My Dad and I are HUUUUUGE fans of Dahlias so when I saw in my Autumn National Trust newsletter about the Dahlia Festival at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire I knew we had to go for a little drive to our neighbouring county to see the rainbow of dahlias!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

We left the girls at home to pack the bags *coughs they only had 100 kilos of luggage to pack!* and pottered over to Cambridgeshire; obtaining some tickets we went in search for the dahlias which were dotted around as flower crowns on certain folks…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…some were a little two faced over the Dahlia festival…obviously they prefer Peonies better…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…I thought the ombre Dahlias bring out the colours of his eyes personally!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

^^This is what happens when you pull a face and the wind changes!

We stumbled across some autumn colour…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and daddy stumbled into my photo or as it is known in the business…he’s a professional photo bomber.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Daddy and I had a wander around the grounds…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…taking in the grandeur of the house…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…a cute door…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…the house really does suit it’s surroundings.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

On the day we visited, you could only snoop inside the house on a guided tour…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…Dad and I just wanted to whizz through however things happen for a reason and the tour was totally worth it as the history and stories of how the National Trust obtained Anglesey Abbey was quite impressive….

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…she basically came with a large dowry thanks to Lord Fairhaven.

The rooms were decorated with dahlias in every corner…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and even hanging from the chandeliers.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

The house was totally remodelled in the 1920’s after Lord Fairhaven and his brother bought the property sight unseen via an auction.  In his will they let their family use the property until their deaths and then it was to be passed over to the National Trust however his family weren’t allowed to make any changes to the property…this wish was ignored…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…unfortunately the family made some ghastly decorating choices and when the property was finally handed over to the National Trust they had to do a lot of restoration work.  The house is now a time capsule to the 1920’s which is exactly how Lord Fairhaven wished Dad and I to see the property on the day of our visit.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

But you know this is England and records are kept so the National Trust were able to buy the same curtains and materials in the pattern that Lord Fairhaven had used himself for the bedroom as they knew where he purchased the originals from…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…meticulous British record keeping!

Sometimes you need a loo shoefie…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and a sneak peak inside a man’s shoe room!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Obviously you don’t need to tell me twice…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…I peeked of course!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

^^Obviously prudes never lived in this house…it was willy and dahlia central…I’m a worry wart and I do worry that one day my hand will accidentally knock off a willy from a statue and I’ll have to superglue it back on and then my hand would get stuck to the statue…just like it happens in the movies…to date, this hasn’t happened YET!

The Library is pretty impressive…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…not just with books…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…have a guess who the artist is…famous for painting large naval scenes.

How Easy Is It To Grow Dahlias?

Pretty darn easy…basically you dig a hole in the ground and throw in a Dahlia Tuber, cover with soil, water occasionally and a few weeks later you should see your little baby growing taller by the day.

You can use pots as well but make sure they are quite heavy round pots as dahlias can get very top heavy when in flower and with a gust of wind…poof…they’re like a damsel in distress and just can’t get back up again.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Just water the dahlias occasionally, every day during really hot hot days but you can water them every 2-3 days and they will still flower.  Apparently Dahlias are native to Mexico and store water in their tubers in case of drought so it takes a bit to kill them.

If you live in a cold climate then after the first frost you need to lift the tubers up and store them in a sheltered spot i.e. garden shed or garage over winter and then replant after the last frost in Spring so around April time.  If you don’t have nipply cold winters then just keep them in the ground and they should survive the winter as long as it’s not to wet.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

If you’re not a confident gardener then Dahlias are for you…they’re pretty easy, if I can grow them then so can you!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Where Do You Buy Dahlias From?

So you can find them everywhere…amazon has a good selection (eBay is also great for picking up seedlings during spring time!) or check out Sarah Raven (you can order now and delivery will be made in February) but remember you can only buy tubers at certain times of the year.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

The Different Types of Dahlias

There are quite a few different styles of Dahlias to enjoy…these are a few of my favourites…let’s start with the Pom Pom Dahlias…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…they’re right little balls of joy and just so cute and flirty; you get numerous flowers from each plant, they’re dainty as hell and very photogenic.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Another photographic dahlia is the Cafe Au Lait which is a big bloom with a beautiful creamy blush colouring, a current favourite…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…beautiful in large displays of summer flowers or just in a beautiful jar by themselves.

Buy dahlias in the colours that you love and grow them close together for wonderful colourful displays…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…as there are just so many beautiful varieties from the large Dinner Plate Dahlias to Cactus Dahlias…just have a look online and find a variety you love.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Great Instagram Accounts to Follow & Books to Read Featuring Dahlias

Dahlias have become the new Instagram darling…move over Peonies, the Dahlias are in town and they pack a pretty good punch.  Here are few great Instagram accounts to follow featuring Dahlias-

Looking for books about Dahlias then the following are really great options on how to grow, sell or just enjoy in your home.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Can you tell that Dad and I love Dahlias!

Travel Tips for Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

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“I have none of the usual inducements of women to marry. Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing! but I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall. And, without love, I am sure I should be a fool to change such a situation as mine. Fortune I do not want; employment I do not want; consequence I do not want.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 45, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Up we go again…I’ve basically being in a bit of a funk this week and have eaten my body weight in food…note to self: turn a new leaf on Monday.

Shake Your Booty

I was really good this week with exercise; I’ve walked on my treadmill to Greece and back…did a bit of yoga and today I walked into town rather than taking my car…cars do tend to make you rather lazy and also walking into town meant that I bought a lot less stuff as well…note to self: walking into town going forward is going to save you pennies.

What I’m Up Too…

After feeling rather fabulous last week, I was prepared for a dip…Monday I felt wonderful…I put my big girls knickers on and drove myself to my hospital appointment in London…felt okay after the appointment…chatted to G and folks about said appointment…then suddenly everything clicked inside my head late Monday evening.

Something that they removed during my colonoscopy in August contained cancer cells; everything was contained and it was all removed during the colonoscopy as it wasn’t at the tumour stage, no further treatment is required.  I was lucky due to my regular screenings and the team that looks after my colon care are the best at preventing and treating colon cancer in the UK…something that I need to always remember so I don’t get into this funk again.

Tuesday I was pretty much an emotional mess…I was the idiot sitting at my desk in tears trying to reconcile shit…by Wednesday I had pulled myself together but still felt down in the proverbial dumps.  Have started to feel a bit more perky but nothing compared to last week…a shock to the system takes a bit to recover from and even though I was prepared that I’m more likely to have colon cancer than the average Joe Blogs, when you realise your body is producing cancer cells it does knock you for six.

So do you have any tips on how to get out of a funk?!?

I didn’t fancy writing a blog post this week as my heart just wasn’t in it.

So moving on from the shitty C word…today I’ve actually just continued with my huge autumn clear out and clean up.  I read in the Good House Keeping Magazine that you should do a huge Autumn clean rather than a Spring clean due to spending a number of months hibernating inside your home.

I’m going to make gluten free mince pies tomorrow…well I’m going to give them a go anyway.  I found some cranberry mince meat in Waitrose last weekend so am ready to eat my body weight in mince pies in November.

I had my hair cut on Thursday night and it’s short, short, short…I’ve had so many men tell me how much they love my hair over the past two days including the butcher this morning…and they say men never notice things!

G and I are planning our New Zealand escape…Daddy gave me some good suggestions last night which I think are a total goer.

Is anyone else loving all the Christmas adverts that are now on the telly?  Absolutely loving them…and even New Zealand is creating some corkers this year.  Check out the Farmers ad.

Thank you to my proof reader that sent me through certain changes to this post – do I get a gold star now?

Anyway enough of my babbling; I hope everyone is having a lovely wekeend!

xx

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“Do not defer it. What is right to be done cannot be done too soon” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 44, 2017

^^An English swimming pool!

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Yay…come back down again…I love hormonal weight gains!

Shake Your Booty

I managed to do a few stints on my treadmill during the week when time allowed but am more determined to do more this coming week.

What I’m Up Too…

So I spent the week working…and had a really productive week which was awesome.  For the first time in what feels like years, I actually felt great for the whole week…I just felt so much like my old self from 10 years ago!

I’ve spent the whole weekend at home bar a trip to Waitrose to do the groceries this morning and now have two very full bins out the front (I’ve cleaned and just sorted a lot of things)…I even sorted out my paperwork…hence I had a real Enron afternoon shredding old paperwork.

I did find some time to read a few travel magazines and I spotted a book for Sara…Veggie Hotels…a book for vegetarian and vegan travellers…how cool right?  And they even have a great website.

We booked our tickets to New Zealand for Easter…Business Class on Qatar for £1300…a steal but we have to fly out of Stockholm which isn’t a problem so will pick up some cheap flights in the next British Airways sale.  We have quite long lay overs in Doha so think we may grab a hotel for a rest…any recommendations or places to spend the day in Doha…Banana Island Resort looked quite good and you can get a day pass so am currently pondering.

Anyway enough of my babbling; Happy Weekend folks!

xx

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When my family where over visiting England, I wanted to show them a variety of different sites from the visiting the Potteries in Staffordshire, to National Trust properties, the natural beauty of England and dare I say it…a visit to Lakeland (the highlight for mum and Lisa!).  Our first National Trust Property was Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire and unfortunately we only had 30 minutes to whizz through the property but I’m determined to visit again one day for a proper snoop as it’s fabulous!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

I feel like I’m jumping around countries on this blog, giving you all international travel whiplash in the process however I have so many photos and I just want to post some of the shorter posts while work commitments are a bit hectic.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

Now you know I love a wobbly drunk building and the National Trust have a few properties in their care that fit this bill nicely including this black and white beauty…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…which looks beautiful during autumn and I’m guessing all year round…Lisa pointed out a calendar where Little Moreton Hall is covered in a blanket of snow.

The volunteers all dress up in costume <squint and you’ll be able to spot a lady in costume…squint I said…keep squinting till you see her>…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…there is a moat which we took a few photos in front of…it would be rude not too…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…I love this photo of Lisa below (my little sister)…all those dancing lessons paid off…Lisa is rather girly in her style…flowers, tulle, ribbons, lace, glitter…anything from Alannah Hill

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…while I’m more of a tom boy with a slight addiction to stripes, jazz hands and pretty loud trousers!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

^^And realising that short hair on a windy day just isn’t fun…fur ball anyone!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

Now if you’re wondering why mum and dad aren’t popping up in this post…well Dad was feeling unwell and not to photogenic…and mum…wellllll…let’s just say there was a hair catastrophe of epic proportions earlier in the day where we were all barred from taking photos of mum…basically we were dead meat and if you know mum, if the hair isn’t good then you don’t come a knockin’ or in this case…no bloody photos allowed.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

^^Since I wasn’t allowed to take a photo of mum…here’s one of her beautiful photos!

We popped inside quickly however didn’t have time to go upstairs to have a proper good nosey…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…but just look at those walls and the detailing…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…the fire place wasn’t roaring…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…but Lisa was toasty warm…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…NOT!  You gotta love an English summer…where Auckland is warmer in winter than Bedford in summer (we have temperature competitions to see who is the coldest!).

The cafe was closed so we thought we might be able to rustle up a scone and cuppa inside the house…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

…the cupboards were bare!  We did see the witch markings which I learnt about after watching the National Trust program recently on tv…so it was great to finally see one in real life…England has turned me into a right old history geek and I love it!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

Little Moreton Hall is a truly gorgeous example of a moated half timbered Manor House and is only around 500 years young *coughs, older than New Zealand*.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

^^Just imagine what stories these folks could tell about the properties former guests…I’m pretty sure there was some smooching in the past that wasn’t allowed!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

I will be honest and say that I fell out of love with the National Trust a few years back but with a car and making time to venture around the English countryside a lot more these days…there is truly some amazing National Trust properties that just need to be visited and Little Moreton Hall is one of them!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

Travel Tips for visiting Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

  • You can read more about the Little Moreton Hall on the National Trust website here.
  • Get there way before closing time so you can explore the interiors and the gardens…and enjoy a cuppa and a scone in the cafe.
  • Some of the volunteers are dressed up so make sure your hair is done for a photo or two…if allowed of course
  • I would highly recommend a National Trust membership or if you’re coming across on holiday to the UK then pick up the National Trust Touring Pass which is excellent value of money if you plan to visit a few properties – this is only for overseas visitors.
  • There is a car park and it’s short walk to the property through the gift shop.
  • The address for Little Moreton Hall is Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4SD – there is a slight bend to the road by the entrance so be careful when turning.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Tour of the National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire. If you love wobbly drunk buildings then this beautiful Tudor Manor House is going to tick all the boxes. Click the photo to see more photos and to read my travel tips.

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Weight: Unknown as away on the weekend

“Where the waters do agree, it is quite wonderful the relief they give.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 43, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Yeah…I didn’t weigh myself as I was away in Scotland over the weekend and then promptly forgot to weigh myself this morning…or maybe I felt like I was going to have a fat day and decided to stay away from the scales…that may be the real reason.

Shake Your Booty

I actually did exercise…a lot…and I felt really really good!  Tonight I have cleaned which I class as exercise…when actually I would just prefer to be eating extra fries…it’s a tough life.

What I’m Up Too…

So I popped up to Scotland to see Maggie over the weekend and ticked off eating a scone at Scone Palace from my bucket list…it’s not where scones were invented but I felt I had to eat a scone in Scone otherwise I could never say that I had visited Scone.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 43, 2017

Maggie and I then just went for a tiki tour around Fife which is a beautiful area to explore if you are ever in Scotland.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 43, 2017

^^Autumn time at St Andrews, Scotland

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 43, 2017

^^The Jazz Hands made an appearance in Dundee where we stopped on our way to Fife.

On my flight up to Edinburgh we had to wait for an hour as our pilot was late coming from Gatwick to Luton Airport…seriously Easyjet, not good enough…and we weren’t the only plane missing a pilot.  But I can’t complain as I was sitting next to a lovely guy from Brazil…we chatted the whole way up to Edinburgh…as well as inheriting every genetic disease possible from my mummy, I’ve also inherited mum’s cougar skills!

Now it’s back to work and trying to get sorted for our next long weekend away in a few weeks time and seeing my lovely friend Amy and her boys before they head down to South Africa to live…and then I worked out it’s actually not far until Christmas…so need to think about pulling down the Christmas tree.

Anyway enough of my babbling; I hope everyone is having a great start to the week.

xx

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