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Goose Fair 2019.

We drove over to Nottingham on Friday evening and it was a very black sky and when we parked it just started to rain!!!!  However after about ten minutes it stopped so DH and I set off to Goose Fair!  Eldest and Fiancé with four of their friends were also going on Friday night but we did not see them. 

Here are some pictures of the famous and great Nottingham Goose Fair:


DH and I queued for the Big Wheel which was taller thant the white Big Wheel!

Going Up!


Here are some of the pictures from our seat on the Wheel.


DH with me in our carriage!


I love this picture above, you can see how many people are there already and this was early!


Below is the Wheel we were on.




This picture above is how they cook the mushy peas on this one stall, which has been there for years, even when I was going as a little girl!!!  They are the best!  This will freak my good friend FarmQuilter out as she does not like mushy peas at all when she tried them when she was over here in the UK!!!!!  I suppose they are an acquired taste!  Normally you would eat them with fish and chips but at the fair you just have a pot of them and put mint sauce on them!  I think, also, it is one of those foods that they taste better outside!!!!

The rain stayed away!!!!!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Susie xx


Goodness Me!


You know all about the chaos at the moment in the UK regarding Brexit.  Well our Government have also decided that all businesses must now submit their VAT returns via their accounting software!  This is because some businesses lie on their returns!!!  I never have and the old way of submitting the return was great but because of a few we now have to use the new way!!  Well today I have spent most of the afternoon on the phone to our Accountant trying to sort it out!!!!!!  Chaos reigns!  After three hours I finally managed to get my software to talk to the Government software and submit it!!!!  I think I now need to go and lie down in a darkened room!!!!!!


I have been busy making jam, particularly Bramble Jam and Strawberry Conserve.  I still need to make the chutney’s for Christmas.


My Tomatoes are starting to ripen.  I caught Treacle the other day just about to pick one of them off the plant, a ripe one of course not a green one!!!


We have been busy sorting out the plants in my pots as the Summer bedding was just about finished so we have put some Winter Violas in, so we have some colour when it is cold and grey!!!


The new plants we have put in where we have cleared out some old bushes are doing well and hopefully they will survive the Winter!


Over the last few weeks they have been forecasting a really hard Winter with lots of snow and very cold temperatures.  However they have said this in past years so we shall see!!!


As you can see Treacle is really worried about the cold weather!!!!  She was fast asleep and snoring when I took this picture!!!!  The weather over the weekend was quite nice and this week and coming weekend is supposed to be quite warm again, so a real Indian summer!  It is great as we can get quite a bit done in the garden getting it ready for winter.  One job we have to do is to stain the shed and den again and also re-do our wooden outdoor furniture before we put it away. 

I hope you all had a great weekend and a good week to come.

Hugs, Susie xx

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

Paperwork up to my Ears!!!


Sorry for lack of posts but Monday and Tuesday flew by with mounds and mounds of paperwork!!!  Monday I also had an appointment at our local hospital for a check up but the parking is so bad you either have to go two hours before hand to try and get a parking space or you get your DH to drop you off and pick you up again!!

When we got back we had to do a lot of paperwork for the swimming club!  It is the annual quality submission and I had got most of it done but then DH had to do some of it as he is Chairman.  We didn’t finish until 9.00pm and I got caught out again with how light at night it is and couldn’t believe it was 9.00pm!!!!!


Yesterday DH and I were busy all day doing the Books for our Business and getting all the budgets and financial things set.  We have had to upload new accounts software as our Government has now decided that all communications with them now have to come through the software which has caused another set of issues.  We managed to get the software loaded and I have now done June’s figures onto it so hopefully we won’t have any problems.  The fist challenge will be when we have to do the first communication which will be in September!!!!!


Treacle has loved it because Daddy has been at home for two days!!!  The weather has been dreadful over the last few days with constant rain so she has not enjoyed being dried every time she comes in!!!!   The forecast for the rest of the week is hopefully sunny and warm and Saturday it is supposed to be really hot!!!  We have a bit more work to do in the garden and then Sunday it is the start of Carnival in the Village.  I won’t be going as I have some projects to finish quilting!!!! 


I am so happy to have got those two big paperwork jobs completed.  If we don’t get it done then it just bumps into other jobs and then we get behind!!!  Tomorrow I have got house jobs to do and grocery shopping and Friday I have to meet some people for them to do some jobs before the Carnival!!! 

I hope your week is going well.

Hugs, Susie xx

Summer Sunday.

We have managed to get into the garden this morning, before the deluge of rain and thunderstorms which are due to hit us later today and tonight!!!!  It is very warm today but no sunshine but at least we got to tidy up the garden and get the grass cut.  I thought you might light to see how it looks and the flowers which are out at the moment.

Happy Sunday, everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

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

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!!!


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.


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!


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