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Suzy Homemaker

Suzy Homemaker

40-something smug married. Wife to one, Mum to one+one, Nanna & Cat Slave. Lover of grape, grain, home, hearth and handbags. Living a wonderful life... one imperfectly perfect day at a time. 


August by Lord Byron - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

With the rain lashing down outside on this murky and overcast Friday, one could almost be forgiven for thinking it WAS winter… not the first day of August!

Maybe Byron had a point.

Still we English are so used to a soggy summer, we almost didn't know what to do with ourselves these past couple of weeks when *gasp* the sun actually shone and we had temperatures soaring into the late 20s.

Wow! It was positively tropical!

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  • Alina
    Alina says #
    Haha! This is very true, had NO CLUE what to do when it's so hot - and it's funny how we're just as clueless when it comes to snow
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    I know, right? lol. We can but hope to see the return of the golden orb, Alina!

A Whisky World Tour - by Suzy-homemaker.co.uk

The really great thing about W Club whisky tastings, is not just the chance to experience fabulous whiskies.

It's not even being greeted like an old friend by the wonderful staff at The Whisky Shop in Trentham.

The really great thing about W Club whisky tastings is meeting new people.

A recent "Whisky World Tour" attracted a larger than usual turnout, with many new faces and Beloved and I hit it off straight away with Pop and his best buddy, Paul.

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Replacing a headboard for free with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Beloved and I LOVE our Super King bed. Not only is it really comfy, it's so fabulously large it's like sleeping on a football pitch.

"Hellloooo over there!"

[Echo]

"Hellloooo over there!"

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A summer oasis by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

With summer well and truly underway here in the UK, I'm looking forward to joining Harry in our little oasis for some quality "me time". However, with two pre-pubescents, 10 of their most excitable friends, a footie goal and a full size trampoline in the garden next door, a private area is rapidly becoming more of a necessity than a nicety!

Time for Operation Secret Garden!

The Makings of a Secret Garden by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Whilst not my favourite people (and not just for failing to warn us of the local summer camp) OneandSeventy's previous owners did at least have some nice ideas, even if they weren't always well executed.

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  • Wayne
    Wayne says #
    It's looking stunning already.... Great bird xxx
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Cheers Wayne. Can't wait to reclaim some of that pond to re-site the grow house, although Beloved is not looking forward to it!! l
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So...

I had planned to publish the latest in the series of Tasting the Grain posts today but I, erm…
well I got distracted!

Whoops!

I promise I'll post it soon.

Instead, I've spent a lovely couple of hours playing on Photoshop, which has resulted in some brand new artwork.

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Have you noticed how when you meet people, one of the first things they want to know is how you spend your time?

"What do you do for a living?" (Translation: "Do you earn more money than me?")

"What's your role"? (Translation: "Is your job more glamorous than mine?")

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  • Hubby
    Hubby says #
    Your chosen path enables us to have the life we have as a couple and I wouldn't want to change anything. We have the perfect rela
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Awwww. Thank you, Beloved ❤️
  • moo
    moo says #
    SH....maybe you need to find more adpt words in opening conversation to describe how shit hot you are expressing yourself in visua
  • Anne Grey
    Anne Grey says #
    Hi Sue How you doing? You of all people do not need to justify yourself to anyone. You have always struck me ( Fremantle days) as
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Thanks Anne

Aston Marina, Staffordshire by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

OK, so we weren't actually ON the water, but Beloved and I did discover a great local spot for messing about with our cameras.

Despite having moved into OneandSeventy almost a year ago (a year already! I know!), Beloved and I haven't done much in the way of exploring our new surroundings. In fact, the last time we ventured out for anything other than a specific trip was Easter Bank Holiday.

Three months ago...

Wow.

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  • Ian - (Crawfie!)
    Ian - (Crawfie!) says #
    Great pictures by the way Jonesie. You should take it up as a hobby!
  • Ian - (Crawfie!)
    Ian - (Crawfie!) says #
    What happened to the buoy then?!
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Still there, as far as I know! ☺️
  • Holly Hinton
    Holly Hinton says #
    Love the photos!! My favourite are the flowers (I'm just that kinda girl) but the boys love the Swallows best and the Dakota (the
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Ahhhhh! A Dakota! I knew I could rely on you. Thanks Holly

Happy 4th of July from www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

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Garden Makeover: creating a summer oasis with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

During those dark days of 2013, when our purchase of OneandSeventy took FOR EVER, it was daydreaming of summer in our new garden that kept me going.

Now that summer is finally here, I'm realising those dreams and spending as much time out here as humanly possible.

I cannot lie… I'm writing this post from the comfort of my sun lounger. All I can hear are sparrows and starlings fighting over the fat balls, our make-do waterfall bubbling away (the subject of a future makeover, so watch out for that!) and the fish making "slap slap" sounds as they feed on the algae.

Go li'l fishes, go!

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Way back when, I made a little dolphin frame for a porpoise-loving friend.

It wasn't much, just a small token, but my friend absolutely adored it.

That was in 2001.

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    love it !!!
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Postcard from Whitstable by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Barbecues, Wimbledon, lazy days in the garden and light evenings around the fire pit. Strawberries and cream, flip-flops with bling, sending up prayers to the weather Gods and chasing the very last rays of sunshine...

It must be...

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Suzy Homemaker's Cunard Mediterranean Competition Pinterest Board

When I received a post earlier this week from a fellow blogger, I knew I needed an immediate trip to Malta.

Huh?

Well it turns out that Cunard has teamed up with Jen Stanbrook at Love Chic Living and Denise Grayson at The Swelle Life, to offer fellow bloggers the chance to win £1,000 of John Lewis vouchers.

All we have to do is choose one of Cunard's Mediterranean cruise destinations and create a mood board on Pinterest of all the images from this port of call which inspire us to bring the Mediterranean into our homes.

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Master Bedroom Makeover to please the senses - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk
Welcome to our boudoir! Oooh err!

Whilst 'The Tour' is a veritable given for visitors, I must admit that inviting the digital world and his mother into our bedroom does feel a little weird!

But here goes...

Introducing Phase 1 of our boudoir makeover!

Master Bedroom Makeover by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

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    lush of lushishness
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How to clean decking by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

As I impatiently awaited the start of the World Cup, I busied myself with a seriously overdue job.

While the sun beat down on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far in the OneandSeventy garden, I pulled on my wellies, retreated under the rim of my cowboy hat and hooked up the jet washer – a much appreciated loan from friends.

Cleaning the decking with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Channelling Daisy Duke
(You'll just have to take my word on the existence of denim shorts.
Just be grateful I have saved you from that eye-burning image!)

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Tasting the Grain: BenRiach with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I've been so busy recently, I'm only just getting around to writing about my latest whisky tasting adventures.

Disgraceful!

But fear not, whisky fans, I would never forget you! ;-)

Beloved and I spent my Birthday among new friends at The Whisky Shop in Trentham, where we tasted bottlings from BenRiach's three distilleries.

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    Chris Chiro says #
    Ooooh. Temptress. It's MY birthday in 2/52. Mmmmmmmmm.

George Clark's Amazing Christmas Spaces 2013

Before I begin, I'd just like to convey my heartfelt thanks to you dear reader, for stopping by The World of Suzy Homemaker.

After launching in late March, this li'l ole blog is already starting to attract interest, for which I am truly grateful. Hopefully, I'll keep you entertained way into the future!

To be sure you don't miss a post, why not subscribe to regular e-mail updates (just hit that "subscribe to blog" button way up there ^^^ above the first post). Maybe, you might just like to share one or more of my posts and encourage your friends to subscribe...! ;-)

OK... that's enough of the shameless plugging...!

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WeightWatchers friendly Pasta Carbonara by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

As a returning WeightWatcher, I am always on the look out for recipes I can adapt.

Whilst not the cheapest on points, this delicious Cheat's Carbonara attracts far fewer points than its calorie-loaded cousin; perfect for a weekend treat. Serve with a lovely zero point salad to make it even more filling!

If you have the points, why not make it a feast? Treat yourself to a glass of wine (points variable) and share a Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself Garlic Bread for 6pts per half a baguette.

Enjoy!

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Four go glamping in a converted church - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

What with both our Birthdays AND our Wedding Anniversary, May is a big month here at OneandSeventy and to celebrate, Beloved and I like to take off for a week. It's become something of a tradition to retreat to the forest and we can usually be found hiding out in a log cabin run by Forest Holidays.

Cabin Holidays with Forest Holidays - Deerpark, Cornwall by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Deerpark, Cornwall

We discovered this holiday company in 2007, after booking a long weekend in Deerpark - a wonderfully relaxing getaway deep in the heart of a forest in Cornwall.

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  • moo
    moo says #
    Well THAT'S a very good blog indeedy. Can I forward to Walcot hall?
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    Absolutely! Thanks Moo ;-)
  • Kate
    Kate says #
    Looks amazing, Sue! We've recently been browsing the Canopy and Stars site in search of a treehouse for the night; you've inspire
  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker says #
    It's a wonderful location, Kate. Although not as quirky, Forest Holidays also has Tree Houses as several of its sites and might be

WeightWatchers Chicken Stir Fry by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

With summer just around the corner, thoughts are turning to shedding a few pounds. If you're working on your bikini body, my new series of WeightWatchers-pointed recipes might be just the ticket!

To get you started, here's a great stir fry, which I adapted from an old WeightWatchers 'Your Week' recipe from way back. The original beef version is also scrummy, but I like to use chicken to keep the points down.

If you decide to make this recipe, please let me know how you get on, by dropping a comment in the box below. I hope you like it! 

WeightWatchers Chicken Stir Fry

WeightWatchers Pro Points: 9pts per person PLUS any additional points for oil

Need fewer points? Halve or even leave out the noodles altogether - plenty of zero point veg makes this a very filling dish without them and it'll SAVE you up to 4 pro points!

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Conservatory/Garden Room mini makeover - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

With the weather warming up, I've been getting in some quality garden time... and not just at weekends.

One of the benefits of being a Virtual Assistant is the ability to work from anywhere, so when the sun recently made a weekday appearance, the garden became my office :-)

SueCo Virtual Assistance - Flexible enough to work from anywhere! www.sueco.biz

Even Beloved has ventured outside. (Translation: he hates being in the garden. OK, perhaps 'hate' is a strong word… intensely dislikes maybe? Erm, no. Definitely hates!)

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