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Thursday Things.

DH and I had to go and visit a customer yesterday in the Lake District, so left home at 5.00am and got there about 8.00am.  We then went into the local town for breakfast and a cup of tea!  This monument overlooks the town of Ulverston and was erected for Sir John Barrow, who was born there in 1764 and eventually became Second Secretary of the Admiralty.  It was made to look like a lighthouse although there is no actual light in it and it was to remind people of Sir John’s naval history.

It was a long day and we got back around 3.00pm where we finished some more work before having dinner and then off to swimming.  However we have to go back again tomorrow with some more parts!!!  It has been one of those weeks.

Madam spent the day here!  We have had the forecasted warm weather, although it is dropping cold at night, so she was sunbathing on our bed whilst we were out!!  She came down and saw us when we came in blinking as if she had only just woken up!  So that was why there was no Wednesday Wag yesterday. 

In fact the whole week has flown by with work and swimming issues.  The swimming looks to be staying the same with less hours for the foreseeable future which is what none of us want, we would like to get back to all our usual days and session times.  I was also speaking to our Accountant yesterday and we were both saying that we don’t see anything changing much and it will probably be like this, this time next year which is slightly depressing.

I seem to be getting an email a day now with Christmas offers.  It is almost like everyone has agreed that it has been such a year that Christmas needs to start now!  I mean they are always early here in the UK but September, that really is early this year!  I was saying though that so far this year we have had bad floods in the UK, the fires in Australia and USA, the locusts in India, the pandemic and probably to add insult to injury we are going to have a dreadful Winter, lots of snow and freezing temperatures!!  I never say this but I will really be glad to see the back fo 2020 although I am not sure that 2021 will be any better!!!

At the moment I am taking it two weeks at a time!  I think that is the longest we can look ahead for as everything seems to change on a moments notice!  My next two weeks?  Swimming!!!!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday, Friday tomorrow!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

PS  As it is Thursday here is #TBT!  The Boys with Santa in 2005!  Aged 10 and 6, on the steam train at Great Central Railway!

Madam and her Reindeer Ears, she does not look impressed!!!!!

Tuesday – Sun Day!

Who can believe that we have a few days where it is going to be really warm again!  The last hurrah of Summer before Autumn really arrives.  I just hope we are able to get the jobs done in the garden whilst it is nice, there is still a lot to do but at this point I am just taking them one at a time.  Otherwise I think I might just get in a tiz with all the lists I have been writing!

We are at swimming again tonight, tomorrow, Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning and it is getting to be quite boring for DH and I.  Our Boys don’t swim any more and really when you don’t have a vested interest in the pool it really is not good.   We will be dropping the number of helpers down to two on poolside and hopefully be able to give people more time off, especially as it looks like we will be doing this until Christmas at least.

I did get some quilting done whilst we were away and now need to get on with that, so I am trying to organise things so I have some time at the weekend hopefully to do it, along with all the other things I want to get done.  How do I get more time in a day, anyone know!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t know about anyone else but I have a terrible time breaking in new shoes/trainers/boots!  Consquently I hate it having to buy new ones but it has got to the point where I need new trainers for the pool, new boots for winter and new shoes for going out.  No matter how well made they are or expensive or not they always rub my feet and I end up with blisters on my heels!  It is because we all have very narrow feet in our family and therefore shoes never seem to fit properly.  I have bought some new trainers so I will have plasters on my heels by the end of the week!!!!

Treacle is enjoying the last of the summer sunshine outside. 

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


We had, as always, a busy weekend and the paperwork to get the swimmers back into the pools is continuing exponentially!  I send emails out and within minutes replies are back with more emails to send!!!!!

Anyway I want to share a bit of quilting instead (yes I know don’t faint!!!!)  One email which popped into my inbox was from a quilting supplier with a new range of fabric.

You know I love books and one of my favourites is Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Well Riley Blake Designs has come up with a new range called “Jane Austen – At Home”  Here are a few pictures of the new range, I have chosen the ones I like the best.


I love the muted colours.  I will be adding these to my list of projects.  If you would like to see the full range you can find it here  Obviously this is a British supplier.

I am going to try and get my quilting sorted this week so I can take it away with us. This will be the first sewing I have done in months.  I still need to sort out sewing at my desk but with one thing and another I have not had time!!!  Hopefully I will get back into the swing of things whilst away and this will carry on when we return from vacation!

I do actually have a few tops to get quilted so that can be one thing to get done whilst we are away. 

I also need to sort out which books I want to take with us as well.  I won’t be taking the memory books for Eldest with me as there is too much to take, I will complete them when I get back. 

I am doing okay so far this week with the things I need to get done!!! Of course it may all go wrong by the end of the week!!!!!!!

I hope you are having a thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx



I really think we should have three days of work and five days of weekend!!!  The weekend flew by too fast!!!!


Probably because we were so busy!!!  Friday we had dinner with Eldest and Fiancé which was lovely, although I had been rushing around all day beforehand.  Saturday was the same with getting things done and then our friends came for dinner in the evening although it was cut a little short as our friend was not well, nothing dangerous but they had to go home earlier than planned.


Sunday was busy with some gardening and getting other jobs done at home. 


Treacle is still feeling sorry for herself so I put off her Airecut today until next week to give her chance to recover. 


This week we will be busy with work as we only have the next two weeks to get things sorted before we are off on vacation.  Eldest is staying home to look after Treacle for us.  I also have to get lots done before hopefully the pools will be opening for our swimmers!!!!


Our weather is being typically British, lots of rain with some sunshine in between although Friday is supposed to be very sunny and warm!!!! 


I am writing lots of lists at the moment just so I can keep up with everything, thank goodness for lists, I don’t know what I would do without them.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and will have a great week whatever you are all up to.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx



Finally made it to Friday, it has seemed a very long week, this week!  We had a swimming meeting last night to discuss with the Leisure Centres how we are going to work once we can go back!! We then had to go and see one of the committee members about something else and we did not leave their home until 11.00pm, and we had not had dinner!  It was a very long day!!!

Today started off  I had all my jobs planned and what I needed to get done before Eldest and Fiancé are here for dinner tonight and then Treacle decides she needs a visit to her Doctors!!!  We think she has eaten something she shouldn’t have so she and I were off to the Vets first thing!!!!  He agreed with us so she has had an injection and some tablets and is now on invalid food!!!!!

We got back and I had some business work to do, then some swimming work to do and then after lunch did my home jobs, but did not get my basket of ironing done, hey ho!!!!


One thing I have noticed being out and about on the roads again is that other people’s driving has got worse since Lockdown, it can really be like Wacky Races out there!!!!! 

Youngest and Girlfriend are away for a long weekend from today and tomorrow our good friends from the village are coming for dinner, now that two unrelated households can meet in doors. It does all get rather confusing as to who can do what and when!!!!  You would have thought, of course, as it is summer that we would be able to eat outside, no chance it is due to rain all day tomorrow!!! However Sunday is supposed to be okay!  Ah the Great British Weather!!!!

Anyway whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a nice time and see you all on Monday.

Hugs & Love Susie xx


Nottingham Beach from last year, sadly not on this year of course!

The Wednesday Wag.


I am in trouble today.  Youngest came yesterday for a little while and I was playing with him and a stick and Mom thinks I have hurt my mouth with it (!) as I was not keen on eating my breakfast this morning until Dad put some water on my biscuits!!!!  It’s not my fault!


I have also been terrorising the baby Magpies which are now in our garden!!!  They come down off the fence to find worms and things and I stalk them and run at them and they fly back onto the fence, but don’t leave!!!!!

It is drizzly rain today so I won’t be spending too much time outside!!!  Rain and I don’t go together. 


Mom says I need an Airecut soon as I am getting fluffy again and she had better get me done just in case another Lockdown happens, whatever one of those is!!!!


I am waiting for the Boys and Dad to get home so we can play!!!

I hope you are having a very happy woofy Wednesday.

Treacle xx



Today, in a normal year, would have been the start of the school summer holidays!  Six weeks of no timetables, no having to be up early and no homework!!!  I used to love the first day of summer holidays with the Boys and usually the first day off would be a PJ day for the boys!  Of course the weather was usually a bit iffy and true to form it is rainy today!!!

This year, of course, has not been the same at all and a lot of the children have been off since March so they have had extra long break, although they were supposed to be home schooling.  I am sure if the Boys were still at school we would have been doing school work first thing in the morning and then they could have the afternoon to themselves, it is certainly what we did with homework if they had any over the holidays!!! 

Anyway I hope they all have a good summer.

Happy Wednesday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


People Can’t See You Smile!


The one thing I have noticed wrong with wearing face masks is that people can’t see you smile!  You really don’t know how people are feeling/looking when they have face masks on and I do pick up a lot of cues from looking at people’s faces!!!!


It has been like the above picture over the last few days with work and swimming!  Work is busy which is a good thing and I am not complaining at all.  Getting the swimmers back into the pool is another matter.  I think that everyone is very concerned about the atmosphere in the pool environment rather than the actual water itself!!!   We are getting through all the paperwork which is needed but everything else is moving at a snail’s pace!!!


We went to our friends’ house on Saturday, which was meant to be a BBQ but it rained most of the day and into the evening!  However we got takeaway pizza from a local restaurant which was really good!  It was our first social event out and we still socially distanced whilst there but despite all of that we had a great evening, catching up.  In fact we did not leave until 11.00pm!!!  We all decided it was a good idea to not go out to any restaurants just yet until they are all sorted with how they are going to work now they can open.  Hopefully after a few weeks they will be all organised and then we can go. 


Over the weekend and the last few days the weather has been nice and a little warm but cool in the morning and evenings!  Not very summery really.  Treacle doesn’t mind what it is doing, so long as it isn’t rain, and spends most of her day outside which then means she is very tired at night, all the fresh air!!!


The garden has benefited from all the rain we have had and a bit of the sunshine.  Behind the fence you may just be able to see some very tall pink flowers, they are Himalayan Balsam.  We had a few plants start growing in our garden and had no idea what they were until the flowers opened.  We then asked my good friend Jayne, her son James is a horticulturist if he could help identify it and he did.  Any ho it is not a very nice plant in that it invades the garden and takes over all the space and crowds out the other plants.  If you let the flowers go to seed, each pod produces 800 seeds and there are lots of flowers!!!!  Anyway DH pulled them up out of our garden and put them in the brown bin!


Treacle outside!


This bed during the Winter looks dreadful as everything dies back to the soil but each year it comes up really well and the flowers are just coming out.  The bees and butterflies do love the flowers in here.

I have a few home jobs to sort out this week and am still trying to get some nice things done but the weeks fly by and so do the weekends.  Although we are not busy doing things for others we still manage to fill the weekends with jobs!!!!

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

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Tuesday Thoughts!


Yesterday was really busy with wok, start of the week and all that, and I was also doing accounts!!!  Any ho our Government has now decided that we all need to wear face masks in shops!  They are still arguing between themselves as to whether this is a good idea or not and whether it is any help whatsoever!  I think they should just say we need to wear masks if we are outside and have done with it!!!  I had to wear one to go into the hospital for my check up and I have an appointment at the Spa I go to on Friday and have to wear a mask in there, so just make it all the time!!!!


This was the sky from the front of our home yesterday morning. It soon went down hill with rain!


This is the view from our Cottage in The Highlands!  We are really hoping that we get to go in August!


This was last August, the Edinburgh Book Festival.  Of course it is not on this year but they are doing the Festival on line.  It is on from 15th to 31st August and there will be lots of free things to look at.  Here is a link 


Treacle’s enjoying the summer as it is at the moment and getting out in the garden when it is sunny!!  It has gone cool again this week so we are hoping it will pick up again later in the week.

Saturday DH and I are venturing out to see friends.  We are off to their home and hopefully having BBQ outside.  We have not seen them since before Christmas so it will be nice to get out and socialise, hopefully we won’t have forgotten how to!!!!!!


We are trying to get all the paperwork done for the swimmers to get back into the pools, which is now looking like after July 25th but of course that could change!!!  It just seems that we keep getting more and more paperwork to do!!!!  The above picture is of the Boys when we were in Florida!!! 

I hope you lovely lot had a great weekend and will have a good week. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx



Tuesday, Tuesdays!


Was there a song with those words?  Who knows!!!  It has been a hectic work day again. 


I have fallen back into the habit of waking up several times at night again!!!!  I had managed to get out of it and now it is happening again and who knows why!!!  Counting sheep does not help!

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Treacle is feeling sorry for herself again today as I think she has tweaked her leg again!  It is either that or as it is cold it is aching!!  She was fine this morning but by this afternoon she is wandering around with a woe is me look on her face.  I am sure a good rest will help out!!!!

Eldest is out at Fiancé’s tonight for dinner so it is just DH and I in this evening.  Tomorrow will be busy again with work and it is going to be raining again all day!!!!  I really hope it is going to be warm and sunny soon!!!

I hope you all are having a good Tuesday!

Hugs & Love Susie xx