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A Very Busy Few Days.

It was a very busy Carnival Week and we were very fortunate with the weather, no event had to be cancelled or moved due to the weather.  Friday turned into chaos and to add to it I had to take Treacle to the Vets as she was feeling out of sorts.  Neither we nor the Vet knows what is wrong with her and as far as the Vet can tell there isn’t anything wrong! We have had some bloods taken to make sure but as soon as we came back she was bouncing around like a one month old!!!!!!!


Carnival Parade.

Saturday was the main day and DH was down at the park by 6.00am and got home at about 7.00pm.  I was going to go over to Nottingham for a little light (or heavy!) shopping but woke with a bad head so decided that it was not the best idea! 

Sunday DH was again out all day at an Open Water event in Nottingham and I spent the day quilting.  Treacle is fine and skipping about!

As DH had been very busy he was working at home today and clearing up the few things after the weekend.  However we got a phone call from our farmer friend in the Village who needed help with baling, especially before the rain which is due at the end of the week.

Tom Baling July 2019

I was due to help driving a tractor but he had run out of baling machines so DH went off with the tractor and did three fields.  It was a good job I didn’t go as Youngest was sent home from work with breathing difficulties and an extremely sore throat and other issues.  I then took him to our Doctor and it turns out he has an infected tonsil on one side so now has a dose of antibiotics!  We didn’t get home until 6.30pm and DH was out at another meeting tonight and I had done nothing towards dinner!!!!!

We have another busy week with Business and things happening at night and next weekend again!  I am very much looking forward to our vacation in August!  I know we shouldn’t wish the weeks away but I am towards our holiday!!!!


I am out tomorrow evening at Tangent and we are going to a friends house where they have bee hives and collect their honey.  The weather is still supposed to be nice so hopefully we will have a good evening.  I will try and get some pictures.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a great week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Happy Monday!

Not normally two words which go together, happy and Monday, but I am today as Wimbledon has started!!!!!


This is where I get to revel in two weeks of wonderful tennis from about 11.00am until about 9.15pm, much to the Boys annoyance!!!  They like tennis but are so glad that they now have Amazon Fire Sticks so they can watch TV in their rooms instead of Wimbledon!!!! 


Treacle watches for the tennis balls, her favourite toy of all!!!!


Carnival has begun in the Village yesterday with Crowning of the Carnival Queen and picnic on the Park and the weather was nice and warm and not too hot.  Saturday was very hot with no breeze so the air was actually hot!  We did a few jobs in the morning but by midday had come inside and were doing swimming jobs in our Den where it was a little cooler. 

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Treacle the last time she entered the Dog Show with Youngest as Wimbledon Attendees!

It is set fair for the week of events, tonight being The Dog Show which I used to run.  It is quite nice now that I am not involved but great that the event I started is still going!  DH is commentating tonight.  He is away tomorrow all day and staying away overnight and won’t be back until mid-afternoon on Wednesday, when it is the Duck Race in the evening.

Treacle has had the door open all day from about 5.00am until 9.45pm and spent all of it out of doors so when she does actually come in, in the evening, she is absolutely tired out with all the fresh air and being on the go!!!!


Fast asleep on the patio!


DH and Treacle relaxing!!!!!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and looking forward to a good week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Treacle, Thursday & Friday!


Good Morning BlogWorld I know we have missed a few days but we have been so busy.  Here am I, above, on Mom’s knee yesterday as it was her Birthday!!!!!  We shared some Popcorn as Dad and Boys were all away and busy so it was just her and I!!!


Although it was Mom’s Birthday I got some treats when my food delivery arrived!  I am always envious of Molly as she gets lots of things to try and now my foody people are doing the same. So far I have tried the Training Treats and I really like them.  I don’t need the weight control of course, as my Doctor says I am in perfect condition but I am sure they will taste nice and the pouch is wet food which I have never had, so that will be different to try.


Mom has been washing up a storm now that her new washing machine has arrived including all the beds and I was with her when she was unmaking them, any excuse to snuggle in the bedding!


So after a very busy few days I am just busy relaxing now that Mom is working at her desk this morning!!!!!


Thank you Treacle you have a snooze now!  I went to the quilt shop that is closing at the end of this month and got a few things which were reduced and I thought I would show you what I got.


My purchases.


Thread was on offer and so were the needles.


Fat Quarters were on offer.


I always buy a new blade for my rotary cutter when I see them.


The material I got was £7 a metre which is half price to what it normally is.  I just love the dog footprint material.


I just love the colours in this otter material.


And I love this beach fabric.

I don’t know what I am going to make with it yet but it will go into my stash until a project comes up.

I have finished the blocks for Kathleen Tracy’s Block of the Month and in July we will get the instructions of how to put it together.  I have used scraps and bits to make the blocks so I hope they look good together when it is finished!!!!!



June 20th!


I had a lovely peaceful day yesterday and then went out in the evening to Piccolino in Nottingham for dinner with DH, Eldest and Fiance as Youngest is away for the week on his first training week at the Head Office so he will be home tonight and we are going out with him tonight as Eldest and Fiance couldn’t make tonight!!!!  That’s okay I get to go out twice!!!!!  Not doing my diet much good though!!!


Tonight we are going to The European in Derbyshire, which is another lovely little Italian Restaurant (above).


I have house jobs to do today and grocery shopping and then DH is out all day again tomorrow commentating, so I have errands to run tomorrow morning and then will get back and do some more quilting.  The weather here has been better yesterday and today with the sun shining after all the rain from last weekend and the beginning of the week but it is still cool and not as warm as it should be for Summer!


Today, of course, is the Longest Day and it was getting light at 3.30am (Yes I was awake to hear the birds start their dawn chorus!!!!) and it won’t get dark until about 9.45pm so a very long day!  Of course that means that the nights will, although slowly, start to draw in again, Noooooooooo!!!!!  We are hoping that the weather is going to be okay on Sunday so we can get into the garden as we have not been able to do anything over the last couple of weekends because of all the rain!!!! 

Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you have a great time. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


Sometimes you just need to see a picture of sun, blue sky and clear water!!!!!!


An Entertaining Week!


Fiancé’s Mom and I went out for breakfast this morning after the school run for her!!!  We have managed to find a lovely little Tea Shop in one of the local villages and they do some lovely food and their cakes are to die for, not that I have any!!!!


Yesterday Treacle was at the Vets for her annual checkup and booster injections.  She got a clean bill of health and all she was bothered about were the treats the Vet always gives them afterwards!!!! 


I then had to go to the Dentist as I had chipped a tooth which he sorted out in about two minutes but took me half an hour to get there and then back again and waiting to see him!!!! 


In the evening DH had a swimming meeting at one pool and I had a swimming meeting at the other pool!!!!  Of course as it is this time of year it is staying light until about 9.45pm so of course I think there is loads of time left in the day when in fact it was bedtime!!!!!


Finally our builder has been here doing a few repairs on our roof and steps!!!  It has been a busy old week and it is only Tuesday!!!

I hope your Tuesday is going well, Treacle is here tomorrow!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx



#TBT to 2005 and Eldest’s tenth Birthday and Youngest was six!!!! 

The Boys were together on Tuesday of this week and the way they were with each other just reminds me of the above age, they seem, despite now being 24 and 20, to revert to being 10 and 6!!!!!!!!  It is lovely to see though and I love it when they are both here with DH and we are together at home again!!!


It is the fourth day of heavy rain and it is still quite cool!!!!  I know the gardens needed it but I am quite fed up with it now.  I started to get home jobs done today and then work intervened so I have got half done!!!!!!  I am having another one of those “the Universe has it in for me this week again”!!!!!! 


My new washing machine has arrived, yeah!  Out of all the appliances we have in our home my washing machine is the one I miss the most when I don’t have it working.  I can cope without all the others like the dishwasher and even drying the clothes but my washing machine is a must!!!!  DH just needs to plumb it in and I can start to clear the mountain of clothes, bedding, towels etc that are waiting!!!!


So what is a little dog to do but relax in your basket and have some extra snoozes with so much rain!!!!!

I hope you are having a Happy Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Is It Friday?


Yesterday turned into a bit of chaos!!!  DH was out at business meetings all day, I was catching up on work and then doing house jobs, Youngest was at home for a while and then in and out and the Boys’ Godmother called and then in the evening DH and Eldest went to look at a new car!!!!!  I fell into bed at 10.00pm exhausted!!!!!



Work yesterday very much felt like the picture above and I just about managed to get everything sorted so that today I could finally finsh a lot of jobs!!!!!  I have completely lost track of days this week.

Molly’s Mom very kindly sent Treacle a filled bone at Christmas but Treacle only has these when it is nice outside as she makes the most horrendous mess!!!!


As the weather was lovely yesterday and so warm, she took her bone oustide yesterday morning at 7.00am. 


Here she is in the sunshine with her bone.  It took her at least five hours to finish it and then spent the rest of the day carrying it around the garden!!!!


She won’t like it when we have to wash her legs and face!!!!!  You have never seen such a mess, but she loves it which is the main thing!!!!

I have a huge basket of ironing to do which is quite good as it is a little cooler today and DH is out all weekend at a swimming event so I have a whole weekend clear for quilting.


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

Hugs, Susie xx



#TBT today is for my Dad who today would have been 95 had he lived.  Here he is with my Mom on their wedding day when he was 25 and she was 19. 

He was the eldest of six, his siblings being Malcolm, Dennis, George, Barbara and Peter and sadly his Mom died not long after having Peter.  Dad took over the running of the home and looking after the others until his father re-married to a woman who hated him.  He left quite quickly after that and joined the RAF and was sent out to India during WWII.  He came home and began work at the RAF base and four years later met by Mom and they were married in 1949.

He and Mom set up home in Nottingham and lived their all their lives. I arrived in 1964 much to their shock as they had been married for fifteen years by then.  We had a lovely home and Dad had moved from working on aircraft to being a buyer for a local firm.  Mom worked as well, which was unusal for those days, at the local health department in the immunisation department for children. 

Sadly he died two months after his 55th birthday in July, I was fifteen and really did not know him well and certainly did not get to know him or my Mom as an adult.  I am sure however they would have loved DH and their Grandsons to bits.

Happy Birthday Dad.

Hugs, Susie xx



70 Years ago today my parents said “I Do” and if they were still here would be celebrating their Platinum Wedding Anniversary!  They married on March 19th to take advantage of the then tax laws as my father would gain his married man’s allowance on April 5th!  Not very romantic but in 1949 with the country still under rationing laws from WWII every penny counted! My Dad would be 95 and my Mom would be 89 now.

My Mom’s wedding dress was made by her Mom and they saved their sugar and butter rations for my Grandmother to also make their wedding cake which was two tiers!  As everything was still expensive they only had a few wedding pictures, the above one being the best of the two of them at the Church door after they were married.  I still have the strand of pearls my mother is wearing and the good luck charms given to them on the day. 

My wedding ring with DH is the one my Dad gave to my Mom on that day 70 years ago.  DH’s ring is made from three other gold wedding rings we had from my family members who were no longer with us, thus keeping our family with us now. 

It is sad to note that thirty years after this picture my Dad passed away and five year’s later my Mom passed away, they did manage to celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary before my Dad passed.

DH and I will be celebrating on their behalf this Saturday evening with a meal.

I hope you are all having a Terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx


Busy Day.

Had a busy day with work and doing odd jobs for DH as he couldn’t do them and did a small amount of grocery shopping as well.

I watched a film the other day which I missed at the cinema and has probably been out for a while now but it is funny.


These four sixty somethings meet once a month for their Book Club and Jane Fonda’s character’s choice for that month is “Fifty Shades of Grey”!  The film continues with hilarious results of how reading this book affects the women’s lives and decisions!  If you get a chance to watch it do, it is funny.  I have never read the Shades of Grey books but several of my friends have and told me ALL about them so I know what they are about!!!!!!!!


I have been busy sorting things out in various notebooks I have for things including plants for the garden and ideas for our home.  We have also got the bookcases tidy and donated a few books to the charity shop.  I need to do the same with our DVDs’ as well and I am still sorting out my clothes. 


Treacle is in fluff ball mode at the moment and definitely needs a visit to the Spa but as it is half term this week they are not in so I will have to ring next week and probably won’t get an appointment until the following week, so she will be definitely very wooly by then!!!!!  She is not bothered but when she is like this it is very hard to brush her!!!!!!!

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie xx

To My Valentine!


Happy Valentine’s Day DH!


To My Boys & Treacle too!

Also to all those out there who don’t have a significant other, Happy Valentines Day Too.

Sorry I haven’t posted all week but it has been very busy.  Eldest’s car has still been off the road so I have been taking him to work at 6.30am and collecting him at 5.00pm.  The morning travel is great no cars or people but the evening travel can be a nightmare with traffic!!!  Anyway his car is all now sorted but I actually miss collecting him!

It has been busy with work too this week and the weather has been yucky so Treacle has been hibernating in her basket and I have been hibernating in our den working!

Tuesday evening I took a good friend of ours to our Tangent meeting at the local golf club and hotel. The food was okay and but the speaker was not so good!  Always the same when you take a guest!!!  It was a late night too so I didn’t get home until 11.30pm and then had to get Eldest at 6.30am!!!!  I am feeling a little tired by the end of the week!  I have worked all day today and then tomorrow have house jobs and errands to run. 

This weekend DH is out all weekend with the swimming club at the Derbyshire County Championships and the same again next weekend.  However that is okay as I can spend the days quilting.  Unfortunately I didn’t get Treacle’s quilt finished last week but will this.

I hope everyone has a lovely day.

Hugs, Susie xx