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Spring Cleaning.

I know Spring is fast coming to an end and Summer will be knocking on our door very soon but we still have six weeks of Spring before the Summer months and I have finally completed by Spring Cleaning Planner and made a start on getting the jobs done in our home. 


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This list may seem a little daunting but if you break it down into manageable jobs then you should be able to whiz through it. 

Today we have lovely warm sunshine and it will be the hottest day so far with temperatures into the 70’s but it won’t last and next week we are back to normal April temps of 50’s and because of the nice warm weather we are due thunderstorms on Saturday.  However I am making the most by getting more things washed and dried outside whilst I can.

I will put the planner on my side bar as a PDF which you can download and print and then tick the jobs off one by one.

Have a Thrilling Thursday whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.


The sun is shining, the back door is open and I am free to run in and out as I want.  I am also busy eating the long grass that Dad has not had chance to cut this week, tee hee!!!

Mom is busy washing everything in sight so if you stand still be careful or you will be put in the washing machine!


Alright Mr DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup now!

Mom says she wished she had got me into my Spa earlier this week instead of Friday as we are going to have some very warm days and then it is forecast to get cooler again after Friday when I am going to be without all my fur!!!  It always happens. 

Sorry I can’t do a long post today I need to be outside enjoying all this wonderful sunshine.

Woof, Treacle

Tuesday Thoughts!

Tuesday, Just Another Word for Monday!

Which sort of sums up the day I have had today, which followed a not very good night’s sleep.  It is amazing how not having a good night’s sleep can so affect the next day, but it does!


Today the weather has been grey and overcast and the forecasted warm weather has not materialised although it has been quite blowy so I have managed to get some extra washing done and dried outside.  There is nothing quite like the smell of laundry which has been dried outside, it’s the same as fish and chips outside!


As my Daffodils have not done very well outside I got some for inside and they are the loveliest of pale cream and custard colour.  They are just coming out and look very Spring like.

I was also sorting out pictures from my camera today and found these I forgot to show you.


A face with just a nose, nothing else!  She definitely needs that AireCut on Friday!


This was taken a couple of weeks ago when it was still very, very cold!  DH was taking her for a walk so she had her thin walking coat on instead of her very thick waterproof coat.  She was very toasty and warm when she got back.

Huge basket of ironing completed and the extra things I have washed.  I have another set of curtains to wash and hang out tomorrow when it is supposed to be very warm and I am going to wash all of Eldest’s bedding along with mattress and pillow protectors off of all the other beds, as well as the pillows.  Watch out, if you stand still in this home you will be washed!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx


Busy Bees!

It has been a very busy week and the weekend was too.   I have so many things happening at the moment I am the proverbial juggler trying to keep everything going at the moment.


So having had a crazy few months of freezing temperatures, snow and rain this week we are going to roast with temperatures in the 70’s!!!  However this means that I am going to be washing everything in sight and getting it out on the line which will be one job off the Spring Cleaning List.

Doctors Alice in Wonderland April 2018

Here is a capture off the TV of Youngest (dressed as “Alice”) in the BBC1 Soap Opera called “Doctors”!!!  It is only on for half an hour each afternoon and we were watching the episode and it got to 26 minutes and he had still not been in it and we thought it may have ended up on the cutting room floor but no here he is!!!!  He has another part in another episode later in May. 

Because of the nice weather I have been also changing over winter bedding to summer bedding, curtains etc and I have managed to get a picture of the lovely blanket our German visitors gave me.  It is now at the end of our bed.


I know I have my Book Club review to do, that will be tomorrow now.  I didn’t get our friends 40th Anniversary gift finished either, so am still doing that (!) and I have almost finished the Spring Cleaning Planner and will get that done for this week!!!  Oh Boy, you just think you are all organised and it all seems to come apart at the seams.

We had a lovely evening at our friends party on Saturday evening and saw lots of our friends, some of whom we haven’t seen for a while, so it was great to catch up with everyone. 


This is Woolly Bully at the moment!  She is booked in on Friday for her Spa Day but that will be when all the warm days have faded of course.  It always happens, I have Treacle’s haircut and it goes freezing cold again!!  I am sure she will cope over the next few days and she will love it as she can be outside all the time. 

We are very busy re-cycling her at the moment!!  What you say how can you re-cycle Treacle?  Well it is her fur actually.  As she is so long-haired at the moment we are getting quite a bit of fur out of her when she is brushed and we are putting it on the bushes in the garden for the birds building their nests.   I have been watching the Great Tits collecting it and they only have small beaks but seeing them flying away with a great piece of Treacle’s fur it is so funny. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend and will have a good week.

Hugs, Susie xx

I Am Here!


I am here!  Sorry there have been no posts this week but DH has been away at a business exhibition all week so Treacle and I have been extra busy!!!! 

I saw my Consultant yesterday and have now been discharged for good behaviour tee hee!!! 

I also know that today should be Monthly Friday Book Club but will do the post either over the weekend or on Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx


April Go Away and Bring May!


You know the old saying “rain, rain go away come again another day” well April, April go Away and Bring May now!!!!!!  It is only the 9th but I am sick of the rain already, in fact April is the only month I hate.  We had those two days last week of lovely Spring sunshine and that was it and today is more like November, cold, misty and raining.

The weekend was a wash out too, I rather over did it whilst are German visitors were here and paid the price on Saturday and spent the day in bed but was fine yesterday, which I then spent quilting instead of doing jobs.  I got a lot done for the thing I am making for our friend’s wedding anniversary which is this coming Saturday.  I will show you pictures next week of it. 

I have managed to catch up on the blogs I read and also replied to various emails that I needed to do, and have caught up with my business work having lost two days last week which was a relief.  Tonight I have a basket of ironing to do and then will have caught up with home jobs as well.  It is amazing what you can get done when you are stuck in doors!!!!


Treacle’s view of Monday morning!


“What, it’s Monday, oh good grief!”

Have a lovely week all of you.

Hugs, Susie xx

What Day of the Week is it?


Having Monday off this week as a holiday and busy with work and then our German visitors on Wednesday evening and yesterday I have completely lost the plot as to what day it is!!!! 


Our German visitors arrived on Wednesday evening and we joined them for dinner at a local Derbyshire restaurant which was a lovely evening.  Yesterday whilst the men went off to business meetings I took the ladies, Mom who is a quilter and Daughter who is a textile artist, to some quilt shops and to see Cromford Mill.

This is where Sir Richard Arkwright was the first man to run a mill with water power and produce cotton yarn in a modern way, thus creating the first modern factory system.  He ran the mill twenty four hours a day with two twelve hour shifts the majority of the staff being woman and children.  The children were aged around ten and also received six hours a week of schooling when not working.  There were approximately two hundred people employed at the mill and as this was more than who lived in the surrounding area, Sir Richard built housing near the mill for his workers to live in.  Since the Mill closed it was bought by the Arkwright Society and returned to its former glory and now houses the museum, businesses, conference centres and of course one of our local quilt shops, Quiltessential.  It is also part of the World Heritage site which includes all sixteen mills along the River Derwent. 


Our dinner on Wednesday was at Darleys which is housed in the last of the Mills in the World Heritage Site.

Whilst we toured the Mill they have hand held devices which tell you all about the history in every language which the ladies were so pleased about.

After this I drove them through Matlock Bath and Matlock to Darley Dale where our second local quilting shop is, Heir & Graces.  They have two shops very near to each other and a few months ago they had all the quilting in one and embroidery/knitting/weaving and everything else in the other.  However they decided to mix everything up which I actually did not like but at least the ladies got to visit the two shops and they did buy some fabric and so did I!!!!!!

By then the men had finished their business meetings so we decided to take them to visit Chatsworth House.  We are very lucky where we live to have great views, walks and these places to visit.  Our visitors loved the tour of the house, again with handsets in German telling them all about the history. This is our first visit since we went at Christmas and they have changed the route around the house and you now get to see some rooms you have not seen before and they have also changed the pieces around in the house.  This is why we love visiting because things change all the time.

As you can see from the pictures we had an amazing Spring day which was a relief as the previous few days it had been heavy rain and cold. 


As you know this is my most favourite room in the whole house, The Library.


After Christmas they moved the Grand Piano into the Anti-Library next to the fire place. 


I would be quite happy to just live in this section of Chatsworth!


The State Dining Room had been set with the ceremonial silver wear and was stunning


The dining room is so large that there are two fireplaces in the room but not lit as it was, dare I say, warm outside.


A view of the dining room towards the library.


This is the new chandalier which was put in place after the Christmas trees were taken down and is made of brass and I can imagine very heavy.

I managed to drive all day with no problems and walk around but with one crutch just for some support although I did not walk around the grounds.  I stopped and had a cup of tea whilst they walked which was very nice in the sunshire.  However I am quite sore today as this is the first time I have done a lot of walking since the Op.  I have my final appointment next Wednesday with my Consultant so will see what he says.  In the evening we again went out for dinner to another lovely restaurant in Derby, near the Cathedral before our visitors left early this morning to go home. 

They bought me a lovely blanket from the company where Daughter works and I will show you a picture of that when I have changed our bedding over from winter to summer.  I also got some lovely homemade keyrings.

Today is house jobs day and again the weather is very Spring like which is great because tomorrow and Sunday it is going to be raining again all day!  However that is good as I won’t feel guilty quiling all weekend when I should be gardening!  I have two things I need to get a move on with and so I will be trying to get them done as I need one of them in two weeks time!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx