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It is what it says – our Family!


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


“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


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



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!!!


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.


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


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.


The outdoor stage with Brian May & Kerry Ellis.


The RAF College building where we had lunch.


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

Family Parr 2011

All of us after the lunch.


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



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.


DH and The Boys outside the gates to Buckingham Palace.


We took them for Afternoon Tea at The Ritz.


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


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



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!!!!


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.


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.


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.



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


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





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.


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


In the Great Hall at Hogwarts.


They were happy to be there, honest!


The giant fireplace in the Great Hall.


The Mirror of Erised which shows you your Hearts Desire!


One of them smiling at least!!!


The entrance to Dumbledore’s Office.


The Gryffindor Common Room.


Dumbledore’s Library.


They are off to Hogwarts in the flying car!


Butterbeer, not Youngest’s favourite drink!




Getting their wands in Olivanders!


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


I thought I would throwback to not that long ago this week to the Boys Sixth Form Balls which they both attended in May of their years.


Eldest ready to go out in May 2013


Youngest ready to go out in May 2018

They always have the May Balls just before they finish and do their exams during the summer.  Youngest’s they changed from being formal to suits!!!  At least he is smiling, unlike Eldest in his picture!!!

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Here is Madam today!  Her leg is better.  We think she hurt it chasing the blooming squirrel who was running along our back fence!!!!  Treacle felt very sorry for her self for a day and would not eat her dinner but was back to her usual self the next day!!!  It is also very warm again and with all the fur she is finding it very hot.  A week today she will be at her Spa for a well deserved wash and cut.  But those of you who have followed my Blog for a while now will know that means the weather will go very cold then, it always does after I have had her cut!!!!



Hands up who can’t believe that it is June next Monday?  Five months of the year gone already and what a year!!!  I know we have got a lot done, which I am very thankful for.  I have been speaking to a few friends and they have been saying that they had very good intentions of getting lots done during Lockdown, but actually done not a lot.  So I am ahead of the game there!!!  I still have things to do, but when don’t you, at least these are things I want to do what I call my nice jobs such as quilting and doing the Boys memory books. 


Fiancé is coming for dinner tomorrow night and we will be eating outside and maintaining our 2m distance (!) and Youngest and Girlfriend are coming at the weekend for dinner and again we will be eating outside!  At least the weather is nice again.  I think this whole period would have been so much worse had the weather been dreadful.  I will get some pictures.  This was our table last year when friends came for dinner.  I wonder when that will happen this year, if at all?!!!!

I have managed to get house jobs done this morning early before it got too warm, I started when DH left for work at 5.30am!!!  I have then got my work done and am now going to start on the basket of ironing.  Of course with the nice weather and being able to get it dry outside I have been washing everything in sight including the winter dressing gowns!!!  I sent the winter duvets off to be washed and they are now back, all clean and packed away ready for winter again.

I hope you are all having a thrilling Thursday.  Friday tomorrow and the weekend.  We are due for more wall to wall sunshine.  Stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

300! (Well 303 Actually!)


Over the Weekend I hit 300 Followers (in fact it is now 303!).  SO I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows me and for joining me on this blogging journey.  Thank you also to those who leave me lovely comments, especially Sue and Susan who have been with me since the start!!!  You all mean a lot to me.



Sorry for the radio silence from last Tuesday but it takes a lot of work to get our business ready for it’s year end and the start of the new business year.  However being in Lockdown (Week 10 now!!!!) it has meant that I have managed to get it all done straight away rather than trying to do it in between all the other work!!!!

We also had a long weekend just gone and the weather was lovely!  We got some more bits done in the garden and Youngest popped in to see us, at a distance, and to talk to his brother about the engine he is re-building.  It is great now they are 20 and 24 and seeing them doing things together.

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Sorry this is a little blurry but it was such a hot day!!  Treacle managed to get all in the shade except the tips of her paws!!!!

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The grass is cooler though for sleeping!!!!

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This is what happens when the Eldest one is bored!!!  Treacle looks like one of the jousting horses!!!!  Her Spa ladies are back at work next week and Treacle has an appointment on the Thursday.  Of course it will then be cold again!!!!

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Girlfriend got Youngest riding the other day!!!!! 


This is yesterday when Youngest came to visit.  Fortunately you and your Dog don’t have to be socially distanced!!!!! 


I don’t know who has missed who more!!!  I know we have missed Youngest a lot!!! 


Eldest yesterday whilst Youngest was here socially distancing!!!

Today is lovely and warm again and I have managed to get all my work done, as well as sorting out the car insurance for us all, a job I absolutely hate!!!!  I have also been able, because it is warm, to get all my washing dried outside, just the ironing to get done now!!!!

I hope everyone had a good weekend and will have a great week, whatever you are up to.  The Boys are hoping to be back at work next week or soon after which will be a shock to the system after all these weeks off but they can’t wait to go back!!!! 

Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


Treacle had a lovely day yesterday and she was very tired by the time we went to bed!!!  We face timed Youngest when she opened her presents!!! 


She had a new soft toy from Mungo & Maud, along with some of their organic biscuit bones and four tennis balls!!!  She will get some more presents from Youngest when this is all over!!! 


Waiting for a biscuit!

One thing I bought for my Jeep was a new carrier for the back seat.  Treacle is having difficulty jumping into the back now and I can pick her up but she is not too happy with that.  However she can still get into the back seat of my Jeep as it is lower so I bought this hanger (below).  It is held in place by the headrests and handles so it is like a cradle but there is a mesh at the front between the two front seats so she can see us driving.  We will give it a try and we are allowed out!!!!

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Girlfriend sent me the above picture the other day of Youngest with Simon!  As you can see he is very keen on Youngest!!! 


Our garden is changing by the day and as you can see is very green at the moment. I have put some seeds into my herb garden where the little pegs are and hopefully they will grow. 


I have tried to grow some seeds for my pots for the summer but at the moment they have not appeared!!  I think, when the garden centres are open again, I will get some plants for the pots for summer.  I have bought some plants to put in where we have cleared some of the trees.  I also want to take some cuttings when I can in the summer of our existing plants so we can plant some more. 


We are due for some warm weather again later this week and then a few days of it being cool which does help the garden and I have been watering when it is very dry.  We have a pond in an old Whiskey barrel which we have had since we moved into our home but it needs cleaning out.  We don’t want to do this yet until we are able to get to the garden centre to buy some new plants for it and get a couple of gold fish.  We did have one gold fish in there for years and he eventually passed with old age. He was a gold fish when he started but by the end was very white!!!  We did have two originally but the one which was left was never happy with a companion so in the end we left him on his own!!!

That is the last project we have to do at home, as well as keeping everything neat and tidy in our home/garage/garden/cars!!!!!  DH and Eldest did the attic at the weekend and they have made a fantastic job of it.  Woe betide anyone who makes a mess of it, or the garage, or our home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are keeping our work ticking over but obviously things are slower than they were and it will be interesting to see how things shake out when we get back to whatever new normal we will be living when the Lockdown is lifted.  I think, as we have orders and work which is just delayed, things will get back to where we were before we stopped but I think this time in the recession to come restaurants, cafes, cinemas etc are going to be the ones to find it hard whereas before they all seemed to still be okay whereas manufacturing suffered. 


Swimming is a particular conundrum.  How do we get the swimmers back swimming but social distance them from each other?  How do we manage the parents dropping off and picking up with social distancing in mind and then how do we cope with looking after the swimmers by the Committee whilst they are with us, ie more people needed for the welfare and yet we have to social distance too!  I think we are going to have to wait and see how the schools deal with it before we can do anything.  We have been told that there will be no competitions until the swimmers have been back and training for six weeks, but if we have to halve the swimmers times that will then mean twelve weeks and don’t get me started on the new risk assessments, which I will have to completely re-do!!!!!  Also they are talking about competitions with no spectators which may work for F1 and football matches but I don’t think will work with swimming!!!  Who knows!!!!!

I hope you are having a good Tuesday and will have a great week. 

Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx