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Forgot to Say….

March 2nd 2019 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

 

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I forgot to say on Book Club Friday yesterday that Molly, Treacle’s Airedale Sister in the US, and her friend Chimera are hosting a Dr. Seuss Day on Saturday March 2nd 2019.  Our Boys loved Dr. Seuss and their favourite was The Grinch.

Molly can be found at : http://northfordmaggie.blogspot.com/

Chimera can be found at : https://atcad.blogspot.com/

Mark your calendars now and go join them for lots of fun with Dr. Seuss.

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Hugs, Susie xx

Susie’s Monthly Friday Book Club.

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I have got behind with Matthew Reilly’s books so when I got my book tokens for my Birthday I bought his latest ones and so this is the second book I have read of his new ones.  It is a “stand alone” one not linked to his two hero’s but is, as all his others are, well written.  From the first page it moves fast and does not stop until the last page. 

The Chinese have been developing a new kind of theme park with which they want to out-do Disney World and all their parks combined.  This has been achieved by a find of the Century, dormant dragon eggs, however they have not just hatched the eggs but also tampered with some of them and that is where their troubles start. 

As the cover suggests “Jurassic Park with Dragons” and I would add “Game of Thrones” but the Dragons are aiming for the Throne!!

It is a great read and can be found at Amazon on all platforms.

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Do you ever buy books because you like the look of them?  This is different of course to judging a book by its cover (although I have bought books because of their covers before now and found them to be very good).  However when we were in London before Christmas I saw this book in the bookshop and just loved it.

 

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Hannah Dale is an illustrator and her drawings can be found on pottery and kitchen wares but she has also included her illustrations in a book on British wildlife.  There is a picture of the animal and then a description of it on the opposite page.  They usually call these books “coffee table books” and I just love the whimsy of the drawings in this one.

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On a sad note Rosamunde Pilcher passed away on February 6th aged 94.  If you have never read any of her books then I can highly recommend them.  Her break through novel, “The Shell Seekers” was in fact her fourteenth novel but this book made her name.  The book is about character Penelope Keeling who relives her life in flash backs through the novel and her relationship with her adult children.

There is a follow-up novel to The Shell Seekers called “September” which I actually liked better than the first!  But that’s me! 

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend and find some time to sit and read, which is what Winter is all about!

Hugs, Susie xx

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Treacle was far too snuggled yesterday to do her Wednesday Wag. May be something to do with the fact I have been getting up at 4.30am so I can go and get Eldest and get him to work!!!  I am feeling, shall we say, a little tired now!!!!  Last day for doing this is tomorrow when he hopefully gets his car back.  They have been waiting for parts to be delivered and it is that which has taken the time!!!

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In 2005 DH was at another Exhibition in London during the February Half Term holiday from school so whilst he was there I took the Boys around London.  One of our visits was to Madam Tussauds and the Planetarium, which they loved.  Here they are with Henry VIII and his six wives.  I always loved taking the Boys to these sort of things and the rest of the week we went to the Natural History Museum and the British library.  Of course we did all the museums several times over as the Boys grew as they got different things from them at different ages.

The weather here has gotten a little warmer again but lots and lots of rain and also high winds!  I think it may be an early Spring as Phil predicted at this rate and certainly my bulbs are all coming up, especially my snowdrops!  Not much chance of snow though!

As the weather is still not good I am taking the opportunity of carrying on with my de-cluttering programme in our home.  DH and I did our Den which is where we work at home and got rid of a lot of things; papers, magazines and things which we have kept and used but did not require any more.  Papers we shredded and magazines went in the re-cycling basket and although our office was tidy it is now clear of a lot of papers.  My next room to do is our bedroom and dressing room, before our new bed arrives in a couple of months.  Just before it is due to arrive I will also Spring clean it as well so it will be ready for when they deliver the new bed.  

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My next job after that will be our bookcases.  Again there are some books I can donate and generally tidy them up and it is also a good excuse for me to dig out some books I have not read in a while to re-read!!!!

Tomorrow I have some errands to run and generally sort some things out before the weekend and then DH is out on Saturday afternoon/evening so I will be getting Treacle’s quilt finished.

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday.  Tomorrow is Book Club Day!

Hugs, Susie xx

Chinese New Year 2019.

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Today is Chinese New Year and 2019 is The Year of the Pig, which Eldest was born under!

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A lot of local celebrations are taking place at the weekend including the one which DH will be compering on Saturday.  We are hoping that the weather will be good for all the dancers and entertainers.  It is always a very colourful event.

DH is away at a business exhibition all week and I am having to take Eldest to and from work whilst his car is in for repair!  Youngest is busy with his work and all three are not in very good moods, so I have been moaned at by all of them today!!  Hmm think I will just go and hide for a while!

I was going to get Treacle’s quilt finished at the weekend but then all the plans changed so I didn’t get it done.  Hopefully I will get it done this weekend whilst DH is out! 

I hope your day is going better.

Hugs, Susie xx

Groundhog Day!

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Yes it is Groundhog Day and our TV stations are showing the film again and again!!!!  Will Punxsutawney Phil predict six more weeks of Winter or an early Spring?

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Well Phil emerged from his burrow surrounded by the Members of the Inner Circle and this year predicted that it will be an Early Spring!!!!  It is definitely cold here in the UK today and lots of parts have snow, not us.  Of course in the US certain States are experiencing the lowest temperatures ever recorded so an Early Spring would be very welcome.  Who knows, but I just love these traditions.

Groundhog Day actually emerged from the Christian Religious day of “Candlemass” when Mary went to Temple to be blessed after having her Son Jesus who was also presented at Temple.  It is also when the Church blessed all the candles for the year to come.  It then became a day when Christians would also take their candles to be blessed.  As with a lot of Christian festivals it draws some elements from Paganism where February 2nd was known as the festival of Light, which marked the mid-point of Winter, half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  Also people kept their Candles lit to scare away evil spirits.

Also Candlemas is said to predict the weather for the rest of the Winter:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.
So today here in Derbyshire it has been very bright and sunny but cold so on the above we shall have six more weeks of Winter!  Perhaps Phil should come over to the UK and try to predict our weather, he can’t be any worse than our Weathermen!!!!!!
Have a great weekend, whatever the weather.
Hugs, Susie xx
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Here are some Spring Flowers in honour of Phil’s Prediction!!!!

Baked Alaska Day!

Well the first month of 2019 has passed us by and it has been a blur of activity but also a quiet month after the fun of November, December and Christmas.  DH and I visited Edinburgh twice in January for work and I was just a bit sad we were not continuing North to get to where we stay on holiday, but the way the months fly by it will soon be August!!!!!

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Today, February 1st, is Baked Alaska Day!  Who knew that a dessert has its own day!  Anyway Baked Alaska was created by Charles Ranhofer, Chef at the famous Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York.  He created it to celebrate the United States purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867!  I have eaten it a few times and find it to be quite sweet, so it is not one of my favourites, however it always fascinates me how the ice cream in the middle does not melt!  I have never tried to make it but may have a go one day!!!

I always feel better when January is over as I feel that January is like Monday morning!  You have a great weekend and then it’s Monday again.  So the same with the year; you have a great December and Christmas and then it’s January!!!!

When I was little I always felt that February was the longest month ever, even though it is short by three days (or two in a Leap Year!)

This weekend DH is compering a swimming event on Saturday evening but we have the rest of the weekend to get some more jobs done in our home!  Who knows what the weather is going to do, certainly not the weatherman!!!  We have had some snow showers today but it has not settled!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend and if you are somewhere it is very, very cold, stay warm and safe.

Hugs, Susie xx

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#Throwback Thursday!

Still no snow just freezing temperatures and fog!  It looks very pretty as all the tress and bushes are white!  So for Throwback Thursday here are some pictures from 2010 when we had the last heavy snowfall when we all had a snow day!  Eldest was 15, Youngest 11 and of course Treacle. 

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You can see how much snow we had then!  Treacle was in her element!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx