Category Archives: The Boys

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

#TBT.

Yes it is #Throw Back Thursday today and also so much news to comment on, tee hee!

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If the US celebrities accused of paying to get their children into college had done some historical films, especially about Britain, they may have learnt from our past. The wealthy in the UK used to get their children into top Universities by donating a building here and there and having their name put on it!!!!  This way the University then felt obliged to take their children even if they were as thick as custard! Generally known as “tit for tat”

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Tomorrow is Red Nose Day in the UK and there will be lots of programmes happening and collections everywhere. 

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You will all know about Brexit after Treacle’s Wednesday Wag yesterday and our politicians have managed to vote out every possible deal but still want Brexit!  Hence the above picture (it reminds me of Harry Potter)!  I don’t like to get political here but the people of Britain voted to leave the EU (no matter what margin it was) and yet the politicians are now digging their heels in because they don’t like the deal.  Which says to me that they want to make a name for themselves and not for the good of the people they represent!  However even if we had an election the other parties are only the same if not worse than what is in at the moment so we would be no better off!  It is a shame that they did not get business men and women to negotiate the deal, I think it would have been a lot better and be all done by now! Grr.

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House jobs day today, as well as some work, and tomorrow some errands to run.  The weather is supposed to be high winds and heavy rain all weekend, so it is a good job I am inside then!!!

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Ten years ago!!!!  Eldest on the left and Youngest on the right they did love dressing up especially if it involved the odd tank!!!  They were 13 and 9 and we were away for Easter in London.

Have a Thrilling Thursday, tomorrow is Friday, yeah!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

Well Quilt Fail!

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She doesn’t like it!  Yep nice new quilt, slightly thicker than her old one BUT every time she lies down here now she pushes it away!!!!  I mean the old saying of “Dogs remember faces and cats remember places” doesn’t apply to my finickity Airedale!!!!

DH has suggested that I put her old quilt, which is now washed but several blocks are now broken on it, on the top of the new one and see if Treacle will lie down on it with her old quilt on top.  We shall see!

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Unfortunately the cleaning has to be done anyway, which I managed to get done this morning beginning at 5.00am!!!  However last night was the first night I have not woken up at 3.00am, which I have been doing for several weeks now!  I don’t know why!  Anyway DH had to be up and out as he has a long trip to Cumbria today so I got up with him and after breakfast started my cleaning and I was all done by 9.00am!!!  I love it when I get a big job done before work work starts! 

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We had some sad news yesterday regarding an ex-member of the swimming club, whose family are still involved.  She sadly died in a paddle board accident in New Zealand where she now lives.  We all saw her at Christmas when she came home to spend time with her family and meet her new nephew and I think we can be thankful for that.  When you receive this sort of news it always makes me thank God for my blessings and ask Him to keep them safe wherever they are and whatever they are doing.

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As it is Thursday I am doing #TBT with this one, which I have probably shown you before but I just love it.  Fourteen years ago and February Half Term (which is this week here in Derbyshire) we had taken the Boys to London for the week.  This is Trafalgar Square and we had taken the Boys to the National Portrait Gallery which they just love, having been with school before and wanted to spend longer there. Then we were going to the theatre in the afternoon to see “We Will Rock You”, the Queen Musical, which was brilliant we all had a great time.  Eldest was nine and Youngest was five.

I have some work to do the rest of today and I may go out and run some errands today or tomorrow.  Saturday when DH is busy again (and Youngest will be out) I am going over to Nottingham to do some shopping and Sunday I will be quilting again.

Happy Thursday you lovely lot.

Hugs, Susie xx

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January.

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Well there are fourteen days left of the first month of the year and how are you doing?  The first sixteen days have seemed to fly by but with not that much happening.  DH was busy, as were The Boys, and Treacle and I were just home doing all the every week things that one does! 

I suppose after the busy last few months of last year, which I always think of being like Friday and Saturday in a week, January can always feel a little slow, however it is a good time to re-charge the batteries!  We had a little snow last night and it was very icy this morning but that was it.  It wasn’t even enough for Treacle to be interested in it!

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This weekend, would you believe, we do not have anything on for the Swimming Club!  I know, amazing!!!  Then of course the age-old question of what do we do?  We have a few things to do on Saturday morning, errands etc, and then the rest of the day, evening and all day Sunday is free!!!!!  Do you ever have this happen to you and you end up talking about what you want to do and then waste the whole day as you couldn’t decide?  Well it has happened to us so I now know to just pick something and do it!!!!

If the weather is going to be okay we were going to take Treacle for an extra long walk at the weekend!  She will be okay when we first start but then half way round will decide enough is enough and want to come home!!!  I will let you know how we get on!!!

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I don’t know if you have seen the #10 years ago challenge well I won’t show you me from ten years ago but I will show you The Boys from 2009!  Eldest is playing Guitar Hero and Youngest is waiting for his turn!!!!  This was whilst we were away in Scotland in the summer, Eldest was 13 and Youngest was 9!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday and your January is going well!

Hugs, Susie xx

Happy Halloween & It’s Wednesday.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I am here!  It just took all day Monday to catch up on all the work which had piled up over the previous week whilst my computer was upgraded!!!  I managed to finish at 6.30pm from quite early on that morning, but so glad I am back on track.

Yesterday I had to go out and run some errands and drop Youngest off at the train station for him to visit Girlfriend at Uni.  Again I didn’t get back until about 4.00pm, long day!

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Here was one of my collection stops!  120 Advent Calendars for our Young Swimmers!!! This is instead of a party, this year they are getting a present!  Just have to wrap them now!!!!!!

I also had to collect a laptop from the computer place which was 40 miles north of this place which has been sorted for the swimming club.  I then came back the pretty way instead of the motorway through Chatsworth park and stopped at their Farm Shop to get a few supplies.

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I also called at the Quilt Shop on the way home too as it is near here (!)  I got home and was thoroughly tired and felt quite coldy so had dinner early and went to bed!!!!  DH was out so Treacle kept me company.

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This was cuddling last night.

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This was Monday whilst I was working all day, you can see how busy Treacle is!!!!!

Two of the fireworks from Friday evening!  It was very cold.

We have been spoilt with all the nice weather at the beginning of October and now it has turned very cold, with a biting wind so all the winter jumpers are out and now in use!!!!

I hope you are all having a great week and I should now be back every day! I also need to catch up on the Blogs I read too but that will have to wait until later.  Have a great Wednesday, nearly the weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

Halloween

I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween!

It’s Friday, Thank Goodness!

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It has been a very strange week, this week.  Youngest got himself a part-time job to fit in with his studies etc and it was working between 3.00am and 7.00am filling the vans for UPS for that day’s deliveries!!!  He has always, as has Eldest, been very good about getting up in the morning and they were never late for school as they were always up and bouncing about.  However I thought that getting up at 2.00am everyday would be a strain so I was setting my alarm for 2.00am just to make sure he was up!!!! 

He did get up but it was getting a little later as the week went on and by Thursday he and I were about on our knees!!!!  Needless to say he has decided it is not the right job for him and has left!!!  Both he and I then, of course, slept in this morning as we were both shattered!!!  DH was also away on Wednesday night for work and I never sleep well when he is not home, even with snuggle bugs Treacle on the bed!!!

I popped out today to get some flowers for our friends tomorrow and their 50th.  They are having a party in the Village Hall with a band and for supper it is fish and chips!!  So much nicer on cold evenings than a buffet and what a great idea.  I will get pictures!!!  Also did the grocery shopping and got back in time for lunch with Youngest and then managed to catch up with my work.  I am determined I am not going to get behind, it is just too much then to catch up on.

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Youngest is coaching tomorrow morning between 7.00am and 9.00am (definitely better times!) and DH is going with him to help with the swimmers and then we are taking Youngest to the train station so he can go and visit Girlfriend at her Uni and then DH and I are going to the Ploughing Match in Southwell, not far from his childhood home.  There are always exhibits from how they used to plough with the heavy horses as above and of course the modern version with tractors.  It is great fun watching the tractors race across the fields ploughing but in a race.  Again I will get pictures.

The weather is set fair for the weekend with warmer temperatures tomorrow and cooler on Sunday which will be ideal to get in the garden and start getting it ready for winter. 

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I have also had, in the last couple of weeks, some new Followers so Welcome along for the ride (!), thank you for following me and I hope you enjoy this journey we are on.

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This is Treacle today, soaking up the Indian Summer rays!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend, whatever you are up to.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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It’s Autumn.

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This quote for me says Autumn all over, the leaves turning, the nights drawing in and the Autumn weather.  Last night as Treacle went out last thing it was definitely chilly and had an Autumn feel.
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For all the children it was Back to School yesterday (although there still seemed to be a lot of children around when I went shopping in Nottingham!).  Our Boys have now finished their formal education after eighteen years between the two of them and yesterday felt very strange not racing around getting lunches and making sure they had all their books, sports kits etc and were smart in their uniforms and of course taking that “start of a new year” picture.
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As it is Thursday here is a #TBT picture of the last time they were together going to school.  Eldest was in Upper Sixth and Youngest was in Year Eight at the same school aged 17 and 13.  I was quite sad really, but that’s usual as I hated them going back to school after the six week holiday, I always loved having them at home with me.
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The conkers are starting to ripen and the children will soon be collecting them.  The Boys
Aunt & Uncle had a wonderful Horse Chestnut tree in their garden and their Uncle always collected lots of conkers for them.
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The Boys Godparents came for dinner last Saturday before they went off on holiday for a month (they are now retired!) and the day was warm so we made the most of it by eating outside again.  We have done so well with the weather this year and been able to eat outside lots and it has been lovely.  It was a lovely evening catching up on all the news and very relaxed. 
This weekend we don’t have anything on for swimming or work or compering so we are going out on Saturday evening to celebrate Eldest’s Birthday as he was away at college when it was his actual Birthday.  Hopefully I will get some pictures.  This is the last week that Youngest’s Girlfriend will be here as a week on Saturday she heads off to Uni.  The weather is supposed to be okay so Sunday we can get some tidying done in the garden and it will then be in great shape as we go into Autumn/Winter.
We will be making the most of the weekends in September as in October all the weekends are filled with either swimming or compering or work and before we know it, it will be November!!!!!  I cannot believe it but Christmas things are starting to appear in the shops!!!  We have lots of things on before Christmas but the stores cannot seem to resist getting things out already!!!!  I know we Quilters are making things for Christmas, as am I, but that doesn’t mean we need to see all the Christmas things in the stores!  I am trying to ignore it!!!
I hope you lovely lot are having a Great Thursday, tomorrow’s Friday!!!! 
Hugs, Susie xx
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Summer & Holidays.

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As you know our Children start their summer holidays a little later over here and today is their last day of school.  Obviously Eldest and Youngest have now left their school days behind but it still reminds me how much I loved having the Boys at home for the six week holiday.  A lot of my friends would moan about having their children at home for so long but I always thought of it as a joy.  I was very lucky that I work from home so was able to look after the Boys and still work, but I did modify how I worked when they were off, so I could spend the day with them.

I always tried to arrange things to do, not every day of course, but activities that we could do which did not cost a lot or anything at all.

Here is one way of choosing what to do on holiday.  Get some lolly sticks and write down an activity on one end and on the other put a “D” for a dry day or “W” for a wet day.  Put the sticks with the activity inside a jar filled with rice for no peeking and then the Boys would in turn get to choose a stick, depending upon the weather and off we would go or get on with the activity at home.  They loved it, especially the surprise of what we would be doing that day. 

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The sorts of activities I would have down would be baking for the day, walking Treacle at Chatsworth House, Visiting a Museum which they had not been to before (they are all free to enter in this country), Visiting the National Forest, this one particular year they picked out the material for their quilts, playing Badminton or Tennis. going swimming for the fun of it instead of training (!), going to the Library where they took part in the reading scheme for the summer, visiting our relatives, Going on a picnic, paining pottery, the list really is endless. 

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This was Summer 2002 with Kelly and they had been out in the garden all day and as you can see making mud pies!!!!  Eldest is six and Youngest two

By doing the sticks it gave them the choice of what to do rather than me just saying we would be doing this and that which they loved, especially as they got older.  The first day of the holiday we always had a “Pajama Day” when they could get up when they wanted and have whatever they wanted to eat and basically do nothing structured for the whole day.  It was also a good day for me to decompress after the frantic last few weeks of term.

They loved baking and they both got their Scout Badges for cooking.

We always had to visit any steam train festivals!  Also on holiday in Scotland.

The only thing they hated doing, which I insisted on doing as soon as they had broken up for the summer, was to go shopping for their new uniforms for September!!! They hated it but I hate crowds more, so always took them on the first week of the holiday.  By doing this I was able to get all their names sewn into their new uniforms and knew that everything was ready for the first day back.  It also meant I was able to get all the sizes as the shops do start to sell out.  The only thing we did do the week before they went back to school was get their new shoes/plimsolls/rugby boots etc.

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Ready for the New School Year!

Now they are both working!!! But it still feels like the first day of the holidays to me!!!

Saying that it is house jobs day today and grocery shopping and a huge basket of ironing!!!  The Boys might have been on holiday but Moms always have house jobs to do!!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful Summer Weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

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