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Getting There.

So the cold I had developed into a chest infection for which I had to beg the Doctor to give me some antibiotics because it seems at the moment that unless you have Covid they are too busy to deal with anything else!  Having got the antibiotics I felt so much better, still have the cold of course but hopefully it is going now after two blooming weeks!

Of course it meant that I missed out on three Christmas activities which I love to do because of being ill, one was Christmas shopping with Jayne, one was our visit to Chatsworth to see the Christmas things and the lighting of the village Christmas Tree on Sunday!  Hey ho.  One thing did happen over the weekend though :

It started on Sunday and continued through the day and settled.

It got thicker and there was quite a lot by Monday morning when everyone had to go out to work!  Treacle had fun though but by this morning it was all gone.  Perhaps we will get some more later in the year and it would be lovely over Christmas!

Being in has meant I have kept up with my work and home jobs and just have a few more things to sort out but not going out is really having an impact on sorting things out for Christmas!  There is also another Covid varient which may cause issues further down the line so they have now said we need to go back to wearing masks again.  To be honest I have always worn a mask when around a lot of people so it will be no different.  I just hope that this will not affect Christmas this year like last. 

I have missed a few things whilst not being well.  One was the passing of Author Wilbur Smith on November 13th.  He was a favourite author of mine for a very long time and I have read all his books except the last few who he co-authored.  Now my good friend Susan doesn’t like Clive Cussler’s Co-Authors but I have found them okay and still in his style but I really did not like the Wilbur Smith co-Authors and so have not bought the last few.  I still have all his books and read them again on a regular basis.  My favourite book was “Eye of the Tiger” and then “River God” which is part of his Egyptian series.  I also loved all the books based in South Africa. 

Being ill in bed thank goodness for Netflix, as I could not concentrate on the book I am reading.  I found this little gem from 2010 to watch “Pretty Little Liars” and it was really good. 

It is this little one’s Birthday this week, 22, now where did that time go?  He is six in this picture with his favourite set of PJ’s and a Thomas The Tank Engine train for his train set!  Of course the presents are now more expensive and to do with actual vehicles that run on the road; Could I have a new bumper for my car for my birthday please?  (!) (Ignore the devil eyes, obviously did not have the red eye reduction on that day but saying that it was probably 5.00am!!!!!).

Eldest took Treacle to her Spa Day for me as he was off and she came back looking so much better and smelt better too!  All her bedding, towel, collar, toys etc had a spa day too so for a few days everyone and everything is clean!!!!

I hope you lovely lot are having a good week. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

What Day Is It?

So my cold hit me on Wednesday full blast, I have been coughing and spluttering everywhere and DH and The Boys are staying away as if I have the plague!  They have been bringing me drinks and medicine but from a distance!  To be perfectly honest I don’t want them to get it either!  It is definitely a cold as well, I have taken the test.  I think that we all did so well last year staying away from each other because of Covid that we stayed away from everything so the colds are worse this year. 

I absolutely hate being ill, not only because you feel dreadful but also it makes me get behind with everything, just as I got on top with work and home jobs etc.  It makes me so cross.  It’s like getting half way round a board game and then your turn sends you right back to the beginning again!!!  The house looks like a bomb has hit it, the washing and ironing piles are in a race to see who can be biggest, I haven’t a clue what’s in the fridge, something might be alive in there (!) and Treacle doesn’t know if she is coming or going.  Speaking of which I have to be better before Friday as she has her spa day! 

I was supposed to be Christmas shopping with Jayne tomorrow but cancelled as I am sure she does not want me to infect her! 

Anyway this picture popped into my inbox and cheared me up no end.  My very good friend Susan sent me it, a friend of hers took it, and I hope she doesn’t mind me showing it you.  It is Reno where Susan lives.  It is an amazing picture.

And they have snow, on the mountains!  Saying that it is getting cold here, well cold for us, in that we are scraping the windows of the cars in the mornings.  Hopefully the cold will kill off the cold germs!!

I hope you lovely lot are all well and have a good week. 

Hugs & Sniffly Love, Susie xx



Well we had a very busy weekend!  Lots of busy hours and for me not a lot of sleep!  DH was out at swimming on Saturday and Sunday, leaving home at 5.00am and then Saturday evening we were at the wedding reception.  We had a wonderful evening and not only did we see the Bride’s parents we also saw four other very good friends who we have not seen for over eighteen months.  We all sat together and spent the whole evening with them catching up and chatting and it was so, so nice.  We have all said that after Christmas they are coming to us for dinner!  We got there are 7.00pm and did not leave until 11.30pm! 

The Bride & Groom, Harriet & Dave.

Harriet’s Bouquet full of wonderful warm Autumn colours made by the Bride’s Mom, Auntie Carol our Boys’ Godmother!

Of course we spent such a wonderful evening chatting I did not get a lot of pictures!!!!  November is a good month to get married, it is our Wedding Anniversary next Friday!

We will be here on Wednesday and I cannot wait!  So looking forward to getting away for a few days, although we have already had one thing cancelled because of Covid!  So keeping everything crossed that nothing else gets cancelled.  I am hoping that the Christmas things will be up when we get there and I can get some great pictures!!! 

This one has the Boys at home with her so she will be thoroughly spoilt and pampered.  I have not managed to get her a Spa Day appointment yet!  She will be extra woolly by the time I get her there.  The same can be said for me, as my hairdresser has abandoned me because of various issues she has got.  The problem is trying to find someone who will cut it how I like it.  We have all had my hairdresser for over 27 years so it will be a huge change!  Hey ho.

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

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Bonfire Night!

Today is Bonfire or Guy Fawkes Night, it is known by both names, and in our family it was always Bonfire Night!  We are lucky that Treacle does not mind the fireworks or the loud bangs, she has a bark at a few and then gets in her basket and goes to sleep, although I know that lots of pets don’t like them. 

The above two pictures are from our fireworks last year.

The above three are from a friend’s BBQ and Fireworks from a few years ago. 

We are not having any fireworks this year but I will do a Bonfire dinner of hot dogs and chips and apple pie and custard afterwards.  There are some big organised events on but we usually stay away from them because as you know I don’t like crowds!! 

This morning when I got up at 4.00am there was a hard frost on the ground and Treacle was stepping carefully on the grass as it was no doubt cold on her paws!  In fact she has spent the day next to the radiator!!!  It is definitely getting colder each day!

Tomorrow I have some quilting jobs to get done and some other things to get done and Sunday I am hoping to finish a few other things which have been hanging around!! 

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all on Monday. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Winter Mode achieved!!! 


DH and I are off to London next week, a little bit of business and a little bit of downtime, especially as it is our Wedding Anniversary on the 12th.  So as it is Throwback Thursday I have selected a few of the pictures from previous London trips.  I know you have seen them before but still!!!!

These wonderful sheet are dotted around the The Goring Hotel where we stay

The spectacular London Eye lit in purple, a favourite colour of mine.

The Ralph Lauren shop in Sloane Square dressed for Wimbledon.

My wonderful Boys with “James Bond” at Madame Tussauds from 2005, they were six and ten!

We have a couple of visits booked and a Theatre trip which was cancelled from last year due to Covid (!) to go to and I am hoping that we will be able to do it all, just in case that the rules change again as cases are rising and they think they may have to bring in some more restrictions again.  Hopefully not another Lockdown especially as Christmas is racing towards us like a freight train! 

I have been working today so tomorrow will be home jobs day and grocery shopping and a few other errands to do.  Tomorrow is also Bonfire Night although we are not going out but will have a Bonfire dinner at home.  Saturday and Sunday DH is out compering a swimming event so I have two days in which I can get lots done.  Saturday evening we are going to the evening reception of the Boys Godparents their daughters wedding.  Hopefully I will get photographs!

Have a wonderful Friday. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx


I don’t know if I told you but we have been in our home now for twenty years, moved in on October 10th with the Builders!  The people who we bought it off built it, badly, so when we moved in we wanted to move walls round internally and when our Builder began we started to find all the problems!!  All the windows in the house were single glazed which are no good for heat retention and definitely useless with two boys aged 6 and 2 and a dog!  So we had them all replaced with double glazed units which, after twenty years, some have started to fail.

So the glass men are here today replacing various sizes of units in every room except the bathroom!!  DH has had to work from home today as well to help me with moving furniture, emptying our dressing room etc!  Anyway once this is done it will be one of our major jobs off our list!  Just now need the Den and Kitchen ceilings re-plastering!!

Somebody is getting very woolly again so I have put a call into her ladies at her Spa for an appointment, it is just trying to time it with now and Christmas!  It may be she will just need to go a little nearer to Christmas for a bath, she will be so pleased, NOT!

Christmas is fast approaching and I have been baking and have managed to get all that put away now.  DH is getting bookings for Christmas events already and I am busy sorting out dates for seeing friends and family. I am working on the basis that things will go ahead but keeping my fingers crossed! Jayne and I are planning a trip to Nottingham for some Christmas shopping and lunch of course!!!  Hopefully in the next few weeks. 

Tonight I have a huge basket of ironing to get done and tomorrow a few errands to run!  I hope you are having a good Tuesday.

Hugs & Love,  Susie & Treacle xx

Tuesday Things!

Only sixty days to go before the big day!!!  The days and weeks are flying by but at the moment I think I am in a good place with regard to plans!  This week I am making the Christmas cake and pudding, ahead of last year when it was not made until end of November! Also have some Christmas cookies and mince pies to make so will do that at the end of the week/weekend.  DH is out again over the weekend at swimming events (!) so I will have time to get things done.

Had to visit the Doctor yesterday for one of those small but very annoying issues and I was surpirsed to actually get an appointment.  The end result of my visit was “wait and see”!!!!

The weekend flew by with our second swimming championships on Saturday night which went well and then DH was out all day Sunday with swimming things so I organised all the kitchen cabinets and pantry.  I threw away anything out of date (some I am ashamed to say were way out of date!) and then made a list to replace them! 

Whilst I was in the kitchen I had the TV on and as Halloween is next week It was full of horror stories.  I started watching this

Which was really funny and slightly horror!  However how anyone ever goes camping after all these horror films about people at camp I never know.  Anyway when it finished I then moved on to Scream Queens which was so funny!  Just love Jamie Lee Curtis.

Tomorrow DH and I are visiting customers in the south so will be leaving early and no doubt be back late depending upon traffic.  Sunday would have been my Mom’s 92nd Birthday and Dad would have been 97 in March last.  On their wedding day aged 24 and 19!

It is this one’s Birthday on Friday and we will probably have dinner at home!

I hope you are all having a good week.

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Treacle enjoying the snow from last year!!!  She is really hoping that it is going to snow this year.


Trying to get back to being organised after two weeks of chaos!  Don’t you ever wish to go back to a simpler time in your life?  As it is #TBT I thought I would show you some pictures from October when we were in London.  The one below is from 2005 when the Boys were ten and six.  We had gone down for the half term holiday and this is on a boat going down the Thames from The Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London.  From my perspective now this was a simpler time, however if you asked me then it probably would not have been!  It is all subjective of course. 

Last year DH and I went down to London for a cancelled visit from earlier in the year due to all the chaos of the Pandemic.  We managed to get in just in time as the whole country went into lockdown again during November!  We visited Charles Dickens home and it was a good visit and it wasn’t busy of course. 

One of the issues I have had over the last few weeks is replacing our passports!  I know we might not be able to go far at the moment but they need doing and you can now do them on-line but you have to get specific photographs that can be uploaded and the paperwork!!!!!!!!  This is meant to be easier?

The Boys at the moment are being particularly challenging!  At least when they were ten and six they were easier to deal with!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got my home jobs done today and tomorrow I have some other jobs to get done and the grocery shopping. 

We did the first of the swimming Championships last weekend and we only had a few issues, one being the printer to print the results out would not work initially!  Saying that though after two years it really went very well.  We have the second one this Saturday and then it will be the Presentation Evening just before Christmas.  The swimmers had a good time which was the main thing.  DH has a swimming AGM to go to on Sunday and is then commentating at another swimming club’s championships on Sunday evening and that will be the weekend done again!

I hope you lovely lot are having a good week, tomorrow is Friday, yeah!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

I Think I Lost A Week!

Where did last week go, I lost it somewhere!!!! I worked Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and then Thursday we went to one of my Birthday Presents from last year, Horse of the Year show at the NEC in Birmingham. 

The event began at 7.00am and we got there for 8.00am so we go to see all the events.  It was a wonderful day and I really, really enjoyed it.  Here are some pictures of the day.

The Start of the Day.

The Large Hacks being judged.

The First Show Jumping course being laid.

The Scurry Event, which was fast and furious and great fun.

All the teams waiting for their marks.

The Winner and the horses were called Piglet and Eeyore!

The Dressage Arena built.

The riders were amazing and we got to see Charlotte Dujardin compete on a new young horse called Imhotep.  The event was for young horses starting to compete.  They were all good but Charlotte won!

Charlotte wearing her Team GB jacket from the Olympics on Imhotep.

This was the Native Pony class, all different shapes, sizes and breeds.

They finally managed to get them all in order!!!!

The Reserve above and the Winner below in the Native Pony Class.

The final event we saw was the Household Cavalry doing a musical ride and they all looked magnificent.

We left at 9.00pm and it was a great day and I am hoping to go next year.  

Friday I caught up on work and home jobs and the weekend just flashed by, I can’t honestly say what we did but it flew by!  Yesterday was work mode and today and tomorrow at 8.00am I have to be at the dentist which I am not looking forward to!!!  This Saturday will be the first in-house swimming championships at the Club since 2019 which usually starts at 5.00pm and finishes around 8.00pm and we do it all over again the following Saturday. 

Before we know it it will be November!!!  We are racing towards Christmas at a furious rate or so it seems to me!!!!  I hope you lovely lot had a great week last week and a good one this.  See you tomorrow.

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx