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Oh Boy Busy!

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Today is St. Andrew’s Day, Patron Saint of Scotland, and celebrated in our home as my father and his family were Scottish.

We have had a busy few days, as always, and today was even more so as Treacle had to be at the Spa for 9.15am!  I am currently taking some strong medicine which makes me very sleepy by about 7.00pm and also makes me sleepy by 7.00am as well!  I got up with DH which was 5.00am and had breakfast, put one load through the washer and got some work done by 7.00am.  Treacle and I were on the road by 8.15am making our way through the rush hour traffic.  She was the first to arrive and I left her for three and a half hours so they could weave their magic.

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Here she is all clean and smelling soooo much better than she did! She does not have her collar on at the moment because it is currently in the washing machine, along with her two beds, quilt and Teddy! 

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Of course after a very busy morning she needs a sleep and the inners of her beds were washed and dried so they are in her basket by my desk whilst her outers and other things are still washing. I covered her up and she was very happy, especially as they were still warm from the dryer.

You will no doubt have seen and heard about the new Royal Engagement (unless you have been on a desert island with no WiFi this past week!)

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Well their first official visit as a newly engaged couple is to our home town of Nottingham, tomorrow!!!!! This may sound great except for Youngest has to be in Nottingham city centre, its where his college is, by 9.00am and the visit is due around mid-morning, DH has to be at one of the company’s offices we work with on the outskirts of Nottingham tomorrow and Girlfriend has to be a Uni, again on the outskirts of Nottingham!  Youngest will be the most affected as his college is not far from where they are visiting, so he is planning on leaving at 6.00am to get into the City and parked well before any roads are shut!!!!!  I suspect that you will not be able to get in or out of Nottingham tomorrow at all. 

Youngest won’t have a problem in the evening as he is going out with his college friends for dinner to celebrate his 18th.

I am still lugging around Advent Calendars for the younger swimmers and am slowly getting rid of them but suspect I will still have a few left after tonight’s session!  DH is compering the Christmas light switch on in Long Eaton tonight and Ilkeston tomorrow night so I will be on my own, hey ho.

I am getting my quilting things finished slowly but surely, I just can’t show you them yet! 

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie x

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PS  They are forecasting some of this over the weekend, we shall wait and see if any falls here!!!!!

Frantic Friday!

I have had a frantic week to be quite honest but today has been particularly busy.  Not only is is Youngest’s 18th Party tomorrow evening it is also a very good friends actual Birthday tomorrow and then Girlfriend’s Dad is celebrating his 50th on November 30th.  So a good friend of ours has made Youngest’s cake as her gift to him (I will show you pictures next week) but I decided that the other two had to have cakes as well.  So I have spent today sorting them out!!!  They are both drying at the moment but again I will show you pictures when they are done.

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I finished all my house jobs yesterday and made dinner before I spent three hours at swimming giving out the Advent Calendars to the young swimmers!  We didn’t get home until 10.00pm and then had dinner.  So I hadn’t touched my computer for a few hours and when I did I found that the screen resolution has become huge.  It amazes me how my computer manages to do things without me doing anything to it!!  DH, my IT guy, had a quick look but it is not obvious what is wrong, however I do know that there was a Microsoft Windows update this week and it seems that whenever that happens it messes up all my settings, grr!!

I also received our first Christmas card in the post this morning (!) however it is from friends who don’t have a lot else to do so I can forgive them for sending that out in November!!!  On the way home the other evening from the funeral we saw several houses with Christmas lights up.

Sunday we are getting the other house jobs done in preparation for our decorations going up the following weekend when it is actually Youngest’s 18th Birthday!  Tonight is the Lights switch on in the village and last night and for the next few nights it is going to be very cold and frosty although I love this weather and hopefully it will kill off all the coughs and colds everyone seems to have, I am trying to avoid them so I don’t get sick at Christmas.

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Treacle decided to come back to bed this morning after DH and Youngest went out at 6.00am, but as I have spent the day in the kitchen she has been “helping” me with clearning up anything that has dropped!!!  This means she has not slept all day so she will definitely be tired tonight.  She was not impressed when we let her out last thing last night when it was very cold.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, Winter is Coming!!!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

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It’s Thursday & November!

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It’s November 2nd and I cannot believe it!  Where have ten months gone?  Anyway Hello November I hope you are going to be kind weather wise.  We have lots of things happening this month; DH has another Birthday Lunch this coming Sunday (!), we have the Small Pool Swimming Championships, the older ones are swimming in the local league and we are hosting (!), DH and Youngest are helping at the local Remembrance Day service on the 12th, it’s also our Wedding Anniversary, we have two more swimming events on another weekend and at the end of the month we are celebrating Youngest’s 18th with a party for family and friends. 

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As you can see Treacle is exhausted by it all!!!

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All the Christmas events and things are starting to happen, Nottingham’s events begin on November 17th with the opening of the Christmas Market and Lights switch on.  Our Village lights switch on is November 24th and DH is providing comentary and music!  Youngest keeps nagging me to put the Christmas music in the car now!!!!  It really is happening, Christmas is coming fast!!!

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#TBT This is Bonfire Night, which is this Sunday, ten years ago!!  Youngest was eight and Eldest was twelve and doing an impression of Harry Potter!!!  I love them to bits. 

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie x

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The Sky Is Falling?

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This has been the colour of the sky most of today!  All because of Hurricane Ophelia which has been battering parts of the UK today and it has been dragging sand with it from the sahara which is why the sky is this colour.  Ireland has been hit the most with winds of up to 90mph with damage to property, treess etc and loss of power.  Here the winds are about 40mph and all it is doing is knocking the leaves off the trees.

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As you can see Treacle is not happy about the weather!  It is also very warm and muggy today which for the third week of October is really, really weird!!!  Of course tomorrow there is a 10° drop in temperature and we will all be freezing again!

Speaking of weird these are my two pots on the garden steps still with the summer fuschias flowering!  Normally by now they have died and I have replaced them with winter flowering pansies but as they are still going strong I have left them, of course the first frost and they will be dead.

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This is the Dogwood which is next to our varigated holly bush.

I took these pictures in our garden yesterday, when again it was mild, whilst we were out there gardening.  Normally at this time of year we are tidying things up and sort of putting the garden to bed for winter but certaining not this year, its still all growing!

We had a busy old weekend, as always.  Friday night was a sort out night as Saturday morning we were out at Evalyn’s fourth birthday party at a play centre near them!!!  It was very loud and very warm but they all had a great time, including lunch!

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At one point there were more parents than children but I did warm Felicity that eventually the children get to an age and they are having parties when the other parents of the invited  “Dump and Run” usually as fast as possible!!! 

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Evalyn; you can’t beat a good sandwich.

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And cake of course, especially an Elsa from “Frozen” cake!

After we got back Youngest rushed off to a car meet and DH rushed off to a swimming event as Chairman!  Sunday we got garden jobs done and then he rushed off to another swimming meet where he was announcing!  I managed to get some more jobs done in the house and decorated for Autumn and Halloween and measured out all the fruit for my Christmas Cake and for a birthday cake and set them aside to soak in brandy.  The kitchen smelt lovely!  I will be baking them tomorrow.

Finally last night was the last episode of “Victoria” for the season, there is a Christmas Special, and Youngest was in it.  In fact this was the first time you can see his face properly.

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As you can see I was taking the pictures off of the TV.  They were directed to look solemn and he sure does!!!  Tonight is the last episode of Rellik and we are hoping that his main bit that he did for this is in that, so far he has only been seen in the background.  I will let you know tomorrow!

It is almost 5.00pm and it is getting very windy now and the house is starting to creak!!  Treacle is in her basket by my desk and jumping at every little sound, so I will be putting the TV on to make some other noise, DH and Youngest won’t be home until later so it will be just Treacle and I snuggling!!!!

I hope your Monday is going well!

Hugs, Susie x

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Lesson Learnt!

Further to my post of a few days ago and after several emails between myself and StockFood Ltd as well as our Business Solicitor I have today paid the sum of £50 to end the matter.  Less than the £72.20 they wanted (if paid within 14 days of their letter!) and slightly more than the £30 I offered to pay, but it is done, finished and hopefully I will never hear from them again.

Our Solicitor’s view was that they should only be due the £19 which is the License fee and the rest of the charges they were “trying it on” and that he believes there are images out there put as “traps” so this company make money out of it, which I believe but they of course, deny.  They did not prove to me that they or the photographer actually own the copyright and if I had a lot more time and money I would not have paid, but I don’t so have resolved it.

However please be aware that no image, no matter whether it has meta data on about the original owner or not, or comes from a website/Pinterest/Google et al, is not copyright free.  If you use it, even if your blog makes no money and does not benefit in any way from using the image, you are still liable and may end up paying like me.

Please be assured that I never intended to breach anyone’s copyright and  it was a pure mistake, one which I will not repeat.

So I have learnt my lesson and will not now use any image, no matter how cute or appropriate, to decorate my blog posts unless I or my family have taken it.  I have spent several hours going through all of my old posts removing pictures so I am sorry if you are looking at anything older and there are gaps or something does not make sense but  I have had to do this as I cannot afford to be paying anyone else and boosting their profits!

I have deleted my old blog from Google Blogspot as I cannot afford to have anything on there be subject to this copyright issue and do not have time to go through it.  Anyway it has been five years since I have been on WordPress so it is about time the old one was deleted, although people did still read it!

Thank you to all my Followers who contacted me regarding this nasty business and all your lovely comments, you don’t know how much you all mean to me.  I am glad this has been resolved before the weekend and I will be back on Monday to blogging every day.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

 

A Salutary Lesson and A Warning To Other Bloggers!

Today in the mail I received a four page document from StockFood Ltd (www.stockfood.co.uk) demanding payment for an image I used on my Blog in November 2014.

99.9% of the photographs/pictures I use on my blog are my own, taken by myself or my family, however occasionally I have used a picture from the web, usually Pinterest, to add colour or interest to a post.  This image I used in 2014 came from Pinterest and no where did it have the name of the person who took the picture or any credit/copyright details on it or a link back to anywhere, so I used it.  I have since removed the picture from the post and my Blog media archive.

My Blog is about quilting, our family, my day to day life and Treacle and is really a diary.  I do not make money from my blog and I do not have advertisments on my blog.  So I have made nothing from using this image in 2014.  I have never intended to use a picture which I did not believe I could use and understand with an Open Blog that anyone can use pictures off your site, hopefully for good reasons, and that is the nature of being on the Web.

StockFood Ltd is a company which pays photographers for their pictures and then, I suspect, have some very fancy software scouring the web for their images and if you have not bought a license or credited the photographer you are then fined for its use.

Their charges are :

Standard License Fee £19.00, VAT £3.80, Post use licensing Surcharge £95.00, Surcharge for not crediting the image £19.00, Infringement Detection Fee £26.60, Infringement Collection Fee £26.60 making a total o £190.00.

If, however, you pay up within fourteen days it will only cost you £72.20.  They go on in the letter to threaten you with court and fees of hundreds of pounds if you don’t settle up immediately.  The letter is not signed by anyone and although their website states their hours of business are 9.00am to 5.30pm when I rang to talk to someone at 5.15pm the phone was not answered.  Two emails I have also sent bounced back.

I have consulted our Government website regarding copyright and as is typical with a Government document is talks about intellectual property but does not say anything about the fact that if you cannot find out if anyone owns a picture and don’t know who to credit but use the image, you can still be liable and be fined even though you don’t know who it belongs to, as is the case here.

StockFood Ltd is a business which makes nothing but I believe makes money from fines and in my mind is morally corrupt.

I have had to forward all this to our business solicitor, which may cost me even more money and I suspect in the end the answer will be I will have to pay up.  Over the last few years and since the recession things have not been too good with our business but this is not what my Blog is about, but I am heartbroken that I have caused our family needless expense over something which I feel I had no control over and was just a mistake.

I have now removed any picture not of my own from my media archive so that this does not happen again, so if you are looking at old posts and there are gaps or missing pictures I am sorry but I had to do it as I cannot afford to pay anymore money out.

As you can imagine this has left a very nasty taste in my mouth and terribly upset about the whole thing and I will now be taking a blogging break, to decide what happens next; whether I continue Blogging, something I have loved and really enjoyed doing for the past seven years or whether to delete my blog entirely.

Susie

 

Dark Nights!

 

I am sat at my desk finishing off my work and have realised that although it is only 6.30pm it is completely dark outside!!!  I think this is the only thing I don’t like about Autumn, the evenings are dark so early!!!!

Yesterday disappeared in a whirl of work and I didn’t finish until late and DH and Youngest were both out so before I knew it it was 8.00pm and no dinner made!!!  Treacle was also very keen for her dinner too.

At the weekend DH and I managed to get lots of extra house jobs done and the garden and on Saturday evening was the first of the swimming club’s Championships.  This is just for our Club and our swimmers.  They all had a great evening and some club records were broken.  We were both tired by the end of it!!!

Treacle got to spend all day Sunday outdoors as the weather was good, which is when we got the garden sorted.  I cannot believe that we are still outside in October with decent weather which I suppose is down to Global warming!DSC04128Starting to plan making the Christmas cake and am also going to use the same recipe for a Birthday cake which is required at the end of November too.  It makes the house smell lovely when it is baking with all the Christmasy flavours.

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Also need to get on with making the Christmas puddings.  I am in the process of sorting out the freezer so that I can fill it with some things for Christmas!!! 

It’s not all about Christmas though as I have got the Halloween things out from the attic so need to decorate the house with them.  Youngest is actually going to a car meet the weekend before and is going to raid the Halloween decorations for his car!!

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Treacle is taking advantage of the darker mornings too and sneaks onto the bed after DH leaves for work, usually around 6.00am and before I get up.  She is definitely getting into hibernation mode.

Tomorrow I have some errands to run and a visit to the supermarket to get some bits and some Birthday cards and then get back and get my work done.  Of course tomorrow they have forecast heavy rain all day!!!

Happy Tuesday Everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx