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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)

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