Oh Good Grief!!!

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I get between 60 and 70 emails a day being work or private and I came down first thing this morning and started to sort them, the first one however was “Welcome to Christmas”!!!!!!  IT’S ONLY JUST OCTOBER!!!!!!!

I know the retailers have had a hard few months but I don’t think sending out Christmas emails just yet will encourage us to spend. Anyway I think most sensible people will just buy what they are going to buy for Christmas and that’s it, whether they spend it now or nearer to the Big Day!  I usually start in November and I already know what I am getting everyone, which I think makes it a lot easier.  I have arranged to go Christmas shopping with my good friend Jayne on November 20th and that will be it, besides the things I need to buy over the internet.  I do love seeing all the shop displays and the lights.

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Also DH and I are going down to London on November 16th to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary so we will probably do some Christmas shopping then.  I am really hoping that they have the Christmas lights switched on down there by then too. 

When we celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary we did the whole of November, Friday and Saturday evenings going out and doing different things and I decided we should do that again ten years later.  So much better than buying gifts.  I have arranged to for a Twilight visit to Chatsworth House to see their Christmas displays on November 23rd, we will also go to the cinema, which was our second date, and go out for dinner in Nottingham, our home town, and a few other things which I can’t mention here as himself reads my blog!!!!!!  Really looking forward to it!

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This is my job this afternoon!  Youngest came back from a visit to see Girlfriend with a huge pile of washing, DH seems to have worn a shirt for work and a shirt in the evening every day so that’s about 10 to iron (!) fortunately Treacle’s beds do not need ironing!!!!

DH is out tonight at two meetings, one early on and then a swimming meeting later, so it will be a quick dinner this evening and I can then finish the baby quilt.  The baby will be here before I know it!!!!  I then need to move on to my Christmas projects!

Have a Terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

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I know, I couldn’t resist adding this picture!  It’s not Christmasy per se but I just love the snow and lights, tee hee!!!!!!

October!

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Good Morning everyone and Happy October!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  DH and I were busy Friday evening with a few bits of work/swimming etc and then he and Youngest went coaching on Saturday morning, before dropping Youngest at the train station.

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We went to the Ploughing Match which was mostly completed by the time we got there but there were still a lot of tractors, horses and steam engines around.

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The steam engine at our end winding the plough down the furrow.

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Here are the men moving the plough to the next furrow.

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Off it goes.

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A very gentle way of ploughing!

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We got there in time to see the carriage driving in the main arena, so we found a hay bale to sit on and had some lunch and watched the different classes.

Next in the ring were the Rockwood Dog Training School display team.  All the dogs are rescues and go to the school to help overcome various issues and do the agility as part of that process.  They were great fun to watch.

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This year it is 100 years of the end of World War I, or The Great War, and there are quite a few celebrations happening around the country leading up to Remembrance Sunday on November 11th.  Here there was a display of how the Cavalry and Infantry would have looked in WWI and also a replica tank.

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WWI replica tank Deborah II coming into the Arena.

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The Cavalry getting ready to charge.

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The Cavalry Officer in charge with the Infantry.  This gentleman was not only riding and taking part but also commentated on every aspect during the whole presentation!

After this DH and I walked round the exhibits and the animal & produce shows.

We had a great day and the weather was amazing, bright sunshine with a breeze and a little warmth. 

In the evening it was our friends 50th Anniversary party and another lovely evening celebrating with them.  The band was good too.

Yesterday the weather was cloudy but cool so DH and I got the final jobs done in the garden before Winter, so it has been “put-to-bed”!!!!  Just need to do some sorting out of the little bit of front garden we have, trimming a few of the plants and then it is all done!!!  We have been so lucky with the weather this year and having planned what to do managed to get it all done.  I must say it looks great and I will show you some pictures tomorrow. 

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Treacle was busy helping all day yesterday and is now snoozing in her basket next to my desk!!  Too much fresh air for her!!!!!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Susie xx

It’s Friday, Thank Goodness!

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It has been a very strange week, this week.  Youngest got himself a part-time job to fit in with his studies etc and it was working between 3.00am and 7.00am filling the vans for UPS for that day’s deliveries!!!  He has always, as has Eldest, been very good about getting up in the morning and they were never late for school as they were always up and bouncing about.  However I thought that getting up at 2.00am everyday would be a strain so I was setting my alarm for 2.00am just to make sure he was up!!!! 

He did get up but it was getting a little later as the week went on and by Thursday he and I were about on our knees!!!!  Needless to say he has decided it is not the right job for him and has left!!!  Both he and I then, of course, slept in this morning as we were both shattered!!!  DH was also away on Wednesday night for work and I never sleep well when he is not home, even with snuggle bugs Treacle on the bed!!!

I popped out today to get some flowers for our friends tomorrow and their 50th.  They are having a party in the Village Hall with a band and for supper it is fish and chips!!  So much nicer on cold evenings than a buffet and what a great idea.  I will get pictures!!!  Also did the grocery shopping and got back in time for lunch with Youngest and then managed to catch up with my work.  I am determined I am not going to get behind, it is just too much then to catch up on.

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Youngest is coaching tomorrow morning between 7.00am and 9.00am (definitely better times!) and DH is going with him to help with the swimmers and then we are taking Youngest to the train station so he can go and visit Girlfriend at her Uni and then DH and I are going to the Ploughing Match in Southwell, not far from his childhood home.  There are always exhibits from how they used to plough with the heavy horses as above and of course the modern version with tractors.  It is great fun watching the tractors race across the fields ploughing but in a race.  Again I will get pictures.

The weather is set fair for the weekend with warmer temperatures tomorrow and cooler on Sunday which will be ideal to get in the garden and start getting it ready for winter. 

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I have also had, in the last couple of weeks, some new Followers so Welcome along for the ride (!), thank you for following me and I hope you enjoy this journey we are on.

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This is Treacle today, soaking up the Indian Summer rays!

I hope you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend, whatever you are up to.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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#TBT.

For #TBT today here are the Boys from fifteen years ago, 2003, in the garden in September.  When I look at the planting in the pictures and compare it to now, it has really grown!!!

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Eldest aged Eight.

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Youngest aged Four.

Oh to go back to then. 

Half of my Baby quilt is quilted, just need to get the other half done and then the binding sewn on.  I also sorted out my sewing room.  I don’t know if you remember but Youngest gave me this (below) a couple of Christmas’s ago and I have kept it like this as I loved it so much, but decided that I should now open it and put things in my sewing room.  The scissors are great.

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Today was house job day and I got my work done too, its amazing how much you can get done in a day by getting up at 4.00am!!!  DH was away again and I couldn’t sleep, so got my work done in the wee small hours and then started the cleaning after breakfast!!!  Treacle was just confused!!! 

Today has been another glorious, one last gasp at summer, day with warm temperatures.  Treacle has been making the most of it outside on the patio again.

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.

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Good Afternoon everyone and welcome to our Indian Summer we are having in a very sunny Derbyshire today!

As it is so lovely today I will show you a little bit of my most excellent garden.  Mom and Dad think it’s their garden but really it is alllllllll  mine!

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If you look over to the right you will see how lovely the plants are looking in this wonderful sunshine.

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I am loving the late summer look.

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If you look up you will see just how blue the sky is today.

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Not a cloud in the sky.

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I hope you enjoyed that lovely warm tour today and thank you for using “Treacle View©”!

Woof, Treacle x

Autumn Tuesday!

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Our trees are starting to turn as Autumn continues its march towards Winter.  However tomorrow and Thursday it is due to be 20°C again although falling to 3°C at night!  The last few days have been very chilly but I have resisted turning our heat on because of the next two days!!!  However if it continues to be cool then I will be putting the heat on!!!!

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Treacle has taken to curling up in her basket very small as she had her fur cut last week and its gone cold!  It always happens!!!

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Speaking of weather they have forecast, at the moment, for us to have a very hard Winter with lots of snow like 2010 when this picture was taken.  We had not had this amount of snow in a long while and you can see how deep it was and this was just the amount of snow which had fallen overnight!!!  They have also forecast a White Christmas but the weather people are notorious for getting the forecasts wrong so we shall see!!!!

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Like this past weekend when they forecast heavy rain for the whole weekend, so DH and I planned on doing jobs inside all weekend, and yet it was quite nice!!!!  We still did the indoor jobs just to get them done, especially before October as every weekend in October has a swimming or compering event on, in fact we don’t have any weekends free at all.  So looking forward to November!  I know you are not supposed to wish time away but I just know it is going to be manic!!! 

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Speaking of Christmas, or were we?  Well they are getting things into the shops for Christmas already!!!  Anyway I have arranged to go with my good friend, Jayne, Christmas shopping in November.  I don’t know how much shopping we will get done but it is a great excuse for a day out in Nottingham and to have lunch and even if we don’t spend much we get to see all the Christmas displays which is always great.  Can’t wait.

I am doing quite well at the moment keeping up to date with my work and house jobs etc and I do think that makes things easier for me.  I have started on the second baby quilt getting it quilted and hope to finish it by the end of this week.  This coming weekend on Saturday day time DH and I are hoping to go to a ploughing match over in Nottinghamshire, near to where DH was born and if the weather is kind I will get some pictures.  Saturday evening it’s our Friends 50th Anniversary Dinner which we are looking forward to.  Sunday we will be doing a little bit more in the garden if the weather is kind. 

DH had his tooth fixed on Friday but it is still sore, the Dentist said it will be for another week or so but hopefully he will not need any more visits or treatment.  The Dentist is still not sure what happened but hopes that he has fixed it now!!!!! 

We have a few birthdays coming up in October too, DH being one of them at the end of the month but as we are away for our Anniversary at the beginning of November I think he will wait for his presents then!!!  It is always a very busy few months in the run up to Christmas which is why by the time I get to Christmas Day I feel as if I have run a marathon!!!  Hey ho!

I hope you are having a great week, whatever you lovely lot are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx

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