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Happy Monday.

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Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had a great weekend, ours was busy!!!  Friday night we were at a friend’s house for dinner and had a lovely evening and didn’t get home until 2.00am!!!  We then had to be up early on Saturday as we had some jobs to do and in the afternoon it was the first of the Swimming Club in-house Championships. 

Saturday morning I got the cars cleaned out inside and DH put a new wooden handrail up the steps to our front door as the other one had broken.  We got to the swimming pool at 3.00pm to set up and we managed to get all the computer equipment to talk to each other eventually and were set up for the swimmers to start at 5.00pm.  We got home around 8.30pm shattered but it was a good event and we had a lot of swimmers who broke quite a few Championship records which was really good to see.

Sunday we were up early again to get the last jobs in the garden done, including painting the Boys’ Den with wood stain before winter and DH was busy finishing staining the hand rail and then clearing up the leaves which were busy falling. 

We can now say that the garden is ready for winter and has been “put to bed” so to speak.  I am so pleased with what DH and I have got done this year in the garden especially last year as I couldn’t do a lot because of my hip, so it has been a great year for that.  Here are some pictures.

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Here is the Boys’ Den stained.  We think we may need to do it again in the Spring but at least it will protect it during this Winter.

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The patio and steps leading into the garden, DH has just cleared all the leaves up and he turned round and another lot had fallen!!!!!

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I left my vegetable bag out and put in some leaks and cauliflowers for Spring.

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The hardy Fuchsia is busy dropping its flowers so I have been sweeping them up.

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We were lucky with the weather over the weekend as it was sunny and quite mild.

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You can see the cherry tree leaves how golden they are now.

When I was cleaning out our cars I checked the first aid boxes we carry and threw out anything which was out of date and went this morning and replaced some of the things and re-packed them to go back in the cars.

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I always find that the pre-filled ones you can buy in the shops never have the things I want in them, so I bought two of the smaller clips boxes for our cars.  The Boys also have them too.  Here they are ready to go back.  I also checked the house medicine cupboard and bought some replacements for that too.   

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Treacle was busy helping all weekend too, although we think she has rolled in something she shouldn’t so I have rung her Spa to try to get her in for a bath!  It will kill two birds with one stone as I can also book her Christmas appointment at the same time, so I don’t forget and then they are full up!!!!!

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Can I please have a biscuit for helping?

We got to the pool at 3.30pm yesterday as we were able to leave all the equipment up from the previous day.  Although the computers worked perfectly the day before we could not get them to talk to each other on Sunday and we only just got it all sorted before warm up!!!  The swimmers, parents and officials didn’t know anything about it just DH and I and Connor running around trying to fix it!!!  The swimmers again had a good event and some more Championship  records went so it will be a busy Presentation Evening on December 21st!!!!!

Of course being busy over the weekend I felt like today should have been Sunday really!!! 

The other thing is my computer is going away for a few days to be upgraded and a new disk inserted so I will try to log into my Blog on Eldest’s computer  but if I don’t manage it I will be back later in the week.  It’s always the same, I am up to date with my work, all of it, and then my computer has to go away so I will be a few days behind!!!!  I will catch up though because I don’t want to get in a mess when it does come back!!!!!   Of course that means I will get to play in my sewing room for two days of quilting as I won’t have a computer, there is always a silver lining.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Halloween

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Friday last was the only evening we were in as the weekend was very busy!!!  We ran some errands early in the morning on Satuday and then in the evening we were helping at the League swimming event at Cheslyn Haye.

 

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The venue wasn’t too bad and we were in the little foyer so it was relatively cool but on poolside, where DH was, it was roasting. It hadn’t helped that the day was really mild with a warm wind blowing but everywhere we were the heating was on, so I was slowly melting into a little puddle!!!!  We got home around 10.00pm quite tired!!!

Sunday morning we got some jobs done in the house as it was pouring with rain and then in the afternoon DH went to the swimming pool where our Club swims for the County Mini Championships (for the younger swimmers) were being held.  The event went well and DH got home around 8.00pm when we had dinner.  I had spent the afternoon and evening trying to finish sewing the binding to the baby quilt, which I finally finished at 2.15am this morning!  I am tired now!!!  I will show you pictures later in the week.

Tonight DH has a Swimming Club Committee meeting, before the AGM next month,  so I will be in my sewing room moving on to getting my Christmas projects finished.  Christmas will soon be here!!!!!

I hope you are having a Marvelous Monday and have a great week.

Hugs, Susie xx

It’s The Weekend!

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday everyone.  This is how it looks today and the weather people got the forecast right for once.  It is cool today and heavy rain and that has meant a lot of the leaves have started to fall.

We went to Goose Fair last night and it was dry and quite mild and so we were lucky we decided to go then and not tonight.  Here are the pictures, there are quite a few!!!!

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The Big Wheel and a very tall whirling thing!

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Not the same if there isn’t a Helter Skelter there.

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The only ride DH and I go on!!!  Used to be called The Twister but it stays level and just flings you about, unlike some of the new rides where they go vertical and then swing you around!!!

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Youngest and Girlfriend waiting to go on the Waltzers.

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The Giant Wheel where the view from the top is amazing but as you can imagine the queues for this were very long.

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Girlfriend and Youngest on another ride, which was not so successful as they felt the bars holding them down were not that safe, so they were glad to get off!!!!!

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All the stalls to try to win something, Youngest got Girlfriend a teddy of the “Catch a Snowman” stall!

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My favourite ride of all time, The Galloping Horses but no one would go on with me!!!!

 

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The Fun House and the music constantly playing?  Grease!!!!

It was a great evening and Girlfriend really enjoyed it as she had never been before!  We got home about 9.00pm and had fish and chips for dinner, another treat and tradition!

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Treacle’s not happy today as she has to stay indoors as it is pouring with rain!  Don’t worry Treacle tomorrow the weather is supposed to be better.

Have a Wonderful Day.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Goose Fair 1900 in The Old Market Square, Nottingham. (Credit: The Paul Nix Collection)

It’s Friday, just in case you didn’t know!

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Happy Friday you lovely lot, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  We had a lovely time last night with Eldest and Girlfriend and she opened her presents and loved them which was a relief!!!  I got some pictures of our table and then didn’t get any during the evening, Doh!!!!!

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I also realised that the candles aren’t on the table yet either!

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I will be taking my camera tonight to the Fair and hopefully get some great pictures.  The weather is quite good in that it is cloudy but mild so we don’t have to go bundled up in coats, hats and scarves which we have done in the past.  Because it was a family event right from when I was a little girl it will be wonderful to go tonight and we have loved taking the Boys from when they were little to now.  They even went before they were born!!!!!

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Treacle loved last night as she got to see Youngest and Girlfriend for a little bit and then Eldest and Girlfriend so she was very happy!  As you can see she got a lot of her toys out which I have had to clear up today as it has been house jobs day!!!  Tomorrow will be grocery shopping and indoor jobs as it is due to rain all day tomorrow.  In the evening DH is commentating on a county swimming event, which will mean I can spend a lot of time in my sewing room, yeah!!!

I will post pictures of tonight up tomorrow. 

Hugs, Susie xx

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#TBT

Now I know that #TBT is usually an excuse to go through all the wonderful pictures of The Boys when they were little, but today I thought I would do an unusal #TBT!

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This is my hand mixer which I have now owned for thirty two years!  I don’t believe that there are many small electrical kitchen appliances nowadays that we can say we own for over five years, especially the way they are built.  This has done stirling work over the years, whisking puddings, cream, batter mixes, cake mixtures, in fact anything which needed whisking.  I dread the day it does eventually go because I just know that the next one will not last as long!!!!!

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It is Girlfriend’s Birthday tomorrow, but unfortunately we cannot see her then so they are both coming round for dinner tonight to celebrate.  This picture was taken last Saturday when they were going to a family wedding.  I think Eldest is like Mrs Beckham as all his photographs he only has one arm!!!!  I will have to speak to him about that!!!! tee hee!!!

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I will have pictures from tonight for tomorrow and then Youngest and Girlfriend are staying for the weekend as we are going to Goose Fair tomorrow evening and then having fish and chips for dinner!  It is a family tradition to go to Goose Fair on the Friday night and have fish and chips for supper!  I used to go with my Mom and Dad and we always walked to the fair as we lived not far from where it is held.  It is a wonderful memory for me and it was mine and DH’s first date so a double memory.  I just love this time of year.

I do hope you are all having a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

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It’s Friday, Thank Goodness!

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It has been a very strange week, this week.  Youngest got himself a part-time job to fit in with his studies etc and it was working between 3.00am and 7.00am filling the vans for UPS for that day’s deliveries!!!  He has always, as has Eldest, been very good about getting up in the morning and they were never late for school as they were always up and bouncing about.  However I thought that getting up at 2.00am everyday would be a strain so I was setting my alarm for 2.00am just to make sure he was up!!!! 

He did get up but it was getting a little later as the week went on and by Thursday he and I were about on our knees!!!!  Needless to say he has decided it is not the right job for him and has left!!!  Both he and I then, of course, slept in this morning as we were both shattered!!!  DH was also away on Wednesday night for work and I never sleep well when he is not home, even with snuggle bugs Treacle on the bed!!!

I popped out today to get some flowers for our friends tomorrow and their 50th.  They are having a party in the Village Hall with a band and for supper it is fish and chips!!  So much nicer on cold evenings than a buffet and what a great idea.  I will get pictures!!!  Also did the grocery shopping and got back in time for lunch with Youngest and then managed to catch up with my work.  I am determined I am not going to get behind, it is just too much then to catch up on.

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Youngest is coaching tomorrow morning between 7.00am and 9.00am (definitely better times!) and DH is going with him to help with the swimmers and then we are taking Youngest to the train station so he can go and visit Girlfriend at her Uni and then DH and I are going to the Ploughing Match in Southwell, not far from his childhood home.  There are always exhibits from how they used to plough with the heavy horses as above and of course the modern version with tractors.  It is great fun watching the tractors race across the fields ploughing but in a race.  Again I will get pictures.

The weather is set fair for the weekend with warmer temperatures tomorrow and cooler on Sunday which will be ideal to get in the garden and start getting it ready for winter. 

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I have also had, in the last couple of weeks, some new Followers so Welcome along for the ride (!), thank you for following me and I hope you enjoy this journey we are on.

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This is Treacle today, soaking up the Indian Summer rays!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend, whatever you are up to.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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#TBT.

For #TBT today here are the Boys from fifteen years ago, 2003, in the garden in September.  When I look at the planting in the pictures and compare it to now, it has really grown!!!

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Eldest aged Eight.

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Youngest aged Four.

Oh to go back to then. 

Half of my Baby quilt is quilted, just need to get the other half done and then the binding sewn on.  I also sorted out my sewing room.  I don’t know if you remember but Youngest gave me this (below) a couple of Christmas’s ago and I have kept it like this as I loved it so much, but decided that I should now open it and put things in my sewing room.  The scissors are great.

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Today was house job day and I got my work done too, its amazing how much you can get done in a day by getting up at 4.00am!!!  DH was away again and I couldn’t sleep, so got my work done in the wee small hours and then started the cleaning after breakfast!!!  Treacle was just confused!!! 

Today has been another glorious, one last gasp at summer, day with warm temperatures.  Treacle has been making the most of it outside on the patio again.

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx