Monthly Archives: March 2019

Clocks Go Forward!

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Our Clocks go forward tonight one hour and it takes me until they go back again to catch up!!!!!!

I love the lighter mornings and longer evenings but the first week when we move the hour on is horrendous, especially with me still waking up at 3.00am every night!  I really want to see only one 3 in a day, 3.00pm!!!!!!

Hey ho, at least it means I will be able to get lots done in the evenings now!!!

Sleepy Susie!!!!! xx

Monday March 25th!!!!!

Goodness me the weeks are flying!!!  We are busy with work work and then busy at home too so the weeks are flying!  In fact I looked in the mirror today thinking my hair needed a trim but I had only just had it done.  Of course when I looked back it was actually seven weeks ago.  Where did they go?????????

DH and I have another trip to Edinburgh tomorrow and Wednesday for work so that will be a busy two days!!!

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This was the moon on the night of the Spring Equinox, so close to us and extremely bright!  We have also had another few nice Spring Days and DH managed to even cut the grass at the weekend.  Here are a few pictures of our garden as it is starting to wake after the winter.

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View from our back door.

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The winter pansies are still flowering.

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The trees are just starting to bud and we have kept Treacle’s friend the Reindeer out!!!

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Another planter from a friend.

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I know I have shown you the Primula before but they just do so well here at the base of the wisteria.  I just love the colour.

I will be back on Thursday with hopefully some pictures of our travels in between visiting customers!!!!!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Spring!

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Platinum.

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70 Years ago today my parents said “I Do” and if they were still here would be celebrating their Platinum Wedding Anniversary!  They married on March 19th to take advantage of the then tax laws as my father would gain his married man’s allowance on April 5th!  Not very romantic but in 1949 with the country still under rationing laws from WWII every penny counted! My Dad would be 95 and my Mom would be 89 now.

My Mom’s wedding dress was made by her Mom and they saved their sugar and butter rations for my Grandmother to also make their wedding cake which was two tiers!  As everything was still expensive they only had a few wedding pictures, the above one being the best of the two of them at the Church door after they were married.  I still have the strand of pearls my mother is wearing and the good luck charms given to them on the day. 

My wedding ring with DH is the one my Dad gave to my Mom on that day 70 years ago.  DH’s ring is made from three other gold wedding rings we had from my family members who were no longer with us, thus keeping our family with us now. 

It is sad to note that thirty years after this picture my Dad passed away and five year’s later my Mom passed away, they did manage to celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary before my Dad passed.

DH and I will be celebrating on their behalf this Saturday evening with a meal.

I hope you are all having a Terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

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National Quilting Day!

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The Third Saturday in March is National Quilting Day and this year it is March 16th, tomorrow!  Unfortunately I will be out all day so I will be moving my Quilting Day to Sunday, which is also St. Patrick’s Day!  What a busy month!

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(From Kathleen’s Website : https://sentimentalquilter.blogspot.com/2019/01/happy-new-year.html)

I am busy working on the Mystery Blocks from Kathleen Tracy and her blog “A Sentimental Quilter”.  I have finished the January blocks and need to do the February one and of course March has now been released!!!  She has stated that we can choose any fabrics we like but she prefers scrappy, I have decided to make each block in different colours to see how that turns out!!!! 

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I also now have a small quilt, table topper size to make for a friend whose Birthday is at the end of April and she is celebrating a Big Birthday!  She is also a quilter so hopefully she will like it!!!! I am thinking of making it along the lines of our friends Golden Wedding Anniversary quilt from last year above, but different colours.  I really enjoyed making this and it was quick to go together but looks good.

So that is going to be my Quilting Plans.  I hope those that quilt are able to get some quilting done on National Quilting Day and for those who are looking for a new hobby I can highly recommend quilting!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

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#TBT.

Yes it is #Throw Back Thursday today and also so much news to comment on, tee hee!

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If the US celebrities accused of paying to get their children into college had done some historical films, especially about Britain, they may have learnt from our past. The wealthy in the UK used to get their children into top Universities by donating a building here and there and having their name put on it!!!!  This way the University then felt obliged to take their children even if they were as thick as custard! Generally known as “tit for tat”

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Tomorrow is Red Nose Day in the UK and there will be lots of programmes happening and collections everywhere. 

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You will all know about Brexit after Treacle’s Wednesday Wag yesterday and our politicians have managed to vote out every possible deal but still want Brexit!  Hence the above picture (it reminds me of Harry Potter)!  I don’t like to get political here but the people of Britain voted to leave the EU (no matter what margin it was) and yet the politicians are now digging their heels in because they don’t like the deal.  Which says to me that they want to make a name for themselves and not for the good of the people they represent!  However even if we had an election the other parties are only the same if not worse than what is in at the moment so we would be no better off!  It is a shame that they did not get business men and women to negotiate the deal, I think it would have been a lot better and be all done by now! Grr.

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House jobs day today, as well as some work, and tomorrow some errands to run.  The weather is supposed to be high winds and heavy rain all weekend, so it is a good job I am inside then!!!

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Ten years ago!!!!  Eldest on the left and Youngest on the right they did love dressing up especially if it involved the odd tank!!!  They were 13 and 9 and we were away for Easter in London.

Have a Thrilling Thursday, tomorrow is Friday, yeah!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

A Dog’s Eye View of Brexit on The Wednesday Wag!

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There is a lot of talk about this thing called Brexit and as far as I am concerned the biggest concern is my Bonios!  Now Bonios are made by a company whose base is in America!  So we should be okay however the parent company is in Switzerland and of course they are in the EU!  This is where my problems may begin as we have not agreed a proper exit from the EU.  So what is going to happen about my Bonios?  Will there be a shortage?  Will we have to get them on the black market?  Will the price go through the roof?  A dog needs these answers!

Mom says that my Bonio box is full and I have another new box in our store cupboard so I am good for a few months as I have one a day but that does not seem very long.  I think I will have to dig into my savings and ask her to order me two more boxes, I mean I know we are not supposed to stock pile food but really they are an essential part of my diet!!!

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I have had to retire to Mom and Dad’s bed to contemplate this terrible news! 

Mom keeps saying she is going to make me some biscuits of a recipe she has found especially for us doggies so I think I am going to have to encourage her to do that, as I cannot be without my lunchtime biscuit.

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I mean who could deny this face her biscuits?  Surely not these stupid politicians that are supposed to be running our country but seem to be out for their own ends rather than the people they are supposed to be representing!!!!!! 

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I am off my soap box now and having a snooze!  It is all just too much!

Happy Wednesday Wag!

Woof Treacle xx

Weird Weather.

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So Sunday I took the picture with a small amount of snow and this morning at 7.00am after it had just got light it was doing this!  I don’t know if you can see from the picture but it is not stopping to rain it is just coming down in bucket fulls!  In fact our small pond that we have in an old whiskey barrel is so full the little fountain can hardly work!!  DH and I will have to empty some water at the weekend.  So Treacle and I have been in all day working!!!

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Treacle has been on guard patrol.

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Watching out of the window.

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Of course you do need the odd snooze in between times.  She is now using her new quilt as a cover, especially as she has had all that fur removed and it is also freezing cold today too!!!!

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She missed this pesky thing as she was fast asleep when it paid a flying visit.  It really does not like the new bird feeders as it cannot hang on and try to get the sunflower seeds at the same time!!!!  As you can see from the size of it is not starving, it’s probably this nuisance that ate all of my snow drop bulbs! Grr!!!!!!

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I am still on my clearing out mode and slowly getting around to everything so at least by the end of Spring this year I will know that everything in our home is wanted, required and loved!!!  Well that’s the plan!!!!  Tonight I have a basket of ironing to do.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

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The March Lion!

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Here in Derbyshire March has come in like a Lion!  We have had high winds, trees down and this on Sunday morning :

We get no snow during December, January and February but March 10th? Snow!!!!  Of course two weeks before we had the hottest February since records began!!!  Crazy, crazy weather!!!

We had a wonderful evening on Saturday with our friends who came for dinner and caught up on all their news and they went home around 1.00am!!!  Needless to say we cleared up on Sunday morning!!! 

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This was Treacle on Friday last and we gave her a brush yesterday and clouds of fur was coming out and we have put it out in case the birds are starting to build their nests.  Today she was at the spa, after I had taken DH to work as his truck was in for a service today!!! 

She visited everyone at the company we work with in Nottingham this morning when we dropped DH off and before I took her for her Spa day!!!

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Here she is all washed, cut and clean for all of two seconds and about five pounds lighter now all her fur has gone!!!  Of course this week is supposed to be very cold again, it’s always the same when I get Treacle cut!!!!  She will be wearing her coat for walks!!!

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I don’t think I will be doing any gardening this week as it is forecast hailstones and more rain, very cold and high winds!!!  I have plenty to do with work and home jobs so it won’t be an issue!!  Next weekend DH is out all weekend commentating for another swimming club at their Open and I am going over to Nottingham again on Saturday morning and then in the afternoon I am doing a Safeguarding Course for swimming until 4.00pm, oh joy!  Sunday I will be able to spend the whole day in my sewing room, yeah.

Have a great week everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx