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The Sky is Falling!

Do you ever have those weeks where you get up in the morning and the day disappears in a cloud of work, home jobs, cooking etc and no sooner have you got up then it’s time to go to bed?  Well the last two weeks have been like that here!!!!!


It also feels that at any moment the Sky is going to fall!!!  I don’t usually watch the news but do read it in our only reputable newspaper in the UK (The Telegraph) but to be perfectly honest it sounds dreadful!!!  The Coronavirus is going to get us all, the flooding is getting worse in certain areas and I am heartily sick of Megxit!


Eldest is working really hard to get his shoulder stabilised so he can go back to work!  He has been off now for eleven weeks and it is driving him insane!!!  He loves his job and is not one for sitting and doing nothing.  However we are getting there with his work so hopefully in two weeks time he will be able to go back!!!! 

Youngest is away all week trainining and they have had to move to a different hotel as where they normally stay has been requisitioned as a Coronovirus quarantine place!!!!!  If they stay there the next time he goes down I am sending him there with lots of antibacterial wipes!!!!



DH was really busy over the last two weekends at the Derbyshire County Swimming Championships so I had two weekends of prevarication!!  I had lots of things I could have been doing but wasn’t sure where to start!!! So I didn’t do anything in the end except in the afternoons I sat reading!!!!  It is one of my Aims this year, of course!!!  The weather was not good both weekends with gales and lots of rain, hence the flooding again, so I didn’t feel too bad about sitting by the fire and reading!!!


Yesterday DH and I had an appointment with our Accountants regarding the business which lasted for a couple of hours and then we snuck a couple of hours for some lunch!!!!  It was great to spend a few hours especially for DH after such long weekends.

Youngest’s Girlfriend used to own horses and compete at National level but it was decided that as she was going to Uni and wouldn’t have as much time for the horses to move to new homes.  However after a year she really, really missed them so here is her new arrival:


Welcome Simon!!!!  Please note the nosy neighbour in the top of the picture!!!!!!  We haven’t been to see him yet but Girlfriend says he has a great personality and is very chilled!!!

Treacle loves horses but I am not sure we will take her when we got to see him!!!

Treacle Noise !

Treacle is still hibernating as she is not very keen on wind and rain.  I have a new App on my phone which makes squeeky toy noises and it gets them to look at you!!! The above is my first attempt!  I suspect she will get used to it and will then not bother to look at me!!! Airedales too inteligent to be fooled!!!

Treacle Windy Day

The above picture was on Tuesday morning when it was very windy, as you can see she is not very happy!!!

Treacle & Daddy

Tuesday evening, DH had just got home and this is the “Hi lovely to have you home Daddy, dinner time please!!!!”

Working today at home as always and DH left at 5.00am to go and see a customer, tomorrow and Friday I have home jobs to do and some errands to run.  Now don’t faint but this weekend DH has no commentating jobs to do!!! I know I mean what will be do with ourselves?  All the jobs which haven’t got done over the past several weekends!!!!!  Tee hee!!!  However we are doing some nice things too, Friday night we are going to go to the cinema and Saturday night we are out for dinner with some friends!!!! 


Of course Saturday is Leap Day, ie February 29th!  An “extra” day!  What are you intending to do with this extra day?  Is it going to be a lazy, rest day or do you intend on being up early and seizing the day?  Us?  We have some errands to run and out for dinner in the evening so I think ours will be a social, spend it with family day!!!  Sunday is supposed to be better weather here so that can be jobs day!!!  I am hoping we will be able to get into the garden!!!!  Who knows!!

I hope you are having a good week and I will be back to blogging every day now!!! I am also going to go forward with a positive, happy outlook and S*d the news!!!!!

Hugs & Love

Susie xx


Thursday Thoughts!


I read in the Daily Telegraph the other day one of those reports on a “Study” done my some professors!!!  Their conclusion was that the vast majority of women these days were suffering from weak bladders because we sit down a lot!!!!  Their conclusion was that we should not sit down for longer than 18 minutes a day!!!  Do these people live in the real world?  A lot of jobs which women do, tend to involve sitting for a good portion of the day, like myself as a Secretary.  How do they suggest we do our jobs without sitting?  Yes I know there are those stand up desks but not very practical. 

However what I don’t think they have taken into consideration is in the last twenty years or so we have been encouraged, again by those in the health sector, to drink lots more water a day!  What is it now two litres a day? As well as our normal drinks ie tea!  Don’t they think that this may have had some impact on this subject?  I remember my mother and grandmother who would drink cups of tea during the day; one at breakfast, one mid morning, one at lunch, one in the afternoon, one at dinner and possibly one in the evening.  They were pefectly healthy and hydrated and did not have an issue with weak bladders and my mother was a clerical officer who spent a lot of time sitting at her job!!!!! 

There will no doubt be another result of a study next year with a completely different finding!!!!  Perhaps I should not be reading the news!!!!!!!!



When I lived at home we always had milk delivered to our doorstep by our milkman from the Co-Op in glass bottles.  Once used we would wash the bottles and put them out for the milkman to collect and they would go back to the dairy for re-filling!  Fast forward thirty years and they started delivering milk in plastic containers which can be recycled but it just seems a waste. 

Anyway when our milkman retired we decided to get our milk from the local farm in the next village who have the cows on the farm and they are milked there and the milk is then put into the plastic containers but still delivered to our doorstep each morning.  Well the end of last year they have started to use glass bottles and when they are washed and returned, are refilled and delivered again!!!! Amazing isn’t it!!!!!!  Something which was originally done since the 1920s’ is not being done again because it is much better for the environment!!!!  Good riddence to the plastic containers and I can actually say the milk lasts longer in the glass bottles than the plastic ones!!!!


PS My water glass in the background!!!!!



#TBT This was the snow this time of year 2018!!!!  So alot more that we had this week!!!  As you can see Treacle was loving it!!!!!


Home jobs to do today and grocery shopping tomorrow.  DH will be home tonight after the exhibition and then he is busy all weekend at the county swimming championships announcing.  I am going to get my sewing organised over the weekend and a few other jobs I want to get done.  The weather is supposed to be gales and lots of rain so definitely a weekend to stay warm in doors.

Have a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Storms then Snow!

We were battered around this weekend with Storm Ciara!!! What a name!  We got up on Sunday morning with it still blowing a gale and a tree branch was on our patio and we have no idea where it came from!!!  Treacle was not happy on Saturday evening with the wind and slept in her basket downstairs next to my desk.  It kept me awake most of the night. 

DH, Eldest and I went out for dinner on Saturday and it was a lovely evening.  A lovely restaurant and the food was good!

DH is away all week on business at an exhibition and Eldest was out at physio and then ran some errands.  He got back at lunch and then ten minutes after he was back this started:


It came down thick and fast and settled really quickly, although it was dry snow it has already started to melt!!!!


Treacle had fun in it for a while!!!


But then hated being dried when she came in by Eldest!!!


In contrast DH and I were in Scotland last week for three days and we had glorious weather.  Here are some pictures.  We were right up at where we stay on holiday, just a shame we couldn’t stay longer!!!!


Baxter’s Visitors Centre – Great place to visit and their restaurant is really good.


Looking down to the River Spey.


Dusk coming.


Cold but bright sunshine.


Winter still has a hold here but we saw the sun.


Across the moors from Elgin back to Edinburgh.


There was some snow on the mountains.


Not enough for the ski lift to be working though!

It was a long few days but great to spend time up there.  We will be back at Easter for a holiday and can’t wait.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and if you are in the UK were safe and sound after the storm!!!  Have a great week.

Hugs, Susie xx



Well January has left us and the weather has been up and down, quite grey but no snow!!!!!  There are signs of Spring, however, in the garden with all the bulbs pushing their way through the wet soil!!!  That’s of course the ones the Squirrels have left us!!!!


Very busy and quite frustrating week and weekend but I won’t go into that!!!  DH and I are off to Scotland tomorrow for the next three days on Business again so hoping that the weather will be kind.  Eldest is still at home recovering from his shoulder injury but he is off to the Physio tomorrow morning, fortunately he can now drive.  He is kindly looking after Treacle for us as Youngest is away for the week training!!!  It is all go in our Home!!!!

We are hoping to collect Youngest’s new car at the end of this week and there are changes on the Home front with Eldest’s room which I will hopefully be able to show you next week.  Next weekend we have home jobs to do which have not got done previously and on Saturday evening we have a business dinner to go to!

Have a wonderful week.  Pictures of Scotland at the end of the week too!

Hugs, Susie xx


You come home on Saturday after spending a few hours with friends to find Eldest Technician son has dismantled the piano to see how it works!!!!!!!


Treacle:  I am NOT coming downstairs whilst you have my brush in your hand!



75 years ago yesterday Auschwitz was liberated.  In Remembrance of all those who died here and the other concentration camps.  To the fortitude of all those who survived.  We must remember so that we ensure this never happens again.



In Remembrance of a Gentleman Athlete and his Daughter.  Our thoughts with his family and friends.

Susie xx



I am so glad it is Friday!!! It has been “One of Those Weeks”!!!!  Nothing major happened but just a lot of work and backwards and forwards and cars!!!  Don’t mention cars, I am tired of them!!!!  They are great when they just work and a real pain in the rear when they don’t!!!  DH, Eldest and Youngest are out tomorrow morning on a car looking trip!!!  I am NOT going!!! 

Managed to get caught up on my work, which is a relief, and home jobs and just have some bits of ironing to do and then we are all up to date again!!!  It definitely helps me to be up to date!


The weather has just been grey for the last few days.  You know the sort of days where it really doesn’t get properly light and you have the lamps on all day and it has been like that all day today.  We saw the sun last weekend whilst we were in London and it makes everything seem a lot better but not this week!!!! 

Sunday we have some home jobs to do and then I am going to get some sewing out and do that, especially if it is going to be grey over the weekend which looking at the forecast it will be!!!


I have been enjoying the Australian Open.  I record it over night and then watch the matches the next day!  There have been a few upsets, particularly Serena going out, but the tennis has been really good and it certainly helps get over these dreary January days!!!!


Over the last week I have also had some new followers, so a Big Hello to you and thanks for following and hope you enjoy my ramblings!!!!


I hope you lovely lot have a great weekend whatever you are up to and the weather is kind wherever you are. 

Hugs, Susie xx



Only to January 1st!!!  I never got to say what my Aims were for this year.  I don’t do resolutions as, with most people, I forget about them so by the end of January they have gone by the board.  Aims, however, seem to keep me motivated and I also have a list (you know I love lists!!!) with a reminder of them.

1.  Always to be more organised and tidy with work and home. 

2.  To try and do some quilting each week. 

3.  To read more. 

4.  To be healthier for all of us. 

5.  To balance work, home and social things.

Only five things but there can be quite a lot under those five things but you get where I am going with this!!!  I will let you know at Easter if I have achieved some or all of these Aims!!!!


harry-meghan-Nottingham-1Photo:  nottsTV

The situation with the Duke & Duchess of Sussex has been dominating our news now for several weeks after their decision to step back from Royal life.  I think the thing that has annoyed me the most about this whole situation is how we, as a country, have been called racist which is why the Duchess of Sussex cannot live in Britain!  Firstly in any Country there are elements who always want to cause trouble whether it is racist, anti-semitic or hatred of anything but we, as a country, are more tolerant of diversity than most.  She was welcomed as Prince Harry’s Fiancé and after the wedding but things seemed to go down hill from there.

People are comparing her to Diana, Princess of Wales but she was only twenty when she married Prince Charles yet the Duchess of Sussex was thirty six when she married so can hardly be described as a naive girl.  She had had a career, own home and I am sure far more aware of situations then Diana was. 

I am sure that life in the Royal Family is not easy but there are a hell of a lot of advantages than dis-advantages and although they feel that now they are able to do what they want, when they want, I think they may find that having ditched the security of the Royal Home and all the security of managed outings that they will be even more prey for intrusive photographs and being hounded all the time.  

Also the timing of pictures appearing on their website when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are carrying out engagements is also getting a little annoying and really does give the impression of sour grapes from Harry & Meghan.  Also telling the Canadian people that they were, in fact, just a staging post until policital things change in the USA was not the brightest of statments to have made!!!!!  Which gives rise to the phrase “spoilt brats”!

Hopefully now that they are no longer in Britain they can get on with whatever they want to do and our press will stop running stories about them and we can get on with life!!!!!



Saturday is Chinese New Year and 2020 is The Year of the Rat!  DH is announcing for the celebrations during the evening. 


Saturday is also Burns Night!  So if you are one of those families who have a take-away on a Saturday evening you have a choice of Chinese or Haggis!!!!!   My father’s family are from Edinburgh so we will be celebrating Burns Night, although DH and the Boys are not too keen on Haggis!!!!

Took DH to the railway station this morning for 6.00am as he is in London all day for work and collecting him at 9.30pm tonight!!!  I have done all my work so far today so am going to get a head start on home jobs!!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx