Weight: 96.1 kgs

“Where there is a wish to please, one ought to overlook, and one does overlook a great deal.”  – Jane Austen, Emma

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Yay another very small weight loss…small but when you add them all up, it’s so good to see an overall weight loss since my operation.

Shake Your Booty

Just a few strolls on the treadmill and a whole lot of gardening today.

What I’m Up Too..

So I decided to spend the weekend at home, getting things sorted so I’ve got Easter weekend free to do day trips if I fancy…today was spent in the garden and I’m currently writing this blog post with a bag of frozen butternut squash on my neck as I’m pretty much red as a lobster…bloody English weather and my pale Kiwi skin!  I’m a huge advocate for sun cream so I feel rather stupid for not applying it today (I applied it after the damage was done!)…let’s hope the Rose Oil that G has applied works!

After feeling tired for weeks and weeks…the iron tablets aren’t helping and I just had another blood test to check my levels; I decided to buy a number of vitamins online today so fingers crossed that they’ll act like rocket fuel so I’ll be skipping through the tulips come Easter time.

Just finished making Christine’s never fail sponge…I’ve made it gluten free so I am guessing it may fail…eek!

Blog Stuff

I read a really interesting blog post this week which is now deleted about “instagram influencers”…it was so good…the blogger actually named and shamed luxury travel bloggers!  Unfortunately a few people have taken offence to the blog post and spammed her instagram account with fake followers which I just think proves how fickle society is these days.

I wrote a blog post a number of months ago about why people follow and unfollow on instagram (you can read it here)...I realised that I had a few days left on my instagress account so have got it running down to nil just liking random photos (the accountant in me hates wasting money and I’m not following / unfollowing)…I’m undecided about instagram at the moment.  I’m actually thinking about closing down my instagram account or making it private as I’m finding it all a tad pretentious…I love accounts that act like mini little blogs where the person shares the good times and the bad times…but these seem to be disappearing fast.

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

xx

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Weight: 96.3 kgs

“It’s such a happiness when good people get together.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 13, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Yay another small weight loss…long may it continue!

Shake Your Booty

I’ve pounded the treadmill a few times this week and also had a mini yoga session at home…unfortunately it didn’t help with PMS aches and pains.

What I’m Up Too..

Yesterday I popped off to Suffolk to tick off a few spots that were sitting on my UK bucket list…I was so pleased to visit Clare, Cavendish and Long Melford…totally worth a visit, I think Suffolk is going to be the new Cotswolds!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 13, 2017

This week I’m busy at work again…quarter end is in full swing so that keeps me out of trouble for two weeks.

How amazing was the weather this weekend…I did think Mother Nature was playing an April Fools joke as it was stunning weather and that we would potentially wake up to 6 foot of snow today…alas we did have a hail storm pass over us last night so I’m taking that as her little joke.

Anyway enough of my babbling…time to get ready for bed and the new working week!

xx

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Ahhh Olney, the sweetest market town you’ll ever see…home to pancake races and the beautiful hymn, Amazing Grace.  Living basically in the middle of England means I have a lot of cute spots I can visit so when I needed to escape the house, I met up with G for morning tea and had a little wander around Olney while recovering from my operation.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

^^Apparently Olney is the Best Kept Town In Buckinghamshire…anybody wish to disagree?  Look at the ladies on the sign running with their pancakes…how bloody adorable!

As soon as you get close to Olney, your view is dominated by a large church…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…the church is the finishing line to the famous pancake race on Shrove Tuesday…I happened to visit two days later…doh!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Unfortunately I couldn’t pop inside the church as they were preparing for a funeral and I didn’t want to intrude.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

I had a wonderful chat with a little old man in the churchyard in regards to world events…after our chat, we admired the snowdrops together…it was a perfect reminder to always smile and be open for a chat…anytime and anywhere.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

So that is the finish line…I’m guessing you want to know where the start line is for the pancake race…here you go…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…while they don’t know where the original start line was, this is the one they use now…we will forgive the residents of Olney as the race started way back in 1445…many many many moons ago.

A little history on the pancake race – there are a couple of stories surrounding the pancake race and the favourite one is that a frazzled resident of Olney (she was probably scrolling through some old form of social media!) was running late to the church service on Shrove Tuesday so she ran from her house to the church while still holding her frying pan containing a pancake.  The pancake race is only open to the women of Olney (you need to be a resident for 6 months prior to the race…I like this rule a lot as it keeps the community spirit alive which I think is important!)...plus they have a race for the school kids of the town as well.

Now why a pancake…various stories again and who knows what is true and correct…it’s like a bad case of Chinese whispers…however a common theory is and the one I was told while in Olney is that you need to get rid of your old flour before Shrove Tuesday and pancakes were a very simple way of doing this without using many ingredients in the old days…as I said, who knows if this is correct and true but I do love a good ol’ tale or two!

Heading back in the town square…I found a lovely little teashop called Teapots which I’ve visited in the past for afternoon tea…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…if you love vintage tea rooms then you need to add this spot to your bucket list as it’s delightful and they do a rather lovely gluten free afternoon, sarnies…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and even gluten free pancakes which are pretty darn tasty…but my favourites are from Rachel’s Pancake House which is now moving to Sydney!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

^^It was a clean eating kind of day…jokes!

After refuelling and having a chuckle with the folks at Teapots, I decided to visit the Cowper & Newton Museum right on the market square…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…it had me at spring flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…the house dates back to the Georgian times…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…with various displays including a fabulous one on the slave trade as Cowper and Newton were both involved in the abolition of the slave trade movement in Britain…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…it’s heart breaking to read about this time in history and all we can do is remember our past and learn from these mistakes.

There is another interesting display about the Lace Industry in Olney, Bedford and Northampton – I was totally unaware of the Bedford Lace industry and I live in the town!  I do wonder how many folks of Bedford can trace their ancestors to these Lace workers who came over from France…genealogy fascinates me!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Now the house also has a link to the Austen family which you can read about here.

The museum is great for dressing up as well (the sign made me giggle!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…you can’t go wrong with a wig or two!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Popping down to the gardens at the back of the museum which were bathing in the March sunshine, it was so lovely to see the crocus and snowdrops finally popping up…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…how sweet is this inscription…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…it was time for a spring shoefie obviously!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

After my visit to the Museum, I wandered around the market town which is super pretty…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and Olney has a Joules where I may have bought another Breton Top <insert eye roll!>.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

G tells me that I always get into trouble as I talk to random folks all the time (hence why I ended up with a proper stalker on my London commute a few years ago…when G suggested that I changed my train and carriage to confuse said stalker, I told him no and that the stalker could change his train carriage instead…I have OCD and no stalker was going to change my train carriage…G puts up with a lot of nonsense!)…anyway, I’ve totally digressed haven’t I….oops!  So I was photographing a rather pretty thatched house and a nice man behind me said, “where do you want me”….I told him I wanted him draped over his 4×4…I don’t think he was expecting that response but he gave me a big smile anyway and had a chuckle…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and so I continued to photographed the crap out of the pretty house!  I am definitely my mothers daughter!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

The doors of Olney were dressed up to the nines for my visit…well possibly due to the pancake race and not me…I do want to think that the doors were expecting me…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and they looked ravishing…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…I went home and googled tulip door wreaths (I found somewhere in the UK that sells blooming lovely wreaths…go take a look!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…a bit of unicorn love over a mint door…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…now you have to ask that awkward question…is the postman tall or the door tiny?!?!…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…these hanging baskets remind me of Madonna’s pointy bra…is it wrong that I am tempted to buy two now?!?…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Travel Tips for Olney, Buckinghamshire

  • Parking can be a nightmare especially on market day so follow the signs and park in one of the large carparks on the edge of town and walk in.
  • Take a comfortable shoes to walk around the town
  • Teapots in Olney offer great gluten free food options plus they’re super friendly so I can’t recommend the vintage tea rooms enough – you can read my gluten free afternoon tea review here.
  • The church is short walk from the town centre; as with any church please be mindful of services being held within the church.
  • The Pancake Race is held on Shrove Tuesday however to participate you need to be a resident of Olney – you can read more about the event on the official website and the history of the race.
  • The Cowper & Newton Museum is a wonderful space full of history over the writers of the beautiful hymn, Amazing Grace plus there are displays about the slave trade and the lace makers of Olney – it offers a really interesting insight onto life in the area.  Your ticket (£6 per adult) offers you unlimited access for a year and during the summer months they offer tea and cake in the gardens on a Thursday…I will be back for that!

Have you visited Olney before – did you love the little market town?  Where is your favourite spot in Buckinghamshire?

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

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Weight: 96.7 kgs

“You must be the best judge of your own happiness.” – Jane Austen, Emma

ichelle's Diary Week 12, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Yay…a little decrease again!

Shake Your Booty

Welllllll…..if you felt the earth move three times this week it was because I actually did exercise…yes exercise…who would have thought!  I just did three sessions on the treadmill walking and actually felt so much better for it but I did get awfully dizzy afterwards…I’m hoping that sensation will disappear shortly.

What I’m Up Too..

Working and cleaning and researching bits and bobs for our trip to Russia which is in less than a month…just seen how much it costs for tickets to the ballet in Moscow…I’m thinking we will go and watch the ballet but holy feck the price is eye watering and I’m pretty sure G will probably fall asleep if the Opera in Vienna was anything to go by!

As it’s Mothering Sunday over here in the UK, we had G’s mum and brother over for afternoon tea which I made and I was quite surprised that I managed to pull it off without a hitch (well there was only one tiny hitch called G, who thought it was a good time to start tiling the bathroom even though everyone was told to be seated by 1pm and he decided to start tiling at 12.55!)…all those afternoon teas in fancy pants hotels have paid off!  Here is a little peek at what I made and the vintage tea set I found on eBay years ago so it was nice to use it again.

Anyway enough of my babbling…I need to plant a few little seedlings…I totally lead a rock n roll lifestyle!

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