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Easter Holidays #TBT.

As it is almost Easter 2019 and it is #TBT I thought I would do a few pictures from Easter over the years.

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2018 Easter table at home.

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Easter 2006 – DH, Youngest & Eldest on the Jacobite Queen cruising into Loch Ness, Youngest was six and Eldest was ten.

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Easter 2009 – Youngest, Eldest and DH in London for the holidays.  Youngest was nine and Eldest was thirteen. 

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Easter 2014 – Scotland and Girlfriend was with us for the holidays.  Eldest was eighteen and Youngest was fourteen. 

I have finished all my Home jobs already (8.30am) and DH is actually at home which is a good thing as the skip is arriving this morning!  I have the grocery shopping to do for the weekend and a few other errands to run but so far I am ahead of the game.

The weather forecast for today and the rest of the Easter weekend is set to be very warm with sunshine, temperatures reaching 71°F, warmer than some holiday destinations.  This actually makes a change because usually when we have one of these long weekends it is rainy and horrible.  At least with the nice weather we can also get some gardening done too!!!

I hope whatever you are up to today, Maundy Thursday, you have a great day.

Hugs, Susie xx

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GOT.

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Not I didn’t stay up to watch the first episode of the Final Season of Game of Thrones and surprisingly enough I did not wake up at 3.00am like I have been doing, it was 4.00am instead today!!!!!!!!

Was it worth it?  Not sure yet!  It was good and it was great to see all of the characters in one place, Winterfell, finally after eight years but it was really setting the stage for the final episodes. 

Do I have any predictions of what is going to happen?  If it was the book and knowing what has happened in the previous books I would suspect George R.R. Martin would kill off some major characters but not too sure with the TV show.  Who will end up on the Iron Throne?  My prediction is that they will kill Jon Snow off and it will stick this time and Daenerys will rule as Queen of a united land, Cersei will die at the hand of her brother (and former lover).  We only have seven more episodes to wait to see if I am right!!!!

It will be interesting to see what happens in the final book when it is finally released as there are a lot of sub-plots which of course have not been put in the series otherwise it would be going on for years.

Had a busy day today with work and had to pop out and do some shopping for the Easter weekend and then go and see a friend to help with something se needed.  The weather has been sunny but cool but the weekend is due to be very warm which will be great for clearing out the attic!!!!

Have a great week.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Susie’s Friday Book Club.

There are many, many book clubs and despite being any avid reader I have never joined because having talked to people who do belong to Book Clubs they tell me about the books they choose and they sound dreadful to me!!!!  I read to be entertained and escape not to be depressed and it seems that a lot of the Clubs choose “meaningful” books which I am sure would make me feel down!

Now to my question; should I always on my Monthly Friday Book Club only give you reviews of books I have enjoyed or should I tell you the negative about a book I have been reading? 

My reason for asking this is the book, below, I have just read and did not enjoy and to be quite honest feel it was mis-described!

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I had read an article about this book and it sounded wonderful.  James Pope-Hennessy had been asked to write the Biography of Queen Mary after she passed away and he spent years interviewing and speaking to friends and relatives about her.  Eventually his manuscript was put forward to be read by The Queen, it was approved and duly published.  However he had taken extensive notes and information which did not appear in the book and he said that they should not be published until fifty years after his death. 

So his notes about Queen Mary and her life were drawn together and published in this book.  From what I read I expected it to have details about her life which gave you a different view of her and some exciting bits of information which did not appear in the authorised tome!  It didn’t.  In fact every chapter is about Pope-Hennessy travelling and staying with the Royal Families of Europe and various aristocracy in Britain and being told the same thing that Queen Mary was reserved and quite formidable.  Therefore no new information than what was in the original.  The only slightly different bit of information was that she was actually in love with another man before she was betrothed to Royalty but nothing happened and that was it.

It was a great disappointment and in fact I did not finish it, which is not like me at all.  So I am sorry that this is not a good review but hopefully if this book had peaked your interest you may think twice.  If you did want to read it wait for it to appear in second-hand book shops for a fraction of the cost or for your local library to get it in i.e. don’t waste your money!!!!

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We, at home, had a fraught start to the day!  DH got up at 5.00am and how a shower and left to go to work.  Youngest got up at 6.30am to get a shower and then I was getting up when he realised we had no water!  He managed to get a stand up wash with what was left in the tank and that was it!  A water main had burst and so we had no water until 2.00pm.  At least it wasn’t Monday morning, I think it would have been worse then!!!

We have home jobs to do over the weekend including Spring  Cleaning our bedroom to get it ready for our new bed which is going to be delivered the week after Easter!  Can’t wait!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

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#TBT.

A bit of a different #TBT today.  In 2017 I was busy in our kitchen by the window when I saw something run across the top of our garden but it was too fast to see.  Anyway after a little while it appeared from under the bushes and Youngest managed to get a picture of it, below.  We think it is a Snipe and had obviously gotten tired so touched down in our garden for a rest.  By the afternoon he had left again.

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Anyway this morning after having finished cleaning our kitchen at 5.30am, don’t ask, I saw this gentleman in the middle of our lawn!!!!

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Again I think he must have gotten tired and decided to touch down for a rest!!!!  After a couple of hours he had departed.

I think there must be some sign for our garden, which only Birds can see, which says Rest Stop!!!!  Perhaps I will have to start charging, tee hee.

I was supposed to meet another friend this morning for coffee but unfortunately her daughter was poorly so she is spending her day off work at the hospital!!!  It always happens.  Although that has meant that I have got a lot done this morning.  Yesterday I just about worked myself to a standstill trying to get work finished and then I had a whole year of business books to be shredded so that the current business year we are in can go away at the end of June.

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This is what a whole year of our business looks like shredded!!!  Four and a half bags of shredding which will go for recycling!!!  I was so pleased to have got that job out-of-the-way as it is one of those once a year jobs I really hate doing!!!!

It is also the time of year when I need to start all the paperwork for the swimming club quality mark submission.  It gets reviewed at the beginning of September but I must have it all uploaded before we go away in August, so always aim to have it all done by the end of July.   I decided to start even earlier this year and try to get a head of it and get it uploaded by June.  Well it’s a plan!!!

Tomorrow I have errands to run and the grocery shopping to do and a basket of ironing but this weekend DH and I have no other events on so we can get some of the jobs done around our home and garden, if the weather is kind.  At the moment here in Derbyshire it is very sunny but cool.  Treacle, however is outside enjoying the sunshine.

I hope you are having a very Happy Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.

We have had quite a few nice days with warm sunshine so I have been out and about and in my garden, Mom has let me have the back door open so I can come and go as I want to.

On Saturday the weather was nice too so Dad, Mom and I went to Chatsworth House for a walk in their gardens.  The Duke always has sculpture displays in the garden each year and this year the theme is the Dog!  Quite appropriate for me.  They also have a new puppy called Henry, who has his own Instagram Account – Chatswoof here https://www.instagram.com/chatswoof/?hl=en.

Here are pictures of my walk.

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Come with me for a walk around Chatsworth Gardens.

This is one of the Dog Statues at the head of the Emperor Fountain.

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Mom loves this picture of Chatsworth House and the grounds and the vista.

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The Daffodils were all out

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Also some statues of deer, although there is a big deer herd in the main grounds of Chatsworth.

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More Daffodils  appearing.

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We stopped half way ground for a break and of course the odd biscuit or three!

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Any more biscuits Mom?

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One of the new garden displays with water.

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Come on Mom I need to explore over there.

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The house from the side.

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Biscuit stop!

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Another of the dog statues and I thought this was real so started barking at him to warn him off, Mom and Dad just laughed!!!!

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Chatsworth in the sunshine.

It was a lovely morning walking and then we had lunch at Chatsworth before heading home.  Mom and Dad have a few more weekends free so we can go for some more long walks exploring.

I hope you are having a very happy Woofy Wednesday.

Treacle x