Weight: 96.3 kgs

“I have the highest respect for your nerves, they are my old friends.”  – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

kelly-michelles-diary-week-48

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Up, down, round and round…thats the way my weight goes!  It wasn’t a good eating week either so going up 200 grams was to be expected…the grad is a complete feeder and buys me my lolly crack which is Dolly Mix…the sooner he goes the better for my waist line!

Shake Your Booty

I actually did yoga this week…mainly as my hips, neck and back were so tight and sore…actually even my cheeks and jaw felt tense and the yoga helped a little so am going to give it another go tonight to see if it helps again.

What I’m Up Too…

I’m trying to do all our christmas shopping this weekend…I don’t want to think about shopping till next year.  I’ve already bought our beef for christmas day, apparently the price doubles for beef and lamb the week leading up to christmas so the guys at Lingers in Bedford told me to buy it now and freeze it…I really do love them there!

If you hold an American Express Credit Card…make sure you sign up for their shop small fortnight…as you can get £5 back with a £10 purchase at selected small businesses in your area and around the country…mine includes a couple of local restaurants, pubs and independent shops!  It’s a no brainer really if you hold an AMEX card and contrary to opinion, you can use AMEX almost everywhere these days and they are giving YOU money back.  I’ve already headed to Lingers in Bedford today as they were participating in this event.

G has spent the whole day sleeping which I can’t be cross about as I came home yesterday and had a huge nana nap myself…unfortunately this didn’t make me look any less tired accordingly to G and my mum…I did look rather rough.  I will remind him shortly that he needs to get the christmas tree down for me…mum already has three decorated at home!

Also G popped into Sainsburys to get me some gluten free mince pies yesterday…he’s a good boy at times…I’ve done some gluten free mince pie research over the past few weeks and will share the results tomorrow.

Anyway…my cheesy pasta left overs from last night are calling my name!

Happy Saturday!

xx

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Weight: 96.1 kgs

“I encourage him to be in his garden as often as possible. Then he has to walk to Rosings nearly every day….I admit I encourage him in that also.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 47, 2016

My Life Goal, ze Weight

And down we go again….possibly eating your body weight in feta cheese is good for you!

Shake Your Booty

I’m a big fan of holidays as it means copious amounts of walking…I love walking and love just strolling through little back streets exploring and taking photos of doors etc and I’ve done this all week…best exercise ever!

What I’m Up Too…

So I was a bit late posting this…I normally post on the weekend and yesterday I was doing a million loads of holiday washing…it was actually only 4 loads and trying to unpack and avoid heading to the supermarket…once you are in that supermarket you know you aren’t on holiday anymore….we have 1.5 kgs of feta cheese that we bought back from Greece…we will survive!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 47, 2016

I used to really love photography and over the years, I’ve fallen out of love with it however I took the time while in Greece to play around with my cameras little gadgets and have fallen back in love with photography all over again…it was a real little stress reliever (almost as good as baking alas gluten free baking stresses the hell out of me!)…my photos aren’t the best however I feel better no longer shooting in auto which feels like cheating.  If you are looking for a fab photography course, I did this one many years ago and many friends have taken it since, I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Why oh why are we becoming like America with all these trashy Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales…I don’t mind the discounts however it just doesn’t sit right with me anymore…yes I’ve changed my tune lately to how I shop but getting 6 emails over the past 4 days from one UK retailer about their weekend of sales was just a tad too much…I’ve unsubscribed and if you’re looking for easy ways to save money, unsubscribing is one of the easiest ways to stop making purchases.

The week ahead looks busy busy at work…especially since month end is falling towards the end of the week so I won’t be having my half day this Friday…drats…but alas its almost Christmas and we shut down completely as a company and that ain’t far away now!

Anyway…it’s now slipper time!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 47, 2016

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Yes, I think Instagram has lost it’s Mojo!  For me, Instagram has always been my social media crack…pretty pictures, wanderlust inspiration and I find you connect more with the person behind the app but recently I have just found Instagram frustrating and I’ve started to fall out of love with it so I thought I would share my reasons…

Reason 1 / Algorithm Changes

Seriously since the big changes all I’m seeing is porridge with trendy berries, chunky socks and rumpled bedsheets at dinner time and pizza for breakfast…it’s all pretty crap and why do people share rumpled sheets, it’s just all a tad gross!  And the worst of it is, I no longer get to see everyones photos…instagram chooses what I want to see and it’s just got ridiculous…little miss or mr popular with 7,000 likes pops up in my feed however close family and friends photos don’t pop up at all…I suppose I could turn on notifications…or instagram could just change their bloody algorithm.

Dear Instagram, I Think You've Lost Your MOJO!

^^What I think of the folks at instagram after the Algorithm change!

Reason 2 / Follow & Unfollow Business

I wrote a big post on the Follow / Unfollow business a while ago as I wanted to see if it really did help to grow a community and if it was worth it overall…yes it boosted my numbers and I found that I got a lot more interaction with the new algorithm changes however once I stopped using it my numbers have plummeted!  I get followed a lot on Thursday through to Sunday and then unfollowed from Monday to Wednesday….I love checking out the accounts following me and roll my eyes when I see their numbers as I know what will happen in 3-5 days.  My socialblade account is interesting reading from the past few weeks…take a look (I did have a clear out of accounts that were almost mirror images of each other as well so you can see that in my unfollowed column – the third column is my new followers or unfollowers)!

Dear Instagram, I Think You've Lost Your MOJO!

I can see why people are doing this…it’s not just building numbers now, it’s actually helping to get your photo in front of more eyes which is what people want especially if you are working with a brand.  Instagram you seriously screwed things up with that algorithm change!

Reason 3 / Instagram copy cats

Ahhh…great photographers have sucummbed to what they think their followers actually want and are no longer posting the great photography that made me fall in love with them in the first place….I get it…I truly do.  But I do have to ask the question…if one big instagrammer decided to jump off a tall building, would you fucking do the same?!?! No…be yourself…we all have different strengths and weaknesses…what works for one and has made them extremely successful on the platform is great but do we all need to follow that success story…nope…create your own!  You can read my instagram cliche post here which details a few of the more cringeworthy copy cat moments.

Dear Instagram, I Think You've Lost Your MOJO!

Reason 5 / What has happened to the great photography

I saw one of my favourite instagrammers recently say that he was falling out of love with instagram for a variety of reasons but mainly as he’s no longer seeing the interaction due to the changes plus great photography isn’t winning anymore and was thinking of taking a break…strangely, I’ve visited places that he’s featured on his instagram profile as his photography IS THAT GOOD.  He’s got a big following however I have to agree with him…there is a lot of piss poor photos on instagram and I’m shocked at the number of likes they’re getting especially when truly fabulous photographers don’t seem to be getting recognised…Instagram is now too tit and arse Kardashian like for me!

I love a good scroll through the likers of these photos to see the quality of them…it makes me laugh…it really does…food for thought there folks…scroll through.

Reason 6 / Accounts aren’t what they seem

I sit here and cringe…I see some rather big accounts and I know how they got big…I’ve watched them follow and unfollow for over a year when they thought nobody could spot their bots working…I know who they are and I think you would be shocked and I do wonder if the people that have gained part of their following via these accounts actually know…ahhh instagram is a dirty dirty world.

Dear Instagram, I Think You've Lost Your MOJO!

All in all, I just think Instagram has lost it’s Mojo completely….they need to do something about this whole bot business as it’s just got out of hand completely.

A few months ago, I started up a second instagram account which is locked and that I share a number of photos, mainly of my double chins with my close family and friends.  It’s my little instagram safety net…where I can see photos of the people that are the most important to me rather than letting instagram choose which ones that I should see.

I hate Facebook and unfortunately I can see Instagram going down this ugly route…it’s why I decided to get involved with instagram…it wasn’t Facebook…something that I think they’ve forgotten!

So if you have a bored 12 year old at home on the next set of school holidays…can you please get them to make a new app similar to instagram where you can’t use bots and all photos are in chronological order.

Anyway that is my little instagram ranty moment…off for some more feta!

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After a rather soggy bottom adventure to Alfriston in East Sussex, my next stop was my old home town of Arundel in West Sussex…if you love proper castles and tea shops then Arundel is for you!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

There is no bad way to arrive in Arundel; the journey via train provides sweeping views over the castle and town and they’re just as good arriving by car…the views are just breathtaking.  I will be honest, Arundel Castle is one of my favourites and even though we used to live here, the town never gets old…I love it here.

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I can’t remember the last time I entered Arundel Castle so to escape the dreaded rain, I popped inside to explore and have a little trip down memory lane…the Norfolk family are big party poopers and won’t allow photography inside the castle so I can’t give you a guided tour however if you are in two minds on visiting…this is how cool the exterior is! (side note: they do like a good party especially for charity…they threw a few when we lived down in Arundel)

Don’t let the blue skies fool you…blue one minute…

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…and dark grey the next….

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…it was raining big fat cats and dogs…

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…even my shoes were soggy AGAIN…

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…my favourite thing about Arundel Castle is that it actually looks like a fairy tale princess castle…

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…you could imagine Prince Charming ride through the South Downs to rescue his damsel in distress from the castle…

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…or maybe it’s Princess Charming doing the rescuing….I’m not sure of these metrosexual princes these days….

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…metrosexual is our new favourite office word….

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…don’t you think Arundel Castle suits autumn?!?

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Thinking that I managed to escape most of the rain by doing a tour of the interior of the castle, I popped back outside only for it to start raining again…so I went in search of another spot for my shoes and I to escape the rain…

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…through some pretty gardens…

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…which were truly lovely even in the autumn…dahlias daddy…dahlias…

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…then had a quick look back at the castle and scowled at the grey sky…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…stopping quickly so I didn’t melt in the rain to take a photo of a door…I can’t pass up a good door…

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…and inside the chapel…

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…which is currently getting restored…

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….I had a quick wander around…

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…and then felt that I needed a cake stop.

I walked pass a number of tea shops that were overflowing with patrons and steamy windows  (I like to think they were having hot raunchy chats over a cup of tea but in all honesty, they were english so they were probably discussing the weather)

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…I continued through town which lets be honest, is gorgeous and I felt a bit sad not to be living here any more…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…walked across the river, our house was on the left hand river bank to the end of this photo…

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…and then I found gluten free heaven…

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…and I do mean gluten free cake heaven…almost every cake was gluten free…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…come to mama!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

All in all a pretty good day exploring…I managed to tick Alfriston off my England bucket list and had a successful castle and gluten free cake hunting day in Arundel.  England is full of hidden surprises, many of which are still to be discovered by the instagram crew!

This is my favourite door photo from Arundel…the light looks like a crown!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Have you visited Arundel before…did you enjoy the town?  What’s your all time favourite castle?

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Travel Tips for Arundel, West Sussex

  • Arundel is extremely easy to reach via train from London (it’s a quick walk into the town centre) or you can drive to the town and there is sufficient parking around which you will need to pay for.
  • Arundel Castle is not open all year round so make sure you check opening times; it will reopen in April through to October in 2017 and entry fees start at £11 through to £20 to access different areas of the castle
  • I stopped for a piece of gluten free cake at Gaskyns in Arundel, they had an amazing selection of gluten free cakes on offer when I visited.
  • I’m slightly gutted that I no longer live in Arundel on the gluten free front alone as there seems to be a number of options looking at this gluten free trip advisor thread of the ten places to eat in the town.
  • If you want to get a photo of the castle like my top photo then you need to walk up the hill past the train station to look down on Arundel, it’s a stunning view.
  • Arundel has a number of independent shops that are always looking for support plus if you love antiques then you will love Arundel as there are a number of little antique shops in the town.

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

xx

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