Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit

Firstly, I'm not a gamer, two, I'm not a big fan of the show, but as it's my husband's birthday next week I thought to put our names down for tickets (what a lovely wife I am).
Filmed at the Elstree studios in Borehamwood, it was a fairly short car journey for us, and after finding the local spoons and having a drink (non-alcoholic for him), we joined the queue of gamers and within minutes were shown into our seats.

NO PICS WERE ALLOWED!

Dara was a great host, very professional. And despite it dragging at the end had a great time!

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sunday walk

Last week the boy and I took a trip to our local park (despite the drizzle), and had a lovely time. Full of coppices, endless miles of greenery, sometimes a good, old-fashioned walk is what you need to blow the cobwebs away!

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outfit;

coat - primark (£18)
joni jeans  - topshop via a charity shop (£5.99)
t-shirt - topshop (£22)

We're off to watch Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit tomorrow evening in Borehamwood, so will post about that later on in the week!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, all :)

We didn't do much for New Year, just stayed in, watched a couple of films. But that's whats so great about being an adult with your own space, you can do more or less what you want!

Now, it was birthday on the 24th (26, ahh), and we went down to Bletchley Park, home of the code breakers. And at £17.25 each it is worth the money as you can go back for free for a whole year!
The site itself is impressive, and for your money you can go inside the infamous mansion, visit several huts where Alan Turing worked, where the wrens worked e.t.c, and a museum block that includes a gallery dedicated to Turing's life - click.

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There were several things that weren't quite ready, i.e. the exhibition on the film 'The Imitation Game', but hopefully the next time we visit it will be :)

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I was also dressed appropriately, as the following day was Burns Night!

outfit;

dress - www.moddolly.com (£31 in the sale and with a discount)
coat - topshop via ebay (around £20ish)
tights - topshop (£8)

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Saffron Walden

Another museum trip was on the cards last week, and as we hadn't been to Saffron Walden for almost three years we decided to pay it another visit. A beautiful, idyllic looking town on north-west borders of Essex (almost in Hertfordshire), it was however a bit of a difficult drive as its not well sign-posted (;-/). But with that aside, we had a good time and visited the castle (which is being restored!), and the museum :)

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A market town since 1141, the castle was built at a similar time (during the anarchy), by the 1st earl of Essex: Geoffrey de Mandeville, who wished to reinforce his power over the borough. Only the ruins remain today, but hopefully not for long :)

Thursday, 24 November 2016

1st Wedding Anniversary :D

It was our first wedding anniversary on the November 4th so we celebrated it by going to London. Most people like to go on holiday, away for a few days to escape 'home life', but we're a couple of home birds so a day out seemed like a better idea.

First, we visited the V&A, and it was wonderful. I'd been once, in 2009, but that was just to see a fashion exhibition so I hadn't explored other areas of the museum.

My favourite parts obviously, were the medieval sections which were mainly made up of religious art.

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This was the highlight for me. A stained glass window from William of Wykeham's chapel at Winchester college:
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We went to Westminster afterwards, to have a look around and visit our favourite Wetherspoons in London (haha). The three glasses of wine I had were lovely!
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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Clare Castle

Clare Castle, was first constructed in the 11th century by a Norman knight named Richard FitzGilbert. Eventually taking the town name as his family name, the de Clare's owned the castle for many centuries. By 1360 though, it'd gone to the Crown, and unfortunately by the sixteenth century was in disrepair.

The Inner Bailey;
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The Motte (behind is the standard of de Clare)
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We also had a wander around the country park, and discovered a disused station and railway line :)

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It's our first wedding anniversary on friday so we're going to London!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Wind in the Willows (again)

The weather hasn't been good recently, so unfortunately we haven't been out and about as much as we would've liked. We did however, visit our local reservoir the other day and what do you know? - the Wind in the Willows carvings are still there!

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Its our first wedding anniversary on the 4th November, so we're planning to visit the Charles Dickens museum in London. And for my birthday in January, we're hoping to visit Dover Castle :)

outfit;
coat - topshop via ebay (£10.60)
t-shirt - cafe press (£17.50)
joni jeans - topshop via a charity shop (£5.99)
bag - topshop (£20 in a sale)