Sunday, 10 April 2016

Days Out

Been a mad couple of months so haven't had much time to post! Firstly, I and my husband will be moving to a new flat next month (x-D), been busy with University, and have been writng 1,500-1,900 words most days on my novel about Edward the Martyr and Aethelred the Unready! Its nowhere near finished, but its a very enjoyable process so I kind of don't want it to end!

In regards to days out, we went on our yearly trip to Hadleigh Castle last month:

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outfit:
coat - topshop via a blog sale (£20ish)
cardigan - topshop in a sale (£20)
blouse - topshop via a charity shop (£3.99)


And we went for a long to walk Writtle earlier today :)

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coat (see first pic)
blouse - topshop via ebay (£4.50)
boots - topshop (£46)
skirt - topshop in a sale (£7)

Friday, 29 January 2016

Happy New Year

Finding time to post is a chore now, to be honest. As i work early mornings i'm exhausted when i get back home, and studying, reading and writing take up a great deal of my time.
Anyway, i am going to try and post at least once a month from now on, and this months one will be a catch up.

October: the boy and i visited Framlingham Castle. It was once owned by Roger Bigod: earl of Norfolk, and before that was a Norman motte-and-bailey. From there it had various owners from King John in the 13th Century, to the Howards in the 16th, and unfortunately then fell into disrepair.
Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Framlingham_Castle.

The wall walk around the castle is spectacular, and the grounds likewise are awesome. I'd definitely return!
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outfit:
cardigan - topshop (via a charity shop) - £5.99
t-shirt - ebay - £9.99
skirt - topshop (via a charity shop) - £5.49
shoes - primark - £12 (these since have been binned!)


November: got married and went to London (previous post).

December: we spent New Years Eve in one of our favourite towns: Colchester :)

December and January: had a walk around Pleshey, and our local common. We both love a good walk.
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outfit: dress - topshop - £36
coat - topshop (old) - £45
wellies - primark - £12

Local common: Image and video hosting by TinyPic

outfit - skirt (as per first outfit pic)
coat - topshop (via a charity shop) - £8.95


January 24th. I turned 25, hurrah. We had a meal out, and as the weather was quite bad we didn't do much else.
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We've got a few castle trips planned for Feb so looking forward to them! I also need to go back to Maldon as will be writing about the battle of Maldon for my novel!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Back

I've been awol for a while, but thats because i've been very busy! To start with, I found out I passed my first year of History (with the OU), in October, then the boy and I tied the knot in November! We had a very quiet ceremony as both of us hate being the centre of attention (haha). Twas good though. We went out for a meal afterwards, then on the following day we went to the Tower of London (I was desperate to go to the Agincourt exhibition which was being held in the White Tower). However I didn't learn anything new... so was a tad disappointed. I'd recommend going if your knowledge of the Hundred Years War is poor.

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We dashed off to Forbidden Planet and the pub afterwards, and as it was raining, we didn't do everything we would've liked. But no matter. I just wish the prices of darned tickets wouldn't keep going up! Makes going to London so expensive.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Childhood

Maldon and Lake Meadows (in Billericay), were places I visited often as a child.

Back in July (when the weather was wonderful), myself and the boy had a picnic in Maldon, strolled along the highstreet, and generally had a nice relax.

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Now, the last picture, is of Ealdorman Byrthnoth of Essex (led the English against the Vikings at the battle of Maldon) - I had never noticed this statue before, so was very happy when we stumbled across it! I think on past visits we've been more interested in their two museums and the lovely highstreet!

Like Maldon, we managed to visit Lake Meadows when it was sunny.

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Lake Meadows is a huge park, with a lake plonked in the middle of it (duh - haha), and as the boy had never been there before I thought it would make a nice walk. Its also good to reminisce :)

Outfit:

t-shirt - topshop (£8 in the sale)
skirt - topshop (£20 - bought last week)
jacket - topshop (£5ish via a charity shop)

I also have new wine-red primark shoes on but you can't see them in the pictures!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Hever Castle

Back in July myself and the boy drove down to Kent to Anne Boleyn's childhood home. The castle/stately home first came to my attentions whilst watching The Tudors back in 2009, and since then i've always wanted to go.

The grounds are beautiful, and the gardens are very Roman-esque - very peaceful. I can understand why this site receives hundreds of visitors everyday!

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The estate began life as a country house, built by the "Bullen" (Boleyn) family in the late 13th century, and wasn't converted into a manor house till around 1462.
Thomas Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's father, eventually inherited the manor, and it is possible that Anne was actually born there (her birth date remains unknown).
Upon Thomas's death in 1539 (Anne was already dead by then - 19th May 1536), the estate fell into Henry VIII's hands and he bestowed it upon Anne of Cleves after their marriage was declared null and void.
What a pleasant fellow.

Click to find out more

Photography was not permitted inside the manor itself, but I managed to get a couple of pictures of the gatehouse.

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All in all a good, interesting trip out, and I would definitely recommend a visit.

Outfit:

blouse - topshop via ebay (can't recall the price!)
skirt - topshop (£20, 5 years ago)
cardigan - topshop (£38, 3 years ago)

Friday, 24 July 2015

Wind in the Willows

A few weeks ago, the boy and I decided to pay our local reservoir a visit. It was a beautiful day, and to our delight, we discovered that a Wind in the Willows trail had been constructed.

I read the book aged 8, and absolutely loved Mr Toad.

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I lost my copy long ago, and this trail encouraged me to buy another copy on ebay (£2.81). I bought a children's copy, and it has amazing illustrations. It definitely is a classic!

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We're off to Hever Castle on Tuesday, very excited :)

Outfit;

cardigan - h&m (£19.99, 6 years ago)
dress - topshop via a charity shop (£4.99)
boots - primark (£12)
bag - topshop (25)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Long time no see (again!)

It feels like i've not posted for an age!

The only excuse i have is that i have been up to nothing remotely interesting (save for writing and uni work)

We took a walk around Sandford Lock last sunday before getting soaked in the rain (luckily we'd already scoffed our picnic)

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And we got a lot of money back from E-on so i treated myself to a few bits (and books - not pictured)

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We both have a week off work soon so we're hoping to have a few trips out! Fingers crossed, anyway.

Outfit;

dress - topshop via a charity shop (around £4.99)
bag - h&m via a charity shop (£1.99)
shoes - topshop in the sale (£15) - a recent puchase.