Saturday, 22 March 2014

Colchester

Believe it or not, myself and the boy had not been to Colchester since December! (:0) so today, we woke up and decided to head down there.
The train tickets are cheap and its just a general nice place to go for charity shops and for a bit of character.
I managed to find a beautiful real black leather topshop jacket in Age UK. It was £14.99 but for something that was originally (probably) around £150, I couldn't say no. Even if it doesn't get worn, it won't matter as ebay is so easy to use.

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coat - topshop via ebay (£30)
dress - topshop (£26)
bag - ebay (£20)

It's the anniversary of the execution of Thomas the 2nd Earl of Lancaster today, so check out my writing blog for a piece I wrote about him a couple of months ago :)
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The next blog post I write, will probably be about mine and boys night seeing Russell Howard! :) we're seeing him at the Royal Albert Hall on 16th April and are so excited.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Spring is here :)

The problem with working in an office, is that you miss out on the beautiful sunshine during the day so yesterday after the boy met me from work, we strolled down to our favourite pub and got some lovely food (soup for me, burger for him). We took our time walking back (without any coats on) and marvelled at the beautiful sky, if i'd had my camera with me, so many pictures would have been taken!

Today the weather has been pretty much the same so after a lovely lie-in, we strolled down to our little Morrisons and bought some food for a picnic which we then ate in our local park.
This said park, has a museum (i've blogged about it before) and a new exhibition opened in December about an old nightclub which was frequented by us a lot about 3-4 years ago so this was our obvious destination after eating our lunch!

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We even shared our first kiss here after not seeing each other for 11 years; so many good memories. We don't go to nightclubs anymore, but if this one opened again, we probably would ;)

I'd also like to share with you, a Victorian style jumper I purchased from ebay earlier in the week

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Its so warm and lovely, definitely got a Victorian vibe going on in my wardrobe at the moment.

Jumper - topshop via ebay (£5)
Skirt - topshop (xmas present)

In regards to my novel, I have allowed the boy's mother and my grandmother to read a sample chapter and their responses have been very positive!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

From Hell

I recently read a book about Jack the Ripper and found it so enthralling (awakening my 14 year old self) I looked online to see if a tour was available of the East End... and of course, there is one. It runs from 7.30-9.30pm every evening and is only £9; well worth it. I have walked through Whitechapel before (unwittingly knowing so as a child), but never in the evening so this made even more creepy, the boy was with me though, along with 30 other people!

My knowledge of the Ripper subject is fairly good having studied the autumn of 1888 at high school, so I found myself nodding along with the tour guide (ignoring several stupid comments about Sherlock Holmes solving the case) and shivering in my recently purchased Victorian styled jacket.
Millers Court (where Mary Kelly lived and was murdered) has shifted so it was a little strange standing on the second floor of a car-park viewing over the deathly murder scene of the faceless young woman but other than that, it was incredible. The tour began outside at an actual old doss house (4 pence a night, 2 pence to lean on an old rope) and it looks as daunting today as it no doubt did in the gross East End of Victorian London, where in the West, it could not be any more different.
It was too dark to take pictures unfortunately,but if you are interested in the subject, go online and book tickets, you won't regret it! ;) http://www.thejacktherippertour.com/

Earlier on in the day, we visited the British Museum :)

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A medieval chess set
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Taken from St Stephen's chapel at the palace of Westminster (Edward III, a year after the fall at Calais, wished this chapel along with St George's chapel at Windsor, to be reestablished). You can imagine how it must have looked; beautiful. The chapel was apparently founded by King Stephen (1135-1154) and was incomplete disrepair before Edward decided to `spruce it up`
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I did take a few more pictures but because of the cabinets, they haven't come out all too well :-/... of course didn't really want to use the flash! I did see some people doing it and it is quite annoying.
Anyway, please do visit these splendid attractions if you find yourself in London!

Jacket - vintage via ebay (about £5)
Black blouse - Zara via a charity shop (£2.75)
Grey Cardigan - Topshop (£38)
Bag - ebay (£20)
Skirt - Topshop (present)