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Shortages.

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So Week 11 of Lockdown and slow easing of certain things, despite our Supermarkets saying that there is now no problem with their supply chains, there is no flour of any description available!!!  It is, they say, because everyone has been buying flour at the start of Lockdown for baking and the flour mills cannot keep up with the demand.  Surely after eleven weeks now things should have gotten a little easier?  Anyway I have managed to find, on line, a supplier who has plenty of flour and it should be arriving tomorrow.

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Which brings me to the second supply issue, lack of eggs!  Are the chickens in Lockdown?  Are they social distancing so not laying?  Really!!!!  I managed to buy twenty four eggs last week which will be okay for a bit but I usually buy that amount every week for cooking/baking etc.   Good Grief Charlie Brown!!!!

Eldest has heard that he is back at work from Thursday of this week, yeah.  Although I am going to miss him terribly as he has been at home for 24 weeks since he dislocated his shoulder and was just due to go back as Lockdown happened!!!! I always used to feel like this when the Boys went back to school after the summer holidays.  Anyway he is so pleased.  However Youngest will not be happy as he has not heard anything yet!!!!  Swings & Roundabouts!!!

Our nice sunny weather is due to break tomorrow with rain and cooler temperatures which is just as I told it would be as Treacle goes to her spa on Thursday!!!  It is not due to rain on Thursday which is a good thing as we are eating outside with the Boys and their girls, we will be wrapped up though.  Hopefully the sunny weather will return soon.

Happy Tuesday All.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

 

Friday!

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I know it is not the start of Summer until Monday but the weather is defintely summer like!!!  We have had wall to wall sunshine all week with warm temps during the day and cool at night.  Poor Treacle is not happy with all her fluff and only has to get to next Thursday when she will be all skinny again!!!

I thought I would show you some more pictures of the garden.

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Now that we have widened the drive my Jeep looks quite lonely when it is the only one parked!!!!!

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This is looking across the valley from our home and as you can see all the trees are now fully clothed!

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Looking down our Hill and the trees in the farmers’ fields.  They have been muck spreading today!!!!!

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Our back door into the garden. 

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It is all looking very tidy and the flowers are starting to appear

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Our trees are all in leaf now.

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We put the outside lights up.  They are solar powered.

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The flowers starting to come out.

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My various veg plants.  I still have a few pots to fill.

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The top of the garden and the Boys Den which needs to be re-stained.  Hopefully we will be able to get that done next weekend along with the shed and the patio furniture.

Busy getting dinner ready for tonight and will set the table outside in a bit.  I will remember to take some pictures!!!! 

Have a great weekend you wonderful lot and of course stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

300! (Well 303 Actually!)

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Over the Weekend I hit 300 Followers (in fact it is now 303!).  SO I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who follows me and for joining me on this blogging journey.  Thank you also to those who leave me lovely comments, especially Sue and Susan who have been with me since the start!!!  You all mean a lot to me.

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Sorry for the radio silence from last Tuesday but it takes a lot of work to get our business ready for it’s year end and the start of the new business year.  However being in Lockdown (Week 10 now!!!!) it has meant that I have managed to get it all done straight away rather than trying to do it in between all the other work!!!!

We also had a long weekend just gone and the weather was lovely!  We got some more bits done in the garden and Youngest popped in to see us, at a distance, and to talk to his brother about the engine he is re-building.  It is great now they are 20 and 24 and seeing them doing things together.

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Sorry this is a little blurry but it was such a hot day!!  Treacle managed to get all in the shade except the tips of her paws!!!!

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The grass is cooler though for sleeping!!!!

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This is what happens when the Eldest one is bored!!!  Treacle looks like one of the jousting horses!!!!  Her Spa ladies are back at work next week and Treacle has an appointment on the Thursday.  Of course it will then be cold again!!!!

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Girlfriend got Youngest riding the other day!!!!! 

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This is yesterday when Youngest came to visit.  Fortunately you and your Dog don’t have to be socially distanced!!!!! 

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I don’t know who has missed who more!!!  I know we have missed Youngest a lot!!! 

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Eldest yesterday whilst Youngest was here socially distancing!!!

Today is lovely and warm again and I have managed to get all my work done, as well as sorting out the car insurance for us all, a job I absolutely hate!!!!  I have also been able, because it is warm, to get all my washing dried outside, just the ironing to get done now!!!!

I hope everyone had a good weekend and will have a great week, whatever you are up to.  The Boys are hoping to be back at work next week or soon after which will be a shock to the system after all these weeks off but they can’t wait to go back!!!! 

Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Tuesday!

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At this time of year I have to start to get things ready for our business year end!!  Which means getting the oldest of our stored business files out and shredding them to put the current year in.  So today I have done nothing but shredding!!!  Four huge bags full of old files which will be off to the recycling centre tomorrow!!! 

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However, whilst shredding, I have continued to watch the Game of Thrones episodes and have now reached the final series and the controversial episodes where Dani burns Kings Landing.  Having watched all of them now one after another I feel that she was right to burn it!!!  I know, I know, all the innocents but I mean really Cersei and killing Missandei the way she did!!!! 

It will be really interesting to see how Mr Martin deals with it in the final book, if he ever publishes it!  I have read all the books, before the series was ever on, and I know there is a lot in there which of course could never have been put in the series.  However I will make one prophecy I think, at the end of the final book, as Jon Snow goes through the gate at The Wall with the Wildlings, he will find Drogon and Daenerys alive and waiting for him and they will go off and live beyond The Wall, away from The Game of Thrones??????????????????  Hopefully it won’t be too long before the book will be published and it will take all my will power not to go straight to the end of the book to see what happens!!!!

Tomorrow I will continue with getting things ready for the start of our new business year on June 1st.  Goodness knows how things are going to be once we actually get back to work properly, I am hoping that it won’t be as bad as they are saying but no one knows!!! 

I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday whatever you are up to.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

A Flower Show.

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Sorry for no post on Friday but I decided to take the day off!  Not of course that I went anywhere, but I did some jobs other than work!!!! 

Anyway I hope you all had a good weekend as we start Week 9 of Lockdown! I carried on with my jobs over the weekend that I started on Friday and also got some gardening done.  The weather is supposed to turn warm again this week and next Monday we have another holiday, long weekend, not that at the moment it makes a lot of difference.

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This time last year we were at the Chelsea Flower Show, which is not running this year because of the situation.  However they have done a virtual one, on line, which from tomorrow you will be able to view.  There are talks by various experts, questions can be asked and answered and lots of other all things gardening.  Here is the link.

I am planning my days where I work all morning and then after lunch try and do something else to break the day/week up.  Our Boys are still waiting for their start back dates and they are hoping it will be by June 1st.  Our Government are hoping that by July things will be back to as near normal as possible but who knows.  It all depends upon how things go and at the moment it feels like the blind leading the blind. 

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Of course being in Lockdown the TV programmes have not been very good but they have been showing all the series of Game of Thrones, so I have been watching that.  I think watching it episode after episode with no break in between you do benefit from the clues and it is easier to follow.  Sometimes it was so long between series you had forgotten what happend previously!!!!  I am really enjoying it!

I hope you have a great week and stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

#TBT.

#TBT of Lockdown Week 8!!!  Not much seems to be happening although they did say that garden centres would start to open.  However when they opened a rubbish tip in Birmingham last week they had 150 cars queuing to get in!!!!  So I suspect there will be long queues to get in to the garden centres especially with the social distancing still being a requirement and not too many people in at a time.  I don’t think I am going to bother.

Anyway I thought for my #TBT for this week would be DH and my trip to The Chelsea Flower Show last year.  It should have been on next week but obviously, as with everything else, it has been cancelled, although they are doing a virtual one on line. 

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We were very lucky the day we went as it was sunny and warm.  The bees were out in force.

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This company sell green houses but their garden in front was very much a cottage garden.

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This garden was in the big tent and went from very pale colours moving through to very dark.  I just loved the pinks.  It was my favourite stand.

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The other side of this stand was a great veg plot.

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These are my most favourite of flowers ever, Delphiniums.  I used to be able to grow them at our old home but cannot here as the wretched slugs and snails eat them.  However I have sewn some seeds again this year to see if I can get them to flower. 

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This was my favourite Garden at the show, The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden.  Unfortunately  because of the crowds I couldn’t get a complete picture!

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This is a tiny sweet pea that I have not been able to find to buy just yet!!!

I hope you enjoyed a look back at the flowers from last year.  We are still hoping to be able to go the RHS Hampton Court show which has been moved to September but who knows.  We are now waiting to hear if we will be able to go up to Scotland in August.  At the moment they are saying no travel to The Highlands at all, so it is another wait and see!!!! 

I hope you are having a great Thursday, it will soon be the weekend!!!!  Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love Susie xx

Tuesday!

Treacle had a lovely day yesterday and she was very tired by the time we went to bed!!!  We face timed Youngest when she opened her presents!!! 

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She had a new soft toy from Mungo & Maud, along with some of their organic biscuit bones and four tennis balls!!!  She will get some more presents from Youngest when this is all over!!! 

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Waiting for a biscuit!

One thing I bought for my Jeep was a new carrier for the back seat.  Treacle is having difficulty jumping into the back now and I can pick her up but she is not too happy with that.  However she can still get into the back seat of my Jeep as it is lower so I bought this hanger (below).  It is held in place by the headrests and handles so it is like a cradle but there is a mesh at the front between the two front seats so she can see us driving.  We will give it a try and we are allowed out!!!!

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Girlfriend sent me the above picture the other day of Youngest with Simon!  As you can see he is very keen on Youngest!!! 

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Our garden is changing by the day and as you can see is very green at the moment. I have put some seeds into my herb garden where the little pegs are and hopefully they will grow. 

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I have tried to grow some seeds for my pots for the summer but at the moment they have not appeared!!  I think, when the garden centres are open again, I will get some plants for the pots for summer.  I have bought some plants to put in where we have cleared some of the trees.  I also want to take some cuttings when I can in the summer of our existing plants so we can plant some more. 

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We are due for some warm weather again later this week and then a few days of it being cool which does help the garden and I have been watering when it is very dry.  We have a pond in an old Whiskey barrel which we have had since we moved into our home but it needs cleaning out.  We don’t want to do this yet until we are able to get to the garden centre to buy some new plants for it and get a couple of gold fish.  We did have one gold fish in there for years and he eventually passed with old age. He was a gold fish when he started but by the end was very white!!!  We did have two originally but the one which was left was never happy with a companion so in the end we left him on his own!!!

That is the last project we have to do at home, as well as keeping everything neat and tidy in our home/garage/garden/cars!!!!!  DH and Eldest did the attic at the weekend and they have made a fantastic job of it.  Woe betide anyone who makes a mess of it, or the garage, or our home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are keeping our work ticking over but obviously things are slower than they were and it will be interesting to see how things shake out when we get back to whatever new normal we will be living when the Lockdown is lifted.  I think, as we have orders and work which is just delayed, things will get back to where we were before we stopped but I think this time in the recession to come restaurants, cafes, cinemas etc are going to be the ones to find it hard whereas before they all seemed to still be okay whereas manufacturing suffered. 

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Swimming is a particular conundrum.  How do we get the swimmers back swimming but social distance them from each other?  How do we manage the parents dropping off and picking up with social distancing in mind and then how do we cope with looking after the swimmers by the Committee whilst they are with us, ie more people needed for the welfare and yet we have to social distance too!  I think we are going to have to wait and see how the schools deal with it before we can do anything.  We have been told that there will be no competitions until the swimmers have been back and training for six weeks, but if we have to halve the swimmers times that will then mean twelve weeks and don’t get me started on the new risk assessments, which I will have to completely re-do!!!!!  Also they are talking about competitions with no spectators which may work for F1 and football matches but I don’t think will work with swimming!!!  Who knows!!!!!

I hope you are having a good Tuesday and will have a great week. 

Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Almost but not Quite!

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We almost, but not quite, got the Spring Cleaning finished at the weekend!!!  We only had the dining room, sitting room, laundry, downstairs bathroom and kitchen to do and we were doing okay until DH had to go out and get some parts which were ready earlier than normal!!  That meant we lost a day so Saturday and Sunday we got the dining room and sitting room done so I am going to do the rest this week!!!  We are still in Lockdown so it is not really a hardship to do it in between working!!!!

The weather was quite strange over the weekend too; it rained all day Saturday and was realllllly cold!!!  Sunday it was bright sunshine but not that warm.  Today it has been lovely and sunny again and a bit warmer and over the week it is going to get warmer again!!!  I think that at least with the sunshine out it is making this Lockdown feel a little bit easier!!

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Here is your Daily Treacle!  She is sat outside Eldest’s room waiting for him to get up!!! 

I got up with DH this morning at 4.45am and got my work done and then started some of the cleaning jobs!!  I have managed to get all the pots out of the dresser in the dining room run through the dishwasher and those that can’t go in I have hand washed.  When Eldest was up and had breakfast he cleaned all the silver, brass and copper for me so another job off the list!!!!  The laundry and downstairs bathroom will be easy to do but the kitchen always seems to take the longest to do!!!!

We are keeping up with the garden and doing odd bits here and there and some of the seeds I have planted are growing!!!  DH and Eldest are going to tidy the garage at the weekend and then we have to just tidy the attic!!!  We cleared it out this time last year and it just needs a quick tidy up.  I always take our vacuum cleaner up there and get the cobwebs up and any creepy crawlies I find!!!

I only then have to wash three pairs of curtains and some cushion covers and get them out on the line at the end of the week when it is warm and it will then all be done!!!  I don’t think I have ever got all my jobs done this early in the year ever, so in that sense the Lockdown has done me a favour!!!!  Of course I can always find other jobs, some of the rooms could do with decorating but we don’t have the paint for that but maybe we can get those done later in the year!!!!!!! 🙂

When I have finished the cleaning this week I will then get my quilting out and take some pictures to show you what I am up to.

I hope you all had a good weekend.

Stay Safe.  Hugs & Love Susie xxx

Tuesday Week 4 of Lockdown.

Here we are in Week 4 of Lockdown and the day after the Easter break.  This past weekend the weather here in Derbyshire was amazing and so we spent a lot of it in the garden getting those final jobs we have put off for a while done as well as more tidying and planting seeds for summer.

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All the trees coming into bud.

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We sorted this border at the front of the garden above and also planted some seeds.

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This is the border on the other side and we have cleared  the space for some new herb plants, the old ones had not done very well over winter so I have planted some seeds and hopefully they will come up.

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With the few days of warm weather everything has started to come awake and now looks very green. 

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Eldest was helping and one of his favourite jobs is to pressure wash the patio stones. The above is what they look like before they are washed.

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The above is what they look like when they have been done!!!!

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The effect is very bright!!! 

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The afternoon sun just disappearing behind the trees and the white of our Cherry Tree in full blossom.

I did still decorate for Easter, although it was only the three of us as Youngest is with Girlfriend as they are having to look after her horse, Simon, every day.

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Our Easter Table.

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This is new this year, bought before the Lockdown (!), an Easter Tree with eggs on although Eldest says it is a Christmas tree!!!  I like it as it has little lights on it!!!!

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Some Happy Daffodils for Easter.

Yesterday was a Bank Holiday here in the UK although that does not mean much at the moment as we are all in Lockdown anyway.  The weather dropped 10°c from 20°c on Sunday to 10°c yesterday which was a bit of a shock to the system!!!  However I did get the Boys’ rooms and the main bathroom Spring Cleaned yesterday!  Four down, six to go!!!  I am hoping to get the rest done this week and next weekend and then I have a few more little jobs to get done.

I am also going to get my quilting sorted and have a go at sewing at my desk as before, I will take pictures and let you know how it goes!!! 

They say they are going to review the Lockdown at the end of this week depending upon how the figures are from the hospitals etc so we shall see, although there is some worry now that the general public will be worried about going out, not to work of course, but social things and shopping and I must say I would be a little wary until we definitely know how things are going!!!!  We shall see.

Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

A Warm Spring Day!

We are doing some business work and then I am getting some jobs done at home as well.  Today has been a really warm Spring day so I had a walk around our Estate (garden to everyone else!!!!).  Here are some pictures, the garden is beginning to really wake up now.

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A few of my pots which need filling in a few weeks time. 

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My little Herb Garden stone which also needs a few plants replacing.

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You can see the green coming out in the sunshine.

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Shoots coming through.

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Treacle taking advantage of the sunshine.

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The Buddleia starting to sprout!

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The afternoon progressing.

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The Perriwinkle coming more into flower.

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Primroses and Forget-me-Nots

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The Conifers we have trimmed and still need to do a bit more to the Mahonia on the right by the deck.

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Pink Primroses

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Your Daily Treacle!

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Our Home from the garden.

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The Peonies coming into bud.

I even managed to sit outside with a cup of tea earlier as it was lovely and warm.  Of course at this time of year it is very changeable and it does drop very cold at night.  At the moment we have not had too many April showers!!!!  Although we had enough rain over the Winter to make up for it!!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone and stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx