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It is what it says – our Family!


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

Friday of Lockdown Week 1.


Well we have made it to Friday of Week 1 of Lockdown, how is everyone doing?  I hope okay and no one is getting sick!!!! 

DH & Eldest are getting on with their building works and then are going to tackle the conifers.  They are only doing this because neither of them are keen to help with the Spring Cleaning.  Little do they know but they will be helping!!!!!  Especially by moving the big furniture around!!!

Being at home all the time it is quite difficult to know what to post to keep you entertained.  I have noticed in the past with some other blogs when they are away they re-post old posts but I am not going to do that!!!  I will show you old pictures about things we have done in the past or things I think you will be interested in.


DH’s Great Grandfather was called T.N Parr and had a company in Nottingham established in 1874 of butchers and what would be called now a deli and in particular pork pie manufacturers.  This is the plaque (below) which was above the old shop in Nottingham until 1932 when they moved premises.


T.N. Parr had lots of sons, some of whom went into the business and others who became Gentlemen farmers.  DH’s Grandfather became a farmer and his Great Uncle, did too.  His Dad, William Parr, became a butcher and his Uncle, Kenneth Parr, set up his own business as butchers, deli and pork pie makers under the name Pork Farms. 


The Pork Farms shops did really well and there were lots around Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and the rest of the The Midlands. 

T N Parr's Pie and Sausage Factory, Lilac Grove, Beeston 1973. The fire damaged the cook room and roof

T.N. Parrs eventually just became known as “Parrs” and this was the main factory in Beeston where this picture shows there was an issue and the fire brigade were called!

In the early 1970’s Parrs and Pork Farms shops were next door to each other in the centre of Nottingham and eventually Pork Farms bought Parrs and the two companies became one!

Uncle Ken Parr eventually retired and Pork Farms were sold on again to a major rival. 

Uncle Ken and Mrs Elizbeth King

In retirement Uncle Ken decided to resurrect the original pork pie made by Mrs Elizabeth King which was the original shop that Uncle Ken first bought.  It was all to do with slaughter licence and produce licence after WWII.  Uncle Ken’s Granddaughters’ husbands came into the business and is going strong today under the original name of Mrs Elizabeth King! 


I hope you liked our little slice of family history.  I will hopefully be able to show you some pictures of the ground works next week.

Have a great weekend stay sane and stay safe.

Hugs & Love Susie xx


Tuesday & Birthday!

It’s Tuesday and that means lots of work!!!  I also have to re-arrange the week as we are busy Thursday and then at a business meeting on Friday so we are doing things a little backwards this week!!!  Hey ho keeps me on my toes I suppose!!!!


Anyway to nicer things; it is Molly’s 8th Birthday today, Happy, Happy Birthday Molly.  She and her Mom have had a wonderful day with doggie ice cream and presents and I am sure Molly has had the best day.  Treacle is taking notes ready for her Birthday in May!!!!!


I have set up my sewing back on my desk.  I just have to remember where everything went and how I operated!! I still have some things all over the place, the attic, under our bed etc but I am sure when I get set up it will all be sorted out and come back to me!!!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

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