Category Archives: The Boys

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

The Wednesday Wag.

It is very cold here today and Mom has put the heating on and it is so lovely.  It has also been raining so I have not been out much either.

This is what I have to do when Youngest gets home to get my dinner; ATTACK!!!!!

Stop lying on the job, it’s dinner time.

Okay if you won’t get up I will lie on you and attack you !!!!

Right I will just lie on you until you admit defeat and get up!

I may as well take 40 winks now I am here lying on this comfy person!!!!!

Dinner will be soon hopefully.  I hope you are having a wonderful Woofy Wednesday.

Treacle xx


Yesterday was “National Son Day” but I missed it, here I am with our two from 2010 when we were in Orlando.   Youngest was ten and Eldest was fourteen.  I wish we could go back to this time!!!!!!

Happy Wednesday All.

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

The Wednesday Wag & #TBT.

Goodness me it is July 1st, now where did the first six months of this year just go?  I know, I know; lockdowns, work, home and family.  It has been a busy six months!!!

Oh dear I am a day behind again!  Yesterday turned into a mega day after Treacle’s Spa day and I didn’t get home until 7.00pm!!!  Never mind here she is with her summer Airecut!  Picture Heavy Post!

The Wednesday Wag!

This pose is “It is time for a Biscuit – NOW”  Treacle was barking at this point!

“Oh never mind a biscuit there is something outside”!

“No nothing outside – Biscuit NOW”!

“Did you hear me NOW”!!!!!!!!!

“Well if I must sit down and have my blooming photograph taken to get my Biscuit”!

“Okay come on I have sat down for all of oh two seconds, Biscuit NOW”!!!!

“Did I actually have my Biscuit?” YES YOU DID!!!!!


Always an event I looked forward to in July each year was the Boys’ Sports Day when they were at Primary School.  So here are two pictures from 2005, oh my sixteen years ago, now where has that gone? 

Youngest in his first Sports day aged five and he won his first race, as you can see although it is upside down!!!!!

Eldest in the baseball cap not paying attention as usual!!!!  Aged 9

Amazingly the sun was shining as well.  Good old British weather.  We must be the only country that has the school year set out with outdoor events put in and then three other days set aside as alternates in case it rains!!!!

The Garden

Thought you would like to see how the garden is coming along after the nice weather and all the rain we have had!!!!  It is starting to feel like summer now and we do have some sunshine today. 

Tomorrow is home jobs day and grocery shopping, getting ready for the weekend and hopefully, fingers and toes crossed, I am going to get some quilting done on Saturday.  I know don’t be shocked a quilting blog with actually some quilting happening!!!!!  🙂 

To All My Canadian Followers & Readers

Happy Canada Day.

I hope you are all having a good week and it’s Friday tomorrow!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Where Did Monday Go?

Monday flew by with work, work and work!  In fact it was 6.00pm before I knew it and they were all here for dinner!!  I don’t know why some days are like that and others just go along in their merry fashion.  Today has been busy but not like yesterday.  We have noticed that things have gone a little quiet and I think it is due to people, who don’t have children in school, going away on holiday now just in case any more lockdowns happen later on in the summer.  We are all hoping that July 19th when we are supposed to be released from a lot more restrictions, including wearing face masks, is going to actually happen. 

DH and I are in London next week for a couple of business meetings and also to hopefully visit the RHS Hampton Court Flower show which was a birthday present from last year!  We have still not received the tickets but they say they are on the way!!!  At the moment the forecast does not look good. 

Here is an early #TBT of when we were all in London in July 2011 when Eldest had finished Seniro School and was moving into the Sixth Form, aged 15, and Youngest had finished Primary School, aged 11,  and was moving to the Senior School where his brother was. 

DH, Youngest & Eldest by the gates to Buckingham Palace.

We had a great few days there and did lots of fun things just as an extra special trip because of where they both were.  We went up to Scotland two weeks later for the summer. 

At the end of next week we are also going up to see Girlfriend and Penny compete at the International competiton in Cheshire and staying up there, which will be exciting as it is a big show.  Again hoping that the weather is going to be kind but it is England in summer after all. 

Treacle has her Spa day tomorrow so I am sure she will show off her new Airecut when she gets back. 

I hope you lovely lot are having a great week. 

Hugs & Love,

Susie & Treacle xx


Throw back to both Boys at their Sixth Form Balls at this time of year.  Both 18 in these pictures albeit four years apart!!!!  They do scrub up well!!!!


Youngest and Girlfriend were out walking Ralphy Puglet at the weekend and came across this:

You can see the black tracks, train tracks. running down the road.

Here is the other end of the tracks and as you can see, hanging over the edge of the quarry.  You can see how big this is from the diggers at the base of the drop.  Apparently this is for the latest “Mission Impossible” film and no doubt for Tom Cruise to hang off the train as it goes off the cliff!!!!  We do not know when they will be filming here but no doubt it will be whenever we won’t be around!!!!  

Do you ever have one of those days which is all planned out and you get up with the aim of getting that list completed and then it all goes to pot?  Well that is my day today!!!  I was going to get lots done today and nothing has gone right all day.  At least I have tomorrow to try and rectify things.  One thing for sure I WILL NOT sit down at my desk or answer any of my phones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I do hope you lovely lot are having a better day. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx


It has been a busy old week again with work which is great but not a lot else is happening!!!  I think because of the lockdown I am falling into the trap of oh there will be lots of weeks to do things in and yet we know that eventually when things do get back to anywhere near normal it is going to be manic with things!!!!!

Anyway as it is Thursday I thought I would have a look through our photographs for some throw back pictures, they always cheer me up, although it does remind me that I have a few jobs to do with them!!!

The Boys at The British Library in 2005

On the London Eye in 2009

Visiting Churchill’s War Time Bunker 2009

Thought you would like to see Chatsworth Library not at Christmas!!!  This was taken in March 2018

The Boys dressed for Red Nose Day March 2005

Ralphy at Crufts March 2020 just before our first Lockdown!

A view from the cottage in The Highlands in 2016.

I hope you are having a thrilling Thursday.  It is home jobs day today and tomorrow I am actually going out to do the grocery shopping, yeah!!!!!  Saturday I am doing a big family dinner on Saturday night which I will have some pictures for you next week. 

Stay safe you lovely lot. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx.

Then & Now!

So here we have Youngest, Treacle and Eldest in 2010 which was the last time we had real snow as in lots of it!  Youngest was 11, Treacle was 2 and Eldest 15.

Fast forward as by magic eleven years and here we have Youngest, Treacle and Eldest with quite a lot of snow again!!!!!!!!  Youngest is 21, Treacle is 12 and Eldest is 25!

Where did eleven year’s go?  Mind you they are all still as daft as they were when they were all younger if not more so!!  All three came in very wet, very tired but very happy!

Well Treacle was happy until she had to be tried and all the snow/ice balls gotten out of her feet and the snow from her nose!  You all know how much she loves to be dried, NOT!

I am trying hard this week to keep up with ALL my jobs so none of them get behind because I think when I do get behind that’s when things get screwy for me!  Well it’s a plan, you can only try these things!!!!!!!!!

Hopefully this week is going to be a little calmer although I have the dentist on Friday morning which I am not looking forward to and I can’t even go out for lunch afterwards, Hmm!!!!  Hey ho.

Happpy Tuesday everybody!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

A Good Excuse!

Do you know what I hate the most?  When people use a bad situation as an excuse for bad service!!!!! 

I won’t go into all the details but our energy supplier is using the Covid situation as an excuse not to deal with complaints.  When I finally got through to talk to somebody (after 37 minutes on hold!) on Monday the person who answered said she would call me back on Tuesday; I am still waiting!  I called again today and when I finally got through again the woman put me on hold for 15 minutes and said it would be sorted by Monday next – I don’t believe it!  When I asked woman 1 on Monday where she was she said Nottingham.  When I asked woman 2 today she said Leicestershire however both of them had African accents.  When I asked woman 2 about this she said that they do have an African call centre but she wasn’t in it!  When I said that two of them had different answers of where they are in the UK she had no answer!!!!!!!!  I said I wanted to complain and she said she could deal with it; I said no and I wanted to speak to someone in the UK she transferred me to another automated system and after an hour of no answer I hung up, a call which of course I paid for!!!!  GRR,,,,,,,,

It is also like all the articles being written at the moment by journalists who are making the new Lockdown out to be horrendous and ordinary people are giving interviews saying how bad they feel.  I know for some people it can be really hard but at the end of the day we all have to get through this and we need to make the best of the situation.  Continually moaning about it is not helping anyone!

Rant over!!!!!


Anyway as it is Thursday I thought I would show you some pictures from various January’s and a couple from December (!) for #TBT.

The Boys have always liked vehicles of any shape or form and both of them could not wait to be able to drive.  We found a scheme where they could have a first, second, third and fourth drives, building up their skills until they could actually have driving lessons.

Above is Eldest having his First Drive.

Above is Youngest having his First Drive four years later!

Of  course trains were their most favourite of transport, especially the steam trains!  When it included The Hogwarts Express well you can imagine! 

At Great Central Railway on a visit and Thomas was there!

For Youngest’s 7th Birthday we were at Great Central Railway and had lunch on the steam train. 

Eldest who is eleven here and I on the train for lunch.

Youngest and DH.

They loved having lunch on the train so we have been quite a few times since.  In fact as last year was so bad for funds for Great Central Railway they have put on Breakfast trains and we were all going to go in February but if the lockdown continues we won’t be going.  Hopefully they will move the events for when we can all go.

It has been snowing here today but not settling really just very wet and Treacle has had the same response, I don’t want to go out!  Needless to say that she does get sent out because she hasn’t been out for ages!!! 

Tomorrow is home jobs day and at the weekend I am hoping to get some more quilting done.  I think DH and the Boys are busy sorting out the garage and car things again!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

21 Years Young!

Youngest – 21 Years Old This Week!

Now where did that go?!!!!!!

He Was Always Thoughtful!

Even when taking his Thomas The Tank Engine yogurts out of the fridge, hiding under the kitchen chairs and trying each one but then being so tired falling asleep under there!!!! Age 2

Of course you have to have a partner in crime with you at all times!

6th Birthday, Thomas is still favourite!

Me and my Dog!

He always liked to Act! Aged 10

Including “Victoria” When he was 17 And “Doctors” at 18!

He does clean up pretty well though!

First car aged 17

Girlfriends! They get you to do things that well……..!!!!

They are worth it though!

But you ALWAYS still need that Partner in Crime!!!!!

Lockdown Birthday 2020!!!!!!

Who cares it’s Lockdown we can still celebrate at home!!!! As you can see.

Girlfriend’s and my interpretation of a Land Rover Cake!!!!! It took a while and it might look like a Disney “Cars” version of a Land Rover but Youngest loves it! Happy 21st Birthday Youngest – We love you Lots!

Hugs & Big Love from Mom, Dad, Eldest, Girlfriend & Treacle xxxxx


Goodness me it is Thursday already!  Another week almost done and I am racing to catch up with everything again!  No matter how organised I start out the week, I seem to get bogged down by the end of it! 

Anyway, enough of the moaning!  I saw this picture the other day when I was searching for something else!

This was 2001, our old home, Eldest was six and Youngest was 2!  The Race Car walker was originally Eldest’s and he kindly let Youngest use it. They could ride it and push it along with their feet or hold on to the back where Eldest is and walk with it!  It was a great hit with both of them.   Of course when Youngest was riding and Eldest was pushing you can imagine the chaos!

My good friend Susan said she had not realised, only having girls herself, how much boys injured themselves, especially after Youngest’s troubles this week.  Little does she know of the amount of times we have ended up in A&E with one or both of them as they have managed to hurt themselves somehow!!!!  However she did say she is learning as her Grandson has got into a few scrapes!  DH and I had their schools phone number permanently in our phones, as we were always get called about some injury they had managed to do!!!

It is swimming again tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday morning (!) but then we have three days off.  The weather looks to be okay, even though it is cooler, to finish those jobs in the garden.  I got the outside umbrella put away after the nice warm days, which was a good job as it has been raining since!!!!  It really is getting to feel like Autumn here now!!!

I hope you are all having a Thrilling Thursday, Friday tomorrow, Yeah!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Also found this!  This is Youngest when he was 13!  Swimming injury!!!!!!!!!