Sunday, 28 September 2014

Writtle

Writtle, is an exquisite village that is about 3 miles away from where I live.
Today, the boy and I decided to take a walk there as I had never completed the countryside walk before.

It was peaceful, quiet and we forgot that we were still in Essex!
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The village of Writtle itself, has a rich history. It was in Domesday book and was recorded to have had 900 inhabitants. In 1211, King John erected a hunting lodge within what is now Writtle College, and it is also rumoured that Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots (1306-29) was born in the village... the Bruce family owned lands in Writtle dating from the Norman Conquest, and that is why it is believed he was born there.
If it is true, then it would be pretty awesome as Robert and his son feature in two of my novels.
The Weeping Damsel and Lovers Entwined - hopefully one day my dreams will come true.

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On Tuesday, we are planning to walk to Papermill Lock... its about six miles away so it will test our fitness levels ;)

Outfit;

top - h&m (£19.99, 4 years ago)
skirt - topshop (£25)
bag - vintage (£6.99)
shoes - primark (£10)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Stock Windmill

Last weekend, myself and the boy drove down to the Windmill in Stock, Essex. It was built in 1815 (the year the Duke of Wellington crushed Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo ) and is only open to the public on the 2nd Sunday of each month - those months being from April-September.

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As you can imagine, it was fairly busy, but there was tour guide on each of the four floors and as we did not know much about mills before the trip, we found it very interesting.
We found out that all of the equipment in the mill, and the narrow wooden ladders, are all genuinely Georgian - nothing has been replaced since it was built.

Stock itself, is a beautiful village - only a 15 minute drive away. I do feel fortunate to live near such beautiful countryside and villages. Essex is such a diverse county - London is thirty miles away, the seaside is about the same distance away and yet, 70% of it is grass and fields. It is depicted dreadfully in the media, however I don't think it is a bad place to live... you get dodgy people wherever you go and unless you have a moat and a drawbridge, such people can never be avoided.

Today, before heading to the library, the boy and I took a walk near the railway line... could not resist taking a couple of snaps.

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It reminded me again of The Railway Children, absolutely exquisite.

In regards to the outfit picture;

skirt - topshop via a charity shop (£3.99)
blouse - vintage (£2.29)
bag - vintage (£6.99)
necklace - jaymie jewelry (£7)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sandford Lock

I have lived in the same town all my life, and am only just beginning to discover how beautiful it really is.

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I'd known about the children's science museum which is close to where we live, but had no idea about the beautiful lock right beside it where you can rent boats, buy boats to "do up" and even live in them!

The stunning bridge, reminds me so much of Edith's Nesbit's The Railway Children. I'm sure there is a scene in one of the versions where Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter are on a bridge and are watching the canal folk go by in their boats... it is definitely in the book, so forgive me if i am mistaken.

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There is also a beautiful, winding walk which leads past the river Chelmer... great inspiration as a writer ;) It is also possible to follow the walk all the way to Heybridge (near Maldon)... perhaps that is slightly too ambitious!

Since moving out, myself and the boy haven't been able to spend as much on days out, but on the 12th October, I can confirm that we will be attending the Battle of Hastings re-enactment, cannot wait. I'm not sure about dressing up yet... shall see how we (I) feel on the day ;)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Rayleigh Mount

Rayleigh Mount (or Rayleigh castle) was built soon after the Norman conquest. It's an 11th century motte and bailey castle and today, the only remnants of it, are in the earth.
It is one of the 48 castles mentioned in Domesday (1086) and was built by the Sheriff of Essex; Sweyn or Swein. He was the son of a wealthy Norman Lord; Robert FitzWimarc who was a favourite of Edward the Confessor.
Upon Sweyn's death, it passed to his son Robert, and then to his son Henry. However, by 1163, Henry had lost the estate due to losing in a trial by combat (he was accused of cowardice in battle) and the property passed on to King Henry II.

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By the time Henry died, it had been passed on to the formidable King John, and from there, to Hubert de Burgh, and from there, to Hubert's son. By this time, it was the late 13th century and according to Wiki, documents state that at this point, the castle was no longer being used for a fortification... only for pasture. King Richard II in 1394, gave the folk of Rayleigh permission to use the structure as a source for stone, and i suppose not long after this, all structures dispersed.

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^ We climbed to the top which would have been the motte and found that the pond is still use by ducks :) i think this pond might have been where the original fosse was.

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coat - primark via a blog sale (around £12)
t-shirt - qwertee (£8)
skirt - topshop via a charity shop (£4.49)
bag - vintage - (£6.99)

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Chipping Ongar

Chipping Ongar is a small village within the county of Essex. When the boy and I were in Maldon last month, we picked up an information leaflet up about the village and were thoroughly intrigued.

Behind thick greenery and barbed wire, is the remains of a 12th Century motte and bailey castle. Sadly however, the land is privately owned so you can't hop the fence!
All that remains, is a mound surrounded by trees... its quite difficult to imagine the size and scale of the fortress unfortunately... picture prompts are duly needed!

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The original fortifications are believed to have been built by Eustace II, Count of Boulogne as he purchased the manor at Ongar in 1086 & built St Martin's church which is a little way from the castle :)

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Overall I was a little disappointed with the remains, but the village was beautiful and we certainly chose a good day to travel down.

Dress - topshop via ebay (around £10)
Shoes - george @ asda (£5)
Bag - tesco (£13)

We also visited London on Tuesday briefly!

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And a little outfit picture taken outside our Edwardian house ;)

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Dress - h&m via a charity shop (£6.50)

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday Morning Walk

Awoke this morning to find the temperature had gone down, so i pulled on my jeans, trainers and a t-shirt and quickly persuaded the boy to drive us down to our local reservoir.
I think I blogged about this particular nature reserve/reservoir last year. Its got woodland, bird hides, a cow field and an awesome nature walk.

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There was an event going on there today for the kiddies now its the summer hols, but we avoided the bouncy castle etc and took a leisurely stroll through the field (was amass with hay) and followed the nature walk.
Twas very relaxing and is certainly how Sunday mornings should be spent!

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Pippa jeans - topshop via ebay (around £7)
t-shirt - h&m via a charity shop (£1.49)
bag - tesco (£13) - as in previous post :D
trainers - forever 21 (around £5)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

New Buys

My posts recently, have been related to history (:D), so i thought i'd be nice and show you two of my recent purchases. Both are pale pink and did not break the bank.

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The bag is from Tesco (£13) and the shoes are from Topshop (£16). I have been after a new pair of shoes and a bag for ages so it was nice to get them both in the same colour!

I'm afraid it'll be back to sightseeing and history next week as the boy and I are off to London on Tuesday and Ongar in Essex next Friday.