Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Capital

We didn't really have a plan for our day out in the impregnable capital, we should shoved on our shoes, pulled on some clothes and sped down to the train station.
After grabbing lunch at Pret, we went down the infamous Outnumbered haunt (Aslan at Trafalgar Square) and into the National Gallery where we both agreed that King Charles I's mount was indeed obese and that Rubens was indeed a fantastic artist.

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After baring a sweet farewell to such talent, we strolled a little further along and paid the banqueting house a visit. What was once a grand palace, is now merely that of a single stone building, its presence not doing its commissioner Henry VIII justice. After a fire in 1698, it was not rebuilt so we had to use our imaginations as to what the impressive palace looked like.
As Charles I was a grand lover of the arts, he asked Rubens to honour his father James I and of his Divine right to rule by producing series of paintings as to which resulted in gracing the ridiculously high ceiling. They are still impressive today but I thought it best not to take any pictures.

By this time it was nearing 5p.m so we left Westminster with our stomachs rumbling and headed to Chip + Fish at Westfields.
I did very much enjoy my food.

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coat - topshop factory second via ebay (£40)
dress - kate moss @ topshop via ebay (£60)
shoes - topshop in the sale (£10)
cardigan- gift

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Saffron Walden & Walden Castle

This weekend has been dedicated to my boy (its his birthday today!) so we had made plans to go to London... unfortunately the weather has not played ball, so yesterday, instead of catapulting into the capital, we traipsed around our local shops, met a couple of friends for drinks and watched Family Guy.

Today however, we awoke to a blue and cloudless sky so (quickly waving goodbye to our hangovers) we decided to have another museum trip. As Essex is home to a few ruined castles, we thought it best to abandon London (too expensive anyway) and drive up to the lovely town of Saffron Walden in north-west Essex. I had never been before so obviously was very excited to encounter the Norman motte and bailey ruins.
We went to the museum first and at only £1.50, it was well worth it, my favourite part being the authentic Tudor bed.

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I don't think i've seen an authentic Tudor bed before... obviously there are "mock" beds scattered around, but never a real one... had quite a private, squealing moment and luckily for me, the museum allowed photography! So, naturally, I had to keep taking pictures!

The other section of the museum I thought interesting, was the costume room. The dresses below were quite breathtaking, my camera however, has not done them justice;

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The white one is a wedding gown (1840s) and the red one is a day dress (c.1901). It is difficult to believe that just over 100 years ago, women were still wearing floor length gowns on a daily basis.

After quickly changing into muddy boots (the mud still caked on from Hadleigh Castle ;)), we strolled across the grass and admired the Norman castle (built during the civil war in the 12th century). There was not too much to see unfortunately;

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Please excuse the sun in my face! This has been our first sunny day for 2 weeks!

Coat - topshop via ebay (£14)
kilt - topshop in the sale (£20)
blouse - miss selfridge via a charity shop (£4.50)
bag - topshop - birthday present.

We are planning to do our London trip next week now, fingers crossed the weather stays fine!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Hadleigh Castle

The trip to one of Edward III's residences was one of my bright ideas. After weeks of constant rain, myself and the boy awoke to a dry day (blue skys, not a cloud for miles) so it seemed like a very good plan to jump in the car and drive down to Hadleigh on the South-east coast (whilst munching on lunch).

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This was where Edward resided during the 1360s as he wanted a castle close to the capital.

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Even though it is in ruins, it is easy to tell how magnificant it would have been; we even found the remains of what we think was a fireplace!

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Of course, we both put on a Cornish accent and pretended to be Phil Harding on Time Team, but in all seriousness we had a fantastic trip.... despite the brutal wind (it almost blew me straight into the mud!). And yes, of course I wore the wrong attire!

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and it was frightfully muddy!

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we also think this is a Norman motte

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possibly been watching too much time team??? ;)

outfit details;

tartan coat - topshop via ebay (£14)
kilt - topshop in the sale (£15)
mud-caked boots (stolen from mum!!!)
bag - topshop (£20)