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Baked Alaska Day!

Well the first month of 2019 has passed us by and it has been a blur of activity but also a quiet month after the fun of November, December and Christmas.  DH and I visited Edinburgh twice in January for work and I was just a bit sad we were not continuing North to get to where we stay on holiday, but the way the months fly by it will soon be August!!!!!


Today, February 1st, is Baked Alaska Day!  Who knew that a dessert has its own day!  Anyway Baked Alaska was created by Charles Ranhofer, Chef at the famous Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York.  He created it to celebrate the United States purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867!  I have eaten it a few times and find it to be quite sweet, so it is not one of my favourites, however it always fascinates me how the ice cream in the middle does not melt!  I have never tried to make it but may have a go one day!!!

I always feel better when January is over as I feel that January is like Monday morning!  You have a great weekend and then it’s Monday again.  So the same with the year; you have a great December and Christmas and then it’s January!!!!

When I was little I always felt that February was the longest month ever, even though it is short by three days (or two in a Leap Year!)

This weekend DH is compering a swimming event on Saturday evening but we have the rest of the weekend to get some more jobs done in our home!  Who knows what the weather is going to do, certainly not the weatherman!!!  We have had some snow showers today but it has not settled!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend and if you are somewhere it is very, very cold, stay warm and safe.

Hugs, Susie xx


Bonnie Scotland or Brr Scotland!

DH and I are back from our business trip to Edinburgh and oh boy was it cold and snowy!!!!!  It was -5°c which I know is not that cold in comparison to some other countries but it was cold to us!!! Here are some pictures of our trip. 


This is snow on the trees although it looks like a hard frost.


Snow on the mountains, below.


Snow on the fields too and the sheep were busy trying to find the grass beneath.


The pictures below were on the way back yesterday and at a lower level so no snow but very cold. 


The freezing fog hanging over the top of the mountains


As we got into the valley the fog was quite heavy and very cold.


We got home by 7.00pm and Treacle was pleased to see us.  Youngest had been home fed and sorted her out but she still tried to con DH and I when we got in to say she had not been fed!!!!  We knew she had as her bowl was on the floor!!!!

Today DH has been in London all day at an exhibition but went on the train this time so was able to work on the way down.  I dropped him off at the train station at 5.00am and I will go and collect him at 9.30pm tonight!  I got caught up on the work of the last two days whilst we were away and also got house jobs done too and five parcels off in the mail!  It is amazing what you can get done when you are up so early!  Treacle was in her basket when I got back having had breakfast at 4.30am, which I think she thought was far too early!

Tomorrow I have some errands to run and I have to go over to Nottingham as well. We have another quiet weekend this weekend again which is great because every weekend in February is taken up with swimming events!!!  Although that means I will get some quilting done.

Tomorrow is also Burns Night, so it will be Haggis for dinner!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

Hibernation Monday!


Jack Frost is doing overtime this week with ice covering everything!  I think I would sooner have snow than ice!!!!  Treacle is only venturing out to do what is necessary and runs straight back in, even with her fur coat on!!!!  She is getting to a point of needing  a visit to the Spa but I don’t think so at the moment!!!


DH and I are off to Edinburgh again tomorrow and over night  for work so Youngest and Treacle will be keeping each other company tomorrow evening! 


So long as she is warm, Treacle doesn’t mind!!!!!

I was busy over the weekend getting Treacle’s quilt top done and just now need to sandwich and quilt it and she can have her nice new quilt to lie on!!!

I hope your Monday is going well.  I will be back on Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx


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