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Spring, Well Maybe!


She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbour: “Winter is dead.” ― A.A. Milne

Well it would be nice to think so but as we have about a foot of snow on the ground and even my snowdrops are looking sorry for themselves I don’t think we can say that Spring is here just yet! 

I love the above quote from one of all of our family’s favourite authors A.A. Milne he of the Winnie the Pooh stories.  I read all the stories to both of the Boys when they were little and we got lost in the Hundred Acre Wood lots of times.  They are truly magical stories.

However we can look forward to the better weather and in fact the temperature next week, one week on from the -6°C, is going to be 10°C, possitively balmy!!!!  Roll on Spring.

Hugs, Susie xx


A Valentines Wednesday Wag!


Well it is something called Valentine’s Day today not that I know much about it!!!  There seems to be a lot of red things around and cards and flowers, but I don’t think I need to be doing anything about it!!!  Now what is that thing above my head in my picture?


Mom made pancakes last night.  She has a new batter bowl which she got for Christmas and it made making the pancakes really quick as she was able to pour the batter straight from the jug.  She loves the blue of the bowl, me not so much!


It has been doing this all day today so my trips outside have been extremely short but Mom has been on hand with a nice warm towel to dry me when I got in, it is also very cold today!!!  When Daddy left early this morning and I had been out I went straight back to bed and snuggled with Mom until she go up. 


I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Evening and much woofy love to all our Followers and Readers. 


Pancake Day!

The one day of the year when DH and The Boys don’t want to be bothered with a main meal, although I make them have something, all they want to eat are Pancakes!


Our lot prefer to have just the pancakes with orange juice and sugar.  I prefer to have them with some maple syrup and I must admit that I love pancakes with savoury fillings too!!!

I am sure I have told you the story of DH when he was little with his best friend in their kitchen and his Mom just making pancake after pancake and he thinks they got through at least twenty each!!!  I, however make one batch of batter and once its gone, its gone!!!  Also because of my Scottish heritage I also make Scotch Pancakes or as I my Grandma called them drop scones, but DH prefers the thinner crepes style.

I have quite a bit of cooking to do today and then I will make the batter for later.  Treacle usually gets the last little pancake from the end of the batter in her bowl!!!!

Happy Shrovetide everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Royal Shrovetide Football match in Ashbourne between the Up’Ards and Down’Ards which they believe began in 1667.  It is played on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and begins at 2.00pm each day until 10.00pm at night!  All the shops and businesses in the centre of Ashbourne are closed and boarded up for the two days and the game rages around the market town!!  As you can imagine there are not many rules and it is quite violent.  A friend who was born in Ashbourne, one of the criteria, played for a number of years and had several injuries from it until his wife said that was enough!!!!!



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