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)