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Susie’s Friday Book Club.

As you know from last month’s Book Club I am currently reading the new George R.R. Martin Book “Fire and Blood” which is the prequal to Game of Thrones.  If you have actually seen the book in person it is the size of a brick and I have not got very far with it at the moment and will be taking it away with me on vacation.

So this month’s Book Club is a little different and I thought I would show you a very favourite cook book of mine, Nigella Lawson’s “At My Table”.  I have all of Nigella’s books and use lots of recipes from them day to day and for dinner parties. 


I think because she is not a chef but a good home cook as she calls herself, her recipes work and they also work if you change an ingredient, which I have found in the past with other chef’s books this doesn’t happen.

I think I have also said about Nigella’s books before that you can actually read her books as she has a very easy way of writing and puts little anecdotes in when telling you about the recipe.


This is one of my favourite recipes from the book Chicken Fricassée.  You can use left over chicken or turkey or cook it from scratch, so very versatile, DH and The Boys love it.  It is also a good recipe for cooking ahead and re-heating.


Here is my copy!

You can get it from Amazon as a hard back or Kindle edition.  It was first published in 2017 so is one of her relatively new books.  I hope you try this or one of her other books as she really does have some different but delicious recipes.


Yesterday was the worst day, weather wise, I have lived through!  The heat was unbearable and despite all our curtains and blinds being closed tight and windows open, the heat just got in.  I stopped Treacle going outside as she was just lying in the sun panting even with her short hair so I closed the back door as well.  I actually hung my washing out and it was dry in an hour!!!  Our bedroom is at the back of our property which gets the sun from 10.00am until 7.00pm so last night our room was like an oven.  We really didn’t sleep much.  We kept all the doors open trying to catch any breeze but nothing.  I was awake at 4.00am and it was a little cooler but not much!

Today it is 76°F but still very warm and muggy!  We are supposed to get heavy rain over night and all day tomorrow and Sunday which will hopefully cool it down a bit.  However Sunday I was going to do a BBQ for us all but I think I will be cooking in doors now, hey ho!

Whatever you are all up to this weekend I hope you lovely lot have a good time, whatever the weather is doing!

Hugs, Susie xx


Susie’s Monthly Friday Book Club.

Sorry this post is a few days late but Friday last turned into a bit of chaos and ended with me having afternoon tea with my good friend Jayne whose Birthday was last week.  We usually try and go out for lunch to celebrate our Birthdays (a week apart) but she and I are too busy, so we are going to try and go next month.



Anyway on to this month’s book – George R R Martin’s prequel to his amazing Game of Thrones series “Fire and Blood” about Daennerys’ ancestors The Targaryens.  It is set 300 years before Game of Thrones and begins with Aegon The Conqueror who fashioned the Iron Throne.  It follows the family and shows how we got to Game of Thrones through 736 pages!  As you can imagine it is a long book and I have it in hard back so it will take me a while to get through this but am really looking forward to it as I think Martin is a great story teller, even if he does kill your favourite characters off!!!!!!


There are some lovely illustrations in the book.

I will let you know how I get on with it.  My only problem with the book will be that it is so big I will have a job reading it when I am in the bath!!!!!!!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend a looking forward to a good week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Susie’s Friday Book Club.

Hi folks and welcome to Book Club for May.  This month is a mystery/crime book and I just have to say there are some gory descriptions it.  DH would never read it as he does not like the descriptive bits and he would never watch “Bones” on TV for that reason!!!  If you can get past that then the book is really great.


Robert Hunter is an LA Detective with a bad case of Insomnia (I know how he feels).  Their latest case is a serial killer whose victims come from various legal and police backgrounds but with no link they can find and he is creating sculptures left at the scene of the crime.  Robert and his partner and a detective from the DA’s office need to find the killer fast before they drown in sculptures and body parts.

I haven’t finished it yet but I am hooked and cannot put it down.  I have been reading this when I have been waking up at 2.30am and it is amazing how many chapters you can read at that time in the morning!!!!!  However I am very tired by 4.00pm that day!!!!

You can get it on all platforms from Amazon.  I have read quite a few of Chris Carter’s books now and he is a great story teller.


DH is in and out all weekend so I have a few errands to run in the morning and then I think I will do some Spring Cleaning and also some quilting, so a little bit of everything!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx


Susie’s Friday Book Club.

There are many, many book clubs and despite being any avid reader I have never joined because having talked to people who do belong to Book Clubs they tell me about the books they choose and they sound dreadful to me!!!!  I read to be entertained and escape not to be depressed and it seems that a lot of the Clubs choose “meaningful” books which I am sure would make me feel down!

Now to my question; should I always on my Monthly Friday Book Club only give you reviews of books I have enjoyed or should I tell you the negative about a book I have been reading? 

My reason for asking this is the book, below, I have just read and did not enjoy and to be quite honest feel it was mis-described!


I had read an article about this book and it sounded wonderful.  James Pope-Hennessy had been asked to write the Biography of Queen Mary after she passed away and he spent years interviewing and speaking to friends and relatives about her.  Eventually his manuscript was put forward to be read by The Queen, it was approved and duly published.  However he had taken extensive notes and information which did not appear in the book and he said that they should not be published until fifty years after his death. 

So his notes about Queen Mary and her life were drawn together and published in this book.  From what I read I expected it to have details about her life which gave you a different view of her and some exciting bits of information which did not appear in the authorised tome!  It didn’t.  In fact every chapter is about Pope-Hennessy travelling and staying with the Royal Families of Europe and various aristocracy in Britain and being told the same thing that Queen Mary was reserved and quite formidable.  Therefore no new information than what was in the original.  The only slightly different bit of information was that she was actually in love with another man before she was betrothed to Royalty but nothing happened and that was it.

It was a great disappointment and in fact I did not finish it, which is not like me at all.  So I am sorry that this is not a good review but hopefully if this book had peaked your interest you may think twice.  If you did want to read it wait for it to appear in second-hand book shops for a fraction of the cost or for your local library to get it in i.e. don’t waste your money!!!!


We, at home, had a fraught start to the day!  DH got up at 5.00am and how a shower and left to go to work.  Youngest got up at 6.30am to get a shower and then I was getting up when he realised we had no water!  He managed to get a stand up wash with what was left in the tank and that was it!  A water main had burst and so we had no water until 2.00pm.  At least it wasn’t Monday morning, I think it would have been worse then!!!

We have home jobs to do over the weekend including Spring  Cleaning our bedroom to get it ready for our new bed which is going to be delivered the week after Easter!  Can’t wait!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx


Susie’s Friday Book Club.


Clive Cussler is one of my most favourite of writers and although he does now write with someone else, he/they stay true to Mr Cussler’s original format and the books are very good.

This book is the twelfth in the “Oregon Files” series and sees the adventures of Juan Cabrillo and his partners trying to recover several stolen paintings which are being used by a Filipino Gang to fund their activities.  The gang is also on the trail of a deadly drug developed in the Second World War which enhances the person who takes it to extremes but then has a devastating effect when not continued.  Juan’s team, known as The Corporation, are traversing the Western Pacific in their very special ship, which looks like a down at heel freighter but packs a punch from its true identity hidden underneath the rust, to try to save lives, the paintings and remain hidden!

The action moves through the book without stopping and you really feel as if you are with the team trying to save the World.  If you like adventure books then this tick’s all the boxes.  As always it is on all platforms from Amazon.


Sorry for lack of posts this week!  It has been “One of Those Weeks”!  I won’t go into everything which has happened this week needless to say that I have arrived at Friday with still lots to do, the days flew by and I did get lots of things done not always what I should have been doing!!!!!  Today I am trying to catch up on Home jobs as well as work and tomorrow we have friends coming for dinner.  It will be great to sit down for a few hours of peace and quiet!!!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a fantastic weekend and I will be back on Monday as normal.

Hugs, Susie xx


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 :

Chimera can be found at :

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


Hugs, Susie xx

Susie’s Monthly Friday Book Club.


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.


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.



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.



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