Weight: 93.7 kgs

“I am not only not going to be married, at present, but have very little intention of ever marrying at all” – Jane Austen, Emma

^^I miss wearing summer shoes!

My Life Goal, ze Weight

A slight weight loss again which is good…still doing my eating thing.

Shake Your Booty

Tried to do a bit of exercise this week…probably didn’t do as much as I wanted but hey ho…I did do some yoga which relaxed me so can’t complain about that.

What I’m Up Too…

Working…working…working…and cleaning….basically this on repeat.  I am still decluttering and can see the improvement around the house which is a great feeling as was feeling a bit down that I wasn’t seeing enough white walls…even though our walls are mainly grey but you know what I mean!

Did some gardening this afternoon as the sun was setting…it wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be to be fair.  Then came inside where it was all toasty warm and had a cuppa…a perfect autumn Sunday afternoon.

We are off to Salzburg this Wednesday for a 5 days which should be fun…can’t wait to see what the Christmas markets in Salzburg are like.  I’ve visited quite a few in Germany over the years so am looking to visiting one in Austria…here are my tips if you are thinking of visiting the Christmas Markets in Germany.

Is anyone else over receiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails??  I think I deleted over 100 emails over the past few days…it’s truly horrendous how commercial everything has become!  And I haven’t checked my blog email for quite a few days either…eek!

Yeah I’m pretty boring to be honest…just sorting things out at home…a tidy, decluttered home = a tidy mind.

Anyway enough of my babbling; hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

xx

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With Christmas just around the corner…trust me…you’ll blink and it’ll be Christmas Day in just a few seconds, I thought I would put together a little listing of Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers, the 2017 edition.  Catherine wrote a post a while back about promoting products that we love so I wanted to share companies that I love and products that I use in this Christmas Gift Guide plus one thing I do fancy buying myself in the near future.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers: 2017 Edition - looking for gifts for hard to buy for family members then this gift guide will offer some practical little tips!

2018 Bon Voyage Calendar

Who loves retro inspired prints…well this Bon Voyage Calendar is just perfect.  I picked up one in Washington DC last year for 2017 and it sits in my shoe room so I’ll definitely be purchasing this desk calendar for 2018 as it makes me smile every time I spot it each morning as I pick out my shoes for the day!

Tea + Kate £18 (UK Link and supporting an independent business!) or The Paper Parlour £15.50/ Anthropologie $18 (US Link)

Paravel Stowaway Suitcase

When I bought myself my Briggs & Riley Suitcase last year, I vowed that I never had to buy another piece of luggage as it had a lifetime guarantee against every kind of damage (even the type of damage poor Riley sustained on Santorini).  Then I spotted the Paravel Stowaway Suitcase while watching a J Crew packing video a few months back and was like wow…it folds down for storage so it’s not bulky and if you’re like me and do a spot of shopping while on holiday (I like to call this supporting the local economy) it would solve a few packing problems.  It would fit nicely inside my larger suitcase as it lies flat and then I could whip it out when required.  Paravel have 15% off at present…check out the JCrew video as it’s rather nifty…I’m saving up for one.

Paravel Website US$345 (ships internationally)

Leather Passport Cover

I’ve had my Aspinal of London Red Leather Passport Cover for a few years now and it still looks brand new…considering that it’s being lost and dropped more times than I can count!  Aspinal also offer free embossing to personalise the passport cover.

Aspinal of London £55 (UK)

REN Grab & Go Travel Kit

I’m a huge fan of REN, I use it all the time!  This cute little travel kit is a perfect size to throw in your overnight bag for a City Break weekend or for a long haul flight plus they are truly wonderful on sensitive skin which I suffer from. (I have a quick shower between long haul flights while transiting airports so having my favourite products in miniature is a life saver and makes me feel slightly human again before boarding another flight…however I still end up with pores that you could park a double decker bus in…air travel isn’t glamorous!).

John Lewis £22 (UK)

National Trust Pass

A National Trust Pass is a gift that keeps giving all year round!  I’m a huge fan of the National Trust, there are so many properties to discover within the UK.  You can check out some of the beautiful properties I’ve visited here but this is pretty much a perfect gift for folks or families that are hard to buy for or just aren’t looking for material items this year as they have enough…give family and friends an experience so that every time they visit a property they can think of you rather than having another unwanted gift sitting at the back of a cupboard.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers: 2017 Edition - looking for gifts for hard to buy for family members then this gift guide will offer some practical little tips!

National Trust Gift Membership (Memberships start at £32.40pp) or check out these other British Heritage Passes.

OPI Nail Polish

I’m a huge fan of OPI nail polish, it’s the only brand that I use now…I’m pretty much stuck in my ways at the old age of 37.  I love OPI as they create collections based on destinations…the California Collection and Fiji Collection to name a few or you could buy my favourite OPI colour which is Big Apple Red.  The kooky names are perfect for ladies that love to travel and these bottles are great little stocking fillers.

John Lewis (UK Link) 

Olympus OM-D E-M10

I thought I would throw in the camera that I use to take most of my photos for this blog now…I was a Nikon girl before however I’m a total convert to Olympus for all my cameras now and I have to say that I do love them a lot and highly recommend them.  What I love the most about the Olympus OM-D is the size…you can fit her nicely into a handbag and she doesn’t complain (well maybe a little when covered in Dolly Mix sugar dust!)!

Olympus OM-D Mark II (the model I own) / Olympus OM-D Mark III (this model was released in August)

After reading a few books lately on decluttering and frugal living, before Christmas shopping maybe ask your loved ones what they fancy this year…rather than buying them a number of items that they will never use why not all pool together with other friends and family to buy something that they really want but have struggled to buy themselves or think about experiences that they can use during the year.

Anyway, I hope the above gave you a couple of ideas for Christmas presents…Good Luck with the shopping and a very early Merry Christmas!

Disclaimer: some of the links are affiliate links meaning I may earn a little (and I mean teeny) bit of commission from the brand (not you!)…this keeps G in the lifestyle in which he has become accustomed. 

xx

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Last year, G’s mum and I took a little road trip down to Surrey to visit RHS Wisley which are a beautiful set of gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society and basically are a must see for Garden lovers.

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

We arrived super early and took to exploring with a map…if you can’t read a map, don’t fret you can get lost in the secret gardens which is what happened to us (don’t rely on my map reading skills if you need to get from A to B!)

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…we smelt a flower or two while we were lost…

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England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…which isn’t a bad thing!

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We may have sniffed a few roses…they smelt sooooo sweet in the warm summers morning…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…did a bit of bee watching…orange may be the new black however bee watching is the new people watching (there’s even a bee watching app!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…and frolicked in the gardens some more, we were pretty lost.

If you’re a bit stumped on what to introduce into your garden then RHS Wisley will give your green thumbs a helping hand…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…I want all of these…

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England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

and yes, these as well…bright colours galore…I’m a big fan of bright colours can you tell…no pastels for me!

This year our garden provided a bounty of fresh vegetables which I’ve cooked, baked, pickled, stewed and frozen…we have a very full freezer which we are eating our way through…

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England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…I got a lot of inspiration from the RHS Wisley veggie patch, we used tall pots to plant our tomato plants in and then had them sitting inside tomato grow bags and I can’t recommend this way of growing tomatoes enough.

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

If you want to grow tomatoes make sure you plant marigolds around them so the aphids don’t come a knocking.

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

^^I wish my veggie patch looked this tidy!

RHS Wisley is broken up into little areas, showcasing different styles of gardening from the Rock Garden…

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England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…to the calmness of the beautiful Bonsai Walk…

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England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…just looking at that photo makes me feel calm as a clam.

We found ourselves rambling towards a rather large glasshouse in the distance…

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…full of fuchsias which are becoming rather fashionable again in the gardening game…

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England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…there were a few palms…really teeny tiny palms…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…and a few prickly cacti!

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I can report that I escaped without a prickle.

I may have enjoyed a light spray from the waterfall though!

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^^Found the perfect spot for a shoefie…I never go exploring without a sunhat

There is also a rather interesting little display…

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…as they say, every day is a school day even for this golden oldie!

We wandered through the gardens…with our noses in the air trying to sniff out some food, as a rather big kiwi bird’s tummy was a flutter with hunger pains…

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England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…oh look pretty flowers…had to stop to photograph said pretty flowers while the tummy rumbles got louder and louder…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…we stumbled into the cafe for lunch where there are a number of gluten free options, they even make gluten free sandwiches to order…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…or if you were well prepared then take a picnic and enjoy the gardens!

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^^Grey sky optional!

After sorting out the rumbly tummy, we were off again in search of more secret gardens to explore…

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…there is something special when you enter a garden that looks like it should be inside a children’s fairy tale…

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England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

…you know the ones, where you require a big sword to cut through the tangles of vines and then arrive in a beautiful garden that has had magical little gardening elves caring for it.

We sat down and just watched the world go by…had a little cry (this was a spot that G’s parents both wanted to visit and it was not long after G’s dads death that we visited…so our visit was bittersweet)…

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England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

England Travel Inspiration - Visiting All The English Counties 22/48 - Sniffing the Roses at RHS Wisley, Surrey. Looking for gardening inspiration then a visit to the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society garden during summer when it's bursting with colourful flowers and plants is a must. Click to see more photos!

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…this is a popular area at RHS Wisley…

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…and oh so photogenic!

So have you visited RHS Wisley?  Are you a fan?

Travel Tips for RHS Wisley

  • Arrive early as the traffic around RHS Wisley is pretty horrendous…there is ample parking onsite.
  • There are a few cafes / restaurants dotted around the gardens which all offer gluten free options which is great news!  If you want to, there are plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic in the gardens.
  • Take comfortable shoes as RHS Wisley is spread over 240 acres…getting lost in the gardens is a must!
  • An adult ticket to RHS Wisley is £15.40 pp with gift aid (£14 without gift aid) – RHS Members gain free entrance to the gardens (learn how to become a RHS member here).  If you buy your tickets online here there is a 10% discount offered
  • Address of RHS Wisley – Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

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“Jane Fairfax is a very charming young woman—but not even Jane Fairfax is perfect. She has a fault. She has not the open temper which a man would wish for in a wife.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 46, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

So the weight has come down this week which is great news…I’ve changed my diet a lot over the past week and have stopped eating processed foods including bread and dare I say it, chocolate and McD’s Ice Cream Sundaes…to be fair when G bought me home a chocolate bar yesterday I told him to eat it instead, I didn’t waver once.

I’ve read a number of articles on foods that cause cancer so have taken a lot of things on board and am now eating a whole lot healthier…I may now look at chocolate bars and think, you’re going to give me cancer you little mother f**ker…in reality I know that’s not the case but it’s currently where I am at and it stops me eating chocolate bars as well so a win win.

Just so you’re aware, I look at microwaves as cancer machines…I’m one of those weirdos…we have one and I’m thinking of getting rid of it however G needs it to warm up his wheat bag…which happens about 4 times a year!

Shake Your Booty

So no exercise…I decided to focus on getting my food right this week and will focus on the exercise side of it next week…hopefully I will have a lot more energy next week as feel a bit drain hormonally this week.

What I’m Up Too…

Well after last weeks rather shitty week, I drew a line under it and started this week afresh and felt in a much better place…helped with healthier eating and early nights.

I’ve finished reading a book called Start with Your Sock Drawer: The Simple Guide to Living a Less Cluttered Life (it’s cheaper to buy a used version of this book from amazon…plus it’s better for the environment!) and basically fell in love with Vicky…Vicky runs her own decluttering business called You Need A Vicky which I think is bloody awesome.

Even though I have being decluttering for what feels like the whole year, I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten anywhere…I know I have decluttered a lot as most of my clothes now hang up in my wardrobe rather than over a wardrobe and two large chest of drawers but I still felt rather cluttered.

But I needed to get brutal and this book has made me get very intense with my decluttering…I’m attacking a drawer one at a time and have bags of items to go to the charity shop and have listed a crap load more things on ebay.  I emptied out the cupboard under our breakfast bar on Friday when I got home from work…and most of the things ended up getting recycled or binned so then I had more storage space…woohoo!

After reading a number of personal finance books and this decluttering book, I now can’t really pull a trigger on buying clothes on line…if only I read these books years ago.

Now just in case you didn’t realise…my family and I are totally into Christmas…here is my folk’s Christmas Army…

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 46, 2017

…what do you think?  Go big or go home is our motto when it comes to Christmas.  I need to get G into the loft to get all my smokers and nutcrackers so I can see what I have before we head to the Christmas Markets..this is one area I won’t be decluttering!

G, his mum and I went to see Tango Moderno on Wednesday night at the Milton Keynes Theatre…it’s a dance show featuring Flavia and Vincent from Strictly Come Dancing…I’m going to say it, I was disappointed…I felt like I was watching a high school dance production…there just wasn’t enough Argentinian Tango in it for me and Vincent had hurt his back so he wasn’t dancing (looking at reviews, this wasn’t just a one off and we only found out on the night).  Expensive and just not that good unfortunately!

Anyway enough of my babbling; Happy Weekend Everyone!

xx

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My Dad and I are HUUUUUGE fans of Dahlias so when I saw in my Autumn National Trust newsletter about the Dahlia Festival at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire I knew we had to go for a little drive to our neighbouring county to see the rainbow of dahlias!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

We left the girls at home to pack the bags *coughs they only had 100 kilos of luggage to pack!* and pottered over to Cambridgeshire; obtaining some tickets we went in search for the dahlias which were dotted around as flower crowns on certain folks…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…some were a little two faced over the Dahlia festival…obviously they prefer Peonies better…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…I thought the ombre Dahlias bring out the colours of his eyes personally!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

^^This is what happens when you pull a face and the wind changes!

We stumbled across some autumn colour…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and daddy stumbled into my photo or as it is known in the business…he’s a professional photo bomber.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Daddy and I had a wander around the grounds…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…taking in the grandeur of the house…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…a cute door…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…the house really does suit it’s surroundings.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

On the day we visited, you could only snoop inside the house on a guided tour…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…Dad and I just wanted to whizz through however things happen for a reason and the tour was totally worth it as the history and stories of how the National Trust obtained Anglesey Abbey was quite impressive….

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…she basically came with a large dowry thanks to Lord Fairhaven.

The rooms were decorated with dahlias in every corner…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and even hanging from the chandeliers.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

The house was totally remodelled in the 1920’s after Lord Fairhaven and his brother bought the property sight unseen via an auction.  In his will they let their family use the property until their deaths and then it was to be passed over to the National Trust however his family weren’t allowed to make any changes to the property…this wish was ignored…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…unfortunately the family made some ghastly decorating choices and when the property was finally handed over to the National Trust they had to do a lot of restoration work.  The house is now a time capsule to the 1920’s which is exactly how Lord Fairhaven wished Dad and I to see the property on the day of our visit.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

But you know this is England and records are kept so the National Trust were able to buy the same curtains and materials in the pattern that Lord Fairhaven had used himself for the bedroom as they knew where he purchased the originals from…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…meticulous British record keeping!

Sometimes you need a loo shoefie…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…and a sneak peak inside a man’s shoe room!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Obviously you don’t need to tell me twice…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…I peeked of course!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

^^Obviously prudes never lived in this house…it was willy and dahlia central…I’m a worry wart and I do worry that one day my hand will accidentally knock off a willy from a statue and I’ll have to superglue it back on and then my hand would get stuck to the statue…just like it happens in the movies…to date, this hasn’t happened YET!

The Library is pretty impressive…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…not just with books…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…have a guess who the artist is…famous for painting large naval scenes.

How Easy Is It To Grow Dahlias?

Pretty darn easy…basically you dig a hole in the ground and throw in a Dahlia Tuber, cover with soil, water occasionally and a few weeks later you should see your little baby growing taller by the day.

You can use pots as well but make sure they are quite heavy round pots as dahlias can get very top heavy when in flower and with a gust of wind…poof…they’re like a damsel in distress and just can’t get back up again.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Just water the dahlias occasionally, every day during really hot hot days but you can water them every 2-3 days and they will still flower.  Apparently Dahlias are native to Mexico and store water in their tubers in case of drought so it takes a bit to kill them.

If you live in a cold climate then after the first frost you need to lift the tubers up and store them in a sheltered spot i.e. garden shed or garage over winter and then replant after the last frost in Spring so around April time.  If you don’t have nipply cold winters then just keep them in the ground and they should survive the winter as long as it’s not to wet.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

If you’re not a confident gardener then Dahlias are for you…they’re pretty easy, if I can grow them then so can you!

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Where Do You Buy Dahlias From?

So you can find them everywhere…amazon has a good selection (eBay is also great for picking up seedlings during spring time!) or check out Sarah Raven (you can order now and delivery will be made in February) but remember you can only buy tubers at certain times of the year.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

The Different Types of Dahlias

There are quite a few different styles of Dahlias to enjoy…these are a few of my favourites…let’s start with the Pom Pom Dahlias…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…they’re right little balls of joy and just so cute and flirty; you get numerous flowers from each plant, they’re dainty as hell and very photogenic.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Another photographic dahlia is the Cafe Au Lait which is a big bloom with a beautiful creamy blush colouring, a current favourite…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…beautiful in large displays of summer flowers or just in a beautiful jar by themselves.

Buy dahlias in the colours that you love and grow them close together for wonderful colourful displays…

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

…as there are just so many beautiful varieties from the large Dinner Plate Dahlias to Cactus Dahlias…just have a look online and find a variety you love.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Great Instagram Accounts to Follow & Books to Read Featuring Dahlias

Dahlias have become the new Instagram darling…move over Peonies, the Dahlias are in town and they pack a pretty good punch.  Here are few great Instagram accounts to follow featuring Dahlias-

Looking for books about Dahlias then the following are really great options on how to grow, sell or just enjoy in your home.

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

Can you tell that Dad and I love Dahlias!

Travel Tips for Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

England Travel Inspiration - The Dahlia Festival at National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful Country House is a time capsule to the 1920's thanks to Lord Fairhaven and the English Gardens are beautiful in winter thanks to the Snow Drops right through to Autumn with the colourful Dahlias - a perfect spot for a Sunday walk. Click to see more photos from our Day Out.

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