2020 Oh What A Start!

We had a rocky start to 2020 and sorry for no posts!!!  New Year’s Eve we were at a friends home for dinner and to celebrate New Year and it was a lovely evening.  The Boys were both busy with their Ladies but we all got together on New Year’s Day! 

On the Saturday and Sunday following New Year it was the swimming club’s Open and there had been traumas about whether it would happen as someone on the staff on Christmas Eve had left the drain open and the pool had emptied all the water!  This may now sound like a big issue until I tell you that it takes a week to fill and then several days for the levels to be sorted and for it to heat!  Anyway the Leisure Centre managed it and we were there for the events.  However DH was not well and the gland which came up a year ago when we were on holiday was swollen again.

By the Monday morning he looked like he had three of Treacle’s tennis balls around his neck!  We got him into the Doctors who said it was an infection and gave him medicine.  He then had to go back in the evening to have his neck dressed!!!  Tuesday Treacle was ill!  She went to her Doctors and there was a bug going around in the dog and cat population so she had tablets!  Eldest is still off with his shoulder and is at the Hospital today for an MRI! Now DH has a cold! 

We also managed to go down from five cars to none as DH was at work, Eldest’s car needed some repairs and an MOT, Youngest car also needed some repairs so he had mine and Girlfriend had hers so I was left without transport for two weeks!

I am REALLY hoping that this is not going to be the trend for this year!!!!!

Anyway here are some more pictures of Christmas. 


Girlfriend & Youngest Christmas morning!


Treacle Christmas morning.


Fiancé and Eldest Christmas afternoon.


Any more Presents Mom?




My very good friend Susan in Washington sent us some wonderful gifts.  Here is Treacle with her new lead made by Susan’s Daughter.  It is nice and long and glows in the dark too. 


Susan also sent me some lovely quilty gifts and this wonderful calendar for the year and Tom some very useful torches for his Truck.


A new bag and planner.


A Christmas Dreamcatcher


Some wonderful quilting things.  The tray is magnet and will help me from constantly dropping pins.


She also made me this wonderful table runner which is now in our dining room.


We also received some wonderful gifts from Sue and Molly in New York.


As you know Treacle loves opening presents.


Sue and Molly know how much we love Snoopy and sent Treacle a lovely new Snoopy Collar.


She also sent Treacle a softy Snoopy which she loves.  I was hard pushed to give it to her but I do have a cuddly Snoopy too.  Treacle loves her new softy.


Sue and Molly also sent Treacle some of Molly’s favourite treats and this wonderful woolly of an Airedale running.  Sue does some wonderful work and it is now next to the mat she made for me with an Airedale on that too.


I also got some lovely chocolates.


I have sent emails to Susan and Sue & Molly to thank them so much for my wonderful gifts.  We all had a really lovely Chirstmas & New Year.

I also know I did not get around to doing Book Club last week so will try and sort that out for tomorrow.  Friday DH, Youngest, Girlfriend and I are off to London for the weekend so more pictures next week.  Eldest decided to stay at home and look after Treacle for us.   

I hope your start to January was a little easier than mine!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

Friday Quilty Things.

Now that all the Christmas presents have been gifted and opened I am able to show you what I have made for various wonderful people in my life!!!

I was in such a rush to get these two table runners away to these wonderful ladies who are in the USA that I forgot to take pictures!!!!!  Thank you ladies for putting pictures on your Blogs!!!!


This is Sue and Molly’s Table Runner, Molly very ably showing it off!


This table runner was for Susan.


This small quilt was for DH’s lovely cousin, Judy.


The back of the quilt above and the one below.


This quilt was for DH’s other lovely cousin, Elaine, sister to Judy.


I made these Mug Rugs for Girlfriend’s Mom.


Finally a Baby Quilt for DH’s cousin Elaine her daughter who had a little girl, Jessy, on December 3rd, the day after Youngest’s Birthday!!!


The back of the quilt which went really well with the colours on the front!

I also got DH and the Boys Christmas mats done for their stockings as well!!!  It was great fun doing all these projects for Christmas and another baby quilt.  I am in the process of sorting out my sewing things and am now back sewing on my work desk and will show you when I have sorted things out. 

I had some wonderful presents from DH and the Boys and from Sue and Susan in the US and will show you those over the weekend. 

Happy Friday you Lovely Lot.

Hugs, Susie xx


The Decade.


I had not really thought about we were starting a new Decade until it was all over the news and Instagram of course!!!!  To me it was just another New Year. However I have looked through our photographs from 2010 to 2019 and realised how much has happened in this Decade!!! 

The Boys started the Decade  Eldest becoming fifteen and Youngest eleven and 2019 celebrating being twenty four and twenty!!!!  Their changes have been huge; finishing school and moving on to training for both of them for their jobs and working for the companies they really wanted to!  Learning to drive and getting their first cars (!); Acting for both of them Eldest in the film “Testament of Youth” and Youngest in “Victoria”; Going on holiday with DH and I to Girlfriends coming along too!  From swimming five days a week for both of them and then both being Captain of the Swimming Club, first Eldest and then Youngest taking over from him!  Being in Scouts; playing the piano, doing exams and generally growing up!

DH and I celebrating our Twenty Fifth and Thirtieth Wedding Anniversaries; Visiting the USA in 2010 with our Boys, a wonderful holiday and also visiting The Highlands, Scotland and London for other holidays. 

Work to say the least has not been the easiest of Decades with the global recession and engineering in particular but 2018/2019 did see an improvement which we are really hoping will continue into this Decade!!!!

People always say the years go by too quickly but I always say if you look back and see what you actually did during the year, it has flown by because you have been so active and crammed so much into the year.  Having looked back on this last Decade I cannot believe what we have done, seen and got up to.  It also really makes me appreciate my wonderful family, DH, Eldest, Youngest and Treacle. 

I hope the New Year and next Decade is very happy for all my family, friends and followers.

Hugs & Love

Susie xxxx


Just a few of the pictures over the last Decade!!!!  I could have added hundreds more but decided to stop with these!!!!

Happy 2020!

Christmas Eve.

It’s Christmas Eve!



New addition to the decorations, it kind of looks Treacle-ish!!!!


Family presents around the tree, sort of!!!



Christmas Mice, new additions this year.


Family Christmas cards.


The Book Shelves.



Our Christmas Cake


The Infamous Chocolate Log – Treacle ate one very like this a few years ago and amazingly she was not ill!!!!

Here we are on the Eve of the Big Day and all the plans, hard work and worrying are done now!!!  Just got to make sure Christmas Dinner is cooked and on the table hot and it is a success.  I hope you have all got to today without too much worry and strife and have the most wonderful of Christmas times.

Hugs, Susie & Crew xx