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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn.

We are back. Well we have been back actually a week (it seems like months already!) but it has taken me that week to get up to date with business work, home jobs and all the laundry!!!

To add insult to injury WordPress, in their infinte wisdom, have changed how we write our posts AGAIN!  And I really don’t have the time or energy to sort it out at the moment.  I really do wish they would leave things alone.  When I complained they came up with “well we can’t run all the browsers everyone wants, and we have to do it blah blah blah”!!!!  Hmm just an excuse as far as I am concerned!!!

We had a lovely time on our vacation although it flew by.  Youngest and Girlfriend came up for a few days and we did some of the tourist bits with them but it was so not the same as we were all social distancing and wearing face masks everywhere, which I know is for our and everyone else’s safety but oh I am so over it!!!!!

Anyway here are some pictures of our trip:

Our view from the cottage and the cows came to visit us, with the babies of this year who were extremely nosy!!!!

The deer also came for a visit one day.

We took Girlfriend on the Loch Ness Cruise although the weather was not as good that day.

It was quite a mild day but the mist was down. Glen Urquhart Castle The Boys always loved to visit the Moray Motor Museum which is run by some fantastic volunteers and all the cars are actually brought out and used in events, unfortunately of course not this year.  Anyway we went to visit.

Old delivery bicycles.  DH’s family had one very similar for delivering meat! DH, Youngest and Girlfriend taking pictures. An old garage set up, although not much different to today really. A Jaguar which Youngest was very interested in as he works for Jaguar Land Rover.  When the gentelman on duty found out where he worked, he said he had a few jobs for him to do!

We also had lots of days in at the cottage as it is out of the way of everywhere and everyone so it was great.  The silence there is actually defeaning and I sat outside quite a few days reading my book.

The sunset the night before we left.

I know I missed our monthly Book Club for August, I was not organised this year, but will be back next week for our September one.

I did get a bit of quilting done whilst we were away and now need to actually do the quilting.  I made a few and got some tops completed so now need to get them quilted.  I am trying to finish one or two things at home so am trying to spread my time out.

We have just had our last long weekend until Christmas here in the UK and DH and the Boys spent the days outside playing with the cars!!!  Eldest was fitting a new system to his car so the other two were helping!!!!!  I was still getting our home sorted and all the laundry done!!!!

The second week we were away the swimmers got back into the pools.  So DH and I also spent all of last week in the evenings at swimming.  They are do really well with the social distancing, although they do forget occasionally but soon distance again and they are so pleased to be back in the water and the parents are very grateful for all the paperwork we have done to get them back in.  I just wonder how long we will have to put up with all the restrictions before we go back to normal?

Anyway I will be back to posting every day now, and I will have to try and get my head around this new post writer and try and work out how I add images to it and also get the font this colour and not be shaded!!!

I hope you lovely lot are all well and had a great summer, I cannot believe it is September already.

Hugs & Love Susie xx


We had, as always, a busy weekend and the paperwork to get the swimmers back into the pools is continuing exponentially!  I send emails out and within minutes replies are back with more emails to send!!!!!

Anyway I want to share a bit of quilting instead (yes I know don’t faint!!!!)  One email which popped into my inbox was from a quilting supplier with a new range of fabric.

You know I love books and one of my favourites is Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Well Riley Blake Designs has come up with a new range called “Jane Austen – At Home”  Here are a few pictures of the new range, I have chosen the ones I like the best.


I love the muted colours.  I will be adding these to my list of projects.  If you would like to see the full range you can find it here  Obviously this is a British supplier.

I am going to try and get my quilting sorted this week so I can take it away with us. This will be the first sewing I have done in months.  I still need to sort out sewing at my desk but with one thing and another I have not had time!!!  Hopefully I will get back into the swing of things whilst away and this will carry on when we return from vacation!

I do actually have a few tops to get quilted so that can be one thing to get done whilst we are away. 

I also need to sort out which books I want to take with us as well.  I won’t be taking the memory books for Eldest with me as there is too much to take, I will complete them when I get back. 

I am doing okay so far this week with the things I need to get done!!! Of course it may all go wrong by the end of the week!!!!!!!

I hope you are having a thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


Happy Thursday all!  Bit of a mixture here today for #TBT.  As the children broke up from school last week I thought I would show you the Boys last days at Primary School before starting Senior School.


Eldest above, so everyone else will have a picture of all of them looking at the camera but Eldest was looking at me!!!!! From 2006.


Youngest when he got back from school with his shirt all signed, a great tradition here in the UK.  They did the same when they left Senior School too! From 2011.

The funny story from these pictures is that they both used Sharpies to sign the names and when they got back there were multi-coloured dots all over their chests and arms!!!!  I had to spend about an hour getting them off with nail polish remover!  They were not amused!!!!!!


The above picture is our holidays to Scotland and particularly Moy Fair.  This was the shoot at the targets, which our good friend Gordon was part of.  Here is Eldest shooting the flintlock they had.  It really made a huge bang!!!!

Culbin Forest - Buckie Loch looking East 1

The Boys and DH used to go cycling at this forest trail which actually lead down to the Beach as well. 

Andrew with horns - Loch Mohr

Youngest at the Loch where the cottage is.  I think this is an antler he found!!!

The holiday pictures are all from 2010 when Eldest was 14 and Youngest was 10.

I am busy trying to get things sorted during this week and next before we go away on vacation a week on Saturday.  I am desperately trying not to end up running around like the proverbial headless chicken trying to get everything sorted before we go.  I swear every year I won’t do it and then by a week on Friday I will still have a million things to do and running out of hours and then declare “I don’t know why we are bothering to go away …….”  I am sure if you are a Mom you will definitely know what I am talking about!!!!

We have another swimming meeting tonight (!) as we are running out of days to get that sorted as well!!! 

I hope you are having a good Thursday, Friday tomorrow!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.


You will be pleased to know that I am feeling a lot better today, after a second visit to my Doctors!!!  Daddy took me last night and there is a new arrangement at the moment for seeing my Doctor whereby Daddy has to ring to say we have arrived, the Vet talks to him on the phone, we then walk to the door and I go in by myself, my Doctor does what is necessary and then he rings Daddy again, who is in the car park.  Afterwards I am brought back to the door and collected by Daddy with a bag of medicine and Daddy pays for me over the phone!!!! 


Daddy told my Doctor that I am always better once I walk in their door and he said that is always the case!!!!! 


I had three lots of tablets to take, some special medicine to go into my food and special food to eat as I would not eat the chicken and rice that Mom had cooked especially for me, or the scrambled eggs or the eggs and chicken and rice together or my dry food.  However I would eat my Bonio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I did hear Mom say to Daddy I was a proper little madam – I don’t know what she means!!!!!!

However Mom, Daddy and the Boys have now decided that I need to move from my dry dog food to the wet dog food they make and some mixer as they think I may have gone off my biscuits.  They have ordered some and are going to give it a try!!!

Anyway I am now back to normal and have been chasing the baby blackbirds today!!!!

I hope you are having a very Woofy Wednesday.

Love, Treacle xx

Birthday & Anniversary


It is Girlfriend’s Birthday today, 20! No Longer a Teenager!!!!! Happy Birthday!



Eldest & Fiancé will have been together for 9 years tomorrow! Happy Anniversary!

We will all be getting together for dinner next week before DH and I go on vacation and we can celebrate all then!!!


I have been busy with work again today and it has been a bit better weather with no rain and some sunshine which makes a change and it is still supposed to be nice Friday and the weekend.


Treacle is back at the Vets tonight as she is still not feeling well and so is to have some blood tests and to get some special food from them.  I will let you know how she gets on!!!!

Must dash now as I have to try and get dinner sorted as I have yet another Zoom meeting at 6.00pm about swimming!!!!  Hopefully it won’t be three hours long this time!!!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs & Love Susie xx



I really think we should have three days of work and five days of weekend!!!  The weekend flew by too fast!!!!


Probably because we were so busy!!!  Friday we had dinner with Eldest and Fiancé which was lovely, although I had been rushing around all day beforehand.  Saturday was the same with getting things done and then our friends came for dinner in the evening although it was cut a little short as our friend was not well, nothing dangerous but they had to go home earlier than planned.


Sunday was busy with some gardening and getting other jobs done at home. 


Treacle is still feeling sorry for herself so I put off her Airecut today until next week to give her chance to recover. 


This week we will be busy with work as we only have the next two weeks to get things sorted before we are off on vacation.  Eldest is staying home to look after Treacle for us.  I also have to get lots done before hopefully the pools will be opening for our swimmers!!!!


Our weather is being typically British, lots of rain with some sunshine in between although Friday is supposed to be very sunny and warm!!!! 


I am writing lots of lists at the moment just so I can keep up with everything, thank goodness for lists, I don’t know what I would do without them.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and will have a great week whatever you are all up to.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx



Finally made it to Friday, it has seemed a very long week, this week!  We had a swimming meeting last night to discuss with the Leisure Centres how we are going to work once we can go back!! We then had to go and see one of the committee members about something else and we did not leave their home until 11.00pm, and we had not had dinner!  It was a very long day!!!

Today started off  I had all my jobs planned and what I needed to get done before Eldest and Fiancé are here for dinner tonight and then Treacle decides she needs a visit to her Doctors!!!  We think she has eaten something she shouldn’t have so she and I were off to the Vets first thing!!!!  He agreed with us so she has had an injection and some tablets and is now on invalid food!!!!!

We got back and I had some business work to do, then some swimming work to do and then after lunch did my home jobs, but did not get my basket of ironing done, hey ho!!!!


One thing I have noticed being out and about on the roads again is that other people’s driving has got worse since Lockdown, it can really be like Wacky Races out there!!!!! 

Youngest and Girlfriend are away for a long weekend from today and tomorrow our good friends from the village are coming for dinner, now that two unrelated households can meet in doors. It does all get rather confusing as to who can do what and when!!!!  You would have thought, of course, as it is summer that we would be able to eat outside, no chance it is due to rain all day tomorrow!!! However Sunday is supposed to be okay!  Ah the Great British Weather!!!!

Anyway whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a nice time and see you all on Monday.

Hugs & Love Susie xx


Nottingham Beach from last year, sadly not on this year of course!


#TBT As it is the start of the summer holidays for the children, here are a few of the pictures from previous summer holidays!


Start of the summer holidays 2005!


Sports Day at school always in the last week.  Youngest who came first in his race!


Eldest helping out on sports day on work experience from Senior School at the Primary School.

Both at Moy

On Vacation in Scotland, the Boys always loved the climbing walls.  Youngest being strapped in.

Both at Moy 2

Eldest off to the top, and Youngest just starting up.

Summer holidays are always the best!

Happy Thursday You Lovely Lot.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.


I am in trouble today.  Youngest came yesterday for a little while and I was playing with him and a stick and Mom thinks I have hurt my mouth with it (!) as I was not keen on eating my breakfast this morning until Dad put some water on my biscuits!!!!  It’s not my fault!


I have also been terrorising the baby Magpies which are now in our garden!!!  They come down off the fence to find worms and things and I stalk them and run at them and they fly back onto the fence, but don’t leave!!!!!

It is drizzly rain today so I won’t be spending too much time outside!!!  Rain and I don’t go together. 


Mom says I need an Airecut soon as I am getting fluffy again and she had better get me done just in case another Lockdown happens, whatever one of those is!!!!


I am waiting for the Boys and Dad to get home so we can play!!!

I hope you are having a very happy woofy Wednesday.

Treacle xx



Today, in a normal year, would have been the start of the school summer holidays!  Six weeks of no timetables, no having to be up early and no homework!!!  I used to love the first day of summer holidays with the Boys and usually the first day off would be a PJ day for the boys!  Of course the weather was usually a bit iffy and true to form it is rainy today!!!

This year, of course, has not been the same at all and a lot of the children have been off since March so they have had extra long break, although they were supposed to be home schooling.  I am sure if the Boys were still at school we would have been doing school work first thing in the morning and then they could have the afternoon to themselves, it is certainly what we did with homework if they had any over the holidays!!! 

Anyway I hope they all have a good summer.

Happy Wednesday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx