While I’m not a religious person as such (I grew up in New Zealand where rugby is our main religion), I will lend my body to eat gluten free cake if a church requires a helping hand…I’m good like that you see!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

If you live in Bedfordshire, you are in for a right little treat.  For the third year in a row, St Mary’s Church in Haynes is serving up afternoon tea on Sunday to raise funds for conservation work required…they need to raise £250,000 hence there is a blooming load of cake that needs to be eaten.

Last year, we ventured down to Haynes (just off the A6 heading towards Luton from Bedford) and we made our annual pilgrimage again last Sunday…I love kooky events like this that you find happening in the Shires of England.

The church is in the prettiest part of Haynes with gorgeous little houses decorated with rambling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

…and the church fits in perfectly with the cute surroundings.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

As I said, the church requires a lot of money as they are trying to restore the paintings around the altar which is going to cost a staggering £250,000 at the very least and the parish is rather tiny so they are looking for lots of local support!

You can see the little patch of work that has already been carried out for a cool £2,000 and the colours are just enchanting so it would be amazing to see the final product once it’s all restored.  This photo doesn’t do the colours justice!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

The build up of pollution on the painting was caused by candles used inside the church and a little bit of damp.  St Mary’s Church is keen to have the painting restored as there are only a small handful of churches in the United Kingdom that now possess these paintings as most were totally painted over.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

Once you have tackled a big slice of cake and drunk your merry way through a large pot of tea…

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

^G’s afternoon tea from 2016…all home made cakes!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

^my gluten free cake from 2017

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

…make sure you pop off to check out the knick knacks on sale…there’s even a table full of plants for all the gardeners out there…as they say, every little penny helps!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

Make sure you take in the whole church as it’s very beautiful with an interesting history…

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

…even the grounds are beautiful!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

^G, his mum and Dizzy Izzy (she suffers from anxiety and spins round and around …she’s on medication for her anxiety, poor little dog…she’s a rescue dog with only one eye but is now a very pampered princess!)

I’m actually quite disappointed to see so many churches struggling to find funds to carry out much needed repair or conservation work…these are historical buildings that are falling apart at the seams in some cases.

It’s so important to attend events like these in your local church and it’s amazing to see what is on offer these days at local churches from events showcasing Wedding Dresses through the Decades (which I loved at G’s family village!), to Afternoon Tea and Champing inside a church that I first heard about last year.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Church, Haynes, Bedfordshire

  • Afternoon Tea is served every Sunday in July and August from 2.30 – 4.30pm; my advice is to get there as early as possible to nab yourself a table which are dotted around the church.
  • The church has organised a new band or musician every Sunday so you can boogie in your chair while eating cake…negative calories!
  • I was told that they are trying to have at least one gluten free cake available each week but I would take something in your bag just in case they don’t…the gluten free carrot cake was rather yummy.
  • The cost is £3 per person which includes a large slice of cake and a post of tea or coffee…there is an additional cost for more cakes or sarnies.
  • Remember it is cash only!
  • Even if you aren’t religious, it’s super important that we support our local communities to preserve our history regardless of our beliefs.
  • The post code for St Mary’s Church is MK45 3QP; easiest to get to from Bedford or Luton along the A6 and there is ample parking at the church.
  • You can read more about the history on the church’s website or check out their Facebook page for more information.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

xx

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Weight: 94.5 kgs

“You are very fond of bending little minds; but where little minds belong to rich people in authority, I think they have a knack of swelling out, till they are quite as unmanageable as great ones.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 26, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

And down we go again…don’t you just love hormones ladies!  I’ve started my healthy eating again…well I kept track of things and had a few hormonal binges during the week…possibly more through frustration of my brain not functioning properly at work but I was happy to see that the weight came off thankfully.

Shake Your Booty

I’ve done loads and I mean loads of walking on my treadmill during the week…I’m really proud of myself to be honest.   I would like to do some other forms of  exercise however walking seems to be what is cutting the mustard at the moment.

What I’m Up Too…

Well I managed to right royally screw up quarter end last week…we have any early close…and what’s £3 million between friends…right?!?!  It was a such a rookie mistake and I managed to beat myself up for the rest of the week.

Yesterday it was G’s godmothers 80th birthday so her children organised a surprise birthday party…the surprise was on them as there was a miscommunication and she ended up in a different county and was over an hour late for her birthday party…it was rather a hoot and it will teach her kids to never lie to their mum again!

G and I went to church today…to eat cake.  I’ve changed my scheduled posts around (AGAIN!!) so if you live in Bedfordshire you can go and support this little church that needs to raise £250,000 for conservation work required by eating cake each Sunday during July and August.  I’ll show you what they are trying to raise the money for…it’s truly beautiful and there are only a few left in the whole country.

In Garden News: my sweet peas went to seed…who knew you had to cut the flowers off ALL THE TIME if you want them to keep flowering…if anyone knows of a really good old fashioned gardening book that will teach me all the bits and bobs I need to know can you please drop me a line pretty please.

Our tomatoes are looking really good…heaps of little green babies so just waiting for them to turn red and our yellow courgettes are looking good but they seem to have stopped growing…this topsy turvy weather is not helping me understand what my babies need and want!  If anyone knows of any fun gardening blogs, can you please let me know also.

I can see my yellow shoes as I’m typing this in my little Featured Image box and I keep getting distracted and smiling as I just love those shoes so much…I’m wearing them to death, thankfully I bought two pairs!  Who knew a pair of New Look shoes would make me go totally nutty.

I’m back at work full time from tomorrow…let’s see what havoc I can cause…especially when it comes to cutting budgets!

xx

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I’ve really become a little homebody lately and dare I say it but I’m enjoying playing around in my garden.  Sometimes you need a little inspiration and with so many beautiful British Gardens to explore, I decided a little road trip to Coton Manor Gardens in Northamptonshire was in order after seeing photos of their gorgeous gardens on Facebook.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

I love a good old classic English Garden to ramble through and the gardens at Coton Manor didn’t disappoint…as soon as I entered the gardens I was hit with the beautiful fragrance of roses and jasmine lingering in the air, a heady mix!  A group of 4 little old ladies were right behind me and they were very vocal about their delight of all the beautiful scents…they made me smile whenever I bumped into them during the day.

The gardens are a photographers dream especially during the summer months with all the rambling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…with lots of little spots to sit back and admire the gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

Years and years ago, I attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace with my family and these gardens made me think that this would be another perfect spot for an English garden party…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…just imagine enjoying a pims down by the pond at sunset with beautiful lanterns….<note to self; step away from Pinterest…step away now!>.

My favourite area at Coton Manor Gardens was the Terraces and Old Rose Garden sections of the gardens; even though I prefer bright coloured flowers myself, the beauty of pastel flowers aren’t completely lost on me…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…those roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…the honey coloured house draped in roses and clematis…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…and rose arches signalling another little not so secret garden to explore.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

The area around the water garden has stunning views over to the house…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…and another not so secret little garden with many little paths and pretty plants to get to the bottom of the garden.  As the area is rather shaded, there were a number of ferns and hostas that reminded this Kiwi of home!

Of course for my little garden adventure, I slipped on my favourite pair of gardening shoes…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…a totally sensible and practical gardening shoe if ever there was one!  Actually these Cross Strap Mules from New Look are so comfy and are on sale for only £9 now…they are part of the New Look Wide Fit Shoe collection.

I had some sweet pea envy…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…honestly why don’t my sweet peas look like this or smell as much as these ones at Coton Manor…personally I think every British Garden should have sweet peas and thankfully you can get them in some rich vibrant colours now and not just pastels.

Other than sweet peas…all beautiful english gardens should have some of these…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…yes flamingos…joking, no…but they are a fun addition to this English garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…there are four flamingos walking around the gardens and they’re super pink as they feed them the food required to make them pink…they move bloody fast as well when you’re trying to take photos of them…first world flamingo problems!

The Borders were another lovely area…and there may have been a few times when I tiptoed into the garden to smell a rose or two…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

 

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…I joined the four little ladies in the herb garden for another chat about old wives tales.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

The Acacia Border offers more beautiful and sweet smelling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…and stunning views of the house…this is what beautiful British Gardens are all about!

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

After my wander around the gardens and suffering from RSI due to taking to many photos, it was time for something to eat and drink so I popped off to the cafe…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…and indulged in a sarnie and a cold drink.

Refuelled I took the opportunity to walk through the plants for sale and picked up a couple of pretty plants to take home with me (a great selection of healthy and reasonably priced plants on sale for our own little mini British Gardens)

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…including a Dahlia called Miss Eileen…my dad loves dahlias and his mummy was called Eileen so that little plant was definitely coming home with me.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

I’ve visited a number of beautiful English gardens mainly by visiting National Trust (membership details for US citizens) and Historic Houses but this is one of my firm favourites.

Travel Tips for Visiting Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens

  • The Coton Manor Gardens are easily accessible from the M1 and you will need a car to visit the property.  There is a large car park directly opposite the property.  
  • Dogs aren’t allowed in the grounds of Coton Manor Gardens however they can be exercised within the car park.  
  • The entrance fee at the time of my visit was £7 and this is payable by cash only – please check out the website for the full ticket prices and opening times.  
  • There is a cafe on site and they do serve gluten free options however they are a tad pricey – a drink and a gluten free toastie cost me £8…the card machine can be a bit hit and miss so you may want to take some cash with you for lunch as well.  You can have picnic in the cafe area however not in the grounds.
  • There are a number of very healthy looking plants for sale however payment is via cash.
  • If you would like to learn more about the history of Coton Manor Gardens then this article from the FT is really interesting.
  • You can find out more about opening times, prices and the gardens themselves at the Coton Manor Gardens website.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

What are your recommendations for must see gardens to visit around the world?  I would love to hear where you favourite gardens are.

xx

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Weight: 96.0 kgs

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 25, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

A huge increase this week however I’m taking it all on the nose; my period has started…the hope that the coil would potentially stop my periods hasn’t materialised and am feeling very bloated in the process so am sure the weight will hopefully come down next week.  Would love to hear about your experiences with the coil…my hair has also started to fall out in clumps as well and I have lumps all over my boobies and underarms for a few days every 10 days or so…anyone else suffered from these symptoms with the coil?

Shake Your Booty

I managed to do some walking on the treadmill until it got all a bit too hot in England…G ended up buying us an air conditioning unit…best decision ever!  Then I thought I would try doing kettle bells on Friday morning and have been in pain ever since…big mistake.

What I’m Up Too…

So I went for a little tiki tour to Northamptonshire to wander around the Coton Manor Gardens (blog post will be published on Tuesday and I have a few more scheduled…it feels so weird to see scheduled posts!)…and managed to take the wrong exit from a round about however got to see this cute little pub from 1620 so a total silver lining for my wrong turn…

England Travel Inspiration - The famous Althorp Coaching Inn serving since 1620 Northamptonshire

…and how cute are these little houses.

England Travel Inspiration - thatched cottage in Northamptonshire

I’d forgotten how pretty Northamptonshire really is!

I’m back in the office tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it but I’m only allowed to work 4 hours a day as per the instructions from the company doctor. It will be lovely to escape the house and to see a some of my work friends again.

I’ve managed to book a few flights to Europe for August and September so I can see my folks and sister as they travel around Europe so that should be fun.  I’m flying Wizz Air and somehow my profile is set to a male and I can’t change it…I dread to think how much this is going to cost me to change.

G and I need to use up a British Airways companion voucher before October and we are struggling to work out where to go…we know Europe isn’t a great use of the companion ticket however we have another 3 sitting against our profiles to use at a later date so we have decided to burn it on a flight within Europe or maybe North Africa.  So we are thinking of a trip somewhere in Europe…any suggestions?  I was thinking of Rhodes however struggling to find seats!

 

xx

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After my morning visit to the little chocolate box village of Clare, my next pit stop was exploring Cavendish which was only a short drive away…like less than 10 minutes…barley enough time for a boogie in the car.  If you’ve seen photos of Suffolk then you’ve probably seen the iconic photo of Cavendish…the large village green, the pink cottage and the church behind.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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.

^^If not, now you have!

I parked in front of a house for sale…I call this omen, I may have instantly downloaded a property app to my phone and stalked the inside of the house…G later talked some sense into me about how long my commute would be to Luton…honestly he can be such a spoilsport!  A girl can dream right?!?

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 village is rather tiny so it was an easy little wander around…enjoying the pretty little homes…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 were some rather cuties to admire!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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.

Pretty in Pink makes the Boys Wink!  Spot me if you can!

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I really loved this house, the owners exited the house as I was photographing their front door…caught in the act, doh!  They thought it was hilarious, I have no shame whatsoever (including when asked what was so good about their front door…I tried to explain door porn, he just didn’t get it!) and we had a chat for a bit about their home…apparently I could have it as it was a noose around their neck.

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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.

Period homes are VERY expensive to maintain…we know this fact as G’s parents house is older than New Zealand.

Spring flowers and blossoms were popping up and opening…

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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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…windows were getting thrown open for a spring airing…

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 church was looking heavenly in the sunshine…

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…and I just wandered around this chocolate box village in a trance…I love little villages like this!

I may have fallen in love with another house in Cavendish…this time it wasn’t for sale…

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…drats as I love it a lot…and yes I know I say this all the time but I really do love it…I could totally see me cursing that front gate each day trying to get into the garden and then knocking my head coming into the house!

Exploring Cavendish had worked up a sweat as it was super photogenic, my finger needed a rest and a cold drink…warm spring days are a blessing…so I popped inside a little antique shop come tea room…

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…where you can eat and drink yourself silly surrounded by antiques…

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…there is so much to look at and you will want to buy everything…I may have walked away with a gorgeous bright yellow vase that I really love…a cheaper option than the house…

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 best bit was when he took my card for payment and used the old fashioned hand swipe machine with carbon paper for signature…I almost had kittens…only in Suffolk folks, only in Suffolk…and only in an antique shop!

Of course, I found myself a few doors to photograph…

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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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…it wouldn’t be a road trip without a few doors tucked away safely inside my camera.

I found a bit of shade under a tree on the green and just watched village life pass me by…

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 may have taken a little shoefie as well (my stomach muscles received a work out with me leaning back with my legs stuck high into the air…this shoefie made me break a sweat!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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.

…but totally worth it in the end!

How cute is this little village shop…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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.

…honestly I love village life…it feels easy and everyone is so supportive.  And I just love the notice board from the Coronation…yes I’m a Royalist and I’m proud of this fact…I’ve even attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the past!

Cavendish is gorgeous…it is exactly what you would expect from a Chocolate Box Village in England…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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.

…pretty pink cottages…check…village green…check…church…check…cute tea rooms…check…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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 Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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.

…photogenic as hell…check…check and check again!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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.

Cavendish…if I wrote a post of my favourite 10 Chocolate Box Villages in England…you would be on the list.

Travel Tips for Exploring Cavendish, Suffolk

  • It’s an easy drive from Bury St EdmundsLavenham or Clare and parking is a breeze, just find a spot on the road.
  • There are a few pubs dotted around the village if you are peckish or you can visit the Cavendish Antiques & Tea Rooms (unfortunately they don’t have gluten free options).
  • The Green at Cavendish would be picture perfect spot for a picnic
  • It’s pretty flat in Cavendish and there isn’t a huge amount of places to walk to so you could get away with pretty shoes…but make them comfortable!
  • Why not check out my Suffolk Weekend Itinerary if you are planning to visit this neck of the woods.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect 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 Cavendish 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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