Weight: Unknown as on holiday

“A lucky guess is never merely luck. There is always some talent in it.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 16, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Next…there isn’t a set of scales in the hotel room so I can’t check my weight which I think is a HUGE blessing!

Shake Your Booty

I managed a few strolls on the treadmill earlier on this week which was all good…I feel so much better for doing a spot of exercise after a day at work.  And since we are walking almost everywhere in Moscow this weekend, we’ve done quite a few steps…G hates walking so you can imagine how pleasant he is today on our second full day in Moscow..with a dodgy knee on the mean streets of Moscow (my legs are killing me so I can only guess how G’s knee currently feels!).

What I’m Up Too..

Yes so we arrived into Moscow on Friday afternoon and oh my goodness, the traffic…it only took us 2.5 hours to get from the airport to the hotel!  Needless to say, the crankiest person in Moscow was me on Friday afternoon and then the Intercontinental decided to remove my Club Lounge access that I’d paid for which offers breakfast, dinner and light snacks and gave us a suite instead with no Lounge access without asking what I would prefer…I tossed my cookies big time…mainly as I was going to rely heavily on the hotel for gluten free food…in the end they gave us lounge access and the suite…G had to sort it as I had to stand outside to cool down as I was having a hot flush and a panic attack over food (don’t laugh as finding gluten free food in Moscow isn’t easy and with the language barrier it just adds a new dimension to finding food).

Other than that (I’ve built a big bridge and moved on!), I’m absolutely loving Moscow…can’t get over how amazing the city is and I suppose I can see why it’s a marmite destination as it can be a culture shock to some people (my first time in Russia in 2003 most certainly was) however the changes are startling from my last visit to this one and I’m so glad that I’ve ticked off Red Square!  I’m plotting my next Russian adventure for some point in the future.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 16, 2017

Last night, G decided he wanted to go shooting…honestly it was like we were starring in a dodgy horror movie as we got dropped off at derelict building, then had to go underground…then a few guys turned up with a large gun looking like they were from the mafia…G and I are still laughing about it all now.

You can see more of my photos on my instagram page.

Anyway enough of my babbling…time for some sleep.

xx

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Weight: 96.0 kgs

“What did she say? Just what she ought, of course. A lady always does” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 15, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

A teeny weeny weight loss…I’m pretty sure next week it will be an entirely different story…has anyone else over eaten…G and I have eaten enough food for a family of 10 this past week…looking forward to getting back on track from tomorrow.

Shake Your Booty

I had a little procedure at the hospital on Tuesday and unfortunately it left me unable to do exercise but I’ve managed to go for a stroll on my treadmill today…yay!

What I’m Up Too..

G and I haven’t done much this Easter holiday…possibly a waste of 4 days however we have sorted a number of things out in our home and my decluttering continues…seriously where does all this crap come from…it feels like a never-ending battle…how do these minimalist bloggers with a cactus do it…I’m assuming they prick themselves with said cactus whenever they want to buy something?!??

G changed my wardrobe around which means I have huge visibly of all my clothes and let’s just say there will be another HUGE eBay clear out when I get back from Moscow…is it weird that I am looking forward to this.  I’ve become obsessed with reading wardrobe and declutter make over books at the moment…my whole mindset towards shopping has really changed this year!  I highly recommend The Curated Closet if you’re looking for a way to change your clothing shopping habits.

Last week I found out I will be definitely having a second operation, most likely in June but possibly sooner if she can get me in…Frida the Fibroid which was partly removed in the first operation has moved into my uterus cavity (I thought this was a good thing, apparently it’s not however it makes easier to remove it) and this is causing all my stomach cramping and why I had to have a day off last week after having an internal ultrasound…I find internal ultrasounds a complete walk in the park along with smears, I don’t fear them at all but holy sh*t…two days of cramping and bleeding with bed rest and I’m still not feeling 100% now. Easter has allowed me to rest a bit which is always a good thing especially as we’re off to Moscow on Friday…a well deserved holiday for G and I.

I’ve booked a few things this weekend for Moscow…nothing like leaving things to the last minute again.

I had a giggle over the Easter weekend as there was a photo of my mummy molesting the Easter Bunny that popped over for Afternoon Tea…some things never change!

I hope everyone has had a really lovely Easter break.

Anyway enough of my babbling…time for some bedtime reading.

xx

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The accountant in me loves to save a bob or two and I personally think you don’t have to be an accountant to want to save money when travelling.  You may have seen the ads on telly or maybe you’ve got a friend that already uses the website (like I do with Rachel!)...let me introduce you to TopCashback.com and how you can save some cash on your next trip.

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

Firstly What is TopCashback.com?

The website acts as an affiliate link, so you head into your account and search for the company you want to make a purchase from.  If they’re on the website, click on the link, make your purchase and wait for a percentage of the money to come back to your account in a few weeks time.

Now this is the best bit; you can have the money transferred to your account or if you are avios hungry like me, then you can have the cash transferred into avios points to use for a one world flight (British Airways, Iberia etc) at a later date.

What Travel Companies Are Listed On TopCashback.com?

Hotels.com

At the time of me writing this, you could earn 8.4% back on your hotel stays booked via hotels.com like the very beautiful La Mamounia in Marrakech (the percentage changes depending on what is offered at the time but any cash back means more money in your pocket!) plus Hotels.com have an awesome loyalty programme if you like staying at independent hotels rather than chain hotels…double bubble savings!

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

Lastminute.com / Expedia.co.uk

There are different cash back structures for flights, hotels and experiences etc however I’m a firm believer, if you take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.

Travel Magazines

Now when I’m not travelling, I’m a total armchair traveller and I love love love reading travel magazines for inspiration and planning my next trip (and I’m also quite partial to the Good Housekeeping magazine!).  There are a great variety of deals from a few different suppliers – work out who offers the magazine subscription you’re after and then look at who offers the best cash back offer…I’ve just ordered two £5 subscriptions to see if I like the magazine before locking myself into a yearly subscription and I will be getting £4.20 cash back for using their website.

Booking Airfares

We book a lot of airfares and it’s fair to say that I should be booking via the TopCashback.Com website but I’ve not done this as yet…doh doh doh!  So if you’re booking a flight then make sure you book via the cash back website to get some extra pennies in your pocket especially when the airline is having a sale…double bubbling again!  And it’s not just British Airways that offers a cash back – you have Singapore Airlines, Flybe, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air France, Qatar, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, KLM, Monarch, Virgin Atlantic and the list goes on…you won’t lose out on frequent flyer miles or tiers when booking via the cash back website either so don’t fret about that.

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

Ebay

Now you probably think..why have I added eBay and there is a simple reason…they offer 1% on any purchase and you’ll be surprised how many items you can pick up brand new on the website for your gap year or even a city break. !

Trainline.com

If you do a bit of train travel around the UK then make sure you pop through the topcashback.com website to receive some pennies back in your purse.  I go through this website and occasionally it ties in nicely with the American Express offer where I receive a further 5% cash back if I use my American Express credit card…double bubbling again!

Car Rental Firms

The website also offers a number of Car Rental options so you should be able to spot your favourite car rental company and get a little cash back.

Heathrow Airport Carparking

If you’re like us, we will either stay the night before our morning flight at an airport hotel which offers a car park deal or we use Heathrow Airport Carparking…now there are a few options here but G and I like to use the pod as it’s such a quick and easy way to access your car after your flight.  There are some great value deals so take the time to investigate!

Chain Hotels

Now as you know I’m a huge fan of IHG and we stay with them a lot as I’m a Spire Ambassador (I’ve earned this from staying with them and my credit card usage; not through blogging!) however they don’t offer a cash back which I’m totally gutted about…come on folks!  But never fret as the following chains do offer a cashback: Hilton, Marriot, Accor and Best Western to just name a few.

Exploring the UK

I don’t disguise the fact that I love exploring what the UK has to offer and that means purchasing a few memberships like the National Trust and English Heritage (and I’ve even written a post on which is the best for families and the type of properties you want to visit)…go through the cash back website and voila, you get a cash back…use the money to buy yourself a scone on your first visit to a property!

Disneyland Paris

Okay, I wasn’t a huge fan of Disneyland Paris but I know it’s on a lot of people’s wish lists so why not book your vacation via the website and get a cash back.

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

TravelZoo

Do you get the weekly travelzoo email like I do; I’ve booked a few bits and pieces over the years as the deals can be VERY cheap!  You can get it even cheaper by using the cash back website and getting a percentage back…something to consider right if you are watching your pennies?!

Car & Travel Insurance

After G had over £100k worth of medical treatment after a diving incident in Cyprus a few years ago, I’m a firm believer that if you can’t afford travel insurance then you can’t afford to travel!  There are a number of car and travel insurance options that you can get a rebate on, so do some research and see what the best offer is for you!

Credit Cards

You know when you sign up for a new credit card, well there are a few companies that offer a cash back if you sign up through this website!  Basically they’re offering you free money – use the credit card right, make your purchases and then pay it all off when the payment is due and you won’t pay any interest.  (Only apply for a credit card if you can trust yourself to use it correctly!).

How to Join TopCashback.com?

It’s very easy, just set up an account and bob’s your uncle…you can start shopping.  I always do a comparison between the TopCashback.com and BA Avios eStore websites to see who is offering the better of the deals at the time with cash back and avios.

So have I convinced you to join TopCashback.Com – you can find out more information and register here.

Frugal Friday - How to Save Money When Travelling with TopCashBack.Com. Regardless if you travel on a budget or like staying in a luxury hotel or two, this website will help you save money. There are so many travel hacks, finance tips, travel tips and tricks out there on offer however just with one simple click you can be earning cash back when booking your next holiday, travel magazine subscription or train ticket. Pop over to see the many different ways you can be saving!

I don’t accept freebies for this blog so everything that I write about is something that I’ve paid for out of my own pocket…and I know that my readers like this fact as you’ve sent me emails saying so, which I really appreciate!  There are so many great ways to save on travel in the United Kingdom, you just need to take the time to find them…every Friday I do my weekly spreadsheet updating my finances, hence why Friday is called Frugal Friday in our home, it’s a total eye opener to where our money is going but it has made me so much more careful on how I spend our money now.

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links…it doesn’t cost you anything extra to click through however if you do make a purchase then it means I make a VERY SMALL commission.

xx

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So howdy…and welcome to Suffolk!  Suffolk is one of my favourite counties in England due to its colourful cottages and wobbly houses…if you want to fall in love with England then this is a good starting point and a cheaper and less crowded alternative to the Cotswolds.  I thought I would create an itinerary for a weekend break in Suffolk with a few add ons depending on your travel style and speed…just in time for the Easter Break and the May bank holidays which are all fast approaching!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

This itinerary requires a car to get around the county…all the links for the various websites are listed below each destination.  If you are leaving London ex Heathrow, then it will take approximately 2 hours for the journey to Clare depending on traffic conditions.  So lets begin…

Day 1 – Weekend Break in Suffolk

Clare

This little town is such a cutie pie and if you love pargetting then there is a rather fine example to behold right in the town centre…the house resembles a custard creme biscuit!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Make sure you climb to the top of the remains of the old castle to get views over the little town and then wander around the old priory…where nobility are buried in the grounds…it’s a peaceful little spot and worthy of a picnic if you’ve packed one for your road trip.  The town is easy to walk around and there are few tea rooms and a number of antique shops to browse so you will keep everyone happy.

Parking – there is free on road parking on the outskirts of Clare or you can pay for parking by the Old Priory Castle car park

Eating – there are a few cafes in Clare which offer gluten free options; I checked all three but only ate in one!  Honey Hill Cafe right in the centre of the town and offers indoor and outdoor seating; Clare Antiques & Interiors has a little cafe attached which very yummy looking cafes on offer and last but not least Cafe Clare is another option if you feel peckish!

Shopping – if you love a spot of antique shopping then I would recommend Clare Antiques & Interiors (link above) and there are a number of tiny little independent shops dotted around including an art gallery and an old fashioned ironmongers.

Cavendish

Our next little stop is less than 4 miles away, if you blink you may just miss it!  Cavendish is a little chocolate box village which features in a number of books as one of the cutest places in England……there is the iconic photo of the church, the pink cottage and the green which is just the bees knees and totally worthy of a stop.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Parking – there is plenty of free on road parking, park up and go for a wander around this delightful little village.

Eating and Shopping – there is a rather cute little antique shop and cafe combined…where you are truly having a cuppa while surrounded by antiques…I may have bought a bright yellow antique vase which I love!  While there was no gluten free option, if you’re after a drink then this is a great little stop.  There is also a couple of pubs in the village…of course!  The charity shop has a great collection of vintage vinyl if that tickles your fancy.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Long Melford

Our third stop is 6 miles away from Cavendish and it’s another cute little town called Long Melford…the town itself is a rather long street filled with independent shops, vintage tea rooms (many of which have gluten free cakes, I checked but didn’t partake…I must be sick!) and a few pubs.  I thought the town was very pretty with all the spring blossoms but I didn’t spend very much time exploring.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Parking – there is plenty of on road parking which is free, you may have to park further out and walk in during the busy times of the day.

Eating and Shopping – Tiffins looked really lovely and they had a few gluten free options to tide you over..there was also numerous pubs so you could sit outside and enjoy a pint in the sunshine (just remember not to drink and drive!).  There is a rather nifty kitchen shop which sells lovely crystal and every baking tray ever produced.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

A Few Day 1 Add Ons…

Long Melford is home to two Stately Homes so depending if you love doing a bit of snooping around a home that isn’t your own…well you’re in luck!

National Trust – Melford Hall

For the National Trust members (and non members can visit also!), Melford Hall is worthy of a visit especially for fans of Beatrix Potter whom was a cousin of the Hyde Family that were the owners of the property and there are some of her sketches to admire.  It would be a lovely spot for a picnic! You can read more about the National Trust property here.

Kentwell Hall

Just a short drive down the road (and I mean maybe a minute or two if the traffic is bad) is the Stately Home, Kentwell Hall.  If you hold a Historic Houses Association Card then you will be able to gain free entry to this property.  You can read more about Kentwell Hall here.

Accommodation in Suffolk for the Night

Finding the perfect accommodation in Suffolk really depends on how much you want to spend, location and what you really want to take away from the experience….a nights sleep can be a magical experience so here a few options to research –

Stay in Thatched Cottage close to Long Melford, how about a luxurious night at The Swan at Lavenham or maybe a holiday cottage for the whole family…maybe stay at DeVere House especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan or an Old English Inn…or for the price conscious then why not check out the endless options on Airbnb…maybe take a look at staying at Kentwell Hall!  The possibilities are endless and there is something for every budget.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Day 2 – Weekend Break in Suffolk

Spend the day exploring Lavenham which is just over a 5 mile drive from Long Melford so if you stay overnight in this area then you won’t have to travel far…after breakfast, pop out and explore this adorable wobbly village before the day trip tourists arrive from the big smoke.  Lavenham is England’s best preserved medieval village!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

If you’re a Harry Potter fan than that you will be pleased to know that this gorgeous chocolate box village was used in the Harry Potter films and you can even stay in his house.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

The village is full of little independent shops, tea rooms so you can pop inside and then back out to see the beautiful village without feeling guilty.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

The National Trust have a property, The Lavenham Guildhall which made an appearance in the Harry Potter films.

Parking – there is very limited long stay parking in Lavenham so if you have stayed the night in Lavenham then you may have this issue sorted but the earlier you arrive, the easier you can find a car park and remember to take cash to pay for parking.

Eating and Shopping – there are numerous tea shops and pubs to tickle your fancy.  Why not book yourself into The Swan for afternoon tea or if you want something lighter then head to a tea room and support a local business.  There are a number of independent businesses offering unique souvenirs from your trip to Suffolk.

You can read my full post on Lavenham here with a million more photos.

Add On Destinations – Weekend Break in Suffolk

Now if you have a few more days to explore Suffolk then I have some more suggestions for you…the county is rather beautiful with many pretty little villages and towns just waiting to be explored.

Bury St Edmunds

The town is aptly named the Jewel in Suffolks Crown and it’s a very pretty stop on any road trip…Bury St Edmunds is a bustling town and it’s very different to the above destinations.  You can read my full post on the town here.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

Saffron Walden

This pargetting gem isn’t located in Suffolk but in Essex however you could potentially drive past the town on your way back to London and it’s worthy of a visit just to look at the beautiful pargetting work on the buildings.  You can read my post on Saffron Walden here.

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

There are a number of spots around Suffolk including Kersey, Boxford, Brent Eleigh, Bures, Chelsworth, Nayland, Polstead and Woolpit just to name a few!  Just drive and get lost in Suffolk and you will find some wonderful spots just waiting to be discovered.

Where is your favourite spots in Suffolk for a weekend break?

England Travel Inspiration - A Weekend Break in Suffolk...A Travel Guide for Wobbly Building & Chocolate Box Village Lovers. Pop on over a check out my one night itinerary for this gorgeous English county including two Harry Potter locations, a few Stately Homes, the ever popular medieval village of Lavenham and a few lesser known villages in the area which are just beautiful places to visit and I've thrown in some very yummy gluten free food options!

xx

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