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Manic Monday!

DAD1We had a lovely weekend.  I had coffee with Jayne on Friday and we caught up on all our family news before they are off on vacation this weekend.  I then went to see our friend who is not very well and she was feeling a little better, having been diagnosed with vertigo. 

Saturday we went to our friends for dinner with two other couples and our hosts.  This dinner was a re-creation of a dinner held in 1992 when our hosts first moved to the area for business.  The Guys were all in Round Table and the Girls were all in Ladies Circle and our hosts, Anne & Christopher, had just moved to the area and joined Table and Circle.  They were renting this huge house in the village which had a formal dining room and the biggest dining table you have ever seen.  We had all brought lots of wine and we spent the whole evening talking and laughing and it only ended at 4.30 in the morning with the birds singing. 


On Saturday we were working out how long we had all known each other, twenty five years for Anne & Chris, for the other two couples, Christine & Pete and Val and Dave we have known them for twenty eight years!!!!  Of course that just made us all feel old, so we moved on to other topics!!!!

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We also had to sort out Eldest as his car decided to not work whilst he was on his way back from college!!!  The car came back on a low loader to our house and it will be going into the garage tomorrow!!!  We had fun pushing it up the drive (not) and into the garage but managed to get it in there!!!

EMBARGOED_UNTIL_23RD_AUGUST_VICTORIA_EP2_-18Youngest has been filming again all day today for “Victoria” in Rotherham and left at 6.00am!  He is really enjoying the days.  DH has been busy with work and out all day and I got to go grocery shopping!!!! 

I am trying to get the next quilt finished this week and sorted and have got to get some things for Evalyn’s quilt including some plastic to make a template so I can cut out the blocks!!!!  This will be interesting. 

This week we have appointments, DH and I had our eyes tested last week and Youngest has an appointment next week, I have to visit the Physio again to see how things are going with my hip and then on Friday I have arranged for a spa day for me, Treacle is going next week.  Youngest is away all next weekend at a car show and he is camping so we are keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t rain.  DH and I will be hopefully getting the last jobs done in the house and garden before we go away the following weekend. 

I hope everyone had a lovely summer weekend and a Happy Monday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Thursday Again?!

Thursday sure does come round quick!!!  No sooner is it Monday than its the end of the week!  Why do the weeks fly by when you are having fun but go slow when it is all work, work, work?

I have managed to get all my work done this week, as well as uploading all the Elements for the swimming club submission for its Quality Mark.  This year the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) has decided to re-brand itself as SwimEngland and they have re-branded everything else.  So what was Swim21 is now SwimMark but of course that means changing everything – headed paper etc.  Which was slightly annoying as I had already done everything with the old name!!!  Never mind it is all done now and in the hands of the officials and am so glad it is done before we go away.


We have a busy weekend coming up, starting tomorrow for me as I am having coffee with Jayne before we both disappear on holiday.  Then I am visiting another good friend who is not very well.  Saturday DH and I are out to dinner and Sunday will be house jobs and hopefully getting the garden tidy again before we go away.  Sometimes I do wonder why we do all this work before we go away on holiday!!!!!!


This is the next quilt project, which I showed you earlier in the year.  This is for Evalyn for her new room and the aim is to get it finished by October for her Birthday.  I am also continuing to finish my UFO’s, which is my goal for this year.  Planning forward I would love to start a quilt for our bedroom so that will be on the list as well.  I am still finishing my super secret quilt, getting the binding sewn to the back and this is something else I want to get finished before we go on vacation.


img_0413Tidied the sewing room before I put Eldest’s quilt on the bed.  I always like things tidy and cannot stand a mess, in fact I am a bit like Monica from Friends with her clean/tidy freak!!!!


I am going to our big quilt show in Birmingham on Friday August 11th and can’t wait, although I am going to be good and not buy a lot but am on the look out for some fabric.  I have actually treated my self to a VIP ticket which means that I should, at least, have somewhere to sit for lunch which is the only thing I think they have wrong with the show, not enough seating especially at lunch!   I will make sure my camera battery is charged to get lots of pictures.

DSC00078#TBT – Brothers and cars – always!!!  This was taken at Epcot in 2010 at the Test Track ride.  Cool Dudes!!!

I hope you are having a Thrillling Happy Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx


Yes after all that anticipation I have finally finished Youngest’s Quilt!!!!  Phew.


Youngest is actually helping with the photograph by standing on a chair and holding up the completed quilt.  As you may have guessed he loves camper vans!!! 

IMG_0626A closer view of the quilting.


The back which is actually navy, like the binding, but as we are outside and the sun is actually shining at the moment you cannot see it very well.

IMG_0628A closer view of the back.

He loves it and it is at the bottom of his bed at the moment as it is still nice and warm so really no need for a quilt at the moment.

Eldest’s quilt is on his bed now too.  I managed to get all his bedding washed, dried and ironed and the spare set put on so have put his quilt on top of that;  Of course it is now covered by the boxes which contain my stash of material but you can see it.  There is of course room for Treacle to sleep when I am sewing!!!

We had a lovely few hours at our friends on Sunday for Brunch and got to sit with some other good friends.  We are so lucky as we are out again on Saturday evening at some other friends for dinner and we have not seen them for quite a few months.  I love summer for spending time with friends and getting to be outdoors.


Here is a picture of Treacle from Saturday morning on the way back from her Doctors without a bandage or the dreaded cone of shame!!!  She has been a little monkey this week licking her scar but we have put a temporary bandage on over night and left the cone out but so far she has left it alone!!!!  In two weeks time she will be able to go and have an Airecut!!!!


Took this this afternoon, you can see how blue the sky is and it is lovely and warm  These Peacock butterflies are on the Buddleja.

Although the swimming club is on its two week holiday we are watching the World Championships on TV from Budapest.  Adam Peaty beat the World Record this morning in the heats for 50m Breast at 26.10 and this afternoon has beaten it again in the semi-finals with a 25.95.  Our swimmer, Molly Renshaw, is also out there and will be competing later in the week.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunny Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x

Too Many Matches!


Second week of Wimbledon and today is the day when there are too many matches to watch as they are all playing in the fourth round to get to the Quarter finals!!  So far they have been great. In fact on Saturday I was so engrossed with watching the Federer match that I didn’t get all the ironing finished!!!!  It got done yesterday!


I got the binding sewn onto Youngest’s quilt and have now begun to sew it to the back but as it is quite large it will take a while, but I am going to try and do some of each evening.

DH was busy over the weekend and did not get home until 1.30am on Sunday so we all got up and left him to have a lie in – until 3.00pm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  He got up just in time for dinner!!!!


It is Molly’s Mom’s Birthday today, Happy Birthday!  I am sure you will have a wonderful day.


It is quite hot here again but thundery, we are due rain all day tomorrow, so Treacle has been lying on the cool tiles of our floor most of today.  She won’t be happy with us tomorrow morning she is not allowed breakfast as she is having her little op to remove the little wart on her leg, which she won’t leave alone!!!  I will let you know how she gets on.  DH is taking her in for 8.30am on his way to work!

I hope you all had a lovely summer weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

Busy Weekend!


The weekend actually began on Friday for us as we were invited to Philip’s Retirement party, after almost forty years in business.  The staff and business had bought him and his wife, Tricia, a bench for their garden (here is Philip trying it out) and some other goodies as well.  It did rain a little but generally it was dry.  Of course Philip will still no doubt be popping in every once in a while to see us all.

Carnival was all day Saturday and DH and Youngest left the house at 6.00am with their lunches in hand to get to the park.  The weather was again good but a little cloudy in the afternoon.  I decided not to go down and spent the day quilting!  I am determined to get Youngest’s quilt finished before our vacation and my other super secret quilt as well.  I managed to get one side done and then turned it around to do the other side.  I am doing lines on it and some of them are, shall we say, not too straight but it is a car quilt and roads are never competely straight!!! Well that’s my excuse!!! 

Sunday was job catch up day and it was lovely and sunny!  We got most of the jobs done and the next two weekends are going to be busy with DH out doing his announcing job on Friday and Saturday next week and the following week a leaving party.  After that we have a few weekends with nothing on so can really get the garden sorted before we go away as well as the house.


Youngest has requested that his bedroom be changed round as part of his 18th Birthday present but was not prepared for me saying “well if we are changing the room it will need painting”!!!! So in three weeks time when he finishes for the summer he will be having a huge de-cluttering session before we can start painting and then sorting out new furniture!!!  It will be painted white, as it currently is, and then add colour with bedding etc and of course his quilt!!!! 


Wimbledon started today (much to the annoyance of both Boys) and I am going to spend the next fortnight watching as many matches as possible.  I love Wimbledon and Treacle of course is a huge fan, especially the tennis balls!!!  The Boys do love tennis and both play but moan that the TV is mine for the fortnight!!! 

Youngest has heard that he has passed with flying colours his first year of his course and has been moved on to the second year, which he was very pleased about and we are very proud of him.

Today has been a work day with catching up on some jobs from Friday and getting things organised for the end of the Month for June.  I cannot believe how fast the weeks are flying by. 

I hope you had a lovely summer weekend.

Hugs, Susie x


A New Week!


After a lot of finger crossing, Saturday evening brightened up and we saw the sun so we were able to have dinner outside after all!!! 


The Table set and cushions out ready for our friends.


We English must seem really daft to everyone who has good weather all summer, when we continually worry about it if is going to rain when we host outdoor events!!!!  To us it is a miracle to plan something outdoors and for it to happen without having to scuttle indoors half way through because the Heavens have opened!!!  We had a lovely evening and our friends really enjoyed it too, so success all round.  

Of course after the extreme heat of the previous week our temperatures came back to our normal summer ones of 70°F which seemed quite chilly!!!  You see we Brits are never satisfied with our weather, ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Yesterday saw the start of Carnival week, the weather was fine (!), and so this week will be a string of late nights which means crabby Boys (!), crabby DH (!) and even crabbier Mom!!!!  I know you are not supposed to wish your life away but I will sure not be sorry to get to the end of Carnival week.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy it but when you are involved with the organisation of things it can just get all a bit much!!!!!  Let’s hope the weather stays fine for the whole week!


I am still quilting Youngest’s quilt, above, and have decided to do horizontal lines on it rather than a heavy quilt pattern, so you will be able to see the pictures still.  However because it is so big it is taking a while to get it done, but I am determined it will be done before we go away on vacation. 

I hope you all had a great Summer weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

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