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“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 4, 2018

My Life Goal, ze Weight

No change on the weight front.

Shake Your Booty

No exercise this week; okay that is a fib…I did try to do yoga and my body didn’t have any strength at all so I took that as a sign to rest.  Then I came down with another bug…I’m kinda looking forward to February as I think I’ve picked up every bug going this January that has hit our office…I was asked if I was pregnant due to the bug…oh yeah…it was a good week!

What I’ve Read

I gave myself a challenge not to buy any shoes or clothes this year…trust me, it isn’t easy (and I know it’s only bloody January and I’ve almost failed!)...but things happen for a reason and when Cait Flanders book, The Year of Less popped up in my amazon recommendations just after my lovely suede boot crisis, I decided to buy the book which I then promptly read half of it, the night it arrived.  Cait decided not buy anything for a whole year bar food, toiletries and fuel…the book wasn’t what I was expecting but it was a very interesting read as she explains her reasons how she got to where she is and what was driving her lifestyle prior to the shopping ban…during her shopping ban, she also started to declutter and leads a more minimalistic lifestyle.   Cait also writes a blog so it’s interesting to see the other side…the real person behind the blog which I really like.

I’ve read a few books written by bloggers on their chosen niche and I have to say they’ve always disappointed me but Cait’s book didn’t as she was extremely open about her life.

What I’m Up Too…

So after throwing myself into bed one day after work at 7pm and the following day at 4pm…basically I’ve done nothing all week.

Today was a bit more productive, I’d ironed by 9am…check me out…just give me the medal as I’ve already go the massive chest to pin it on!  Then it was off to buy bird feed…£17 later…we have pampered birds in our back garden…then one black bird decided to throw the seed everywhere so he got a sharp telling off…honestly, I lead the life a rock star.

I’ve spent the day decluttering again…our bathroom was decluttered today…G and empty bottles…he’s going to end up with one up his bum if he doesn’t watch out.

If you live in the Bedfordshire area, there is a book sale at Blunham church next month and they are looking for book donations…if you fancy decluttering your books.

I now have bags of books to send off to Blunham Church, clothes for a shelter in Bedford and the rest going to the charity shop.

Weirdly, I’ve become obsessed with coat hangers lately…I don’t know why however I wanted to buy some more today…I just can’t stop buying them.  I managed to talk myself out of them today…just…and I mean JUST!  Does anyone else out there share this obsession?!?

Anyway enough of my babbling, Happy Weekend everyone!

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When my family were over, I wanted to show them something a bit new other than London and Cambridge AGAIN so I planned a 4 day North of England Road Trip to give them a little flavour of Northern England.  We stuffed in a lot over the 4 days however it really did show my family that there is more to England than just London!

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 1 – Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

We left on a sunny (jokes…it was grey as it was still summer!) Friday morning and headed up to Stoke on Trent to visit the Potteries.  G and I have visited this area a few times including to have afternoon tea at Wedgwood (spoiler alert if you don’t read the review – it’s really good!) so we popped into Wedgwood for a little look around and then off to Burleigh Pottery where we may have supported the local economy.

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I own a few pieces of the Burleigh Calico range in blue and I may have left with two new pieces…the pattern has a vintage cottage feel but I liven things up with splashes of yellow in our kitchen.  Mum also took a piece home with her.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 2 – Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

After leaving Stoke on Trent, we hit the traffic as it was Friday so we were a bit late arriving at Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire…if you love the National Trust and wobbly buildings then this one is for you!  Even though we had a whistle stop tour through the property, it was still great to see an amazing amount of history in one building including the witches marks.  You can read more about our adventures at Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire here.

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That night we bedded down at the Holiday Inn Express at Stoke on Trent using points…two free rooms…hotel chains are great for road trips due to their various locations just off motorways and close to town centres…diss hotel chains all you like but they are absolutely brilliant places to rest your head when you’re on a road trip around England.

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 3 – Lyme Park, Cheshire

Up early the following morning, we headed to visit another National Trust property which was on my Jane Austen Bucket List, Lyme Park.  If you loved the BBC Pride & Prejudice series then you know that Lyme Park was used as Pemberley for the exterior scenes…

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…and it was so worth the wait!  Just like the blog post I will write one day with a million and one photos attached…one day folks, one day.

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I will return to visit this property again in the future if I can for a picnic and a little dress up.

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If you want to see the interiors of Pemberley then you need to visit another National Trust property, Sudbury Hall close by in Derbyshire…it’s about an hours drive between both properties.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 4 – Blackpool, Lancashire

Thinking that I may have worn my family out with National Trust properties over the past 24 hours…we headed in the direction of Blackpool, the home of the illuminations….

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…another destination that was on my bucket list…

…if you are thinking this North of England Road trip was all about me…you are sooooo right…Mum, Dad and Lisa were just along for the ride!

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Everyone thinks I’m crazy that I was desperate to visit the illuminations…I will say that Blackpool lived up to every expectation that I had and every expectation everyone else told me!

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It was certainly a different place to visit and we enjoyed our Nandos (Lisa loves Nandos and they are good for gluten free grub!) and watching the pumpkin carriages running up and down the prom.

We hadn’t booked any accommodation and for a Saturday night this wasn’t the best idea to be honest…but we decided to head in the direction of the Lake District and found a Travelodge on the motorway just before we entered the Lakes…we booked our rooms and went to bed…visiting the M&S shop the following morning for breakfast before heading to the lakes.

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 5 – Hill Top Farm, Cumbria

After our breakfast feast thanks to a M&S gift card that I had in my wallet…we were in the car early driving towards Hill Top Farm…the home of Beatrix Potter that she had gifted to the National Trust along with a  load of land and property.

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Beatrix Potter was a leading conservationist of her time and we can thank her for keeping the beauty of the Lakes so we can enjoy it all now…she broke convention in so may ways as a woman and she should be a role model for us all now.  If you plan to visit Hill Top Farm, get there before opening time as it’s by timed entry and the car park is only small.  It’s a small walk from the ticket office to the farm…we loved this property and am so glad we had a chance to visit.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 6 – Hawkshead, Cumbria

Our next stop was to the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead…where we may have eaten some very large pieces of cake…and enjoyed the cute little town.  The Gallery was the law offices of her husband that was gifted to the National Trust.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 7 – Claife Viewing Station, Cumbria

After leaving Hawkshead, we ventured to see the view over the lakes at Claife Viewing Station…another National Trust area of beauty.  Looking back we packed in a huge amount in our day in the Lake District.

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^^A nice normal photo of Ma and Pa

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^^The real Ma and Pa!

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^^Mum was a tad excited about the next stop!

We jumped on the ferry to cross the lake to save precious time…this was our sailing trip…

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…and ended up in Windermere where we let the girls run wild in Lakeland(mum and Lisa, please DO NOT click on the Lakeland link…I only have 40 kg luggage allowance remember!)…

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…it was hard to get the girls out of the store but Daddy and I managed JUST.

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If you ask the girls what their favourite part of the road trip was…it was Lakeland…total shopaholics!  There is a nice little café at the top of the store for the non shopaholics aka Daddy and I.

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 8 – Grasmere, Cumbria

Our last stop was Gramsere for gingerbread…unfortunately there isn’t a gluten free version available…and we rambled around the little village which for me is one of my favourite places in the Lake District.

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Jumping in the car, we headed off in the direction of Yorkshire…

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…we zoomed pass little villages and farms…over cattle grids until we found a pub to have dinner in and then decided to head towards Harrogate for the night.  I found a rather cheap Crowne Plaza in Harrogate and used points again…always happy with a free rooms folks…very happy bunny indeed!

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 9 – Harrogate, North Yorkshire

The following morning after having breakfast in the club lounge…we may have raided it ever so slightly…let’s just say it’s a good thing that mummy didn’t have her handbag and suitcase with her.  We had a quick walk around Harrogate and was pleasantly surprised on how pretty it was…if you love Bath, I think Harrogate should be on your wish list.  The original Betty’s is located in Harrogate as well….Daddy may have purchased the only pair of shoes purchased on our road trip in Harrogate.

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North of England Road Trip Stop No. 10 – Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

After realising we were rather close to another spot that was on my UK bucket list…yes it was all about MEEEEEEEEEE….we had a rather soggy bottom wander around Knaresborough.

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The town shouldn’t just be famous for the viaduct that crosses the river but also for the cool street art adorning the buildings.  It wasn’t the best weather to be exploring Yorkshire but you can’t officially tick off Yorkshire until you leave with a soggy bottom!

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^^Ice Cream weather in Yorkshire

North of England Road Trip Stop No. 11 – York, North Yorkshire

We hightailed it over to York…I was keen to take mum to the Kathe Wolfhart Christmas Shop which has now opened in York; it’s my favourite Christmas shop in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD…yes it deserves capital letters.  Mum got a tad overwhelmed and left empty-handed.

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But we managed to have a cuppa and a spot of lunch including savouries and sweet treats at Betty’s (mum is also an experienced pinkie raiser…if you want some tips about afternoon tea then have a gander at this post!)

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…Lisa may have eaten a squirrel!

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^^ Told ya!

After a wander around the city and a giggle at the Harry Potter shop where they actually queue to get in…

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…we headed home…where I promptly burned the rice!

Yes you can see a lot on a four-day road trip…my recommendation is to have a mini plan of places that you would like to visit and then just go with the flow…don’t be disappointed if you don’t visit the places you thought you might as you may find other wonderful spots along the way!

Travel Tips for a North of England Road Trip

  • If you want to save some pounds on your car rental, make sure you use topcashback.com – I use Expedia where I normally get at least 10% cashback on my rental cars
  • We used my points for two nights of our accommodation as we stayed at IHG hotels which saved us cash…there is nothing wrong with chain hotels and they are especially good on a road trip due to their location and free parking!  We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express at Stoke on Trent and the Crowne Plaza in Harrogate.
  • Always have something in your car to eat when you’re desperate for a nibble and a bottle of water…traffic in England can be horrendous at times.
  • If you plan to visit a number of National Trust properties and you are a foreign national then look at purchasing a Touring Pass…we saved a lot of money with these passes.
  • Remember a road trip should be fun…visit places that interest you and go with the flow!

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“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 3, 2018

^^Possibly one of my favourite quotes of all time…I’m feeling the need to sit down and read Winnie the Pooh all over again.  Also thought, I might put some photos of not just my feet in these diary posts going forward.

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Up we go…only a little bit but still just waiting for the weight to settle.

Shake Your Booty

Lots of exercise especially yoga and my flexibility is improving a lot…I’m the weirdo that tries to pull a yoga move in bed just to prove to myself that I can do yoga anywhere.

What I’ve Read

I read just the one book this week…my head didn’t feel like it was in a good place last week…I felt a bit foggy…I’m hoping it’s just the January blues due to all this grey weather that we’ve had to contend with…I think I’ve seen the sun about three times this year so far!

Anyway…I read The Perfect Retreat by Kate Forster this week which was another fluffy chick lit book…in all honestly you could have told the story in 250 pages however the author decided to string it out to 390 pages…I got bored but finished the book.   The beginning of the book is rather slow but it speeds up almost too quickly at the end.

What I’m Up Too…

So…it snowed today!  I popped across to Cambridge in the snow to return a pair of boots that I thought I really needed but really didn’t…so I returned them…I’m sure my bank account is sighing in relief.  Cambridge looks lovely in the snow…I didn’t take any photos as I was just enjoying the moment.

My Ancestry DNA test results came back last Sunday and oh my goodness…we have a number of skeletons rolling around let me tell you…I’m going to write a blog about the DNA test as I think it’s good for two reasons; you get an understanding of your roots (and how far your ancestors travelled…let’s just say we are a lot more English than we thought we were!) and number two, you could help someone out in the big bad world work out who their biological family is…something that we’ve managed to do at least once so far just with my test results…and working on helping a second person!

We had two very nice policemen knock on our door at 11pm last night (one was exceptionally hot!)…so after having a mini panic that someone had died…it turned out that an idiot had tailgated G around Milton Keynes so he turned on his flashing lights in his car which he uses for health and safety reasons.  Apparently they called the police to say that G was impersonating a police officer which he wasn’t…the twat that was riding G’s tail and driving like an idiot then wasted police time and at the end of the day was the one that needed the knock on the door…as they left an anonymous tip off they don’t know who made the call and the police asked if G got his reg details (G explained there wasn’t enough room for a fag paper let alone to see the number plate!).  The policemen were so apologetic especially as G was fast asleep as he had just returned from gritting and potentially had to go out first thing this morning.

Karma is a wonderful thing and hopefully this twat will give a large helping of it shortly!

Getting back to the January blues…is anyone else suffering?!?!  I know this is only a Northern Hemisphere thing but feel super sluggish…how do you beat the January blues?  I can’t wait for the weather to improve and to see the spring flowers appear so I can get out and about to see a few more gardens and National Trust properties.

Anyway enough of my babbling, Happy Weekend everyone!

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I love pretty gardens and I fell in love with gardening again last year much to my delight (I’ve probably said this a million times now!).  I’m always on the look out for gardening inspiration so I popped over to explore Castle Ashby Gardens in Northamptonshire during the summer when all their gardens were bursting with colour.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

While Castle Ashby isn’t open itself, you can wander around the impressive 35 acres of gardens which are styled so you feel like you’re stepping back in time.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

My arrival at Castle Ashby was hair raising to say the least…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…SHEEP…and you know that this Kiwi is absolutely petrified on sheep…I did stop to take a photo once I realised I was safely inside the smurf mobile and they couldn’t eat me.

Parking the car, there is a long walk to the start of the gardens from the entrance however you get to set your eyes on the beautiful house in the distance…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…deciding to visit the church later on (which I then completely forgot to do!).

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I headed to my favourite spot in the whole of Castle Ashby Gardens…the Orangery.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I love an Orangery and totally want one but alas it would look rather fugly added onto a 1930’s built house in Bedford I would imagine.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

A little red breasted robin and I took a wander around the Orangery, stopping to take photos (me, not the Robin…I’m not too afraid of a cute little Robin for some reason but birds in general, yes…Castle Ashby was throwing all my fears at me in one go!).

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

The Orangery is stunning with gobble hungry fish…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…water lilies…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…perky daisies…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…and more perkiness…perky breasted and nippley ladies to complete the setting.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I even managed two shoefies in the Orangery!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I was thinking of bringing my family back for a picnic in the gardens when they were over last year however we had our picnic at the National Trust Property Stowe instead…either garden is a lovely spot to visit for a picnic.  Castle Ashby has picnic tables dotted around the gardens making it very family friendly.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

The Italian Gardens sit right next to the Orangery so I did a little bit of exploring of the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…the water feature reminding me of Rome

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…and my daddy’s favourite flowers, Dahlias!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

Wandering around the gardens, getting lost in what at times felt like my own secret garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…I stumbled across fields of wild flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…and then found the meerkats and vegetable garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…I was more interested in their veggie plot!

Next up was the Maltese Cross garden which I was just in time to visit with its beautiful array of blue, silver  and white plants…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…it’s another gorgeous stop to explore in the gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

 England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

The air was lightly scented with lavender and roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…how pretty is this pink rose…one day I will learn to grow roses, just not today…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…I think I’m going to kidnap their head gardener and set him lose in my garden at home!

I popped my head into the Fuchsia House…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…aren’t fuchsias having a bit of a renaissance in the gardening world!  Remember how beautiful they were at RHS Wisley in Surrey.

Honeysuckle alert!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

As I said before, there are plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…look at all the picnic tables!

To really enjoy the Castle Ashby Gardens, you just need to wander and explore to soak up all the colour…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens…you don’t need to follow a map, just follow your nose and you will find a little slice of heaven.

After all that walking…the gardens are huge and you don’t realise how many steps you’ve taken…I popped into the tea rooms for a gluten free sarnie and hot chocolate…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…the sarnie was good, the hot chocolate was a bit bland.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

While I’m not a huge fan of Instagram these days, one of my lovely instagram followers actually visited the property the following weekend after I had posted a few photos from my visit and they enjoyed the property as well.

Travel Tips for Castle Ashby Gardens

  • You can find more information about the Castle Ashby Gardens on the official website.
  • You will need a car to visit the property as it’s a little out of the way
  • Take a picnic as you can sit anywhere in the gardens to enjoy the views…I asked!
  • The Tea Rooms do have gluten free options available…just ask when you order.
  • There is a beautiful garden shop where you can purchase plants prior to leaving…the money goes back into the garden.
  • The address for Castle Ashby Gardens is Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire, NN7 1LQ
  • Kids will love this property as there are meerkats and a playground by the Tea Rooms.
  • Entrance costs £7 per person
  • I have a Gardeners World Card from the May 2017 Gardeners World magazine which means I can obtain a discount…this is now sold out online however make sure you pick up this years May issue to grab the card if you intend to visit a few gardens.  They are currently offering the next 5 issues for £5 which would include the May issue!
  • If you are visiting Northamptonshire then I would highly recommend a visit to another beautiful garden, Coton Manor Gardens.  Check out all my Northamptonshire posts here.
  • If you love to explore gardens then why not check out all my British Garden posts here.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

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Weight: 95.5 kgs

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

My Life Goal, ze Weight

So the weight came down a little this week…as I said last week, I’m not to fussed at the moment as I’m letting the ol’ hormones settle down again.

Shake Your Booty

I’ve done yoga all week bar one day and the one day I didn’t do yoga, I felt absolutely horrendous the following day…all that deep breathing is obviously working for me!

What I’ve Read

Absolutely loved this post about #realwomentravel by The Midnight Blue Elephant…a must read if you dislike the picture perfect photos you see on instagram…I’ve followed a number of the accounts in her post as they are just real women travelling the world with normal photos…this post made me rather happy!

This week I’ve managed to read two books…absolutely fluffy books that didn’t make me think and that was just perfect and much needed.  The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas had me dreaming of Greece…and wanting to book a flight (we booked flights to Stockholm instead…not for a weekend break but to connect with our flight to NZ)…pure fluff and good easy holiday read.

Then an even fluffier book, One Hot Summer by Kate Frenchset in Shropshire (a great county!) but the book doesn’t actually really leave the house much; an American country singer escapes to the UK after his divorce and the wife of a tv star who has just got divorce and needs to rent out her large country house as she can’t afford the mortgage…you know how it’s going to end and it does…pure cheese.  There are quite a few funny characters in the book so I had a giggle here and there.  FLUFF but fun fluff!

What I’m Up Too…

So just came home from having dinner with G’s mum…I made tikka masala from scratch (this recipe in case you’re interested) and saw a beautiful owl sitting on the fence as I was leaving the village.  He was beautiful or maybe it was a gal…who knows!

I had my hair cut yesterday and I’ve gone pixie cut short…not sure what I think of it at the moment…I have a lot of body in my hair…it’s only a week between a good and a bad haircut at the moment for me as my hair is growing super fast.

Finishing off another DIY job tomorrow…pretty excited about it means my shoe room is finally going to be completed and I can start on another room.  I don’t show photos of our home on the blog for one reason…security…it’s quite easy to work out where someone lives these days thanks to all this modern technology and then if they see you’re on holiday via social media…well you could come home to a very decluttered home!  So I keep our home and belongings off social media and the blog as much as possible.  A bit like why I don’t use my surname on my blog!

Anyway enough of my babbling, Happy Weekend everyone!

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