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300! (Well 303 Actually!)

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Over the Weekend I hit 300 Followers (in fact it is now 303!).  SO I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows me and for joining me on this blogging journey.  Thank you also to those who leave me lovely comments, especially Sue and Susan who have been with me since the start!!!  You all mean a lot to me.

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Sorry for the radio silence from last Tuesday but it takes a lot of work to get our business ready for it’s year end and the start of the new business year.  However being in Lockdown (Week 10 now!!!!) it has meant that I have managed to get it all done straight away rather than trying to do it in between all the other work!!!!

We also had a long weekend just gone and the weather was lovely!  We got some more bits done in the garden and Youngest popped in to see us, at a distance, and to talk to his brother about the engine he is re-building.  It is great now they are 20 and 24 and seeing them doing things together.

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Sorry this is a little blurry but it was such a hot day!!  Treacle managed to get all in the shade except the tips of her paws!!!!

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The grass is cooler though for sleeping!!!!

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This is what happens when the Eldest one is bored!!!  Treacle looks like one of the jousting horses!!!!  Her Spa ladies are back at work next week and Treacle has an appointment on the Thursday.  Of course it will then be cold again!!!!

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Girlfriend got Youngest riding the other day!!!!! 

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This is yesterday when Youngest came to visit.  Fortunately you and your Dog don’t have to be socially distanced!!!!! 

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I don’t know who has missed who more!!!  I know we have missed Youngest a lot!!! 

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Eldest yesterday whilst Youngest was here socially distancing!!!

Today is lovely and warm again and I have managed to get all my work done, as well as sorting out the car insurance for us all, a job I absolutely hate!!!!  I have also been able, because it is warm, to get all my washing dried outside, just the ironing to get done now!!!!

I hope everyone had a good weekend and will have a great week, whatever you are up to.  The Boys are hoping to be back at work next week or soon after which will be a shock to the system after all these weeks off but they can’t wait to go back!!!! 

Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Monday.

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Happy Mother’s Day

To All My Followers in USA/Canada/Australia/New Zeland

I know it was yesterday but the weekend sort of passed in a blur of non-activity!!!!  I hope you all had a lovely day even in this weird reality!!  Our Mother’s Day is in March and I really do think we should move it to May when the weather is better!!!

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Saturday was lovely and warm so we got some gardening done and DH and Eldest did some work in the garage. Sunday there was a ten degree drop in temperature and it was very windy and lots of rain!!!!  Here are some pictures of the garden.

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The above picture we said looked like it could have been in the Mediterranean, in fact I think it was as warm as the Med on Saturday!!!

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Treacle busy helping DH and Eldest with the gardening!!  Or should I say trying to bite the rake when DH was using it!!!

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We cleared this area after trimming some of the bushes which had over grown as we did not trim them for a couple of years!!!

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DH and Eldest had also sorted out some of the spare wood we had left after a few jobs and someone pinched a piece!!!!!

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Girlfriend’s Pugs, Ralphy & Dotty,  were just chilling on Saturday in their pool!!!!!!!

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I think I actually hit the wall yesterday.  Having got lots done over the previous seven weeks and all the jobs on my list done it was sort of “what do I do now?” so instead of getting on with several other things I could have done, I watched Netflix!!!!!! 

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I like Netflix as I can watch different series, especially when I am ironing.  I have just started watching “Suits”, not because the Duchess of Sussex is in it, but I had been told it was a good series and had missed it when it was on before.  It is good and I like the characters so it is keeping me entertained.  As well as they fact that I was a Legal Secretary for ten years may have something to do with it.  If you have seen the show then you will know that Donna is Harvey’s Secretary and I can tell you that the real legal secretary’s job is very like it is on the show!!!!!!

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Our Prime Minister spoke to the Nation last night about how we are going to move from Lockdown to getting back to the new normal but really no news.  The main thing is to avoid a second spike and to go back into Lockdown so it will really be trial and error as we go.  We think our Boys will be going back to work soon and their companies have put plans into place but again it will be a trial and error basis.  I think I will just stay put, as before the Lockdown if you don’t have to do it, then don’t!!!!  We shall see.

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I am writing some lists for this week to avoid what happened at the weekend and get me back on track.  DH asked what the next jobs were at home and that is painting rooms!!!!  Once we can get paint of course.  We need to do our hall, stairs and landing, dining room and sitting room inside.  Outside we have our shed and den to wood stain and also do the outside furniture and our front and back doors also need doing.  I am sure if it continues to be the same for the next few months we can get it done!!!

I hope everyone is doing okay and as we move from safety to the unknown please stay safe.  Have a good week.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

May Day!

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We have done really well in April with all the nice and warm sunny weather we have had rather than the usual April showers!  In fact I think Lockdown has been a little bit easier because the weather has been so nice!!!

Lots of experts say you should reflect on the month just gone and see what you could have done better and assess everything.  I think this year the whole World will be assessing everything in light of the current situation.  I am glad that because of the Lockdown I have got lots done around our home and the Spring Cleaning finished and am now starting on some other jobs, including my quilting.  It think also that Lockdown has made us all slow down, which can never be a bad thing in this busy day and age.

We have some April showers types of days over the next week but it is then getting warmer again with sunshine.  The gardens need the rain.  DH and Eldest will be tackling the attic over the weekend, all it needs is tidying up as we got rid of all the excess last year.

We are still waiting from our Government to hear how we are going to come out of the Lockdown whilst trying to avoid a second spike in cases but I do not think that life will be going back to anywhere near normal for a long time.  We shall see.

I am going to get some nice jobs done over the weekend, bit of quilting, some more work on the Boys memory books, some baking oh and a basket of ironing to do!!!! 

I hope whatever you are up to, stay safe, and have a great weekend. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

 

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Your Daily Treacle.  This was the other morning after DH had left at 5.00am, I had made a drink and his sandwiches and he left, Treacle had been out, been fed so came back to bed!!!!!  She was like this until it came time for me to make our bed!!!!!

Working Day!

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I have been working at my desk all day today, Treacle has been busy helping by being in her basket with me in our Den!  It has been raining all day, the garden does need it but is cold again, such a difference to the last few weeks, hey ho!  I have also put our heating back on, because of sitting at my desk it is really cold!!!!

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These two delivered the trollies to the hospital today and they were very impressed with the face masks and the gloves they wore!!  I have made another three today and will make some more tomorrow as spares. 

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It is National Gardening Week this week, don’t know if we will be able to get in the garden though as it is due to rain all week!!!  I have some other jobs to do which won’t take too long, I may try and get them done between the showers.

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I cannot believe that we are at the end of April.  It certainly has been a very strange month and although we have been busy and done lots around our home etc I also feel that we have almost sleep walked through the month!!!  It will also mean that four months of the year have gone.  We certainly won’t be forgetting 2020 in a hurry!!! 

Tomorrow I have some work to finish in the morning and then am going to get some other jobs done in the afternoon.  I am trying to split the days up to keep them from running into each other!!!!!

I hope your Tuesday is going okay.  Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Shush!

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Don’t tell anyone but I went out in my car today!!!!!  It was only in our village and it was to collect a business thing!!!!  But my car definitely needed a run as it has not been out for six weeks!!!!  I duly collected said parts and got back before anyone noticed.  To say I felt like a criminal being out is an understatement!!!!

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Over the weekend we finished cleaning the machines, including the oven!!!  So that concludes this year’s Spring Cleaning!!!  DH and Eldest also got the garage tidy, as we had cleared it out two years ago but it had just gotten messy.  Next weekend we are tackling the attic, again tidying rather than clearing out, which we did last year!  We went round the garden as well on Saturday doing odd little bits and trimmed the two big trees. 

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We had glorious weather again over the weekend with warm temperatures but today has reverted back to normal April temps and it is cool again and we are due rain showers all week, so definitely April weather.  I hope the nice weather does come back soon though as it has made the Lockdown so much more tolerable.

It looks as if we are still going to be in Lockdown for the next two weeks, although they think we are coming out of the peak now but to try and save a double spike, although we do need to get back to work asap.  DH and Eldest are delivering trolleys to an NHS hospital tomorrow.

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Yesterday whilst they were playing in the garage I made them two facemasks for tomorrow and with a little bit of adapting of the pattern by me, got them to fit better so I will be using that now to make more. I also repaired a pair of jogging bottoms for Eldest, Teddy for Treacle and put a new zip in some jodhpurs for Girlfriend!  I now remember why I hate dressmaking!!!  I am also in the process of sewing on all of Youngest’s Scout Badges from his shirt onto his Camp blanket.  He left Scouts in 2014 and I took off all the badges from the shirt then and they have been stored in my sewing box since!!!!  Anyway I am now getting it done!! 

I then have a binding to sew down on a quilt I made ages ago, the original binding was terrible, so I took it off and put a new one on.  Then I have some actual quilting to do on some tops I made last year and have not gotten around to doing!!!  That’s all the quilting so far.  I will show you as I progress.

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I spoke to the ladies at Treacle’s Spa today and they are, of course, not working at the moment but I have added her to their ever-growing list, so when they are open again she will get an appointment.  Over the weekend when it was warm she was seeking shade but loves it today as it is a lot cooler!  The same cannot be said for our hair at the moment.  I would not tackle Youngest’s ever, his hair grows like Topsy and is very thick, Eldest has his hair as short as short can be but does not trust me with the clippers (!) and DH is trusting me to just cut the back of his hair to stop it irritating him with his shirt collar!!  Mine?  I keep “trimming” my fringe but that’s it and I have not had it cut since December (!)  Goodness knows how long it will get.  The other problem is the (grey).    I don’t colour all my hair but have highlights, which are now growing out!!!  Do I get a semi-permanent colour just to tide me over or leave it and wait for my hairdresser to go back to work?  However they are saying that hairdressers may not be back at work for another six months!!!! Oh good grief!!!!!  I will be back to age 14 and sitting on my hair like then!!!!! 

I hope you all had a good weekend as we begin Week 6 of Lockdown.

Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

St. George’s Day.

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Today is St. George’s Day, Patron Saint of England.

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There are various histories about the legend of St George all of which seem to conflict each other but most say he was a warrior who refused to renounce his Christian faith.  He slayed the Dragon who was about to eat the King’s daughter and when the King showered him with wealth for saving her, St George gave it all away to the poor.  This apparently did not happen in England but Libya but we seem to have adopted him as our Patron Saint along with several other countries!!!!!  Anyway it makes a good story.

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To be honest I have always been fascinated by dragon stories and loved the ones in the Harry Potter books.  I imagine the one St George killed looking like the one above from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!!!  Who doesn’t love Toothless in How to Train your Dragon!!!!  Don’t we all want to be Mother of Dragons?!!!!!!

Anyway have a great Thursday all and stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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Our own Furry Dragon, Treacle!!!!!

Earth Day!

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Yesterday it was Her Majesty’s 94th Birthday, Many Happy Returns Ma’am.

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Today is Earth Day!  It has been a lovely warm day here in Derbyshire and I know many will say that it is because of Global Warming that we are having such a warm April but at the moment, during Lockdown, I am so grateful for the sunshine!

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This week is National Secretaries’ Week!  Give your Secretary a “hug” (social distancing in mind of course!!!)

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I have finished the big part of the Spring Cleaning, all I have left to do is clean the machines!!!  Sounds horrendous doesn’t it!!!  I mean the washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and the oven!!!  Everything in the house has been washed, dusted and cleaned to within an inch of its life!!!!  I have even got all the curtains washed, ironed and put back up!!!! 

I can now get on with some nice jobs!!  I mean quilting and getting on with the Boys memory books and we still have two weeks of Lockdown to go!!!  I must say it will be interesting to see how we actually start to get back to normal.  There is so much going around about phased returns, so it definitely won’t be May 11th off we go and they still think we will have to still social distance so who knows how we will get back to normal if we ever do!  People are also saying that they may be scared to actually go out again after so long!!!!

We are due to have warm weather tomorrow, Friday and Saturday and then a little cooler again on Sunday so we will be able to get the garden done and DH and Eldest are going to have ago at tidying the garage and attic!!!  I will have to go around and photograph each room, garage, attic, drive, garden etc because I don’t think it will ever be like this again!!!!!!

I hope everyone is okay and coping with the situation.  Stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xxx

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Your Daily Treacle, Playing ball in the sunshine!!!!