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No not Covid just a cold which DH has shared with me!!!!!!

We did get the garden done yesterday as it was lovely and sunny but very cold, in fact we were de-icing the cars. 

I did get this done on Saturday whilst everyone else was busy doing whatever!!!  It did take me all day!  Just now need to write all the cards and that is then done.  I have a few other jobs that need doing this week which I am planning on getting done in the evenings and perhaps during the day this week, I mean what is Lockdown for?!!!!!!!!

I still have some baking to do which I am also hoping to get done this week and then next weekend we will be getting the house ready before we put the decorations up.  We are hoping to be able to go out after Lockdown has ended and see some of the decorations and for a family meal to be a little more festive hopefully.  We shall have to wait and see if we are allowed.  Also need to get to see some of our family and friends before the big day with gifts and hopefully do some social stuff but again we are waiting to see what is being said!

I am off to get dinner now and I think an early night again and start tomorrow early to get all the jobs done and hopefully my cold will be better!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


As we are in Lockdown again not a lot is happening with us!!  I spend most of my days working of course and opening the front door to deliveries for everyone, including Treacle (her food arrrived!).

So as it is now 36 days to go to the Big Day and #TBT,  I thought I would show you some Christmas pictures from 2005!!! Youngest was six and Eldest was ten.

Yougnest helping decorate the Christmas tree.

DH and Eldest on the steam train waiting to see Santa.

Youngest and I on the train.

The two of them with Santa.

I got all of my ironing finished yesterday and tomorrow I have home jobs to do and at the moment, fingers crossed, the weather is still okay for the weekend to get those last few jobs done in the garden.  We also need to get all our winter clothes out and put the summer ones away!  It was distinctly cold this morning when Treacle went out!  My wrist is a little better today and I am trying not to use the support, it is still a little swollen though.  I still want to try and get some other jobs done as well over the weekend, number one being sorting out my quilting!   I will let you know how I get on. 

I am sure the Boys have car things planned for the weekend, they do most weekends, and Treacle will be spending the day going between us all, so will be really tired by the end of it!!!  She uses the week to catch up on the sleep she misses out on at the weekend!

I do hope you lovely lot are having a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xxx

The Wednesday Wag.

It’s doing this again today!

So I am doing this!  Mom is working at her desk so it is the perfect place to be!

I will be doing this a little later one, waiting for the Boys to come home!!!

Happy Wet Woofy Wednesday.

Treacle xx

I am really dreaming of this though!  I would love to have some really big snow this year!!!

Well Treacle the way this year has gone, I suspect we will get a really bad Winter!!!! Mom

There is Always Something!

I woke up with my left hand really hurting so I think I had lain on it or bent it backwards!  It hurt down the guiders and then down my thumb.  If I take pain killers and anti-inflamatories the pain goes but I spoke to the Pharmacist as it does not hurt to type but feels week when I try and hold anything!  She thinks it is a strain and the muscles are healing but the tendons are still inflamed as it is quite swollen!  She suggested I wear this support until it gets better!!!  As I say there is always something!

This will be tonights job.  Don’t you find that washing seems to breed?  No sooner has the basket been cleared and it is full again!!!

This lockdown I am feeling like the above picture!!!!!!  We got a lot done during the last lockdown but it was Spring and the weather was wonderful and we were able to get out in the garden and it was light nights.  However this time I find my motivation has motivated off! I feel like Treacle and just want to hibernate!!  I will be writing a few lists as this seems to motivate me as I feel good when I tick the jobs off my list.  I hadn’t been out since the lockdown started but I did go to the supermarket yesterday morning which was a good day to go as it was really quiet.  I got those things I needed for the last of the presents and a few other bits.  It was quite nice to be out.

I am really hoping that this weekend will be dry so we can get those little jobs finished in the garden and a few jobs around our home.  It is not long until we will be getting the Christmas decorations out, although I cannot believe it is almost Christmas.  It really has been an upside down World this year!

As you can see Treacle is taking this Lockdown in her stride!!!

Hugs & Tuesday Love, Susie xx

As Predicted Monday Again!

Yes Monday is here again!  The Weekend was very wet as predicted too!  Eldest was working on his project car and got it running again with some new parts he bought for it and then something else went!  It is not a problem just a nuisance but he has next week off work on holiday so will be able to do quite a bit then.

As you can tell by Treacle’s face she hates the rain and being dried when she comes in!  I think should would make a great Mary though in the Nativity!

The nights are drawing in and when it is raining it is dark even earlier!  I have the lights on most days now and we havent’ seen the sun for a week or so. Lots of people are talking about putting their Christmas decoarations us soon just I think to cheer themselves up!!!  As much as I would like to we always have a real tree so won’t be getting that just yet!  Although I have got all my Christmas shopping now done, just need to get it all wrapped and various parcels posted off.  I also have all our Christmas cards to write and read to mail. 

I hope you are having a great Monday and a good week.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

We Made It!

Yes we made it to Friday again!  Is it me or do Friday’s come round really quickly and equally so Monday mornings?  I start off with the whole week planned and before I know it, it’s Friday and am trying to catch up!!!  I have managed to clear the back log of work I had so am now up to date.  Also managed to get up to date with home jobs too so I am getting there!

I have spent a lot of today racing Treacle to the front door to answer it for all the parcels which are arriving!  So far it has been car parts for Eldest’s project car (!) a new office chair for DH (!) Christmas presents that Youngest has been ordering and a few parcels for me where I have had to replace some towels.  One big thing which was delivered this week was a new hob for my cooker.  We have had, as you know, a few things which needed repairing like the leak in the roof and now my hob has broken!  I noticed a few months ago a small chip on one corner which I do not how it happened.  Anyway I put some things down on it at the weekend and it just cracked from the chipped corner in a perfect half moon shape to the other corner.  So I have only been able to use the back two rings until the new one arrived.  DH and Eldest are going to replace it tomorrow!!!  Don’t you find these silly little things all happen at once?  The lock on the back door broke last weekend! 

There was an article in the newpaper yesterday which was talking about what a dreadful year it has been and that people are looking forward to Christmas so much that some are decorating their homes now. It also said that people who were shown photographs of homes decorated for Christmas thought that the people who own those homes are really nice!  I will be getting the Christmas decorations out at the weekend!!!

I will be making our Christmas cake at the weekend and also some mince pies and the Christmas cookies, so I will be in a Christmas mood.  They have started to show Christmas movies on the TV and the last time I was in my Jeep the Christmas music was on my memory stick!!!  I mean it is only 42 days to go to the Big Day!!!!

Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a lovely time.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


For #TBT today this was thirty two years ago!  It sounds an awfully long time when you say thirty two but like yesterday in real terms!  Yes it is our Wedding Anniversary today. 

This was two year’s ago at Chatsworth House at Christmas!!!  The main difference being my curly hair!  Well it was the 80’s and we all had curly hair!!!!!!

Happy Anniversary DH!

Hugs & Lots of Love, Susie xx

We Will Remember.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

“In Flanders Fields” By John McCrae

Susie xx

Start of a New Week.

We had a super busy weekend.  DH and the Boys spent the weekend sorting out the garage so Eldest’s new “project” car could go in the garage!  It took them all day Saturday and some of Sunday to finish and a few trips to the local tip!!  It is now very tidy and both Boys can work on their projects without any problems. 

We also had a visitor on Saturday and he stayed overnight.  This is Ralphy, Girlfriend’s dog (he is a Pug).  We weren’t too sure how Treacle would react to him visiting and staying but we were careful with the introductions which we did in the garden and then came inside.  We fed them separately and watched how things went and they got along famously!  I was amazed as Treacle is getting on in years and did not think she would tolerate Ralphy but she was fine.  He will be visiting again soon.

Ralphy with Eldest.

Saturday we also let our Fireworks off for Bonfire Night.  Both of the dogs are not bothered by fireworks and we had only bought quiet ones.  It was good fun and the weather co-operated, it was cold but very misty.

A few pictures of the fireworks.

This was a huge firework which lasted for a while, but as you can see it was very, very red!  There was an old record which begins “I am the God of Hell Fire and I Bring You Fire!” by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and this picture reminded me of that!!!!

I spent yesterday tidying things up and getting all the washing done.  There are five of us now at home during this Lockdown so it soon mounts up.  I am determined to keep on top of it so I don’t get a backlog!  I did start to sort out my quilting but did not get too far with it as I then had to get dinner!  I am going to sneak a day this week and do more when there is no one else here, except Treacle of course.

I hope you lovely lot had a great weekend and a good week to come.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Yeah It’s Friday!

It was a typical November morning when I got up at 6.00am with thick fog blanketing us.  DH had the day off with Eldest doing car things and sorting out our garage as he has bought another car as a “project” just as Youngest had got rid of his “project” car. However Youngest has kept the engine so that he and his brother can rebuild it, which will also help Youngest with his college work.  The garage will be tidy at least.

I have had one of those days where I started work after I had made lunch for everyone and they had left for work and I got wrapped up doing tasks and next time I looked up it was lunch time!!!  I did not get all the things done that I wanted to but I am getting there!  The weekend is supposed to be okay weather wise even if it is foggy so we can get those jobs done in the garden as well as some at home.  We are going to let our fireworks off tomorrow night and have hot dogs for dinner like we did when the Boys were small!

Photograph: BBC

Geoffrey Palmer 1927 – 2020

Sad news today of the passing of Geoffrey Palmer who stared with Dame Judy Dench in the BBC comedy show “As Time Goes By” about two people who knew each other in their early twenties who then meet again in their early sixties and begin a relationship.  It was a great show and Geoffrey Palmer was great with Judy Dench.  If you can get to watch it do, you will love it. 

Sunday I am planning on sorting out my quilting and get things organised to get it done and also sort out the final bits for Eldest’s Memory Books.  I can then get Youngest’s sorted and hopefully get them finished before Christmas.  One benefit of another Lockdown I have time to do all this so in that it is a good thing!!!!!

I will get some pictures of the garden over the weekend and Treacle will have to get used to local walks again instead of longer ones at the weekend.  We usually take her up to Chatsworth for a walk around the park or the gardens but obviously can’t at the moment.  Hopefully soon or over Christmas but who knows.

I also want to do some planning for Christmas too and get some more of my endless lists made!!  We also need to get all the Winter clothes out and put away the summer ones, especially as it is getting cooler now.

Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a lovely time.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx