The Wednesday Wag.

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Mom got up early to make Dad’s sandwiches so I had been out, fed and I just had to go back to bed this morning, I was so, so tired!!!

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When I did wake up I went upstairs to wait for Eldest to get up, I was barking to try and wake him up which is why the above picture is blurry!!!!

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I decided to be quiet so Mom managed to get a picture!!!

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I then went back to bed, when Mom was downstairs working!!!! 

It has been cool the last few days but I don’t mind being outside at the moment as I have my thick, woolly coat on!!!  Mom has rung my Spa ladies but they are not working at the moment but they have put me on the list for when they get back.  However if it goes on much longer Mom says she may have to buy some clippers.  We are all in the same boat at the moment!!!!!

Youngest and Girlfriend came yesterday to pick up some things so we were all outside at the front on our driveway, being careful to social distance.  I was on my lead but I got to see them and then I was very carefully watching to make sure there were no cats around.  I think they were all in doors social distancing!!!

I hope your week is going well and you are all staying safe. 

Woofy Wags, Treacle xx

Does Anyone Know What is Happening?

No one seems to know what on earth we are all supposed to be doing and if we are going back to work and shops are opening and how it is going to work!!!  I had a call from our Dentist today, as I should have had my six month checkup on Friday, and they are being told that as they have six dentists in the practice they can only have two dentists in at one time, one upstairs and one downstairs so trying to fit all the patients in is getting to be a nightmare, so they have moved mine and the Boys appointments to September.  DH is supposed to go in July and they are leaving that at the moment.

They are still saying that certain places will not be opening, one of them being hairdressers and that is getting to be a problem!!!  I trimmed DH’s hair at the back at the weekend, Eldest is just wearing a baseball cap all the time now and Youngest’s Girlfriend is going to trim his hair with Simon’s (the Horse) his clippers later today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mine is starting to look like the above picture!!!  And don’t get me started on the colour!!!!  Even if we are able to go out to the stores you can guarantee you will meet the one person you don’t want to meet when you hair is looking like this!!!!  I think I will be borrowing one of the Boys baseball caps, so with that, my face mask and my glasses perhaps on one will know who I am!!!!!  We will all be like the film stars now when we go out!!!!!

The Boys companies have got a plan of how to get back to work, but are not sure if it is going to work so it will definitely be trial and error!!!  DH and I are still working as far as we can and keeping things ticking over!!!!

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Anyway as part of my list making and organising this week,  I can show you some quilty things!!!  I know, I know don’t faint!  A Quilting Blog with some quilting on it!!!!!!

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This is a King size bed quilt which I need to sew the last row onto, put the borders on and then it can be sandwiched and quilted.  It is going to be a challenge to quilt it on my machine so I may hang fire on that at the moment.  It is not needed just now.

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You will have seen these already on my blog and I made this one but never got it binded.

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I made four more and they just need quilting and binding. 

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The above was Kathleen Tracy’s (A Sentimental Quilter) sew along last year (!)  I did finish all the blocks and got the top sewn together last August and then it did not get sandwiched and finished, so that is what needs doing.  I chose the woodland Autumn fabric for the back as there is a lot of white on the front. 

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Above was a kit I bought at the Festival of Quilts a few years ago and I had not gotten around to making it up.  Again I did this last August and just not sandwiched and quilted it so that is the next job. 

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I bought the above material as another kit at The Festival of Quilts, as I loved the mutued pinks.  I just need to find the right pattern.

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Which I did from the Moda Bake Shop.  I love Pinwheels so thought this would be good to make up with the pinks. 

DH’s Cousin has sent me some of her son’s clothes as she would like a Memory Quilt made from them.  I cannot start this at the moment as I need some backing and I really want to get the above projects done before I start on that.  She is not in a hurry for them and she has just had her second, a little girl, so she will be sending me her clothes as she grows out of them to make a memory quilt for her too.  I asked my very good friend, FarmQuilter, for advice as I have never made one of these before and she came through for me with lots of advice on how to make one, so thank you so much.

I will show you how I get on as we go!!!!

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I have had some more new Followers joining me on this blogging journey, so you are very Welcome and thank you for Following and I hope you find some fun, friendship and info here.

I hope you are all having a Thrilling Tuesday and stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Monday.

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Happy Mother’s Day

To All My Followers in USA/Canada/Australia/New Zeland

I know it was yesterday but the weekend sort of passed in a blur of non-activity!!!!  I hope you all had a lovely day even in this weird reality!!  Our Mother’s Day is in March and I really do think we should move it to May when the weather is better!!!

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Saturday was lovely and warm so we got some gardening done and DH and Eldest did some work in the garage. Sunday there was a ten degree drop in temperature and it was very windy and lots of rain!!!!  Here are some pictures of the garden.

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The above picture we said looked like it could have been in the Mediterranean, in fact I think it was as warm as the Med on Saturday!!!

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Treacle busy helping DH and Eldest with the gardening!!  Or should I say trying to bite the rake when DH was using it!!!

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We cleared this area after trimming some of the bushes which had over grown as we did not trim them for a couple of years!!!

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DH and Eldest had also sorted out some of the spare wood we had left after a few jobs and someone pinched a piece!!!!!

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Girlfriend’s Pugs, Ralphy & Dotty,  were just chilling on Saturday in their pool!!!!!!!

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I think I actually hit the wall yesterday.  Having got lots done over the previous seven weeks and all the jobs on my list done it was sort of “what do I do now?” so instead of getting on with several other things I could have done, I watched Netflix!!!!!! 

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I like Netflix as I can watch different series, especially when I am ironing.  I have just started watching “Suits”, not because the Duchess of Sussex is in it, but I had been told it was a good series and had missed it when it was on before.  It is good and I like the characters so it is keeping me entertained.  As well as they fact that I was a Legal Secretary for ten years may have something to do with it.  If you have seen the show then you will know that Donna is Harvey’s Secretary and I can tell you that the real legal secretary’s job is very like it is on the show!!!!!!

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Our Prime Minister spoke to the Nation last night about how we are going to move from Lockdown to getting back to the new normal but really no news.  The main thing is to avoid a second spike and to go back into Lockdown so it will really be trial and error as we go.  We think our Boys will be going back to work soon and their companies have put plans into place but again it will be a trial and error basis.  I think I will just stay put, as before the Lockdown if you don’t have to do it, then don’t!!!!  We shall see.

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I am writing some lists for this week to avoid what happened at the weekend and get me back on track.  DH asked what the next jobs were at home and that is painting rooms!!!!  Once we can get paint of course.  We need to do our hall, stairs and landing, dining room and sitting room inside.  Outside we have our shed and den to wood stain and also do the outside furniture and our front and back doors also need doing.  I am sure if it continues to be the same for the next few months we can get it done!!!

I hope everyone is doing okay and as we move from safety to the unknown please stay safe.  Have a good week.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

VE Day 2020.

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75 years ago Britian celebrated the end of the War in Europe on May 8th 1945.  After six years of fighting, rationing, the bombings and millions who lost their lives the War in Europe was over.  The current situation is a juxtaposition with then and it seems quite appropriate that we should be celebrating this whilst in Lockdown!

Our families were very much involved with WWII, my Father was an aircraft engineer in the RAF and DH’s father was a member of the Royal Engineers.  My Grandfather was in a reserved occupation so was an air raid warden during the War and DH’s Grandfather was also in a reserved occupation, he was a gentleman farmer, so he became a Policeman.  

My Dad was actually in India and Burma so was actually still fighting when May 8th occurred and his service did not end until VJ Day on August 15th 1945. 

We should have been having celebrations around the country and DH was due to commentate on them locally but of course they have all been cancelled due to the current situation.  However they are talking about doing something later in the year depending upon how things go!

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Our families were very lucky in that they came home but so many did not and it is their sacrifice that means we are free today. 

For the Fallen

By Laurence Binyon

 
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal 
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; 
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound, 
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, 
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, 
To the end, to the end, they remain. 
(First Published in The London Times 1914)
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As we remember those that fell during WWII, and WWI, we also remember all those who have fallen since in modern conflicts around the World.  Also to all those serving in the various services now. who are busy helping with the current situation.  Thank You.
Stay safe.
Hugs & Love Susie xx
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Susie’s Friday Book Club.

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Anyone who reads my Book Club suggestions knows that I am a huge fan of the late Mr Cussler.  I particularly like the Oregon Files series of which this is his latest. 

Juan Cabrillo and his team are tasked with rescuing three CIA agents in Southern America before their covers are blown, which seems a simple mission, but all three go wrong almost from the start.  Also in the same area a covert CIA operation is also taking place when it is attacked by what looks like a tramp freighter, however it has hidden features and destroys the CIA ship.  Why has Cabrillo and the Corporation turned on their own? 

It is another fantastic ride with the action continuing on each page until the end but will the Corporation survive?

Another great story from the master of action and I will be interested to see if Boyd Morrison will be allowed to continue to write the stories now Mr Cussler has passed. 

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Doing Book Club today (yes I do know it is Thursday even if we are in Lockdown!) as tomorrow is VE Day 75 and I have done a special post about that. 

We are hearing things about the Lockdown being eased although they still seem to be indicating that it could be on for another three weeks.  Our Boys have had emails from their companies with how they think it will work once they are back but I do think it will be trial and error with this until we find a workable solution to all of it.

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I did see in the paper today where a Dutch restaurant have erected small green houses outside for two or three people and they are delivering the food on a long wooden paddle.  The staff are wearing gloves and face shields but it does look like a cute idea to get around the social distancing.  Obviously takes up a lot of room as well but it is latteral thinking.  (picture credit: The Daily Telegraph uk)

I hope your Thursday is going okay and have a great weekend, stay safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.

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It’s another sunny warm day here in Derbyshire and I have been making the most of it on Mom and Dad’s bed.  It was cool first thing so I was on the bed but as it warmed up I moved outside!!!

Mom worked this morning but this afternoon she has been baking!!  A new loaf, her orange cake and some rock cakes which were Granddad’s favourite!!!

 

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Above, all cooling on the top.

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Orange Loaf Cake.

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White loaf of bread, freshly baked today!

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Rock cakes, just the right size for me!!!!

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I got to help with the clean up!!

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Although after I had licked the spoon a bit I started to chew the spoon!!!! Mom then put it in the dishwasher!!!

Mom has been doing a lot of cooking in the kitchen whilst we have all been at home and she made this for dinner last night.

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Cottage pie!  She then spread Red Leicester cheese over the top!!!  I haven’t had any yet but there are leftovers!!!!

I am hoping to get a Rock cake after my dinner! 

Happy Woofy Wednesday and stay safe.  Treacle xx

Tuesday!

Treacle had a lovely day yesterday and she was very tired by the time we went to bed!!!  We face timed Youngest when she opened her presents!!! 

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She had a new soft toy from Mungo & Maud, along with some of their organic biscuit bones and four tennis balls!!!  She will get some more presents from Youngest when this is all over!!! 

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Waiting for a biscuit!

One thing I bought for my Jeep was a new carrier for the back seat.  Treacle is having difficulty jumping into the back now and I can pick her up but she is not too happy with that.  However she can still get into the back seat of my Jeep as it is lower so I bought this hanger (below).  It is held in place by the headrests and handles so it is like a cradle but there is a mesh at the front between the two front seats so she can see us driving.  We will give it a try and we are allowed out!!!!

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Girlfriend sent me the above picture the other day of Youngest with Simon!  As you can see he is very keen on Youngest!!! 

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Our garden is changing by the day and as you can see is very green at the moment. I have put some seeds into my herb garden where the little pegs are and hopefully they will grow. 

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I have tried to grow some seeds for my pots for the summer but at the moment they have not appeared!!  I think, when the garden centres are open again, I will get some plants for the pots for summer.  I have bought some plants to put in where we have cleared some of the trees.  I also want to take some cuttings when I can in the summer of our existing plants so we can plant some more. 

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We are due for some warm weather again later this week and then a few days of it being cool which does help the garden and I have been watering when it is very dry.  We have a pond in an old Whiskey barrel which we have had since we moved into our home but it needs cleaning out.  We don’t want to do this yet until we are able to get to the garden centre to buy some new plants for it and get a couple of gold fish.  We did have one gold fish in there for years and he eventually passed with old age. He was a gold fish when he started but by the end was very white!!!  We did have two originally but the one which was left was never happy with a companion so in the end we left him on his own!!!

That is the last project we have to do at home, as well as keeping everything neat and tidy in our home/garage/garden/cars!!!!!  DH and Eldest did the attic at the weekend and they have made a fantastic job of it.  Woe betide anyone who makes a mess of it, or the garage, or our home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are keeping our work ticking over but obviously things are slower than they were and it will be interesting to see how things shake out when we get back to whatever new normal we will be living when the Lockdown is lifted.  I think, as we have orders and work which is just delayed, things will get back to where we were before we stopped but I think this time in the recession to come restaurants, cafes, cinemas etc are going to be the ones to find it hard whereas before they all seemed to still be okay whereas manufacturing suffered. 

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Swimming is a particular conundrum.  How do we get the swimmers back swimming but social distance them from each other?  How do we manage the parents dropping off and picking up with social distancing in mind and then how do we cope with looking after the swimmers by the Committee whilst they are with us, ie more people needed for the welfare and yet we have to social distance too!  I think we are going to have to wait and see how the schools deal with it before we can do anything.  We have been told that there will be no competitions until the swimmers have been back and training for six weeks, but if we have to halve the swimmers times that will then mean twelve weeks and don’t get me started on the new risk assessments, which I will have to completely re-do!!!!!  Also they are talking about competitions with no spectators which may work for F1 and football matches but I don’t think will work with swimming!!!  Who knows!!!!!

I hope you are having a good Tuesday and will have a great week. 

Stay Safe.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx