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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!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving.

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To All my American Friends & Followers

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although this is very much an American Holiday I am very Thankful this year for a lot of things, but mostly my wonderful Family; DH, Eldest, Youngest & Treacle and the two Girlfriends.  We have had a very busy and eventful year but I have enjoyed every minute of it and although there have been and are some challenges when isn’t there?!!!!!

I hope all those celebrating have a lovely day and long Weekend and if you are tempted to go to the shops tomorrow, Black Friday, you are able to get what you need without too much trouble!!!!!

Hugs & Love

Susie xx

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A November Tuesday.

It is getting very dark in the evenings now, quite early as we head for December but in some ways it is quite nice as the curtains are closed and lights on which always makes it better.  Yesterday was a typical, for Britain, dank November day where it was misty and very dark all day, so the lights were on all day whilst I was working at my desk.  Treacle was not bothered as she was fast asleep in her basket.

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Notice the ear is up for her “early warning system” ie although she is asleep she can hear what is going off at all times!!!! Tee hee!!!

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This is the new terracota pot and stick over the hole where my washing pole goes into the ground. We have done this because last year we “lost” the hole come Spring as the grass had covered it over.  Treacle keeps trying to bite it, which I tell her off for because of her teeth, but as you can see she has been chewing the stick!!!!  Anyway the reason I am showing you this is because it looks like a Fairy house!!!  I thought of making a little sign saying “For Rent”.

We had the swimming AGM last night which went on longer than anticipated so DH and I didn’t get back until late and we still had not had dinner!!!!  Today it has been work all day and then I have some errands to run tomorrow and then DH and I are out in the evening at a Christmas event.  I am hoping to get lots of pictures to show you.

Bonfire Night seemed to go off with a bang (!) but not too many fireworks so I think that will be it now until New Year!  Treacle doesn’t bother with them much, or barks at them and Youngest was in last night so she was happy about that.

I hope your week is progressing well. 

Hugs, Susie xx

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Yes I know it’s a Christmas picture!!!!  But all the stores are doing it?!!!!! The Boys are nine and thirteen here!!!!! 

Bonfire Night.

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Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Today in the UK is Bonfire Night where we let off lots and lots of fireworks to “Remember, Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason & Plot”! Of course now it is just a good excuse to let off the fireworks and eat hot dogs and chips!!!  Which is what our dinner is this evening, after the swimming club AGM!!!!!  No fun for DH and I then!!!

Sorry I was missing in action last week but it became quite frantic with the business and I was busy driving around the countryside making collections and doing deliveries!!  It was a very long week and quite tiring and I also think I caught a chill from our friend’s Retirement Party when we were outside, as by the end of the week I had no energy whatsoever.

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As it is DH and I’s 30th Wedding Anniversary this year (next Monday in fact!!!!) we thought we may be able to go away for a two-week holiday but that has not happened because of work etc so we have decided to do what we did at our 20th and go out and do something every Friday and Saturday night in November, so a month-long celebration. We had real fun last time doing this.  So last Saturday we went to Callow Hall in Ashbourne, Derbyshire for dinner, just the two of us (the entrance above).  It was a great evening and the food was lovely.

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The Hotel.

This was dinner, crab cakes to start and then homemade fish and chips!!! Doesn’t sound exciting but it was delicious and we were both too full to have dessert!!!!  We got home around 9.30pm having had a great time.  We were supposed to go to the cinema on the Friday night but I was not feeling up to it.

We have a busy week again and Wednesday it is late night shopping in Nottingham so I am going over to get a few bits and meet DH for dinner there.  Friday it is the younger swimmers their Championships in the evening and Saturday evening the older swimmers are at the League event about an hour away so DH and I are going.  

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Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and DH and Youngest are involved in events during the day and they are each hosting an event in the evening as it is 100 years since the end of WWI.  I will be going to Church in the morning but then spending the rest of the day in my sewing room, as well as getting dinner for the workers. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week, you lovely lot.

Hugs, Susie xx

Bonfire Night 2005 in our garden. 

Happy November!

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Happy November everyone and I cannot believe that it is the eleventh month of the year already!  However when I look back at everything that has happened so far this year, it has been really, really busy so no wonder the weeks just fly by.

We had lots of Trick-a-Treaters last night, it being Half Term here in Derbyshire, so no school the next day.  We almost ran out of sweets and that was eight bags gone!!!  I do hope they all clean their teeth well!!!!!

I am busy making lists again as I have lots to do and you know how it is, I don’t want to forget anything and feel that I will, unless I do my lists!!!!  Is it a sign of old age or as DH says more likely that I have too much on!!!!

Today I am going to start wrapping all the Advent Calendars and then I have our Christmas Cake to make and the Christmas puddings to do so they have time to mature before the Big Day!  I always make them during Half Term when the Boys were at school as I had more time and they always helped.

This is also our Anniversary Month and DH and I have lots of things planned and hopefully we will get lots of pictures.  The main event being our weekend in London during the middle of the month, can’t wait.

Have a great day, you lovely lot.

Hugs, Susie xx

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It’s Autumn.

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This quote for me says Autumn all over, the leaves turning, the nights drawing in and the Autumn weather.  Last night as Treacle went out last thing it was definitely chilly and had an Autumn feel.
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For all the children it was Back to School yesterday (although there still seemed to be a lot of children around when I went shopping in Nottingham!).  Our Boys have now finished their formal education after eighteen years between the two of them and yesterday felt very strange not racing around getting lunches and making sure they had all their books, sports kits etc and were smart in their uniforms and of course taking that “start of a new year” picture.
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As it is Thursday here is a #TBT picture of the last time they were together going to school.  Eldest was in Upper Sixth and Youngest was in Year Eight at the same school aged 17 and 13.  I was quite sad really, but that’s usual as I hated them going back to school after the six week holiday, I always loved having them at home with me.
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The conkers are starting to ripen and the children will soon be collecting them.  The Boys
Aunt & Uncle had a wonderful Horse Chestnut tree in their garden and their Uncle always collected lots of conkers for them.
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The Boys Godparents came for dinner last Saturday before they went off on holiday for a month (they are now retired!) and the day was warm so we made the most of it by eating outside again.  We have done so well with the weather this year and been able to eat outside lots and it has been lovely.  It was a lovely evening catching up on all the news and very relaxed. 
This weekend we don’t have anything on for swimming or work or compering so we are going out on Saturday evening to celebrate Eldest’s Birthday as he was away at college when it was his actual Birthday.  Hopefully I will get some pictures.  This is the last week that Youngest’s Girlfriend will be here as a week on Saturday she heads off to Uni.  The weather is supposed to be okay so Sunday we can get some tidying done in the garden and it will then be in great shape as we go into Autumn/Winter.
We will be making the most of the weekends in September as in October all the weekends are filled with either swimming or compering or work and before we know it, it will be November!!!!!  I cannot believe it but Christmas things are starting to appear in the shops!!!  We have lots of things on before Christmas but the stores cannot seem to resist getting things out already!!!!  I know we Quilters are making things for Christmas, as am I, but that doesn’t mean we need to see all the Christmas things in the stores!  I am trying to ignore it!!!
I hope you lovely lot are having a Great Thursday, tomorrow’s Friday!!!! 
Hugs, Susie xx
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The Highlands!

As promised here are more pictures of our vacation in The Highlands of Scotland.  We are always in good company as The Queen holidays at Balmoral which is not far from where we stay!

Warning:  Picture Heavy Post!

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At the cottage where we stay,  is surrounded by trees and there are several pairs of Red Kites living there.

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This came into the deep water Port of Invergordon on the Tuesday;  it is the fourth largest cruise liner in the World, The Meraviglia, which has a capacity of 4,500 people on board.

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DH visited a few customers whilst we were up there and one of his trips was to Dunfermline.  The day was quite overcast and we ate lunch overlooking the sea and of course the seagulls were ready to help!!!

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Of course in Scotland you can be driving through the middle of a town and come upon the odd castle here and there!!!

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The cows came a visiting one day and this gate is the entrance to the cottage!  Fortunately the gate opens both ways so I was able to open the gate inwards and not disturb Mom, although the calf was a bit jittery!!!

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As you can see from their looks they were most disgusted that we had disturbed them!!!!

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The second week DH had to go to Glasgow so we went via a different route through Glencoe, one of our National Nature Reserves.  As you can see it was early in the morning and very misty and quite dark.

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The mist was hanging in the valley

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The Lochs around Glencoe.

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The weather did not really improve all day and was quite stormy into the evening.

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We found a new tea room near to Loch Ness set in the grounds of the farm.  The Ducks came a visiting!

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The view out of the tea room window.

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The Tea Room.

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Just before we came home we paid a visit to the Fruit Farm to get some Brambles and Strawberries, so I could make jam when we got home.

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Because of the very wet Spring and then very hot Summer, the wheat and other crops were all ready a lot sooner than normal and harvesting was well under way, whereas normally they are only just beginning to harvest when we travel back from vacation. 

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When we travelled up we drove across the new Forth Road Bridge, The Queensferry Crossing which was opened by The Queen last year. “The 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. This innovative design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant.”     The above picture was as we crossed the middle span.

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The view from the cottage as the sun was setting one evening.

I hope you have enjoyed the trip around The Highlands, it really is a magical place and although the weather can be changeable by the hour it really doesn’t matter, when you have views like the one above and a lot of peace and quiet.

Tomorrow I will show you pictures of a surprise from the holiday!

Hugs, Susie xx