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Cold!

No not Covid just a cold which DH has shared with me!!!!!!

We did get the garden done yesterday as it was lovely and sunny but very cold, in fact we were de-icing the cars. 

I did get this done on Saturday whilst everyone else was busy doing whatever!!!  It did take me all day!  Just now need to write all the cards and that is then done.  I have a few other jobs that need doing this week which I am planning on getting done in the evenings and perhaps during the day this week, I mean what is Lockdown for?!!!!!!!!

I still have some baking to do which I am also hoping to get done this week and then next weekend we will be getting the house ready before we put the decorations up.  We are hoping to be able to go out after Lockdown has ended and see some of the decorations and for a family meal to be a little more festive hopefully.  We shall have to wait and see if we are allowed.  Also need to get to see some of our family and friends before the big day with gifts and hopefully do some social stuff but again we are waiting to see what is being said!

I am off to get dinner now and I think an early night again and start tomorrow early to get all the jobs done and hopefully my cold will be better!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

There is Always Something!

I woke up with my left hand really hurting so I think I had lain on it or bent it backwards!  It hurt down the guiders and then down my thumb.  If I take pain killers and anti-inflamatories the pain goes but I spoke to the Pharmacist as it does not hurt to type but feels week when I try and hold anything!  She thinks it is a strain and the muscles are healing but the tendons are still inflamed as it is quite swollen!  She suggested I wear this support until it gets better!!!  As I say there is always something!

This will be tonights job.  Don’t you find that washing seems to breed?  No sooner has the basket been cleared and it is full again!!!

This lockdown I am feeling like the above picture!!!!!!  We got a lot done during the last lockdown but it was Spring and the weather was wonderful and we were able to get out in the garden and it was light nights.  However this time I find my motivation has motivated off! I feel like Treacle and just want to hibernate!!  I will be writing a few lists as this seems to motivate me as I feel good when I tick the jobs off my list.  I hadn’t been out since the lockdown started but I did go to the supermarket yesterday morning which was a good day to go as it was really quiet.  I got those things I needed for the last of the presents and a few other bits.  It was quite nice to be out.

I am really hoping that this weekend will be dry so we can get those little jobs finished in the garden and a few jobs around our home.  It is not long until we will be getting the Christmas decorations out, although I cannot believe it is almost Christmas.  It really has been an upside down World this year!

As you can see Treacle is taking this Lockdown in her stride!!!

Hugs & Tuesday Love, Susie xx

As Predicted Monday Again!

Yes Monday is here again!  The Weekend was very wet as predicted too!  Eldest was working on his project car and got it running again with some new parts he bought for it and then something else went!  It is not a problem just a nuisance but he has next week off work on holiday so will be able to do quite a bit then.

As you can tell by Treacle’s face she hates the rain and being dried when she comes in!  I think should would make a great Mary though in the Nativity!

The nights are drawing in and when it is raining it is dark even earlier!  I have the lights on most days now and we havent’ seen the sun for a week or so. Lots of people are talking about putting their Christmas decoarations us soon just I think to cheer themselves up!!!  As much as I would like to we always have a real tree so won’t be getting that just yet!  Although I have got all my Christmas shopping now done, just need to get it all wrapped and various parcels posted off.  I also have all our Christmas cards to write and read to mail. 

I hope you are having a great Monday and a good week.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Start of a New Week.

We had a super busy weekend.  DH and the Boys spent the weekend sorting out the garage so Eldest’s new “project” car could go in the garage!  It took them all day Saturday and some of Sunday to finish and a few trips to the local tip!!  It is now very tidy and both Boys can work on their projects without any problems. 

We also had a visitor on Saturday and he stayed overnight.  This is Ralphy, Girlfriend’s dog (he is a Pug).  We weren’t too sure how Treacle would react to him visiting and staying but we were careful with the introductions which we did in the garden and then came inside.  We fed them separately and watched how things went and they got along famously!  I was amazed as Treacle is getting on in years and did not think she would tolerate Ralphy but she was fine.  He will be visiting again soon.

Ralphy with Eldest.

Saturday we also let our Fireworks off for Bonfire Night.  Both of the dogs are not bothered by fireworks and we had only bought quiet ones.  It was good fun and the weather co-operated, it was cold but very misty.

A few pictures of the fireworks.

This was a huge firework which lasted for a while, but as you can see it was very, very red!  There was an old record which begins “I am the God of Hell Fire and I Bring You Fire!” by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and this picture reminded me of that!!!!

I spent yesterday tidying things up and getting all the washing done.  There are five of us now at home during this Lockdown so it soon mounts up.  I am determined to keep on top of it so I don’t get a backlog!  I did start to sort out my quilting but did not get too far with it as I then had to get dinner!  I am going to sneak a day this week and do more when there is no one else here, except Treacle of course.

I hope you lovely lot had a great weekend and a good week to come.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Here We Go Again!

Well here we go again into a National Lockdown!  Supposedly only for a month from November 5th (now that’s a good day to start here in the UK as it is Bonfire Night!!!) until December 2nd, Youngest’s Birthday!!!!!

The panic buying has already begun in the supermarkets (!) and people are now busy cancelling things!!!  Oh my goodness!  Again!  DH will probably still be working though as we do make essential parts but the Boys are not so sure if they will be able to continue or be furlouged again!  I, of course, will still be working from home as normal for me!!

We had, as always, a busy weekend doing jobs and the Boys were busy with car things and then Saturday night we had a Hallowe’en dinner but no Trick or Treaters this year.  The week was going to be steady but not now the Lockdown is happening on Thursday!  Swimming will not be on either which is just typical, having just said I would finish!!!  Hey ho.

The idea of the lockdown is to try and get the infections under control again so that everyone can spend Christmas with their families and loved ones without restrictions, not sure it is going to happen but who knows.  We will be at home at Christmas as normal so hopefully whatever happens it won’t affect us.  I am, however, planning even more now just in case!!!!

It has been wild and stormy weather over the weekend so no jobs done outside!!!  and the week looks to be more of the same.  It is supposed to get better later in the week and hopefully the weekend too so we can get those last jobs done in the garden. I don’t think we will get many more weekends of good weather which will make this new Lockdown harder as we will all be inside!!!  I think I need to go and get some paint and get everyone helping me with decoarating some rooms before Christmas!!!!!!

I hope you lovely lot had a great weekend and a good week.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

More Weekend Travels!

Warning: Picture heavy post!!!!!!!

The Saturday morning dawned cool and rainy. I have always wanted to visit the Charles Dickens museum so we booked in for the first tour of the day at 10.00am.

Mr & Mrs Charles Dickens front door!

We started in the basement which is where the main kitchen, the pantry and washroom were. There is another basement beneath it for storage which we didn’t get to go in. The rooms are all set up in the period of when the Dickens and their children lived there.

The back parlour of the kitchen where the servants would eat. The laundry which we today call the utility room!!!   The Dining Room where the Dickens entertained, mostly other writers of the age. Picture of Mr Pickwick from Pickwick Papers. China ware. The room next to the Dining Room was the sitting room where Mrs Dickens spent a lot of her time when her husband was away on lecture tours.

We then moved up the staircase again to the next floor where the Drawing Room is where the Dickens entertained their friends. Off this room was Mr Dickens Library with his desk which he wrote at most mornings.

Up the staircase to the Drawing Room where the Dickens entertained their friends. The family piano

The fireplace and chairs in the Drawing Room. The Doorway into Mr Dickens’ Library where he wrote at his desk most mornings.

The Library was quite small but had quite a few books and he would have been considered to have a well stocked library in those days as books were very expensive still.  The above picture is his desk where he wrote a lot of his books.

You move up the stair case again to the main bedrooms.

Dickens’ Dressing Room which was tiny and next door to their room.

There were further bedrooms on this floor and then you make your way up the final stair case to the attic rooms which were for the nursey and children’s rooms and the servants bedrooms.

The above pictrures from top to bottom: The Dickens family. The second picture; Dickens on the right with other writers of the day and finally Dickens with the family dog, Turk, who was a terror of the neighbourhood! Probably had some Airedale in him!!!!!

In one of the attic rooms was a display of unusual things from Dickens life including the bars of the Debtor’s prison that Dickens father was placed in when he could not pay his debts. This became a driving force for Dickens to make money and support his family when he began writing. The windows are actually from the original family home where Dickens was born.

Before Dickens became a famous writer he used to travel around giving lectures and this was the desk he took around with him to lecture from. He very much adopted the new innovations of the day, particulary photography and would have pictures taken and made up into calling cards to promote his lectures and eventually his books. In fact I am sure if he was born today he would have his own website/Twitter feed and would be embracing all forms of self promotion which he did in his time.

We really enjoyed the visit and have wanted to go for a while. My favourite book of Dickens is, of course, A Christmas Carol but I have read all of them.

We had some lunch and then went to the British Library, next door to St. Pancreas Railway Station and Kings Cross Railway Station, home of Platform 9 3/4!!!! At the British Library we saw the Book Treasures but unfortunately could not take pictures in there. It was very quiet but at least we got to see everything.

DH and I then went for a little retail therapy and to buy a few Christmas presents. We went to Fortnum & Mason, The Queen’s Grocers!!!! It was all dressed for Christmas!

We got back to the hotel about 4.30pm and had a cup of tea before getting ready to go out to the Restaurant for the evening. We had booked a table at 14 Hills, which is on the 14th floor of a new mixed use building of offices, shops, apartments and the restaurant. It was a lovely place and the food was great.

The entrance to the restaurant. Whilst waiting for the lift the ceiling above us was moving with pictures! The table and the view! There were trees and plants everywhere! DH and I both had the same starter, mushrooms on toast. He then had sea bass, mashed potatoes and leaks and I had chicken Kiev with seasonal vegetables. The view from the 14th Floor!

We had a lovely day but were tired by the end of it. Most of the day we had also been dodging the rain which was a shame. We got back to the hotel about 9.30pm as again everywhere was closing by 10.00pm It was very quiet everywhere especially with no theatres open as well!

Sorry for the delay in posting the other pictures from our trip, but it has been a very manic week, whenever is it not? However it has culminated in my standing down as the Covid Officer for the swimming club! I won’t go into all the details but a parent was not happy with decisions made by the club about the self isolation of the swimmers in the lane where a swimmer had tested positive for Covid and basically said I was wrong. However after the last three months of a lot of work and time spent doing this instead of other things I wanted to do, I felt it was time to pass it on! Hopefully and eventually it will mean I can get back to doing my quilting and a million other things I have put off!!!! Tomorrow I will show you the last of our pictures of the weekend.

Today is DH’s Birthday as well and we are having a family meal at home as we now live in an area which is classed as Tier 3 so no going out etc except for work/school/shopping. Mind you I prefer being at home anyway!!!

I hope you are having a thrilling Thursday.  I will show you more pictures of the past weekend tomorrow.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Friends are Good for Your Health.

A 2012 article published in the Public Library of Science said that out of 148 studies on social relationships it was confirmed that strong positive, social relationships increased longevity and general health! That’s great! We all know that having friends helps no end in lots of situations, just a teeny-weeny bit difficult in the current climate when we are all having to stay away from each other!!!! Thank goodness for modern technology where we can all still see each other, even if it is through a computer screen!!!!

We have had our first major issue at swimming with one of them actually having a positive test! The rest of the lane have been told to self-isolate for fourteen days and I am hoping that ALL the paperwork we have done beforehand and on going has helped us get to this point and they will all be fine! The swimmer who has the positive test at present has no symptoms!

By the time you read this, DH and I will hopefully be in London! I did say that I am hiding there so no one can find me and perhaps I would hop a plane to somewhere where there are no people!!! The Galápagos Islands sounds nice at this time of year!!!!! Don’t worry I will be back Monday, or will I??????????? 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend you lovely lot.

Hugs & Love, Susie x

That was the Week That Was!

Well despite trying to be more organised (!), getting things done immediatley and trying to keep on top of work, home jobs etc I still get to the end of the week failing at it all!!! Including this wretched new writer!!!!!

If we are not at swimming we are having zoom meetings about it! Work, which is a good thing, has been manic since everyone now seems to be back from whatever holiday they managed to take, but restrictions because of Covid are now happening on a local authority basis, which means that where we live is in a high Tier but everywhere else around us is in a medium Tier!!! So I am not sure what I am able to do or if I can go out or not, except to work which is a laugh when I work from home!

You know how the Chinese have The Year of the Rat or whatever the animal is? Well 2020 will be “The Year of the Confused”!!!

You know we have been having issues with our home. Well the roofing man is coming in a few weeks to repair that, with scaffolding in tow (!), the drive people are coming to tarmac the drive soon before Winter(!) and we need to get some glass replaced in our windows!!! This is because, especially the roof issue, that the people we bought the house from bought the land but then could not really afford to build the house. So they said to the builder to cut corners where he could, then he actually cut a lot more corners to make as much profit as possible. Therefore every time we do a job it becomes so much bigger as we have to put faults right!!! Home ownership who would have it!!!

Quilting is non-existent at the moment, I have four tops which need quilting and lots of other things I should be getting on with but time just slips away at the moment. I have come up with a huge plan which I have written down for ALL of the things I want to do and am then going to tick them off. It is the only way I can see getting things done at the moment. I was up ironing until 2.30am on Sunday morning as I had got behind with that!!!!!!

Somebody had a Spa Day last Friday and looks so much better and smells a lot better than she did!!!! Her bed has been washed but the cover not put back on but that does not stop an Airedale Terrier! She is lying on the inner and in fact likes the inner better than the outer! However I cannot wash the inners very well so she will have to have the cover put back on! Can you say comfy????

Anyway I am going to make sure that I post something every day this week, come hell or high Covid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you lovely lot are all staying safe and well.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Monday!

We managed to get the garden done on Sunday. We put the garden furniture away, tidied up some of the plants, got the pots planted with Winter Violas and also managed to get some bulbs planted. It remains to be seen if they stay planted with the wretched squirrel around!! I will get some pictures tomorow of how it looks. There are still a few jobs to do but hopefully we can get those done next weekend. The weather was not bad if a little cool.

Treacle has taken to her usual hibernation post as you can see above!! She is getting very woolly again so I will have to book her an appointment at the Spa!

Nottingham is looking like it will be in for a local Lockdown from this week so that will put paid to any shopping! I was hoping to go over and get some Christmas shopping done but will have to see how things go! Blooming Covid!

I still have a few home jobs to do which I have down for doing next weekend as well. The evenings will again be taken up with swimming sessions. DH and I are due to be away in London for the weekend in a few weeks time and after that I am going to sort the rotas out so that I am not at each session, especially if we are still doing this, this time next year!!!!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great week.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx.

What A Week!

I have had one of those weeks and no matter how I try, I cannot sort out this wretched new writer! I know a few of you have said that other software has done the same, I just think they dumb it down!

It won’t even keep the colour I choose, hence the different colours!!! Grr. And don’t get me started on Justify, I keep pressing the button and nothing happens!!!!!

I was also thinking about what to write about, because to be perfectly honest we have all become quite boring! We are not going anywhere, not doing anything and certainly not seeing anyone! This Covid has a lot to answer for. I am sure you are completely fed up with me talking about swimming, as I am fed up going to each of the swimming sessions and that is all that I am doing most nights of the week! At the weekend DH and I are trying to get home jobs done and so I don’t get chance to do any quilting or anything else for that matter!!!!!!

Treacle is going into hibernation mode, as she does at this time of year, when it turns colder and she is not able to be outside all day!!!

I did have a visitor today, the roofing man to look at the roof where we have had a leak into our Den! I mean it is getting really bad if that is the highlight of the week!!!!

Work has been really busy this week, so I have got behind on reading my favourite blogs and replying to my two very good friends, Susan & Sue, who have emailed me, which I will try and get done over the weekend. All the days do seem to blend into one at the moment.

The weather is supposed to be okay here at the weekend and we have some jobs to do outside which DH and I are hoping to finish and also a few jobs inside too! Before we know it, of course, it will be Monday morning again!! Sigh!!!!!

I do hope, you lovely lot, are all coping with things and of course staying safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx