9/11.

Twenty years ago today I was working at home and Youngest was with me, aged two, and he was watching a Thomas The Tank Engine story on TV when he pointed to the TV saying there was something on the bottom, I had a look and the news was running along the bottom.  I distracted him with some toys and turned the channel over to the news and actually watched the second plane hit.  It was awful to watch and yet I was unable to not watch.  By the time I collected Eldest from school two hours later the towers had come down.  DH was home and we just kept the news on all night. 

I read a book not long after written by four of the wives who had lost their husbands and it was about them coming to terms with their loss and moving forward and it was very powerful.  So today our thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones, for all those who lost loved ones because their jobs were to help those who were there and to everyone around the World who were witnesses to that dreadful day. 

We will not forget

The wives in the book started saying to people they met after a while “Love You, Mean It”  and I think that sums up the takeaway from 9/11.

Hugs & Love, Susie x

Biscuits.

I don’t know if you have ever noticed in this day and age of how things are updated/upgraded and changed every month it seems sometimes, biscuits have not changed ever!!!!

I was filling up our biscuit tin the other day with DH & The Boys favourites when I realised that these were the biscuits I used to eat when I was little and my Grandmother used to buy!!  Obviously I am in the UK and I am sure that wherever you are in the World your biscuits are different but here are the ones which seemed to have transcended time:

Chocolate Digestive Biscuits DH & The Boys favourite!

Rich Tea Biscuits My Favourite

Ginger Nut Biscuits – DH

Malted Milk Biscuits – My favourite when I was little and Treacle loves them!

Bourbon biscuits (no alcohol in them) DH & Youngest loves these

Custard Creams – Everyone loves these

Jammy Dodgers – Eldest’s favourite

I am sure if you showed these pictures to our Grandparents and even Great-Grandparents  they would recognise them!!!! 

When our Boys were little, and still now I suppose, buying biscuits at the supermarket really made me feel like a Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Biscuity Sunday. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xxxx

Oops I Forget August Book Club!

Oh my I forgot to show you the book for August!  I blame it on being on vacation and then getting back and trying to catch up and now we are in September!!!!!  Anyway here it is:

This was written by A.A. Milne of Winnie The Pooh fame.  It is his only mystery book and having finished reading it, it is such a shame he did not write any more.  It is a cross between Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, who is also referenced in the book. 

The House Party are all settled at The Red House with their host, Mark Ablett, when he receives a letter to say his ne’er-do-well Brother, Robert, is coming the next day to visit from Australia.  Meanwhile Anthony Gillingham comes to visit his friend William Beverley who is staying and is one of the House Party.  When Anthony arrives at The Red House he hears a shot and is dragged in to help break into the room from where the sound of the shot came from and  they find a body on the floor which Anthony learns is Robert Ablett from Australia.  However there is no sign of the master of the house Mark.

Anthony takes the roll of self appointed Sherlock with William helping out as Watson and they try and find out what happened and where Mark Ablett has disappeared to.

It is not a long book but it flows along really nicely until the great reveal like Monsieur Poirot does, at the end of the book.  Highly recommend it if you like this type of book.

I will be back very soon with September’s book.

Hugs & Booky Vibes, Susie xx

It’s Friday!

Happy Friday everyone! Made it to the end of the week, work wise it has been one of THOSE weeks!!!!

So as promised ages ago here are some of the projects I finished whilst we were away, I just need to sew the bindings down. 

This is a small quilt which was a block of the month with Kathleen Tracy from her website.  She did the blocks and I put them on point.

I had some of this Autumn fabric left enough to do the back of the quilt.

These are some of the Christmas mats which I have finished and again just need to sew the bindings down. 

The backs fo the mats.

The backs and fronts of two mats and I made these from the squares left over from another project which I still need to sandwich and quilt which I will show you when done.

I have two Christmas projects which I have almost finished and I have just bought some more Christmas fabrice for another project I want to get done for this year. 

Now you just know I had to buy this when I saw it!!!!!  This is a pack with all the fabric in and then I have bought some more of Snoopy on his Dog House and also Snoopy on his sleigh.  I cannot wait for it to arrive and start making with it!!  I cannot decide whether to make some small things or a winter quilt?  What do you think?  

I still have some other projects which need finishing/starting and am hoping to carve out some time to do things. 

The weekend will be getting the garden done and a few other jobs around our home and then it will be done again for a while!!!  We have got to have some of our window glass replaced and they came today to measure up so hopefully it won’t be too long before it will be done, that will be another thing ticked off my list!!!!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to and I will be back on Monday with some more things. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Do You Need Me Mom?  Okay if not I will stay here! (The Leaves are starting to fall!)

The Wednesday Wag.

I had a consultation with my Doctor today and a check up and then would you believe he stuck me with a needle, I mean really!!!!  Whatever he puts in that needle always makes me sleepy for the rest of the day!

Mom says I am sure to be awake though when it is dinner time!!!!  My Doctor says that I am the picture of health and doing really well. 

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We managed to get some work done in the garden over the weekend but not as much as we hoped.  So this coming weekend we are hoping to tackle it.  There are quite a few things which need trimming and some cutting right down so hopefully we can get it done before Autumn really sets in.

Of course today is September 1st and the start of the Autumn months.  Where did summer go?  Our weather has not been good over the last few weeks, grey cloud, not cold, just grey.  We always say it is because the children are on holiday from school and they are due back next week, so we may get a few nice days again in September!!!

We did actually pick some leaves up at the weekend as our cherry tree is starting to drop leaves.  It will soon be dark in the evenings early and it will be getting colder again!!!  I just hope that we will not have any more lockdowns this year!!!  I think that will just tip me, and a lot of other people, over the edge!!!

I know I promised some pictures of the quilting I did over our vacation and will get them out and get some pictures of them, even if the bindings are not sewn down!!!  Hopefully Friday!!

I hope you are having a good Wednesday.  Home jobs tomorrow and I have the dentist first thing on Friday morning, Yuck, only a checkup though, thank goodness.  I think I may just have to go out afterwards!!!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xxx

Oh My It Is Friday!!!

This week has been chaos as always being the first week back from vacation!!!  I have managed to keep up to date with work and getting there with home jobs!  Sometimes I do wonder whether it is worth going away, but of course it is, just when you are in the middle of trying to get things sorted when you get back!!!!

I was scanning around Pinterest the other day and saw this quote.  It is so true I always do this!!!

Saw this on Instagram, I mean Snoopy and Star Trek!!!!  Snoopy would defintely be the Captain!!!

Saw this also on Instagram as a T-Shirt to buy, slightly rude I know but after dealing with a business matter today which has been going on since Tuesday with no one answering my emails and getting no where on the phone, I really could slap them (the business) so that Google would not be able to find them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still got lots of jobs to do but they will get done as it is a long weekend for us in the UK and the weather looks okay too so hopefully the garden will be done.

Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope it is a good one and I will be back Monday with some pictures.

Hugs & Love, Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest & Treacle xx

I am keeping an eye on my Tennis Ball to make sure it doesn’t move!!

#TBT.

Mom, I am back from the Spa and I have been very good, can I have my biscuit now please?

What’s next on the agenda today?

That’s it for the day now, I need a sleep after my busy spa day!

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It is #TBT so I thought I would show you some pictures of the Boys in Scotland over the years as we have just come back from vacation. 

Ah the days when they would smile at the camera!

Prospective Pilots?

Youngest & DH – they do clean up well!

DH & The Boys at Loch Mhor.

Pier Building at Loch Mhor!  They can work together when they want to!!!!!

Today has been a work day and taxing Treacle around and I did all the washing and ironing yesterday and just have the cleaning and grocery shopping to do tomorrow and then we are all set for the weekend.  We are hoping that the weather is going to be okay so we can tidy the garden after our vacation and also start to get it tidy for Autumn. 

I hope you are having a great Thursday. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

The Wednesday Wag.

Summer seems to have disappeared for a bit but it means I am happy in my basket  at the moment!  I am going to have a busy day tomorrow as Mom has booked me in for a spa day as she says I am getting a little wooly again and I need to have a short coat in case it does get very warm again.

I also have an appointment with my Doctors next week for my annual check up and booster injections.  I think I prefer a spa day to visiting my Doctors!!

I am waiting for all my lot to come home and hopefully I will get my dinner as soon as someone comes in, failing which Mom is here!!! 

I hope you are having a good Woofy Wednesday.  I will be back tomorrow to show you my new Aire-Cut! 

Woof, Treacle xx

I have been on patrol today against those blooming squirrels!!

Dare We Say We Are Back To Normal?

Are things starting to feel a little bit like what normal was eighteen months ago?  Our restrictions eased a while ago now and although there are still cases of Covid occuring it does seem to be a lot less.  There are still officials saying that there may be an uptick of cases in Winter but they just don’t know.

I really hope that we won’t be in any more lockdowns this year and hopefully if we do have another issue we can deal with it whilst still doing everything else!!! 

Only seven more days left in August and then that will be summer over with for another year, now where did that go?  I love all the Seasons but Autumn going into Winter I do love a little bit more!!!

Sadly Nottingham Goose Fair has again been cancelled this year due to the numbers who attend.  Over the space of five days 400,000 people come to see the famous fair and as we don’t know what might be happening in October and because you would not be able to socially distance at the Fair, they have cancelled it again.  Everything crossed for next year now as this was where DH and I had our first date and we love to go and is also one of the things I love about Autumn!

If things do start to get cancelled again, I may do a Bonfire Party on November 5th for our family again, like last year so that we have something to look forward to.

Yes I know you will probably hate me for this picture but I have to tell you that there are only four months to go until Christmas!!!  Especially if you need to get on with making presents for those important family members!!!!  Of course there are those super organised people out there who have already made their Christmas presents and no doubt wrapped them already!!!  I am organised but not when it comes to getting things made!!!  I am going to write a list right now!!!! 

I am also hoping that my good friend, Jayne, and I can go Christmas shopping this year in Nottingham, something we have not been able to do for two years now!  Did I tell you that she has retired from work?   Which also means that we will be able to go out and be ladies who lunch a bit more now!, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway I had better sign off now and get on with cooking dinner for my lovely lot who will be coming through the front door very soon.  I hope you have had a great Tuesday, tomorrow is half way through the week!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Couldn’t resist this picture.  That look says, do I really have to have this stupid hat on and have my picture taken?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We Are Back!

Well that vacation went quickly!  DH and I didn’t do a lot, as restrictions had only just eased in Scotland so some things were not open and we also decided we didn’t need to go anywhere!  It was just nice to be away in the peace and quiet.  Here are a few pictures of the view from the cottage and a couple of times we did venture out.

The view from our cottage, it was so quiet and peaceful.

We had a visitor one morning, a Hare.

Going up to the cottage we also had these three visitors, The Famous Grouse!

Various pictures of days out of the mountains, the sea and the local wildflowers.

The Heather was just coming out in all its wonderful purple colour.

We did venture to the outskirts of Inverness to go to Leakey’s Second Hand Bookshop.  As you can see from the two pictures they have lots and lots of books and if you go in the cooler months the wood burner is going and it is great!

The above building is across the road from Leakey’s and was originally Dunbar Hospital.

We headed home on Saturday and it started to rain as we left and never stopped until late into the evening and we were home!  You would never have known it was August by the weather!!!

It was a lovely two weeks but it’s great to be home and see Eldest, Youngest and little Treacle, who had had the best time with her Boys, being treated like a Princess!!!!

This look says, they are back and of course my dinner is late !!!!!!!

We also celebrated Eldest’s Birthday, 26 (!), but he had been at work all day so was happy to have a takeaway at home as he did not finish until 8.30pm!!!! 

Today it is back to work (!) and catch up on all the business work and all the washing and ironing as well.  House jobs at the end of the week as well and possibly gardening if the weather is okay at the weekend!  DH has also. on Saturday, got the first event in over eighteen months so that will be interesting to see how it goes.  We also have a long weekend this coming weekend as it is the last Bank Holiday of the year and we should have been painting our bedroom and dressing room but that is not going to happen now with DH’s event, hey ho it will get done. 

I hope you all have had a good two weeks and I will try and show you some of the things I mananged to get quilted and done whilst I was away, although I do now have quite a lot of bindings to sew to the backs of the quilts!!!!!!!

Have a great week.

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx