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Places we go and would like to go!

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. 

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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!!!!!

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Waiting to enter the ring.

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Warming Up.

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Glamis through the trees.

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The Castle itself and so many turrets.

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The clock above the main door.

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A very small door for a very big castle.

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

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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.

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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!!!

 

 

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

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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!! 

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Not changed much!!!!!! Ha

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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The London Underground above! 

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Another favourite, the colours drew me to this.

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

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

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

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

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Again I loved this picture quilt.

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The above would make a wonderful baby quilt.

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I just loved this happy cow!!!!!

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

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A very pale but intricate quilt.

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These two quilts are just so intricate with the applique.

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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!

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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!!!!!!!

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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.

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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!!!!

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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!

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To All My American Friends & Followers

Have a very Happy 4th of July.

 

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

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

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My Boys and I outside Cinderella’s Castle 2008!

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Old Glory

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day DH!

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To The Best Dad in the World

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DH and His Boys!

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

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

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

Hugs, Susie xx

#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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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