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#TBT – 1976!

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Yesterday, in the UK, was the HOTTEST June day since 1976 with a recorded temperature at Heathrow Airport of 94°F!  So as Thursday is #TBT, let me take you back to 1976!

I had just turned twelve and in my second year of Senior School!

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A loaf of bread in 1976 cost 9 pence, a pint of milk 20 pence, and an average weekly wage was £32. For first time buyers of a home the cost in 1976 would be £4,975 and for entertainment a trip to the cinema cost 90 pence, where we were being frightened by “The Omen”, laughing at the children’s version of “Bugsy Malone” (who remembers the children in the peddle cars in the film?!!) and being romanced by “The Slipper and the Rose”.

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In 1976 most homes still did not have a telephone or a colour television.  Speaking of television we only had three channels BBC1, BBC2 and ITV, unlike the hundreds which are available now.  We were watching Starskey & Hutch, The Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels. 

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A Mini motor car cost £600 new but the best selling car in the UK of 1976 was this

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Ford Cortina which cost £965 new!

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In Sport Niki Lauda won the British Grand Prix, which was held at Brands Hatch, two months after it was held!  This was because James Hunt for  McLaren-Ford  crashed on the first lap but got his car to the pits but did not complete one full lap.  The crowd was so annoyed he was not being allowed to take part at the re-start the Stewards let him start for fear of a riot and he went on to win.  However Ferrari, Tyrell and Fittipaldi Teams complained and two months later Hunt was disqualified and Lauda won, with Jody Scheckter for Tyrell-Ford second and John Watson for Penske-Ford third (Ford engines dominated the team engines in this year!).  There were 26 drivers who started the race, 14 retired, 3 were disqualified and 4 did not qualify, including two women Lella Lombardi for Brabhan-Ford and Divina Galica for Surtees-Ford.

As Wimbledon is almost upon us in 1976 Chris Evert defeated Evonne Goolagon-Cawley to win the Women’s Title and Bjorn Borg beat Illie Nastase to win the Men’s Title.

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James Callaghan was Prime Minister and the Labour Party were in Government but things were not going well culminating in The Winter of Discontent!

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This past weekend was The Queen’s Official Birthday and Trooping of the Colour, which in 1976 The Queen took the salute on horseback riding side saddle. 

My memories of 1976 are long and very hot summer days but definitely a slower pace to life, I was as busy as our Boys were at this age with Ballet lessons, swimming competitions, tennis competitions and spending the whole of my summer holidays either at the local Lido (outdoor pool) or playing tennis at the grass courts across the road from the swimming pool.  We did wear sunscreen but we also had a tan by the time we went back to school in September!!! 

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We didn’t have all the gadgets that the children have now so I know I spent a lot of my summer holidays reading books, a few of those published in 1976 were “Interview With The Vampire” Anne Rice, “Roots” Alex Haley and “The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights” John Steinbeck.  However at the time I was in my murder mystery phase so my books were Agatha Christie novels and country house murders and of course Nancy Drew! 

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I remember fashion was pretty bad in the 70s’ but I avoided the weirdness and lived in jeans, shirts and boots, ala Brooke Shields above and couldn’t wait each evening to get home from school and get my uniform off!!!  It was grey box pleated skirts, a horrible blue blouse, school tie and a thick serge navy blazer (which looked black).  We had to wear thick black tights and only when the temperature reached almost in the 90’s were we allowed to not wear our blazers, ties and tights!!!!  No wonder we were all so skinny, we sweated out all the time!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed my little time travel piece back to 1976.

Hugs, Susie x

Phew, Hot!

It is hot, too hot! I know we shouldn’t moan but it is a national pastime talking or moaning about the weather!

We had the Swimming Open on Saturday and it was the hottest day so far and yes Farmquilter it was like a sauna.  We arrived at 6.30am and left at 5.00pm and were like little puddles.  In fact DH and I sat outside on our patio at 10.00pm as it was a little cooler, but not much.  I think it just got into the 90’s!

Yesterday was more of the same.  DH handed over as President of the Swimming Association and he said there was no way he was wearing his suit!!! In fact no one was dressed formally as it was again far too hot. 

Today the same and Treacle really does not know what to do with herself either!  In fact she is trying to find shade but only stays for a few minutes and then moves again!!!  My Jeep had to go in for its MoT today and I walked back to get it, it was only in the village, and by the time I got home I had to have another shower!!!!! 

It is going to be like this for the rest of the week although not as sunny.  I am still keeping my finders crossed for a nice day on Saturday when our friends are round for dinner. 

I hope everyone had a lovely summer weekend and Happy Week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Pets On Quilts Show 2017

Yes it is that time of year again, I know; how quick has it come round, for the Pets on Quilts Show 2017 run by the wonderful Lily Pad Quilting (https://lilypadquilting.blogspot.co.uk)

If you hop on over to Snoodles blog you can grab the button for your blog and if you do you can get extra entries to the prize draw.

I actually have a quilt for Treacle to be on this year, last year I was not very organised!!!! 

Today is housejob day and grocery shopping will have to wait until Sunday now, hopefully I will have time to do the basket of ironing and be up to date before the busy weekend.   We are still on for several days of hot weather, so I will also be out with the hosepipe in the evenings watering the garden.

Treacle is soaking up the summer rays and loving it.

Must get on.   I hope you all have a wonderful summer weekend.  June 21st is just around the corner and that means, as someone unhelpfully told me the other day, the nights start drawing in!!!!!  Why do people do that?  I am loving the light mornings and even lighter nights. 

Happy Summer Weekend.  Hugs, Susie x

Quiet Tuesday!

This is the weather again today!

Madame is back in her basket having had it, the bedding and her washed last night!!!  DH got home from work and had his dinner and we then got on with giving Treacle a bath!!!!  Not the job I expected to do on a Monday evening but she does smell a lot better than she did earlier in the day!!!!  She is a little better today but on a restricted diet.

DH is away all week at a business exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham so I am busy with work and Youngest is on the set of Victoria again today and Eldest is away for the week as part of his course.

So it is very quiet here today! 

I hope your Tuesday is going well. 

Hugs, Susie x

Sometimes It Really Does Pour!

It has been announced that the wonderful Peter Sallis who gave voice to Wallace of Wallce & Gromit has passed away aged 96.  Wallace & Gromit stories were great favourites of our Boys.

DH and I first saw him in his role of Cleggy in “Last Of The Summer Wine” a lovely programme set in Yorkshire about three retirees who spend every day in the countryside getting into trouble just as they did when they were growing up.  If you have never watched this show, do because it really does take you back in time. 

He was a great actor who will be sadly missed.

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1921 – 2017

RIP

Susie x

Monday!

It seems that each week we have news of another attrocity in one of our  cities and it does feel like these people are copying those who have done this before.  More lives lost and forever alterated by people who live in a country where views can be expressed without persecution and yet they still hate the majority and the establishment!  If they feel this way about our country then leave and find a country more to your liking!

Anyway on to more happy things!  Well

This one is poorly sick today!  I don’t know why but she was sick this morning (I won’t go into the details) but has been feeling sorry for herself all day!  I don’t know if it is to do with a bug she may have caught or just one of those things, but she will not be having any food for twenty four hours and will then be on a light diet to see if we can sort it out, otherwise it will be another trip to the vets!

Eldest and Girlfriend came to visit yesterday which was great to see them and DH and Youngest were around for a while before they both had to go off to the Swimming Club. 

I managed to catch up with work and house jobs and got a few other things done but no quilting I am afraid.  Hopefully this week I will be able to get some done during the evenings.  The weeks are flying by!

I hope you had a lovely weekend, the weather here was not great and today it is raining heavily, and are going to have a great week.

Hugs, Susie x

Hi, I am Here!

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It has been a busy old week here, Youngest has been off all week from college on holiday which Treacle has loved and I have not been feeling 100% so the bare minimum has been done with work and home!!!  Today has been a trying to catch up Day and so far I have caught up on my work and am just about to start on the house!!!  The weather has been up and down as well which has not helped, where did summer go?

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Also June 1st snuck up on me and we are almost six months through 2017!  So where did the last five months go?  This is my Birthday month, which I really wish I could forget about and there is so much happening this month, I think I will just cancel it anyway!  We have the swimming club Open happening, DH will be handing over as President of Derbyshire ASA on Father’s Day of all days (!), we have the start of Carnival (!), we have a work colleague who is retiring after 50 year’s in business as well as several other Birthdays and other events and that will be June over!!!!!!!!

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I did get a lot of quilting done over the three day holiday we had last week but I can’t show it to you just yet.  I have also begun to quilt Youngest’s quilt, although I had done a little bit and then decided I didn’t like it so have had to unpick it and start again!!! 

The weather is supposed to be good tomorrow and then raining on Sunday so any garden jobs will have to be done tomorrow and then try and catch up on Sunday with other house jobs.  I still have not swapped over my winter jumpers for summer things and at this rate summer will be over! 

I have also gotten behind with reading my favourite blogs so I will sit down later with a cup of tea and spend a few happy minutes doing that.  I hope your week has gone well and you have a lovely summer weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

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