On the first weekend my folks and little sister were over from New Zealand, we decided to head out for a picnic…the problem was choosing where to go?!?  I decided to round everyone up and head to Buckinghamshire to visit the National Trust property, Stowe Landscape Gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

I’d never visited so we all like to explore something together for the first time if we can…the girls headed down to Tesco to buy the necessary ingredients to pop in the picnic basket…G was forced into the loft to bring down the picnic baskets…loaded up, we were on our way to National Trust Stowe.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Stowe has attracted visitors since 1717 and 2017 is no different! Not having any idea what to expect, we had an oooh moment as we headed up the drive at Stowe……we parked up (it’s free parking for National Trust members)…decided to take the golf buggy rather than walk the necessary 10 minutes…yes our legs were painted on…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…why would you use your legs when someone invented a golf buggy to take you for a quick twirl to the best vantage point at Stowe.  It also gave us some time to take some family pics…golf buggy family photos are what every family photo album is missing these days.

The view was pretty impressive…I’m pretty sure you’d agree!  Do you remember when Elizabeth first sees beautiful Pemberely in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice…Stowe has a tendency of creating these special moments as you wander around the gardens…just when you least expect it…you find yourself admiring a wonderful gardening masterpiece.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We decided to pull out the picnic blanket and set out our carefully made *coughs* purchased picnic ingredients…no picnic is complete without a thermos!!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

^^Jonelle and Mark, I can’t thank you enough for the picnic basket that you bought me a few years ago for Christmas…it’s getting used a lot these days!  The perfect Christmas Gift for the difficult to buy for folks…a picnic basket and a National Trust Membership would be a great present…the links for everything are in the travel tip section at the bottom of this post.

We sat down enjoying the perfect English summer weather…complete with an angry grey cloud or two…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…made a few sarnies, ate a few strawberries, poured the tea and said chin chin (not the Japanese meaning!)…okay we may have taken china cups with us as well on our picnic…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…mum did a few instagram lunges while holding her phone for weight training (who said instagram is bad for your health!?!)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…then the heavens opened of course!  So we made a run for it to this little temple in the gardens (not a bad spot if I say so myself)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…still with a lovely view over the lake to Stowe House.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

After a few comments from complete strangers about taking bone china cups on a picnic…obviously they don’t know what they’re missing…we packed up and went for a wander around the landscape gardens at Stowe…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…but not before taking a few hundred photos of that beautiful vista of National Trust Stowe for the family blog album; I thought it would be good to get my belly out for the photos as well (don’t zoom in to close…I repeat don’t zoom in!)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…mum nailed the back to the camera instagram pose…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…along with Lisa!

This isn’t going to be a short post as you can probably already tell…it includes our family photos from the day…we like to have a giggle and enjoy ourselves and as my family and friends read this blog, this is an easy way to share our day with everyone…with almost 100 photos.  You may want to pull out your own bone china tea cup and fill her up and maybe make a sarnie or two…otherwise you could end up a bit parched from a crap load of scrolling!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

It would be fair to say that Stowe isn’t a small property to walk around and something that I didn’t realise…there aren’t really any gardens with flowers…it’s more parklands which you can easily walk around but it’s rather large (like 10,000 steps large!).

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!There isn’t a set route that you must follow so we did a rather large loop around the National Trust property…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…stopping whenever daddy wanted his photo taken…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…mum was having a fluffy hair day due to the water in Bedford so dad didn’t get told off for placing his hat on her hair and ruining her hair…her usual birds nest was a complete fluff ball!

Dad found a pretty good spot to take a photo or ten…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…a pose that he has now adopted for this European 2017 tour photos…while us ladies tried to hide our copious double chins…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we failed, and this was after dad jumped as high as he could to get us from above (double chins are less visible from above…dad jumping while trying to take a photo was bloody funny!).  A picnic basket does hide a number of picnic / afternoon tea sins if you hold it in front of you.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Dad found time to have a round of golf…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…while Lisa and I decided to take a dip in an English swimming pool!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We found a naked lady who must have being feeling slightly nipply from the wind…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…she didn’t seem to be to bothered though…she held onto her milk jugs so she didn’t poke any eyes out!

Stowe House was being used for filming (we don’t know what for) so there were certain areas that you couldn’t access…however we did of course…and then the English followed behind…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…so we rambled up to the front of the house to take in it’s beautiful features…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…Dad decided he would have a sneak peek inside Stowe House…I was pretty sure we would get arrested at this point…can you imagine telling someone that you got arrested at a National Trust Property (how bloody rock n roll!)...it’s just as bad as being banned from Nandos for bad drunken behaviour *coughs* I was the innocent party!

We continued our little walk around National Trust Stowe with Lisa trying to take some lovely photos of mum…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…but she got photo bombed by a couple of crazy folks…they will appear again shortly.

There were a load of little nooks and crannies to explore…including finding a little church…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…the locals were dead quiet…to a couple of folks practicing the flamingo pose…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…a pretty little building or two in the middle the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…ohhh some roses…we did see some flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we rocked up to see these men, they didn’t look to happy to see us…300 years of tourists visiting Stowe and they couldn’t even raise a smile at our arrival…pffff…they call this The Temple of British Worthies…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we stopped to take a few photos with them of course, punishment for them not smiling…how cool is Lisa’s dress, she made it herself…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…Mum and Dad both admired the fence which of course left dad pondering about the front fence at home.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

How beautiful is this vista…my favourite word in this blog post is vista…can you tell? V-I-S-T-A…I feel like I need to channel my inner Nigella to say vista while licking a wooden spoon covered in chocolate.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Lisa and Mum gotta posing…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…while Dad and I carried the picnic baskets.

Mum took over the humping of the baskets…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…she put on an oscar worthy performance for the cameras…then a black ops rouge sheep decided to take me out and came racing towards me in a full on charge with red blazing eyes (I have a fear of sheep…weird I know as I come from New Zealand…sums me up nicely really!)…I ran while Mum, Dad and Lisa all laughed at me…apparently the sheep was moving slowly to the lake to take a sip of water when I crossed his path…they didn’t see the look he gave me…he was going to eat me!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We made for a beeline to the pretty building in front of us…The Gothic Temple…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…once again, I can’t get over how amazing Lisa is with making her own clothes; that dress is so cute…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we snapped a few photos, mum may have posed while those crazy folks photo bombed her again…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…she was totally oblivious <Dad and Kelly insert an evil laugh or two>!

Mummy got her pretty photo without the crazy folks…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…well almost…Dad and I are humping the picnic baskets in the back ground!

By this stage we had walked off our picnic but there was another rather photogenic spot that we had to cross…Palladian Bridge…super pretty…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we stopped to take a few photos as it would be like passing Go on a Monopoly board without collecting the £200…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…always remember to look up…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we spotted another family that was out having a picnic at National Trust Stowe…they probably weren’t as crazy as us Kiwis.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We headed in the direction towards the exit… having a backwards glance over the beautiful vista behind us…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we awaited our chariot to take us back to the facilities and shop.

I popped into the New Inn for a little snoop…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…it’s right by the entrance and set up as it would have looked like all those years ago!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Travel Tips for a Picnic at National Trust Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire

  • National Trust Stowe is located in Buckinghamshire, quite close to Milton Keynes and Buckingham.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes as the property is rather large
  • You can hire a golf buggy to make your way around National Trust Stowe which is something I would definitely do if we take G’s brother to the property due to his disabilities.
  • There is a cafe and shop at the entrance and another little kiosk right at Bell Gate however their are only two toilets…one at the entrance and by Stowe House itself.
  • There are a number of great picnic spots at Stowe but just be aware you will need to carry all your bits and bobs around with you like we did afterwards.
  • The car park is free for National Trust Members
  • Entrance to the property is £11.20 per adult / £12.40 with gift aid however it’s free if you’re a National Trust member.  If you’re a foreign national and plan to visit a few National Trust Properties over a week or so then I would highly recommend investing in a National Trust Touring Pass.
  • If you can’t make up your mind which British Heritage Pass to purchase then I’ve written a nifty little post for you.
  • Stowe House is managed by the Historic Houses Association so you will need to pay an additional fee to gain entry ontop of the above prices if you don’t hold a HHA card to snoop inside the house.
  • Take a raincoat with you as there isn’t much shelter offered around the grounds…I’ve just purchased this great little Barbour number in bright yellow (and it’s in the sale!)…it’s lightweight and the best bit is, it covers my bottom and I’m basically a giant!
  • Check out Amazon for some great deals on picnic baskets…remember a picnic is what you make of it…our family are big fans of picnics and we enjoy our time together as you can see from the photos.  If you want a posh picnic basket then check out Fortnum & Mason or if you’re happy with second hand then check out eBay.
  • The National Trust have a some really great picnic spots to enjoy…one of my favourites is Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire…watch out for the falling apples!

Where is your favourite National Trust property or Picnic Spot?

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

xx

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Weight: 93.9 kgs

“The older a person grows, Harriet, the more important it is that their manners should not be bad; the more glaring and disgusting any loudness, or coarseness, or awkwardness becomes. What is passable in youth is detestable in later age” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 37, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Another weight loss…I had assumed I would be bringing back a Croatian food baby with me from Croatia however it looks like I left a roll or two behind somehow!  I have actually tried really hard this week to be good with my food and it makes a huge difference now after the two operations…I can lose weight and basically keep it off (touch wood!).

Looking back at these diary posts, the last time I was in the 93 kg range was way back in 2015 so I’m feeling rather pleased with the progress I’m making…and I am starting to love my body more…one roll of fat and chin hair at a time.

I’m not a fan of the phrase “body confidence” but I think it’s important to accept and love our bodies including all the bits that make us unique for both men and women.  I read my post from the beginning of the year this evening about my Hopes, Dreams and Wishes for 2017 and this line stuck out “The world is full of copycats and women that are starting to resemble barbie dolls; be yourself and love yourself!”…and I’m starting to!

Shake Your Booty

As well as watching what I’ve eaten all week, I exercised as well and I would like to say I feel better for it…I love that great feeling right after exercise but I just wished it lasted for 24 hours…unfortunately the red fog has a tendency of descending when you least expect it.

What I’m Up Too…

I had rather grand plans for today however I’ve ended up staying in bed all day as my colon didn’t receive the bloody memo about weekend sleep ins and I’ve suffered since 6.30am with stomach cramps…so Monday morning I’ll be calling St Mark’s Hospital for an opinion on what to do next rather than visiting the GP…any changes in bowel movements, stomach pain or blood have to reported as I’m very high risk for colon cancer…unfortunately I’ve had all three in the past 24 hours.

G has just told me we are dog sitting for a few days…thinking it was his mum’s dog…apparently it’s not and this may become a permanent arrangement!  Ummm…let’s just say that G is cruising for a f**king bruising!  This dog better know the house rules…no jumping up on the sofa or bed and no eating my shoes.

I’m trying to think of some happy news as this blog post sounds a bit blah…sitting here pondering why we almost own a bloody dog now.

I’ve just booked our accommodation for our trip to Spain next month which is exciting…we are going to spend two nights in Madrid  at the Intercontinental (we stay with IHG all the time as they offer the easiest hotel program around for points and we’re Spire members so we receive some lovely upgrades); as punishment for this dog surprise (who is going to look after this bloody dog when we go to Spain!!!!!!)...we are going to hire a car which I’m going to force G to drive as punishment and visit Toledo which is on my bucket list and Cuenca after Pinterest flagged it up to me (Pinterest is bad for your bank balance!).

Anyway enough of my babbling, I’m off to torture G!  Happy weekend everyone!

xx

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Weight: 94.8 kgs

“Well, evil to some is always good to others.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 36, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Why hello little weight loss…I am sure the weight that I have lost is just around the corner waiting to leap onto my thighs and tummy…I’m in Croatia where there isn’t a shortage of food this weekend.

Shake Your Booty

Well…I did exercise on Monday with a 30 minute walk to nowhere on the treadmill followed by a 30 minute kettle bell session…so that was Monday…yeah well…nothing happened the rest of the week!

I am the proud owner of a hunchback but I don’t live inside a fancy church so last weekend I decided to fix up my posture and instead of ordering a dvd from amazon as per normal, I went for a freebie via youtube and hit the jackpot!  I have done these short but sweet neck exercises all week and the difference is blooming amazing…I do find myself hurting a bit now when I’m slumped over my desk but I’m so well aware of my posture now.

What I’m Up Too…

G and I are in Croatia this weekend visiting family; my folks and little sister are currently in Croatia so we are visiting our extended family along the Dalmatian coastline.  My mum’s father left Croatia as a very young man to move to New Zealand hence where I get my rather long monkey length limbs from…Croatian’s aren’t short!

If there are any countries out there that are suffering from a drought then please email me and I will send you G for a weekend…his water bearing abilities are top notch.  I am currently sitting on the bed quickly typing this blog post while listing to the rain hammering it down outside…it was a pleasant 28 degrees this afternoon so we aren’t complaining.  G has seen it rain in Alice Springs on two separate occasions; one more and he will be considered a local!

Yesterday we visited Makarska and had a little tiki tour around; we visit this town often as it’s the nearest big town to the village however I hadn’t visited the love locks or a certain gentleman so we ticked that off our list.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 36, 2017

^^Wearing my Penis Skirt…it sticks out like I have a giant willy…but not just any giant willy but a M&S giant willy……which isn’t great when your tummy already makes folks query to when your baby is due!  Maybe this is an “only wear at home willy skirt” rather than a wear out sightseeing willy skirt.

^^^I used lightroom for the first time with the above photo…to be honest I like the least amount of flaff as possible when writing a blog post / adding photos etc and unless I’m missing something, lightroom seems a rather big fluffy flaff?!?!

Instagram Accounts that My Little Sister Loves

Spending time with my little sister this weekend…Lisa let me loose on her instagram account and after getting told off numerous times for liking photos…I am a compulsive instagram liker even when I am snooping on someone else’s phone…I thought I would share a few of Lisa’s favourite accounts.

Idda van Munster is a Bosnian vintage girl living in a modern world…that’s what her instagram profile states.  As soon as Lisa showed me her account I was hooked.  I love a travel account with a twist and the colourful vintage clothing and props really make certain overcooked instagram destinations look fresh again.

Team Sparkle…my little sister loves sparkle and colour so you will be able to see why she loves this account.  We live in a world where folks judge each other on size, shape, beauty and colour which is beyond wrong…we are all unique for a reason and this account really stands out…wear what makes you happy and f*ck the rest of the world…this is what daddy has being driving home to me for the past few weeks and it’s working!

Gertie is another firm favourite of Lisa’s…Lisa has just taken up sewing and she has the made the most adorable vintage style flamingo dress.  Gertie is a designer of Patterns for Butterick so if you love vintage fashion or are a keen sewer this account is for you!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 36, 2017

^^Lisa’s homemade dress…amazing right…she’s a talented young lass!

Anyway enough of my babbling, there’s a lighting storm for me to watch; I hope you are all having a lovely start to the week!

xx

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I’ll let you into a little secret, I’ve never watched Poldark but I’m thinking it might be about time with autumn just around the corner.  On our jolly little road trip around Cornwall I decided it would be a good idea to pootle around a certain area of Cornwall rather than try and “do” all of Cornwall in a few days and not enjoy the experience.  Travel shouldn’t be just about ticking off all the world’s must dos but enjoying the experience and visiting places of interest to you.  A visit to Charlestown was high on my wish list as I actually really like Maritime history…Greenwich was one of the first places I visited when I moved to London.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

I’ve worked in the shipping industry for quite a few years (however I work in a completely different field at the moment which is more air based…and no I don’t work for a travel company even though I’m based close to Luton) so I find ports really interesting so I added Charlestown to my Cornwall bucket list which included Port Isaac and the Eden Project.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

We had initially tried to visit Charlestown on the Sunday however it was heaving due to the regatta…it’s not a quiet spot to visit when the regatta is on (trust me!) but we visited the following day and I was so pleased we did as I loved this gorgeous little spot in Cornwall.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

G and I had a little wander around the old port…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…admiring the tall ships…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…I really liked this photo but couldn’t work out if I liked the photo in or out of focus…and since it’s my blog, you can suffer with both of them <insert evil laugh>…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…and the colourful houses which overlook Charlestown…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…mind the blown over chair!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

I may have found myself a pretty door or two…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…I don’t find them on purpose…okay maybe in Wroclaw I did thanks to Pinterest!

We wandered down to the marina and people watched…let’s just say that kids really don’t have any fear…there were so many squeals of delight and I will be very honest and say it looks like Charlestown has bought so many happy memories to many families over the years…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…I may have taken a shoefie while working my inner core muscles (let’s just say there aren’t any…the only crunches I like are crunchie bars!)….

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…look at how clear that water is, that water was calling my name; I may have dipped in a toe if the mercury was in the 30’s but you know…this is still England…(the only time I’ve ever swam in the UK is in Loch Ness in April… never at a beach).

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

The views around the coastline are absolutely gorgeous and totally worth a few moments (or more) staring into the distance…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…G and a number of other folks are were all watching the RNLI attempt a rescue of two teenagers that got stuck on the rocks as the tide came in which was a bit of excitement on our visit to Charlestown.

I also found a little fudge shop that had pre-packaged gluten free options of cakes at the top end of Charlestown so I stocked up on some fudge for G and I…I may have eaten most of it without sharing…have you ever enjoyed selfish flavoured fudge before…if not, it’s the best…I’m blaming the hormones again.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

Feeling a tad peckish we went to find some food and stopped off at Wreckers and sat outside….G ended up eating his dinner wrapped up in a blanket and a lovely New Zealand born lady told me she hoped he felt better soon.  I laughed this off and told her he wasn’t sick, just a big English wimp and couldn’t deal with some cooler temperatures…she laughed and said she understood that problem well.

^^The English Wimp!

^^To prove we both visited Charlestown…I’m super wonderful at this selfie business…totally know my best angles and G loves to smile…NOT!  If you want to know how to get that wonderful soft focus photo…place your finger accidentally over the camera and hey presto…rub camera with breton top to take sharper photos.

G and I left as the sun was setting and bathing Charlestown is a blanket of gold…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

…golden hour is one of my favourite times to be holding a camera…anyone else agree?

Would I recommend a visit to Charlestown…most definitely, it is rather beautiful little spot with a few great shops, nice restaurants and a gorgeous beach and I’m so glad that we visited as it didn’t feel touristy or tacky…it was actually a rather relaxing little spot and made me think, Cornwall is rather pretty but you need to visit spots that interest you and not follow the hordes.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

Travel Tips For Your Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall

  • There is a small car park however you can park on the road for free and walk in which only takes a few moments
  • There are a few shops at the top end of Charlestown which includes a really good antique shop and a few galleries if you are that way inclined.  I’m saving up my pennies to buy a piece from this art gallery…I love bright colours…one day!
  • Wreckers offers a great selection of gluten free options which are clearly marked out on the menu which makes life A LOAD easier and they also have blankets available if you decide to sit outside.
  • Charlestown offers a week long regatta during July so if you want to avoid it then check the dates…we ended up visiting during the regatta and there was live music served with cups of tea (how very English!) which was right up our alley.
  • If you are a Poldark fan then there is an exhibition / tourist attraction you can visit at the Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre…I didn’t as it was closed.
  • The beach looks absolutely stunning and would be a perfect picnic spot…it was the first beach in England where I thought I wouldn’t mind popping in for a little doggie paddle.
  • If you have never watched Poldark then here is a link to the series on Amazon so you can.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown, Cornwall. I'm a lover of Maritime History so a visit to Charlestown was a must to see the Tall Ships in the little Port and lets not forget the cute cottages. The village is used for many scenes in the TV series, Poldark so make sure you add the location to your Cornwall bucket list and start plotting your Cornwall Road Trip on a map to take advantage of this beautiful destination. Click over to the blog to see more pictures of Charletown and my handy tips!

xx

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Weight: 95.5 kgs

“Success supposes endeavour.” – Jane Austen, Emma

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Eeek…a weight gain…and after I walked half way around Poland as well…oh well, crap happens!  There were a lot of sweet treats in the office this week which I couldn’t resist as it was the final week of budget submission so things were a bit stressful at times.

Shake Your Booty

So yeah…after getting back from Poland, I’ve done no exercise at all!  Another reason why I’ve gained.

What I’m Up Too…

G and I are in London this weekend relaxing at the Intercontinental O2 Hotel down in Canary Wharf and it’s lovely…and it’s free!  The joys of having an IHG credit card and earning points…free nights when you need a little bit of R&R…so we drove down on Saturday morning (after I made courgette chutney!) and spent the day scoffing afternoon tea…

London Travel Inspiration - Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at Intercontinental O2 Canary Wharf

…and watching the sunset from the 18th floor bar overlooking Canary Wharf…plus using the spa!

London Travel Inspiration - Sunset View of London from 18th Floor Bar Intercontinental O2 London Canary Wharf

I thought G and I would have a trial run of sharing one bag for our trip away next week…basically G is the biggest overpacker I know and my mum is bloody horrendous and G puts her in the dark.  G has made the suggestion that we buy another bag as we are flying with Wizz Air…or he could just pack sensibly and not take his hotel shoes!

Instagram Accounts that I Love

So I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with instagram but a good friend said to me that I just need to follow people that make me happy or that I feel a connection with so I thought I would share three instagram accounts that currently make me smile!

Stacie Flinner to me is the best luxury travel blogger out there (blogger or instagrammer for that matter)…Stacie blogs about home, lifestyle, fashion and travel and she is currently on a year long travel adventure with her hubby.  There are a number reasons why I love and stalk Stacie’s account on a daily basis (I don’t want to miss one of her photos hence I stalk!)…the photos are truly fabulous and I just love how she mixes fashion, hotel features and travel destinations up on her instagram account (it doesn’t come across as a “look at me, look at me” account which I detest and have starting unfollowing)…a lot of bloggers / instagrammers could learn a few things from her account but what I love the most is that she comes across as really natural and likeable…plus she mentions staying in Air BNB properties as well so you know she mixes her accommodation up!  I’ve followed Stacie for months now and every photo makes me want to jump on a plane or buy her outfit…she is that good.

Floret Flower is another instagram account that makes me smile…it’s just pure flower power and how can you not love flowers especially Dahlias!  I’ve grown a few dahlias this year and they aren’t hard to grow and I’m loving the results.  This year has taught me a new skill, gardening and I love it so I’m currently addicted to flower accounts on instagram.

The Yellow Sticker Gal is just awesome and my frugal self loves her!  Basically this lass can’t resist a yellow label…she loves mark downs in supermarkets and she shows her bargains and her cooking skills on her account.  Just like Stacie, she comes across down to earth and I just love the joy she gets from buying her groceries on the cheap.

So what instagram accounts make you happy?

Anyway enough of my babbling, Happy Weekend Everyone!

xx

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