Category Archives: Holidays

Places we go and would like to go!



“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

Nora Ephron From my favourite film “You’ve Got Mail”

Susie xx

Our Vacation.

So Friday morning we decided to get up early get a few bits of work finished and then pack, as we were going to travel up to Edinburgh that evening after Youngest go back from his second week away at Head Office training.  It was a nice day so the back door was open for Treacle to run in and out as always.  DH went to make a drink and fussed her as he went past and then saw blood on her legs!  When we examined her we found that she had managed to cut her eye lid, probably on a bush which she loves to run in and out of!!!!

So off to the vets we went for an emergency appointment DH holding Treacle and me trying to stem the flow!!!!  The vet thought that it would be fine as it was not a deep cut but had to stop the bleeding so we waited in a side room for an hour and she said it was okay but she would have to wear the dreaded cone to stop her opening it up again!!!! So three hours later we got home. 


We then had a business appointment to go to and then had to go over to Nottingham so we did not get back until about 4.00pm! We still had to pack (!) so we didn’t finally leave until about 6.00pm!  Therefore we didn’t get to the hotel in Edinburgh until 2.00am, having stopped for food (McDonalds!!!!) on the way!!!  We fell into bed with the Do Not Disturb sign on the door!!!!!


This was the view from our window at the Hotel which was north of the new road Bridge in Edinburgh. 


We were not far from the Naval yard where the new HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier  is being fitted out.  She is due to launch next year


Our good friend, Susan, mentioned Glamis Castle to us (where the Queen Mother was born) which is not far from Edinburgh and it just so happend that on the Saturday they were holding the first ever Horse Trials and Country Show, so we decided to go.


The riders competing in the jump competition.  We had missed the dressage section for that day and some of them were going on to the cross country.


Waiting to enter the ring.


Warming Up.


Glamis through the trees.


The Castle itself and so many turrets.


The clock above the main door.



A very small door for a very big castle.


The side of the castle where the entrance for the tour was.


I just loved the turrets.

It was a guided tour around the open rooms, some of which were the ones the Queen Mother used when she visited.  My favourite was the dining room.  The rooms were not huge but it certainly made it feel like a family home rather than just a show piece.  The family still live them and so it is very much a living, breathing space.  Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside.

Charleston with Truck

We then continued North to the cottage, via the supermarket to get food (!) and arrived at 7.00pm!! It was great to finally be away and all the peace and quiet!!!




The next morning we woke to find the cows had come to visit.


These two were particularly cute and obviously twins!!!

Today is catch up on home jobs, got the ironing all done (!), and tonight we are out for Eldest’s Birthday Dinner!! 


Not changed much!!!!!! Ha

Xander and Cake 2

We love him to bits and are so proud of him!!! 

I hope your Thursday is going well.  Tomorrow I will show you some more pictures of the holiday and especially a day which I did not expect to get to do but did and had great fun.

Hugs, Susie xx

Home, Caught Up and The Fesitval of Quilts!

We got home on Saturday evening after a long drive but the weather was kind to us.  Sunday we spent sorting things out and DH mowed the lawn that was not quite up to his knees! Monday I sat down to deal with 698 emails and accounts to sort!!!  Finally by today I am now up to date.  I just have a basket of ironing and then we are back to normal operating!!!!!  Tee hee!

We had a lovely holiday although DH did fit in four days of work with customers up there!!!  But the rest of the time it was very peaceful, although it did fly by!  I think we could have done with three weeks really!!!!

The Thursday before we left I went to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham.  It was the opening day and not too busy.  I took a lot of pictures so be warned this is a picture heavy post.  I also went to see Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Company speak.  She was great and as engaging as her You Tube Tutorials are and also her Husband Ron was there too. 

However I will say that although there were lots of quilt entires as always they did not appeal to me at all.  Whether it was the colours used or the blocks I found a lot to be quite uninspiring.  However below are the ones I loved.


This was my favourite quilt of the whole show.  I just love the colours and the subject matter.  I did have all the names but have mislaid the book!!!!  Sorry.


The above quilt had a 3D effect and looked like fruit boxes. 

Below is a shirt quilt which looked great as a scrappy quilt.


I took the above picture as it is definitely a Boys Quilt.


I loved the above one with the colours and how intricate the pattern was.


The London Underground above! 


Another favourite, the colours drew me to this.


As you know applique is my nemesis!  So I really appreciate these two quilts and all the hard work that went into them.


I love the deep red of this quilt and the different blocks.


I also admire anyone who can make fabric look like a painting!


This was done in postage stamp blocks!!!!!


Again I loved this picture quilt.


The above would make a wonderful baby quilt.


I just loved this happy cow!!!!!


I loved the above quilt as it is a smaller version of Treacle!


A very pale but intricate quilt.


These two quilts are just so intricate with the applique.


DH bought me a VIP ticket so we got to sit and relax in this lounge area and also had lunch there.

Jenny’s talk was a two hour Trunk Show and she had brought lots of quilts and then explained how she made them and also how to change the shape of a block by just turning one side of it.  Ron helped, as do all husbands, with the holding up of the quilts!


I also bought some fabric whilst I was there with my money box savings and had a good look around at different products.  We also, as we seem to do each year, saw DH’s cousin!!!  Of all the days it is on and all the people that go we always seem to be there on the same day!  It was lovely to see Jackie.

We got home around 6.00pm and then started sorting out things for going away on the Friday.  I will tell you all about our adventures on the Friday tomorrow!!!  It includes Treacle!!!!!

I hope you are having a lovely summer.

Hugs, Susie xx

A Very Busy Few Days.

It was a very busy Carnival Week and we were very fortunate with the weather, no event had to be cancelled or moved due to the weather.  Friday turned into chaos and to add to it I had to take Treacle to the Vets as she was feeling out of sorts.  Neither we nor the Vet knows what is wrong with her and as far as the Vet can tell there isn’t anything wrong! We have had some bloods taken to make sure but as soon as we came back she was bouncing around like a one month old!!!!!!!


Carnival Parade.

Saturday was the main day and DH was down at the park by 6.00am and got home at about 7.00pm.  I was going to go over to Nottingham for a little light (or heavy!) shopping but woke with a bad head so decided that it was not the best idea! 

Sunday DH was again out all day at an Open Water event in Nottingham and I spent the day quilting.  Treacle is fine and skipping about!

As DH had been very busy he was working at home today and clearing up the few things after the weekend.  However we got a phone call from our farmer friend in the Village who needed help with baling, especially before the rain which is due at the end of the week.

Tom Baling July 2019

I was due to help driving a tractor but he had run out of baling machines so DH went off with the tractor and did three fields.  It was a good job I didn’t go as Youngest was sent home from work with breathing difficulties and an extremely sore throat and other issues.  I then took him to our Doctor and it turns out he has an infected tonsil on one side so now has a dose of antibiotics!  We didn’t get home until 6.30pm and DH was out at another meeting tonight and I had done nothing towards dinner!!!!!

We have another busy week with Business and things happening at night and next weekend again!  I am very much looking forward to our vacation in August!  I know we shouldn’t wish the weeks away but I am towards our holiday!!!!


I am out tomorrow evening at Tangent and we are going to a friends house where they have bee hives and collect their honey.  The weather is still supposed to be nice so hopefully we will have a good evening.  I will try and get some pictures.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a great week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Happy July 4th!


To All My American Friends & Followers

Have a very Happy 4th of July.


Hugs, Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest, Fiancé & Treacle xxxxx


For #TBT DH, Eldest & Youngest at The American Adventure, Epcot in 2010!!! 


My Boys and I outside Cinderella’s Castle 2008!


Old Glory

Happy Father’s Day!


Happy Father’s Day DH!


To The Best Dad in the World


DH and His Boys!


To Daddy, Happy Father’s Day, woof, Treacle!

We hope you have a lovely day and love you lots!


To My Daddy, who became a Father the day before Father’s Day in 1964!

Hugs, Susie xx