After falling in love with the pargetting in Saffron Walden and doing a bit of research, I decided a little road trip exploring Clare in Suffolk was in order.  It did help that someone on instagram told me to visit Clare as I would love the village…and they weren’t wrong at all!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Suffolk as a county isn’t far from Bedfordshire so I could visit three little villages in a day starting with Clare.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

After a drive through some very narrow little country lanes where I’m pretty sure my bikini line got a trim or two…I needed a wee and a piece of cake so I found myself a little tea shop to settle into.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

The cake wasn’t the best I’ve ever had (it was a little dense for my liking) but still very tasty; the service was sweet and the hot chocolate laden down with a million marshmallows (just the way a hot chocolate should be presented…I suffer from marshmallow rage if there isn’t enough!) and the loo were the bees knees.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Fuelled up, shoe laces tied, flowers located and shoefie taken…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…I went out in search of some pargetting and found the most famous house in Clare…aka the Custard Creme Biscuit House…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…okay not it’s official name but it bloody well should be!  Anyone craving a Custard Creme biscuit now?  And yes that is a graveyard right in front of the house as well.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

A graveyard must mean there is a church close by….

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…there you go now!

The village is rather quaint with a number of little independent shops so you can wander around peacefully window shopping…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…or maybe do a bit of antique shopping…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…this place was amazing, there was so much I wanted to take home…I had to remind myself that I can’t fit a 3 piece lounge suite in a Fiat 500…in my mind I could…then my mind got distracted by gluten free cake which they were serving in the cafe inside the antique centre…I didn’t have a slice but it did look bloody tasty…gluten free salted caramel cake…I’m drooling as I write this!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

You know I love a castle or ten and Clare is home to a castle…or remains of one…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…which means you can climb to the top of it and get amazing 360 degree views of the town and surrounding countryside.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

It was at this point that I realised that I really love Suffolk a lot…the colours, the friendly locals and just how I feel totally calm while visiting Suffolk…it’s very different to the honeycomb villages of the Cotswolds which I find a tad too touristy and a bit beige.

Next stop was to take a snap of a car…you know, a little oh lala car in Clare…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…I crossed the bridge and ended up in the Priory…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…a peaceful little spot…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…which you enter through a private gate and go in search of some Earls, a Duchess and a Countess or two (relatives of King Richard III and Queen Anne Neville) that are buried within the grounds.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

I think this sign clarifies quite well who is buried within the grounds of the old priory with dates for all those history buffs out there!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

You know I can’t help myself…I took a few photos of some pretty cute little doors…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…told you they were cute!

Wandering around Clare in search of the pargetting which I finally stumbled on…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…it was very beautiful, not as much as Saffron Walden but still impressive for pargetting lovers.

There of course was a number of wobbly houses…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…it wouldn’t be Suffolk without a wobbly house or two!

Just take a wander around Clare, it’s a magical little place that will leave you enchanted.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

I really enjoyed my day trip to Clare in Suffolk…the county is a colourful and much cheaper alternative to the Cotswolds.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Travel Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day Trip Exploring Clare, Suffolk

  • There is a car park by the castle and antique centre which you will need to pay for however you can park on the outskirts of town and walk in which is what I did and it took less than 5 minutes to walk in.
  • There are a few little tea rooms offering gluten free snacks in Clare, I visited Honey Hill Cafe which also do afternoon tea if you need an afternoon tipple.
  • If you want to walk to the top of the castle then sensible shoes are a must!
  • There is no charge for the castle or the priory and both offer lovely spots of a picnic
  • If you love pargetting as much as I do then I would highly recommend Saffron Walden for a visit as I think it’s the best spot for pargetting in England.  Nethergate Street is where you will find most of the pargetting…the Custard Creme Biscuit house is found by the church in the middle of the village.
  • If you plan to do a Road Trip to Suffolk then why not read my Chocolate Box Suffolk Villages Travel Guide that offers a complete itinerary of places to visit for a weekend or longer including Clare and Lavenham which is a must visit for Harry Potter fans.
  • Clare is apparently a village however folks do call it the smallest town in Suffolk…who really knows.  The folks are so sweet and I had a lovely chat with a few locals on my visit who stopped me and asked what bought me to Clare.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

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Weight: 95.1 kgs

“You have another long walk before you.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 22, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

A slight decrease this week which I suppose is to do with the fasting from the operation and just feeling a bit out of sorts when it comes to food overall (I really could do with eating some liquorice all sorts to fix my out of sorts problem but they aren’t gluten free!)…all I fancy eating is ice and ice blocks…and curly wurlys!

Shake Your Booty

No exercise at all, my joints especially my knees and hips are giving me such grief and this could be to do with the iron deficiency…I’m meant to be resting which includes no exercise…I’m gazing at my treadmill thinking I really want to turn you on…that’s how bored I am!

What I’m Up Too…

Nothing…getting told off by everyone for not resting…getting pissed off at everyone as they keep asking me how I am…how the fuck do you think I am…I’m stuck inside, can’t move very fast, have a throbbing headache, feel like someone has punched me in the uterus and I’m fucking still bleeding!!!!!!!!!!!!

So yeah, in a really lovely mood…can you tell?!?  Not sleeping very well isn’t helping either…I would love to be sitting outside in the sunshine however I constantly overheat when I come in contact with the sun and then start to bleed heavily…thankfully some cooler weather has arrived as warm weather when you’re feeling really sick just makes you feel even worse.

I’ve tried to colour in…had a tantrum with myself as I got bored…tried to read a book…can’t get past two pages as my concentration levels are fully out of whack…have managed to watch a few dvds this weekend which is the best I can do…but am over dvds now.  A work friend suggested crochet…I don’t think I’m a crochet kind of girl myself but never say never.

I did have my operation to remove all my fibroids on Tuesday so I’m now officially fibroid free for the first time in 7 years; thankfully I didn’t bleed while they were doing all the prep work prior to the operation…got into the theatre to have the General and boom, I flood.  I went to sleep not knowing if they would carry out the operation or not, thankfully Neela did…and I’m now the proud owner of a coil for 6 months which will hopefully stop the cells from growing back in the short term…fingers crossed.

G and I are taking a lovely road trip to St Mark’s Hospital in London tomorrow for my first visit to see a specialist about my dodgy colon…if she asks for blood, I will be putting my hand up and asking for some myself…the professor that I’m seeing specialises in rare genetic colon diseases so hopefully she will be able to get to the bottom of my 14 polyps that they removed in January…excuse the pun!

I’m super ready for a holiday or even to just go back to work…which should be Tuesday but as G has told me…that isn’t very likely in my current state.

I think it’s safe to say that I’m going around the bend with boredom!

Before my hair cut on Friday I decided to have a pedicure (I normally have one every fortnight) but haven’t had one lately due to the hospital visits (no nail polish allowed!)...so I thought this would be a nice treat…wrong…firstly I wore a skirt…pedicures and skirts are not a good mixture…to be honest, after fretting for a few moments that I was flashing everyone, I decided that enough people had seen my fanny on Tuesday so why not add a few more to the Kelly Fanny Clan on the Friday!  You do use your stomach muscles when having a pedicure…I’m not sure why but I do…it really wasn’t as relaxing as I thought it was going to be but silver lining, my toes look respectable and pretty again.

I will point out that this post has taken two days to write…I’m off to hit my head against a pretty grey wall!

Sharing is Caring…

I thought I would share a few things as this post is becoming a right old pity party to say the least.

This post made me chuckle…probably the title really…“Exposing the Instagram Mafia”…it’s actually about the instagram comment pods and how they are trying to boost engagement however what they are creating is fake engagement…just not purchased fake engagement…at the end of the day, fake engagement is fake engagement, purchased or not!  To be fair, I’m totally over the bull shit that is instagram and am just waiting until the new platform comes along which it will do shortly.

This article also made me laugh…it would be something I would do…coffee shop rage at it’s finest!  The comments are pretty hilarious as well…almost as good as the Daily Mail commenters to be honest.

Then my little sister Lisa sent me this link with audio from New Zealand…when overseas scammers accidentally call the New Zealand Police…it’s quite funny to listen to, G and I were in giggles…I love his kiwi accent as well.

Anyway enough of my babbling…I’m going to sit and stare into space again.

xx

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Weight: 96.0 kgs

“The hair was curled, and the maid sent away, and Emma sat down to think and be miserable.” – Jane Austen, Emma

My Life Goal, ze Weight

No change which is a good thing; especially as I’m craving sugar and salt by the bucketload.

Shake Your Booty

I managed to escape prison aka our house and went for a walk on Thursday and Friday without any adult supervision which was a fabulous feeling!  I did feel rather faint at times but I needed to go for a walk to get some fresh air and a bit of exercise….I just didn’t enjoy the pins and needles in my toes and fingers when I was walking…urgh!  At one point on Friday, I was overtaken by an old granny…I really wanted to cry.

What I’m Up Too…

G and I went into London yesterday for afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel which was lovely…I will try and do a new review to show you all the yummy details but let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed with the food.  If you can’t wait then check out Mrs D’s recent review here.

We normally do a bit of shopping and go to The Connaught for a drink however on this occasion it was just a one stop affair – afternoon tea and then home again.

I decided that I needed to dye my eyebrows…not to be one of those trendy birds but just because I could see a few too many white hairs for my liking so decided to jazz things up slightly…I sent mum and dad a photo while I was waiting with the dye on…and I received a little snapshot back…

…I was in fits of giggles!  We are a completely normal family…now I just need to work on my mo!

So I have my operation on Tuesday (well fingers crossed…I still have a light period…blood = no operation!); I managed to have my pre-op blood test on Friday which was a right old ordeal…the first vein collapsed and the second time she had to jiggle the needle to get it into the vein…apparently I had to relax…there were tears, her colleague came in to see if she could help and well in the end G taped my mouth closed…I wish I was joking but I’m not…then G had to hold my hand as we walked back to the car as I thought I was about to faint.  They finally got the blood so that’s the main thing.  Feel sorry for the person who will be stabbing me on Tuesday…I think it’s fair to say my body and mind are a little bit over needles now.

If you are looking at doing a bit of online shopping this weekend and are in need of some more avios then I would highly recommend checking out the British Airways Gate 365 shop as there are some really good avios deals going on this bank holiday weekend i.e. ASOS 12 avios per £1 spent,  Selfridges up to 18 avios per £1, M&S 12 avios per £1 spent and Boden 9 avios per £1 spent…to name just a few.

Anyway enough of my babbling…I’m going to do a bit of colouring in, hopefully I can stay within the lines.

xx

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It feels like an age since I’ve written a gluten free afternoon review so I thought I better rattle my dags and show you a little afternoon feast from a few months ago.  Rachel and I headed into London to try the gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley…now this wasn’t my first visit (you can read my other review here from 2013…and I had visited again after this review but never blogged about it) but thought I would share my findings with you all as obviously opinions can change.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Sandwiches

The sandwiches were okay…I would say that the gluten free bread was a tad thick for my liking BUT they were better than the pastry selection.  We were asked if we wanted more sarnies however we declined as Rachel and I are both sugar monsters.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Scones

No scones…now this was never an issue before when I’ve visited the Berkeley Hotel for Afternoon Tea however I think there is a problem now.

Gluten Free Pastries

Now the pastries…if you offer no scones then I expect you to blow my cotton socks off when it comes to the pastry selection and The Berkeley failed…the mini cakes were very dry to the point that Rachel and I thought they might be stale…yes stale…you can put a glaze on it however if you wanted us to like it then you shouldn’t have overcooked it!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To quote my dad – even the birds would leave those cake alone for fear of having to walk home!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

While in the past, the pastries were free flowing and constantly replenished…this is now not the case so don’t expect to try one of each pastry which is disappointing considering the lack of scones and the dad affair of the stale cakes.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

However on a happier note, it was good to see that the hotel have made more of an effort when it comes to the gluten free pastry selection and trying to align it to the regular afternoon tea…this change I am rather pleased about.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To be fair, I really was disappointed with the pastries overall especially when you couldn’t eat the mini cakes as they were so rough…we did ask if there were any additional gluten free pastries and we were provided with a couple of mini macarons which were tasty (a saving grace to the pastry selection of the afternoon tea).

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Tea

I had a lovely cup of tea however I was disappointed that they didn’t replinish with hot water during our visit…for the price of the afternoon tea, I don’t expect to be drinking luke warm tea.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Atmosphere

The tea room looks like it has had a little revamp and now can only be described as instagram worthy…while it’s very pretty, I just found it lacked a bit of soul and could be interchangeable with a few other hotel lounges in London.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Service

The service was okay, it’s definitely not up to the standards that you receive at Claridge’s Hotel which is a shame as they are part of the same group and some consistency would be fabulous…it wasn’t horrendous but I don’t expect to refill my own cup of tea.  For the price point that The Berkeley has targeted, I would expect my tea to be refreshed during the afternoon tea experience.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Would I recommend the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley – if you have cash to burn and are really wanting to try the Pret-A-Portea afternoon tea then definitely go…don’t let my review change your mind but do be weary if you’re gluten free.

For me personally, while I have recommended The Berkeley as a fun place for a gluten free afternoon tea in the past, I would no longer recommend as I thought it was overpriced for the quality that we received on the day.

G and I are off the Brown’s Hotel this coming weekend so it will be interesting to see if I still rate them as one of the best in London for gluten free afternoon teas along with Claridge’s Hotel, The Lanesborough, The Langham and the Intercontinental Park Lane.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

The afternoon tea at The Berkeley starts at £52 per person plus 12.5% service charge.  You can learn more about the afternoon tea here on their website…FYI, the new Spring / Summer afternoon tea menu is out now.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

xx

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