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Flower Friday!

We are joining with Molly The AireGirl (http://northfordmaggie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/flower-friday.html) for Flower Friday. 

We actually have some flowers in our garden to share with you.

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This is our Buddleia, which is usually covered in bees and butterflies until I came to take the picture!

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The whole plant

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One of our lavender bushes with a bee in mid flight

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The Potentilla is just coming out.

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The hardy Fuschia in full flower

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Our neighbour from across the road brought me these lovely sweet peas at the weekend which she grows on her allotment, I just love the colour.  So I put them in a round vase and placed them on our dining table.  DH was busy in the garden and walked through the house to go out the front door and started sneezing, and he didn’t stop.  I was busy doing some extra cleaning and I thought it may have been the polish, which is the one I always use but who knows.  Anyway he kept sneezing and sneezing and in the end I put the sweet peas outside on our patio table.  He stopped sneezing!!!!  I have really enjoyed the flowers outside this week and fortunately the weather has been good so they have been okay outside and the bees liked them too!!!

Busy weekend as always.  DH is out tonight and tomorrow night doing his MC (Master of Ceremonies) job and I have done house jobs all day.  I did call round to see the Boys Godfather, whose Birthday is tomorrow, but he was out (!).  It has been very hot and sticky again today so I will be doing the basket of ironing tomorrow now when it is supposed to be a little cooler. Sunday will be catch up day and I am hoping to get the binding sewn on Youngest’s quilt.

The Boys are also having their hair cut tomorrow and DH is helping a friend with some sound equipment as well and Youngest is teaching at the swimming club tonight and tomorrow morning and Sunday morning.  We also need to get some work done in the garden.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

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Treacle has been inside today whilst I have been working as well, chilling in her basket.

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I don’t know if I have showed you this before but I found it on Pinterest.  It is definitely in Britain but I don’t know where, but who could not like a Huge Airedale on the side of their building, in fact Treacle could have posed for this!!!

Flower Friday & Treacle!

We are joining with Molly and her Mom, (http://northfordmaggie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/flower-friday_12.html) for Flower Friday.  This is the work we managed to get done at the weekend on the garden, it was a lovely sunny Spring day.  The large flower to the left is my peony, on the right are the bluebells and I have planted new pansies in the pots. 

We trimmed the bush on the left and did the same to the Weigela on the right and although it won’t flower this year it needed doing. 

Treacle supervising!

A closer picture of the peony.  I don’t know what the little flowers are underneath it but they are a pretty pale lilac colour.

Our Wisteria flowering.  I love this plant.

Daddy managed to finid Treacle a suitable football (soccer ball for those in the US) for her Birthday.  It is called a street ball and as you can see she was pretty pleased with it.

Come on Dad lets go outside and play.

This picture is blurred as she was moving very fast with it.

Youngest getting in on the act!

We have a busy weekend coming up with Youngest teaching and coaching at the swimming club today, tomorrow and Sunday.  I got my house jobs done yesterday and I have done the grocery shopping and then been cooking all day today as Fliss, Lee, Evalyn & Owen are coming tomorrow and it will be us four as well.  Unfortunately Girlfriend can’t come as she is in the middle of her exams.  Hopefully Sunday is going to be nice and we can get some more jobs done in the garden again.

I hope you have a lovely sunny Spring weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

Holiday!

Oh my it is May 1st where are the months going?

Today is a holiday here in the UK and we call them Bank Holidays because of a law which was passed in 1871 regarding Banking!  Anyway you can guarantee if it is a Bank Holiday then the weather is usally wet and today it was!!!

However it meant that, with DH’s help, I finished the Spring Cleaning!!!  The whole house has been cleaned, washed, dusted and sorted to within an inch of its life!!! All I have left to do is wash some curtains and change winter bedding and clothes for summer things and we are done!  Now we have to tackle the garden!!!

Treacle has been helping, well by supervising! Here she is in supervising mode!!!

I managed to get some more quilting done and have almost finished piecing my second super secret quilt and then I will be on to Youngest’s.

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

I have been busy with help!

DSC05173Do you remember this?  This is Eldest’s bed in his room I am using as my sewing room.  Well after we got back from vacation it was getting on my nerves that it was so messy.  So I started to do some tidying but what you can’t see is four long click boxes full of my stash as well, which were on the floor so I needed DH to help move things.  This weekend was D-Day!!!

DSC05238 DSC05237So my stash is now all tidy and sorted and the boxes are tidy now with one box having just my scraps in it.  The two roles of wadding are for the Boys quilts.

DSC05239My sewing area is now much tidier as well

DSC05241Now I feel so much better having got it sorted and feel I can sit down and get lots done. 

DSC05240This is a quick sneak of my Quilt Commission for DH’s cousin.  As you can see it is all pinned and waiting to be quilted, which I am hoping to do one evening this week.  Tonight I have a basket of ironing to do, jobs before pleasure.

DSC05232 DH Managed to get the lawn cut at the weekend but was delayed by Treacle who wanted to play ball.

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DSC05230DH retrieving the ball where he had kicked it!!!!!

We are definitely in April as we are getting lots of sunshine and showers and it was even snowing earlier!  However all the hedges, trees and bushes are looking wonderfully green and new.

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The tulips are blooming nicely

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The Primula has bloomed although something has had a go at it!

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My Christmas Rose is still blooming nicely

DSC05234The Vinca Major has just come out.

Treacle will be a little late with her Wednesday Wag tomorrow as she is off to the Spa for a lovely bath and clip after her adventures last week!  She is doing fine and eating well, no worse for having had her procedure.

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x

Dinner Is Served!

DSC04953Had a great afternoon yesterday getting dinner ready for our friends in the evening.  I chose to make French Onion Soup to start, Beef in Beer Casserole for main with mashed potatoes, broccoli, peas and carrots and to finish a pudding I created!!!!!!  A biscuit base with blackberries on the top covered with apples and then topped with puff pastry, made in ramekin dishes.

As you can see from the pictures above and below this is my table set for dinner.

DSC04955The cutlery I inherited from my Mother which was given to her as a wedding present.  The water glasses are my Grandmother’s and the wine glasses were a wedding present to us.

DSC04958The French Onion Soup ready to be served

DSC04956Here are my Blackberry and Apple creations waiting to be baked.  I didn’t have time to take a picture when they came out of the oven but they loved them!  They were served with custard.

It was lovely to catch up and hopefully we will get to see them again before Christmas.

DSC04951 DSC04949 DSC04948Youngest decided on Friday evening that he was too tired to walk around Goose Fair so he decided we could drive past and see all the lights and then go and have something to eat, which is what we did.  I also think he missed his brother, who always comes with us, but he was on his way to visit Girlfriend in France!  We were also late leaving home so we would have been quite late getting to the Fair so it was a good compromise.  As you can see the pictures were taken as DH was driving past, so not very clear but you get the feel of it.

This morning I did the swimming run as DH is out at a swimming conference (!) so it was like getting up in the week for school!  Although that has given me more time to get cleared up and to sort out my quilting things, which have got in a bit of a mess!

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

Hugs, Susie x

Carnival Dog Show, Oh What A Night!

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We had an amazing night and the weather could not have been better.  Nice and warm but not too hot for the doggies and owners.  Warning this post is picture heavy!  Above is the attendees and the stage, with DH on the microphone and our Judge, Sandra, ready for the all the dogs.

DSC04645Sandra talking to the dog and the owners.

DSC04648All lined up waiting for instructions

DSC04677The Dogs all loved Sandra and wanted to see her

DSC04689Waiting patiently for their turn

DSC04690The Carnival Queen giving out the Rosettes

DSC04738There is a lot of sitting about

DSC04786 DSC04794 DSC04797 DSC04787The Biscuit Catch Category, very popular with the Doggies, if not the owners!

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Best in Show Winner Bobby and his owner Caroline.

Sandra, our Judge, is an ex Crufts Judge so brought a little bit of Crufts to our Fun Dog Show.  I had a lot of help on the evening making it a success but especially from my lot; DH and Girlfriend helped on the night (Girlfriend took all the pictures above), whilst Eldest was on duty to collect his brother from his first day of work experience from Matlock, as we were all still busy with the show.  As you can imagine we were all shattered when we got home but everyone had a great time.  Treacle was at home in the cool and of course she is number one in our book.

Hope you are having a Thrilling Tuesday, it is very, very warm here today!

Hugs & Woof, Susie x

Unexpected Monday!

Monday comes round far too fast!  Youngest had a swim competition on Saturday and he did really well with a second and two third places and bettering his times, which is more important for him!  He came home with three more trophies for me to dust!

DH and I managed to get some jobs done in the house and garden although Treacle has been very busy with one part of the garden as something has moved in!  Trouble is we don’t know what!!!!  DH got up at 5.00am this morning and it was still dark outside but we could hear something scuttling around under the bushes at the front of the patio!!!!!  Also the owl was still hunting and calling very near to the garden.  I don’t mind so long as it isn’t a rat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DSC04020Here is Treacle on the Hunt!

 DSC04021DSC04019These two pictures show Treacle looking for whatever has moved in.  We think it is nesting underneath the steps!

DSC04022I did manage to get nine of these blocks done for the new baby quilt I am making.  I now need to get them joined together and then the rows done and then decide what to back it with.  I think I have a lovely soft green material for the back, but will have to dig it out from my stash.

DSC04023Still have this small quilt to put together and finish and a little something that I am making for Baby Evalyn for her first Birthday, now where has that year gone!!!!

Must dash as I have dinner to make and another basket of ironing to do (those baskets of ironing seem to come round too fast!)

Hope you are all having a merry Monday!

Hugs, Susie x