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Thursday!

As we are in Lockdown again not a lot is happening with us!!  I spend most of my days working of course and opening the front door to deliveries for everyone, including Treacle (her food arrrived!).

So as it is now 36 days to go to the Big Day and #TBT,  I thought I would show you some Christmas pictures from 2005!!! Youngest was six and Eldest was ten.

Yougnest helping decorate the Christmas tree.

DH and Eldest on the steam train waiting to see Santa.

Youngest and I on the train.

The two of them with Santa.

I got all of my ironing finished yesterday and tomorrow I have home jobs to do and at the moment, fingers crossed, the weather is still okay for the weekend to get those last few jobs done in the garden.  We also need to get all our winter clothes out and put the summer ones away!  It was distinctly cold this morning when Treacle went out!  My wrist is a little better today and I am trying not to use the support, it is still a little swollen though.  I still want to try and get some other jobs done as well over the weekend, number one being sorting out my quilting!   I will let you know how I get on. 

I am sure the Boys have car things planned for the weekend, they do most weekends, and Treacle will be spending the day going between us all, so will be really tired by the end of it!!!  She uses the week to catch up on the sleep she misses out on at the weekend!

I do hope you lovely lot are having a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xxx

#TBT

For #TBT today this was thirty two years ago!  It sounds an awfully long time when you say thirty two but like yesterday in real terms!  Yes it is our Wedding Anniversary today. 

This was two year’s ago at Chatsworth House at Christmas!!!  The main difference being my curly hair!  Well it was the 80’s and we all had curly hair!!!!!!

Happy Anniversary DH!

Hugs & Lots of Love, Susie xx

Yeah It’s Friday!

It was a typical November morning when I got up at 6.00am with thick fog blanketing us.  DH had the day off with Eldest doing car things and sorting out our garage as he has bought another car as a “project” just as Youngest had got rid of his “project” car. However Youngest has kept the engine so that he and his brother can rebuild it, which will also help Youngest with his college work.  The garage will be tidy at least.

I have had one of those days where I started work after I had made lunch for everyone and they had left for work and I got wrapped up doing tasks and next time I looked up it was lunch time!!!  I did not get all the things done that I wanted to but I am getting there!  The weekend is supposed to be okay weather wise even if it is foggy so we can get those jobs done in the garden as well as some at home.  We are going to let our fireworks off tomorrow night and have hot dogs for dinner like we did when the Boys were small!

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Geoffrey Palmer 1927 – 2020

Sad news today of the passing of Geoffrey Palmer who stared with Dame Judy Dench in the BBC comedy show “As Time Goes By” about two people who knew each other in their early twenties who then meet again in their early sixties and begin a relationship.  It was a great show and Geoffrey Palmer was great with Judy Dench.  If you can get to watch it do, you will love it. 

Sunday I am planning on sorting out my quilting and get things organised to get it done and also sort out the final bits for Eldest’s Memory Books.  I can then get Youngest’s sorted and hopefully get them finished before Christmas.  One benefit of another Lockdown I have time to do all this so in that it is a good thing!!!!!

I will get some pictures of the garden over the weekend and Treacle will have to get used to local walks again instead of longer ones at the weekend.  We usually take her up to Chatsworth for a walk around the park or the gardens but obviously can’t at the moment.  Hopefully soon or over Christmas but who knows.

I also want to do some planning for Christmas too and get some more of my endless lists made!!  We also need to get all the Winter clothes out and put away the summer ones, especially as it is getting cooler now.

Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a lovely time.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Monday!

Monday again!  It does come round quickly!!!  DH and I were really busy again over the weekend with the swimming sessions.  The Friday night one is two hours and one of the parents has been going to the Chinese takeaway across the road and getting chips for the swimmers for when they come out,  I think it is the only thing keeping them going on a Friday night!

We were also at swimming on Saturday morning and when we got back home doing all the jobs I didn’t get done in the week!!!  It was a manic day and then had to go to the swimming session on Saturday evening too!  By the time we got home I was shattered.

Sunday Girlfriend was competing with Penny.  It was a lovely day and it was so nice to be outside at an event and not to have to wear a face mask!!!  Here are a few pictures of the day.  

First session waiting to compete.

Back having completed a double clear round.

Second session, actually on the round.

Over the Jumps!

Fast around the jumps and another double clear!

Overall they came third and fourth which as it is only Penny’s fourth event was really good.  They are competing again next week.  It now looks like we are going to be horse people as well as swimming people!!!!

The weather is beginning to turn here and although they have promised some warm weather hopefully at the end of this week, you can feel that Autumn is starting to make itself known with a chill in the air in the evening and early mornings!

You know I was talking about Christmas?  Well when I was doing my grocery shopping at the weekend there were mince pies, Christmas puddings and cakes and other Christmas goodies in the bakery aisle!!!  It is September 7th people!!!  Is it going to be like this from now until Christmas?  Or is it because they think everyone has had such a bad year that we all want to get into the Christmas spirit now?  Literally or figuratively?!!!!!!!!!

I hope you are having a good Monday?

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

#TBT.

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” 

Nora Ephron –  “You’ve Got Mail” 

I think the above quote from my most favourite film “You’ve Got Mail”, sums up Autumn to me, especially the children going back to school which they did today in our village and at the Senior School.   Obviously our two are all grown up now and quite relieved not to be going to school (!) but it still reminds me of them going to school.  

As it is #TBT I thought I would show you pictures of the boys when they were at school!!!  You may have seen them before, if you read my Blog regularly, but I like the walk down memory lane!!!!

Eldest above, 2005 aged 10 and just starting his last year at the Village Primary school.

Youngest above in 2005, aged 6 just starting Year 1 at the village Primary School.

Here is Eldest at the start of his last year of main part of Senior School in 2010 aged 15.

Here is Youngest at the start of his last year of main part of Senior School in 2015 aged 15.

I love this time of year, although it won’t be the same this year because all the fun things we do in the Autumn have been cancelled because of Covid!!!  Things are also starting to get cancelled now towards Christmas including all the festive lights switch ons!!!!  I think this year is going to be a Scrooge Christmas!!!!  I am sure families will have a lovely Christmas at home and we will certainly be making it a lovely time, it’s all the Carol Concerts which won’t be happening and the Nativities, parties and get togethers!  I can’t see much changing between now and Christmas and the same goes for the swimming club!  Hey ho!

I found that whilst we were on holiday obviously everywhere we went we wore face masks and I don’t mind because it is keeping us and everyone else safe, but I did find that it did take some of the enjoyment out of trips.  Usually my good friend Jayne and I go Christmas shopping together in Nottingham.  We have a lovely day seeing all the Christmas displays in the shops, getting those extra few gifts and have a lovely lunch.  I have not spoken to her yet about it, we usually go in November, but I am not sure whether she will want to go!!  I don’t know if it will be the same having to wear face masks.

Just to depress you even more there is only three months to go to Christmas!!!!!

I have already been thinking about presents for those we buy for and have come up with a plan!  It is slightly cheating but also will help out after the year we have had! For the adults we buy for I am going to get Gift Vouchers at their favourite restaurants and a bottle of wine!  That way if it is still such a pain going shopping I can organise things from home.  I think I will also be ordering quite a bit on line!!! 

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed my start of Autumn here on the Blog, I have to get dinner ready now as we are at swimming tonight and tomorrow night and Saturday morning too!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Birthday & Anniversary

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It is Girlfriend’s Birthday today, 20! No Longer a Teenager!!!!! Happy Birthday!

 

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Eldest & Fiancé will have been together for 9 years tomorrow! Happy Anniversary!

We will all be getting together for dinner next week before DH and I go on vacation and we can celebrate all then!!!

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I have been busy with work again today and it has been a bit better weather with no rain and some sunshine which makes a change and it is still supposed to be nice Friday and the weekend.

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Treacle is back at the Vets tonight as she is still not feeling well and so is to have some blood tests and to get some special food from them.  I will let you know how she gets on!!!!

Must dash now as I have to try and get dinner sorted as I have yet another Zoom meeting at 6.00pm about swimming!!!!  Hopefully it won’t be three hours long this time!!!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs & Love Susie xx

#TBT.

In 2011 we took the Boys to an outdoor concert by Brian May and Kerry Ellis at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire which is home to the RAF College, which was to benefit the RAF Benevolent Fund and especially as my Dad was in the RAF during WWII.

We also, as a family, went to the luncheon before the concert again raising funds.

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The outdoor stage with Brian May & Kerry Ellis.

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The RAF College building where we had lunch.

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There was a fly past of aircraft stationed at RAF Cranwell and flown by some of the Cadets.

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All of us after the lunch.

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At the end of the evening there was a large firework display.

It was a great day and the Boys still talk about it now.  We were fortunate that the weather was kind to us as well!

Tomorrow is Friday yeah!!!  I have house jobs to do, grocery shopping, washing and ironing to get done as well!!!  I think I will be getting up early to try and get it all done!!! I hope you have had a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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#TBT.

For #TBT this is from nine years ago.  Eldest was moving from Senior School into Lower Sixth to do his A’Levels and Youngest was moving from Primary School to Senior School.  Eldest was 15 and Youngest was 11.  As it was a big year for them we went down to London for the week as a celebration, after the Schools had broken up for the summer holidays in July. 

One of the places you can visit during the summer, as the Queen is in Residence at her holiday home in Scotland, you can tour Buckinham Palace, which we did.  It was great to see all the rooms you usually see on TV and I also got to see the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress which was on display from their wedding in the April.

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DH and The Boys outside the gates to Buckingham Palace.

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We took them for Afternoon Tea at The Ritz.

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The Palace, it was a very warm week weather wise!

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The State Coach used by Her Majesty on big occasions.

We also went to a few of the museums, which we had been to before, The Natural History museum being their favourite, the British Library and also did a bit of shopping too.  We had a great week and something the Boys still talk about today!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone, Friday tomorrow!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Monday!

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The heavy grey sky over the valley!  Can’t believe last week as so hot and sunny!

Our weather seems very inconsistent at the moment.  It is now grey and cold!!!!  Treacle is tucked up in her basket as if it is November and I am now back in long sleeves!!!!  I just wish we could have some settled warm weather, which is not too hot or cool!!!!

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The garden today, it is also very windy!

On a happier note I had a wonderful Birthday with DH, The Boys and their Girls.  They sent me some flowers which are made up into a book (you know I love books) and it has been wonderful.

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My cards from them on the mantlepiece and DH’s Father’s Day cards on the fire and both the Boys got the same card one a little larger than the other which Eldest bought!!!!  They have said that they will now speak before buying their cards!!! It was such a laugh.

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My “To Read! bookshelf which needs tidying but as you can see I am going to be okay for the next few months!!!  It has been a godsend over the last three months of Lockdown for me to have these to read!!! 

This little lady is twenty one tomorrow!!!  How time has flown.  Here she is in the Playschool Nativity as an angel and right at Youngest’s Sixth Birthday party!!!!  She and Youngest are good friends and at Playschool/School together.  She is the sister of Eldest’s best friend.  We hope she has a wonderful day.  Her Mom and I, Jayne, usually go out for lunch especially as our Birthdays are a week apart, and we are hoping that we will be able to go out for the day soon.  We are also hoping that we will be able to do our annual trip to Nottingham in November for Christmas shopping and lunch.  I really do miss that.

I also had some visitors, outside of course, on my Birthday and it was lovely to see them and had some lovely flowers and plants.  The worst thing about seeing them? Not being able to give everyone a hug!!!!  We are at one of our friend’s funerals tomorrow and it will be the first time we have seen a lot of our close friends since Christmas and New Year and we will not be able to hug anyone there either, especially tomorrow when we could all do with a hug!  I also have a hospital checkup beforehand!!!  It is not going to be a good day at all.

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I have had some new Followers join me on this blogging journey over the last few weeks so I wanted to say Welcome and thank you for following and I hope you find some fun and friendship here. 

Thank you also to all the followers who contacted me after my post on our friends’ passing, it was very kind of you and meant a lot to me.  You are all a wonderful lot.

I think I am getting a little jaded by all the talk on the virus and the fact that we are having spikes of the virus and could now go into another lockdown!!  I feel now that we are living in limbo.

I hope you all have a great week and things are all well where you are. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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Treacle tucked up in her basket next to my desk!!! 

 

 

 

#TBT.

As it is #TBT today I thought you would like to see a trip we took in 2012 to the Harry Potter Studio Tour near London.  We went the week it opened as our Boys were/are huge Harry Potter fans (we are too but don’t tell anyone!).  Anyway here are some of the pictures from the tour.  It was a great day out and if you ever get the chance to go, do.

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Harry’s First Bedroom, the cupboard under the stairs!

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In the Great Hall at Hogwarts.

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They were happy to be there, honest!

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The giant fireplace in the Great Hall.

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The Mirror of Erised which shows you your Hearts Desire!

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One of them smiling at least!!!

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The entrance to Dumbledore’s Office.

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The Gryffindor Common Room.

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Dumbledore’s Library.

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They are off to Hogwarts in the flying car!

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Butterbeer, not Youngest’s favourite drink!

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Hogwarts!

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Getting their wands in Olivanders!

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At the exit this great quote from J.K. herself!

We had a great time and are talking about going back with the Girls as well near the end of the year if this wretched virus ever gives in!!!!

I hope you are having a thrilling Thursday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx