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Happy Thanksgiving to All My American Friends and Followers

Although it is not a holiday in the UK I am Thankful for my family and friends, to all the lovely people who take time to comment on my Blog and to my Followers and those who read my blog.  I am Thankful for today.

Hugs, Susie xx


It’s Friday!


It has definitely been one of “THOSE” weeks this week and I am very glad it is Friday!  It culminated in my going out to my Jeep today to run some errands and the battery is flat!!!  I suppose I can’t complain as it is at least five year’s old but it is so annoying, especially when you have your whole day planned and it goes out of the window.

I got all my house jobs done and caught up on my work work too but I can go out tomorrow and sort things out, although Saturdays are usually very busy, especially now as it is definitely  building up to people Christmas shopping!!!


This is Hassop Hall where DH is going on Sunday for his second Birthday Lunch!!!  Very similar to Callow Hall.  Looking forward to a lovely lazy day again.  We also have to go and visit the Boys Godmother as it is her birthday on Monday but I do love these social days.


Sunday is Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night when effigies of Guy Fawkes are burnt on bonfires and fireworks are let off.  For anyone who does not know the history Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the King, James I (James VI of Scotland) and the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday November 5th 1605, so that they could then put a catholic king on the throne.  The plot was discovered in time and Guy Fawkes and his four other close conspirators were arrested and subsequently found guilty and put to death in the most gruesome way.  The nursery rhyme below is always said on this night;

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.

By god’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!

You can see where Game of Thrones got some of its ideas!!!!

Anyway have a Wonderful Autumn Weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx




Halloween is here and we are ready!  I have had the sweets for a couple of weeks now and have managed to keep the Boys off them ready for tonight!!!  I even caught Treacle having a look at them the other day!


Had to give you a #TBT (Throwback Tuesday!) picture of the Boys ready for Trick a Treating dressed as a demon ghost (!) and Darth Vadar!!!  Usually they went as Wizzards or ghosts but this particular year they decided they wanted to sort their own costumes out and this is what they came up with!  I went along with it!

It has been really hectic with work yesterday and today so I have not got anything else done but am on a mission tomorrow to get everything tidied up!  I am starting to run out of weekends to get things done so need to make the most of any time available.  I am also getting my lists done as well.

With AMC 020905

We had some sad news at the weekend too.  DH’s Auntie Margaret, seen here with Youngest in 2005, passed away on Saturday at the grand age of 87.  She had not been ill but had had some troubles and went into hospital but within days passed away.  She had been at home up until then helped out by her sons, James and Richard and James wife, Diane.  James and Richard are lifelong friends of DH and Auntie Margaret and DH’s Mom were best friends.  Her passing means that she is the last of the older family in Nottingham, although we are lucky to have DH’s cousins from both sides of the family still around. 

The weather here has definitely turned colder so our heating is now on and last night Treacle went out last thing and this was the moon.

IMG_0787Very spooky and quite appropriate for Halloween!

Youngest is teaching at the swimming club tonight and DH should be home not too late, otherwise it is Treacle and I handing out the sweets!  I hope everyone has a lovely and safe Halloween!

Boo, Susie xx


It’s Goose Fair Friday!


Yes we can do the Snoopy Dance as it is Friday and not just any old Friday, it is Goose Fair Friday!!! 

Goose Fair 021008Although it is a little blurry here is a high up view of the Fair.

Historians believe that the fair first began in 1284 when the Charter by King Edward I referred to City Fairs for Nottingham.  Its name comes from the thousands of Geese which were driven into Nottingham from Lincolnshire to be sold to be fattened for Christmas Day.  Our family when my Grandparents were alive always had Goose for Christmas Day Dinner instead of Turkey and there was also Beef as well. 


There are two roads in the Nottingham City Centre, one is called Goose Gate where the Geese entered the town and The Poultry where all the butchers/poultry shops were.


This is the Fair in Old Market Square with the old Council House in the background

The fair used to be held in the city centre, in Old Market Square in front of the Council House but moved in 1927 to its present venue of the Forrest Recreation Ground when Old Market Square was re-developed.  The fair was cancelled for a few years; 1646 because of the Bubonic plague and during the First and Second World Wars but since then it has been continuous. 


The Fair with the new and present Council House being built in the background.


Another side of the fair in the Square with the old buildings in the background which are still there today.  In fact the building on the right next to H. Samuel is by Watson Fothergill a famous Nottingham Architect


Today it is all about rides from the little ones for the children to the very big ones that even I won’t go on!!!  They also always bring one new ride to the fair usually very fast or very big or both!!! 


Nottingham is DH and My Home Town so it is tradition to go and we even went before we were both born and so did both of the Boys.  In fact DH and I had our first date at Goose Fair, so we are going tonight!!!  The weather at the moment is cold but at least it is not raining like the last couple of years.  This is one of the events we all look forward to during Fall and really marks the end of Summer and start of Autumn for us. 


Also a tradition, which not a lot of people understand, is having a pot of hot mushy peas with mint sauce whilst you walk round the fair!!!  You have to be there to appreciate it!!!

I hope you all have a Wonderful Weekend whatever you are all up to.

Hugs, Susie x

Time Warp!

I think there is a Time Warp somewhere in my house because time seems to be speading up, certainly faster than normal!!!!  I cannot believe it is September 19th and there is only one more week left to this month!!!! 

I was looking through my diary and trying to get my mind around things which are happening for the swimming club, things which are happening for the Boys, fun things which are happening as well as important other things.  Oh and work as well!!!!


The first week of October there will be the famous Goose Fair in Nottingham, our Home Town!  This is where DH and I had our first date and so this year we are having Date Night there without the Boys!!!  The first time in twenty years!!!!  Youngest is going with some friends from college and Eldest and Girlfriend will probably be going with some of their friends.  Hopefully this year it won’t be raining as in the previous few years.


We will also be running the Club Championships in October on two Saturday evenings which are always fun nights, if not tiring!!!!


Youngest will have a week off of college at the end of October and it is also DH’s Birthday!


Then it is Halloween!  I do love this time of year.  Of course I am also thinking about Christmas and getting organised with Gifts especially if they need to be ordered.  I have seen a lot of Christmas Planners on Pinterest but sometimes they are so huge that you would need the whole year to complete them!!!  I do have my own plan I use and at the end of October will show you it and hopefully something on it will give you inspiration to do something similar wherever you are.  I hasten to add though that although it is a plan I don’t always get through it or do everything off of it, it is there just as a help.


Treacle’s body clock, of course, works round meals!  Breakfast at 6.00am, lunchtime biscuit at 12.00pm, dinner at 6.00pm and any other food that she can possibly cajole out of anyone, including ice cream that DH is eating (she was not lucky this time!) 

Quilting is going okay (I thought I would mention this as it is supposed to be a quilting blog!!!!) I have got more of Evalyn’s quilt done, more material arrived for my Christmas gifts and I have a couple of other things to finish that I completed the tops of whilst away on holiday. I am still trying to finish some UFO’s and am determined to get them done before the end of the year. 

Well Tuesday is almost over here in the UK and tomorrow is the middle of the week and then Friday Youngest’s furniture is arriving so the weekend will be spent finishing his room, yeah!!!!

I hope you are having a thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x


It’s Friday but where did Thursday Go?


I really am glad to see Friday this week.  It’s been a long week yet I don’t seem to have achieved much in it!  DO you get weeks like that?  Yes work got done and jobs got done and everyone got fed and clothes got washed and Treacle got fed but I still don’t feel as if it was a stellar week!  Probably because the weather has been yuck too.  In fact I have even, today, succumbed to switching the heating on, which must tell you how bad it is.  I have sat at my desk all week freezing!!!!!


This is the garden yesterday starting to look very much like Autumn and the sky was very blue but it was not warm. 


Even the moon was still up when I took this picture just before lunch at 12.00pm. 

The weekend is supposed to be a little better with no rain which will give us a chance to get those garden jobs done and house jobs (they did not get done this week either!).  Youngest is teaching/coaching at the swimming club at various time and DH will probably have to go up as well, they are both having their haircut tomorrow, Eldest had his done last night and then DH has a business meeting on Sunday morning (!) hopefully for not too long.  The house still looks like a bomb has hit it with Youngest’s things still all over the place, but his new furniture arrives next week so hopefully he will all be sorted by then.  But I am taking back Eldest’s room and sorting it out as I need to get on with my quilting, especially Evalyn’s which is for October!!!!!!!


As you can see from the above picture it has not taken Treacle long to “discover” Youngest’s new bed!!!!  This was this morning after they had left for work and college!!!!  I will add that there are decorative pillows and cushions to go on the bed which are stacked next to the bed as he obviously could not be bothered to put them back on the bed this morning!!!!!  Boys!


Talking Christmas (!) I have started three projects that are going to be Christmas gifts this year!  Are you impressed?  It was one of those “I saw the material and it inspired me” to make these gifts rather than trying to make something because it is Christmas.  They will be able to be used all year and I can’t wait to show them to you but I won’t be able to until after Christmas!!!!  Boy it seems a long way off yet but I know the weeks will fly by and I know Treacle ratted me out the other day but I have bought a Christmas ornament which I am now thinking I will also get as gifts for some other friends!!! 

I love it really!!!  And an advert on TV last night for Movies24 becoming Christmas24 and this year it is starting on October 21st!!!!  Which is even earlier than last year!  Soon they will be showing Christmas movies all day everyday from June!!!!!! 

Anyway I had better go as I have lots to do and I do hope everyone has a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to.

Happy Hugs, Susie x

PS I am not going to mention what has happened in London again today!  I am being an ostrich and hiding my head in the sand and only thinking happy thoughts!


It’s Starting!


Yep I popped into the card store today for some Birthday cards and there were the Christmas cards!!!!  It’s only just September for goodness sake!

However I have also noticed on Pinterest that suddenly there are a lot of pins appearing with Christmas things in them.  Now I know if you are making things for Christmas you need to be getting on with them but things to buy in the shops don’t need to be out this early.  DH and I went to Vienna on our 15th Wedding Anniversary (which is November 12th) and they were only just getting their Christmas things out then.  Here they had been out since the middle of September!!!!


Jayne and I had a lovely lunch at Croots Farm Shop in Duffield which is the next village to where we live.  We got caught up on each other’s news and hearing about her new job which begins at the end of September.  We usually go Christmas shopping together (see the link?!!!!) in November so we will have to arrange it for one of her day’s off. 


As it is Thursday I cannot resist a #TBT picture of The Boys on Christmas morning 2007 so ten years ago.  The furry face which can just be seen is our Airedale Kelly, Eldest’s dog.  At this time of year, as the Boys had gone back to school, I would start booking all the things for Christmas like the visit to Santa on the local Steam Train and arranging to get the Christmas Tree and ordering any specific Christmas gifts which you knew would either be difficult to get or would sell out.  So I suppose I am as much at fault as the stores for starting Christmas in September!!!!  I do miss this though especially now as it is quite boring getting their gifts now they are all grown up, either clothes or money!!! 

Oh hell I will just admit it I LOVE CHRISTMAS, but I do love all the things which happen in between now and Christmas and during Autumn so I have to make sure I don’t miss those things in the headlong rush to Christmas.

Happy Thursday everyone, it’s almost Friday.

Hugs, Susie xx