Category Archives: Christmas

Happy December Friday!


Yes it’s Friday and usually that is a day to celebrate at the end of no doubt busy weeks for all but at this time of year it is a worry as we are rushing so quickly up to Christmas!!  I could really do with an extra week in December this year or a few more hours in each day!!!!

Eldest was at home for dinner last night and it was just like old times!  It was a lovely evening.  This morning I have been getting some jobs finished and then will be out running errands and getting all my Christmas cards off.


Here are the presents all wrapped and bagged and waiting to be delivered and also for the tree to go up so they can go under it!


These gifts are the ones which I have to deliver to Friends and Family over the next few days.


This red one has Treacle’s presents in!

Treacle was at the Spa yesterday and has been trimmed and washed, it was the wash she actually needed, so she does not look that different and they also left her with a bit more hair as it is now Winter.


She is all fluffy and smells SO much better!!!  Although it won’t take her too long before she is mucky again!!!!


Busy and very Christmassy weekend ahead and I will have lots of pictures to show you next week. 

Have a wonderful Winter/Christmas weekend you lovely lot, whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx



Well I am in a Christmas mood even if everyone else isn’t!  I went grocery shopping today and everyone seemed to be in a bad mood!!!!  Treacle has been to the Spa and looks and smells so much better!!!!!  I will show you some pictures tomorrow.

As it is #TBT here is one of the Boys when they were younger at Christmas time and one from when they were older.


The above was at Great Central Railway visiting Santa in 2005. Eldest was 10 and youngest was 6.

Boys Christmas 2015

Ten years later in 2015 and Eldest was 20 and Youngest 16.  What a difference a decade makes!!!!

I do miss them in the first photograph!!!!!  Today has also been house jobs day and some work fitted in too and tonight we have Eldest here for dinner and sorting out presents!!!  Tomorrow I have some errands to run in the morning and then DH and I have a lovely weekend of Christmas things to do and I will show you pictures next week.

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx


Christmas in the Planning!

Been busy with getting things ready for Christmas and the first big job is all the baking!!!  Mince pies, which are pastry cases with dried fruit in mixed with some brandy; Christmas cookies, oats with cranberries and white chocolate; cheesy stars and sausage rolls.


The first of a lot of shortcrust pastry rolled out and ready for cutting.



First batch of mince pies cooling.


Sausage rolls and cheesy stars.


Christmas cookies.



I keep some out in tins but the rest are stored in clip boxes in the freezer and I get some out as and when and defrost them. That should keep them going up to and over Christmas!  Although I have had a request from Youngest for mince pies and cookies to take into work on the last day!!  So I will be baking again.


After I popped out to run some errands this morning after working, I then sat this afternoon and wrote all the Christmas cards, all 101!!!  Some are hand deliver, some are post, some are Scout post and some are air mail, hence the separate piles.  I will be getting these off this week. 

The presents are all wrapped now and I will be getting those delivered soon too!

This weekend DH and I have a lovely Christmasy weekend to look forward to and no announcing at any events swimming or otherwise!!!!  I will not tell you about it just yet but will show you all with pictures next week!!!  We are also aiming to get our home decorated at the weekend too.

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well.

Christmasy Hugs, Susie xx


It’s Friday but not Black!

I am so fed up of our retailers jumping on the band wagon for Black Friday!  It has always been an American day, ie the day after Thanksgiving, when Christmas starts and their retailers do discounts to encourage people to shop.  However our lot seem to have appropriated the day and some people have lost their heads over discounts, which are not always what they are cracked up to be!!!!!  If I get one more email about Black Friday…….!!!!


We were going to get the tree this weekend and decorate but DH now has to be at an event anouncing Santa’s arrival!!!  So it looks like it will be next week now!!!  I am doing okay with my plans for getting things sorted for Christmas and as DH is not around for this weekend I can get on with my jobs!!!  I have been out today running errands, some of which were successful and others which were not!!!  Hey ho.  My aim is to get the majority of the jobs finished so that we are all then able to enjoy the next few weeks in the run up to the Big Day!!! 

It was actually sunny today which has made a huge difference after all the rain over the last few weeks.  It was very cold first thing with a hard frost which will also hopefully help kill off all the bugs!! DH has had a cold since last week but so far, fingers crossed, I have avoided it!!!!


Treacle loved being outside this morning and I sat at my desk for as long as I could with the door open for her until I was frozen, but she happily came in and got in her basket for a snooze whilst I worked!!!  As you can see she is also getting ready for Christmas.  Next week she is off to the Spa for the day!!!!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend for the last day of November!!!

Hugs, Susie xx


Christmas is Coming Fast!

Sorry for the lack of posts.  DH and I were away in Edinburgh for two days on Wednesday and Thursday of last week and then the weekend rushed up on us and Monday and Tuesday flew by and here we are a week later and oh boy is Christmas rusing headlong towards us!!!

So I will do this in order!  Tuesday I went to the flower show with Fiancé’s Mom and it was a lovely evening and some stunning displays that were raffled for the charity, Blood Bikers.  Mel and I decided that we did not want to win one as they were enormous and we were worried about getting them home in the car!!!!

Jonathan Moseley was really entertaining keeping a running commentary going whilst doing these huge floral designs.

Wednesday and Thursday we were travelling for business and it was quite cold in Scotland but dry for a change although there had been some snow! 

We stayed at the hotel right next to the new bridge in Edinburgh.  It was a great room and for once there was a table for DH to work at and a dressing table which surprisingly few hotels seem to have these days!!!

This was the view in the morning at sunrise and I also saw a man working beneath the bridge in a harness.  It did not look comfortable!!!

We visited the customers in the morning and then headed home and stopped at a lovely old Mill for lunch.


The Mill and the river next to it.


Friday I caught up on work and home jobs and the washing of course and in the evening it was the Christmas Light Switch on in our village and, of course, DH was announcing!!!!  We had a lovely few hours despite all the rain!!!!


After we had cleared up our friends Pat and Alan came round for dinner.  It was a lovely evening and launched the Christmas festivities.

Saturday DH was busy with announcing duties but this time for the Samoyeds, they were very cute and fluffy and quite different to the Rotties the previous week.


Ready and waiting.


These two pictures are the puppies.


This is the winner!

Whilst DH was out I took the opportunity of clearing up the sewing room and then wrapped all the Christmas presents!!!  I will show you some pictures tomorrow.  Sunday DH helped me with the extra cleaning before we decorate for Christmas.

Monday I spent the day working and Treacle was keeping me company in the Den as it was, yet again, another wet and horrible day!!!  Yesterday I sneaked the day and went over to Nottingham to get the final gifts and have a look at the Christmas decorations!!!  Again I will show you some pictures later in the week.  This morning I have been working and this afternoon I have been making the mince pies!!!! IMG_3233

First lot of the pastry ready for cutting


The first thirty six done and cooling!

The last meeting on the Wednesday in Aberdeen was at a local restaurant and whilst DH was busy I was having a look round and found these in the cabinet!


Huge Christmas cakes made at the restaurant!!! 

Tomorrow is house jobs day and grocery shopping and in the afternoon I will try and get the cheesy stars made.  Friday I have a few more errands to run and I am hoping to make the Christmas cookies.  DH is announcing tomorrow and Friday evening for the Christmas light switch on in Long Eaton and Ilkeston and Saturday he is busy again with a friend’s daughters 18th Party and Youngest is going along to help.  Sunday he is then announcing Santa’s arrival at an event!!! At some point we will get the tree and decorations done!!!!!!


Treacle has been busy helping me all day and has just got in her basket for a quick rest before her dinner!!!!

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well.

Hugs, Susie xx

Blog Hop.

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I have signed up for the above Blog Hop being run by Carla at Creatin’in the Sticks.

I always used to love the Blog Hops run my Madame Samm and when I saw this on FarmQuilter’s Blog I sent Carla an email.

The Hop is about:  “Stitch a gift for someone and tell us the story.  Maybe it’s a donation quilt, a quilt of valor for a veteran, a mug rug for a friend, a kennel quilt for a pet, a doll for a granddaughter (wink), a trash basket for a family member (another wink), or maybe it’s the gift of teaching someone to sew.  Anything will do.  It’s your interpretation of Stitch It and Give It.”

My Day is November 15th so come along and see what I and all the ladies who have signed up have been up to with our Holiday sewing!  I will put up a post with all the dates and the ladies who are taking part when Carla has done all the wonderful organisation of it.  Thank you Carla for all your hard work.

I already have some projects almost finished and a few more on the go.  It is a bit worrying that my Christmas Countdown is now on days instead of months!!!  In fact there are 78 Days to go to Christmas.  Oh boy!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx


Chinese New Year 2019.


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


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