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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!!!!!!!

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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.

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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!!!!

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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!!!

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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!!!!!

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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!!!!!

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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!!!! 

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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!

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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