Monthly Archives: April 2021

Friday Findings.

I knew this was going to happen, especially as we did not get to go away at Easter but spent the time decorating.  I now have two books from my Book Year with Heywood Hill to read!!!!  I also have a rather packed To Read shelf already as Eldest caught me up with the Clive Cussler books I have missed!!!  I love nothing but reading for hours when I can but at the moment we still have quite a few jobs to do around our home, so I am reading when I can!!!!  Here are March & April’s books.

Normally as I am at home all the time I get to open all the boring post which of course is usually bills so it is really nice to get these parcels, it’s like having your Birthday or Christmas once a month!!

I am going to get all my normal jobs done today and then clear our dining room so we are able to start painting tomorrow and Sunday and get everything put back and tidy on Monday.  Well it’s a plan!!! 

It was the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s tenth wedding anniversary yesterday and I remember we were in Scotland for the Easter holidays and we all watched it.  When you look back over those ten years and see what has happened it really does focus your mind on what can happen in a decade.  

We were staying at Foulis Castle, seat of Clan Munro. We had a wonderful two weeks and the weather was amazing.   Corinne & Gordon came round for dinner and it was so nice we played baseball in the fields after.

The window overlooking the Courtyard.

The kitchen with the old baking oven and the log burner.  I used this chair a lot whilst we were there, reading of course. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up and I will be back on Tuesday, no doubt with paint in my hair!!! I am a messy painter!!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx



Throw back to both Boys at their Sixth Form Balls at this time of year.  Both 18 in these pictures albeit four years apart!!!!  They do scrub up well!!!!


Youngest and Girlfriend were out walking Ralphy Puglet at the weekend and came across this:

You can see the black tracks, train tracks. running down the road.

Here is the other end of the tracks and as you can see, hanging over the edge of the quarry.  You can see how big this is from the diggers at the base of the drop.  Apparently this is for the latest “Mission Impossible” film and no doubt for Tom Cruise to hang off the train as it goes off the cliff!!!!  We do not know when they will be filming here but no doubt it will be whenever we won’t be around!!!!  

Do you ever have one of those days which is all planned out and you get up with the aim of getting that list completed and then it all goes to pot?  Well that is my day today!!!  I was going to get lots done today and nothing has gone right all day.  At least I have tomorrow to try and rectify things.  One thing for sure I WILL NOT sit down at my desk or answer any of my phones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I do hope you lovely lot are having a better day. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Wednesday Really?!!!

The Wednesday Wag.

It is blooming cold at the moment so my door is not open all day for me to run in and out as normal so I am spending my days in my basket next to Mom’s desk!!!!  It is not normally this cold at this time of year and guess what?  Mom has booked me in for a Spa day next Wednesday!!!! I mean really?!!!!!!!    I am really hoping that we are going to get some warm Spring weather soon.


Tuesday disappered in a cloud of work and I did actually get an appointment with my hairdresser to get my hair coloured and cut!!!  So I don’t look like the above any more!!

It was announced yesterday that Molly and Jacob have both made the Olympic GB Team for swimming!!!  To make the team is a great achievement and we wish them the best of luck in Tokoyo.  Molly went to the last Olympics but this will Jacob’s first time and what a trip for a sixteen year old.


I watched the funeral of HRH Prince Philip and here are some stills of the day.  Although cold it really was a stunning day with the sun shining.

The Bands playing on the Inner Courtyard. The Land Rover specially designed by Prince Philip to carry his coffin.

The Royal Marine Band marching through the George IV Gateway to the Inner Courtyard.

St George’s Chapel.

The Royal Family waiting to walk behind the coffin.

The Round Tower.

The Queen and her Lady in Waiting leave the Church to return to the private apartments.

The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of Cambridge, The Princess Royal and The Dean of Windsor, David Conner.

The Royal Family walk back up the hill to the main part of Windsor Castle.


At the weekend, which is three days, DH and I will be painting our dining room and getting other jobs done.  The weather is not supposed to be very good but this is not a surprise as it is a Bank Holiday and it always rains on Bank Holidays in the UK.  At least we are doing inside jobs.  I hope your week is going well.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Literary Monday.

I have been doing some reading over the weekend, in between getting some of the Spring Cleaning done!!!  I have a Stephen King book on the go at the moment and he is back to his normal self thank goodness, I will review it next month.

Great Book Shop Window!  Quite agree book collecting is not a hobby!!!! 

This picture was taken by Elle Croft, you can find the article here.  It is the desk from The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles.  How great is that desk or is it?  Should old books be used in this way?  It is always a huge debate of what to do with old books which are not worth anything and are perhaps damaged but it still looks good!  Elle’s article is really good, go check it out. 

I hope you all had a great weekend.  We had a lovely evening on Friday with Girlfriend’s family, an outdoor BBQ and the weather was good.  We saw the Puglets as I call them, Dotty and Ralphy, and it was so, so nice to go out socially and for me to get out of our home!!!!!  Saturday was spent Spring Cleaning the kitchen which always takes an age to do, as there are so many fiddly bits, cupboards etc.  But it was done thank goodness!!  I love it when it is done but not so much when I am in the middle of it!!!!! 

Have  a wonderful week. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

St George’s Day

Today is St. George’s Day, Patron Saint of England.  There is never as much happening today, unlike St. Patrick’s Day, but we are still proud of St. George and of course the Dragon.  We don’t know if he had a name like the one in Harry Potter or the ones in Game of Thrones but in the depiction below he looks to be quite a small dragon!!!

I managed to get all my home jobs done yesterday and grocery shopping will be tomorrow as tonight we are all out as a family at Girlfriend’s Mom’s home for a BBQ!  We are all adhering to the current Covid rules and fortunately today is a lovely, and warm, Spring day so we can be outside without fear of rain!! 

The weekend we are going to get some more of the Spring cleaning jobs done and hopefully a little gardening as well.  Make the most of the weather and time before everything starts to ramp up again!!!! 

I hope whatever you lovely lot are up to this weekend you have a great time and still stay safe. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!  Sorry for lack of posts this week but I have been trying to get a lot done and catch up on things, almost got there, still have a few things left to do!!!! Friday tomorrow, yeah!!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx



It’s Friday!

I am glad it is Friday it has seemed one of those long weeks!! I know they are all the same length but sometimes they really do feel very long!!! 

Our swimming began on Wednesday and the swimmers are glad to be back in the pool.  At the London Acquatic Centre they are currently hosting time trials to qualify for the Olympic Squad this year and our swimmer, Molly, swam the 200m Breastroke final last night and won with a time of 2:20.89 which is a new British Record and well under the qualifying times for the squad!  Jacob Whittle, also from our Club, swam the heats of the 100m Free this morning and is in the final tonight with the fifth fastest time.  Well done both.

We have had a bit of controversy over the last few years in Derbyshire regarding a certain private school who’s new headmaster swept in and declared that they would become the centre of excellence for swimming in the whole country.  Since then they have “poached” swimmers from various Clubs, employed a former Olympic coach from abroad and done everything they can to boost their Club.  So it was quite funny in the heats yesterday morning at the Olympic trials for their only swimmer, swimming the 200m fly, to finish the final 50m doing front crawl!!!  He was of course disqualified!!!  Perhaps instead of being so up oneself they need to tell their swimmers that if they are racing a stroke you don’t change half way through!!!!!  I am sure they will claim that as he was last anyway he probably hurt his shoulders and was swimming down!!!!  Yes that may be the case but it still looked ridiculous! 

Tomorrow is the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and there has been a lot said about who will attend because at the moment only 30 people can attend a funeral!  He always said he did not want a lot of fuss and the current situation has meant that there won’t be.  It is one of those days that you just have to get through and I am sure it will be the same for HM The Queen and the Royal Family.  We will be watching. 

I have managed to get our home jobs done and am ploughing my way through the mountain of washing!  Hopefully tomorrow I can get some more Spring Cleaning done and a few other things.  The weather is due to still be cool, roll on warm Spring sunshine we are definitely lacking and missing it this year. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


Eleven years ago today we were in Orlando for our second holiday in the US.  We had the most wonderful time and of course ended up there ten days longer because of that volcano in Iceland that no one can pronounce!!!!!!  I thought I would show you some Thursday Throw Back pictures of then, of course you may have seen them before but hey it is throw back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our visit to NASA, Youngest was stood on the box to reach the picture face and only just managed it!!!  The Boys were fourteen and ten!

The Three Amigos!

DH and I in the queue for Splash Mountain.

The Disney Castle and fireworks.

Discovery Cove for the day, a beach in the city.

They were always water babies!!!

The blue of the sky and the green of the trees. 

We have all said that when this wretched Covid thing is over and travel hopefully returns to normal we will go back as we really did have a great time and DisneyWorld really is a place you can visit no matter how old you are!!! 

Been busy today with work and as it is still very cold, my body does not know what to do with itself and it feels like going back into hibernation mode!!!!  I really hope we get some warm days soon.  Tomorrow is home jobs day and grocery shopping.  Yeah!!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

My Favourite Disney Character!

The Wednesday Wag.

Mom was looking back at photographs from last year when the beginning of April was really warm!  Unlike this year at the moment it is really cold.  We have lots of sunshine but it is very cold.  This is me last year in the garden in the warm sunshine.

We also had the garden furniture out as it was so nice!

Another picture of the garden as it was starting to wake up in the sunshine.

Mom did leave the door open for a while this morning so I could run in and out but it then got too cold.  I have been spending the rest of the day in my basket next to Mom’s desk as you can see, I am pretty “chilled” about it!!!!!!! 🙂

I hope you are having a very Happy, Woofy Wednesday.  It will soon be the weekend when all my Boys and Girlfriend will be home!!!!

Woof, Treacle xx

Tuesday Thoughts.

There is a lot being talked about at the moment regarding the easing of lockdown and whether some of us don’t really want lockdown to end!!!  After a year of restrictions with a few gaps where we could go out, we humans seem to have gotten used to staying home!!  Of course my working from home for the past twenty odd years has sort of conditioned me to working like this, so it has not been such a change for me. 

Yesterday, the first day that non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and pubs could open there were queues at all of them! Rather sad to see lots of people in the pubs at 8.00am!!!  Today has also been the same with queues forming waiting for the doors to open and to help out the shops can stay open until 10.00pm if they want to.  I think I will give it a few weeks before I venture out to the shops though!!!!

Work is still busy which is good news after all the chaos of the last year and I am trying to fit in doing things as well.  It is great that it is getting light early now so I don’t feel as bad getting up early in the morning.  The weekend looks like it is going to be nice although still cold, so I have plans for Spring Cleaning jobs to be done and I have also bought a new raised bed for my few veg plants I grow, so that will be another job to put that together.  No doubt the Boys will be asking DH to help with their cars, so we can fit that in too.  Girlfriend has two competitions at the weekend too so it is all go!!!  

This is what the new raised bed will look like when it is built.  As you can see you can add on to it if you want to. 

I hope you are all having a great week. 

Hugs & Love, Susie