Monthly Archives: July 2019

A Little Bit of Quilting.

I got a bit of quilting done last night.  Really quick and easy bag for Youngest’s Girlfriend, whose Birthday is next week.  She is actually going away at the weekend on holiday with her family, so I thought the bag might be useful!


It is an MSQC bag from one of Jenny Doan’s tutorials on You Tube.  I have made a few of these, including for myself, and I found it the right size for most jobs!


The inside of the bag, below.


I had a few squares left over and made her a bag to go in the bag!!!


I have one of these in my bag with bits and pieces in and it manages to keep my bag tidy.


I used navy blue as that is her favourite colour.

I can show you these as she does not read my blog.

I love these quick little projects as you get to quilt but they are quick finishes.  I do hope she likes them.

House jobs day today as well as work and tomorrow DH and I have a few errands to run and we are also going to see two of DH’s cousins for lunch and then in the evening we are out for dinner at some friends of ours, so am looking forward to a fun day.

Saturday the weather is set for heavy rain so DH and I can get some jobs done in our home and then Sunday the weather is supposed to be sunny and warm so we can get the garden in tip top shape before we go away on vacation.

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag!


It has been a busy few weeks and it has also been very warm so, being outside in the fresh air all day, I do need my beauty sleep at night!!!!


Here I am enjoying the sunshine and Mom was busy with her plants.  I get a tummy tickle every time she walks past!!!!


Mom’s plants in her pots are doing well this year and she has managed to stop the slugs eating them all.


Evening now so I am in my basket by Mom’s desk for a quick snooze before bed!  It’s a hard life being an Airedale you know!

Hope you are having a very Woofy Happy Wednesday!

Treacle x

Busy as Bees!

I think I have actually met myself coming back these last few weeks.  It is always the same at this time of year.  We have been busy work wise which is great, but then it was Carnival, then busy with the Swimming Club as well as all the normal things that we do in the week with home etc!!!!!!  So sorry it has been a while since I posted anything, as it is I have a few things to show you.

Last Tuesday I went with Tangent to a very good friend of ours home, Chris & Anne, who keep honey Bees and Chris gave us a talk about them.  We saw the hives and then he showed us how they extract the honey from the combs.  The Bees are fascinating creatures and the honey was lovely.  You might not think that is a strange comment but for me it is because I hate honey, however this honey tasted really nice!!!!!


One of the hives under their apple tree.


The trays in the box where the bees make the combs and store the honey.


The perfectly made combs.


The comb ready for the wax to be taken off to get to the honey inside.


The comb in the centrifuge,  Two go in at a time to be spun.


Hand spinning to get the honey out, a two person job!!!!


The wax off the combs, which can then be used to polish your furniture!


The wax melted into a tub ready for use.


The combs are now empty and ready to go back for the bees to fill them again.


The honey from the centrifuge being strained.


Here is the honey ready to be poured into warm jars and sealed.

The honey is only collected for a short period of time in the summer and then the rest is left for the bees over the winter and suplimented by sugar water to ensure that the hive is healthy and happy.

We had a great evening, everyone had brought a dish to share and it was good to catch up with everyone. 

I know I missed Book Club last Friday so it will be on this Friday.  Sorry I have not been posting but it has been really hectic here!!!

Hugs, Susie xx


MoneyBank Savings.

Last July (where did the Year go?) I signed up for the 6th Annual Piggy Bank Challenge at Val’s Quilting Studio here.  Well on Saturday we Opened them to see how much money we have saved over the year, to spend on anything Quilt related.  Last year I did well and the money I saved I took to the Festival of Quilts show in Birmingham at the beginning of August.  Well I intend to do the same this year.


Here is my Piggy Bank, Mr Pig!  Actually he was my Grandmother’s Mr Pig.

Piggy Bank Money 2019

I have emptied him and over the year I changed the coins into notes as he is not a very big piggy and he was getting full with the coins!!!! 

Anyhoo I have a grand total of £150 ($188) and can’t wait to spend it at the upcoming quilt show!  In fact I do need some more material for Eldest and Fiancé’s wedding quilt which I have almost got the top pieced.  I need some more material for the back and I got all the material for the quilt at the show last year. 

I love the idea of saving your change and any spare money you have for quilting projects and of course if you want to save for something big what a great way of saving for it.  I will show you what I buy eventually.

Hop on over to Val’s blog to see how everyone else has done.

Hugs, Susie xx

A Very Busy Few Days.

It was a very busy Carnival Week and we were very fortunate with the weather, no event had to be cancelled or moved due to the weather.  Friday turned into chaos and to add to it I had to take Treacle to the Vets as she was feeling out of sorts.  Neither we nor the Vet knows what is wrong with her and as far as the Vet can tell there isn’t anything wrong! We have had some bloods taken to make sure but as soon as we came back she was bouncing around like a one month old!!!!!!!


Carnival Parade.

Saturday was the main day and DH was down at the park by 6.00am and got home at about 7.00pm.  I was going to go over to Nottingham for a little light (or heavy!) shopping but woke with a bad head so decided that it was not the best idea! 

Sunday DH was again out all day at an Open Water event in Nottingham and I spent the day quilting.  Treacle is fine and skipping about!

As DH had been very busy he was working at home today and clearing up the few things after the weekend.  However we got a phone call from our farmer friend in the Village who needed help with baling, especially before the rain which is due at the end of the week.

Tom Baling July 2019

I was due to help driving a tractor but he had run out of baling machines so DH went off with the tractor and did three fields.  It was a good job I didn’t go as Youngest was sent home from work with breathing difficulties and an extremely sore throat and other issues.  I then took him to our Doctor and it turns out he has an infected tonsil on one side so now has a dose of antibiotics!  We didn’t get home until 6.30pm and DH was out at another meeting tonight and I had done nothing towards dinner!!!!!

We have another busy week with Business and things happening at night and next weekend again!  I am very much looking forward to our vacation in August!  I know we shouldn’t wish the weeks away but I am towards our holiday!!!!


I am out tomorrow evening at Tangent and we are going to a friends house where they have bee hives and collect their honey.  The weather is still supposed to be nice so hopefully we will have a good evening.  I will try and get some pictures.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a great week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Happy July 4th!


To All My American Friends & Followers

Have a very Happy 4th of July.


Hugs, Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest, Fiancé & Treacle xxxxx


For #TBT DH, Eldest & Youngest at The American Adventure, Epcot in 2010!!! 


My Boys and I outside Cinderella’s Castle 2008!


Old Glory

The Wednesday Wag.


I am loving the warm weather at the moment although all the fresh air is making me very tired at night!!!!!


It is very cool first thing in the morning on my deck half way up the garden and from here I can still see what Mom is doing in the kitchen!!!


Wimbledon is on at the moment and when I was on the bed watching TV with Mom I was watching the tennis balls go from one end to the other!  They just need to hit me a few!!!!!  Mom says I cannot have any more tennis balls at the moment as there are about seven in the garden somewhere!!!!


I did sneak in this morning and catch forty winks in my basket whilst Mom was at her desk, I need to catch up on my sleep sometime!!!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful Summer Woofy Wednesday.

Treacle x