Monthly Archives: October 2023

Coco’s Corner & Another Tuesday!

You will never guess what happened to me a week ago?  I was taken to my Doctors and my Hoomans left me!  They came and fetched me in the evening and in between something happened! (Coco you went to be spayed)Then I had to wear this blow up collar thing (Coco it is much better than the cone of shame the Vets give you).  I then got taken back to my Doctors yesterday and they examined me all over again and declared I was well and truly well and I did not have to wear the collar any more!  I do not want to do that again! (Don’t worry Coco you won’t have to do that again!)

It has been very wet here and so I have not been out as much and especially after the Doctor’s visit but I have had chance to lounge in my bed and snuggle!  There is more rain forecast for the rest of the week too so I won’t be moving much.  At the weekend we had a home full with Eldest, Youngest their partners and the Girls as well as Mom and Dad.  I had great fun with them all.

Mom is waiting to take me to the Spa now for a few weeks and trying to time it with Christmas coming up!  Can’t wait for my Spa day!


I cannot believe where the days are going to.  No sooner do I get up in the morning on Monday I find it is Friday evening and another week has flown by!  I know we are busy but it is getting a bit silly. I have had a cold over the last few days, and felt quite drained but still working.  Last Friday we went out with friends for dinner and the restaurant was okay but extremely busy and very noisy so it was hard to talk!  Saturday everyone was at home as it was DH’s Birthday on Sunday, but he was going to be out at a swimming event so we had dinner on Saturday evening.  It was great night. 

It is a quiet business week this week, which has meant I have been able to get some other jobs done too.  DH was supposed to be at the Borough Firework display this weekend but they have had to cancel it due to all the rain we have had and still to come, so the ground is water logged and it would not be safe. 

Happy Halloween!

Today is Halloween and it is not raining at the moment so we may get some Trick or Treaters!  In fact it is also Half Term Holiday here for the children so that may help.  I have put the Boys’ X-Rays up just for a bit of fun!  They noticed when they came for dinner on Saturday!

Eldest has been to the Hospital today for a checkup on his shoulder and all is fine.  He already knows that he is hyper mobile in the shoulders and he will just have to be careful but at least he does not need to do anything else!


So as DH does not have to be out, we have a weekend in.  As you can imagine this is rare at this time of year so I am determined to make the most of it and not spend the day discussing what we need to do and getting zero done!!!

Christmas is coming up fast and I am seeing more and more Christmas things; adverts, catalogues coming in the post and the shops are being decked out!  I have got quite a few gifts already and I need to start wrapping and sorting out our Christmas card list too.  I am also getting a lot of emails about events happening, Christmas markets, concerts and light switch on’s.  We have quite a few coming up so the diary is getting quite full. 

I hope your week is going well you lovely lot. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Coco xxx

The Universe Is Having A Laugh!

I think the Universe has it in for us at the moment!  You know how you go along and everything is fine and then suddenly you get weeks of things just not being right, well last week was one of those!  The week started off well enough when Jayne and I went out for a very nice lunch and a lovely catch up.  Then I was with Eldest at his work to get his jobs done and then Thursday I was having a much needed haircut! 

We are still having to cope with the bathroom only having our bath, shower and sink in it as the Plumbers cannot start the work until the end of November.  We are still waiting for the Plasterer to come and fix the ceiling and Friday the Roofer should have been here to do the roof.   However all last week they were warning us of the Storm Babet (silly name) which could affect us over the weekend. 

Thursday evening it started to rain and never stopped until midday on Saturday!  The laugh is that our water authority had been sending out emails saying we needed to conserve water still as the stocks were only 75% full!  Well after last week we don’t need anymore water!  We are very fortunate as we live on a hill and I am so glad we do because here is what happened.

This is the River Derwent which runs to the south of our village.  This is where it runs through the centre of Derby.  By the end of Friday you could not see the steps.

This is the road leading into the city centre which they closed at 2.00pm as it was completely flooded.

This is in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

The above picture and below are our village.  Above the curly bit with the trees around it is the river and you can seen how it has burst and taken over the fields.  It is meant to do this as it is the floodplain.

The big green area is the village park where the Carnival is held and the road in front of it so the water did not quite get there.

This is where Youngest used to work in Derby and as you can see the water is very high here and it is still like that today!

In the midst of all this I get a phone call from Eldest to say that he is on his way in a police car to the Hospital as he managed to fall over going to a fire call and dislocated his other shoulder!  With all the flooding I had not been intending on going out but went to the hospital and after waiting for an hour to try and park found him in A&E.  Yes he had dislocated it!  They got it put back and then I took him home!  DH came over as his event on Friday evening had been cancelled and so had the Saturday evening one as well because of all the chaos!  I didn’t get all my home jobs done because of spending three hours at the hospital and then helping him and Suzie sort out at home.  Saturday was chaos as well and Sunday we did manage to go out with our friends for Sunday lunch which was great after all of this!

I am now running to catch up with everything this week!  Friday we are out with another set of friends and Saturday we are having a family dinner as it is DH’s Birthday on Sunday but he is out then at another swimming event (!).  I think it is going to be like this from now until Christmas! 

How is your week going? 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Coco xx

What A Week!

This is today’s weather here and it is getting colder this weekend, more like October.

Although we live in a village which is semi-rural we are not in the back of beyond but the amount of power cuts we have is amazing.  The other day for no reason the power went off, came back on for a second, off again, on again and then off for an hour!  Of course at this time of year it gets dark early so we were plunged into darkness.  Having now lived here for over twenty years I am prepared and have battery camping lanterns stored.  However the one side affect of this was my computer threw a wobbly and so I have had no computer since Tuesday!  So sorry for lack of posts but I was not on line!!!!

Little Miss has had a busy week and I am still trying to get her in for an Airecut as she is getting very woolley and of course if I do get her in it will then be freezing!

We have decorated for Halloween but I just have a couple of more things to do and then I can show you!  Quite enjoying watching spooky films on TV whilst ironing, which was my job last night as I had a huge basketful and people needed clothes for the weekend.

I am not political in my posts but like 9/11 the attack this week on Israel has been appalling.  It has always been, since I was very young, a very conflicted area which is down to politics and religion but innocents being slaughtered, especially babies, is dreadful.

Whether you want to or not, Chirstmas things are happening!  I am getting emails about booking things in time for Christmas, emails about Christmas goods now being available, emails about Christmas food on the shelves!  So if you are one of those persons who does not do Christmas until December 1st then I think you will find Christmas is here already!!!  Last night I got a request from my lot about some mince pies; And so it begins!!!

I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you are up to.  DH has a swimming event all day tomorrow so I will be hopefully doing some more quilting and of course getting ready for next week.  Jayne and I are going out for lunch, DH has the Charter Fair where he commentates on Thursday, a swimming event on Friday evening and then we are out with friends on Sunday for lunch, so a lovely week to come.  Work as always too of course! 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Coco xx




So on Instagram today someone said there were only ten more Monday mornings before Christmas!  Of course there are in fact eleven weeks until Christmas which I think sounds much better!  We have only just got into Autumn but Christmas things are starting to appear everywhere, including the shops!

We went to Goose Fair on Friday but did not go round the fair as Eldest & Partner (who is expecting) did not want to walk round so we did a drive by (!) but I did get some pictures.

Saturday was a busy day and then in the evening we were at the pool for the swimming championships.  The swimmers had a good time and there were several PBs’ and even three new records were set.  Sunday we got some jobs done and were back again at the pool for the second event.  Again lots of PBs’ and two more new records. 

This week we have a fairly quiet week with work and next weekend DH is out all day Sunday at another Club’s event and Saturday we will hopefully get more jobs done.  Our weather is weird still and we have warm days and a drops cooler at night but the weekend is supposed to be cooler still.  Everyone of course is saying it is global warming etc.  I have decided not to read or listen to the news now it is just so depressing.  I know we should not put our heads in the sand but I just need a break sometimes! 

I did watch the three series of the above over the weekend, whilst ironing etc, and it is great.  Nothing taxing in it but well written and three great actors.  It is on Disney + here in the UK.

Have a great week you lovely lot. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Coco xx


Coco’s Corner.

I have been having a very busy week with Mom.  She has been doing her quilting in Eldest’s room and I have one of my Beds in there with her.  In fact it is not her sewing room at all, it is my bedroom and I am allowing her to sew in there. Eldest definitely said it was my bedroom when he moved out!

Here I am making sure Mom does the ironing correctly.  I am very keen that she gets all the creases out of the clothes and make sure they are folded correctly.

Here I am helping Mom at night taking her make up off.  I am very keen on the lotions and potions she uses as they smell very yummy!  Occasionally she will put a little bit of lotion on my nose!

The cats have been very annoying in the last few days so I have been very keen to make sure they exit the garden quickly.  I was quite interested in the squirrel and do not bark at him like I do at the cats!

We are having some works done soon at home in the Bathroom so Mom has booked me into the Kennels as she says it will be better for me to be there as it will be busy and she does not want me in my crate all day everyday for ten days!!!  I am looking forward to it as I get to see all the other doggies.

I hope you are having a wonderful Woofy Week.  Coco xxxx

It’s October!

Can anyone tell me where September went to?  I honestly don’t know!  It flew by and hardly stopped in the middle!  So here we are October! 

Things are hotting up with swimming events which means DH is busy.  This weekend it is the swimming club’s Championship events on Saturday and Sunday and I will be helping out with the timing.  Before that we have a few jobs to get done too.

Friday night is date night with DH and it is that time of year when Goose Fair arrives in Nottingham.

For those of you who follow my blog know this is a family tradition of going to Goose Fair and both Boys went before they were born!  However we are now fair weather visitors, if it is pouring with rain we usually just drive past to see the lights!!! 

For those new to my Blog, Goose Fair is one of the oldest fairs in the UK.  The earliest record was from 1164 when King Henry II granted a charter to Lenton Priory allowing them to hold a fair to celebrate Martinmas (St. Martin’s Day 11th November).  In the Charter it actually banned all other fairs in the area.  A century later King Edward I granted another charter for a separate fair to be held on St. Matthew’s Day which flourished especially in Tudor times.  Since 1284 it has been held on an annual basis and has only been cancelled three times; once because of the outbreak of Bubonic plague, it was cancelled for the duration of World War I and finally in 2020 because of Coronavirus.  However it did happen during World War II.

The name of Goose Fair came about because of the farmers and poulterers who would drive their Geese, numbers of 20,000, into Nottingham to be sold at the fair.

It used to take place in Nottingham Market Square in front of The Nottingham Exchange and then The Nottingham Council House which was completed in 1929.  The Fair by this time had grown so large with stalls selling other products, rides, side shows and things to eat and drink it was decided to move it to the Forrest Recreation Ground just outside the city centre.  Although it was an unpopular move with the locals at the time, it actually meant that there was more room and therefore more attractions.

When my family and I went there were still the old side shows on; Mouse Town, The Bearded Lady, The Snake Man, The Wall of Death, Gypsy Rose Lee etc.  Sadly they have now gone and made way for more rides.  Although there are still a lot of stalls selling sweets, food and other goods which is great and also the famous mushy peas with mint sauce! I love going and of course it was where DH and I had our first date all those years ago, well 1986!  It is one of those events that screams Autumn to me.

Coco in the sewing room with me!

DH was out all weekend at swimming and now don’t faint but I actually got some quilting done!  I have a Baby quilt to get done as the baby has already arrived and I want to get it done before she starts school!!!!!  It is our Boys Godparents, their first Grandchild, a little girl called Darcy.  I will show you when it is finished.  I will also take pictures of my sewing room as it is now a little bit more organised, but I still have some things to do! 

The other thing which screams Autumn to me is the Masterchef Australia programme which shows in the UK at this time of year. It was a huge favourite of the Boys too as it was on at dinner time and we used to watch the contestants making the dishes.  I don’t like any of the other versions of Masterchef including the UK one, only this one. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Coco xx