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It’s Done For Another Year!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week due to it being the Business year end at the end of May, so the whole of June is generally set aside for getting everything ready for the new business year!!!  Including shredding the oldest year of books so that I can transfer the year into storage.  The shredding below!!!

It was also my Birthday on Sunday, thank you for all the good wishes, I had a lovely day with DH, The Boys and Girlfriends but it was also Father’s Day so again chaos!!  We were supposed to go and see Girlfriend jump with Penny but when they got to the Stables to load Penny up she had had an allergic reaction to something so she could not go!!!  She is better now after a visit from the Vet.   So instead we all went out for brunch.  I had some lovely presents from everyone which I will show you soon. 

So all I have done all week is work nothing very interesting I am afraid.  At the weekend DH and I are going over to Nottingham to see his Cousin who we have not seen since Christmas and go out for lunch which will be very nice although the weather is not good again with rain forecast.  Hopefully summer will come back soon! 

June 28th to July 11th 2021

Only Four Days to go before Wimbledon starts, yeah.  Did so miss this last year with all the pandemic issues.  DH and I are due to go to the RHS Hampton Court Flower show at the beginning of July but have still not received the tickets so really hoping that this is going to be on!! 

We are hoping if the weather is good on Sunday to do some more gardening and then we will be all up to date with things around our home and garden.  Just got to keep on top of everything now but when don’t you if you have a home!!!!!! 

I hope you are all having a good week and the weather is being kind for summer with you. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Christmas Already?!!!!!

As you will see from my Countdown on my blog there are six months to go before Christmas and yet on some of my favourite Blogs Christmas things are starting to appear!!  I really do admire these Quilty Ladies who start to plan and execute their Christmas projects now and they are all done and sorted in plenty of time for the Gift Giving period. 

I try to be organised but sometimes with my quilting it does not happen!!  In fact I have done no quilting for ages as I was trying to get the Spring Cleaning finished and decorating and getting the garden sorted.  However I am hoping from now on I will have a little bit of time to get things done.  I have some quilts which need binding and then I can perhaps start planning some Christmas quilting. 

I have my eye on some pretty Christmas fabrics already.

This is Makower Christmas 21 London Icons which is out now, I will be looking out for this.

This is called “Snow Day Red Wagon Christmas” and I think I will be getting this for DH & The Boys.

Loved this material for Christmas cooking.

This will be perfect for Girlfriend for her Puglets, Ralphy & Dottie!!!

The big quilt show, Festival of Quilts, is on this year, Yeah, at the end of July and my tickets arrived last week for the show.  It will be so nice to go and although there won’t be any speakers, there will hopefully be lots of stalls and the fabulous quilts.  I am hoping to get quite a few fabrics there.  I was saving up with “Val’s Quilting Studio” for the year to spend on something quilting and usually spend what I have saved at the quilt show.  Obviously it was cancelled last year so I have two years savings to spend by the time we go in July!!!!  I think I will have to take an extra large bag with me! 

I hope you all had a great weekend.  DH and I got the garden sorted on Saturday and it did not take very long after all the work we put in last year during the Lockdowns, so something good came of that.  We do have some trimming of trees etc to do but that can be done any time.  It was warm but not too bad.  Yesterday it was VERY warm, so I sat outside reading whilst DH hid in the garage, which is under our home and quite cool messing around with the sound equipment.  Although he did say it got warm in there too!  I think I probably over did it a bit as I have felt off today, so have spent the day at my desk in the dark working!!  Of course having had a few nice warm days they are now forecasting thunder storms for the middle of the week which is typical.  Hopefully it will be nice again for the end of the week and weekend. 

Have a wonderful week you lovely lot. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Literary Monday.

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading.  She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends.  Books became her friends and there was one for every mood.” 

Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

The Library at The Broadmore Hotel, Colorado taken by Wanderlust & Whiskey

Who would not want to spend time reading here?  DH and I spent a bit of time on Sunday sorting out our books and they look SO much better now!!  We were due to be gardening but such was our luck that it rained a lot!!  Saturday I did manage to get the garden furniture painted whilst they were all out!!  Tomorrow is supposed to be lovely and sunny so hopefully I can get a few outside jobs done then.  I will show you some pictures tomorrow.

I am hoping that next weekend will not be so busy!  It seems like the last few weekends it has been non-stop.  I am still trying to get some quilting done!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Although when the weather is nice it is a shame not to be outside! 

We  had dinner with our friends from the village on Friday evening and it was so nice to spend time with them and we had a takeaway so no stress of cooking a meal either, especially after the busy week.

I had a lovely surprise this morning as I was invited to lunch with Girlfried and her Mom today.  We had a lovely time and again it was so nice to be out doing something normal even if we still had to wear masks until we were sat down!!! 

I hope you lovely lot had a good weekend whatever you were up to and a good week to come. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


Yeah I have finished the Spring Cleaning!!!  If you have a look you probably can’t tell that anything has been done but I know our whole home is now clean!!!  Everything has been washed and dusted to an inch of it’s life!!  I still have a few more jobs to do, the garden, the garage, the attic and the cars but they will get done over the next few weeks. 

Although I won’t be in the garden until it warms up, I have never known a May that has been this cold and wet!!!  They are forecasting warm weather from Friday of this week, which is another long weekend for us here in the UK, which will be unusal as it is a long weekend.  DH and I are going to be busy painting our sitting room and that will be the end of the painting until the next long weekend which is at the end of August. 

Eldest has begun his new job and is loving it except for getting wet, a lot, so he is hoping that the nice weather will arrive soon too.  As is Treacle of course.

I am  up to date with all my jobs and work which makes a change so I can plan a few of what I call “nice to do’s” like my quilting, which has been non-existent for months.  I still have things to finish like bindings to be made and sewn to the quilts and also a king size quilt to finish and some birthday presents to sort out.  I also need to plan and cut out a memory quilt which I need to get on with too!!!!!!!  Also trying to keep up with my doing some reading each day.  Still trying to keep up with my Aims from January 1st!!! 

Still can’t believe that we are five months in the year already, although I could have thrown our radio out of the window the other day when the presenter started talking about Christmas!  It is only May for goodness sake.

I hope your week is going well and I will now hopefully be back to blogging every day. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Whose In For Dinner?

I sometimes wonder if I am running a hotel at home!!!  Obviously with the Boys being 21 and 25 they are busy with work and their lives and the only thing I ask them is who is in for dinner?  You don’t know how complicated an answer that can be!!!  Sometimes I have three in for dinner, sometimes it is five and sometimes (rarely) it is just DH and I.  Of course DH sometimes complicates things with “I have a Zoom meeting at 7.00pm can I have dinner first?”!!!!!!

This week Eldest is on his training course again, Youngest and Girlfriend are away as she is competing with Penny, so DH and I find ourselves in for dinner together for the first time in ages!  The next question is what do I now cook? 

Don’t get me started on the sweat shop laundry I run as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So although it is May 18th the weather is still cold and I caved today and put our heating back on!!!  I don’t think our heating has been on this late in the year for a long while.   Sitting out my desk it can be so cold and Treacle obviously approves as she has been basking in her basket next to my desk!!!

I hope you are having a great Tuesday, I am off to see what the fridge can offer for DH and my dinner tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Friday Findings.

I knew this was going to happen, especially as we did not get to go away at Easter but spent the time decorating.  I now have two books from my Book Year with Heywood Hill to read!!!!  I also have a rather packed To Read shelf already as Eldest caught me up with the Clive Cussler books I have missed!!!  I love nothing but reading for hours when I can but at the moment we still have quite a few jobs to do around our home, so I am reading when I can!!!!  Here are March & April’s books.

Normally as I am at home all the time I get to open all the boring post which of course is usually bills so it is really nice to get these parcels, it’s like having your Birthday or Christmas once a month!!

I am going to get all my normal jobs done today and then clear our dining room so we are able to start painting tomorrow and Sunday and get everything put back and tidy on Monday.  Well it’s a plan!!! 

It was the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s tenth wedding anniversary yesterday and I remember we were in Scotland for the Easter holidays and we all watched it.  When you look back over those ten years and see what has happened it really does focus your mind on what can happen in a decade.  

We were staying at Foulis Castle, seat of Clan Munro. We had a wonderful two weeks and the weather was amazing.   Corinne & Gordon came round for dinner and it was so nice we played baseball in the fields after.

The window overlooking the Courtyard.

The kitchen with the old baking oven and the log burner.  I used this chair a lot whilst we were there, reading of course. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up and I will be back on Tuesday, no doubt with paint in my hair!!! I am a messy painter!!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx



Throw back to both Boys at their Sixth Form Balls at this time of year.  Both 18 in these pictures albeit four years apart!!!!  They do scrub up well!!!!


Youngest and Girlfriend were out walking Ralphy Puglet at the weekend and came across this:

You can see the black tracks, train tracks. running down the road.

Here is the other end of the tracks and as you can see, hanging over the edge of the quarry.  You can see how big this is from the diggers at the base of the drop.  Apparently this is for the latest “Mission Impossible” film and no doubt for Tom Cruise to hang off the train as it goes off the cliff!!!!  We do not know when they will be filming here but no doubt it will be whenever we won’t be around!!!!  

Do you ever have one of those days which is all planned out and you get up with the aim of getting that list completed and then it all goes to pot?  Well that is my day today!!!  I was going to get lots done today and nothing has gone right all day.  At least I have tomorrow to try and rectify things.  One thing for sure I WILL NOT sit down at my desk or answer any of my phones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I do hope you lovely lot are having a better day. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Wednesday Really?!!!

The Wednesday Wag.

It is blooming cold at the moment so my door is not open all day for me to run in and out as normal so I am spending my days in my basket next to Mom’s desk!!!!  It is not normally this cold at this time of year and guess what?  Mom has booked me in for a Spa day next Wednesday!!!! I mean really?!!!!!!!    I am really hoping that we are going to get some warm Spring weather soon.


Tuesday disappered in a cloud of work and I did actually get an appointment with my hairdresser to get my hair coloured and cut!!!  So I don’t look like the above any more!!

It was announced yesterday that Molly and Jacob have both made the Olympic GB Team for swimming!!!  To make the team is a great achievement and we wish them the best of luck in Tokoyo.  Molly went to the last Olympics but this will Jacob’s first time and what a trip for a sixteen year old.


I watched the funeral of HRH Prince Philip and here are some stills of the day.  Although cold it really was a stunning day with the sun shining.

The Bands playing on the Inner Courtyard. The Land Rover specially designed by Prince Philip to carry his coffin.

The Royal Marine Band marching through the George IV Gateway to the Inner Courtyard.

St George’s Chapel.

The Royal Family waiting to walk behind the coffin.

The Round Tower.

The Queen and her Lady in Waiting leave the Church to return to the private apartments.

The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of Cambridge, The Princess Royal and The Dean of Windsor, David Conner.

The Royal Family walk back up the hill to the main part of Windsor Castle.


At the weekend, which is three days, DH and I will be painting our dining room and getting other jobs done.  The weather is not supposed to be very good but this is not a surprise as it is a Bank Holiday and it always rains on Bank Holidays in the UK.  At least we are doing inside jobs.  I hope your week is going well.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Literary Monday.

I have been doing some reading over the weekend, in between getting some of the Spring Cleaning done!!!  I have a Stephen King book on the go at the moment and he is back to his normal self thank goodness, I will review it next month.

Great Book Shop Window!  Quite agree book collecting is not a hobby!!!! 

This picture was taken by Elle Croft, you can find the article here.  It is the desk from The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles.  How great is that desk or is it?  Should old books be used in this way?  It is always a huge debate of what to do with old books which are not worth anything and are perhaps damaged but it still looks good!  Elle’s article is really good, go check it out. 

I hope you all had a great weekend.  We had a lovely evening on Friday with Girlfriend’s family, an outdoor BBQ and the weather was good.  We saw the Puglets as I call them, Dotty and Ralphy, and it was so, so nice to go out socially and for me to get out of our home!!!!!  Saturday was spent Spring Cleaning the kitchen which always takes an age to do, as there are so many fiddly bits, cupboards etc.  But it was done thank goodness!!  I love it when it is done but not so much when I am in the middle of it!!!!! 

Have  a wonderful week. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

St George’s Day

Today is St. George’s Day, Patron Saint of England.  There is never as much happening today, unlike St. Patrick’s Day, but we are still proud of St. George and of course the Dragon.  We don’t know if he had a name like the one in Harry Potter or the ones in Game of Thrones but in the depiction below he looks to be quite a small dragon!!!

I managed to get all my home jobs done yesterday and grocery shopping will be tomorrow as tonight we are all out as a family at Girlfriend’s Mom’s home for a BBQ!  We are all adhering to the current Covid rules and fortunately today is a lovely, and warm, Spring day so we can be outside without fear of rain!! 

The weekend we are going to get some more of the Spring cleaning jobs done and hopefully a little gardening as well.  Make the most of the weather and time before everything starts to ramp up again!!!! 

I hope whatever you lovely lot are up to this weekend you have a great time and still stay safe. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx