Weight: 94.9 kgs

“She was one of those, who, having, once begun, would be always in love.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 42, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Another small weight gain however putting it all down to hormones…have a serious case of PMS this week which wasn’t pleasant along with a number of ladies at work who were in the same predicament.

Shake Your Booty

Ummm…yeah next question…next week is a new week!

What I’m Up Too…

So I missed last weeks diary post as my hard drive decided to die…it’s my third…yes third hard drive in a 4 year old MacBook Pro…I’m seriously not going to waste any more money on apple products (I think I’ve ranted about this before…a total waste of money) as I think they are just a brand name trying to rip off consumers.

Kinda annoyed about losing my weekly personal finance spreadsheet though as it really has given me a huge handle on my spending habits…do you think I can find it anywhere in my back ups…nooooo!

Last weekend I caught up with the lovely Sara from Big World Small Me…it was so great catching up especially about her year long travels which she is currently writing about on her blog.

I would like to stay thanks to Breezy Brian that blew through Bedford yesterday…my washing was dry within hours  thanks to your arrival!

Next weekend I’m off to Scotland to visit Maggie who is over from New Zealand on a huge Scottish adventure so am looking forward to a little weekend trip away.

Anyway enough of my babbling; has everyone had a lovely weekend?

xx

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On our little road trip to Cornwall, G had the Eden Project on his bucket list.  I had visited many years ago with my folks and we’d enjoyed our day out…roll forward a few years and I received a big shock when I saw the price of entry now.  So is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee… hmmm let’s find out!

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^^The iconic domes!

Travel Tips for the Eden Project are found at the bottom of this post.

We arrived early morning and desperate for a cup of tea and a piece of cake…sadly the cake is labelled as low in gluten which isn’t allowed in the labelling world and Mrs D has taken this up with the Eden Project in the past and it still hasn’t changed.  I decided to give it a go and the cake was lovely but it made me wonder how on earth it can be low in gluten rather than gluten free.  The price of two cakes and three drinks set up back over £15…ouch!

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G and I had a wander outside first taking in the gardens…

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…with the colourful dahlias…dahlias have become the new peony and they are so easy to grow as well…

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England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…the Japanese anemones…

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…it was fun to see how the gardens have all being designed and to get some inspiration for our own garden.

The Eden Project is an educational  garden which is trying to teach folks about biodiversity, fair-trade and how we all need to work together…no bees, no humans…basically we need to plant flowers to help out our bee population…we did this year and the amount of wildlife we had in the garden was incredible from bees, insects to birds.  If we all made one small change in our lifestyle just imagine how we could help Planet Earth…time to start thinking about our diets, fast fashion, travel and how we live on this planet.

We entered the humidity dome first, which is like a huge hot house but not as humid as I last remembered…if you like giant palm leaves then you’re going to love this dome…

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…it was like taking a journey around the world…

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…from New Zealand……to the islands…to Asia…

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…to Africa…

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…we learnt a few new facts which will be great questions for a pub quiz but you know…I suffer from dory brain so I can’t remember the facts now…doh…

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…there was some really great information on fair-trade and food miles…

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…G was gutted to learn that he couldn’t go to the very top of the dome as it was just too hot inside….we may have begged to differ but hey ho.

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Humidity brings the most beautiful plants to life…

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England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

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…Monica Hair vs Beautiful flowers…

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I can live with Monica Hair but not without pretty flowers in my life.  I still remember when Lisa and I visited Samoa and the local bus took us through the Rain Forest…it was simply gorgeous.

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I wouldn’t mind a pretty waterfall like this in my back garden?

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England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

G and I managed to agreed on a plant we both liked…

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…chalk and cheese when it comes to gardening!

We left the humidity dome and wandered past all the restaurants, pondering if we were requiring more expensive and poorly labelled food in our bellies…the answer was no…so we hit the gift shop instead…I bought G some bamboo socks which apparently are better for your feet…he agrees.

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I’m taking more of an interest in ethical fashion and where my clothes are coming from now more than even and it’s amazing to see more companies advising how they’re cutting down their water usage on materials etc. and the use of sustainable materials.

Next up we hit the Mediterranean dome, to be fair I felt a bit let down with this dome…

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…it was pretty don’t get me wrong…

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…you felt like you were transported to the Mediterranean in some areas…

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…but we didn’t learn as much as we did from the first dome which is a shame.

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Am I the only person out there that thinks a cactus plant looks like a giant willy…

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…I’ve backed into a prickly willy plant while having a wee out in the open in Libya…thankfully I only received a prickle in my foot and not my bottom!  I dine out on my disaster travel stories….they’re the best part of travelling.

The Australian garden was interesting but once again I felt it lacked a bit in imagination with the educational detailing and layout…the colours were beautiful though…I was expecting more from this new addition…just bring the crisps around as I’ve got the wine…wine, wine, wine (moving on from my wine)

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

…we took an interest in the vegetable garden as our veggie patch was really good this year; just blowing my own horn here and there folks!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

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Not golden balls but green balls!

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I’ve made chutneys and also frozen a lot of our vegetables for use over winter…The Good Life, the Bedford version!  I grew heirloom tomatoes this year and the crop was amazing…go for the older variety plants for a change, not the modified seeds that you find these days…think purple carrots, yellow tomatoes, bobbly red tomatoes…embrace the old fashioned varieties and you will be surprised with your crop.

The sunflowers were beautiful…happy flowers…

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…these guys were rather photogenic.

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England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

We took another walk outside and watched the zip wire whizz overhead…someone was burning a £50 note with that ride…truly everything is wildly expensive here.

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^^Is it a man…is it a giant butterfly…who blooming knows!

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

G and I spent less than 2 hours at the Eden Project and to be fair, it wasn’t that busy and it was at the start of the school holidays when Cornwall was super busy.

Personally I feel like the Eden Project has really priced itself out of the market especially for families and overseas travellers…if I was travelling from NZ this would be costing a crap load of money and I would have felt short changed by the experience.

I was disappointed with the lack of events on for children who were visiting…it was the start of the school holidays and just felt like the Eden Project was missing a trick or ten…it’s one of those places, you visit once and don’t go back even though your ticket allows entry for a full year from the first date of entry. More activities especially around sustainable gardening would have us visiting again.

England Travel Inspiration - Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50 Entrance Fee? On your next vacation to Cornwall why not check out one of the worlds most famous sustainable gardens and the domes. And I pass judgement on the gluten free food at the restaurant. Click on the photo to see more beautiful photos of this beautiful destination and a load of plants!

G and I had a discussion if we thought the Eden Project was worth the £27.50 entrance fee and the answer was NO!  The B&B owner also agreed and thought a fair price would be around the £15 mark which I think is more reasonable overall however if you can find a 2 for 1 voucher than I would recommend a visit.

We felt that The Eden Project could push so much more on showing how to live more sustainably with nature it just felt like it has given a half heartened try…we heard rumblings about financial pressures and redundancies so who knows if this has had an impact on the Eden Project overall.

I’m not saying don’t go…just that we were both disappointed with the cost (if we had paid full price!) vs what was on offer on the day of our visit.

Travel Tips for the Eden Project, Cornwall

  • Booking tickets online on the Eden Project website prior to your visit can save some money
  • If you’re into collecting avios, weirdly after our visit I noticed if you go through the British Airways Gateway 365 portal you can earn avois on the purchases and there were some good values offered (at the time of writing it was 7 avois per £1 spent).
  • I’m pretty frugal at the moment and found a really great way of saving money; the May Gardener’s World offered a discount card with 2 for 1 tickets to many gardens around the UK including the Eden Project; for us this made the entrance reasonably priced.  Unfortunately the magazine is completely sold out online now however check it out next May as you can also gain entry to Kew Gardens.
  • If you can find another way to gain a 2 for the price of 1 ticket then this is definitely more purse friendly.
  • If you are wanting to buy your meal inside, make sure you have all your credit cards handy as it’s blooming expensive; we saw a number of folks with packed lunches which is the way to go if you are watching your pennies or the eye watering ticket price has emptied your purse.
  • The shop inside the domes wasn’t too badly price however I thought the plants and accessorises were overall very expensive and thanks to smart phones you can do a quick search online to see if it’s cheaper elsewhere.
  • There is plenty of parking so don’t worry about getting to the site early and they offer a shuttle bus from the car park to the entrance
  • You can take photos wherever you fancy which is great!
  • Take flat comfortable shoes as the site is rather large and there are some stairs around so comfy shoes are a must!
  • If you fancy reading more posts on Cornwall then way not take a gander at these puppies –Our Road Trip Around CornwallExploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown and Port Isaac: A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans

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xx

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Weight: Unknown…I’m on holiday!

“Respect for right conduct is felt by every body.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 40, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

Unknown…will weigh in next week and see what has happened.

Shake Your Booty

Back to my exercising and feel a load better for it and I’ve done a lot of walking over the past few days in Madrid…let’s see what the scales say next weekend!

What I’m Up Too…

Had my hair cut and coloured on Friday…gotta colour those greys in…have finally gone short short…it only took 3 cuts but Nicole suggested going shorter with each visit rather than scaring me with a short haircut on the first attempt and me never returning (she knows me to well including my fanny issues…I always waddle in like a penguin to get my hair cut a few days after an operation…it’s become a standing joke between us)

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 40, 2017

…and I love having short hair!  Still can’t do a selfie to save myself!

G and I are in Spain this weekend…we’ve just spent the last two days in Madrid and are picking up a rental car tomorrow morning and heading out for a Spanish Tiki Tour which I’m looking forward to.

Spain Travel Inspiration - yellow building and balcony in Madrid during Autumn

Not too sure what to make of Madrid to be honest…we arrived in the middle of a peaceful demonstration..businesses were closed and the streets packed…it was much better today.  I have to agree with G, we both much prefer Seville to Barcelona and Madrid.

Spain Travel Inspiration - artwork on buildings in Madrid

I did fall in love with a Mid Century poster today…at 400 euros it’s staying in Madrid…but oh my goodness, I loved it!

Henry the Dalmatian has found a new home…he’s gone to live with a 6 month old Springer called Willow…I do miss him, I didn’t think I would but at the same time it’s nice not having to shoo away a dog who wants to sniff your fanny every 10 seconds when you have your period.  One of the girls at work was having a giggle with me over this on Friday…she said you can always spot a woman who has a period walking a dog…the dog is constantly trying to sniff her fanny.

Change of direction from talking about a fanny…loved this article on Minimalism today.

Not sure why the word “fanny” has popped up so frequently today…might change the title of these posts to “The Fanny Diaries”.

Anyway enough of my babbling; has everyone had a lovely weekend?

xx

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On my Cornish Bucket List was the pretty and very traditional fishing village of Port Isaac.  The village is the filming location of the BBC TV show, Doc Martin and by hook or by crook I was going to tick Port Isaac off my bucket list…I was so desperate that we were out of bed early!

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

Remember: All my Port Isaac Travel Tips with links can be found at the bottom of this post!

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

After filling my tummy with a full English breakfast and a chat with the owner of the B&B about why so many Kiwis and Aussies are desperate to visit Port Isaac…apparently it’s a rite of passage for Southern Hemisphere tourists visiting Cornwall; we explained that Doc Martin is a rather popular TV show, probably more so in NZ than in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

Parking up, we headed down the hill into the tiny fishing village…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…dodging cars trying to find their holiday home in the village…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…stopping to take in views over the harbour, the tide was out so families were playing….

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…it made me miss a breathe as it was just so beautiful!

Port Isaac isn’t large, it’s easy to wander around and that’s what we did…we waddled…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…to the Doc’s house complete with car (reminding me slightly of the Banana Mobile at Arlington Row in Bibury)….

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…we enjoyed the views over the harbour to the hotel which features as the school in the show…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

….we sniffed out the chocolate shop which is the pharmacy in the show…I didn’t buy any medicinal chocolate however I think the shop is missing a trick here…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…basically wherever you look, you could spot a location from the show and I loved it…A LOT!

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

There are a couple of little shops selling beautiful homeware items if you fancy picking up a souvenir or two…I managed to talk G out of buying another coat (seriously how many coats does one boy need?!?  Apparently I have enough coats to fit out a family of four…I proved this when my family was over last week!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…and there are plenty of beautiful little cafe’s to grab a bite or two…including a gluten free pasty (unfortunately it had so much onion that I couldn’t eat it…I’m rather intolerant to onions and garlic, more so than gluten!)…how cute is the Krab Pot?!

THE RNLI also have a lifeboat station down by the harbour so G had a snoop inside…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…if you do visit Port Isaac make sure you look at the old photos just inside the door as they show how they used to bring the lifeboat down from the top of the village with only centimetres to spare on each side of the lifeboat which is pretty amazing…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…if you look hard enough when visiting Port Isaac you will see some grooves in the buildings from the old lifeboat.

If you walk past the Doc’s house and keep walking, you are provided with some truly beautiful views over Port Isaac…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…all the puffing is totally worth it, trust me!

Port Isaac totally floated my boat…much to the RNLI’s utter joy I’m sure…we visited early and maybe we were lucky that it wasn’t overrunning with tourists first thing.  There isn’t a huge amount of things to do in the village but it’s lovely to see a spot in Cornwall which is still holding onto it’s roots even though it’s become a tourist attraction thanks to Doc Martin.

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

Gulls really just wanna have fun!

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

I managed to find a beautiful little door…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…and the prettiest mailbox.

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

I think this is my favourite photo of Port Isaac…

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

…just love the little white flowers.

Travel Tips for Port Isaac, Cornwall

  • There is a car park at the top of Port Isaac which has quite a few car spots available however am guessing this would full up quite quickly during peak season in Cornwall.  Make sure you have some coins with you, I can’t remember if the machine actually accepts cards as well.  The walk down the hill and back up is okay however sensible shoes are required!
  • I wouldn’t bother trying to take your car to the bottom of the village as it’s a rather tight squeeze and you’ll most likely shave your bikini line.
  • We were in Port Isaac for just over an hour and we managed to waddle around the whole village however we didn’t stop for a meal as we still had a belly full of English breakfast.
  • There are a few spots that offer gluten free options including the Krab Pot and Nicky B’s Pasty Shop which had some gluten free pasty options!
  • There are some lovely walks around the coast however all that fresh salty air made me want to take a lunch time nap!
  • You can buy a map with the locations used in the filming of the BBC Show, Doc Martin however they are pretty easy to spot when walking around.
  • The School is actually a hotel which you can book here if you fancy staying in the village.
  • If you’ve never watched Doc Martin then you can find the series on amazon, it’s truly wonderful…I’m old school and still buy dvd’s!
  • The RNLI offer a great service and are always looking for a bob or two…so if you have a spare penny or two lying around then why not donate to this worthy cause…G has being rescued in the past by the RNLI so we donate when we can…I’m not sure who is more of the disaster, G or me?!?!
  • If you fancy reading more posts on Cornwall then way not take a gander at these puppies – Is the Eden Project Worth the £27.50pp Entrance Fee, Exploring Poldark Country with a Visit to Charlestown and Our Road Trip Around Cornwall

England Travel Inspiration - Port Isaac, A Bucket List Destination for Doc Martin Fans! This beautiful fishing village in Cornwall is well known as the filming location for the TV series, Doc Martin but is a beautiful destination in it's own right and a perfect vacation spot. Click to read more including my travel and gluten free tips.

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Weight: 94.2 kgs

“Badly done, Emma!” – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 39, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

And we’ve gone down again…slightly hormonal again (more than slightly as G went out and bought me a chocolate bar to go with my cereal this morning to try and get me out of my grumpy mood!)…so the weight fluctuates and I’m giving Homer Simpson a run for his money with my Big Belly Wobble!

Shake Your Booty

Ummm no real exercise however I do find that I walk quite a bit when I’m on holiday so my steps are up which is really good.

What I’m Up Too…

So I had a week off work to spend with my family…they left me on Thursday to head home to New Zealand with 100 kilos of luggage…and I’m not joking about the luggage either!  We had a really enjoyable road trip around Northern England so it was lovely to show them something a bit different than just London which can get a tad boring.

I managed to tick off a number of UK bucket list items on our road trip as well which was awesome and I’ll always have memories of ticking them off with my family.  One of our stops was the National Trust property, Lyme Park.

England Travel Inspiration - BBC Pride and Prejudice Filming Location, National Trust Property Lyme Park

England Travel Inspiration - BBC Pride and Prejudice Filming Location, National Trust Property Lyme Park

G and I are off to Spain for 5 days next week…2 nights in Madrid and then we’re hiring a car…I still need to book one hotel and said rental car…nothing like leaving things to the last minute as per normal.

I feel like I should be producing some juicy gossip here but I can’t…well I could but I won’t.

Oh we are still dog sitting Henry…

Henry and G

…G is smitten…I’m not!

Anyway enough of my babbling; Happy weekend everyone!

xx

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