Another spontaneous trip!

Hey hey bloggerinos 🙂

So you might recall one of my last posts: when I actually did something spontaneous. Shock horror, it happened again! This time me and le boyfriend headed off to Petersfield to mooch. We were greeted by an apparent summer festival going on which was a nice bonus! Lots of market stalls, music, a vintage car show. It was VERY busy and VERY warm but I didn’t feel anxious or overwhelmed; I soldiered on and didn’t get grumpy in the heat either.

After that, we decided to head to the coast as it would (hopefully) be cooler 🤞🏻 luckily, once we’d gotten through the traffic, Hayling Island actually had some sort of breeze. HALLELUJAH. We ate ice-cream on the beach. We people watched. We then stared in awe as an eery sea mist/fog started rolling in and we were pretty much certain it was the end of the world. I even heard someone say ‘I bet it’s because of Donald Trump’ 😂

This is becoming a habit now, people! And whilst I still love making plans etc, winging it is pretty cool too 😎

Until next time, folks.

Kelsey x

The Tea Party

Another post already?! I’m shocked at myself.

Hope you’re all doing as well as can be expected. I’m not relishing the prospect of 31°C temperatures here tomorrow. I can already hear my POTS kicking my arse and making my heart do the Can-can. ANYWAY. Distraction and grumpiness over. Time for my foodie review 🥪☕

There’s a little tearoom/coffee shop that I discovered (thank you Trip Advisor) online whilst on a jaunt to the coast. As I’m Coeliac, I’m constantly on the lookout for new places to eat that offer friendly food. In fact, I think I’ve mentioned this particular tearoom in a previous post 👍🏻 it’s called The Tea Party (loving the Wonderland reference there) and it’s so unbelievably cute inside. I’m now kicking myself for not actually taking any interior shots but I’m sure some Google searches will help you out. Oh and it’s in Lee on (the) Solent by the way, down in beautiful Hampshire.

An iced vanilla coffee started my lunch off on a high note; plenty of sweetness and caffeine to give me a boost. After perusing the specials menu and asking about gluten-free options, I opted for the special toastie: halloumi, avocado and sun-dried tomatoes 😍 served with a salad garnish and some homemade slaw. DELICIOUS. Le boyfriend had a chicken mayo salad wrap which was also from the specials menu. He happily demolished said wrap, so it was clean plates all round. Annoyingly we had chosen a table almost right next to the cabinet containing the cakes. I hadn’t planned on getting a slice as I wanted ice-cream on the beach. BUT, for my gluten-free buddies, they have some sort of GF cake available most of the time. Yesterday it was chocolate and mint which looked AMAZING.

My fabulous toastie
le boyfriends luncheon
And a compulsory beach shot

So there we go; a little insight into my food loving world and how I handle being gluten-free 😊

Until next time, my friends.

Kelsey x

Belated birthday blog

Hello again folks 😊

I promised you a post about my birthday trip out, so here it is!

As an animal lover, I opted for a day at the zoo, without any hesitation. Me and le boyfriend ventured onwards, with much anticipation and excitement in the air. I shan’t bore you with a detailed itinerary or an exhaustive list of every animal we saw; but instead, it’s all about the highlights and snapshots. Enjoy!

Hungry hungry hogs
BABY GIRAFFE 🦒
monch monch monch
sploot
teeny weeny sea lion!
Beautiful elephants ❤️🐘
Rhino buddies
Trevor and Tulip the miniature donkeys

I did something (sort of) spontaneous

Hello hello my wonderful readers

A very positive post today so three cheers for that news! So, Thursday is the day I usually see my amazing boyfriend (I know you’re probably reading this so don’t get too much of a big head) 😉 we had no idea what to do last week, or even a time when we’d be free. Fast forward to midday and we’re sat in his car, still deciding what to do. So we just went for a drive and put our thinking caps on. And where did we end up? The beautiful coast 💙

Our first stop was somewhere for food as I was absolutely starving, bordering on ‘hangry’…not something anyone wants to witness or get on the wrong side of. I googled gluten free for where we were and ta-dah! A new cafe was discovered; and it turned out to be lovely. Earl grey tea with lavender was my drink of choice, even though I’m an avid coffee drinker. A gluten free toastie was on the menu as well. Nomnomnom delicious sustenance.

After we’d filled up on savoury food, I was led to an ice-cream place on the beachfront, guided by le boyfriend. And oh my gollygosh I was not disappointed. I was craving proper ice-cream man ice-cream; classic Mr. Whippy. But this place? This place had FLAVOURED Mr. Whippy options!! Strawberry, mint, chocolate, caramel, banana. And best of all? You could swirl flavours together. I opted for traditional vanilla and, probably my all-time favourite ice-cream flavour: mint. It was all swirly and beautiful and I stupidly forgot to take a photo for proof as I was too preoccupied with stuffing my face.

We ate our sweet treats whilst overlooking the beach and enjoying the glorious sunshine. Oh and dogspotting too because dogs are pure happiness and love. We rummaged around the stony beach to find some shells which were pretty abundant. And two hollowed out (nicer way of sayimg they’d been devoured and digested) crab shells which I found strangely fascinating.

On the drive home, I connected up my Spotify to blast some mostly old school tunes from our school days; cue us shouting along to Mr. Brightside with the windows wide open.

If that’s not an awesome and slightly spontaneous early summer day, I don’t know what is ☀️❤️

My dainty cup of Earl Grey tea with lavender
Just look at that 💙
Couldn’t resist bringing a few of these beauties home with me 🐚

New Forest road trip

Hello again!

As the weather is now turning back to what you’d expect here, I’ve been reflecting on the lovely weekend I had. Saturday was relaxed with a small veggie BBQ. Nomnomnom. And Sunday involved a trip to one of my favourite places: the New Forest 🙂 me and my fantastic boyfriend headed off to the wildlife park first. My excitement was pretty blatant and I’m not ashamed. I squeeed, I gasped and I almost cried with the sheer cuteness of what I was witnessing. Teeny weeny harvest mice chowing down on gigantic slices of apple. Otters juggling stones and squeaking nonstop with their buddies. And two ADORABLE newborn European Mouflon lambs. Luckily my boyfriend is an animal lover too and is also pretty accustomed to my reaction when something is hella cute. Don’t tell anyone, but he turns into a squealing mess when he sees alpacas 😉

Then a random drive around was on the cards; hunting out any picturesque or intriguing places on our way. A brief trip to a deer sanctuary was suggested, although by this time I was knackered, so sadly we couldn’t stay long 😦 although we did utilise the presence of a Mr Whippy ice-cream van and it was glorious in the 24°C heat. Eating PROPER ice-cream, outdoors, in April, in England? Would you believe it?

And for those of you who are silently urging me to post some photos, I wholeheartedly oblige.

OH AND I COMPLETELY FORGOT. One of the keepers was casually walking around with a blanket in plastic box. Colour me intrigued, I went over and lo and behold, a HEDGEHOG snoot did appear from under the blanket. It turns out his name was Bryan and he’s Leucistic; he lacks multiple types of pigments, but still had the dark eyes you’d expect. Basically, he looked like a blonde/slightly speckled light brown hedgie instead of the dark brunette you’d imagine for a European hedgehog. Great. Now I’m imagining hedgehogs in different coloured wigs. Sadly I didn’t get a photo as I was far too busy coping with my heart almost melting inside me.

Holibobs: The Follow-up

Hello hello!! Nice to see you all this evening; or whatever time it is in your part of the world.

As promised, I’m here to write up a quick little post about my recent trip. I was able to introduce my boyfriend to one of my all-time FAVOURITE places: Lyme Regis in Dorset ❤️ for those of you who haven’t been, photos will follow to show just how utterly gorgeous it is. Seriously. I’m not exaggerating. Here’s a brief, but informative, list of everything we got up to…

Monday –

  • Exploring the highlights of the town
  • Hitting the amusement arcade
  • Grabbing a cider whilst overlooking the beach
  • Stuffing our faces with food at the pub (whilst drinking more cider)

Tuesday –

  • Boyfriend had a shooting experience for his birthday with a couple of friends, whilst I met up with my dad and grandparents for brunch
  • Boyfriend then met them for the first time (he did extremely well!!)
  • Got to see my dad’s new house
  • Dinner and drinks at the pub

Wednesday –

  • Yummy breakfast in one of my favourite cafes
  • Another quick look at the sea before leaving
  • DONKEY SANCTUARY AND SEEING MY ADOPTED DONKEY WALTER ❤️

And amongst all of this, they were busily shooting a new film in various parts of the town! Very exciting 🙂

This cider is seriously scrumptious
Neverending nachos
Another food pic
Told you it was gorgeous!!
All gluten free right here
The ship they used for some of the filming
I miss it
Laurel on the right and Hardy on the left
Look at that face
MY BOY WALTER

Mottisfont

Good evening good evening 🙂 I hope you’re all having a good week so far.

Although it’s been very chilly so far this year, I headed off to Mottisfont with my boyfriend last week. Bit of a contrast to the last time I went in the middle of a heatwave. But it was a fabulous day out regardless; with plenty of photo opportunities.

Mottisfont Abbey is a historical priory and country estate in Hampshire, England. Sheltered in the valley of the River Test, the property is now operated by the National Trust

Monastery information

Order: Augustinian

Established: 1201

Disestablished: 22 May 1536

Dedicated to: The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Mottisfont

…Thank you Wikipedia

Below are some of my own shots that I’m pretty eager to share with you all


Short and sweet post this time, ladies and gents. But I think the photos speak for themselves.

Farewell + goodnight.

Kelsey x

Cat Cafe 🐱🐈

It’s me again! Well, who else did you expect?!

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend and aren’t dreading Monday too much. So today was a pretty exciting day; my first trip to a CAT CAFE. Yes. A cat cafe. Paws For Thought only opened last month but they’ve been very popular already (no surprises there then!) 🙂 Due to the nature of the cafe, it’s a booking only scenario to stop it getting overcrowded, noisy etc. It costs £5 per person for an hour time slot but there’s also an afternoon tea option for £25 per person for two hours. Okay so it’s not the sort of thing you’d do regularly as those £5 visits soon add up, especially once you add drinks and food on top. But as a treat, it’s a really lovely place. The cafe itself was immaculate so I had no qualms about eating a yummy slice of gluten free choccy cake! They currently have 4 resident cats but I believe they’re introducing a further two some time this week. Overall it was a lovely little trip and I thoroughly enjoyed myself 🙂

Goodnight and sleep tight

Kelsey x

(p.s keep on scrolling for some piccies!)

Day at the Farm

Hello hello 😊 happy Monday!

I’ve had a very busy weekend which is quite rare for me *shock horror* hahaha. Saturday was a cinema day for a friend’s birthday and yesterday was a day at a petting farm. Yes. A farm. And you want to know the best thing? It was an ADULTS ONLY DAY AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. Don’t get me wrong, children are great. But it was so much quieter and just generally better.

The farm are all about encouraging you to get up close and personal with the different animals. In the spring, you can even hold lambs and goat kids 😍😍😍 other times of the year, you can hold rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and ducklings. I realise I’m probably sounding like a big kid and you’re possibly questioning whether I genuinely am 25 or not. But let’s be honest: if you love animals, this sort of thing is ALWAYS a good idea, regardless of age.

I realise this wasn’t a particularly lengthy or informative post, but it’s nice to take a break from the more serious stuff sometimes. Oh and of course I have some photos for you all to enjoy 😉😁

Take care + look after yourself.

Kelsey xxx

Cotswolds Trip Day 2

Might as well jump straight back in!

Snowshill Manor

Now, this is a strange one. From the outside, Snowshill looks like a regular, unassuming National Trust property. Lovely gardens, buildings, surroundings etc. But ohhhh no. Don’t fall into that misguided trap. I’m now going to quote Wikipedia because they’ve summed it up nicely.

It is a sixteenth century country house, best known for its twentieth century owner, Charles Paget Wade, an eccentric man who amassed an enormous collection of objects that interested him.

See what I mean? It’s not a museum either. It is genuinely just one mans collection of things he liked: weapons, toys, bicycles, furniture, armour, masks, plus a ton of other stuff. It was so overwhelming to go into each room. They were utterly PACKED with allsorts of bits and bobs; you just didn’t know where to look. I’m trying to think of a way to actually structure this post as it’s a place you have to see for yourself to really appreciate. I think I’ll just post some photos of my favourite bits, add (not very helpful and inane) captions and let the photos do the talking.

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The exterior
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The exterior, different angle
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Part of the beautiful gardens
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MODEL HARBOUR
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His bedroom
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Here we go…
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Where do you look?!
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Creepy masks
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Even creepier armour
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And again…
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Practical stuff
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Just a giant ship & many bikes
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Look at that gorgeous piano!
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I’m in love with all of these
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One section of the music room
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That’s one old, heavy book
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LOOK AT THE SIZE OF IT