Category Archives: Holidays

Places we go and would like to go!

#TBT.

Technology is a wonderful thing sometimes and it can also be maddening!!  However one of my Apps shows me photographs from different years which is great as it shows you ones that you might have forgotten!!  Anyway yesterday it showed me some pictures of when we went to Orlando in 2008, which I cannot believe is eleven years ago now!!!  Eldest was twelve and Youngest was eight and we have the most fantastic holiday and The Boys still talk about it now.

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All Three are car nuts, still are!!!!!IMG_0927

Epcot at USA World.

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My Boys and I outside Cinderella’s Castle.  I had my arms around both of them but Eldest was proving that he was taller than me by standing up really tall!!!  It wasn’t much longer before they were both taller than I!!!!

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We had dinner with the Characters and Pluto was a hit with us all!!!!

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Main Street as it started to get dark and the lights came on.

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One of my most favourite pictures of them with Baloo and King Louie. In fact “The Jungle Book” Disney film I went to see at the cinema with three friends for my Birthday in 1971.

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We spent the day at Discovery Cove and although it is in the middle of the city you would not know, a little bit of paradise.  The Boys loved the sand and the swimming of course.

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We went to NASA and had lunch with a real Astronaut.

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We did all of the Disney World parks several times but The Boys always loved the cars!  DH has this picture on his dresser.

I have all the 2008 and 2010 pictures of our trips to Orlando in several places; printed, backed up on my computer, DH’s computer, my iPod and off site too.  I am also going to print them all out and put them in an album each like we used to do before digital!!!!

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Been working this morning and now I am going to get on with our house jobs.  Treacle is busy helping by sleeping in her basket, very tidy!!!!  DH checked behind the Boys’ Den last night and it appears she has not been digging but we are not too sure what she has been doing up there.  DH had put a rather large stone to stop her which she had managed to move!!!!!  Anyway she wasn’t in trouble fortunately!!!!!!

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It is also Voting day today here in the UK for our local Councils including the Village Parish Council, so DH and I will be going later on this evening when he gets back from work.

Whatever you are up to today I hope you have a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Easter Holidays #TBT.

As it is almost Easter 2019 and it is #TBT I thought I would do a few pictures from Easter over the years.

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2018 Easter table at home.

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Easter 2006 – DH, Youngest & Eldest on the Jacobite Queen cruising into Loch Ness, Youngest was six and Eldest was ten.

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Easter 2009 – Youngest, Eldest and DH in London for the holidays.  Youngest was nine and Eldest was thirteen. 

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Easter 2014 – Scotland and Girlfriend was with us for the holidays.  Eldest was eighteen and Youngest was fourteen. 

I have finished all my Home jobs already (8.30am) and DH is actually at home which is a good thing as the skip is arriving this morning!  I have the grocery shopping to do for the weekend and a few other errands to run but so far I am ahead of the game.

The weather forecast for today and the rest of the Easter weekend is set to be very warm with sunshine, temperatures reaching 71°F, warmer than some holiday destinations.  This actually makes a change because usually when we have one of these long weekends it is rainy and horrible.  At least with the nice weather we can also get some gardening done too!!!

I hope whatever you are up to today, Maundy Thursday, you have a great day.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Scotland Trip.

DH and I went up to Edinburgh again for business last week.  Here in Derbyshire the weather was warm and sunny, in Edinburgh cold and grey!!!!  I managed to get a few pictures whilst we travelled between customer visits.

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The road which leaves England behind and Scotland ahead, looking towards Edinburgh and the coast.

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We ended up driving through Edinburgh around the back streets avoiding traffic where you come across some fantastic buildings.

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Fantastic bay windows and you would not know you were 1800 Edinburgh except for the security cameras!!!!!

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Lots of the buildings have turrets and some of which are actual, if not tiny, rooms beneath the turret!

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A wonderful selection of old buildings which lead to Edinburgh Castle except for the modern carbuncle to the right in the picture which looks like a car showroom!  Whichever planning authority allowed that needs their heads examining!!!!

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Driving down the main road in Edinburgh the view is dominated by the Scott Monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott.  You can see how grey the day was.

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We also had to go to Glasgow and stayed there overnight before returning to Edinburgh.  This is the view from our hotel room and the huge crane is a permanent monument to the great shipbuilding on the Clyde River.

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The Armadillo which is an event space.

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One of many old buildings in Glasgow probably once connected to the ship building industry.

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Several little towns have very ornate towers for their council offices.

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Travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh with a small break in the clouds.

It was a good two days for business and nice to be in the area again.  Just a shame that we were not able to carry on further North to where we holiday!!!  Ah well we will be doing that soon!!!!

Still trying to get things organised at home and tidying up areas which have not been done in a while prior to us starting the Spring Cleaning!!!  We have decided to get a skip over the Easter period so that we can get rid of rubbish which will be easier than keep going to the local tip.  We also have boxes ready for donations to charity shops and things to re-purpose and of course things to go back into the attic which will be all clean and tidy when we do.  Well that’s the plan!!!!!  I will let you know how we progress!!!  Quite a few friends have asked us why we are bothering and most times attics get sorted when you move house but we have not done that for a number of years so it is a good time to get it done. 

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As these Primulas are very prolific and spread easily we moved some from here to another part of our garden and as you can see they have come out.  But also some have come out as pink!  Now I know that Hydrangeas can change colour because of the soil but I didn’t think Primulas could do this!!!!  They look pretty whatever they are!!!!!

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I hope you are all having a Happy Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Spring!

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Groundhog Day!

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Yes it is Groundhog Day and our TV stations are showing the film again and again!!!!  Will Punxsutawney Phil predict six more weeks of Winter or an early Spring?

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Well Phil emerged from his burrow surrounded by the Members of the Inner Circle and this year predicted that it will be an Early Spring!!!!  It is definitely cold here in the UK today and lots of parts have snow, not us.  Of course in the US certain States are experiencing the lowest temperatures ever recorded so an Early Spring would be very welcome.  Who knows, but I just love these traditions.

Groundhog Day actually emerged from the Christian Religious day of “Candlemass” when Mary went to Temple to be blessed after having her Son Jesus who was also presented at Temple.  It is also when the Church blessed all the candles for the year to come.  It then became a day when Christians would also take their candles to be blessed.  As with a lot of Christian festivals it draws some elements from Paganism where February 2nd was known as the festival of Light, which marked the mid-point of Winter, half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  Also people kept their Candles lit to scare away evil spirits.

Also Candlemas is said to predict the weather for the rest of the Winter:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.
So today here in Derbyshire it has been very bright and sunny but cold so on the above we shall have six more weeks of Winter!  Perhaps Phil should come over to the UK and try to predict our weather, he can’t be any worse than our Weathermen!!!!!!
Have a great weekend, whatever the weather.
Hugs, Susie xx
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Here are some Spring Flowers in honour of Phil’s Prediction!!!!