I won’t lie…I love the snow so you can imagine the high pitch screams of joy that G awoke to when I realised it had snowed overnight during our mini break to Kent.  As we made our way through Kent to East Sussex, the snow was settling and turning it into a beautiful winter wonderland unfortunately the snow doesn’t really settle in Rye but we still enjoyed our snowy day out to Rye…albeit my fingers are still a bit frosty.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

Parking the car, we went for a wander around the town…G’s mum has wanted to visit Rye for years as it’s always popping up on those day time antique tv shows (yes I love them as well!) and this was my second visit to Rye as it’s a rather easy day trip from London on the train which I had done in the past many a moon ago.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

G’s mum knows I love a good door photo…so she found me a door…bless her little cotton socks!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

The high street is a tad tight with cars and little boutique shops which are good for shopping (however it did feel a lot more commercial on this visit unfortunately)…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…it didn’t stop us window shopping (my frugal friday spreadsheet has curbed my shopping like no ones business!)…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…G’s mum said this was her dream house so of course we peered through the window to have a snoop inside (best thing about the winter months, it’s good for snooping inside other peoples houses when they have the lights on!)…you can even see the old man reading his newspaper in the living room…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…I found myself another door to photograph which was part of a delightful wobbly house…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…we pondered about having a cup of tea to warm up our frosty fingers…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…but decided to descend Mermaid Street aka England’s most photogenic street!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

Mermaid Street is very pretty…full of dainty buildings…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…wobbly buildings…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…little houses with two front doors..one for Arthur and one for Martha…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…another rather fetching door or three which I’m sure would be more photogenic during the summer months…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…and a rather old wobbly pub called The Mermaid Inn with gorgeous stained glass windows (built in 1420)

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…and flower boxes outside full of brightly coloured cyclamens which offered a pop of winter colour….

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…someone offered a really good piece of advice…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…not sure why you want to stick feathers up your bottom…obviously some things tickle other peoples bottoms more than others.

So Mermaid Street is rather picture perfect and photogenic to boot but we had the cutest experience ever of seeing a little man who lived in one of the houses trying to clean the street with his little brush with no bristles and a watering can while it was snowing…we stood and watched him go about his business…he had also left his front door wide open so we got a little peek inside as we walked past…he was such a little character and really made our day with his Mermaid Street shenanigans.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

^^He really did add a huge dose of personality to the street and I just wanted to give him a cuddle but you know this is England and cuddling is frowned upon!

After our jolly and chilly walk around Rye where it was snowing but not settling…just think how wonderful it would have looked it if the snow had settled…it was time for a hot chocolate and a slice of gluten free cake to warm up our frosty fingers…we found G tucked up inside Hayden’s enjoying a cup of coffee…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…after the rather delicious gluten free cake and scone the day before in Chilham…things fell a bit short at Hayden’s on the gluten free cake front…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…it was lemon drizzle which was fine, I do love a grand ol’ piece of lemon drizzle cake however it had so much sugar in it that it made my teeth feel funny…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…and G’s mum found clumps of sugar inside her cake…someone needs to put a bit more elbow grease into mixing everything together before chucking the cake in the oven!  It wasn’t bad overall but it wasn’t good either.  The hot chocolate wasn’t bad.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

Travel Tips for a Day Trip to Rye, East Sussex

  • Rye is an easy day trip via train ex London and why not check out this post on other easy peasy day trips from London by train.
  • If you are arriving by car then there are a number of car parks dotted around the town, we were lucky enough to find parking on the main street for our visit
  • There are a number of little tea shops that offer gluten free food; we headed to Hayden’s which was okay but I wouldn’t return.  The Cobbles Tea Room also has gluten free options available but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to try.
  • Rye has a number of little antique shops to rummage through if you love a bit of bargain hunting
  • The town is very popular during the summer weekends so you need to time your visit wisely unless you like rambling through towns with every Tom, Dick and Harry…we thought Saturday during February was perfect for our Day Trip to Rye. 
  • Another cute little spot in East Sussex to visit is Alfriston…the home of the first National Trust property in England
  • Flat Shoes are required as Mermaid Street is extremely wonky to walk up!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

xx

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Blink and you miss it…two months of 2017 are now over and done with…time flies when you’re having fun.  Welcome back to my monthly Gratitude Journal entry for February 2017.  I think it’s fair to say that I have a number of things to be grateful for this month so let’s get this party started!

The Gratitude Journal: February 2017 Edition

Operation Time

Both dad and I had operations this month which we are both bloody grateful about and fingers crossed it should be smooth sailing ahead health wise for both of us albeit we both require a second operation.

I managed to have my operation a month early as a lady hadn’t turned up for her pre-op appointments and the hospital struggled to get hold of her…so I got her spot…she then turned up on the day though.  Our consultant tried to fit her in but couldn’t make it work with the theatre time she had allocated; while I feel sorry for the other lady, I am truly grateful that the consultant tried her best to get us both operated on and it’s a gentle reminder to make sure you attend all your appointments.

The Gratitude Journal: February 2017 Edition

^Post Op Selfie, the day after my operation…I’ve taken a few photos as a record of getting Frida Fibroid removed (that’s me with no make up, hair not washed for over two days and having very little sleep as was under hourly obs during the night)

G Man

Bless G’s little cotton socks…he does try…as I wasn’t meant to be staying overnight and I didn’t have any pre-op appointments I was pretty unprepared for my operation.  G managed to pack an overnight bag that consisted of 3 pairs of undies, a pair of trainers, my toiletries, a red lippie, an empty bottle of rose oil serum and two tops…I’m still giggling over the missing trousers, bra and sock situation…I haven’t told him either but it does make me chuckle…I just chucked on the dress from the day before, easily sorted.  G made sure I was looked after when I got onto the ward and it meant him having to have a stern word with the staff about getting me something to eat…gluten free no less…I’m very grateful that he put a rocket up their bottom as I was starting to get peckish and all G could find in the shop was a gluten free brownie.  (I possibly wasn’t that grateful when he was playing with the bed, making it go up and down when I was still feeling a bit nauseous from the morphine…ahh boys!).

Ma & Pa

I don’t disguise the fact that I love my family…I love my Mummy and Daddy so much and I know that I’m lucky that I have great parents as not everyone has that support.  Case in point, I could message my folks in the middle of the night from England as it was daytime in New Zealand after my operation when I was wide awake in hospital…something that we did when my little sister had her big operation in NZ years ago…I would do the night shift from England and chat to her when she felt unwell or just needed a little talk…my parents did that for me this time round…and Daddy calls me every morning on FaceTime to check that I’m okay and that I’ve eaten.  I was cranky this morning…sorry!

The Staff at Luton & Dunstable Hospital

I’ve never stayed overnight in hospital before and I’m not good with dealing with people that have needles.  The staff at L&D Hospital were fantastic, from the team in the Women’s Health Clinic, the nurses in the Surgical Short Stay Unit, the Recovery Team and everyone on Ward 34 that looked after me.  I was absolutely petrified of having to use a bedpan but they didn’t force me and were on hand to wipe the first time I needed to wee…I had bambi legs you see.  I’m grateful for these teams and that the experience was a goodie.

Finding New Spots to Visit

At times you can get stuck in a right ol’ rut with life and this also includes travel…I felt like I lost my English Travel Mojo at the end of last year however a visit to Chilham in Kent during the month really gave me the kick up the bottom I required and made me start thinking of finishing my 2016 New Years Resolution which was to visit every county so I’m grateful to Chilham for helping me find my mojo…thank you, you sexy little wobbly beast of a village!

Listening to Other Business Women 

The world has changed a lot in the last ten years, social media really has changed our lives and possibly not in a good way.  Recently I’ve struggled with a team member and it’s really opened my eyes to peoples expectations and how they act in their first role within a company now.  Lately I’ve had a number of chats with Business Women about taking on young workers and why many are choosing not to take them on full stop…attitude issues, not wanting to work, time keeping and playing with their phones constantly are the top issues…I’m grateful for the many conversations that I’ve had lately and have come to realise it’s not me (well maybe it’s me a little as well…especially when I lose faith in the individual…I just want them to succeed) and that it’s really up to the individual to grab opportunities and realise that an entry level job is a stepping stone to brighter and much better opportunities however you do need to prove yourself first!

February’s Reading Material

I managed to get through two books and I kinda started another one but have put it aside as my heart wasn’t in it right at this time (anyone else feel like that at times when it comes to a particular genre?)...this month was all about chick lit which I’m a fan of and I don’t care who knows it!

We Were On a Break by Lindsey Kelk

I’m a big fan of the I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk however have struggled with her other books as I just couldn’t connect with them however with We Were On A Break I managed to connect…yay!  The book is set in a tiny village, where the folks have real jobs, they don’t live anywhere close to London (actually Nottingham gets a mention!) and it’s not a Ross and Rachel, We Were on a Break storyline…it’s more about self doubt, getting stuck in a rut with life and realising not to take people for granted.  I will say that it’s very different to the I Heart series in tone and 50 pages needed to be chopped out but it was on point in regards to dating, social media and how sometimes lifestyles aren’t really what they seem.  Links for We Were on A Break by Lindsey Kelk on Amazon here or via the Book Depository which offers free worldwide delivery.

The Gratitude Journal: February 2017 Edition

Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood and I have been friends since 2003…I still remember buying the first Shopaholic book in a tiny bookshop in the Old Town of Dubrovnik and I instantly fell in love and went back and bought the rest of the available series.  Honestly, the last few books in the series were pretty sh*t (no beating around the bush) however when I saw this book was available, I decided to add it to my birthday amazon wish list and hoped that Sophie Kinsella had got her shopaholic mojo back which I think she has slightly (it was better than the last few books at least but once again the book was about 50 pages to long again…can authors stop with the fluff please!)…Becky has calmed down slightly but you would expect that as the character has gotten older like the rest of us, she has curbed her spending which felt a bit weird but life happens…I actually really liked this book as it reminded me that you do get caught up in bubbles and sometimes when you step out of said bubble, you don’t actually really need things that you once wanted and that your family is the most important thing in the world.

The Gratitude Journal: February 2017 Edition

Here’s a cute story, I used to work with a guy that had read the complete series and loved it…he was more into the series than his wife…we were chatting in the office one day and he told me he finally realised who I reminded him of…Becky Bloomwood…strangely this wasn’t the first time the comparison was made…not the compulsive spending more just the whirlwind!   Links for Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella on Amazon here or via the Book Depository which offers free worldwide delivery.

So what are you grateful for this month and what are you reading…I like to be a nosey parker!

xx

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Weight: 97.7 kgs

“One man’s style must not be the rule of another’s.”  – Jane Austen, Emma

My Life Goal, ze Weight

I’ve come down a bit this week…not a surprise really.

Shake Your Booty

No exercise this week; I had really good intentions and was heading to Aqua Aerobics and a few sessions on the old treadmill but then had an operation and am now signed off from exercise for two weeks.

What I’m Up Too…

I was having a totally normal week and then on Tuesday, I had 30 minutes to make a decision just after lunch time about getting my fibroid removed the following day…G said go for it girl (my last two periods were pretty horrendous for me and for him) and I had a vagina chat with the girls in the office where it was decided that I should take the opportunity and have the operation a month earlier than planned.

So Daddy and I both had operations this week under a General; Dad jumped the queue but in the end I got back in front <insert evil laugh>…I had a majority of the fibroid removed plus another polyp (15 polyps removed altogether so far this year from my colon and uterus) and they also found another fibroid so I will be having another operation in the future to remove the new one and the rest of the big one…while Daddy had his kidney stone removed.

After spending the night in hospital which wasn’t planned, I’m now home and feeling a bit uncomfortable and at times slightly crazy…I may have told G that I’m worried about the dolphins that are trying to get out of my vagina (and that comment was from today!).

I’ve decided I’m going to write a post about my fibroid journey; it won’t be for everyone but I want something written down so I can reflect on the changes in my body due to these dodgy little things.  Fibroids have changed the way I travel, my confidence levels and just my general health and well being.

I had my operation at Luton & Dunstable Hospital and they were fabulous with my care over the past three months; it’s amazing the difference between the Women’s Clinic at Bedford vs Luton & Dunstable Hospital and their treatment options.  I will be forever thankful to the covering GP that saw me late last year when my iron levels had hit rock bottom again and as he read through my notes he basically had very angry kittens…unfortunately not all GP’s are created equal and he went on to refer me through to L&D Hospital for a second opinion and was going to lodge a complaint over the handling of my case at Bedford Hospital (who knows if this happened but I got my second opinion).  After getting told for years that my symptoms weren’t anything to do with the fibroid, he told me that every symptom was…it was a revelation and I stopped beating myself up.

As I’ve said before, yes I’m hard on the NHS however I do believe you have to fight to get treated these days and if this year has thought me anything…my colon and uterus fights were not in vain.

Unfortunately I’m now signed off from work for two weeks and I get easily bored…G is telling me to sit still today and I’m struggling to do that…I’m really not a great patient!  I’ve decided to take the two weeks off and let my body recover not just from this operation but also from my colonoscopy…my body has dealt with a lot in the past 4 weeks.

G is currently watching a dodgy Syfy movie while I’m writing this post…he’s asked a valid question though, why is it that when aliens first come to earth they always try and blow up the White House?

Great Reads from Other Bloggers

Blogging has driven me insane for a long time now and I’ve gotten very angry…this post from Hannah Gale on Blogging, Jealously and Getting Over It is seriously on point and this line from the post “There’s a fine line between greed and ambition, and I think it’s that very line that drives so many of us insane on a daily basis” resonates with me on so many levels…and unfortunately not just blogging these days!

I was watching instagram stories last night and one of my favourite bloggers was saying how she was looking for a certain type of blogger for a particular campaign but on checking their stats on social blade realised they were following / unfollowing and she wouldn’t use them…a little bit of me did a dance on hearing this!

I’m a huge fan of Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb and it was a lovely surprise to see Catherine in the Good Housekeeping Magazine yesterday!  One of the reasons why I love Catherine is that she is unique in her fashion sense and doesn’t look like every other fashion blogger currently out there…she wrote a great post on 13 Fashion Blogger Girl Crushes of Mine (That Aren’t Instagram Clones!)…once again her rant on this post in seriously on point but I don’t think it’s just related to fashion blogging clones anymore…I’ve started unfollowing a number of almost “clone” like travel accounts now as well.

Anyway enough of my babbling…nap time.

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If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge Jane Austen fan…right down to having a Jane Austen bucket list…ask me about the Bronte sisters and I don’t have a clue!  I was watching the BBC production of Emma a few while ago when I was having a bad day (I like to destress via an Austen drama) and realised that they hadn’t used the village of Lacock in Wiltshire so I put on my PI Google hat and went a googling…and found Chilham in Kent.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

We were heading down to Kent to visit a sick relative so we made a little detour to visit to Chilham and it was everything I had hoped it to be.  As we were driving to Chilham, I told G that there weren’t many photos of Chilham on instagram and it wasn’t insta-famous which I was rather pleased about (I like visiting little hidden gems that aren’t too touristy)…G then took the mickey out of me for the next five minutes over these comments (deservedly so!).

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

As soon as we pulled into the tiny village, the door was open and I was out of the car before G had even come to a complete stop…I completely forgot about G until 45 minutes later…he was apparently happy as it meant he wasn’t dragged past a million doors.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

The village is only tiny so it doesn’t take very long to wander around however it’s very pretty so you could take a while if you love photography.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

Chilham has a grand old history including a visit from Jane Austen as she had dinner at Chilham Castle which you can see from the middle of the square – unfortunately you can’t visit the castle (or possibly fortunately for G as he was hobbling around on crutches!)…it’s a truly wonderful thought that this tiny village that Jane Austen had visited for dinner was then used by the BBC in their production of Emma centuries later.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

^^Chilham Castle

Of course there was a church to visit where it was thought Thomas Beckett was buried…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…I was more taken with the snowdrops that have finally started to appear…happy dance as it means spring is just around the chilly corner…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…and the tree in the churchyard which is older than the church itself (the church dates back to the 15th century); it was badly damaged in the famous storm of 1987 which the weather man said there would be no storm…the weather man was VERY wrong.  (G’s family talk about this storm quite a lot…the English like to yarn about the weather!)

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

There is a cute little shop in the market square selling all the gifts a girl could want…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…I closed my eyes, took a photo of the pretty blankets and moved on…I do love a good ol’ blanket and I have picked up a few on my travels in the past (Our Norwegian blanket that G told me we would never use, is always in use mainly by G!).

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

After almost giving myself RSI from taking way too many photos…I herded G into the cute little tea rooms that I saw while I was wandering around…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…and yes they did gluten free…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…we sat across from a cute little mother and son, the mother was in her 80’s and was dozing over her cup of tea…she was awfully cute and her son really took care of her making sure she didn’t trip over her extra long scarf on the way out etc; it reminded me of my mummy with birdie nana…you can see them heading back to the car through the window here holding hands…now you see them…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…now you don’t!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

I’m pretty sure aliens have taken over G’s body recently as once again he ordered a bloody tuna salad while I took one for team gluten free and ordered the victoria sponge and a scone…

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

…both were amazing and I would say the scones are almost on par with Claridge’s and don’t get me started about how great that gluten free victoria sponge was…buttery perfection to a whole new level.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

After all that deliciousness, it was time to head back to Rochester where we were staying for the night…complete with a victoria sponge doggy bag!

I absolutely adored Chilham and would highly recommend a visit if you’re into wobbly buildings, fabulous gluten free cake or just love snooping around a tiny little village.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

Travel Tips for Chilham, Kent

  • All roads lead to the market square however there is a limited amount of parking but there is free parking at the bottom and it’s an easy stroll up one of the many roads to the centre.
  • Highly recommend Shelly’s Tea Rooms in Chilham if you’re after gluten free cakes and scones…G said it was the best tuna salad he’s had for a while and I think we would happily drive almost three hours just to visit these tea rooms again.
  • There are two little pubs in the village and one of them offers accommodation
  • Chilham is rather close to Canterbury so if you have a car then it would be worth a little detour to visit this little village
  • Some interesting facts I learnt about Chilham while eating cake – Jane Austen stayed nearby at Godmersham Park and dined at Chilham Castle; Chilham has the perfect example of a Tudor Village Square and is often used in tv series and movies due to this and a member of the Digges Family that went on to become the first Governor General of Virginia took a Mulberry cutting from Chilham and planted them on Mulberry Island hence it’s name.

England Travel Inspiration - let me introduce you to beautiful village of Chilham in Kent. The castle was once visited by Jane Austen for dinner and the village was recently used in the BBC production of Emma. If you are touring the Kent countryside make sure you pop in for a visit and read my travel tips for Chilham including the best spot of gluten free scones!

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