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Happy St. Andrew’s Day.


Today is St. Andrew’s Day, Patron Saint of Scotland, home of my Ancestors!!!  As you know we spend our holidays in Scotland and the whole family love it, more space and less people and I think that is definitely something to treasure in this day and age!!!!!

Today has not been much better than yesterday or the rest of this week so I will definitely be glad to see the back of it.  I just think sometimes, especially if you are having an easy time of it, the Universe decides to give you a week like I have had to remind you to be grateful!  Well Universe I am very grateful for all my blessings so back off now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Last night DH was compering the Christmas Light Switch on in Long Eaton and tonight the same but at Ilkeston.  Yesterday the weather was not good at all with the tail end of a storm battering Britain at the moment.  However today the sun is out and that is the first time in about two weeks we have seen it.  It has been so overcast, grey, damp and cold that I honestly thought the sun had gone away for its holidays!!!!


If I can get a lot of my monthly house jobs done today then we have been asked by the Boys if we can decorate our Home for Christmas over the weekend!  That means getting the tree tomorrow morning and then an expedition into the attic for all the Christmas decorations!  I am not moaning however as I absolutely love it.  Tomorrow evening DH and I are out in Nottingham for dinner and we are going to have a walk round and see the lights etc so hopefully I will have some pictures for you on Monday! 


Youngest was always a serious little chap!!!


Sunday is Youngest’s Birthday so Eldest and Girlfriend are coming round for the day and we are again out for dinner in the evening.  It really has been a lovely few weeks. 


I still have two Christmas presents to get and then that is all done and wrapped and ready and waiting, I need to finish my cards and get the stamps and I have some more baking to do.  I have ordered the Christmas food and drink so that is all sorted and we have heard from our friends in Jersey who are coming back to Derbyshire for Christmas, so we are going to be able to see them between Christmas and New Year which will be great to catch up with them. 

I hope you have all had a better week than I and will have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


They are still forecasting this for the whole of December in the UK but I will believe it when I see it!!!!

We Shall Remember Them.


Today we Remember all those who gave their lives for us, particularly during WWI, which ended 100 years ago today.  Our family were lucky and my Grandfather who was in the Tank Corp during The Great War came home when so many did not.

We also Remember all those who gave their lives for us in WWII.  Again my family were lucky and my Dad, who was in the RAF during that War, came home.  DH’s father was in The Royal Engineers and he came home too.

We also Remember all those who have given their lives in conflicts around the World since the end of WWII and to all those serving now who keep us safe. 


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.




Happy Saturday!


Happy Weekend everyone, my computer is now back after its upgrade and DH has just had to sort a few things out and I think we are now back to where we were; just faster!!!!  I will update you next week on what has been going off but here are a few things for today!


Tonight we gain an extra hour of sleep as our Clocks go back one hour to GMT!  Yes!  I really do miss that hour!!!  I know it means that it will get dark earlier and earlier but I really don’t mind and for a while we will have light mornings again so there is a benefit!!


Whilst my computer was having a tune up I had my very own mini quilt retreat in my sewing room and I got lots done on my Christmas gifts.  I can’t show you anything unfortunately as quite a few who they are for read my blog, tee hee, so I am afraid you will have to wait until after Christmas!!!!!  I am really enjoying the process though. Speaking of quilting I will be in there again later as DH is out tonight at an event where he is announcing, so it will be the perfect time to get some more done.


We have been very spoilt with all the nice weather we have had in October with it being warm and then sunny and mild for a few weekends which was great getting the last of the garden jobs done.  Today it is really cold!!!!  We were out last night at a friend’s retirement party in his field (he owns a big farm in our village) There was a huge bonfire, fireworks and a BBQ to celebrate their retirement and although having gone with thick jacket, gloves, scarf, thick socks and boots etc I was still frozen!!!!  I think I have just about warmed up!  It was a good evening.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx


Don’t forget to put your clocks Back!!!!

Good News!

As you know I don’t watch the news or read much of it now because it is all so depressing, but this week we have had some good news. 

Friday last was the second Royal Wedding of the year, that of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank.  I sort of watched it, ie it was on the TV whilst I was working, but I did love the flowers on the steps up to the Chapel, lovely Autumn colours.



I also liked the Bride’s dress but thought it was a shame she did not wear a veil.  The Page Boys and Bridesmaids all looked lovely although the colours were very much Spring like and I thought they would have carried the Autumn colour scheme through, but no one asked me!!!!!!!


The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attending and I bet it brought back happy memories of their own wedding just five months previously.  It is quite a funny feeling going to a friend’s wedding not long after your own.  It happened to DH and I; we attended some very good friend’s their wedding five months after ours and this time we were guests instead of the centre of attention and it was quite surreal, although it was great to sit back and watch it all happen rather than being in the middle!!!!


Of course we then found out yesterday that the Sussex’s are expanding their family with a baby due in Spring next year.  How wonderful especially as the baby will be close in age with its Cousins, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge’s children.

So some good news for once in the middle of all the usual rubbish that is out there!!!


The Baby Quilt I was working on is finally done and I will show you pictures at the end of this week.  We are going out on Friday night to friends for dinner, which should be a great evening and then Saturday and Sunday it is the Swimming Club’s in-house Championships.  Normally we have the events a month apart or certainly a few weeks apart but we can’t this year due to other swimming events, so they are the day after each other!!!  I am sure the Swimmers or their parents will be moaning but hey ho!!!!


The weather at the moment is supposed to be good for the weekend so DH and I are hoping to get those last little jobs done in the garden and then that will be it for the Winter.  They are still predicting lots of snow for us this year beginning in the middle of November and going right through December and Christmas.  It is one of those “I will believe it when I see it” scenarios however!!!!

Treacle has had a few fraught days with the high winds whistling around our home and it has kept her up at night so she has been snoozing the days away in her basket next to my desk.  She did liven up a bit though when Youngest got home from visiting his Girlfriend at Uni.  It won’t be long before I am off to bed to read my latest book and no doubt she will be next to me snuggled up!!! 

Speaking of Books I missed last Fridays Monthly Book Club so it will be out this Friday!!!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx


Oh Good Grief!!!


I get between 60 and 70 emails a day being work or private and I came down first thing this morning and started to sort them, the first one however was “Welcome to Christmas”!!!!!!  IT’S ONLY JUST OCTOBER!!!!!!!

I know the retailers have had a hard few months but I don’t think sending out Christmas emails just yet will encourage us to spend. Anyway I think most sensible people will just buy what they are going to buy for Christmas and that’s it, whether they spend it now or nearer to the Big Day!  I usually start in November and I already know what I am getting everyone, which I think makes it a lot easier.  I have arranged to go Christmas shopping with my good friend Jayne on November 20th and that will be it, besides the things I need to buy over the internet.  I do love seeing all the shop displays and the lights.


Also DH and I are going down to London on November 16th to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary so we will probably do some Christmas shopping then.  I am really hoping that they have the Christmas lights switched on down there by then too. 

When we celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary we did the whole of November, Friday and Saturday evenings going out and doing different things and I decided we should do that again ten years later.  So much better than buying gifts.  I have arranged to for a Twilight visit to Chatsworth House to see their Christmas displays on November 23rd, we will also go to the cinema, which was our second date, and go out for dinner in Nottingham, our home town, and a few other things which I can’t mention here as himself reads my blog!!!!!!  Really looking forward to it!


This is my job this afternoon!  Youngest came back from a visit to see Girlfriend with a huge pile of washing, DH seems to have worn a shirt for work and a shirt in the evening every day so that’s about 10 to iron (!) fortunately Treacle’s beds do not need ironing!!!!

DH is out tonight at two meetings, one early on and then a swimming meeting later, so it will be a quick dinner this evening and I can then finish the baby quilt.  The baby will be here before I know it!!!!  I then need to move on to my Christmas projects!

Have a Terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx


I know, I couldn’t resist adding this picture!  It’s not Christmasy per se but I just love the snow and lights, tee hee!!!!!!



Good Morning everyone and Happy October!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  DH and I were busy Friday evening with a few bits of work/swimming etc and then he and Youngest went coaching on Saturday morning, before dropping Youngest at the train station.


We went to the Ploughing Match which was mostly completed by the time we got there but there were still a lot of tractors, horses and steam engines around.


The steam engine at our end winding the plough down the furrow.


Here are the men moving the plough to the next furrow.


Off it goes.


A very gentle way of ploughing!


We got there in time to see the carriage driving in the main arena, so we found a hay bale to sit on and had some lunch and watched the different classes.

Next in the ring were the Rockwood Dog Training School display team.  All the dogs are rescues and go to the school to help overcome various issues and do the agility as part of that process.  They were great fun to watch.


This year it is 100 years of the end of World War I, or The Great War, and there are quite a few celebrations happening around the country leading up to Remembrance Sunday on November 11th.  Here there was a display of how the Cavalry and Infantry would have looked in WWI and also a replica tank.


WWI replica tank Deborah II coming into the Arena.


The Cavalry getting ready to charge.



The Cavalry Officer in charge with the Infantry.  This gentleman was not only riding and taking part but also commentated on every aspect during the whole presentation!

After this DH and I walked round the exhibits and the animal & produce shows.

We had a great day and the weather was amazing, bright sunshine with a breeze and a little warmth. 

In the evening it was our friends 50th Anniversary party and another lovely evening celebrating with them.  The band was good too.

Yesterday the weather was cloudy but cool so DH and I got the final jobs done in the garden before Winter, so it has been “put-to-bed”!!!!  Just need to do some sorting out of the little bit of front garden we have, trimming a few of the plants and then it is all done!!!  We have been so lucky with the weather this year and having planned what to do managed to get it all done.  I must say it looks great and I will show you some pictures tomorrow. 


Treacle was busy helping all day yesterday and is now snoozing in her basket next to my desk!!  Too much fresh air for her!!!!!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Autumn Tuesday!


Our trees are starting to turn as Autumn continues its march towards Winter.  However tomorrow and Thursday it is due to be 20°C again although falling to 3°C at night!  The last few days have been very chilly but I have resisted turning our heat on because of the next two days!!!  However if it continues to be cool then I will be putting the heat on!!!!


Treacle has taken to curling up in her basket very small as she had her fur cut last week and its gone cold!  It always happens!!!


Speaking of weather they have forecast, at the moment, for us to have a very hard Winter with lots of snow like 2010 when this picture was taken.  We had not had this amount of snow in a long while and you can see how deep it was and this was just the amount of snow which had fallen overnight!!!  They have also forecast a White Christmas but the weather people are notorious for getting the forecasts wrong so we shall see!!!!


Like this past weekend when they forecast heavy rain for the whole weekend, so DH and I planned on doing jobs inside all weekend, and yet it was quite nice!!!!  We still did the indoor jobs just to get them done, especially before October as every weekend in October has a swimming or compering event on, in fact we don’t have any weekends free at all.  So looking forward to November!  I know you are not supposed to wish time away but I just know it is going to be manic!!! 


Speaking of Christmas, or were we?  Well they are getting things into the shops for Christmas already!!!  Anyway I have arranged to go with my good friend, Jayne, Christmas shopping in November.  I don’t know how much shopping we will get done but it is a great excuse for a day out in Nottingham and to have lunch and even if we don’t spend much we get to see all the Christmas displays which is always great.  Can’t wait.

I am doing quite well at the moment keeping up to date with my work and house jobs etc and I do think that makes things easier for me.  I have started on the second baby quilt getting it quilted and hope to finish it by the end of this week.  This coming weekend on Saturday day time DH and I are hoping to go to a ploughing match over in Nottinghamshire, near to where DH was born and if the weather is kind I will get some pictures.  Saturday evening it’s our Friends 50th Anniversary Dinner which we are looking forward to.  Sunday we will be doing a little bit more in the garden if the weather is kind. 

DH had his tooth fixed on Friday but it is still sore, the Dentist said it will be for another week or so but hopefully he will not need any more visits or treatment.  The Dentist is still not sure what happened but hopes that he has fixed it now!!!!! 

We have a few birthdays coming up in October too, DH being one of them at the end of the month but as we are away for our Anniversary at the beginning of November I think he will wait for his presents then!!!  It is always a very busy few months in the run up to Christmas which is why by the time I get to Christmas Day I feel as if I have run a marathon!!!  Hey ho!

I hope you are having a great week, whatever you lovely lot are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx