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It is what it says – our Family!



#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

Maybe Snow!

They keep forecasting snow and some parts of the country have had some and we are supposed to get snow over night and the next few days, but Treacle and I are not holding our breath!!!!  I do know that today has been cold and it has not got light all day!

I have been at my desk all day today and Treacle has been in her basket keeping me company!!! 


It was so cold that I made one of these this afternoon.  Treacle had a couple of the marshmallows!!!

I usually use these winter months to get on with some projects that wouldn’t normally get done if the weather is better!!!  One of them was to collect all my recipes that I use regularly and ones that I have collected from magazines etc and write them out onto proper recipe cards for my box the Boys bought for me a couple of years ago. 


It has been great to do as I have found a couple of recipes I haven’t made for a while!!!  There is even a tab for biscuits for Treacle!!!  I have not made her any biscuits for a while so that will be something to do if the weather carries on being bad!  DH has to be at a swimming meeting on Saturday night but the rest of the weekend is free so again getting some jobs done that don’t normally get done!!! 


Treacle is not wasting much energy at the moment!!!!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Burn’s Night!


“My Heart’s In The Highlands

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains, high-cover’d with snow,
Farewell to the straths and green vallies below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods,
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.
My heart’s in the Highlands, &c.”
Robert Burns


Last night was Burn’s Night and last year I did a post all about him here .


As my Dad and family were Scottish and we spend a lot of our holidays in Scotland I do make a traditional Burn’s Night supper with Haggis, DH and The Boys are not fans though!!!!  It was lovely!

Today DH and I are visiting a firm who make hand-made beds!  Our current bed base we have had for over twenty years and it is now showing its age so are on the look out for a new one!!!  Also a few house jobs to do.

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

Hugs, Susie xx