Monday, 27 April 2015

Now the last poppy has fallen

Our local museum is running a temporary exhibition at the moment (until May 31st), about the shire of Essex's part to play in the Great War.

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It is interesting to read about how many men were called to arms (420 from the town of Witham) and how the women coped with their loved ones abroad, fighting.
These days when soldiers are away from home, phone calls and skype messaging are possible. Imagine being a young pregnant woman of 20 whose husband has been called to arms, and is unsure if he will ever return to her... I have to admit, it is quite difficult.

Unfortunately, this is the boy's favoured historic era and not mine, but then, that might be because of GCSE History. Almost two years were spent covering this war, and WW2, and I eventually left school feeling rather drained!

Outfit;

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coat - primark via a blog sale (£12.99)
skirt - h&m (£3.99)
cat-print t-shirt - topshop via a charity shop (£2.99)
bag - h&m via a charity shop (£1.99)
brogues - topshop in a sale about 3 years ago (£25)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Danbury Country Park

The sun was out today, so myself and the boy decided to check out Danbury Country Park. It is only a few miles down the road from where we live, and we'd never been there as a couple before!

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It has fantastic lakes, a woodland area, and many a year ago, a palace stood presiding over the space, the grounds then being a medieval deer park.
The mansion was built in the 16th century, and by the 19th, was the home of the bishop of Rochester. It quickly fell into disrepair, and is now is a building site, the constructions works to be modern-day housing.

:(

Staying upon a historical note, myself and the boy will be attending the medieval festival at Pleshey Castle on the 10th May, too excited!

Outfit

t-shirt - george kids & asda (£5)
skirt - topshop in a sale (£7) - recent purchase
cardigan - topshop via a charity shop (£3)
coat - vintage (£6.99)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hadleigh Castle

This is one of my favourite castles in Essex (not difficult seeing as there are hardly any!).
The reason I love these ruins so much, is because they was fortified by King Edward III during the 1360s (during the hundred years war).
I have had doubts in my head, in regards to believing the common reason of the King's "restablishment" of the citadel. The first part of the hundred years war had waned after the Treaty of Bretigny (1360), therefore I do not think Edward rebuilt most of the castle (royal lodgings, a portculis, a drawbridge, the `High Tower` etc), because he feared a French invasion.

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Stratgeically yes, Hadleigh is the perfect spot for a fortress. It overlooks a green clearing, and the River Thames winds straight past; access to the castle proving easy. The fortress would also protect the estuary from an attack.
However, it is more sound, that his reasons were more on a personal level - he craved privacy.
His Queen, Philippa, had died in 1369 and he was not in a good way, it is possible that he wished to stay off the radar, and most likely, court Alice Perrers in peace.

outfit;

coat - topshop in a sale (£40)
blouse - miss selfridge via a charity shop (£2.99)
skirt - topshop via a charity shop (£3.99)
wellies - primark (£12)