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Happy Halloween!

Halloween

I hope everyone has a wonderful Spooky Halloween today! 

As it is also #TBT so here are the Boys when they were little dressed for Halloween.

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They dressed as everything over the years, Youngest for most years was Harry Potter and Eldest always wanted to be something from Star Wars!!  This particular year they were a devil for Youngest, quite appropriate and of course Darth Vadar for Eldest!

DH has been at the NEC all week at a business exhibition so it has been manic here but it closed today.  Tomorrow I have errands to run and then the weekend is definitely a quilting weekend no matter what else is happening!!!!!!

Happy Spooky Hugs, Susie xx

Boys Away!

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Both of our Boys are now on Holiday in the USA! Take Care of Them for Us!!!!

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I think I actually met myself coming back the other day!!!!  The last few days have been a whirlwind of work and sorting Youngest out to go away and of course the weekend spent at the swimming pool with the Championships!  We got there both days at 2.00pm to sort the timing system out and by the end of Session one on the Saturday it crashed!  So on Sunday Sue and I were promoted from the cupboard where we usually sit to where DH sits on poolside to avoid too many connections between the computers!  It worked and we didn’t have any problems.  We also finished early but by the time we had packed up it was 8.30pm!!! 

We got home and had a meal with Youngest and Girlfriend as they would be travelling down to Gatwick, where they are flying from, on Monday evening for today’s flight! 

So for a few days it will be just DH, Treacle and I until Eldest and Fiancé get back at the end of the week.  Friday evening we have a business dinner to go to and then Saturday jobs to do before Sunday when DH is again at another swimming pool commentating for another swimming club!!!!  It’s just this time of year!!!!

Here are a few more pictures from their trip to New York.  I am loving living this trip with them!!!!!

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They went and visited the Intrepid as Eldest loves anything military.

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They went on the Staten Island Ferry, I love the blue of the sky!

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The Brooklyn Bridge below.

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They went for Afternoon Tea at The Plaza.

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Fiancé in the entrance to The Plaza

New York by night

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I can’t wait to see all the other pictures when they get back.

Treacle has been a little distracted with all the comings and goings but today settled into her basket for her morning snooze. 

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I am still busy getting on with making things food wise for Christmas and this week it will be the Christmas puddings and start making the mince pies.  They freeze really welll so I can get them stashed away and also the Christmas cookies. 

I am also going to make some Christmas Chutney this year which goes really well with cold meats and I can also give jars of them as gifts.

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie xxx

#TBT.

#TBT only to Yesterday!  Eldest and I are playing a game over WhatsApp, he sends me a picture of where they are in New York and I have to name it and so far I have got them all correct!!!  I have never been but have watched so many shows, films etc I think I would know my way around!!! 

Anyway here are the pictures he has sent me so far :

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A hearty Breakfast before they set off!

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Central Park looking towards The Plaza.

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New York American Museum of Natural History: I told him not to stay overnight!!

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Metropolitan Museum.

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The Ice Rink at Rockfellar Centre.

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A Big Barnes & Noble Store: Now I would not have got past here without staying in there for a while.

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Grand Central Station.

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The New York Public Library: Another building I could lose myself in for a whole day!

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The Empire State Building.

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Madison Square Garden where they went to see a Basketball Game last night!

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A typical New York Lunch!!!!

I am loving getting these pictures from Eldest to see what they are up to and where they have been, it is sort of like being there!  No doubt when Youngest gets to Orlando I will be getting pictures from there, which I can share with you.

It is home jobs day today and I got up at 4.30am to make sure I got them done first, I also have some errands to run and grocery shopping to do, washing and ironing to get done and then help Youngest pack for his trip!!  It is all go.  Friday I think I will sneak a day and do some quilting as the weekend is going to be busy as always.

I hope your Thursday is going well.

Hugs, Susie xx

Monday.

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After an extremely busy week last week I think I have managed to catch up!!!  Eldest came out of hospital on Thursday afternoon, minus one appendix and slightly sore in the abdomen!!!  He went into work on Friday to see them and hand in his sick note but of course they are away on holiday tomorrow so he is only off work from last week until today!!

The weather here over the weekend was very wet and it is also raining again today, Treacle does not like getting wet at all.  She is sulking slightly today as I have washed all her beds and bedding, quilted mats and her towel so she is hopping between our bed and Youngest’s bed!

As the weather was bad yesterday I decided to take the opportunity and make the Christmas cakes!!!

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Mixed and ready for the tin.

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Levelled in the tin and ready for the oven.

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I always wrap brown paper around the outside of the tin so it does not burn because of the long, low cooking time.

Our kitchen smelt wonderful whilst they were cooking.  I have also had a request from Youngest for all the usual Christmas treats I make, including mince pies, sausage rolls, cheese stars, Christmas cookies and Christmas pudding!!!  I think I will try and do a bit each weekend as we now have another freezer in the room downstairs so I can put some things in there.  I am also going to make some Christmas Chutney to go with the cold meats over the holidays. 

Before this of course there is Halloween, tonight I am going to decorate the house ready for all the Trick or Treaters! 

Have a very happy week, I am hoping ours will be a little quieter!!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

October Here.

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October has arrived and I have a busy month ahead including lots of Birthdays!!!  In fact I have five Birthdays this month including DH, who is extremely hard to buy for, especially when both Boys ask what Dad wants for his Birthday and I have no clue!!!!!

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This has been the weather today so Treacle and I have been tucked up in our Den, me working and Treacle snoring!!!!  I actually quite like these days as I manage to get a lot done although I do have to run some errands but that will be tomorrow now.  It is supposed to be better weather tomorrow although we may get the first frost of the season. 

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They are still forecasting a bad winter for us with very low temperatures and lots of snow like 2010.  The above picture is from then and as you can seen this was the snow after a storm over night.  We hadn’t seen this amount of snow in a number of years!!!!  Treacle loved it that year and the Boys as they got a snow day from school and DH worked from home that day too.  I used to love those “extra holiday” days!!!!

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Treacle & The Boys playing the day before the big snow storm.

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The next day and icicles off the shed.

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A sunny but very cold day with all the snow in the garden.

I am already planning in case this happens with things in our home just in case.  Always better to be prepared than not. 

Tonight I have a basket of ironing to do and to carry on sewing the binding to the back of the baby quilt.

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie xx

Halloween

#TBT – Goose Fair.

As we are heading into the Autumn months there are quite a few events coming up which we always do and go to as a family.  One of which is Goose Fair, which is at the beginning of October.  The last few years the weather has been very kind and it has been cold but dry.  DH and I will be going again this year, if it is not raining.  We always go as this was where we went on our first date!!!!!

So as it is Throw Back Thursday here are a few pictures of last year’s event.

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One of the Big Wheels at the Fair.

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The Galloping Horses, my favourite ride when I was little.

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A blurry picture of the whole site from the top of the bank.

In 1284 A Charter was granted by Kind Edward I to Nottingham for its city fairs.  The name of Goose Fair comes from the time when thousands of Geese were brought into the Market Square via Goose Gate to be sold so they could be fattened up for Christmas. The Fair also had other traders, many of which were cheese merchants, as well as entertainments, hot chestnuts and spiced ale.

Obviously over the years it has transformed into lots and lots of rides with every food imaginable available including the famous mushy peas with mint sauce (not everyone’s taste but it’s like chips they smell wonderful outside!). 

DH and I like to go early and then come away early before it gets busy later on in the evening and we always go on Friday night which is when I always used to go with my Mom and Dad.  Then we always have a fish and chip supper afterwards just like my Mom and Dad did for years.  I love these traditions and it is always part of the year, although if it is pouring with rain we tend to drive past and see the lights and then have supper!!!!!! 

Happy Thursday Everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

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