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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!!!! 

Friday of Week 4 of Lockdown.

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We definitely have restrictions now for another three weeks and hopefully by then we will have some idea of how we actually start to get back to some sort of normal, although they are saying that we shall still have to social distance which for DH and I is not going to be a problem how we work but the Boys may have to begin working shifts as they cannot all be at work at the same time.  One thing is for sure it will be a different World after all of this.

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It has been another lovely Spring day here in Derbyshire although cooler than recent days and the garden is getting very green now.  DH has been out today collecting some parts and Eldest has been detailing his car.  He did wash and polish mine and his Dad’s too!

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Over the weekend I am hoping to get the Spring Cleaning finished and then over the next three weeks of lockdown get some quilting done.  Yes I know now don’t faint, a quilting blog with some actual quilting on it!!!!!!!! 🙂

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Here is your daily Treacle!!!!  This was the other day when it was sunny and she was sunbathing on our bed!!!!  The look says “what do you mean I can’t be on the bed?”!!!!

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I have also had some new followers over the past weeks.  Thank you for following and Welcome to my Blog.  I hope you find some fun and friendship here, whilst we are all staying home. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay safe all. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

#TBT.

Ten years ago we were in Florida for the Easter holidays.  It was also the year that big volcano in Iceland gave us an extra ten days!!!!  Here are a few of the pictures from that holiday.  I would love to be there now with DH and the Boys!!!!!

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The second day after we arrived the last night shuttle launch happened so we went to see it.  This was after the launch at about 4.00am!!!  As you can see the Boys looked a little tired!!!!

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Eldest waiting to go on Thunder Mountain.

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Youngest waiting for Thunder Mountain.

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Above waiting to go on the Pirates of the Carribean Ride.

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Sat waiting for the Parade in Magic Kingdom.

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The Fire Works at the end of the evening at Magic Kingdom.

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On the ride into the park.

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Any car doesn’t matter how old and the Boys are there!

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Waiting for the fireworks at Epcot.

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On the ferry boat to the Magic Kindom.

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NASA Day!

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Discovery Cove Day above.

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Our pool at the villa.  Swimming has always been a big thing for the Boys.

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We went to see the Tampa Bay Rays and they were playing The New York Yankies!!!

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Fort Christmas.

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And a little bit of quilting, as this is supposed to be a quilting blog!!!  This was the year I bought some fabric and quilting things and started my quilting journey!!!  This wedding ring quilt was in one of the cabins at Fort Christmas showing how they did the quilting by hand.

We had an amazing three weeks and some great family memories.

I hope your Thursday is going well and stay safe.  It looks like we have another three weeks of Lockdown!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

What Will You Do?

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Ignoring the fact that when Lockdown is lifted I think we will all be rushed off our feet with work/swimming etc, my question is

What Will You Do First?

Obviously I think the first thing will be a family get together and hopefully the weather will be good and we can be outside.

Then a friends get together.

A non-food shopping trip, even if I don’t buy anything it will be nice to be out and about.

Go for a drive in the countryside and perhaps walk just because we can.

Trip to the cinema if there any films we want to watch.

I am sure life will very quickly establish its normal patterns once the Lockdown is lifted, as we have seemed to get used to this not doing what we normally do!!! Perhaps it will also teach us not to rush around so much and take things a little slower and also appreciate our families and what we do have.

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It is Easter this weekend and for a lot of people it is going to be very different to normal with no Church visits and seeing family.  At least with modern technology you can take part in Church services on the TV or via your internet and the radio and calls to family can actually be made and you can see them which will bring some comfort.  I am really hoping that the sun is going to shine as that always makes things seem a little better.

We have a lovely sunny warm day here again in Derbyshire and I am very thankful for that.

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Treacle is making the most of the sunshine!

I have been working all morning and this afternoon I am doing home jobs, a huge basket of ironing to be precise!!!!  However I get to watch something on Netflix and that usually keeps me entertained whilst ironing.  I have to watch TV when I am ironing!!  I will do a post about what I have been watching.

Happy Wednesday (yes it is Wednesday in case you were wondering!!!) and Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love Susie xxx

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Week 3 of Lockdown!

How is everyone doing?  Life seems to be settling into a pattern and the thing I have noticed most is how much slower everything is.  As we cannot rush about here, there and everywhere and really are living each moment it is, in some ways, quite refreshing.  The Boys are finding it quite hard, however, as they are not at work which they hate and can’t wait to get back!  DH and I are keeping our business ticking over and hopefully we will be okay. 

I think my only concern is when, eventually, the restrictions are lifted it will be immediately manic mode and we will be then running around like headless chickens!!!!  I think I am going to try and make the most of this time whatever!!!!

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Over the weekend the weather was very nice and Spring like so I started the Spring Cleaning and got our Den completely cleaned from top to bottom.  This is where I work each and every day and DH when he is in, which is of course more at the moment!!!  One room down, eleven to go!!!

DH and Eldest continued with the front of our home project extending the drive.

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This is how it looked with the plants removed but the garden and wall still there.

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This is how it looks now!  We will eventually get some plants to put in at the top and down the side to make it look a little better and we will need some more stone to bring the level up before we get it filled in with tarmac. 

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As you can now see we can get three cars side by side and when it is finished we will be able to get Youngest & Girlfriend’s cars on the drive and DH at the front so we will not be creating a problem for our neighbours!!!!

Youngest and Girlfriend were busy, he was building small jumps for Simon, the horse (!), for when Girlfriend is training him.

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To also give Simon something different to look at when practicing they also built this, with the tops of the pillar conifers we took down.

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How about that for re-cycling!!!!

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It is great what our Boys are finding to do whilst they are off!!! 

I got some seeds planted and generally tidied up and have started to wash various items in our home that get done during Spring Cleaning, throws, cushions, curtains etc!!!  My only thought is I must get the Spring Cleaning finished before Lockdown ends because as I said earlier I think it will be manic when we are back!!!!!

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Our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has now been admitted to hospital for checks as he has been self isolating for two weeks but still has a high temperature.  We wish him a speedy recovery. 

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The Queen addressed the Nation last night from Windsor Castle, only the fifth time in her 68 year reign to have done that.  In those 68 years and during WWII she has seen the best and worst of humanity and had to navigate many turbulant times.  My personal view is that she is the Mother of our Country and we all know how much better we feel when our mothers are around.  We always listen to her Christmas address, but I think it was a great benefit to hear her speak last night. 

The four other times she has addressed the Nation, outside of Christmas, was during the First Gulf War in 1991, after Diana, Princess of Wales, died in 1997, when her own Mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, passed away at the great age of 102 in 2002 and on her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Have a great week, whatever you are up to self isolating.  Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Sneezing Oh No!!!!

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No don’t worry I don’t have it!!!!  But what I do get at this time of year is a little bit of hayfever.  I have narrowed it down to a tree which is coming into bud at this time of year, I don’t know which tree it is but it always happens when the garden starts to wake up!!!! 

However in the current situation every little sneeze sends you running for the thermometer and I find I am checking the glands in my neck more often!!!  In fact you start to become a little bit paranoid!!!

This is not a new phenomenon for me ever since I was diagnosed with breast cancer when our Boys were six and two!!!  I was very lucky in that it had not got going as I was being screened at the Hospital ten years prior to my Mother’s first instance of breast cancer having had her first breast removed at 45.  Five years after this she had her second breast removed.  I was screened for the various genes involved and yes I had a faulty gene so it was, as they say, inevitable.  I had to have a mastectomy but again I was very lucky in that I did not have to have any further treatment and went straight into re-construction.

However after that I did find that every time I had something wrong my mind immediately jumped to the worst conclusion. 

Of course it was nothing and so in this current climate, when paranoia can take over quite easily, my advice is to:

Firstly: Stop the negative thoughts immediately and go and do something to distract your brain.

Secondly: When you have had time to calm down, write down what is worrying you.  Seeing it on paper and actually writing it down helps alot as it gets it out of your thoughts. 

Thirdly: Objectively look at what you have written and see if there is anything you can do about it?  If you can’t then stop worrying, if you can, do it.  At least then you will know what you have resolved the issue as far as you can.

I do this alot with issues I have (anyone who reads my Blog knows I love lists) because I find writing things down really helps me.  You have to find what helps you the best and practice it for anything you are worried about, little things and big things and once you get into a habit of doing it then it does make things easier.  Our brains like order. 

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Of course it’s Friday today and we are almost at the end of our second week of Lockdown.  The Queen is due to speak to the Nation on Sunday evening which I am sure we will all be watching as we start Week 3 of Lockdown.  Sunday day is supposed to be lovely and sunny and very warm so the officials are worried that people will be out and about when they really souldn’t be.  We won’t be, in fact it will be a great opportunity to be in the garden again getting jobs done (I am a fair weather gardener after all!!!!).

I hope your week has gone okay and you, your families and friends are coping with this new reality. 

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Hugs & Love Susie xx

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Treacle for the Day!  Her new favourite place now we have cut down the conifers!!!!

What Day Is It?

With this new reality it is like being on holiday where you lose track of what day it is!!!  Our week is normally so structured with certain days are for certain tasks but at the moment they are all mixed around!!!

Not only are we having to cope with the restrictions of the current situation the news is not good for favourite events.  It is understandable that things this month and next have been cancelled but big events later in the year are now also being cancelled.

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One of my favourite events has fallen to the current situation, Wimbledon is not to go ahead for the first time since WWII! They also feel that they would not be able to hold the tournament later in the year.

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DH and I were due to go and see Queen + Adam Lambert in June in Birmingham for my Birthday present.  They have cancelled the whole tour but fortunately have re-arranged it for the same dates next year!

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival which takes place in August has been cancelled along with the Edinburgh Fringe.  They will be back next year as there is no suggestion of holding the event later this year.

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The Festival of Quilts has still not decided whether the event will go ahead, again in August.

I really do appreciate why these events have to make decisions now because of payments which are incurred like the hire of the venues, payment of staff etc but it is such a shame and obviously it does seem that people think that there will still be restrictions right up to August!

DH and I were due to head to The Highlands this Saturday but obviously have cancelled and have transferred the booking to Easter next year.  We are also due to go in August but am wondering now whether that is going to happen!!! 

However, despite what some in our media are saying, I do believe that the restrictions we are living in now are needed and are not over zealous!  One of Eldest’s friends Mom who is a nurse is now very ill and in hospital herself (she has been working all the while since the crisis started) so as far as I am concerned it is serious and we must ALL do what we can to keep ourselves, our families and everyone as safe and healthy as possible and to ease the pressure on our hospitals and their staff!

I think our Government, whoever is in power, has an unenviable task of trying to contain this horrible thing and protect us all, whilst trying to not completely cripple the country financially.  It is a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation!  I also think that when it is all lifted and we start to get back to normal, we will all be rushed off our feet!!!!

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As it is Thursday, I think (!), here are some #TBT pictures of previous visits to our Highland Hideaway!!!!  Enjoy and stay safe.

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The view from our cottage!

Boys at Inverness Locks

2006 – Eldest was 10 and Youngest was 6.  They are standing on one of the Locks of the Caledonian Canal.

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A hidden Loch away from the World!

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2007 – Glen Urquhart Castle!

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Foulis Castle where we stayed in 2011.

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Depending upon when Easter is as you can see you can get quite a bit of snow in the Highlands in March!

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Snow covered mountains.

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The view from the cottage out of the back.

Have a great Thursday.

Hugs & Love Susie xx