You know how the Game of Throne’s saying is “Winter is Coming” well according to our press today “Christmas is Coming” and we had better get to it! They are forecasting shortages of Christmas food, including turkey, as well as other food stuffs and presents apparently. Now of course this may be a good marketing ploy but you never know. The Government announced measures for the Winter months which if cases rise again we may be back to wearing masks everywhere and people working from home again but hopefully no lockdowns! However there is always that option if things get bad again, which I am really hoping it won’t be.
On the basis that things might be scarce I have decided to get the Christmas cake and pudding made a little earlier than normal and also get some mince pies into the freezer as well. I am just in the process of getting the freezer’s empty so I can start sorting them out. I think I will also put the vegetables we have at Christmas in the freezer as well so they are all ready and waiting.
I have already bought four Christmas presents for people we buy for and tucked them away and know what I am getting for the rest so that little bit is sorted. I know people will laugh at me doing this but at least by the time December rolls round I am not running around like the proverbial headless chicken, like everyone else, and get time to spend with family and friends which is the most important part of Christmas.
I have also booked for DH and I to go to Chatsworth this year, which will hopefully be on. The last time we went was 2019 of course so it will be nice to go and see what they have been up to, especially as it is twenty years since they first opened Chatsworth at Christmas. It was first put on by the previous Duke of Devonshire to help as that year the whole country was suffering from Foot & Mouth disease so visitors to the house were drastically down. It was a great success so they decided to make it an annual event. Can’t wait.
As you saw earlier in the week Treacle is already on to her Christmas list and one of the things she definitely needs is a new football for outside as her current one is well and truly used up!!! I saw an Instagram post the other day of a dog in the pet store going along the treat shelves and choosing one treat!!! If we took Treacle she would have eaten half the shelf before we had chance to stop her!!!! This picture was taken last year in November on a foggy and very cold day!
I do love all the seasons as I think every one has something different to offer us, but I do love Autumn going into Winter a little bit more than Spring and Summer, even if we are not able to do all that we usually do still.
Over the weekend I am going to plan what I am going to make with this lovely lot of material.
I have been enjoying the late summer sunshine over the last week although it was raining all day yesterday and all evening but the next few days it is due to be warm and sunny again.
Mom says I need to sort out my Christmas list soon as she wants to get started on things just in case we have any more of those lockdown things! I think I need a few new tennis balls as I have taken quite a few outside over the summer and they have gotten wet so I cannot bring them back in again. I always love a squeeky Santa Paws and a few Bonio treats!!!
Mom is busy working this morning so I am keeping an eye out on the garden and our home to make sure those pesky squirrels don’t sneak up on me.
Of course I also manage to sneak in the odd snooze or two!!! Mom had given me a brush so all my furs are in the wrong place, I look far too tidy!!!
I hope you are having a wonderful woofy Wednesday.
We have been having a lovely Indian summer here in the UK after August was quite grey and rainy! However today it is doing this and it has been very grey all day! We have still got warm temperatures but it is dropping cold at night and very much has an Autumn feel! We are hoping to get some more work done in the garden at the weekend, among other jobs which need to be done.
It was very busy last week with work which is why there were no posts and other things happening with Boys and DH and things so the days flew by and before I knew it we were at the weekend!
DH and I had a business meeting on Friday afternoon in Nottingham and then decided to have a date night as we had not been out for a while. We had a pizza and then went to see the above film which was really good. It was also great to be able to go to the cinema again after the chaos!!!!
Youngest had found this shop in Nottingham that DH used to go to when it was a hardware store. It is now a cafe and antique shop as well as several other little businesses. We met Youngest, his best friend and his Dad on Sunday afternoon for lunch and it was a lovely day so we got to eat outside and it was great to watch people and the world go by.
I managed to get all the house jobs and all the washing and ironing done over the weekend as I did not manage to get it done last week. At least we started this week with clear decks. Yesterday I woke with a really bad headache which the tablets I took did not even touch and I gave up at 3.00pm and went to lie down, fortunately I managed to get rid of it before I went to bed in the evening!!!!!
Today and for the rest of the week DH is at a business exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, the first one in almost two years, although he doesn’t think it is going to be busy unlike previous years as people are still being cautious. The Government are now talking about booster vaccines for everyone over the age of 50 in the UK to try and ward off lockdowns during the upcoming winter. Never have the words “Winter is Coming” had more meaning than this year!!!! I really hope we will not have any more lockdowns and hopefully Christmas will be more normal this year, but who knows.
We have a 21st Birthday meal to go to on Sunday and DH has to be at swimming during Saturday and hopefully in between we can do some more in the garden and I will try and get some pictures. I also have a quilt to get done which I am going to try and fit in doing as well.
I hope you lovely lot are having a wonderful week.
Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx
Treacle has not moved from her basket today as it is raining heavily! She knows the best place to be!!!
Twenty years ago today I was working at home and Youngest was with me, aged two, and he was watching a Thomas The Tank Engine story on TV when he pointed to the TV saying there was something on the bottom, I had a look and the news was running along the bottom. I distracted him with some toys and turned the channel over to the news and actually watched the second plane hit. It was awful to watch and yet I was unable to not watch. By the time I collected Eldest from school two hours later the towers had come down. DH was home and we just kept the news on all night.
I read a book not long after written by four of the wives who had lost their husbands and it was about them coming to terms with their loss and moving forward and it was very powerful. So today our thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones, for all those who lost loved ones because their jobs were to help those who were there and to everyone around the World who were witnesses to that dreadful day.
We will not forget
The wives in the book started saying to people they met after a while “Love You, Mean It” and I think that sums up the takeaway from 9/11.
I don’t know if you have ever noticed in this day and age of how things are updated/upgraded and changed every month it seems sometimes, biscuits have not changed ever!!!!
I was filling up our biscuit tin the other day with DH & The Boys favourites when I realised that these were the biscuits I used to eat when I was little and my Grandmother used to buy!! Obviously I am in the UK and I am sure that wherever you are in the World your biscuits are different but here are the ones which seemed to have transcended time:
Chocolate Digestive Biscuits DH & The Boys favourite!
Rich Tea Biscuits My Favourite
Ginger Nut Biscuits – DH
Malted Milk Biscuits – My favourite when I was little and Treacle loves them!
Bourbon biscuits (no alcohol in them) DH & Youngest loves these
Custard Creams – Everyone loves these
Jammy Dodgers – Eldest’s favourite
I am sure if you showed these pictures to our Grandparents and even Great-Grandparents they would recognise them!!!!
When our Boys were little, and still now I suppose, buying biscuits at the supermarket really made me feel like a Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh my I forgot to show you the book for August! I blame it on being on vacation and then getting back and trying to catch up and now we are in September!!!!! Anyway here it is:
This was written by A.A. Milne of Winnie The Pooh fame. It is his only mystery book and having finished reading it, it is such a shame he did not write any more. It is a cross between Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, who is also referenced in the book.
The House Party are all settled at The Red House with their host, Mark Ablett, when he receives a letter to say his ne’er-do-well Brother, Robert, is coming the next day to visit from Australia. Meanwhile Anthony Gillingham comes to visit his friend William Beverley who is staying and is one of the House Party. When Anthony arrives at The Red House he hears a shot and is dragged in to help break into the room from where the sound of the shot came from and they find a body on the floor which Anthony learns is Robert Ablett from Australia. However there is no sign of the master of the house Mark.
Anthony takes the roll of self appointed Sherlock with William helping out as Watson and they try and find out what happened and where Mark Ablett has disappeared to.
It is not a long book but it flows along really nicely until the great reveal like Monsieur Poirot does, at the end of the book. Highly recommend it if you like this type of book.
Happy Friday everyone! Made it to the end of the week, work wise it has been one of THOSE weeks!!!!
So as promised ages ago here are some of the projects I finished whilst we were away, I just need to sew the bindings down.
This is a small quilt which was a block of the month with Kathleen Tracy from her website. She did the blocks and I put them on point.
I had some of this Autumn fabric left enough to do the back of the quilt.
These are some of the Christmas mats which I have finished and again just need to sew the bindings down.
The backs fo the mats.
The backs and fronts of two mats and I made these from the squares left over from another project which I still need to sandwich and quilt which I will show you when done.
I have two Christmas projects which I have almost finished and I have just bought some more Christmas fabrice for another project I want to get done for this year.
Now you just know I had to buy this when I saw it!!!!! This is a pack with all the fabric in and then I have bought some more of Snoopy on his Dog House and also Snoopy on his sleigh. I cannot wait for it to arrive and start making with it!! I cannot decide whether to make some small things or a winter quilt? What do you think?
I still have some other projects which need finishing/starting and am hoping to carve out some time to do things.
The weekend will be getting the garden done and a few other jobs around our home and then it will be done again for a while!!! We have got to have some of our window glass replaced and they came today to measure up so hopefully it won’t be too long before it will be done, that will be another thing ticked off my list!!!!
I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to and I will be back on Monday with some more things.
Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx
Do You Need Me Mom? Okay if not I will stay here! (The Leaves are starting to fall!)
I had a consultation with my Doctor today and a check up and then would you believe he stuck me with a needle, I mean really!!!! Whatever he puts in that needle always makes me sleepy for the rest of the day!
Mom says I am sure to be awake though when it is dinner time!!!! My Doctor says that I am the picture of health and doing really well.
We managed to get some work done in the garden over the weekend but not as much as we hoped. So this coming weekend we are hoping to tackle it. There are quite a few things which need trimming and some cutting right down so hopefully we can get it done before Autumn really sets in.
Of course today is September 1st and the start of the Autumn months. Where did summer go? Our weather has not been good over the last few weeks, grey cloud, not cold, just grey. We always say it is because the children are on holiday from school and they are due back next week, so we may get a few nice days again in September!!!
We did actually pick some leaves up at the weekend as our cherry tree is starting to drop leaves. It will soon be dark in the evenings early and it will be getting colder again!!! I just hope that we will not have any more lockdowns this year!!! I think that will just tip me, and a lot of other people, over the edge!!!
I know I promised some pictures of the quilting I did over our vacation and will get them out and get some pictures of them, even if the bindings are not sewn down!!! Hopefully Friday!!
I hope you are having a good Wednesday. Home jobs tomorrow and I have the dentist first thing on Friday morning, Yuck, only a checkup though, thank goodness. I think I may just have to go out afterwards!!!!!
This week has been chaos as always being the first week back from vacation!!! I have managed to keep up to date with work and getting there with home jobs! Sometimes I do wonder whether it is worth going away, but of course it is, just when you are in the middle of trying to get things sorted when you get back!!!!
I was scanning around Pinterest the other day and saw this quote. It is so true I always do this!!!
Saw this on Instagram, I mean Snoopy and Star Trek!!!! Snoopy would defintely be the Captain!!!
Saw this also on Instagram as a T-Shirt to buy, slightly rude I know but after dealing with a business matter today which has been going on since Tuesday with no one answering my emails and getting no where on the phone, I really could slap them (the business) so that Google would not be able to find them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Still got lots of jobs to do but they will get done as it is a long weekend for us in the UK and the weather looks okay too so hopefully the garden will be done.
Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope it is a good one and I will be back Monday with some pictures.
Hugs & Love, Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest & Treacle xx
I am keeping an eye on my Tennis Ball to make sure it doesn’t move!!
Mom, I am back from the Spa and I have been very good, can I have my biscuit now please?
What’s next on the agenda today?
That’s it for the day now, I need a sleep after my busy spa day!
It is #TBT so I thought I would show you some pictures of the Boys in Scotland over the years as we have just come back from vacation.
Ah the days when they would smile at the camera!
Youngest & DH – they do clean up well!
DH & The Boys at Loch Mhor.
Pier Building at Loch Mhor! They can work together when they want to!!!!!
Today has been a work day and taxing Treacle around and I did all the washing and ironing yesterday and just have the cleaning and grocery shopping to do tomorrow and then we are all set for the weekend. We are hoping that the weather is going to be okay so we can tidy the garden after our vacation and also start to get it tidy for Autumn.