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Susie’s Monthly Friday Book Club.

The weeks are flying by and despite trying to be organised I missed this month’s Book Club! Sorry! I have put a picture of Chatsworth House library dressed for Christmas as I think we could all do with a little cheer. In fact I got an email the other day from the bookshop I use which said that they were all dressed for Christmas and to please excuse how early it was but they had the same thoughts!!!! Loved it.

Anyway here is my book choice for October.

I have read quite a few of Alison Weir’s historical novels. She takes the character and then writes the book based upon historical facts but as a story which fleshes out the character as opposed to a book of just facts.

I have always loved this part of history and in particular Henry VIII’s six wives but most is written about his second wife, Anne Boleyn, rather than his first wife Katherine.

This book begins with Katherine’s arrival in England and her marriage to Henry’s brother, Arthur, who unfortunately does not live long past the wedding. As Henry becomes heir apparent he marries his brother’s widow and there begins their twenty four year marriage. Sadly, as was the case in this period of time, despite having six children only her daughter, Mary, survived, which was the cause of her eventual divorce from Henry in his pursuit of a male heir!

There is a lot more to Katherine than the sad figure which history consigned her to in the arrival of Anne and the replacement of Katherine by her. Especially at the end of her life when she sent a note to Henry still declaring her love for him despite everything he had done to her!

I loved this book and if you also enjoy it, then Alison has also written about all of Henry’s wives, the books below.

DH and I are off to London for the weekend today, the Boys are both at home looking after little Treacle for us. I will have pictures to show you next week. Have a wonderful weekend you lovely lot.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

#TBT.

For #TBT today I wanted to show you some pictures of our visit to London during October school half term in 2005, which I cannot believe is fifteen years ago!!! Eldest was 10 and Youngest was 6! We had a lovely week and the weather was quite good for October!

I love looking back on these pictures and to see the fun we had as a family. DH and I are going to London tomorrow for the weekend. This is the trip that was cancelled from July, then September and now the end of October!!! With all the new restrictions we weren’t sure if it was going to happen, but so far and fingers crossed we are going!!! I will have pictures to show you next week!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Summer.

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#TBT.

#TBT only to Yesterday!  Eldest and I are playing a game over WhatsApp, he sends me a picture of where they are in New York and I have to name it and so far I have got them all correct!!!  I have never been but have watched so many shows, films etc I think I would know my way around!!! 

Anyway here are the pictures he has sent me so far :

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A hearty Breakfast before they set off!

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Central Park looking towards The Plaza.

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New York American Museum of Natural History: I told him not to stay overnight!!

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Metropolitan Museum.

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The Ice Rink at Rockfellar Centre.

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A Big Barnes & Noble Store: Now I would not have got past here without staying in there for a while.

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Grand Central Station.

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The New York Public Library: Another building I could lose myself in for a whole day!

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The Empire State Building.

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Madison Square Garden where they went to see a Basketball Game last night!

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A typical New York Lunch!!!!

I am loving getting these pictures from Eldest to see what they are up to and where they have been, it is sort of like being there!  No doubt when Youngest gets to Orlando I will be getting pictures from there, which I can share with you.

It is home jobs day today and I got up at 4.30am to make sure I got them done first, I also have some errands to run and grocery shopping to do, washing and ironing to get done and then help Youngest pack for his trip!!  It is all go.  Friday I think I will sneak a day and do some quilting as the weekend is going to be busy as always.

I hope your Thursday is going well.

Hugs, Susie xx

No Spoilers Here.

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No Spoilers revealed in this post!  DH and I went to see “Avengers: End Game” last night and can honestly say it does not seem like three hours long.  It was good and did answer a lot of the questions left at the end of Infinity War, although I did get a bit confused at one bit!!!!

It will be interesting to see how the movies from now on deal with some of the things raised in the film. 

If you are a fan of the movies then you will enjoy it but I also think you will perhaps have to see it a few more times, when on DVD, to get all the nuances. I know I will!!!!

My two favourite characters of all the films, Rocket and Natalia Romanova aka Black Widow!

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

#Throwback Thursday!

Still no snow just freezing temperatures and fog!  It looks very pretty as all the tress and bushes are white!  So for Throwback Thursday here are some pictures from 2010 when we had the last heavy snowfall when we all had a snow day!  Eldest was 15, Youngest 11 and of course Treacle. 

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You can see how much snow we had then!  Treacle was in her element!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.

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After all the nice weather we have had, today it has been raining, in fact more than raining, I think the term is stair rods!!!  I have not enjoyed being out in it!!!!

I had my lunchtime biscuit and am now quite happily in my basket in the warmth whilst Mom is working at her desk.

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I am definitely a Fair Weather Airedale!!!! 

I hope you are having a Happy Wednesday.

Woof, Treacle.

The Wednesday Wag.

lsI was at the Spa on Monday for my bathing ritual and there were only a few other dogs in with me, so it was very relaxing!

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Front View

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Right View

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Left View

Mom has washed all my beds, my quilt, my collar, my towel and Teddy so we all smell so much better.

The weather is still nice so far but it will not doubt start to get cool, especially as I have had my Airecut!

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Of course I had to have several hours sleep to recover!!!!!!

I was also busy keeping Mom safe whilst Dad and Youngest were away over the last few days.  Sleeping in her bed was a real chore!!!!!

Woof, Treacle.