Category Archives: The Boys

Our Two Boys – Eldest & Youngest and what they have been and are up to!

Snow Day!

We are doing The Wednesday Wag on Thursday this week as Mom has saved these pictures!!!! It started to snow yesterday morning quite early but not a lot,  however it continued to gently snow for most of the day and night and this morning it has been snowing a gale and is still snowing now!!!  Thanks to Parr Films for the pictures!  Enjoy!

Treacle’s Snow Day!



I am ready for the Off!


Get Set!  GO!!!!!!!


Snow Ball Catch!


Airedale Snow Race!


Down the Hill To Start Again!








Up to the Top of the Hill to start again! 

The only problem?  Getting her to come in again!!!!!

It’s still snowing but it is due to warm up a little bit so I suspect it will go pretty soon.  Some parts of the UK, especially Scotland, have had a lot of the white stuff.  Our primary school in the village is closed today and I suspect will be closed tomorrow as is the senior school and Youngest’s college in Nottingham.  So Snow Days all round!    DH and Eldest managed to both get to work but I think they would have both liked to stay home.   Of course I can’t go out in it 😦 but it is very pretty to look at. 

So what is a girl to do but make a hot chocolate with plenty of marshmellows!!!


My days swing from being okay and thinking that everything is going well with recovery to feeling dreadful!  I also think I am getting a little stir crazy being at home all the time!!  I don’t know that I will manage six weeks without going out, oh wait I have a dental checkup next week, yeah!!!! Party!!!!  I have been doing my work along with binge watching films, some of which I have seen before and some I haven’t.  It also makes me realise how many films are made each year and how few are actually good!  The DVD’s will be coming out next!


The birds are busy at the feeders today.


I think tomorrow I will definitely spend the day in my sewing room.  It is also warmer in there than the rest of the house.  Although the central heating is on, we control each room by thermostatic radiators which are all turned to their highest setting, it is still cool.  It doesn’t help at the moment that I am not able to wear my staple outfit of everyday when at home of Jeans and Boots!!  The jeans press on the wound too much, which is now undressed, and so I am in jogging bottoms all the time and they are just not as warm and I am wearing my trainers.  I will be so pleased when I can get back into jeans and my boots. 


Of course today is March 1st and start of the Spring months but as you can tell we are still definitely in the grip of Winter.  I think Spring has been postponed.  


This is coming up fast, so mark your Calendars for March 17th (the third Saturday in March) and hopefully we will all get the chance to play with fabric all day and make things. 

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx


The Wednesday Wag & #TBT!

Although I am fine, yesterday was not such a good day so spent most of it in bed!!!  It was fine as DH and Youngest were out at one of the University’s for his interview and audition (he did well and now has a second offer!!!).  It was a quiet day and Treacle came to snuggle for a bit.


Today has been better with a couple of visitors and plenty of tea drunk! Also keeping on top of my work too which is a bonus.  My leg is fine but the muscles are sore which seems a strange way round as you would think the area would be sore but it isn’t!! 

Loch Ness

I am thinking forward to Spring and this #TBT picture is a spring day on Loch Ness when we were on holiday with The Boys.

Boys at Inverness Locks

Here are my two Boys taken on the same holiday in 2006, when they were 10 and 6, at the Caledonian Locks in Inverness.  Little pair of monkeys and they are just the same now they are 23 and 18!!!!  I love them to bits.

Tomorrow I have an appointment at the Doctors for a wound check and dressings to be changed 😦 but not a lot else to do.  I am going to work out if I can sit in my sewing room so I am able to do a little quilting.  Keep you fingers crossed for me that I can.

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx




Youngest with the Scones he made for his cooking badge at Cub Scouts.


Eldest with the meal he had to make for his school project.

At various times the Boys had to cook specific meals for School (Primary and Senior) or Scouts and we had to photograph them doing the job as well as the results.  I sometimes wonder who did most of the work and the Boys always seemed to make the most mess but we got it done.  They always preferred when cooking with me to be making cakes or cookies rather than actual meals and quite often at half term we would spend the day baking their favourites.

These pictures are from 2008 when the boys were twelve and eight.

They did a few sewing projects at both schools but neither of them were interested in that much and I think I ended up finishing some of them.  However they loved the projects in woodwork and metalwork they did.  You know they say about not forcing your children into stereotypical roles but as soon as both Boys were able to talk they pointed at cars and trucks and tractors and lorries and that is all they ever wanted to play with. 


I am still busy sewing the bindings down (!) but am getting there.  I have also been planning my Quilt Retreat.  The best bit?  I am not going anywhere!!!!  I don’t have to pack the car up or try and decide what to take or how much to take as it will all be here!!!  DH and Youngest are going to be busy the weekends of February 16th to 18th and February 23rd to 25th with the County Swimming Championships in Matlock.  So I am going to ensure that all my jobs are done and dusted so that I can spend those two weekends quilting. Treacle, of course, will be coming on Retreat with me and no doubt packing her favourite tennis ball, tee hee.


My snowdrops have poked their heads through and looking great in the very grey days we are having at the moment.  It is strange as every other bulb we put in rots after a couple of years as the soil is so wet yet my snowdrops come up every year stronger and more than the previous year.   I have put some daffodils in my pots this year but later in the year I will be putting lots more snowdrops in as they seem to like the soil and do well and they are so pretty. 

I hope you are having a great Thursday, tomorrow is Friday Book Club.

Hugs, Susie xx



Nat Hist Museum

This was twelve years ago and at the National History Museum in London.  DH had to go to London on business and so I took the Boys down as well and we did some of the museums.  In fact we probably did all the museums several times over the years as they grew and as their interests changed and related to work they were doing at school.  They loved this visit, despite Eldest’s face, it was the Friday at the end of a very long week of early mornings and being on the go all day. 

Eldest was 10 and Youngest was six. I loved them at this age (I love them now of course!) as they still wanted you to help them with things and were happy to hold your hand and be with you.  Of course as soon as they hit teenage it all changes but this was a great time.   

Eldest and Girlfriend came for dinner last night and it was great to spend time with them, Youngest was with us for a while but he had to go coaching for an hour.  This morning DH left at early o’clock (5.00am) to get to a customer and avoid all the traffic.  Treacle and I did not get up that early but not long after. 


I am on track to get all my jobs done today and tomorrow so that I can spend the weekend quilting.  In fact I am going to have my own quilt retreat, only appearing for tea or lunch breaks and of course to feed and sort Treacle out!  My quilting room is very tidy at the moment as well and just need to tidy up some more of the “sewing repairs” and it will be quilting only!!!!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday and have some fun things happening at the weekend.  I hope everyone who has a bad cold or flu at the moment feel better soon.  Several people I have met over the last week have not been well and I am trying hard to stay out of their way and stay healthy.

Happy Thursday everyone

Hugs, Susie xx




Throwback Thursday today and this is from 2006, Youngest was six, Eldest was ten and DH was well…..  I won’t say!!!!  Taken in Scotland on our summer holiday, although the weather does not look good with mist over the mountains. 

I know I say this every time I do one of these Throwbacks but where does the time go?  In fact I quite often cannot look at the pictures from when the Boys were little, although I do love looking at them but I then get sad that they are not this little any more!!!  I love them to bits now as I did then, but then they relied on you for everything and now, of course, they are completely self-sufficient. 

Anyway I had better get on before I cannot do any more work because of the tears!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone, tomorrow’s Friday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Youngest’s Room Makeover

We have finally finished his room after the last piece of furniture was delivered.  So here is what he had before in 2011 when he was aged 11 and just going to Senior School.


He had his bed this way round so he could have a reading chair in the corner with a lamp.


The wall behind his bed.


Bookshelf and inevitable junk of an 11 year old!


His desk with all the electronics.


His wardrobe with all the games on it.

So now being almost 18 he wanted it to be more sophisticated and less stuff!


His new bed, with his quilt!


Bedside cabinet and new wardrobe.


Where his bed used to be with his guitar and less stuff!


His desk and drawers still in the same place but again with less equipment on it.


New bookshelves and less baggage!


New chest of drawers for all his jumpers/t-shirts/jeans etc.


Behind his door; shelves for all his books/dvds/games etc and his jackets.

It is very tidy at the moment but that may change and I also think that a few more pictures may appear over time but he loves it so that is the main thing.  I am not very keen on the black furniture but it was his choice.  I am glad it is finally done and I also now have my dining room and our room back!!! 

I am still sorting through odd things and getting rid of things I don’t want/need/like and it is true what they say it does give you a great freeing feeling!

It is Girlfriend’s Birthday tomorrow and then Friday it is Goose Fair!!!  Saturday evening it is the first of the swimming club’s championships and we are hoping that the weather is going to be good to get the final bits done in the garden.  I also want to plant some Spring bulbs in the pots.

I know today should be Wednesday Wag but Treacle is off playing with Youngest as he is at home today and not at college!!  She will be back next week.

Hugs, Susie x

It’s Friday but where did Thursday Go?


I really am glad to see Friday this week.  It’s been a long week yet I don’t seem to have achieved much in it!  DO you get weeks like that?  Yes work got done and jobs got done and everyone got fed and clothes got washed and Treacle got fed but I still don’t feel as if it was a stellar week!  Probably because the weather has been yuck too.  In fact I have even, today, succumbed to switching the heating on, which must tell you how bad it is.  I have sat at my desk all week freezing!!!!!


This is the garden yesterday starting to look very much like Autumn and the sky was very blue but it was not warm. 


Even the moon was still up when I took this picture just before lunch at 12.00pm. 

The weekend is supposed to be a little better with no rain which will give us a chance to get those garden jobs done and house jobs (they did not get done this week either!).  Youngest is teaching/coaching at the swimming club at various time and DH will probably have to go up as well, they are both having their haircut tomorrow, Eldest had his done last night and then DH has a business meeting on Sunday morning (!) hopefully for not too long.  The house still looks like a bomb has hit it with Youngest’s things still all over the place, but his new furniture arrives next week so hopefully he will all be sorted by then.  But I am taking back Eldest’s room and sorting it out as I need to get on with my quilting, especially Evalyn’s which is for October!!!!!!!


As you can see from the above picture it has not taken Treacle long to “discover” Youngest’s new bed!!!!  This was this morning after they had left for work and college!!!!  I will add that there are decorative pillows and cushions to go on the bed which are stacked next to the bed as he obviously could not be bothered to put them back on the bed this morning!!!!!  Boys!


Talking Christmas (!) I have started three projects that are going to be Christmas gifts this year!  Are you impressed?  It was one of those “I saw the material and it inspired me” to make these gifts rather than trying to make something because it is Christmas.  They will be able to be used all year and I can’t wait to show them to you but I won’t be able to until after Christmas!!!!  Boy it seems a long way off yet but I know the weeks will fly by and I know Treacle ratted me out the other day but I have bought a Christmas ornament which I am now thinking I will also get as gifts for some other friends!!! 

I love it really!!!  And an advert on TV last night for Movies24 becoming Christmas24 and this year it is starting on October 21st!!!!  Which is even earlier than last year!  Soon they will be showing Christmas movies all day everyday from June!!!!!! 

Anyway I had better go as I have lots to do and I do hope everyone has a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to.

Happy Hugs, Susie x

PS I am not going to mention what has happened in London again today!  I am being an ostrich and hiding my head in the sand and only thinking happy thoughts!