Fact: I love doors!  While doing some Pinterest research on Madeira, I quite literally stumbled upon the beautiful painted doors of Funchal so of course I added them to my list of things to do in Madeira for our weekend break and waited patiently for our trip to photograph them all.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

The doors are situated in the old town of Funchal along the little cobbled street, Rua de Santa Maria where you will have kittens as you’re in door heaven…honestly the doors are so wicked and so artistic.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

This was how my wander along Rua de Santa Maria went…ohhh look at that door…pause to take a photo…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…takes two steps…ohhhh look at that door…I wonder if I could get G to do something like this with our front door…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…this door will definitely stop those annoying politicians from knocking on my door again…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…takes two more steps…pauses…takes another photo while trying not to have kittens…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…fails desperately at looking calm and collected around said doors….

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…wanders into art gallery for a second to compose myself…only to see a painted door on my way out…eeek…uses pelvic floor muscles to hold in kittens…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…takes two steps and photographs another sort of door…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…while thinking to myself, I could seriously move into this road and live happily ever after…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…screw finding Prince Charming…I’ve got doors…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…and I don’t really like horses and they might chip the paint work on my doors…seriously Prince Charming can go and screw himself…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…secretly plotting how I could take over Madeira and kick everyone off the island…not Love Island style either…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…repeats following mantra in head…they are only doors…they are only doors…step away from the doors…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…oooohhhh look at that cool door with flames on it…remember they are just doors Kel…just doors…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…awww look at her there…let’s call you Flo…I feel like taking a trip to Florence…why has that popped into my head…bugger I don’t have 3G…puts a note in phone to check out flights to Florence….continues walking…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…I feel like someone is watching me…hmmm….are people staring as I’m skipping and taking photos…am possibly talking to myself at this point…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…stops in a dodgy looking bar to buy a drink and use their free wifi…need to send G a message to bring down my other camera and memory card…starts to panic that I have no battery or space left on memory card…can’t delete my other door photos…not my babies…starts to hyperventilate over the thought of deleting photos from memory card…possibly talking to myself loudly with tears streaming down my face over the thought of deleting photos…this is completely normal right??…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…and yes G was still in the hotel…apparently this is his idea of torture….reminds me to accidentally tell G a little white lie on next holiday and send him on a Pinterest worthy walking torture session…have already made him sit through a Pinterest holiday idea board…he was never normal after that…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…remind myself that I should listen to G occasionally and carry my leatherman in my handbag…I could take the doors off the hinges and ship them back to England…no one would ever know…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…honestly they wouldn’t…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…quietly thinking to myself that there are some fantastic artists in this world…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

…and look who I spotted…an artist at work!

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

If you do visit Madeira, make sure you check out the fun and quirky painted doors of Funchal as they are simply the best!

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Exploring Madeira Island then you must check out the painted doors of Funchal, Madeira which are so fun, colourful and quirky; definitely add it to your list of things to do in Funchal. Click the link to read my Madeira Travel Tips!

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Weight: 97.3 kgs

“Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 25

My Life Goal, ze Weight

I’ve lost a bit of weight this week…I actually started to keep a calorie counter on my phone (not My Fitness Pal as I really dislike that app which always tells me to eat 1200 calories which isn’t actually good for you!) which has stopped me putting food into my gob…I see my calories dwindle down, I panic and stop eating…plus I didn’t tell me to eat 1200 calories a day which isn’t good for your body.  Plus as it’s so humid, I feel like eating more salads.

Shake Your Booty

I’ve done a lot of exercise this week and feel better for it…the humidity has caused me to have a major sweat session whenever I do exercise which I kinda like…I feel like I’ve actually exercised.  The past few weeks weather wise have really reminded me of an Auckland summer…hot, humid, rain, thunder and then delightful blue skies.

The Referendum…my two pennies

Can we not have a repeat of this week please!  I’m not going to say how I voted however I made a very balanced decision and looked at both sides of the argument when I placed my vote.  What I hated about this referendum was the name calling and trolling on social media which is still continuing now.  I fell down the rabbit hole looking at the referendum hashtags at 5am yesterday morning and I was disgusted…there were so many disgusting sods on twitter!  I totally understand that people are disappointed with the result.

Am I happy about the result…I’m rather indifferent at the moment and I would be still indifferent to the result if it had swung the other way.  My indifference is probably due to all the pettiness going on around this referendum.

Do I think the EU is working as a whole…no…does it have benefits…yes.

Democracy is where you all have your say and then we go with the majority vote…we have a majority vote folks as over a million extra people voted to leave the EU than remain (the difference is over a million, not a hundred thousand which I would call tight…over a million isn’t tight)…we now all have to live with this decision and move forward together regardless if you voted to remain in the EU.  Asking for a second referendum until you are happy that your result is the winner isn’t how democracy works and why oh why are people asking for London to be independent…I just shake my head.  So if we have a second referendum…and the leavers don’t win…are we going to have a third referendum as they’re not happy with the result then?!?

What I find freaking hilarious is that I was predicting this outcome for MONTHS!  I am pretty sure London and the Home Counties were living under a bloody rock along with all the politicians and yes the older generation were going to vote to leave…they have lived in and out of the EU and you have to wonder why they all wanted to leave…was life actually better out of the EU?!   But what made the big difference is that the older generation actually bothered to register to vote and turned up to vote…I can’t wait to see the full attendance percentage breakdown for each age group as I’m guessing the youngsters that had an option to vote just didn’t hence putting a large bullet through both feet…I’m backing this up by what I heard in the office as I was shocked how many of the under 25’s didn’t bother to vote on Thursday or even flipping register…they had a chance to shape their future but didn’t use it and guess what you don’t get a second try for being lazy…you learn from your mistakes and you don’t do it the next time there is a vote…fingers crossed not for a bloody EU referendum! (This BBC article states that areas with a younger population had a lower voter turn out!  My suspicions almost confirmed.)

For a lot of the people voting Leave…and I know many…they weren’t all from the older age groups either…they were the same age as me, younger and older…immigration wasn’t the main driving factor to their vote.  To see people on social media calling the leave voters racists…A LOT weren’t!  The remain politicians were plugging away saying that immigration was a big driver for the people that wanted to leave…they were bloody wrong!  REALLY WRONG!

The leave voters that I talked too came from a variety of backgrounds – some were extremely well educated, some were multi millionaires, others held down regular jobs and some were unemployed BUT they all had gone out and found the information that they wanted to know before they made their decision for them and their families…they were informed…they weren’t misinformed so stop with the remarks that they’re stupid, they’re not…they made a vote that was best for them just like the voters for remain did!

Many complained that the politicians were doing scare mongering tactics rather than giving the public true facts…and I have to agree with them…they did.

Living in Bedfordshire has taught me a lot…there is a huge divide between London plus the Home Counties and the rest of England…there are almost two different ways of life and how the EU has influenced these areas differently.  While London has really benefitted from the EU, in many other parts of England it hasn’t.  A little example would be seeing fields that used to be full of produce now empty as the farmer is provided with an EU subsidy not to grow produce…something that I noticed greatly on my trip to Norfolk recently and locally in Bedfordshire…I like to buy local produce as I think this is better for the environment as I hate food that has travelled for miles to get onto my plate so seeing this annoys me greatly (we do have a large vegetable garden before anyone tells me to grow my own!).  Trust me there are benefits as well…Bedford is basically plonked in the middle of England hence we have a large number of distribution centres around the outskirts…I almost get taken out by a foreign lorry driver each week as they cause havoc driving around the Junction 13 roundabouts but other than that these distribution centres also bring jobs to the area.

Is there a potential that my job may now go…maybe…maybe not…I work in a difficult industry where there are lots of legal rules to move items around the world…LOTS of red tape…it’s not just an EU thing, it’s a world thing and it may not be easy depending on whatever changes are made going forward…but also, maybe it won’t change, who knows!  Am I fearful…no…what is going to happen will happen; there is no point living in fear.

I know a lot of people were disappointed for not having the opportunity to vote in the referendum as well…I was allowed to as I come from the commonwealth and I’m a resident of the UK (the Brits who are residents in NZ are allowed to vote in NZ elections so it seems reasonably fair that this works both ways)…for the folks that didn’t fall into this category…why haven’t you applied for UK citizenship especially the ones that have lived here for 10+ years…the referendum getting held wasn’t a spur of the moment thing.  I understand why the EU nationals weren’t allowed to vote.  You can renounce your current citizenship and apply for UK citizenship if this is where you want to call home.

Either way…there was a vote…there was a majority…let’s move on TOGETHER!  Stop the fucking pettiness…it’s getting truly pathetic!

I know people are going to have something to say about the above and that’s fine…as I’ve said in the past…opinions are like assholes…we’ve all got one!

What I’m Up Too…

Today I headed off to the Blunham Parish Church in Bedfordshire (about a 15 min drive from Bedford) as they’re holding a wedding show; they are showing wedding gowns over the decades including the most beautiful Flapper wedding dress from 1929 which is just truly gorgeous!  It’s on again tomorrow from 1pm through to 4pm and it’s worth a visit…it’s just a donation for entry and there is tea, coffee and cake available for a donation as well which they are using to put towards getting the church roof fixed.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 25, 2016

Ummm I’m trying to think what I did this week…I really can’t remember…the referendum has left me with such a headache!

Coming up this week, I’m in London seeing a friend who is over from South Africa and I can’t wait for lots of cuddles!  G is apparently in Wales for a few nights so I might see about spending the night if the timings work out.

So what’s all the gossip?

xx

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If I had a penny for every time I’ve seen a tweet or blog post dissing the old bucket list, I would be living in Claridge’s Hotel permanently due to the proceeds.  There is nothing wrong with a bucket list, let’s just stop with the travel snobbery folks!

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Am petrified of heights but love hot air ballooning…ticked off Goreme and the Serengeti!  It’s worth every penny in both destinations.

Call it what you want, a wish list, a to do list, a life dreams list, your goals…but at the end of the day it’s really a bucket list – no matter what fancy words you use, it’s a list of things you want to do, see, experience or feel before you kick the ol’ bucket.  I have no problem with this term…we are all going to kick the bucket one day!

This year has taught me a valuable lesson again, you really don’t know when your time is up.  Remember Morgan Freeman and his bucket list, he had months to tick off things on that list.  Guess what, some people don’t have that chance.  Yes it’s totally possible to find out you have only days to live when you get diagnosed with cancer hence having no time to tick things off.

^^I love this scene in The Bucket List movie!

Don’t let travel snobbery stop you writing a bucket list of places or things you want to do.  I’ve started writing mine, suffered a bit with writers block then dory brain happened but every now and then I remember somewhere I want to visit or something that I really really really want to do and add it to my bucket list blog page.  A bucket list doesn’t have to be travel related either, it can be silly, fun things – I’ve got milk braids aka Heidi braids on mine!

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Visiting the Christmas Markets…ticked off my bucket list but have returned many times as I adore them!

Travel Bloggers: visit places you want to visit, don’t always accept that press trip or free holiday or visit a place that is blog worthy and doesn’t really interest you.  Travel where you want to visit….I’m more likely to read a travel blog where I know the person is living out their dream holiday rather than a press trip…I get so much enjoyment out of reading smaller blogs these days as you experience the excitement in every post rather than a blog that feels slightly corporate.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Meeting my Croatian family…meaningful travel…sorry about the blurry pic!

Write down things that interest you!  There’s no point going somewhere just because it’s become seriously cool or on some buzzfeed style article…you know the one, the 10 countries you must visit before you turn 30….apparently you can’t visit these countries after you turn 30…but as I said in this post, you bloody well can…age shouldn’t stop you for exploring…you can visit anywhere you want at any age.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^I didn’t eat tomatoes for quite some time after La Tomatina

Don’t be afraid to write a bucket list and think that others are judging you for writing that list!  Who cares what these travel snobs think!  There is nothing wrong if you don’t tick off everything on your bucket list but you will definitely have fun trying.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Travelled through Africa for 7 weeks and ticked off going on safari…and getting my feet bitten by a cheetah

It’s okay only to tick off one item each year when you can afford it…bloody hell…I work my arse off to pay my bills and to save money to go away on holiday when time allows.  I saw an article recently saying that they hate bucket lists and they just go out and do it without waiting…well that’s great but in the real world guess what…people have jobs, limited amounts of holiday entitlement and they have to save up.  FACT!  Do what you can afford as money doesn’t grow on trees.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Libya was on my bucket list…I consider myself extremely lucky to have visited this beautiful country…we had a giggle only last night about me almost getting my bare bottom bitten by puppies!

You don’t have to wait until you’re really really old or have a terminal disease to tick off your bucket list either…you can tick it off whenever you fancy…it’s your life!  Do it when you’re ready!

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Adore Jane Austen so am slowly ticking things off my Jane Austen bucket list…I have a main bucket list then another one or a million on the side!

Don’t judge people whom don’t have travel on their bucket list…some folks are more than happy to create a beautiful home for themselves and their families and that’s just as worthwhile as visiting Paris.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Eating a danish in Denmark in my gluten eating monster days!

You only have one life, so be happy in the way you live it and live it for yourself!

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Ticking off two things from my bucket list..riding a camel and visiting the pyramids!

So here is a link to my bucket list page and my completed bucket list page.  Feel free to leave your bucket list in my comments box below as I would love to see what you’ve got on your list…it doesn’t have to be travel related!  It’s rather interesting to see what is on your own list when you start writing one.

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Weight: 98.1 kgs

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 24

My Life Goal, ze Weight

No change from last week which is good!  I’ve actually started making salads for lunch and feel so much better for doing this.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to turn into a lettuce leaf shortly though as I’ve eaten a lot of salad.

Shake Your Booty

I started back on my 12 week exercise plan…week 1 is over and done with and I can confirm that I still hate burpees and that squats kill my thighs…so much so that I wished I was able to pee standing up as sitting down on the toilet seat is just plain awful the following day after a leg workout…toilet roll holders become the only way to lift yourself off a toilet seat…the real reason why they were invented for…for ladies that do squats and then can’t get off the loo the following day!

What I’m Up Too…

This weekend, G and I are in Madeira so that I could tick off an item on my bucket list…Afternoon Tea at Reids Palace which was ticked off earlier today.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 24, 2016

Current situation: just sitting on the bed waiting for the firework display to start shortly…G is currently snoring beside me…we are just so rock and roll…G’s snoring action is really weird…I’m tempted to film it and share it with you all.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 24, 2016

I wasn’t too sure what to expect of Funchal but it has surprised me…especially when it comes to door porn!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 24, 2016

So on Sunday (which is tomorrow UK time but now NZ time) is my parents 40th wedding anniversary…ruby, ruby, ruby, ruby…I’m pretty sure dad would be a millionaire if he got a dollar every time mum threatened him with a big stick over the last 40 years!  I think Lisa will agree with me when I say we are pretty lucky to have our freaking crazy parents…there’s a lot of love in our family!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 24, 2016

Getting caught in the act!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 24, 2016

Mum and Lisa sent me some really old photos this week of Pugwash, Lisa and I enjoying a cup of tea circa 1984-1986.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 24, 2016

So what’s all the gossip?  What have you ticked off your bucket list this week or what special occasion are you and your family celebrating?

xx

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