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Places we go and would like to go!

“London, Baby”!

Yes couldn’t resist the phrase from “Friends” when they were in London!!!!!  In fact it was “Joey” who kept saying “London, Baby!”.   Anyhoo here are a few (!) pictures of mini-break in London again. 

The Hotel Bar and below one of their signature summer cocktails and it was yumm!

A trip to Fortunum & Mason which is all decked out for summer.

DH & I went out for dinner on Thursday evening to Gilray’s Steak Bar.  This was my starter below Slow Cooked Sticky Honey & Chili Beef Rib Strips and again it was yummy.

We both had steak, chips and mushrooms after.

Below is the view from the restaurant and it was just starting to drop dark

One of the things for summer in London is they have lit all the bridges down the Thames.

Love The Houses of Parliament at night.

We actually went past the Ralph Lauren Sloane Square store on the way to the flower show and because it was Wimbledon and they provide the Wimbledon uniforms, the shop was dressed for Wimbledon.  Just love the displays.

On the way back from the flower show this bar had blue tennis balls on their roof for Wimbledon!

We had a lovely few days and our next visit will be November when we are going down for our Anniversary and also to do some Christmas shopping, hopefully, fingers crossed and all that, that it will happen and we will not have any more lockdowns or restrictions!

Next Monday is supposed to be our “Opening Up” day but because of the rising numbers, again, of cases it is going to be a cautious opening!  Which means that they want us still to wear masks in crowded places/supermarkets etc and to be still mindful of large gatherings at home and if you can to still meet people outside!  Hmm not sure that people will listen to the advice.  This, of course, means that we will still probably have to wear face masks at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC at the end of this month!  I was really hoping we would not have to but we shall see.  I just find when it is really warm and having a mask on I start to overheat!!!!  I have tried the fabric masks but can’t get on with them so use the paper ones as I seem to be able to cope with them more easily, although in one store in London I was so hot the mask was wet by the time I got out!!!!  Hey Ho!

I hope you are having a good week, it’s almost the weekend.  Treacle is quite happy today as it is sunny and warm and she is able to be outside all the time!!!!

Did someone say Biscuit?!!!!!!!!!

Have a great Wednesday.

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

A Busy Week.

 As you know DH and I went to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show last week which was one of the many cancelled and moved events from last year.  This was our first visit there after we went to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019.  I think I was expecting the same sort of show but it was not.  A lot of the exhibitors sell plants at this show and so it was more like a local plant sale rather than a show, especially compared to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Here are a few pictures we took.

The first tent we went into was the Rose displays and the smell was amazing.  The above one is a small rambling rose.

Below is one of the Show Gardens which was a lovely lay out but as you can see not a lot of colour in it.

The above pictures; another show garden.

This show garden was showing us how our gardens will look in the future to avoid the extremes of global warming etc.

The three pictures below were from the Flower tent and the only bits of colour we saw.

It was a nice day out to be with DH but I don’t think we will go again, I think we will be going back to the Chelsea Flower Show!!!!

Tomorrow I will show you more pictures of our stay in London and then Girlfriend at her show with Penny. 

Yesterday was spent catching up on work from last week and I spent all day Sunday cleaning and doing the washing, so now have a big basket of ironing as well.  Our weather here at the moment is all over the place with humid temperatures but grey and overcast so I have had a headache most days, but it is supposed to be nice and sunny by Friday and for the weekend and of course the temperature will go up.  We have some gardening to do so I think we will be out early in the mornings before it gets too hot. 

Treacle had a wonderful week with The Boys, and this is where she spent her nights, despite having her own bed!!!  As you can see she is quite happy to push covers and cushions out of her way to make sure it is just right for her!!! 

I will be back tomorrow with more pictures. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


Eleven years ago today we were in Orlando for our second holiday in the US.  We had the most wonderful time and of course ended up there ten days longer because of that volcano in Iceland that no one can pronounce!!!!!!  I thought I would show you some Thursday Throw Back pictures of then, of course you may have seen them before but hey it is throw back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our visit to NASA, Youngest was stood on the box to reach the picture face and only just managed it!!!  The Boys were fourteen and ten!

The Three Amigos!

DH and I in the queue for Splash Mountain.

The Disney Castle and fireworks.

Discovery Cove for the day, a beach in the city.

They were always water babies!!!

The blue of the sky and the green of the trees. 

We have all said that when this wretched Covid thing is over and travel hopefully returns to normal we will go back as we really did have a great time and DisneyWorld really is a place you can visit no matter how old you are!!! 

Been busy today with work and as it is still very cold, my body does not know what to do with itself and it feels like going back into hibernation mode!!!!  I really hope we get some warm days soon.  Tomorrow is home jobs day and grocery shopping.  Yeah!!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

My Favourite Disney Character!

We Missed Groundhog Day!

Punxsutawney Phil yesterday saw his shadow; Six More Weeks of Winter!

February 2nd 2021

But how many more weeks of Covid Phil?  Not answering that question!!!!!

February 2nd is also Candlemas when Christians would take their candles to Church to be blessed for use during the year and in remembrance of Jesus who was Light of the World.  February 2nd also ends the Christmas & Epiphany season.  Most of us take our Christmas decorations down by January 6th but some Christian countries leave their decorations up until February 2nd.  We always have a real tree so if we left our decorations up until yesterday I think the tree would have been bald by now!!!!

So thank you Phil for your prediction but it was not surprising in the current situation that we would be having six more weeks of Winter!!!

Treacle will be here later with her Wednesday Wag, although at the moment she is in her basket by my desk fast asleep!!!!!!

We Will Remember.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

“In Flanders Fields” By John McCrae

Susie xx

Gunpowder, Treason & Plot!

No not the American election although according to the headlines it just might be!

Yes it is Bonfire Night here in the UK.  In fact for some little B…..d at 2.00am it was Bonfire Night then and woke me up letting several fireworks off!!!  Especially as I had to be up at 4.00am with DH!

Today is also the first day of the new Lockdown so I suspect there will be a lot of fireworks going off.  We haven’t over the last few years done anything but decided as it is another lockdown we will get a few garden fireworks and let them off on Saturday night.  Fortunately Treacle is not bothered by them at all and in fact just barks at the noisy ones!!!

The Boys at the moment are still going to be working unless the work drops right off then they will both be furloughed again but DH and I will be working through again as our work is important for other things which need to be completed.  Of course we are hoping it will only be for the month but who knows yet.  I do know that when we are all released again the shops will be manic with everyone getting ready for Christmas!!!!!

I am still trying to sort our home and me out since I stepped down as the Covid Officer for swimming.  It has been quite a relief and I think I have had a bit of a reaction to it as I have been so tired since making the decision and quite lethargic in some ways, although I am very busy with work and everything else!!!!  I just need to spend some time and write some more of my lists and get things done!!!!  I also need to catch up on all the Blogs I read as they have been neglected over the last few months too!  As well as catching up with friends via email of course and our family too!  Which reminds me I will need to start writing our Christmas cards soon!!!!

As it is #TBT I would show you this picture of the Boys on Bonfire night.  I am sure you ahve seen it before as Eldest is pretending to be Harry Potter and Youngest is looking at him scared stiff!!!! It was November 5th 2007 and Eldest was twelve and Youngest was eight.

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday, Friday tomorrow yeah!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Happy Hallowe’en!

Happy Hallowe’en!

Although, as with everything this year, Hallowe’en can only be celebrated at home with just the family, I am sure everyone will have a great Ghostly, Spooky time!

Everyone in our home is out and about today doing various things, so we are having a spooky dinner tonight and then settling down to watch a movie!  It is due to rain all day today and tomorrow here in Derbyshire, so it will definitely be indoor jobs!  We still have quite a bit to do outside but I am hoping that next weekend will be better weather and we can get them done and then the garden will be ready for Winter.  The driveway at the front will be done soon as well with new tarmac again in time before Winter starts.

I have not been at swimming for the past week and I have spent everyday and evening trying to catch up on things that I have put off for the past three months!  It has been so nice though!

Whatever you are up to today, please have fun and stay safe.

Spooky Hugs & Love,

Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest, Girlfriend & Treacle xxxxx

Final Weekend Travels & Birthday!

We stayed at The Goring again in London which is a lovely small hotel and a favourite of her Majesty!  The staff are wonderful and make you feel very welcome and nothig is too much trouble. Our room was overlooking the garden at the back of the hotel.

The Mascot of the Hotel is the Goring Sheep, Ba Bar Ra, and these wonderful sheep are in the rooms.

They are special commissions for the Hotel!

As it was not busy we got to each breakfast in the conservatory every morning.

It was a lovely break even though it was only three days!!  We left mid morning and got home around 3.00pm.

We had a lovely meal last night with the Boys and Girlfriend for DH’s Birthday and lots of laughs.  Girlfriend had baked DH a wonderful cake.

It, too, was very yummy!

It is obviously Halloween on Saturday but everyone is being told not to go out trick or treating because of the situation but celebrate indoors, so for the first time in years we won’t have pumpkins outside or treats for the children.  We are going to have a fun supper though and have a night in watching a movie!!  It is due to be raining anyway!!!!  It is a very strange year!

Have a wonderful Friday and great weekend whatever you are up to and stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx