Category Archives: The Boys

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

Arctic Thursday!

Today is like the Arctic here and the heating has gone on again!!!  Of course I knew this would happen as Treacle has had her haircut!!!!  She has spent most of the day curled up on Youngest’s bed and everytime I saw her, she was scowling at me!!!!

Here is the picture for TBT of Eldest and Youngest ten years ago, aged 11 and 7 at Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.  As you can see the weather is sunny but cool but not as cold as today!!!!  I love these two to bits!

I have spent the day at my desk and tomorrow I have house jobs to do and a basket of ironing and hopefully get some quilting done as well.

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday

Hugs, Susie x

New Phone!

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My mobile phone was one of these and it worked fine.  I use it obviously a lot for work and being a Blackberry it did not have all the social media apps on as we don’t use them and it was great then it decided to stop charging properly and of course, in this day and age, nothing can be repaired, so I have had to have a new phone.

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So now I have one of these!  Oh boy is it different and DH has upgraded his Blackberry Passport to a new Sony, different to mine, and we had to spend a few hours on Sunday setting them up.  The only thing we didn’t go through was how to answer the phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Mine rang yesterday, fortunately it was DH and I had no clue how to answer it!  I finally worked it out but it was one of those “Oh good grief” moments!!!!!

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Do you think we all use our phones too much?  DH and the Boys get very cross with me as I put it down in the house and then leave it there and forget about it, they get quite irate when they are calling or texting me and I don’t answer.  I think I am going to teach Treacle how to face time and she can answer my phone for me!!!!!!!

I must admit that I do sometimes think back to when I was small and you had a house phone and that was it and people could only get hold of you at home.  Of course to the Boys this is just horrendous.  Of course during the 1970’s we had to cope with the three day week and electricity strikes where the electricity would go off in the evening for several hours.  I cannot imagine today’s children coping with no phones, computers or anything else which needs charging!!!!  When the Boys ask about what we did, my family read books by candle light and stayed warm by a real fire, to them it seems per-historic!!!!!!!!!!

How is your Tuesdays going?

Hugs, Susie x

Monday Musings!

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It was a busy weekend for all but Youngest did well in the Club competition on Saturday night being in the winning relay team and the Club came first.  Sunday he was entered in two events and got a medal for third and a PB and fourth in his second event, so he was pleased.  Saturday Fliss, Lee and Evalyn came for the day and it was great to see them.

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I have now got to work on one of these for a while!!!  From the age of 4 to the age of 16 I did ballet and several times I dislocated both knees and at the time they went back no problem and I carried on.  However now I am older (!) I have to be careful what I do as they can hurt which is why I have been doing Pilates.  Any hoo the last three months of last year I ended up hurting my knees and since then I have had quite a bit of hip pain in my right side, so I have been seeing a Physio.  Today she recommended that I get a balance ball and has given me a few exercises to do to try and ease the pain!!!  My biggest problem?  Will be keeping Treacle away from it!!!!!!

The weather has been quite nice here today and quite Spring like so hopefully this will continue.

erewash-20130328-00021Treacle spent the weekend either in the sewing with me or on our bed snoozing, she loves lazy Sundays!!!!

Still getting through the quilts and have now finished the top for the second baby quilt and I have got the backing cut out, I just need to sandwich and pin it and then get on with the quilting.  This baby is due at the end of March so hopefully it will be all done and wrapped before then.  I have my other super secret quilt to cut out and piece but again this is not big so should go together quickly.  Once that it is done and quilted I will then quilt Youngest’s which is already sandwiched and pinned!  Getting through things which is good.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

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What a Weekend!

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It was a busy weekend for us, as always, but I did get to watch this match on Sunday morning!  Frankly I think these two are the best Sportsmen in the World and I think there are a lot of others who could take a leaf out of their book (including Andy Murray!).  I loved that Roger said he wished they could have drawn as they really both did deserve to win!

DH and Youngest were in London on Friday for work and did not get back until late and then Saturday he was training first thing in the morning and then Saturday evening Youngest was competing for the Club and they came third.  Sunday, all day, DH was out as President of County swimming at a local event.  I fitted in house jobs and washing and ironing.

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DH and Youngest did do one job for me though on Saturday between swimming things; they bathed Treacle!  You know the film “Dances with Wolves” well Treacle was “Walk with stinks”!!!!!!!  So because she had been bathed everything of hers, two beds, three towels, teddy and her collar, were all washed!!!!!!    She smells sooooooooo much better.

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If I get to design my own house one day, this above will be definitely a necessity!  I think it is such a great idea!  Our very good friend, Farm Quilter, is able to bathe Tara in the sink as she is little but of course Treacle has to go in the bath.  You end up having a bath almost with her and then the bathroom needs a thorough clean afterwards!!!!!!  It is worth it though!

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DH is away again this week on business in Scotland (I can’t go unfortunately!) and then next weekend he is announcing for the local Chinese New Year Event on Saturday evening.  However the rest of the weekend we are doing nothing, yeah!!!!

I hope you are having a Happy Monday!

Hugs, Susie x


Clean dog, clean bed, clean basket oh for all of five minutes!!!!!!!!

Thursday’s Things!

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It is funny how some sports get all the attention and news and others seem to just disappear into the news.  This picture is of Sam Sunderland who is British and has just won the Dakar on two wheels.  Nothing unusual about that except he is the first Brit to win any of the classes in the Dakar!  So many congratulations to Sam!Image result for DjokovicHuge disappoint that Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of the Australian Open.  As you may know I am not a fan of Andy Murray and he is now being tipped to win after Novak’s defeat!  However there are still some of the best players in the draw which may stop him winning!  Sorry if you are Murray fans!!!!!!

Treacle has been forgiven by her Daddy for pinching his biscuit!!!!!

I have house jobs to do today having managed to get my work done this morning.  It is so nice to be in a routine again.  I did get a bit more of Eldest’s quilt done and am hoping to get it finished at the weekend and then just need to add the binding.

Throwback Thursday!

For Throwback Thursday I found some amazing pictures when I was sorting out pictures on the computer.


Eldest and Youngest in their first tree house, without a tree!  They loved it.


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This is Eldest and Youngest with Eldest’s best friend James and his sister Emily.  Their Mom, Jayne, is one of my best friends.  We used to spend time together when it was the children’s holidays from school.  Eldest and James were in the same year and Youngest and Emily are the same age but in different school years.  James is now 21 and Emily is 17!  I love this picture and brings back some very happy memories.

I hope you are having a Happy Thursday.

Hugs, Susie x

Monday Again!

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Oh it’s Monday again!  Saturday we got lots of things done and got up to date with house jobs and I am up to date with my work!  Miracle of Miracles!!!!!  

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Yesterday DH, Youngest and I left home at 6.00am to get to the swimming pool for the swimming open.  300 eager swimmers began to arrive by 7.00am, some having stayed overnight at one of the local hotels, with their parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles and anyone else!  DH was commentating all day, Youngest was organising the swimmers for each race and I was in Event Control with the recording equipment!  It was a very, very long day with quite a few problems especially with one person and with a few issues with parents and one coach!  It is a shame that the whole day which was a success for the majority and helped by so many giving their time that a few can create such problems!  One of our parents gave me a lift home and I walked back in at 6.30pm and Treacle was extremely pleased to see me, which made up for all the rest!!!!!  DH and Youngest got back an hour later having stayed to break down the sound equipment.

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The sky has been this colour today and Treacle has had to be persuaded to go out between the rain showers, she was not happy!!!!!  They are saying at the end of the week we may get snow but not very likely in our part of the country!!!!  I have been at my desk all day working and Treacle has been quite happy in her basket and the heating is on.  It does not take a lot to please Treacle!!!!!!!

This week is another busy week with work and I have some other things I need to get done as well.  Like before Christmas I could do with another few hours in each day!!!!  Some good news Youngest has passed his Level 1 Coaching course for swimming so he is really pleased and we are so proud of him.

I hope your Monday is going well and a great week, even if the weather is not co-operating.

Hugs, Susie x



img_0277For Throw Back Thursday and as I was sorting out pictures on the computer and we are getting near Halloween. here are my two monsters ready for Trick or Treating!  Now I think it could be said that this was their own handy work at sorting out the costumes, so we have a devil in a spooky cape (!) and Darth Vader with mittens!  img_0282

Also Bonfire Night is coming up soon as well and here they are with sparklers in the garden when we were letting fireworks off!  Both the pictures are eleven years ago now and although that doesn’t sound like a long time ago they both look so different now, amazing what happens in eleven years.

I hope you are having a thrilling Thursday, Friday tomorrow!

Hugs, Susie xx