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
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
This is one of the Books that Eldest bought me for Mother’s Day. I tend to read a Clive Cussler book when I want some adventure reading and when I don’t have to follow a very complicated plot!
This is one of the Oregon Files books when Juan Cabrillo and the team investigate the appearance of an old motor yacht in a dried up sea thousands of miles away from where it was last seen. It also involves the theory of “The Philadelphia Experiment”, did it actually work or was it a hoax? The team in their extraordinary ship come up against a weird blue light in the ocean when it flips a modern yacht, is this what was used all those years ago or is this something new using old technology? It is a race against time to stop the Russion General before he takes over the Kremlin.
I have almost finished the book and I loved it as I have all his other books.
It has been a busy old weekend doing home jobs and today has seen the next stage of opening things back up again and apparently there have been long queues at shops and restaurants!!!! Needless to say I am not going just yet. The weather has turned bitterly cold again (!) and it was snowing a little bit over the weekend! I am still wearing my winter wardrobe!!!!!!!!!!!
It is going to be a busy week with work as usual and I am trying to get some spring cleaning done in between times as well but with it being so cold I am finding my motivation is a little lacking!!! Swimming begins again tomorrow and lets hope things will continue.
Have a wonderful week you lovely lot.
Hugs & Love, Susie xx
This is Leakeys Book Shop in Inverness! It sells second hand books and you can spend hours in here. As you can see they also have a large log burner and it is great on cold days!!!
It was a busy weekend and I was told, in no uncertain terms, to not lean against the wall or slide down it which I normally do when I am on my mat!!!! I don’t know what Dad and Mom mean!!!
I was banished to the garden for a little while but I loved that as it was nice and warm and no one was keeping an eye on me, tee hee!!! I also spent quite a bit of time looking for the creature which is living under our garden steps.
I didn’t find it but I am sure it is busy now that the better weather is here. Although last night it snowed again and actually settled!!! It was quite a shock to the paws! It has all gone now but Mom is hoping that we won’t get any more as it has shocked all the plants which were just getting used to the warmer weather.
Next weekend Mom is going to be busy cleaning so no doubt I will be asked to help out again, it is such a busy time of year!!!!!!
I hope you are having a wonderful Woofy Wednesday.
DH and I managed to get the hall, stairs and landing decorated over the weekend!!! It is one of those jobs where there does not seem to be a lot to do but there is an horrendous amount of woodwork to gloss paint!!! That took us all day Saturday to do, we got the walls done on Sunday and tidied up and got everything put back on Monday! We even managed to keep Treacle off the walls whilst they dried!!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday it was really nice weather wise but not as warm as earlier in the week but at least the sun was out. We also got the lawn mown. However yesterday morning it was doing this:
It didn’t settle of course but it did snow for a while and this morning, first day back at work and all the cars had to be de-iced as it had gone below freezing last night!! Treacle doesn’t know if she is coming or going at the moment, one day it’s nice and she can spend all day outside, next day it is back to freezing. Needless to say our heating is back on but at least it dried the paint!!! At the next Bank Holiday at the beginning of May, we will be painting our dining room which will be easier as it is large walls and not much gloss to do!! Then it will be the sitting room at the end of May!!!
In between I will be getting the Spring Cleaning done!! I have already done one room and now the hall, stairs and landing is done too. Nine more to go!!! I also have to do some sorting out and clearing up of things. I am going to leave DH and The Boys to do the garden and cars which then leaves just the garden to tidy and set up for summer, which I am hoping is going to be like last year when it was lovely and warm.
We have now been told that the next stage of opening up is going to go ahead on April 12th when non essential retail will open as well as hairdressers (thank goodness), spas, gyms and restaurants. Obviously things will be watched to make sure that the infection rate does not go up again. Here’s hoping.
I hope you all had a lovely Easter and a great week.
Hugs & Love, Susie xx
Happy Easter Everyone
I hope everyone has a lovely Easter holiday whatever you are up to.
Hugs & Love, Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest, Girlfriend & Treacle xxxxxx
Sorry for lack of posts last week due to not being very well! I seem to go ages without having anything and then suddenly get something and feel dreadful!!! Starting to feel a little better this week but of course work and home jobs still have to get done!!!
It didn’t help that we put the clocks forward last Saturday and it always takes me what seems like weeks to catch up again! In fact some years I don’t think I ever catch up until we put the hour back in Autumn!!!! I love the lighter nights but at what price!!!!
Spring has finally sprung here and yesterday and today in fact it was in the 70° so Treacle has spent the days outside so she was very tired when she came in. The garden is definitely coming awake now and it is so nice to see the sun. Although at the Easter weekend coming up it is going to go back to being cold and even some snow in places!!!! The wonderful weather world of Britain!
We should have been here from Saturday but although things are starting to open up travel to Scotland is not one of them. We have not been to Scotland at Easter for quite a few years now and had booked to go last year then all the Covid thing began so it was moved to this year and no doubt it will now be moved to next year, here’s hoping!!!! We are due to go up in August and am hoping that this will happen.
As our village is quite rural quite a few people keep chickens. However the property on the hill above our home, we can’t see it except for their land, has now got a cockerel! However the blooming thing is crowing all the time. I dread it when it starts to get light at 4.00am and it starts crowing then!!!! They are “hobby farmers”, a few animals and really playing at farming. He retired quite early so I think this is to keep him out of his wife’s way!!!!
As it is Easter this weekend and we are not away I have persuaded DH to do some painting inside!!! Last year we concentrated on the garden, especially during lockdown, so this year we will be doing the inside especially as events won’t be going ahead until later in the year hopefully!!!
Monday was the second part of opening things up which included outdoor sports and Girlfriend was competing yesterday with Penny. Here they are mid jump.
Treacle has been enjoying the sunshine, so much so that I could not get in her yesterday until I produced her food bowl!!!!!
I hope you are having a good week.
Hugs & Love, Susie xx
Yes I know it’s Monday!
Here is March’s Book Club. This was the first book I had received from Heywood Hill in my “Book a Month” present from DH & The Boys!
It is set in Cracow 1893 and Zofia Turbotynska, whose husband is a Professor at the local university, is bored! She spends her days directing for staff of two and trying to climb the local Cracow social ladder. Part of her attempts to climb involves the local Retirement Home, Helcel House, and organising a charitable raffle. Zofia one morning visits the home to find it in uproar as one of the residents has gone missing, only to be found deceased a few days later by Zofia directing the staff of the Home to search the attics! The death is ruled as an accident but Zofia is not convinced and sets out to find clues to what has happened, basing her actions on her favourite detective novels which she reads.
This book was originally written in Polish and then translated to English and “Maryla Szymiczkowa” is in fact two people Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski, Jacek is an author and Piotr a historian. I enjoyed the book up to a point. I found around half way through that it got a little bogged down with the descriptions and the walking backwards and forwards to Helcel House!!! So much so that I did skip several pages to the end. It probably would not have been a book I would have chosen to read if I was in a bookshop but then again this is the whole point of the book a month, so if I was rating this out of 10 it would be 7/10!
This is the book I am reading now. I do like Karen Slaughter’s books as the characters are all connnected but each book is about one of them with the other characters being in but not of the book. Might review this next month or the new book I have just received from Heywood Hill, we shall see!!!!
I hope you had a great weekend and some time to read or quilt or both!!!!
Hugs & Love, Susie xx
This is The Stuttgart City Library. Although I am usually not a fan of modern interiors I do like this!!! (Picture by: William O’Connor). Here is the link if you would like to read further about it
Today is National Quilting Day, or is it?!!!!!!
Yes I was confused too! I think National Quilting Day is always Saturday so it should say March 20th but whoever did the graphic got the day right and date wrong or vice versa. Anyway whether it was yesterday or today Happy National Quilting Day! I have some jobs to sort this morning but am hoping this afternoon to get a little bit of quilting done, although it is quite nice outside today so garden jobs make take over and I will do some quilting later in the week!!! But it doesn’t matter when you quilt, so long as you can get a little bit done.
It has been “one of those weeks” this week for me. I think the Universe decides every so often that things are running too smoothly and decides to throw a huge spanner at you, just you know to keep you on your toes or flatten you!!!!!!! Well it flattened me this week and things did not get done (!) hence today trying to catch up on things. I am also hoping that next week is going to be a little calmer. Are you listening Universe?
I also missed Book Club Friday again (!) so will do a post later today on that.
Yesterday was also the First Day of Spring when we have equal amounts of daylight and darkness before the evenings start to say lighter for longer. Today certainly seems like a Spring day, although it is still cool but plants are starting to appear, the birds are busy and today we can see the sun which makes things so much better.
Have a great Sunday whatever you are up to and a good week.
Hugs & Love, Susie xx