Thursday, 18 November 2010

Royal Wedding


The Royal Wedding!
Were you as surprised as me when Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement? I've got to be honest my first thought was it better had not be July 16th 2011.
I've still been blogging on the UK Wedding Show Website - this time about the whole wedding dress shopping saga.
If you fancy keeping up with the wedding click here:
Chels x

Friday, 5 November 2010

UK WEDDING SHOWS


Morning,

I hope you're all ok. Happy Bonfire Night!

I can't believe it's November already - and the wedding is fast approaching. I've got everything sorted, and have been asked to blog for the UK Wedding Show website. It's an amaizng site with loads of tips and hints for weddings. And they tour the UK putting on amazing shows too. I went to one just a couple of weeks ago at Manchester Central.

So I'll be writing for them every month or so - the first one is on the site now. If you'd like to have a read and follow the progress of the wedding please click here:

http://blog.theukweddingshows.co.uk/wedding-shows/welcome-to-chelsea-and-matt-1190/



Matt has just started on Key103 too - he did work for the competition but he's joined us here at Key to present lates on the station. And he didn't get it cos of his relationship with me - ha!

Make sure you listen Sunday to Friday from 10pm - 1am.

Have a great bonfire night and make sure your pets are safe inside.

Chelsea x

Friday, 8 October 2010

Wedding Show in Manchester!!!


Hi Girls,
I'm dead excited cos there's a new Wedding Show and it's in Manchester.
I'm fed up of all those shows in London - people get married up North you know!!!!

I don't know if you've ever been to a Wedding Show but I love them - if you're getting married it's the equivalent of a kid in a sweet shop. Stand after stand of ideas, and services to make your big day the best it can be.
If you'd like to go - it's on at Manchester Central on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of October.
Tickets are priced at just £8 in advance or £9 on the door.
www.theukweddingshows.co.uk/wedding-shows/manchester/central-G-MEX.html

Hope to see you there,

Chelsea x


Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Help Me to Help The Christie!!!!!

Hiya!
I need your help. From October 9th to the 16th - it is Christie Week. Last year they raised £80,000 but this year we are hoping to raise even more.
The reason I am so involved is because I've had direct contact with The Christie over recent months. My Uncle Bill was treated there for Bowel Cancer but we unfortunately lost him in June after a 2 year battle with it. At the same time my lovely Nan was also diagnosed. It came as such a shock but we were determined to beat it. She started chemo at the The Christie but took ill shortly after suffering a heart attack and a brain bleed - we thought we were going to lose her, she was so poorly. But the plucky little trooper fought on - and we are very proud of her.
After a break to allow her other illnesses to recover yesterday she started chemo again and this time we're hoping she can stick with it and start to feel a bit better. So it was a full day in Outpatients. Sitting there in the waiting room, looking round it's clear this disease doesn't pick you based on your age, gender, colour or religion - it picks EVERYONE!
If the doors were open 24 hours a day I still don't think they could see everyone. The more cash we raise the better care these people, who are YOUR releatives will get - and we can move a step closer to finding a cure!
So how can you help?
I've also chosen a cupcake which you can buy to help raise money. Pop into the Sweet Tooth Cupcakery in Chorlton or The Northern Quarter and £1 for every cake will go directly to The Christie. You could have a cupcake party, get your pals over, or take them into work to sell. I'll also be donning my pinny and selling them in The Christie during Christie Week.
For any more information go to the website above, and thank you in advance.
Chelsea xx

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Another Week!!!


Well Summer has gone overnight! Saturday was beautiful but last night Matt and I were battening down the hatches, fastening up the garden furniture and locking the doors ready for the storm.


Hope you had a nice weekend! I was in Leeds for the night on Saturday and finally after 29 years I've learnt how to drink. I LOVE wine but actually it's not great for a night out. I'm usually green around the gills and in bed by 11pm. I've re-discovered RedBull. Vodka Redbull was flowing and you know what - I was a nice drunk and still awake and going at 2am!! That's not like me at all and I'm very proud of myself. I even came in and folded my clothes before going to bed - you don't know what a big deal this is. I've conquered drinking!!!!!


I went to try some wedding dresses on Friday too! I don't know if I actually enjoy it. Did you?

I get all stressed and as I haven't found the right one I'm panicking. I don't think I'm one of those girls who will try a dress on and say 'OMG this is the one'. Cos I'm always then thinking this might be the one but what if there's a better one?


I've finally decided to have one made. So I'm taking all the bits I like and designing it myself. that's a bit nervewracking cos I'm scared - but I'm sure it will be fine and at least it'll be a one off too.


Thinking I might start a Wedding Diary!!! It's only 9 months away now and it's going SOOOOOOOO fast.


Have a good week,

Chels x

Monday, 16 August 2010

BACK FROM HOLS!


Hiya,


Been away for a week - but back now and this morning was tough getting up. I'm not one of those people who automatically wake at 5am on my days off.

I didn't go anywhere just did loads of bits round the house, like get a skip, cleared the garage, got a new doorbell and some new carpet - it's like a new house!

My mates at Manchester Dogs Home have been in touch and told me about something their planning - so I thought I'd tell you.
It's a big event in Sackville Park on 22nd August called the Pink Dog Show. It's basically a Pink Fringe festival - for all the details go to: www.dogshome.net
Chelsea x

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Nurses are very happy!


So yesterday we delivered the benches to Ward A12 at Stepping Hill Hospital.

The benches were a thank you to the Ward and all the nurses for all their hard work and help in looking after my Nan when she was in recently for 5 weeks. It's fair to say everyone was very excited.
There were nurses everywhere, and even nurses who weren't on duty had come in to see the benches being delivered. I need to say a huge thank you to Mike Dawber at Mountrose in Bredbury. www.mountrose.co.uk
They were very kind in not only donating 3 garden benches with comfy cushions, but they also delivered them to the hospital. There were people sat on them from the very off - and even patients wouldn't get off them by the time Mum and I had left.
So thank you to all at Mountrose and thank you to the doctors and nurses - may you have many a butty on the benches.
Chelsea x


Sunday, 18 July 2010

Start of a new week!

Happy Monday,

I've just read in the papers Kerry Katona has gone mad at the shops over the weekend, and that this week is the busiest of the year on the High Street for sales. And I can believe it!!!
I was in Manchester on Saturday hosting fashion shows at Debenhams on Market Street. They've just spent a whole load of cash on the Cosmetic Hall and it looks great. We then took the fashion shows onto the tram and went to Bury Rock.
Bury Rock only opened on Friday and my god it was rammed. There's loads of new stores there - like Debenhams, Primark, H&M and loads more - definately worth a visit - and if you go on a Friday or Saturday you could combine it with a trip to the market - which is my favourite thing to do, I love it.
Anyway after working I popped into the Arndale and went though All Saints - £300 worse off 15 minutes later but saved about £300 too which is a bargain in my eyes and definately worth starving for the next week. One dress I bought in a size 12 is too big so I have to take it back - now that's a nice feeling and so starving clearly isn't that bad for me either.
Off to the shops ths week for a nice dress to wear for the Summer Ball. It's this Sunday and I've treated Matt and my Mum to a ticket so we're off shopping to get something nice.
Tomorrow I'm off to Stepping Hill Hospital to accept the delivery of my garden benches. If you don't know basically when my Nan was in A12 recently I might have accidentally broken one of the benches - and so I'm having 3 brand spanking new ones delivered for the patients and nurses to eat their butties on.
Big thank you to Mountrose of Bredbury - www.mountrose.co.uk who are delivering them tomorrow.
Speak soon, Chels x

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Manchester Dog's Home


Those of you who know me, know I'm mad about animals.

My pals actually call me Dr Dolittle - every christmas I raise money for homeless dogs and my little Poppy is very spoilt and is a lucky girl indeed.
So whenever I can, I try and help Manchester Dogs Home - they do a great job.
This Sunday - the 18th Manchester Dogs Home are having their Summer Fair. It's at Crofters House, Moss Brook Road, Harpurhey, Manchester, M9 5PG
The event is taking place from 1pm till 4pm and there's laods of things to do there. They have a Rodeo, Bouncy Castle, Stalls, Games, Competitions, Tombola, and Raffle and loads more.
There's also FREE microchipping for your pet on the day. This is a great idea and it's normally around £20 so a great way to save money and locate your pet should they get lost or stolen.
So PLEASE go down and support them!!!
Just bear in mind there's no parking at the home but you can park at Asda in Harpurhey.
cheers Chelsea x

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

THANK YOU!!!!

In my last post I asked for your help - and Manchester you haven't let me down!!!

Can I just say a really big thank you to a company in Bredbury who have been really kind. Yesterday I asked if anyone could donate some garden benches to ward A12 at Stepping Hill Hospital where my Nan had been treated for 3 weeks. The ones they had were old and rotting, and yes I'd broken one.

Anyway Mountrose Ltd in Bredbury who supply to the trade, emailed me yesterday and donated 3 beautuful garden benches.

They are delivering them to the hospital next week - and there'll be photo's here on my blog.

The nurses are over the moon at the prospect of patients being able to use the benches in the Summer to get some fresh air and they might even sneak a butty or two in there aswell.

So massive thanks to Mountrose Ltd in Bredbury - life savers, and Summer savers!!!

Chels x

Monday, 12 July 2010

I'm Back...

Well I'm back, after being off for a week - and I've got to say it's lovely.

I was in Italy last week doing bits for the wedding. Matt and I went out to choose some things. It's such a lovely country, and now we are trying to learn Italian to make things easier - but I find the pronunciation so hard. I sound French all the time.

I'm also on the hunt for 3 garden benches. Nan has been a bit poorly so I've spent tonnes of time in Stepping Hill Hospital. The nurses on A12 were lovely. There's a little garden off the ward with a graden bench. I sat on it last week and fell through the back as it's so rotten. So I've decided to find 3 new ones for them so the patients can sit out there and the nurses can eat their lunch on them too.

So if you know anyone who can help, maybe you work in orange at B&Q? Or you run Brookside Garden Centre in Poynton? Then get in touch, and I'll give you a great big mention on air.

Cheers,
Chels x

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Race For Life - Yes it was!!!

So,

Last Sunday I ran the Race for Life in Stockport. It's the 6th time I've done the event - since I lost my Grandad to Cancer. Since then I've also lost my Auntie Muriel and just last week I lost my Uncle Bill. Given this Mum didn't feel up to running - so I did it. Thinking fo the 3 of them cheering me on helped to get me round the 5k course.
The event is inspirational and full of sad but hopeful stories - and hopefully we raised loads of money. I just want to thank you all who sponsored us - we raised over £200 and we're really pleased with that.
You can still pledge money - head to: www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/lindandchelsea
Thank you in advance.
There are still some events going on if you fancy joing us?
Bolton - 4th July
Manchester Heaton Park - 10th,11th July
Oldham 18th July
Chelsea x

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

This Body Was not Made To Run!!!!!!


THIS BODY WAS NOT MADE TO RUN!
Hi Everyone,

I've just signed up to do the Manchester Midnight Walk. I stress 'walk' as we DO NOT RUN! This body was not made to run!

The event is for St Ann's Hospice which is a charity which means a lot to me. I'm a patron and am trying to do all I can to help.

The 10k walk is in it's 4th year and is taking place on 2 July. We're trying to raise as much cash as we can! I lost my Grandad to cancer 6 years ago and unfortunately he didn't get the greatest care. It wasn't long after that I first went to visit and I expected a dark and dismal place where people went to die - but I was surprised to see it was actually a bright and inspirational place with angels who work so hard to make the life of your loved ones the best it can be right to the end. Nearly half of their patients also go home again once treated in the hospice.

Unfortunately they get so little government funding and so they have to raise £16,000 every day just to keep their doors open. I know there are loads of events every year for charities in Manchester - and I know times are tougher than they've ever been, but we really need your help even more than ever as St Ann's have struggled, like all of us, through this recession. This has really hit their finances.

But this where you can help! The Manchester Midnight Walk is a really great event - it's fun to do and is a huge boost for the hospice (last year this event raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds!). It's just £15 to register and you can join me and thousands of others on the night.

There's plenty of ways to register, either go online at manchestermidnightwalk.org.uk or call 0161 498 3631

You can also sponsor me at http://www.justgiving.com/walkwithchelsea

Hope to see you there, and email me at chelsea@key103.co.uk if you have any questions. If you need any more information then get in touch.

Chelsea x

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Sunday, 16 May 2010

Help Manchester Dog's Home!!!


Morning,

Well what a busy week already!

I'm still on the bloody diet - more on that on the Key 103 Breakfast pages - but it's also John Edward at the Apollo on Thursday, the Ladies Lunch for Cash4Kids on Friday - and Manchester Dog's Home have a fun day to raise cash on Sunday 23rd May.

Most of you will know I do as much as I can for Manchester Dog's Home - they are a brilliant charity. Each Christmas I unveil the Buy A Dog A Christmas Dinner Appeal - for all the doggies who have no families. I also told them I'd tell you about their great fun day this weekend - in the hope you'll all go and raise as much money as you can to help them. It's gonna be a great day from 11am to 4pm at Debdale Park on Hyde Road.

It's their 20th Annual Sponsored Dog Walk, you can walk dog's who live at the home from 1pm and there's loads of other stuff going on - like baloon modelling, face painting, a bouncy castle and a rodeo bull so it's a great day out for all the family.

If you're free, please head down and have a look. For more information go to: http://www.dogshome.net/

If you'd like to get in touch - email me at: chelsea@key103.co.uk

Take care, Chels x

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Help a Homeless Doggy!


Hi Everyone,

I need your help!

I got an email yesterday from a lady called Jenny - desperately needing our help after trying loads of different ways to re-home her dog.

She has a Dalmation called Poppy, who's 7. Jenny got him 18 months ago from the dog's home after being dumped by his previous owner. She loves him to bits!

Problem is, Poppy is a bit scared of other dogs and children (may be due to him previously being ill treated). Jenny doesn't mind this - she takes him out when there's no other dogs around and she has no children. BUT now there's a problem - Jenny has fallen pregnant. And she's now worried Poppy won't take to this well and she's been advised to re home her.

But due to these tendancies and the fact she's 7, nobody wants her.

That's where you come in! Jenny is devastated and doesn't want Poppy to be put to sleep. She would be suited to someone with no kids, who has time to get to know her and somewhere to run around.

Please can you help?

Or do you know of anyone who can? Jenny is 5 months pregnant and time is running out.

If you can email me now at: chelsea@key103.co.uk

Thanks and can't wait to hear from you.

Chelsea x

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Your Ladies Lunch Needs

Hi Everyone,
Thank you to those of you who have bought tickets to this years Ladies Lunch - it's gonna be an amazing event and we'll hopefully raise loads of cash for charity.

But I need you're help!!!

I'm looking for 4 real women to model on the day in the fashion show.

They will be styled and dressed and strutting their stuff on the catwalk amongst the professional models - and they'll feel like a princess with a prize too.

So I want ladies in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s to take part, in any size or shape.

This is where YOU come in!

Are you already coming to the lunch?

Do you have a friend you'd like to nominate to model?

I have to stress if you are coming and already paid for your ticket there is no point in entering as you'll be back stage for alot of the day being pampered. BUT if you have a friend or member of the family who didn't get a ticket - this is a great way for them to get into the lunch, have a lovely day and you lot get to see them as Kate Moss.

If you know someone who'd like to do it - email me with their:

Name
Age
Size
Contact Details

And send them to: chelsea@key103.co.uk

Winners will need to be free one day next week to try the clothes - and all day on Friday May 21st for the lunch.

See you there,
Chelsea x



Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Manchester Midnight Walk

Hi Everyone,


I've just signed up to do the Manchester Midnight Walk. I stress 'walk' as we DO NOT RUN! This body was not made to run!


The event is for St Ann's Hospice which is a charity which means alot to me. I'm a patron of the charity and am trying to do all I can to help.

The 4th walk is taking place on July 2nd this year and we're trying to raise as much cash as we can for a 10k walk. I lost my Grandad to cancer 6 years ago and he unfortunately didn't get the greatest care, it wasn't long after that I first went to visit the hospice in Heald Green. I expected a dark and dismal place where people went to die - but I was surprised to see it was actually a bright and inspirational place with angels who work so hard to make the life of your loved ones - the best it can be right to the end.

Unfortunately they get no government funding and so it costs £16,000 every day just to keep the doors open. We don't have loads of celebs to help and we struggle to get people on board.

I know there are loads of events every year for charities in Manchester - and I know times are tougher than they've ever been, but we really need your help. The Shine event which just took place in the City Centre was great - but it floored us at St Ann's and so I need you're help even more.

It's a great event - which is fun to do and is a real boost for the hospice. It's £15 to register and you can join me and thousands of others on the night.

There's plenty of ways to register, either go online at www.manchestermidnightwalk.org.uk or call 0161 498 3631

Hope to see you there, and email me at chelsea@key103.co.uk if you have any questions or need any more information then get in touch.

Chelsea x

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Back on the Diet!!!!!

Hi,
Well I'm back on the diet - not that I was ever really off it.
I took up swimming, which is something I used to do all the time as a kid - but it annoys me having to wash and dry my hair all the time so it puts me off going. Anyway I tried but because I didn't see a difference straight away I sort of gave up.
I tried walking Pop. She loves it bless her and she sort of smiles on the way round the park. I actually really enjoy that, now the weathers improved. Hopefully that will keep some of the weight off.
Work's is so busy - thats the problem. If I was bloody Kerry Katona and had all day I'd be the size of a string bean. Anyway I'm back to Diet Chef, this is brilliant!!!!
Here's the info:
You get a hamper with fully prepared, ready made meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks for those hungry moments. All you need to do is pop them in the microwave and watch the weight fall off.
It's been on tele, and loads of celebs have done it and lost loads of weight. Featured in loads of magazines like Woman, Hello and FHM.
If you fancy doing the diet with me go to: www.dietchef.co.uk
Let me know if you try it by emailing me at chelsea@key103.co.uk
See you soon, Chels x

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Doggy Creche

Happy Easter!!!
Bit late I know but we've off for a week. It's nice to be back, but I loved the big ly ins every morning. Matt and I didn't go anywhere but it was just nice having a bit of time off.

I kept busy though, just want to say a huge thanks to all the ladies I met at Mere Country Club last Friday. I hosted the Beechwood Ladies Lunch to raise money for them. It was a fantastic day for a fantastic charity, and we raised as much as we could to keep their doors open enabling them to help more people and their families who are dealing with Cancer. For more information on their services and events go to: http://www.beechwoodcancercare.org.uk/

I also opened a new doggy creche in Stockport. A lovely lady called Tracy has opened Academy For Dogs in Stockport. It's basically a centre of excellence for dogs complete with training, a dog creche for when you work and even doggy days out. For £30 your dog is collected from home, taken to Southport Beach, they get brought home, bathed and delivered to your door. Poppy's booked in for the Summer!!! They also have boarding facilities and a dog shop.

The grand opening on Saturday was amazing - Tracy and her family are lovely and we raised money for Guide Dogs too. The place is open now - and if you want more information go to: http://www.academy4dogs.co.uk/

We had Adam Lambert in this morning, I hadn't actually seen him on American Idol - but he's a lovely guy. There'll be pictures of him on this part of the site from tomorrow. There's lots coming up in the next few weeks - but for now I'm off swiming. Still part of my 'trying to lose weight before the wedding' regime. It's not going brilliantly so far, but I'll keep trying.
If you ever want to get in touch by the way - email me at chelsea@key103.co.uk would be lovely to hear from you.
Chelsea x

Friday, 5 March 2010

Australia Review

Hiya,

I've written a review for a few travel sites about my trip to Australia so I thought I'd pop it on here. Hope you enjoy it....

Ssshhhh, it''s a bit of a secret but Australia is a great place to visit at any time of year. From the endless expanse of the Aussie Outback to the breathtaking beaches, you're in for a real ripper of a time.

And if you plan you're trip well in advance - two weeks is more than enough time to enjoy the very best it has to offer. With an excellent rail network (but you'll need time and patience) and easy connecting flights, the biggest Island in the World and the smallest continent is very do-able indeed - so now all you have to do is book….

Days 1-3
We flew from Manchester into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport via Qatar Airways, and thanks to their new pretty direct flight via Doha - you arrive in under 21 hours. Pretty long flight I know, but they are kind enough to give you a day back on your return. The flight was fantastic with excellent service and a peek at the new dedicated Qatar terminal in Doha is well worth it. Put it this way if Tom Hanks had of got stuck in that terminal he'd have never wanted to leave.

So we start our trip in Melbourne, Australia's second largest City. It's a City with a pulse, and a true haven for fans of the arts and music. Home of Aussie Rules Footy and a City with a love of fantastic food, wine and the good things in life. Once the Capital of money from the Gold Rush in the 19th Century - nowadays Melbourne is a multicultural City home to people from over 140 nations. Located on the banks of the River Yarra - it's easy to get round with a free maroon tram which circles the City, a great metro network and trains.

From our base at the beautiful and very grand Langham Hotel, beside the river there's easy access to everything the City has to offer. One thing you'll notice immediately is the amount of people doing sport. Australians are a healthy breed and there's no wonder they win more medals than us in every athletic event. The great thing about the Langham is the 9th floor gym, spa and pool. With views of the Melbourne skyline - it's enough to get anyone exercising.

You can take a stroll round Queen Victoria Market, (with over a 1000 stalls it's a bargain hunters paradise), ride along the Yarra on a bike, relax in the 'Tan' or the Botanic Gardens to you and me - or take one of the hundreds of day trips on offer from the beautiful Port Phillip Bay, home to the Fairy Penguin who are only 16 inches high, to the winery's of the Hunter Valley to Ramsey Street. Yes, that's right I said Ramsey Street - as in Neighbours and that's exactly what we did. You've watched them on TV for years and now you can do it yourself. No trip to Melbourne is complete without having your picture taken outside Harold's House or a visit to Edinburgh High - I promise you'll be talking about it long after the tour ends.

Another great evening out is on Melbourne's Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. A 1920s tram which circles the City, which gives you something new to look at with every minute that passes by. It's a real look back in time as Joe the Conductor serves you Australia's very best food and wine - the atmosphere is cosy, the service is friendly and it's a little trip into Victoria's history. I guarantee you'll leave with a full belly and a smile on your face.

As our time in Melbourne comes to an end - we wave Federation Square and the River Yarra goodbye and head via Skybus to the airport for a Virgin Blue flight to Hobart - home of the Tasmanian Devil.

Day's 3-6
I was born in Tasmania and so no trip to Australia is complete without a trip there.

If seeing one spectacular landscape after another is your thing - then a visit to Tasmania is a must, and that's without mentioning the great food, warm and cosy pubs and friendly people. Hobart is Australia's second oldest capital city, with a population of 205,000 Hobart is small enough to get around and get to know and as unsophisticated as the local fish and chips. Salamanca Place is a particular highlight with it's swanky bars and relaxed atmosphere. Make sure you coincide your visit with a trip to the famous Salamanca Market on a Saturday as it greets thousands of people to it's 300 stalls.

Another must is a trip up Mount Wellington - Hobart's most prominent landmark. For this expedition you can forget your climbing gear, as there's a road that heads all the way to the summit at 4,167ft above sea level. On a clear day the views are spectacular from the new look out point. On the way back down, do a de-tour to Cascade Brewery, it's the oldest in Australia. The beers made with Tasmanian water and flows down a treat, and I can certainly vouch for that.

We decided to head a bit further afield with a trip to Bruny Island. We took the ferry out of Kettering, about a 25 minute car ride out of the City, and wound up on a fantastic island. Bruny Island Cruises is a great way to see the island. Once aboard the tour takes you right out to see some awe inspiring cliffs like Breathing Rock, sea eagles, albatrosses - if you're really lucky (as we were) you'll see up to 2,000 seals sunbaking on the rocks and dolphins jumping through the Southern Ocean. The guys on board with you are amusing, helpful and packed full of interesting facts. And at 100% carbon offset with profits ploughed back into the area - you can see it all for mere $100 and help the environment at the same time. On the way back to Hobart make a stop at Bruny Neck, for stunning views and an Aboriginal memorial.

There's one more place you shouldn't miss a trip to. Richmond, with a population of only 800 it's like the land which time forgot. With it's tin roofs, old fashioned sweet shop and the most famous landmark of all - the oldest bridge in Australia. Built by the British convicts in 1823 it's still in use today. On the way back you could call in at one of the many wineries that line the road back to the highway. Most have cellars to buy wine direct.

After 3 day's we really felt we'd seen the real Australia, we'd gone down to a steady second gear, and with Sydney next on the itinerary - it was time to move up to 5th.

Day's 6-9
We've all seen Sydney on the tele, we can all name the two big icons in it's harbour and there's over 70 beaches in easy reach of it's heart including the famous Bondi Beach. There's nightlife, and food galore, it's young and vibrant and there's always something going on. No wonder people find it hard to leave. Sydney's centre is just 15 minutes by train from the airport and it's easy to get to grips with the City fast.

You'll feel drawn to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, surrounded by Circular Quay and some fantastic restaurants in The Rocks area, but make sure you leave enough time to make your way down George St, and onto King Street to see Darling Harbour. It's home to the Sydney Aquarium, the IMAX and the Maritime Museum - oh and a great shopping centre. there's plenty of bars and restaurants if you want to just chill and watch the people go by. On a Saturday the place is swarming with hen do's and wedding receptions, perfect for a nosy.

We stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Rocks part of town. The hotel is an excellent choice of location - in the centre of everything and the views of the harbour are out of this world. The Rocks is my favourite area, with the oldest house is Sydney (Cadmans Cottage), small and interesting cafes, and a phenomenal market on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-5pm selling arts and crafts and all under a 492ft canopy.

Catch a ferry over to Manly for a real surfers paradise. It leaves from Circular Quay every 30 minutes and takes about 25 to reach Manly. The beachfront is knock out. It actually got it name when the first governor of the colony thought the Aborigines sunning themselves on the beach looked manly. There's a sheltered harbour on one side, and surf beach on the other - linked by the Corso, packed with tourists and picnic tables. Beyond Manly are other beaches like Dee Why, Avalon and Whale Beach - all great for surfers. If you have more time head even more north to Palm Beach - which is in a class of it's own with the millionaire houses propped up on the hill. And if it looks familiar, that's because Home and Away is filmed here.

There's a few day trips from Sydney you can do. One is the Hunter Valley Wine Tasting tour - visiting famous wineries and having lunch in the sun. But we chose to visit the infamous Blue Mountains - which get their name from the blue haze that lingers above the Mountains. This haze is created as the eucalyptus oil from the trees mixes with heat and you really can see it. There are plenty of tour companies which do day tips but we chose AAT Kings - due to the recent award winning trips. Leaving the City at 7.30am you miss the busy morning traffic.


Stopping at Featherdale Wildlife Park on the way - you'll get to stroke Koala's and pat Wallaby's. If wilder animals are more your thing you won't be disappointed - there's Croc's, Tasmanian Devils, and Dingo's. The tour stops once more before the Blue Mountains at a town called Leura. it's a sleepy place with quaint cafes and shops.

Once at the Blue Mountains you'll be amazed. The best known rock formation is the 3 sisters - best viewed from the village of Katoomba. That's the location of Scenic World, a 'theme park' style way of travelling round the floor - known as the Jamison Valley. You scan travel down via the coal rail - the steepest in the world, and travel back up via the cableway. It descends over 1600ft above the valley floor and provides a spectacular view. If you have time and you want a less touristy view of the Blue Mountains head to Govotts Leap. The panorama is magnificent and the tour delivers you back to Circular Quay for 6pm. It's a great day out.

For a meal with a difference head to Cafe Sydney. It's on the 5th floor of Customs House on Alfred St. You'd never just stumble across it but it captures Sydney with it's harbour view, delicious food, an outdoor terrace, cocktail lounge and a real contemporary interior. There is so much more to do in Sydney but our time had come to an end and now it was time for a bit of luxury in the beautiful surroundings of Hamilton Island.

Day's 9-13

Arriving at Hamilton Island is an experience like no other. There are no conveyor belts full of luggage - just a metal trolley to pick your own off. I hear the airport are desperate for a luggage belt but I liked the island like feel of collecting your own. After that it's loaded onto a golf buggy, which apart from a small island bus is the only way to get around. You might of heard of Hamilton Island when it hit the headlines last year advertising the 'Best Job in the World'. A caretaker needed to look after islands that make up the Great Barrier Reef. Tough job hey!

It's a privately owned Island and the Oatley family have put in time and money to make it feel as special as it is. Made up of private homes, holiday lets, self catering bungalows and hotels there really is something to suit everyone. Qualia is the newest addition to the island with world class luxury, situated in the secluded northern-most tip of the island. It immerses you into a relaxed atmosphere with a personalised service and immediately relaxes you - it's what they call the Qualia effect, and everyone needs to experience that once in a while.

February is the Whitsunday's wet season and yes rain did fall whilst we were there. But it would take more than rain to spoil this location. September is actually the best time to visit to see hundreds of whales passing through the resort. We checked in at the 4 star Reef View Hotel on the Island with spectacular views over the sparking Coral Sea, but Hamilton Island is more than an Island. You can lie on the fantastic beaches and soak up the sun or experience any of the bare essentials. In at number one would have to be a trip to Whitehaven Beach, only 15 minutes away by boat. It's a place that has to be seen to be believed, with it's dazzling sea and white sand - it's the stuff of postcards. You could take a leisurely walk up Passage Peak for spectacular views, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, take a tropical sunset cruise on the Banjo Patterson or have a game of golf at the new Hamilton Island Golf Club.

We took a trip over to the course on Dent Island by water taxi, now I'm no golfer believe me, but the views are breathtaking and the lunch in the newly built clubhouse is a perfect location to take them in whilst enjoying a glass of wine. For families with children, there are plenty of water sports, trips and even a special place to eat. You can start the day by hugging a koala and enjoying a hearty breakfast in the Koala Gallery. For couples the Bommie Restaurant at the newly built Yacht Club is beautiful. It's hosted a range of weddings to very showbiz events such as Audi's Race Week, the Great Barrier Feast, and the Hamilton Cup.
After 3 day's that's it - our trip is over and it's back to Manchester. With heavy hearts and sulky lips we made our way via Virgin Blue back to Melbourne to meet our Qatar flight home.

I started this holiday and review with the question in mind, Australia in 2 weeks???? And now I have the answer. Absolutely, why not, completely possible, yes, yes, yes. Australia isn't as far as it used to be and boy what a place it is. With Qatar's new flights from the North, there is no excuse not to visit this vast and incredible Country. And whilst 2 weeks is brief, it's more than enough time to see so much of the place and get a real feel for Australia. Don't put off today what you could be doing tomorrow - get out there and book it.

I guarantee you won't regret it.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

The Mal


Happy Monday,

Can I say a big thank you to everyone at the Malmaison in Manchester.

I was there yesterday at their Wedding Fayre and it was brilliant. It's the first one I've been to and really enjoyed it. Loads of dresses to look at, beautiful shoes, mother of the bride outfits and room dressing.
There were even things I hadn't thought about. Chocolate fountains, video's of the day - wedding lists, presents for bridesmaids and everything. I got loads of literature and so tonight I'll be going through it all and learning 'how to get married'. Much to Matt's delight who is already bewildered by it all.
If you know of any other wedding fayres, or you've got any tips or hints - get in touch at chelsea@key103.co.uk
x

Friday, 26 February 2010

Wedding Fayre


Hiya,


Thank god it's Friday - hey!

I've been in bed every night at 7 o'clock since I got back, my body clock is totally messed up.

Went to Cirque Du Soleil last night. It's on at the Trafford Centre - go to http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/ if you fancy tickets. I've got to say it's absolutely brilliant. We loved it and it's not there long so get your tickets fast. It's amazing that people's body's can do that - I'm sure they're not supposed to.


On Sunday I'm off to my first wedding fayre. It's at the Malmaison in Manchester from 11am till 5pm. I've never been to one before and with the wedding 1 year away - I better get my skates on organising eveything - ha!


Tickets are free, and it'll be attended by some of the finest wedding suppliers in the North West.
The Mal's team are experts at creating the dream wedding – it's become a highly sought-after venue for the Big Day. They do the food, the drinks and the accommodation. At this event, they'll give you a 'show-round' of their luxury, boutique hotel with a glass of bubbly for brides. If you're trying to choose a venue, you need to have a look at this place.


Other suppliers who will be at the Manchester Wedding Show include Claire Louise Brides and Perfect Wedding Videos. Experts in every aspect of wedding planning will be ready to discuss your individual requirements and help you plan the perfect day.

Just give the Mal a call if you gancy a free ticket. their number is 0161 278 1000 and I might see you there.
Chelsea x


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

This will make you smile!!!




Morning,


This is the Britney picture I mentioned in the sleaze.


This is the shot of her on a photoshoot for an American clothing company and look she looks really nice!



But now look at the actual picture of her walking in 2 hours before this picture was taken......

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha xxxxxx





Monday, 22 February 2010

I'm Back....


Hi,
Only me, I'm back!!! The partridge has landed.

I've been in Australia for a couple of weeks. Matt and I went to see my family over there, and we went to Ramsey Street. Look!!!! Very cheesy I know but bloody brilliant.
I've been writing a bit of a travel review while I was away so I'm gonna post it on here in the next week so you can see what I've been getting up to, including being attacked by a wallaby. It looked so cute too!
Ate some wonderful food whilst I was away - in fact too much so I'm back on the calorie controlled diet. In fact I've started Diet Chef. It's basically a company that delivers your meals to you. So you get some menu's and pick 28 breakfasts, 28 lunches, 28 dinners and 28 snacks. You can choose the meals you fancy and then they deliver it all to you. All you have to add is plenty of fruit and veg and you can lose up to a stone in 1 month. The meals are all prepared by a chef and so they are really tasty and you'd be surprised what you can get on there - like pasta and chilli. Great if you haven't got alot of time and bloody hate the gym like me. If you fancy trying it out or having a look go to: www.dietchef.co.uk
Speak soon,
Chelsea x

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

POO!

So I've had a hell of a week!

For those of you who listen to the show regularly you'll know my insurance policy with British Gas/Dinorod is simply the best thing I've ever bought - due to the fact my pipes are not what they used to be.

I started noticing a problem with the man hole (no jokes please) on my drive the other day. In that my bath water, which I'd just emptied was actually running out the hole and down the drive complete with steam. After a frantic call to BG and some slight panic I was informed there was a problem with the communal pipe. So all day yesterday I had United Utilities on my drive in their illuminous jackets alerting the world to the fact I had a poop shoot issue.

To cut a long story short, it's being fixed as we speak, and here's the evidence!

video Going girlie shopping with Mum today to try and cheer myself up, I'm fed up of pipes, and poo and rubble. Trying to get some holiday clothes for Australia. The thing is there's nothing in the shops, only a load of sale clothes which are all wooly. Did buy some stuff from River Island online yesterday so I'm praying it turns up in time for Saturday.

Mum is looking after the house and Poppy for me while I'm away. Oh and she's also looking after my job. I only found out yesterday but she will be sitting in on the show for me while I'm away next Thursday. I won't be able to listen to if you get chance let me know how she gets on and email me at: chelsea@key103.co.uk also please make sure that Mike and Matt Matt the music man are nice to her.

Chels x

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Pampered but embarassed!!!

Happy Friday!!

So yesterday I treated Mum to a massage - we had a bit of a girly day after a long week and I was really looking forward to it, but she was so embarassing.

We arrived at the Radisson Edwardian on Peter St in Manchester all excited. The Sienna Spa there have got new day spa packages so I treated her to that. We chose a back and shoulder massage, facial and toe nail polish. All hyped up we trotted off to the changing rooms, told to keep knickers and bra on then put the beautiful whilte dressing gown on and slippers.

It was at that point my Mum declared she had no knickers on, well she did, but those big control pants from her knee to her boobs. She looked so funny - and left them on as we thought that was the best option at that point. The girls in there were laughing their heads off.
Anyway after all that we had a great time and left feeling very relaxed.
If you fancy treating your mum or going along with the girls, it's a good hour or so well spent and you get lunch too. Go to:
Have a great weekend,
Chels x

Sunday, 24 January 2010

I Can Fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Happy Monday!!!

Thought I'd put this picture on to show you, Mike, Matt and I went indoor skydiving at the end of last week and this was taken just prior to actually doing it. It was brilliant, bit scary but definately worth it. If you fancy it - the place is just next to the Chill Factor e, near the Trafford Centre.

Weekend was eventful to say the least, I was in Yarm near Newcastle at our friends son's 18th birthday. It was very messy! And basically resulted in me and Matt being thrown out of the hotel at 2am - don't ask!!! Was in bed at 8.30am lastnight as a result. Actually Dancing On Ice sent me to sleep - 2 hours and 20 minutes was just too long - I was bored!

Found a really funny video on youtube by the way - it's hilarious - click this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkIhEGBTMo4

Just want to say a big thanks to everyone who's emailed aout the wedding. Had loads of info on dresses, flowers, cars and everything. If you want to email me it's chelsea@key103.co.uk

Treating Mum to a spa day on Thursday. There's some new package at the Radisson Edwardian in Manchester - so we're off there for a massage, facial and pedicure - thank god for the recession, I bloody love spa days.

Catch ya soon, Chels xxx

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The Wedding Weight Loss plan begins....

So the wedding weight loss plan has begun!!

I now the wedding's about 18 months away but hey you gotta start somewhere haven't you. I did feel like a fish out of water yesterday - trying to look like I fitted in, but couldn't have stood out more if I'd tried. Typically when I shared my inner thoughts on the show this morning - the men did nothing but mock, just can't get the support these days. How's a fat girl supposed to get thin????

One guy did recommend DietChef after his wife lost 2 stone without stepping in the gym - so I've just googled it. It's diet meals on wheels!!! I might give that a go!

We're off skydiving this week - great! There's a new skydiving tunnel next to the Chill Factor at the Trafford Centre so Matt, Mike and I are off to try it out. Up to 145mph winds that make us feel like we're flying - let's hope there's no power cut!

Chelsea x





Friday, 15 January 2010

Gino, Gino, Gino!!!


Well Gino D'acampo has just left the building - and what a lovely man.

Honestly he's gorgeous, if I was his wife I doubt I'd ever let him out of the house. He's got a new book out called The Italian Diet and it's honestly great. All the recipes are gorgeous and more importantly they all have calorific content on there - which is low!!!
If you fancy meeting him whilst buying a copy, he's at the Trafford Centre tomorow from 1pm in WH Smith.
Was at a restaurant opening lastnight in the Northern Quarter. I don' t normally venture out at night to these things to be honest - but I was promised food and so that's enough to get me out of my pj's. It's called The Bulb which is next to The Light Boutique hotel in the Northern Quarter. Fab hotel - with new York style views.
I'm still Bridezilla - in fact I've moved up a gear and bought a scrap book as a wedding planner. I now buy Bride magazine's and cut out pictures of dresses, room ideas and colours I like and stick them in my book. I think Matt's regretting asking me now.
Out tonight on a leaving do from work, for a few drinks and then a meal. We're off to Ithaca on John Dalton Street - they've got a new menu so I'm going to give it my seal of approval.
First I'm off home to fix a blocked drain. I poured the fat from some mince meat I cooked yesterday down the sink - and now that and lots of murky water is sitting in the sink. Any ideas on how best to quickly and easily oh and cheaply get rid?????? If so email me: chelsea@key103.co.uk/breakfast
Speak soon x

Thursday, 14 January 2010

To Cheer You Up on a cold Friday morning.....


Look at this....

Happy New Year!!

So here we are, back to work (or not in this snow) and it’s 2010!!! The twenties, the tens, the tenners or whatever the hell we've decided to call it.

Welcome to my Chelsea Blogs bit of the site, where I just chat girly stuff that Mike won’t let me to mention on air. I can push him but not that far.

If you were listening this week, you’d have heard my news…Yes I’ve joined Team Engaged. Matt proposed in New York on Boxing Day and I’m dead chuffed. I surprised the lads on air on Monday and even I was shaking – it was so nerve wracking. We’re hoping to get married next year and so I’m full speed ahead buying Bridal magazines and exhausting websites. It’s a whole new world, I even discovered wedding TV on Sky yesterday, and yes of course I watched it for 4 hours!!! There's a name for people like me and it's Bridezilla - which I'm not I like to be honest with you. Next stop: The Wedding Show at Birmingham NEC in March. If you can understand this strange animal like obession that takes over please email me, and make me feel better at chelsea@key103.co.uk

Spent Christmas in New York, which was warmer than here believe it or not. Flew Delta from Manchester on Christmas Day and got a lovely Christmas dinner – I felt like I was in Home Alone 2 or something, especially when the pilot says in his American tanoy voice 'Ladies and Gentlemen Welcome to Delta, Happy Holidays folks , now buckle up as we go non stop to New York's JFK' very exciting! It really is an amazing place and I love it.

And it's my birthday on Friday (which I hate so close to Christmas) - usually I get unwanted Christmas gifts, or everything has a red dot in it meaning they got it free in the sale most probably. Once I even got 3 pairs of M&S knickers in a pack for my birthday - now I know my bum is on the large side but they were a size 16!!!! I won't name the friend even though we no longer speak.

Catch ya next week, Chelsea x