales”.  I hope you enjoy the pictures, there are a lot of them!!!!!

The walk up to the entrance had images of some of the fairy tales projected onto the walls.

As there are so many pictures I decided to add them like this.  This is the entrance to the house where there is always a huge roaring fire in winter.  Above it is one of my most favourite paintings of all the Dogs sitting in Judgment.  In the entrance was a huge orange Dragon called Arthur. 

This was Charlotte’s Webb down the main corridor and at the end this brightly lit tree.

Down the next corridor we join Peter Rabbit and his family on a country walk.

Turning into the Family Chapel where Cinderella’s carriage sat with a wonderful tree in the corner.  The orange colours were just stunning.

You move through the Chapel into the Wood Drawing Room which had The Princess & the Pea representation in, including a Tiara worn by one of the Duchesses at the coronation of Edward VII.

We then found the Elf and The Shoemaker busy at work and they also had a display of shoes worn by various Devonshire relatives at different times, as well as a sewing kit sat on the top of the mantle piece.

We then walked through a covered walk way actually outside in the centre of Chatsworth House to get to The Great Hall/Painted Hall where there were several very large decorated trees, also mince pies and a drink, which was very nice.  They also had a Trio playing in front of the fire Christmas music.  It was all very civilised as there are only a small number of tickets for this event so you were not being pushed or hurried along.

You then proceed up the central staircase and another staircase to the main rooms the first one showing Sleeping Beauty.

You then move through a new room opened this year through a corridor into the old Queen’s Bedrooms where Mary Queen of Scots once stayed.  The Broomstick in the cabinet is a Firebolt from the Harry Potter movie and books, signed by J.K. Rowling and given to the Old Duke. 

We were then in Mary Poppins bedroom with the kites and her favourite things and a children’s Christmas tree.  Of course the new film about Mary Poppins comes out in December with Emily Blunt playing the lead and I really want to go and see it!

In the back staircase was James & The Giant Peach hanging down the staircase from the Rotunda.  Apparently this was originally covered up by a previous Duchess as she felt it let in too much cold air but has now been re-opened by the current Duchess.

Standing with our back to this staircase you are then able to look over into the Great Hall/Painted Hall and also see the top of the Christmas Trees. This one is my favourite as I just love the red and green, which is what our family Christmas tree always is.

You then travel down the old servants staircase and come out by my most favourite room of all time and I could live here, the Library.  I always think that there are minimal decorations in here as the family use it every evening and especially at Christmas.  I just love it.


You then move through the anti-Library into the dining room, below.

In the anti-Library we found Winnie The Pooh and his friends and also Bagpuss.

In the Dining Room we found Aladdin and The Arabian Nights with his flying carpet and the decorations and trees in here were very rich gold colours.

You then move from the Dining Room through another small corridor into the Stone Room where there are lots of statues collected by various Dukes over the years and to me is always very cold after the Library and Dining Room.  This was definitely reflected in the choice of decorations and it being the home of The Snowman!  There were also a hand bell ringing group in this room again playing Christmas music.

DH and I really enjoyed the evening, especially as it was dark so all the lights, trees and candles stood out very much.


DH and I in front of the huge mirror where the Sleeping Beauty story was playing.

Sorry it was a long post with lots of pictures but I thought you would love to see the decorations, they were really good.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Christmas in Nottingham.

Jayne and I went over to Nottingham last Tuesday Christmas shopping and it was all decorated for Christmas.


Here is the tree at one end of the Ice Rink and no we did not go skating!!!!


The Christmas stalls selling everything and anything and every sort of food you can imagine!!!


The Galloping Horses!!! I always loved these as a child, it was always my favourite ride at Goose Fair.



One of the many, many food stalls, this one selling Ham.


The decorations in Intu Nottingham, Victoria Centre to all who live there!, I was quite disappointed in them, usually they are really colourful.


Jayne and I had a really lovely day and we both enjoyed it so much, we also had a long lunch and caught up on all our news and managed to get quite a few Christmas Presents.


Here was some of my bags!!!!

Tomorrow I will show you DH and I’s visit to Chatsworth House at Twilight last Friday evening.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Happy Thanksgiving.


To All my American Friends & Followers

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although this is very much an American Holiday I am very Thankful this year for a lot of things, but mostly my wonderful Family; DH, Eldest, Youngest & Treacle and the two Girlfriends.  We have had a very busy and eventful year but I have enjoyed every minute of it and although there have been and are some challenges when isn’t there?!!!!!

I hope all those celebrating have a lovely day and long Weekend and if you are tempted to go to the shops tomorrow, Black Friday, you are able to get what you need without too much trouble!!!!!

Hugs & Love

Susie xx