Category Archives: Holidays

Places we go and would like to go!


“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” 

Nora Ephron –  “You’ve Got Mail” 

I think the above quote from my most favourite film “You’ve Got Mail”, sums up Autumn to me, especially the children going back to school which they did today in our village and at the Senior School.   Obviously our two are all grown up now and quite relieved not to be going to school (!) but it still reminds me of them going to school.  

As it is #TBT I thought I would show you pictures of the boys when they were at school!!!  You may have seen them before, if you read my Blog regularly, but I like the walk down memory lane!!!!

Eldest above, 2005 aged 10 and just starting his last year at the Village Primary school.

Youngest above in 2005, aged 6 just starting Year 1 at the village Primary School.

Here is Eldest at the start of his last year of main part of Senior School in 2010 aged 15.

Here is Youngest at the start of his last year of main part of Senior School in 2015 aged 15.

I love this time of year, although it won’t be the same this year because all the fun things we do in the Autumn have been cancelled because of Covid!!!  Things are also starting to get cancelled now towards Christmas including all the festive lights switch ons!!!!  I think this year is going to be a Scrooge Christmas!!!!  I am sure families will have a lovely Christmas at home and we will certainly be making it a lovely time, it’s all the Carol Concerts which won’t be happening and the Nativities, parties and get togethers!  I can’t see much changing between now and Christmas and the same goes for the swimming club!  Hey ho!

I found that whilst we were on holiday obviously everywhere we went we wore face masks and I don’t mind because it is keeping us and everyone else safe, but I did find that it did take some of the enjoyment out of trips.  Usually my good friend Jayne and I go Christmas shopping together in Nottingham.  We have a lovely day seeing all the Christmas displays in the shops, getting those extra few gifts and have a lovely lunch.  I have not spoken to her yet about it, we usually go in November, but I am not sure whether she will want to go!!  I don’t know if it will be the same having to wear face masks.

Just to depress you even more there is only three months to go to Christmas!!!!!

I have already been thinking about presents for those we buy for and have come up with a plan!  It is slightly cheating but also will help out after the year we have had! For the adults we buy for I am going to get Gift Vouchers at their favourite restaurants and a bottle of wine!  That way if it is still such a pain going shopping I can organise things from home.  I think I will also be ordering quite a bit on line!!! 

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed my start of Autumn here on the Blog, I have to get dinner ready now as we are at swimming tonight and tomorrow night and Saturday morning too!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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


#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

Happy 4th of July.


To All My American Followers & Friends

Happy 4th of July, Have a Great Day!




To All My Canadian Followers & Friends

Happy Canada Day, July 1st, Hope you had a Great Day.  Sorry I missed it!!!!


Hugs & Love, Susie xx

VE Day 2020.


75 years ago Britian celebrated the end of the War in Europe on May 8th 1945.  After six years of fighting, rationing, the bombings and millions who lost their lives the War in Europe was over.  The current situation is a juxtaposition with then and it seems quite appropriate that we should be celebrating this whilst in Lockdown!

Our families were very much involved with WWII, my Father was an aircraft engineer in the RAF and DH’s father was a member of the Royal Engineers.  My Grandfather was in a reserved occupation so was an air raid warden during the War and DH’s Grandfather was also in a reserved occupation, he was a gentleman farmer, so he became a Policeman.  

My Dad was actually in India and Burma so was actually still fighting when May 8th occurred and his service did not end until VJ Day on August 15th 1945. 

We should have been having celebrations around the country and DH was due to commentate on them locally but of course they have all been cancelled due to the current situation.  However they are talking about doing something later in the year depending upon how things go!


Our families were very lucky in that they came home but so many did not and it is their sacrifice that means we are free today. 

For the Fallen

By Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal 
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; 
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound, 
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, 
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, 
To the end, to the end, they remain. 
(First Published in The London Times 1914)
As we remember those that fell during WWII, and WWI, we also remember all those who have fallen since in modern conflicts around the World.  Also to all those serving in the various services now. who are busy helping with the current situation.  Thank You.
Stay safe.
Hugs & Love Susie xx

Happy Thursday!

Yes I know everyone is having a trying time at the moment but we have to stay as upbeat as possible!!!  DH and I have had a few trying issues this week with work and financial things which should have worked and were done before the lockdown but didn’t get sorted and now trying to get it sorted with less people and telephone lines not being answered has sent my blood pressure higher than normal!!!!!  We are also finding that the Covid-19 is seeming to be used as a good excuse for things not getting done!!!!! 😦


Anyhoo lets not dwell on this.  DH and Eldest are going to be busy outside building the decorative stone wall to hide the conrete at the front and today we are hoping that the stone will arrive to raise the hole.  I will show you pictures as we progress.


Having worked this morning I am doing home jobs this afternoon and I am also going to start the Spring Cleaning.  The weather is wonderful and sunny again today and it does so lift the spirits.

It’s #TBT today and ten years ago at Easter we were in Orlando, Florida for the Easter holidays.  Of course we got stuck for a further ten days courtesy of the little volcano in Iceland!!!! 

We had a brilliant three weeks and here are some pictures from the trip.  Eldest was 14 and Youngest was 10!


The above was at Fort Christmas Historical Park


We went to Discovery Cove for the day and had a great time. 


DH and The Boys on the Paddle Steamer at DisneyWorld


DH and I queuing at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.


DH and The Boys at NASA. 

I just love these pictures and the sky is so, so blue.  I really wish we were going this year and feel for anyone who had booked for Easter and is not now able to go.  We will all be back to normal soon and hopefully this thing will run out of steam very soon.


Here is your Treacle for the Day!!  She looks a little sleepy in this one as it was first thing in the morning!!!!!

Stay Safe All.

Hugs & Love Susie xxx

Happy Mother’s Day!


To All the Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts, etc out there we hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Over the last few years my Boys have taken me out for Breakfast but this year we will be staying in!!!  Have a lovely day everyone and stay safe.

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