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OMG It’s Monday Again!


It’s Monday again, it does come round quickly!!!  The weekend went sideways as Youngest’s car is not repairable so DH, Eldest and Youngest went car shopping Saturday!!!  He needs something which is reliable because of work etc so we have managed to find a newer, less miles one for him and so that is being sorted out for later this week so he is still rolling around in mine so I am vehicle-less at the moment again!!!


Fiancé’s Mom has a big Birthday at the end of this week so I took her out for Breakfast this morning, well she drove and I paid!!!   She is going away next week with her DH to The Maldives to celebrate and I am sure the weather there will be a lot better than here!!!


Yesterday DH and the Boys were “playing” in the garage most of the day so the extra jobs I had planned went out of the window again so I gave up and spent the afternoon reading as it was pouring with rain and I just did not want to try and sort out my sewing!!! I will do that next week sometime.  I had a great few hours though reading!!!!!  As you know it is one of my Aims this year!  I also have a whole shelf full of books to read so there really is no excuse!!!!  Treacle kept me company in the sitting room in the warm whilst I was reading and the men were in the garage in the cold!!!!


We are off to the hospital tomorrow with Eldest to see the Consultant regarding his shoulder and I have everything crossed that he will be able to do something to stop it rolling out all the time!!!!  Please All keep everything crossed too because if not he will have to change jobs which he really doesn’t want to do!!!! I will let you know how it goes!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx


More of London.

This is the thing with digital cameras now there is no restriction on taking pictures unlike when you had to get them printed!!!!!  In other words another picture heavy post!!!!


DH and I went out early on Saturday morning after breakfast in the dining room at the hotel (above) to walk to Treacle’s store!!! 


On the way we passed the Philip Treacy store who is one of the Queen’s Milliner and was a favourite of Diana Princess of Wales. 


You can see how bright and sunny it was and the buildings across the road were reflected perfectly in the windows!


Here is Treacle’s store; Mungo & Maud!  I found them in the November when DH and I came down for our Wedding Anniversary and they do some great Eye, Ear & Paw wipes which Treacle doesn’t mind us using on her for her eyes!


We then walked down New Bond Street and saw this in one of the windows and thought the dog looked like an Airedale!


Half way down New Bond Street there were three fire engines and a lot of firemen in the Jimmy Choo store!  Obviously an alarm had gone off but they could not find any fires.  DH sent a picture on our Family group chat to say that Jimmy Choo were having a “Fire Sale”!!!!!!!!! 


Tiffany & Co were using everyday things to advertise their latest collection and I saw this typewriter, very similar to the one I learnt to type on!!!!!  Mine did not have turquoise keys though!!!!


The Royal Arcade.  I just love the shop fronts here.


We went into the M&M store in London and got Eldest a present.



We had dinner on Saturday evening before the show at Byrons and the food was really good.


The show was at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket which was built in 1720, is the third oldest London Playhouse and seats 893 patrons.  The above is the view of the stage from our seats in the Royal Circle.  The boxes below.  The show was “Only Fools & Horses” which is based upon the long running TV show of the same name.



The show ran on the BBC for ten years and starred David Jason (left) as Dereck “Del Boy” Trotter, Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney Trotter and Lennard Pearce as Grandad Trotter, who sadly died after the first two seasons and was replaced by the Uncle Albert character of Buster Merryfield.  The show follwed the fortunes of Del Boy trying to make a living out of a suitcase at Peckham Market selling dodgy gear helped by his much younger brother, Rodney, who Del had brought up after their Mum had died, whilst looking after Grandad and later Uncle Albert as well. 

One of the phrases from the show said by Del Boy all the time was “Next year we will be millionaires” and at the end of the series they actually became millionaires after buying a very famous and lost pocket watch in an estate sale years before!!!  The show was very much a loved piece of British TV and the musical had been written by the creator, John Sullivan’s son Jim and Paul Whitehouse who plays Grandad in the show.  It retained all the jokes and humour from the show and the actors playing the parts had almost been cloned from the originals they were so good.  We all really enjoyed it and the show has been so popular that they have extended its run until May this year!


Sunday after breakfast again we went out for a walk and wandered around looking at some of the different stores and also got Eldest a present as a thank you for looking after Treacle and our home for us whilst we were away.

We popped into Harrods to see if we could get something and above is a picture of the stairs looking down from the fourth floor!

One thing that does seem popular with individual stores and we saw quite a lot, is to have artificial flowers around the main doors on the outside.  Here are a couple we saw:





On Sunday afternoon we went back to the hotel for some lunch and I took some pictures of the garden at the back of the hotel. 




The very fancy wine cooler!


We then made our way to the station for our train home.  Above picture the roof of St Pancras (not quite Platform 9 3/4!!!!!).

It was a lovely way to spend a January weekend, which can usually be a bit of a let down after all the fun and family of Christmas and New Year!  Youngest really enjoyed it as it was he who had seen the show advertised and so it was his and Girlfriend’s Christmas present from us but we got to go too!!!!!!

Work is still busy which is good and next weekend DH is busy with commentating duties as it is Chinese New Year on Saturday as well as Burn’s Night.  He is doing Chinese New Year and I am doing Burn’s Night at home as my Dad was from Scotland, although our lot are not too keen on Haggis!!!  I love it!!!!

I hope you Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie xx

Our Wedding Anniversary.


Celebrating 31 Years together but separate!

Yes it is our wedding anniversary today but DH is away attending a business conference for the next three days!!!  This has actually happened quite often over those 31 years!!!  That and Valentines Day!!!  I usually forgive him!!!!  We will be out on Saturday sort of celebrating as he is also commentating at an event but we are staying the night at the hotel where the event is!!!!!  Hmm!!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

Today is “Dreich”!


Today has been cold, grey and quite misty but not in a good way! It is only now 4.30pm but it is already getting dark!!!  In Scotland this type of weather is called “dreich” and it definitely fits today.   I really don’t like these sorts of days.  


I had to run errands this morning including collecting Dollars for Youngest for his trip next week!  It is quite weird to think that both Boys will be in the USA, different States, and we will be here!  In fact I am quite jealous!!!  Eldest and Fiancè flew out today and Youngest will be flying out next Tuesday.


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I am still sewing the backing down to the Baby Quilt I am making and am also getting some of my Christmas gifts done and planning four more to get done.  A couple of these will appear in the Blog Hop during November hosted by Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks.  I will post details when we know who is hopping.


We are out for dinner on Friday evening with Youngest and Girlfriend and then Saturday and Sunday evening it is our Swimming Club Championships!  They are usually good evenings as it is just our Club although they don’t finish until late.  DH is commentating and I am doing the timing with another Sue!!!  At least we can get a few jobs done during the days.

I have managed to catch up with everything after last week and have planned a few more Christmas jobs to get done during the next few evenings!

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie xx




After an extremely busy week last week I think I have managed to catch up!!!  Eldest came out of hospital on Thursday afternoon, minus one appendix and slightly sore in the abdomen!!!  He went into work on Friday to see them and hand in his sick note but of course they are away on holiday tomorrow so he is only off work from last week until today!!

The weather here over the weekend was very wet and it is also raining again today, Treacle does not like getting wet at all.  She is sulking slightly today as I have washed all her beds and bedding, quilted mats and her towel so she is hopping between our bed and Youngest’s bed!

As the weather was bad yesterday I decided to take the opportunity and make the Christmas cakes!!!


Mixed and ready for the tin.


Levelled in the tin and ready for the oven.


I always wrap brown paper around the outside of the tin so it does not burn because of the long, low cooking time.

Our kitchen smelt wonderful whilst they were cooking.  I have also had a request from Youngest for all the usual Christmas treats I make, including mince pies, sausage rolls, cheese stars, Christmas cookies and Christmas pudding!!!  I think I will try and do a bit each weekend as we now have another freezer in the room downstairs so I can put some things in there.  I am also going to make some Christmas Chutney to go with the cold meats over the holidays. 

Before this of course there is Halloween, tonight I am going to decorate the house ready for all the Trick or Treaters! 

Have a very happy week, I am hoping ours will be a little quieter!!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx