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It is what it says – our Family!

It’s Friday!


Well we made it to Friday!  Yeah. 


You can also put out the flags as I have, with the help of DH, completed our Business Year End and done the turnaround of files.  It usually takes ages but I must have been on a mission this year and have managed to get it all done in a week!!!! I am SO relieved!!!!


Tomorrow our friends are coming for dinner and I have everything prepared so that we will be able to eat outside, a lovely summer menu and lots and lots of candles!  Great.  No it is going to rain!!!! Which is just typical of our weather!!! I am still keeping my fingers crossed that they are wrong but I bet it won’t be.

Sunday, Carnival begins with Picnic on the Park and Crowning of the Carnival Queen and a Church service.  The weather is supposed to be dry but cloudy but at least it won’t be the blistering heat from earlier in the week.  I may not go, DH and Youngest will be there, as I am still trying to get quilts finished.


Treacle is busy chilling outside and is glad that is cooler too.

I hope everyone has a lovely summer weekend.

Hugs, Susie x



It was my Birthday yesterday!  Thank you to all who sent Birthday Wishes I love receiving them.  I also had some lovely presents from my good friends; Book Tokens, vouchers for a local restaurant, scarves, bath products and candles. 

DH bought me my perfume and some bath products from the same range, a new tea mug, some flowers and the above cake.  Youngest bought me some new candle holders for outside and a special pot for taking salad out.  Eldest and Girlfriend bought me a Happiness Planner book.  As you know I love writing lists and notes and things and this is all in one book, it is a lovely blue and salmon colour with rose gold accessories.  I love all my gifts.

Last night we had a family dinner at home and it was great to have everyone round the table.  We were also able to eat outside!  I remember my Mom telling me that when I was born on June 20th she thought it was great as I could have all my parties at home in the garden!  I think out of all the years I had parties I only had three outside!!!!!!  Fortunately last night was cooler but still lovely.


The sky last night.


DH at dinner.

Treacle really enjoyed having the Boys and Girlfriend at home to play with outside!


I managed to get a picture of the two of them together without them scowling, this is now my background picture for my phone!!! I think you can tell they are brothers!

It was a great day but having dinner with them all was the best bit.  I love them all to bits.


Treacle is too tuckered out to do her Wednesday Wag, she will be back next week!

Love & Hugs, Susie x

Pets On Quilts Show 2017

Yes it is that time of year again, I know; how quick has it come round, for the Pets on Quilts Show 2017 run by the wonderful Lily Pad Quilting (

If you hop on over to Snoodles blog you can grab the button for your blog and if you do you can get extra entries to the prize draw.

I actually have a quilt for Treacle to be on this year, last year I was not very organised!!!! 

Today is housejob day and grocery shopping will have to wait until Sunday now, hopefully I will have time to do the basket of ironing and be up to date before the busy weekend.   We are still on for several days of hot weather, so I will also be out with the hosepipe in the evenings watering the garden.

Treacle is soaking up the summer rays and loving it.

Must get on.   I hope you all have a wonderful summer weekend.  June 21st is just around the corner and that means, as someone unhelpfully told me the other day, the nights start drawing in!!!!!  Why do people do that?  I am loving the light mornings and even lighter nights. 

Happy Summer Weekend.  Hugs, Susie x

Sleep oh Sleep!


I don’t know how but I have got into a habit of waking up every night at 3.00am!  I don’t know why it has happened but trying to break the habit is really hard.  I have tried going to bed later, going to bed earlier, reading before I go to sleep, not reading before I go to sleep, a warm drink before bed, a cold drink before bed!  It is so maddening!  Of course with the light mornings the birds start singing at 4.00am and I have heard them now for quite a few days!!!  I don’t think it will resolve itself until we go away on vacation which is the middle of August.  I do know that by the time 4.00pm rolls round I am ready for bed!!!!!!!!


Treacle has spent the day outside and running in and out of the house.  The weathermen are now forecasting a month of extreme heat, but I don’t mind, it will be nice to be able to plan things and not have to worry about the weather.  I am hoping that when our friends come round for dinner we may be able to eat outside.

Work has been busy again today and I then had to take Youngest to get his car as it had been in for a service.  It seems strange having him in the car with me now, now that he has passed his test and is out and about on his own.  It was nice to have him with me though to chat with.

I am hoping to get on with some more quilting this week, fingers crossed. 

I hope you are having a Happy Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x


Monday Moments!

It’s my good friend, Jayne, her Birthday today (this was when she was having a quilting lesson).  I did manage to get to see her today and give her her gifts.  We are both of the age now where we are going backwards instead of forwards, eventually we will reach 0 again!!!!

The weekend was hectic as always, DH and Youngest were putting bunting up around the park in the village last night for the Carnival which is only two weeks away now, fortunately the weather co-operated.  They also finished delivering our batch of the programmes.  This coming weekend we have the swimming club Open for the younger swimmers and on Sunday DH hands over as President of Derbyshire ASA and of course it is Father’s Day too!!

Treacle is now on the mend and I did get some quilting done yesterday and she spent the afternoon with me in the sewing room.   Her snores were getting a little loud though!!!!

The weather is very changeable at the moment and it is now we start taking a lot of notice of the weather because of all the carnival events.  This weekend it is supposed to get a little better with sunshine and warmer temperatures, hopefully it will last!

The following weekend we have some friends coming round for dinner on the Saturday which will be great to see them. 

Work is busy and it is our Year End so I have an extra amount of work to do for that.  Why does it always happen in the same month when we have lots else on?   Our first weekend free is not until the middle of July when Youngest will have finished his first year at college so I am planning on a family get together for that weekend. 

I hope your weekend went well and have a Happy Week.

Hugs, Susie x


We actually saw the sun for a few hours today, before it started raining again!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So as it is Throw Back Thursday I thought I would show you some pictures taken on our trips to Orlando Florida, where the sun shone every day and it was lovely and warm and oh my do I wish I was there!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The Castle, I love it, ever since I was a little girl and watching Walt Disney movies and the Castle used to be at the start.

Of course TBT would not be the same without a picture of our Boys.  I love this picture of the two of them and DH has it on his side of the bed – the Boys and a pickup truck!

This was at the villa we were staying in and I just managed to get both of them underwater when I took the picture.  I have this on my phone during the summer as a screen saver.  You can tell they are water babies or as is the case now water men!!!!!!

I hope your weather is better than ours at the moment.  I have house jobs and grocery shopping tomorrow and a huge basket of ironing but I am trying to get it all finished so on Saturday I can play with fabric!!!  Quilting of course.  Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie x


It has been doing this all day today!  Treacle has not been a happy bunny at all and to add insult to injury she had to go to the vets this morning.  She had a little pimple on the inside of her front left leg and yesterday I checked it and it was a little bigger so off to the vets we went. 

She’s fine!  The vet thinks that she may have caught her leg and it has raised a lump or they can get little lumps like this and then they disappear after a few weeks.  It is not hurting her, it is definitely on her skin and it is not hot but we are to keep an eye on it and go back if anything changes.  She has to go back at the beginning of July for her annual check up and jabs and the vet will check it again then if it has not disappeared!  Just what we needed on Monday morning.

I shared some pictures of the Boys with Owen yesterday and of course they managed to get one with me in!  You can see why when DH, Eldest and Youngest are at home I feel like I am walking through a forest of trees!!!!  They are all six feet one inch tall and I am only five feet four inches tall so really do notice it, especially when they are all in the kitchen.  Add Treacle into the mix and sometimes when I am cooking they are all scooted out as I cannot move!!!!!Eldest with Owen, who was still asleep and Evalyn.

After Treacle’s adventures this morning and her lunch she has been asleep in her basket all afternoon by my desk whilst I have been working.  It doesn’t take a lot for her to burrow into her bed for the day.  We did spend most of yesterday in the garden again and DH and I managed to get a lot done with more trimming and sorting out.  Another weekend and we should be finished, until the Autumn when we can trim some of the bushes that cannot be done until then. 

I hope you ll had a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie x