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Busy Weekend.

Well the country celebrated HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over a long four day weekend.  DH was commentating at The Beacon Lighting in our local area on Thursday which went off with, as can only happen here in the UK, a few issues!!  People who were due to entertain did not turn up (!) but the weather held and the actual Beacon was lit which did not happen at another event, where they had to call the Fire Brigade to actually light it!!!! 

The Goring, where we stay, all decked out for The Jubilee.

DH and I got a few jobs done but after several busy weekends and our Business celebration were were shattered so we did not get as many things done as we would have liked, hey ho!  The weather wasn’t too bad but you know how they say that Global Warming is going to make are summers hotter and hotter, well not this year!  It has been really quite cold on some days, including yesterday when the rain set in.  DH was down at our Village park commentating, he left at 9.00am in the morning and did not get back until 7.00pm.  It went well and everyone enjoyed it.  I stayed home and got some quilting done and looking after Miss Coco as both The Boys were out too.

The Night of the Concert and the Drones say Thank You Ma’am. 

 

This week is busy as DH is down at The NEC for yet another business exhibition which was obviously cancelled over the last two years.  Like Swimming the exhibitions are trying to get in, in case anything happens again, but at least this is only three days!This is Saturday’s adventure my Birthday present from 2020 and can’t wait.  It is in Birmingham so only an hour away and we will get some dinner beforehand.  Sunday the four of us are going out for Sunday lunch for my Birthday.  This is all happening a week before my actual birthday because we are all busy that weekend!!!  I don’t mind it makes my Birthday last longer!!!!!! 

I hope you all had a great weekend and the weather was kind to you.  Tomorrow will be Miss Coco’s first day on Coco’s Corner (!) and this Friday I will catch up with the Books I have been reading for Book Club!  Have a great week you lovely lot.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

The State Coach which took part in the Parade yesterday.

 

Sunny Summer Sunday!

It has been a bit warmer over the last few days and it is so nice.  The sky has been very blue and it is great spending time out doors.

It will be Wimbledon soon, despite all the controversy, and the strawberries will be out in full force and hopefully we will get some good matches.  Can’t wait.

And when the sun does go down we can light the candles and carry on reading!!!!

We have been busy doing jobs and keeping Coco from getting into too much mischief in the garden.  It is amazing how many hiding places one puppy can find!!!  Hopefully I will be able to sort out the Book Club Books this coming week too as I think I have missed a month!  Hopefully by the end of the month I will be back up to date with everything!!!  You will not believe how many lists I have floating around at the moment!!!! 

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

Hugs & Love, Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest & Coco. xxxxx

Miss Coco!

Somebody is growing fast and actually getting her still to take a picture is a miracle at the moment!  She did manage to sit for the above picture well!  She is off to Puppy Socialisation class today with DH and Eldest!  Obviously we did not have to do that with our wonderful Treacle as we had our wonderful Kelly here when Treacle arrived.

Sometimes there is no room for Coco in her basket as she takes all her toys in there!

Sat on my desk, she won’t be doing that in a bit!

One of my Playmates is home yeah!

In a reflective mood!

Our wonderful Treacle had her own day on the Blog and as you know I retired The Wednesday Wag but feel that Coco should be on here, so on Tuesdays we are going to have Coco’s Corner!  Of course I am not sure yet what her opinions will be but I am sure her personality will shine through as did Treacle’s!  Join us next week for the first edition.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Coco xx

Summer’s Here!

Yes June 1st arrived and we are officially into the Summer Months and it is great.  Although being in Britain it can be really cold too, so we have to hope that we get some lovely warm sunshine!  Especially some long lazy sunny days where I can spend the day reading outside.  What can be better than that?

It is also Friday and a Summer Friday at that, what could be better?

As things have got better a lot of events which have been cancelled over the last two years are happening now and it is great to see, with people coming out and supporting them.   Our Carnival begins in three weeks time,  I am off to my Birthday present from 2020 next weekend to see the Band Queen & Adam Lambert in Concert in Birmingham which I am really looking forward to.  The four of us are also going out for Sunday lunch for my Birthday, as the actual day is a Monday (dreadful day to have your Birthday on!).  I also have a trip to the Spa arranged which should have been towards the end of June but I had to re-arrange it due to Coco’s arrival but looking forward to that.  Tom & the Boys are out at a car show the following weekend so it will just be Coco and I at home, so probably a takeaway and film night in store for me.  Then that will be June over with!!!

My very good friend Jayne and I, our Birthdays are a week apart so we usually try and go out for lunch between the two dates and are hoping this year to go over to Nottingham to have a look at some of the stores and have a nice lunch then.  I bet you it will be raining though!!!

In July we have our second swimming Open for the younger swimmers and we also have a family Christening which has been moved three times!  DH has a couple of commentating events on then we have a couple of weekends left to do some jobs at home and in the garden before we go away for two weeks to Scotland again in August and can’t wait!  Then it will be Eldest’s Birthday and before we know it September and Autumn will arrive.  Boy how the year flies, especially when you are having fun! Again not complaining after what we have all gone through in the last two years.

Whatever you lovely lot are up to this Summer I hope it is a really good one for you.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

30 Years Young!

June 1992 –  Britain was in the middle of a Recession; the controversial Book “Diana: Her True Story” was published; The Queen celebrated 40 years of her Reign and Margaret Thatcher entered The House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher.  It was also the Month that DH and I started our Business! 

So after the past two years of being restricted in get togethers with family and friends we decided to host a dinner and celebrate our 30 Years in Business.

Whilst planning it, I kept everything crossed that the weather would be fine as I wanted us to eat outside.  Although our dining room is large, it is not large enough for fourteen to sit down and eat.  The weather was good, although a little cool but at least it did not rain!

Our Table ready for our guests.

Of course as well as food you have to have plenty to drink!

More pictures of the table.

We had Drinks and Hor d’ouvres from 5.00pm onwards, followed by Dinner.  One of our friends gave a toast and thanked us for the evening and DH responded, giving a quick resume of our 30 years, which when you look back has certainly been interesting, stressful at times but thoroughly rewarding as well.  Especially as we were able to have the Boys and I was able to be with them whilst they will little, take and fetch them from school every day and also be at home with them during the holidays.  Something we definitely would not have been able to do had we had jobs working for other people and that has definitely for me been the best bit of it!

So never mind H.M. celebrating 70 years of work, the important celebration was our 30 years in Business!!!!  Although DH and I will be extremely old if we do celebrate our Platinum Anniversary, DH would be 104 and I would be 96 (which is how old the Queen is now).  I think I would like to retire before that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today is the first day of our Long Weekend and again I am hoping that the weather is kind and we can get some jobs done in the garden and our home.  We have quite a few busy weekends coming up with swimming events, Carnival in the Village back for the first time in two years and some family things too.  I think our first free weekend is middle of July!!!  Not complaining of course as it is so nice to be back to normal again!

Happy Thursday Everyone! 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

London All Dressed Up.

London is putting on it’s finest for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee being celebrated this coming weekend.  Here are a few pictures of the various decorations.

Oxford Street & Regent Street adorned with Union Jacks.

Big Ben has had all the scaffolding removed in time for the Jubilee after it’s £80m restoration over the last five years.  Interestingly Big Ben actually refers to the Bell in the Tower which was originally called The Clock Tower when it was built in 1834, but renamed The Elizabeth Tower for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.  Anyway it looks splendid in the Spring sunshine!

The Goring Hotel ready for the Jubilee.  We had a wonderful Afternoon Tea here with dishes from the original Afternoon Tea of 1953 when several Royals from Europe stayed here during The Coronation. 

Lots of shops, offices and buildings are also decorated to celebrate 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II Reign.

We have Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday off as a Nation to celebrate and there are lots of street parties happening.  DH is commentating on the Beacon Lighting event happening in our area and on Sunday there is a village event on the Park where he is again commentating.  I am hoping that the weather is going to be kind and we can get some gardening done and finish off the final bits of Spring Cleaning. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

London Day 2.

Tuesday evening DH and I went to The Globe located on the other side of the River.  Shakespeare’s Original Globe Theatre was built in 1599 by The Chamberlain’s Men Playing Company, on land owned by Thomas Brend. It sadly burnt down in 1613 but a new Globe was built in 1614 but closed in 1642.  This new Globe was built 750 feet from where the 1599 Globe was built and opened in 1997.  All the Globes were built as a Wooden “O” with a 360° auditorium with no roof over the central yard and stage.  There are galleries and if you can get a seat under one of these it does give a bit of protection from the weather as performances go ahead rain or shine. 

Our seats and you can hire cushions to make it a little more comfortable! 

The beam work which forms the next gallery up.

The Stage is set and the audience standing in the yard.

DH and I went to see Shakespeare’s “Henry VIII” with a modern twist and it was very good but also very cold!!!!

The outside of The Globe.

We had had Afternoon Tea at our hotel at 4.00pm with a business colleague and so had dinner when we got back to the hotel after the play.  It was a long day but really enjoyed it and we had to be up early on the Wednesday for the flower show.

Tomorow I will show you some pictures of London decorated for The Jubilee!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Busy!

So another week flew by and we were all busy!   Monday last week I was sorting out things for the weekend just gone, as well as grocery shopping and getting ready for DH and I being away in London.  Tuesday we headed off to London leaving the Boys to look after Miss Coco who had a terrific time with them whilst we were away.  We had a business meeting on the Tuesday but Wednesday we had tickets to go to The Chelsea Flower Show. The first time we went was in 2019 and really enjoyed it.  However we were quite disappointed this year as all the designers had seem to have forgotten it was a Flower Show!!!

Warning Picture Heavy Post!!!!!

All of the above pictures are of the Main Show Gardens and as you can probably tell, they are all alike.  In fact they had all gone for a theme of re-wilding and I really feel that they are not gardens.  Also you can see there is a lack of flowers! 

The most flowers and colour were on the Vendors’ stands and the best one was the above; a company selling greenhouses!  Obviously they had incorporated the Platinum Jubilee theme. 

The following were all taken in The Grand Pavilion where the stands were by various Nurseries/Garden Centres etc.  Again not much colour.

My most favourite of all Cottage Garden Flowers, Delphiniums.  I just wish we were able to grow them at home but the slugs and snails just love them and nothing we do stops them!

This Garden had Doctor Who’s Tardis on it!

Another Cottage Garden favourite of mine, Fox Gloves.  Now the slugs and snails don’t eat these so I am trying to encourage as many different fox gloves to grow in our garden.

Beautiful Lily Of The Valley plants.  My Grandfather had them growing under the fruit trees in his garden and the smell was wonderful when they were out but again they will not grow in our garden at all!

Another stand of Delphiniums.

This was another Vendor’s Garden and was my favourite.

This was the most colourful of all the show gardens but very much still on the wild side.

Always when Chelsea Flower Show is on the Shops of Chelsea join in and their Flowers were amazing.  Pictures are from The Chelsea in Bloom website.

I will show you some more pictures of London tomorrow.  Will we go back to Chelsea Flower Show next year? Not sure.  The whole point of Chelsea is for Designers to show you spectacular gardens and for you to be able to take a part of it and incorporate it into your garden, slugs and snails willing.  In fact we have more flowers in our garden at the moment than Chelsea had!!  Here are a few I took before we went away.

My Chive Flowers came out whilst we were away. 

Our pink Rhododendron is in full flower.

Our miniture Bell Rhododendron.

The Weigela

The Poppies have done well this year.

The Blue Bells and Geums have also done well.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a good week to come.  We have an extra long Bank Holiday weekend this coming weekend for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  I will be back tomorrow with more pictures of our visit to London.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Here We Go!

So sorry for no posts for a while.  Coping with not having Treacle around has been hard and we have also been very busy with work.  Although we do not directly have anything to do with the Ukraine it is having an affect on other aspects of the business and there has been an uptick in work, which is great but busy.  Spring Cleaning is going slowly due to tidying up as well so that is a little behind. 

We had a family discussion over dinner one evening regarding our “empty” home after Treacle’s passing and we all agreed that we will never replace Treacle but feel that our family would like another dog, especially as I am at home all day and feel it the most.  We then discussed what sort of dog, a smaller breed, a rescue etc.  However once you have had a few of a certain breed I feel you tend to get drawn back to that breed.  Airedales first came into our family from my Grandfather who bred them and my first instance of them was when my Mom had her Airedale, Kelly. 

Anyway the upshot of all this is say hello to Miss. Coco!

First night home and in her basket.

DH & I collecting Coco.

Coco & Eldest, a new playmate.

Youngest and Coco, another new playmate!

Not long before she was on the Boys beds!

This step is a bit high!

This outdoor life is all very tiring for a young Puppy!

Fluffy Toy!

Coco’s Mom, Luna!

We picked her up three weeks ago which have passed in a flash and of course it has been very busy.  House training is going well but have the odd accident but it has been nice weather so been able to have the back door open all the time which is helping and it is a good time of year to be doing this.  Coco is very keen on emptying her toy basket and taking all the toys into her basket which then means she cannot get in, so we have a great game of putting them all back and her emptying it again.  She has now had her second set of injections so after ten more days will be able to go outside although we are not keen on the lead at the moment!  She is booked in for a puppy socialisation day at the beginning of June.

I am with her all day of course but have left her for a couple of hours here or there in her crate and after a little bit of crying she settles down and goes to sleep which is good.  The Boys have been great helping out when they are home and of course playing with her.  DH and I are away next week in London so Youngest is having the week off work to look after her and Eldest is helping out. 

Treacle was a huge part of all our lives and we will miss her forever but the Boys have never known our home without a dog and really noticed it whilst we were away and of course because I work and at home all day it was really empty for me, so Coco came home.

So I will hopefully now be back to blogging every day after the initial chaos of a new puppy!!! 

Being in London next week is part business and part social, so will have lots of pictures to show you especially as London is gearing up the for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee so I suspect it will be very colourful.  Also DH and I are hosting a dinner for fourteen at the end of May so will have pictures of that too.

I hope you lovely lot are all well and had a good week.  It’s Friday!  Have a great weekend.

Hugs & Love, Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest & Coco! xxxxx

Plans.

On the back of yesterday I have been making plans for my Spring Cleaning!  DH helps out, especially with the moving of the furniture and it does go quicker with the two of us and I have lost a weekend.  So the plans are getting up early this weekend and next to get all the jobs done! 

I will be getting all the extra washing sorted out too, cushion covers, curtains, throws, bed protectors etc washed and out of the line.  We are due to have a warm and sunny weekend. 

I also use it as an opportunity to declutter things.  If I haven’t used it in the past year I recycle it to our local charity shop.  When my Mom passed I was still living at home and I had to find certain legal papers and it was an absolut nightmare.  My Parents had lived in our home for twenty five years and I don’t think my Mom had ever thrown anything away.  Then when my Grandmother passed DH and I had to clear her home out and she had lived there with my Grandfather and her mother, so there were in effect two homes.  It took us weeks and weeks to get it done so I am determined that I will not have that happen in our home. My good friend Susan has had to go through the same thing and has also vowed to declutter her things too!  Perhaps we should set up a Blog Hop of decluttering!!!

Of course we have lots of boxes in the attic stored with the Boys baby things and toys which eventually will go to their homes when they have them!!!!!

For me the Spring Cleaning is one of those jobs I hate to start and really get cross doing it, but absolutely love it and how our home looks once it is done!  But isn’t it the case with any big job?

I have resorted to my list making, so I don’t forget anything and of course using my Spring Cleaning lists which you can find on my side bar.  It really does help to have it all written down and tick it off once you have completed a task, I love ticking things off!!  You can’t guess that as a little girl I loved stationery, notebooks and lists!!!  It really helped when I was studying for my exams, I had notes and lists pinned up all over the place. 

How is your Wednesday going?  Thursday tomorrow with home jobs and Friday I am getting a start on things and grocery shopping of course. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

My reward when all the Spring Cleaning is done; a cup of tea and an hour to read!!!