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February 22nd, a Wonderful Spring Day!


I think Punxsutawney Phil should do the weather forecast every day, not just once a year, because here in Derbyshire we are having a wonderful Spring Day.  In fact parts of the UK are supposed to be warmer than Egypt today!!!!  I know everyone will say it is global warming but I am really appreciating it today.  Even Treacle has been enjoying having the door open to our garden and running in and out. 

I took the opportunity to take my camera out into the garden and here are some pictures.


This was a planter that a very good friend gave me last year after my hip operation and as you can see the mini daffodils have come out.


The Primulas have come out over the last two days of sunshine.


Last Autumn I planted a lot of snowdrops as they seem to like the soil but only a few have appeared and I think the wretched squirrel has been digging them up and eating them!!!!


I made a quick trip to the garden centre last week and bought a new double-flowered Primula and a couple of other plants which were on sale.


The Crocus are out and more Primulas.


The vegetables are still doing well.


The view over our garden wall towards the big trees and farm fields.


The garden still looks very tidy after its Winter snooze.


We left the wooden Reindeer out from Christmas and Treacle has made friends with it!!!


She managed to find one of her tennis balls to play with.


“Isn’t it a great day, I can be outside Mom?”


The sun beginning to sink early but it is only February 22nd!

I got my errands all done and a few other ones too and tomorrow I am going over to Nottingham to do some shopping and get a few bits.  I haven’t been over since Christmas so it will be nice to have a look round and the weather is supposed to be like today so it will be great.

I hope whatever you are up to this weekend you have a lovely time.

Hugs, Susie xx


Treacle was far too snuggled yesterday to do her Wednesday Wag. May be something to do with the fact I have been getting up at 4.30am so I can go and get Eldest and get him to work!!!  I am feeling, shall we say, a little tired now!!!!  Last day for doing this is tomorrow when he hopefully gets his car back.  They have been waiting for parts to be delivered and it is that which has taken the time!!!

Henry 8th

In 2005 DH was at another Exhibition in London during the February Half Term holiday from school so whilst he was there I took the Boys around London.  One of our visits was to Madam Tussauds and the Planetarium, which they loved.  Here they are with Henry VIII and his six wives.  I always loved taking the Boys to these sort of things and the rest of the week we went to the Natural History Museum and the British library.  Of course we did all the museums several times over as the Boys grew as they got different things from them at different ages.

The weather here has gotten a little warmer again but lots and lots of rain and also high winds!  I think it may be an early Spring as Phil predicted at this rate and certainly my bulbs are all coming up, especially my snowdrops!  Not much chance of snow though!

As the weather is still not good I am taking the opportunity of carrying on with my de-cluttering programme in our home.  DH and I did our Den which is where we work at home and got rid of a lot of things; papers, magazines and things which we have kept and used but did not require any more.  Papers we shredded and magazines went in the re-cycling basket and although our office was tidy it is now clear of a lot of papers.  My next room to do is our bedroom and dressing room, before our new bed arrives in a couple of months.  Just before it is due to arrive I will also Spring clean it as well so it will be ready for when they deliver the new bed.  


My next job after that will be our bookcases.  Again there are some books I can donate and generally tidy them up and it is also a good excuse for me to dig out some books I have not read in a while to re-read!!!!

Tomorrow I have some errands to run and generally sort some things out before the weekend and then DH is out on Saturday afternoon/evening so I will be getting Treacle’s quilt finished.

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday.  Tomorrow is Book Club Day!

Hugs, Susie xx

Happy Monday.


Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had a great weekend, ours was busy!!!  Friday night we were at a friend’s house for dinner and had a lovely evening and didn’t get home until 2.00am!!!  We then had to be up early on Saturday as we had some jobs to do and in the afternoon it was the first of the Swimming Club in-house Championships. 

Saturday morning I got the cars cleaned out inside and DH put a new wooden handrail up the steps to our front door as the other one had broken.  We got to the swimming pool at 3.00pm to set up and we managed to get all the computer equipment to talk to each other eventually and were set up for the swimmers to start at 5.00pm.  We got home around 8.30pm shattered but it was a good event and we had a lot of swimmers who broke quite a few Championship records which was really good to see.

Sunday we were up early again to get the last jobs in the garden done, including painting the Boys’ Den with wood stain before winter and DH was busy finishing staining the hand rail and then clearing up the leaves which were busy falling. 

We can now say that the garden is ready for winter and has been “put to bed” so to speak.  I am so pleased with what DH and I have got done this year in the garden especially last year as I couldn’t do a lot because of my hip, so it has been a great year for that.  Here are some pictures.


Here is the Boys’ Den stained.  We think we may need to do it again in the Spring but at least it will protect it during this Winter.


The patio and steps leading into the garden, DH has just cleared all the leaves up and he turned round and another lot had fallen!!!!!


I left my vegetable bag out and put in some leaks and cauliflowers for Spring.


The hardy Fuchsia is busy dropping its flowers so I have been sweeping them up.


We were lucky with the weather over the weekend as it was sunny and quite mild.


You can see the cherry tree leaves how golden they are now.

When I was cleaning out our cars I checked the first aid boxes we carry and threw out anything which was out of date and went this morning and replaced some of the things and re-packed them to go back in the cars.


I always find that the pre-filled ones you can buy in the shops never have the things I want in them, so I bought two of the smaller clips boxes for our cars.  The Boys also have them too.  Here they are ready to go back.  I also checked the house medicine cupboard and bought some replacements for that too.   


Treacle was busy helping all weekend too, although we think she has rolled in something she shouldn’t so I have rung her Spa to try to get her in for a bath!  It will kill two birds with one stone as I can also book her Christmas appointment at the same time, so I don’t forget and then they are full up!!!!!


Can I please have a biscuit for helping?

We got to the pool at 3.30pm yesterday as we were able to leave all the equipment up from the previous day.  Although the computers worked perfectly the day before we could not get them to talk to each other on Sunday and we only just got it all sorted before warm up!!!  The swimmers, parents and officials didn’t know anything about it just DH and I and Connor running around trying to fix it!!!  The swimmers again had a good event and some more Championship  records went so it will be a busy Presentation Evening on December 21st!!!!!

Of course being busy over the weekend I felt like today should have been Sunday really!!! 

The other thing is my computer is going away for a few days to be upgraded and a new disk inserted so I will try to log into my Blog on Eldest’s computer  but if I don’t manage it I will be back later in the week.  It’s always the same, I am up to date with my work, all of it, and then my computer has to go away so I will be a few days behind!!!!  I will catch up though because I don’t want to get in a mess when it does come back!!!!!   Of course that means I will get to play in my sewing room for two days of quilting as I won’t have a computer, there is always a silver lining.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Susie xx


Indian Summer for a Few Days.


We are having a few days of Indian Summer again with the temperatures up around Summer levels, although it drops cool quite quickly once the sun has gone behind the trees.

Don’t tell anyone but I shirked work this afternoon to get my little grow house the wood stained and protected before any bad weather!!!  I cannot believe how many small bits of wood there are on it to stain and it took me all afternoon, fortunately the sun was warm and it dried quickly.


Of course Madam was outside with me and whilst my back was turned was being very naughty!  Over Winter I put away my outdoor drying line as there is no way washing will dry when it is very cold and damp (not that it stops our neighbour hanging out her washing every day and then bringing it in again as wet or wetter than it went out!!! I just don’t understand it!!!!).  Anyway we did this last year and then “lost” the hole where it fits into, as the grass had grown over it.  DH came up with the idea of a piece of wood and a plastic plant pot upside down so we know where it is.


As you can see, I now just have the stick as someone pulled the plant pot off and was running round the garden with it!!! This is because her football that she keeps outside was thrown away on Sunday as it was in a very bad way and starting to lose bits of it and I have not had chance to get her a new one yet, so that will be one of tomorrow’s jobs.


This is after I had brought her in and explained that it was not a good idea to destroy the plant pots and Daddy will not be happy!  I am also going to get a terracotta small pot to replace the plastic one as she won’t want to run around with that!!!

Our tree’s leaves are starting to turn a beautiful orange colour now and beginning to fall.  So although we have warm temperatures there are definite signs of Autumn progressing.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

Monday Musings.


Remember this baby quilt?  Well the baby who it is for has arrived!  Ivy May Bishop was born last Saturday and weighed in at 8lb 2oz, Mom and Baby are doing well.  I will hopefully get some pictures when Grandma and Granddad get back from The Netherlands. 

We had a great time at Goose Fair on Friday and Saturday DH and I ran some errands and then he was out at a swimming event so I was busy trying to finish the other baby quilt.  I am now sewing the binding on.

Yesterday the weather was good although cool so we got the front garden tidy and gave some of the plants a hair cut (!) and did a few things in the back garden.  This week the temperatures during the day are going to be warm again, Wednesday being the hottest at 22°C!!  I want to get my little growing house and the shed and the Boys Den re-stained so may sneak the day if it is going to be that warm and get those jobs done.

Here are some pictures of the garden as it settles into Autumn and will hopefully do well going through Winter, although they are still forecasting a very cold one!


The large pots on the step have my daffodils in so we just put some violas in until they start to grow and put some other Winter plants in the other two pots.


Treacle loves it when we are outside in the garden with her, just getting her in is the problem!!


Below is the other side of the patio.  We need to trim some of the plants here but it will wait now until Spring.


Our Dogwood is really beginning to stand out next to the variegated Holly, which this year has berries on!


The Hardy Fuchsia still flowering despite it being cool.


Come on Mom it’s dinner time, stop taking pictures!

I have been at my desk all day today clearing up hundreds of emails and sorting other things out.  Tomorrow I have some errands to run and no doubt more work!!!

I hope you all have a great week.

Hugs, Susie xx

It’s The Weekend!



Good Morning and Happy Saturday everyone.  This is how it looks today and the weather people got the forecast right for once.  It is cool today and heavy rain and that has meant a lot of the leaves have started to fall.

We went to Goose Fair last night and it was dry and quite mild and so we were lucky we decided to go then and not tonight.  Here are the pictures, there are quite a few!!!!


The Big Wheel and a very tall whirling thing!


Not the same if there isn’t a Helter Skelter there.


The only ride DH and I go on!!!  Used to be called The Twister but it stays level and just flings you about, unlike some of the new rides where they go vertical and then swing you around!!!


Youngest and Girlfriend waiting to go on the Waltzers.


The Giant Wheel where the view from the top is amazing but as you can imagine the queues for this were very long.


Girlfriend and Youngest on another ride, which was not so successful as they felt the bars holding them down were not that safe, so they were glad to get off!!!!!


All the stalls to try to win something, Youngest got Girlfriend a teddy of the “Catch a Snowman” stall!


My favourite ride of all time, The Galloping Horses but no one would go on with me!!!!



The Fun House and the music constantly playing?  Grease!!!!

It was a great evening and Girlfriend really enjoyed it as she had never been before!  We got home about 9.00pm and had fish and chips for dinner, another treat and tradition!


Treacle’s not happy today as she has to stay indoors as it is pouring with rain!  Don’t worry Treacle tomorrow the weather is supposed to be better.

Have a Wonderful Day.

Hugs, Susie xx

Goose Fair 1900

Goose Fair 1900 in The Old Market Square, Nottingham. (Credit: The Paul Nix Collection)



Good Morning everyone and Happy October!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  DH and I were busy Friday evening with a few bits of work/swimming etc and then he and Youngest went coaching on Saturday morning, before dropping Youngest at the train station.


We went to the Ploughing Match which was mostly completed by the time we got there but there were still a lot of tractors, horses and steam engines around.


The steam engine at our end winding the plough down the furrow.


Here are the men moving the plough to the next furrow.


Off it goes.


A very gentle way of ploughing!


We got there in time to see the carriage driving in the main arena, so we found a hay bale to sit on and had some lunch and watched the different classes.

Next in the ring were the Rockwood Dog Training School display team.  All the dogs are rescues and go to the school to help overcome various issues and do the agility as part of that process.  They were great fun to watch.


This year it is 100 years of the end of World War I, or The Great War, and there are quite a few celebrations happening around the country leading up to Remembrance Sunday on November 11th.  Here there was a display of how the Cavalry and Infantry would have looked in WWI and also a replica tank.


WWI replica tank Deborah II coming into the Arena.


The Cavalry getting ready to charge.



The Cavalry Officer in charge with the Infantry.  This gentleman was not only riding and taking part but also commentated on every aspect during the whole presentation!

After this DH and I walked round the exhibits and the animal & produce shows.

We had a great day and the weather was amazing, bright sunshine with a breeze and a little warmth. 

In the evening it was our friends 50th Anniversary party and another lovely evening celebrating with them.  The band was good too.

Yesterday the weather was cloudy but cool so DH and I got the final jobs done in the garden before Winter, so it has been “put-to-bed”!!!!  Just need to do some sorting out of the little bit of front garden we have, trimming a few of the plants and then it is all done!!!  We have been so lucky with the weather this year and having planned what to do managed to get it all done.  I must say it looks great and I will show you some pictures tomorrow. 


Treacle was busy helping all day yesterday and is now snoozing in her basket next to my desk!!  Too much fresh air for her!!!!!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Susie xx