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For #TBT today and because Wimbledon is currently on, I thought I would throwback to the 1970’s and a children’s TV programme created from the books of Elisabeth Berresford from 1968.

The Wombles of Wimbledon Common.


The Wombles are pointy nosed little creatures who live under Wimbledon Common and keep the area clean and tidy of rubbish which they collect and then re-cycle.  As you can imagine this was way ahead of its time.  The above picture is from the BBC who created the series for Children’s TV in 1973.  The Wombles motto was “Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish”.  I used to watch them as a little girl and loved them!

The Wombles names were; Great Uncle Bulgaria, Madam Cholet, Tobermory, Orinoco, Bungo, Tomsk, Wellington & Miss. Adelaide.


It was Ladies’ Semi-Finals day today and both were a bit of a white wash with Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams crushing their opponents to reach the final on Saturday.  Tomorrow it is the turn of the Men; Kevin Anderson against John Isner and Novak Djokovic against Rafael Nadal.  I think these matches will be longer possible even into five sets and I would hate to call who will win on either match. 

I have errands to run tomorrow and grocery shopping but am going to get everything done very early so I can be back in time to watch the matches!!! 

I will also be getting things ready for our friends who are coming to dinner on Saturday.  We have not seen them for a while and this is the couple whose Golden Wedding Anniversary is in September and I have made the quilt for.  We will be giving them the quilt on Saturday and I will show you pictures after then.

Today has been sunny and warm again but they have forecast that we may get thunderstorms tomorrow.  I am hoping that is all we get and Saturday will be lovely again so we are able to eat in the garden.  However, knowing my luck, Saturday will be bad too and then Sunday will be lovely!!!!! Hey ho.

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx



Today I have reached 155 Followers and I want to say Welcome to my World to my newest Followers.


Thank you too for following me and being interested in my crazy life!!!  I love meeting new people through my Blog from all around the World, what a great way to connect with people. 

Writing my Blog to me is like the journals we all used to keep as girls, but we are able to add pictures and illustrations to this more easily.  I also love reading other people’s Blogs and learning about their lives, especially quilting.

Today we are in for our hottest day in Derbyshire at 83°F.  Treacle is out in the garden at the moment but I suspect she will be in soon and I am heading to my quilting room.  It has had the early morning sunshine but the sun will soon move round to the back of the house and hopefully my room will cool down a little bit.  I have switched off every electrical appliance I can to make it as cool as possible.

I hope, whatever you are up to today, you have a wonderful day and if you are coping with extreme heat, stay cool and calm. 

Hugs, Susie xx


I Love Summer.

huts-2372409_1920I do love all the seasons as I think each one has something special to offer but I think if I have to choose, I love summer.  The wonderful light nights, the weather is amazing here this year and generally most people are happy, there is always the exception though!!!!!


Wimbledon begins today and so that will be a great fortnight of tennis and as the good weather is forecast to last for another month hopefully we won’t see the roof in action.


The English strawberries are just starting to ripen but because it is always so busy for us these few weeks, I tend to get the Scottish strawberries which are usually later and make my jam when I get back from holiday.  Strawberry jam is the family favourite.


It’s the Dog Show tonight for Carnival with the new team running it and DH is compering it for them.  Treacle is not entered as it is very warm again today and I don’t think I would want her out in this heat on the park for a couple of hours.  She is currently fast asleep in her basket by my desk and not hot at all, so the best place for her.  Spa Day on Thursday for her and she will be having a short back and sides to cope with the heat.

I got up early this morning and got all my ironing done again before it go hot and just have the weekends washing to do tonight and I am up to date with that again. 

I finished quilting my summer quilt and have washed it and will get some pictures of that tomorrow and put them up.  I am now on to the anniversary quilt to be sandwiched and pinned so I can get that done and then the baby quilt to be done.  After these projects are finished, I am going to be working on Christmas presents (!).

I hope you all had a lovely summer’s weekend and have a great week, whatever you are up to.

Summer Hugs, Susie xx


Thursday Thirst.


You know how the British can be really boring as all we talk about is the weather?  Well Today is the same as yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that, what I mean is it’s HOT!  Now this is actually quite unusual for us as our summers are almost always hit and miss and of course there is nothing to say that this band of warm weather will stay and as we are away on our family vacation at the beginning of August, it probably means it will be gone by then but while it is here I am making the most of it.

The garden is starting to show the effects of the heat and I am just watering our new plants.  The established bushes, trees etc don’t need it as they have been in a long time but the grass is also starting to go brown.  Certainly driving around the village, you can see how brown the grass verges are getting.  However a few days of rain and they will green right up again.


This begins on Sunday, our Village Carnival, and of course we couldn’t ask for better weather.  When I had my stall a few year’s ago it had been constant rain for several weeks beforehand and on the day it was blowing a gale so because I will not be there it will be lovely and warm!!!

Interior Apple Tree Gift Shop

Mel, Girlfriends Mom, took me out for breakfast today at a cafe in Ockbrook, near to where we live.  It’s called “The Apple Tree Gift and Teashop” and it is lovely.  The front of the building has all sorts of gifts and cards, great for that present you need for someone who is difficult to buy for! 

Apple Tree Gift Shop

This is their cake counter and I must say they looked lovely, although we had breakfast which was very good.  I will have to take DH as he loves cakes!!!

When I got back I did some work and again sorted out some other things in our Den so I am slowly getting everything tidy!!  Tomorrow I have house jobs to do and am going to get up very early and get that done before the heat gets too much.  I also have some errands to run and again will try to get them done before it is too warm.  I also have to call on the Boys’ Godparents who are back from a month’s holiday in Europe, it’s his Birthday next week so I need to take his present round as they are usually away for his Birthday too.  Oh to be retired and be able to do what you want when you want!!!!!


I have to keep checking Treacle when she is in her basket to make sure she is okay as she sleeps so soundly as she is spending so much time outside in the fresh air, that when she is in her basket she is solid gone!!!  This was this afternoon and you can see how tucked up she is!!!  She kept getting up in the night again last night as it was so warm and she was trying to find a cool spot.  One of my jobs tomorrow is to call her spa and get an appointment for her!!!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday.

Hot Hugs, Susie xx

We Made It To Friday!


Happy Friday Everyone, we made it!!  It has been a busy week during the day and getting my quilting done in the evening.  I am loving these long, light nights we have at the moment although next Thursday is the Longest Day and the nights will, little by little, start to pull in again!  Treacle wakes up with the birds in the morning, about 4.00am, and I have to encourage her to go back to bed as it is too early to get up!

Although this morning I was out and about early getting my errands done before it got busy and the grocery shopping too.  My first job when I got home was to brush madam! She was not very pleased, especially as I had called her in from the garden!


I was hoping that we could eat outside like last year as above for dinner tomorrow with Mel and Charles but apparently it is going to rain!!!  So I am going to have to use our dining room.  I am miffed after all the nice weather we have had but no it’s going to be raining!!  It is always the same when I plan something, good job I decided not to BBQ!!!


It’s Father’s Day on Sunday and we have a few little things for DH and I have bought the meat for his favourite dinner and the weather is supposed to be nice so we may get to eat outside then!!!

Before we know it, it will be Monday again!  Next week will be busy too as both DH and my cars need their MOT’s to be done and the following weekend, weather depending, we are going to get the garage and room emptied, sorted, tidied and get rid of anything we don’t need!!!  Well it’s a plan!

I hope, whatever you are up to, you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx


No it is not a new disease although it sounds like it!  It stands for General Data Protection Regulations and comes into force from the EU tomorrow, May 25th.  Here in the UK we are being bombarded about privacy messages and a few friends in the USA have had them and are concerned about it.

The new regulations are coming into force to try to stop data breaches and people using data held by companies etc for other means.  Companies collect your data such as emails, addresses, telephone numbers, date of births etc when you buy something or enquire about something and then retain the data to be used again by them.  There was also a time when some companies would sell their email list to other companies and the new rules are stopping that.

If a company holds your data they will now have to encrypt it so that if there is a breach the data cannot me used.  If you do not want the company to retain your details then just opt out when they send you can email and they have to then remove it.

Through our business we are having to encrypt our data despite the fact that the data we hold is about our customers or prospective customers and they have given us their data but it is to stop any breaches.  The swimming club are of course have to do a lot to keep the data safe and encrypt that because of the information held about the swimmers and their parents.

A question was asked about Blogs and this falls under a different section of the regulations

Article 4(18) defines enterprise as ‘a natural or legal person engaged in an economic activity, irrespective of its legal form, including partnerships or associations regularly engaged in an economic activity’

Most blogs have a follow button and that is then linked to an email address.  This is stored by the platform you are using ie not stored by yourself on your personal computer.  However if people are not happy about their email being stored by the software then they can un-follow the blog but that means they will not receive updates when the blogger adds a new post.

Therefore you have to take a view on how you are seen on the World Wide Web.  I will say that with all the social media platforms out there and the amount of data that people share on that, having your email address out there is probably quite a small thing, but that’s my view!

To my Followers if you do not wish to receive any further blog updates via email because of the new rules, then I completely understand if you wish to un-follow me, although I will be sorry to see you go.  However I will never use anyone’s email address for anything other my posts.

Hugs, Susie x

PS Sorry that was a boring post!  I will put something else better up later!!!!

Talking TV.

Why is it that some actors make a programme and then some actors completely ruin it.  In fact when you look back on all their performances they are actually rubbish at acting and wonder why they are ever offered another part!


I was scouting round on Netflix for a series to watch whilst I was ironing and I found “Person of Interest”.  I know I am late to the party as it began in 2011 and ended in 2016 but it has five seasons so I have plenty to watch and I do like Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P Henson but then came across the episode in Season 1 with Amy Acker in.  She is just awful.  I remember seeing her in Angel when I watched that and then she was in an episode of Grimm and she is just the same in every part she has.  I once read an article about her and the critics lauded her and said she was the best actor of her generation, I think they were watching the wrong person!  However these bad actors make you not want to watch the programme!!!!! 

I skipped the episodes with her in and still got the gist of what was going on!


It is that time of year again for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  The Queen attended yesterday and looked lovely in pale pink and the weather has been amazing. 


My favourite of the Show Gardens is this one below


This is the “Welcome to Yorkshire Garden” above by Mark Gregory and it won a Gold Medal. We saw it on TV last night and the colours were wonderful and very much a cottage garden.  It was also awarded Best Construction.  The little hut is actually making cheese during the show.  Have a look on-line at all the flowers.  One of my favourites is featuring a lot this year, the Lupin.  Unfortunately we cannot grow them here although I always try because they get eaten by the slugs and snails!!!!!


Tonight I will be doing some quilting for my super secret quilt and I also have some planning to do of things which I need to get done and things I would like to get done!!!  You know I love lists!

I hope you are having a great Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx