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An Entertaining Week!

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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!!!!

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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!!!! 

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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!!!! 

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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!!!!!

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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

Flaming June & Busy!

Yesterday disappeared into work and then errands for work!!  Before I knew it, it was 6.00pm and I hadn’t started dinner!!!

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This has all it has been doing since Sunday evening and in fact we have had a month’s rain in three days so as you can imagine the ground is saturated and there are bits of flooding. Living on a hill does have advantages.  I think we were so spoiled last year with the weather which was lovely and warm.  Not too hot just right!  Of course you always hope that it will be the same and unfortunately it isn’t.

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This was taken on the same day last year and you can see how blue the sky is!

This is today!  The little bits on the patio and steps are off my tree in the above picture.  It was blowing a gale and heavy rain on Monday evening into Tuesday!

As you can imagine Treacle is not a happy bunny as she cannot be outside all day as normal.  In fact she has gone into hibernation mode!  It has also been quite cold too!

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One of my Quilt Shops I go to, in Cromford Derbyshire, is closing!!!!  They are going to sell fabric on line but the actual shop is closing at the end of this month!  I went yesterday to get some things in the sale which I will show you soon, but I am sad, especially as the other quilt shop a little further up the road from this one is also reducing stock!!!  DH keeps saying that I should open a shop near to us as these are closing and there is no actual shop in Nottingham either!!!  It is a huge undertaking though!!!!

We are busy this evening as Eldest is moving jobs and starting his new one on Monday so we are helping to move all his tools, boxes etc to his new job today!!  Then DH has a meeting tonight so he won’t be home until late!  Tomorrow is home jobs day and hopefully the new washing machine will be delivered and Friday we are out at business meetings all day!!!!!

Saturday DH is out all day commentating, so if the weather is like it is now I will be spending the day in my sewing room!!!!!

Happy Wednesday everyone, Treacle is in her basket asleep so will be here next week for The Wednesday Wag!

Hugs, Susie xx

We Cleaned So Well It Broke!

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My very last job for my Spring Cleaning this year was to clean all the machines.  You know the washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher etc!!!  DH helped by dragging out the various appliances and then it came to the washing machine. We have had trouble with it for a while where it has been spitting water out of the drawer when it is spinning and a few other issues with it. 

Anyway we gave it a thorough cleaning inside and out and then switched it on to do a wash without anything in, to clean the drum!!!  BIG MISTAKE!  Water everywhere and the blooming thing will not now go!!!!  Having looked at the cost of someone to come out and look at it and the cost of any parts (it is way out of warranty!) we have decided that for my Birthday next week I am getting a new washer!!!!!  Grr!

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The Swimming Club’s Open went well on Saturday but it was baking hot in the pool all day!!!  We were really glad to get home at 8.00pm after being there from 6.15am!!!!  The swimmers all enjoyed themselves which is the main thing but I was so tired after it.

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This week looks as busy as last week.   They came to service the Boiler today and that needs a new part so they need to come back on Wednesday!  It is my good friend, Jayne, her Birthday on Thursday so I have to get her Presents to her and next weekend DH is out all day on Saturday so I think I will be spending the day quilting!  I am hoping that next Sunday the weather will be nice to get in the garden again.  The weekend just gone and the forecast for the start of the week is heavy rain every day and so far it has been right!!!  Not much summer at the moment here in Derbyshire!!!!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a great week ahead!

Hugs, Susie xx

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Sorry for No Posts!

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Since my last post about Chelsea I have not been well!  I could not get warm for two days, despite the weather being hot and my wearing lots of layers!  I was also very, very tired. 

We went out with Fiancé’s parents on Saturday evening and had a lovely time but I felt really tired. DH and I were really busy Sunday and then Monday disappered into a busy day of work and before I knew it, it was 4.00pm and I had had no lunch!!!  We were supposed to have a meeting on Monday night regarding swimming which all did not go well and so we had to have another meeting last night!!!!! Grr!

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This is where we went for dinner near Ashbourne.

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The Dining Room.  The food was lovely.

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Spring Cleaning is now finished!!!!  Yeah!  I couldn’t have done it without DH’s help especially with not feeling well too!!  It is a little late this year as we would have normally go a lot done at Easter, but that was taken up with the huge empty the attic job!!!!!  The only jobs left I have to do is clean all the kitchen machines, oven, fridge, dishwasher etc but I am going to do those on Sunday.

Saturday we will ALL be at the local swimming pool for the Club’s Open event for the younger swimmers.  It is a long day but the children love it so hopefully it will be busy and the day will fly by!!!! 

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DH and I have tidied the garden, so we are now able to work on specific areas to get things sorted.  We have quite a few plants which need a good trim so that will be one job.  We also need to get the patio clean with the pressure washer!!!!!  Treacle is just loving the nice weather and taking every opportunity to be outside!!!!!

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My dear Friend, Susan from Washington State, sent me a parcel which arrived today (after being stuck in our Customs for days!!!!!!).  I was tempted to save it for my Birthday in a couple of weeks but couldn’t!!!!!!  She sent me some absolutely wonderful gifts, pictures below.  Quilters are the most generous of people and I have sent her a Huge Thank You!!!  I will be putting them in my sewing room and will take some pictures when they are in place. 

A lovely bag, filled with goodies and the material it is wrapped in is a lovely red fat quarter.

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All my goodies.

Susan and Tara, sent Treacle some goodies and she loves them and sends a Big Woof Thank You!

Susan also sent me this lovely fabric; a fat quarter and also made from it two jar openers and a large tray which will be great for holding my current quilting project.

Susan also sent me some quilting tools and storage pieces and you know how much I love organising things so this will be a great help in my sewing area!

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Also enclosed were these wonderful towels.  I bought a few when we were in the US in 2010 and still use them.

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She sent a gift for DH and he will get this when he gets home tongith

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They are all wonderful gifts and my Birthday has come early.  Thank you so much Susan!!!!

Tonight I think I will catch up on a few home jobs, tomorrow I have to do the cleaning, washing and ironing and Friday will be grocery shopping as we are out all day on Saturday!!!!  The weeks are flying by, I cannot believe that we are in June and six months of the year has almost gone!!!!  There is a lot happening in the next few weeks; Birthdays, Carnival in the village (!), visits and we are also coming up to the Festival of Quilts show at the NEC in Birmingham at the beginning of August!

However one of my “go-to” Quilt Shops is closing at the end of June 😦 as the owner is semi-retiring.  On the upside she is having a sale so I will be going to visit to see what I can pick up!!!!!!

Sorry it has been a long post but this is what happens when you have a few days of not checking in!!!!  I will also get around to all the Blogs I follow as I have not checked in with them for a while!!!!!!

Happy Wednesday

Hugs, Susie xx

Final Chelsea Pictures.

Here are my final pictures of the Chelsea Flower Show for 2019. 

Below is the Pennard Plants stand which is all about edible plants and vegetables and set up like a war time garden. 

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The two pictures below is a stand where every plant is edible mainly herbs and spices as well as the few plants.

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Above is the Memorial to David Austin of David Austin Roses who passed away last year.

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The pictures below were all from the Birmingham City Council stand which was developed by Floella Benjamin who has had a very long career working with Children, beginning with presenting “Playschool” on BBC1.  The theme for the stand was to do with re-cycling things and protecting the Earth.

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There were several clay figures on the stand and here is Floella presenting the “Playschool” Story with Humpty Dumpty on her knee.

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It was a stunning stand with lots of colour.

My bit of information today on my calendar is this :

27 Million: The number of people in the United Kingdom who report participating in gardening activities – more than 40 percent of the total population.

The big message from the Chelsea Flower Show this year was to do with mental health and the benefits that gardening can have for people who are suffering with any form of mental trauma be it ever so mild or a huge thing in their lives. 

Being out in the fresh air and creating something with their hands can help people to focus on wellbeing and ease any trauma.  Thus the RHS are promoting gardening at every opportunity and for everyone from young children to the elderly. 

Our Boys loved gardening with us and had their own patch to plant and grow whatever they liked.  They would spend hours outside in the garden during the weekends and holidays and like Treacle, it would be hard to get them in, in the evening!!!!  I love gardening which I got from my Grandfather when I spent my holidays with them and helping him doing all sorts, including vegetable growing.

I hope you enjoy the last of the pictures, a few of you have commented how much you have loved seeing them.  DH and I are planning on going to the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth next year which is just up the road from us and perhaps Gardener’s World show in Birmingham too.

Treacle has let me have today’s blog so she will be here tomorrow.

Hugs, Susie xx

More from Chelsea.

Here are a few more pictures of our Chelsea visit.  This display, below, was not judged but a display to represent 75 years of the D-Day Landings in France, particularly the British forces, which began the end of WWII.  After the show the whole garden will be moved to France and rest on the hills overlooking the beach where the British landed.

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This is sea thrift from Britain and France, a link with the two countries.

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The picture below depicts the men coming off the ships and onto the beaches.

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This (above) is the M&G Showgarden which won a Gold medal and also Best in Show. 

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There were a lot of retailers showing their wares at the show and some incredible greenhouses.  Of course they also had some fantastic plant displays too.

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I loved this one as it was very much cottage garden.

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There were a lot of garden sculptures as well and I think this company, which makes them out of drift wood, was cashing in on the Game of Thrones series with the dragon as their main display!

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The Eagle was also very good, although DH did not like them at all, he thought them creepy looking!!!

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The stand, above, was selling very nice summer buildings as you can see and they had a lovely old Bentley on the stand and it was surrounded by Hostas.  Unfortunately we cannot grow Hostas at home due to all the slugs and snails, they think they are Sunday dinner!!!!

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As you may have seen and heard the Duchess of Cambridge helped design one of the Feature Gardens, which are not judged, with the RHS and the queue to see this was long all the time.  DH and I did not go in and see it as it was very hot to stand in line and to be honest it was not very big.  I took a couple of pictures from the edge, the tree house above which was circular.  Below are the trees which were featured.

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The above, as you can see, is one of the Fuchsia growers whose stand was a carousel.  What you cannot see are the lights on it, it was so pretty.

Tomorrow I will show you my final pictures.

DH and I had a very busy weekend.  We got into our Garden on Saturday as the weather was warm and not too sunny.  We got a lot done tidying things up after the winter and checking on the new plants we put in last year which are all doing well. 

Sunday and Monday we spent trying to finish the Spring Cleaning!  We got four big rooms completed but still have our Den to do (which is our office) and the kitchen, laundry and downstairs bathroom which are also all big jobs!!!  We are going to get some done this week and if not finish them off next weekend as well as carrying on with the garden.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

More from Chelsea!

As well as the Big Show Gardens at Chelsea they do have some smaller ones, more like most peoples’ gardens.  These are called The Artisan and Space to Grow Gardens and although they are smaller, they are still packed with plants and other features. 

This is one of the Space to Grow Gardens called “The Harmonious Garden of Life” designed to explore different ways we can help regenerate our ecosystems.

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The planting was very natural and quite wild.

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Below is “The Manchester Garden” which was designed with plants in mind to fill in urban spaces and make green statements.  All the plants were chosen for their resilience, adaptability and suitability for the climate and space in a city environment.

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The gentleman in the tie (below) is Adam Frost, one of the presenters of BBC Gardener’s World and he was doing a segmant on the show about pathways and how they can be used in any size garden to great effect.

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One of my most favourite plants is Rhododendrons and they do well in our soil and they are mainly evergreen so really do help during the winter months to provide some cover.  There were many exhibits but this was our favourite in the Great Pavilion.

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The one above has quite large bell like flowers.

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The peach multi-coloured one was so pretty especially against the pale cream one. 

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A little model train was running around in amongst the plants.

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I also love the Azalea being so much smaller but a lot of flowers for not a very big plant.

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This picture does not do this plant justice really.  Again bell like flowers and it is a miniature Rhododendron.  I have ordered one to put in under the large Rhododendron we have in the border already.  If it likes it I will take some cuttings and put them with our other Rhododendrons.

Along the same vein, I love Hydrangeas too, but again you have to have the correct soil and position for them to grow.  I have put one in our garden to see how it gets on and at the moment it is growing but we shall have to see.  This Hydrangea (above) was stunning as it is actually an arched flower spike so really tall as you can see from the second picture above right.

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We have one area in our garden at the right hand side of our patio which is perfect for a small cottage garden area.  Unfortunately the woman who owned our home previously thought she was a marvelous gardener but all she did was put hundreds of hardy geraniums in.  This resulted, because our soil is so wet and does not drain easily, becoming home to every slug and snail in Derbyshire!!!  The first time it rained after we moved in the whole of the patio was covered with slugs and snails! 

We have frogs in the garden and they try their best to keep the slugs and snails down but they are so fat they can hardly hop about!!!  Of course slugs and snails just love cottage garden plants, especially my favourites; Lupins and Delphiniums and I am so tired of buying plants just to feed the horrible things!!!  However I do keep trying!  The displays of these two plants were amazing.

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The Lupin display was just stunning.  My favourites are the lighter colours as below rather than the more vibrant, darker ones.

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However I love all of the Delphinium colours and would have all of them in our garden if they horrid things didn’t eat them as soon as they are put anywhere near the soil!

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If I had to pick a Delphinium colour it would be this blue.

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I also love the fox glove and all the colours that comes in and the slugs and snails do leave these alone so I am trying to cultivate more of these! 

I hope you have loved Day 2 of the show pictures.  I still have more to show you.  We are in for a busy weekend with jobs and things to do and hopefully the weather is going to stay nice tomorrow so DH and I can get things done in the garden.  At the moment, as it is Bank Holiday, it is due to rain on Sunday and Monday but that is fine as we have plenty of things to do inside as well.

Have a great weekend, whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx