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Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

Yes I know it is Monday!!!  I was out all day with DH last Friday for work so this post did not get done!!!!!  Sorry.


As much as I love fiction books, especially, mysteries/crime etc I do also enjoy what I call coffee table books.  This one is by Angela Kelly who is the current Dresser to H.M. Queen Elizabeth.  Ms Kelly has been with the Queen for over twenty five years collating her wardrobe from every day wear to the official robes which are used on ceremonial occasions. Ms Kelly even wears Her Majesty’s shoes to break them in before she actually wears them!

It is filled with fascinating pictures of life around the Palace whilst dealing with the clothes and events.  Ms Kelly has a very easy style of writing and it is filled with anecdotes and funny events from those twenty five years.  In fact it would be fantastic if well all had our own Ms Kelly to help with our wardrobes!!!!!

So if you would like to take a peak behind the curtain of the various Palaces and see how things are done, this book is for you.  I got the hardcover version but it is available from Amazon on all platforms.


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  It was a busy but not busy weekend for us, things got done but others didn’t.  We saw the Boys and their Girls over the weekend which was lovely and we got a few bits done in the garden until the thunder storm hit yesterday when the rain came down in stair rods!!!!  The garden was looking okay until then when it battered all the flowers and plants!!!  We are due to have that sort of week all week but at the moment next weekend looks nice, fingers crossed.

Have a great week, all.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx




As it is #TBT today I thought you would like to see a trip we took in 2012 to the Harry Potter Studio Tour near London.  We went the week it opened as our Boys were/are huge Harry Potter fans (we are too but don’t tell anyone!).  Anyway here are some of the pictures from the tour.  It was a great day out and if you ever get the chance to go, do.


Harry’s First Bedroom, the cupboard under the stairs!


In the Great Hall at Hogwarts.


They were happy to be there, honest!


The giant fireplace in the Great Hall.


The Mirror of Erised which shows you your Hearts Desire!


One of them smiling at least!!!


The entrance to Dumbledore’s Office.


The Gryffindor Common Room.


Dumbledore’s Library.


They are off to Hogwarts in the flying car!


Butterbeer, not Youngest’s favourite drink!




Getting their wands in Olivanders!


At the exit this great quote from J.K. herself!

We had a great time and are talking about going back with the Girls as well near the end of the year if this wretched virus ever gives in!!!!

I hope you are having a thrilling Thursday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.


I am sure I had a tennis ball here a minute ago!


Mom have you see my tennis ball?

It has been freezing since I had my Airecut and Mom has been putting my quilt on me during the day when I am snoozing in my basket as she has refused to switch the heating back on!!!!  I am really hoping that the warm weather comes back soon.

I have seen the Boys and their Girls over the weekend and it was great fun to see them although I was shattered after their visit and my spa day.  I spent two days snoozing!

Mom had a meeting, outside, yesterday with two of the ladies from swimming for two and a half hours and I got to snooze in my basket whilst they were having lunch.

It is heavy rain today and cold so I have been in with Mom in my basket next to her desk.  I am really happy when we are together working.  Eldest is now back at work so it is just Mom and I at home during the day now. 

I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday.

Woof Treacle xx




In this new reality Mondays are different, although the days are seeming to blend into one at the moment.  Eldest was back at work today for the first time (it didn’t happen on Thursday because of paperwork). He left at 6.30am with lunch in hand and various keys he needed.  I was just hopping into the shower when I had a call, he had left his security badge at home!!!!!!! So I got dressed, having not showered, to take his badge down to him!!!!

I got quite a lot of work done before Youngest appeared (he, unfortunately, is not back at work yet!) and wanted a haircut!  Eldest keeps his very, very short and so has been doing it with his beard trimmer during Lockdown.  Youngest has his hair a bit longer and uses wax.  His hair has always grown very fast and it is very thick and he was due for a cut as lockdown happened, so as you can imagine it is long, thick and very hot.  I am not, in any way a hairdresser, but he persuaded me!!!

I stared cutting his hair first with scissors and then finished it off with DH’s beard trimmer!!!!  There are a few tufts but knowing how quickly his hair grows it won’t be long before it is back and our hairdresser has said she can sort out the bad cut!!!  Here are some pictures!!!!

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He now looks like Eldest!!!!!  Front and Back!!!!

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This is how much came off!!!!

I am still trying to get my nice jobs finished.  I am getting on with Eldest’s memory books but it is a slow process and I have not got around to any quilting yet.  The weekend passed in a blur of not a lot as the weather was yuck, it was like we were back to April showers, so I read some and watched some TV.  I am hoping to get more done this week.  I have a meeting tomorrow regarding swimming and will have some work to do after that and I am still working on our Business Year End.  I think because we have been in Lockdown for a while now, there is no urgency to get jobs completed as there is always tomorrow, the next day, the weekend!!!  I think we will all be in for a shock if we do get back to any sort of normal. 

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

Hugs & Love, Susie xx



The Wednesday Wag on Thursday.

I went for my much needed Spa Day today!!!  Mom has been calling me a fluffykins as I have been really, really wooly.  In fact I have not had a cut since before Christmas!!!! 

Here I am before I set out.  Mom has been brushing me even more than normal to keep the fluff down!!!


Here I am back home!  Mom says we have half a dog now after all the fluff has gone!!!!


I am sorry for appearing nude in the pictures but my collar is being washed, along with all my beds and my soft toys!!!  Mom was going to also wash the actual baskets but the weather has turned cooler, of course, and they need to be done on a warm sunny day!!!  I am sure she will get around to it soon. 

I feel so much better and a lot cooler even though it is not as hot as it has been the last few weeks.  In fact Mom thought I had actually put on some weight but it just turned out to be fluff!!!!!

I hope you are having a terrific Thursday.

Woofy Hugs, Treacle xx



So Week 11 of Lockdown and slow easing of certain things, despite our Supermarkets saying that there is now no problem with their supply chains, there is no flour of any description available!!!  It is, they say, because everyone has been buying flour at the start of Lockdown for baking and the flour mills cannot keep up with the demand.  Surely after eleven weeks now things should have gotten a little easier?  Anyway I have managed to find, on line, a supplier who has plenty of flour and it should be arriving tomorrow.


Which brings me to the second supply issue, lack of eggs!  Are the chickens in Lockdown?  Are they social distancing so not laying?  Really!!!!  I managed to buy twenty four eggs last week which will be okay for a bit but I usually buy that amount every week for cooking/baking etc.   Good Grief Charlie Brown!!!!

Eldest has heard that he is back at work from Thursday of this week, yeah.  Although I am going to miss him terribly as he has been at home for 24 weeks since he dislocated his shoulder and was just due to go back as Lockdown happened!!!! I always used to feel like this when the Boys went back to school after the summer holidays.  Anyway he is so pleased.  However Youngest will not be happy as he has not heard anything yet!!!!  Swings & Roundabouts!!!

Our nice sunny weather is due to break tomorrow with rain and cooler temperatures which is just as I told it would be as Treacle goes to her spa on Thursday!!!  It is not due to rain on Thursday which is a good thing as we are eating outside with the Boys and their girls, we will be wrapped up though.  Hopefully the sunny weather will return soon.

Happy Tuesday All.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx




Goodness me it is June!!!  Five months gone and what months!!!  It is still quite worrying as no one seems to know how things will go from now on, it is all guess work and we have to assess our own risks.  Our Boys are still waiting to hear about going back to work and DH is still working, but obviously it is a lot quieter than normal.  I think we have to take each day as it comes.

New Day

The weather over the weekend was very sunny and warm and we got a few jobs done inside and out.  Now we have finished all the big jobs we only have bits and pieces to do.  I got quite a bit done on Eldest’s memory books.

We had a lovely meal on Friday with Eldest and Finacé outside and despite all good intentions of taking pictures, I forgot!!!!  We are hoping on Thursday evening to have a meal with all of us, again outside!!!  This will be the first time in three months we will all have been together, it will be so nice.  Treacle is off to her spa on Thursday as well so she will look all clean and tidy!!!


This is her new spot under the table and bench when it is warm!!!  As you can see she is very fluffy at the moment. 


I keep brushing her to try and keep her woolly coat clean but every time she goes outside she comes back with half the garden in her coat!!!!  Our floors look more like woodland floors with all the bits!!!!  I will be glad when she is cut but of course the weather is set to be a little cooler after Thursday!!!!  Of course!!!


My good friend Jayne it is her Birthday a week before mine.  We usually go out for lunch or shopping for the day but I don’t think that is going to happen this year!!!  Perhaps we should arrange to go out for a picnic far from anyone else!!! 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and will have a great week, whatever you are up to.  Stay safe.

Hugs & Love Susie xx




I know it is not the start of Summer until Monday but the weather is defintely summer like!!!  We have had wall to wall sunshine all week with warm temps during the day and cool at night.  Poor Treacle is not happy with all her fluff and only has to get to next Thursday when she will be all skinny again!!!

I thought I would show you some more pictures of the garden.


Now that we have widened the drive my Jeep looks quite lonely when it is the only one parked!!!!!


This is looking across the valley from our home and as you can see all the trees are now fully clothed!


Looking down our Hill and the trees in the farmers’ fields.  They have been muck spreading today!!!!!


Our back door into the garden. 


It is all looking very tidy and the flowers are starting to appear


Our trees are all in leaf now.


We put the outside lights up.  They are solar powered.


The flowers starting to come out.


My various veg plants.  I still have a few pots to fill.


The top of the garden and the Boys Den which needs to be re-stained.  Hopefully we will be able to get that done next weekend along with the shed and the patio furniture.

Busy getting dinner ready for tonight and will set the table outside in a bit.  I will remember to take some pictures!!!! 

Have a great weekend you wonderful lot and of course stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


I thought I would throwback to not that long ago this week to the Boys Sixth Form Balls which they both attended in May of their years.


Eldest ready to go out in May 2013


Youngest ready to go out in May 2018

They always have the May Balls just before they finish and do their exams during the summer.  Youngest’s they changed from being formal to suits!!!  At least he is smiling, unlike Eldest in his picture!!!

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Here is Madam today!  Her leg is better.  We think she hurt it chasing the blooming squirrel who was running along our back fence!!!!  Treacle felt very sorry for her self for a day and would not eat her dinner but was back to her usual self the next day!!!  It is also very warm again and with all the fur she is finding it very hot.  A week today she will be at her Spa for a well deserved wash and cut.  But those of you who have followed my Blog for a while now will know that means the weather will go very cold then, it always does after I have had her cut!!!!



Hands up who can’t believe that it is June next Monday?  Five months of the year gone already and what a year!!!  I know we have got a lot done, which I am very thankful for.  I have been speaking to a few friends and they have been saying that they had very good intentions of getting lots done during Lockdown, but actually done not a lot.  So I am ahead of the game there!!!  I still have things to do, but when don’t you, at least these are things I want to do what I call my nice jobs such as quilting and doing the Boys memory books. 


Fiancé is coming for dinner tomorrow night and we will be eating outside and maintaining our 2m distance (!) and Youngest and Girlfriend are coming at the weekend for dinner and again we will be eating outside!  At least the weather is nice again.  I think this whole period would have been so much worse had the weather been dreadful.  I will get some pictures.  This was our table last year when friends came for dinner.  I wonder when that will happen this year, if at all?!!!!

I have managed to get house jobs done this morning early before it got too warm, I started when DH left for work at 5.30am!!!  I have then got my work done and am now going to start on the basket of ironing.  Of course with the nice weather and being able to get it dry outside I have been washing everything in sight including the winter dressing gowns!!!  I sent the winter duvets off to be washed and they are now back, all clean and packed away ready for winter again.

I hope you are all having a thrilling Thursday.  Friday tomorrow and the weekend.  We are due for more wall to wall sunshine.  Stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx