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Blakes Wood

There's nothing more relaxing than a walk in the woods. And Blakes Wood in Danbury is the perfect place to go in order to 'blow the cobwebs away' <3 p="">


outfit;

coat - primark (£18)
jumper - topshop (£12 in a sale about 7 years ago)
jeans - topshop (can't recall the price!)

I'm planning to publish another 2 posts this week, one about our trip to London on Wednesday, the other about our trip to Berkhamsted castle earlier on today :)

Orford Castle

The village of Orford, Suffolk, is a tranquil place, about twenty miles north-east from Ipswich. Once a port to rival Ipswich's, also not far from the imposing Framlingham Castle which sits fourteen miles north, the Castle was built under King Henry II's orders between 1165-1173, before the great rebellion that saw Queen Eleanor and three of his sons rise up against him.



Going back to the reasons for it's construction, it seems to be because of the powerful Bigod family (who held Framlingham, more or less dominating East Anglia), and Henry likely wished to make his mark on the land. The Bigods themselves appear (to me, at least), quite arrogant. During the anarchy (1135-1154), Hugh Bigod, sided with Stephen of Blois against the Empress Matilda, however was quick to seize Norwich Castle when hearing a rumour that Stephen had died (this was in fact, false). The same Hugh was also dissatisfied when Henry II himself succeeded the throne, even though he was awarded the earldom …

Cat

We now have a cat, named Bella!



She's absolutely lovely and is settling in well. Best decision we've ever made.

My next post will be about Orford Castle, where we're heading to on Thursday. Hope the weather stays nice!

Colchester Zoo

Pictures from 10/3/2017. Can't beat a good trip to the zoo :) 

And what do you know? - there was even an old church attached to the site! - click!
My fabulous t-shirt is from www.qwertee.com ;)

Mulberry Purse

As it was pay day yesterday, I was a little frivolous and purchased this vintage Mulberry purse on ebay for £35.



 It'll have to do until I can get my hands on an 'Alexa' or mayhap a medium 'Lily' (second hand, of course).

Cambridge Castle

Last Thursday (the day after the gig in the previous post), my husband and I drove to Cambridge as we hadn't been there for two years, and because I wanted to check out the motte-and-bailey that'd been first constructed in 1068 by King William I.



After being crowned on Christmas Day 1066, William returned to Normandy with hostages (who included earl Waltheof of Huntingdon and Edgar Aetheling), but by the end of the year (1067) the English were rebelling at Exeter (refusing fealty, to pay taxes), giving William no other choice but to leave Normandy and return to England. After eighteen days, Exeter yielded and Rougemont Castle was thrown up, garrisoned by Normans, but that wasn't the end of his problems.

After Matilda's coronation in Westminster, there was unrest in the North and William wasted no time in travelling northwards - throwing up motte-and-baileys at Warwick and Nottingham on the way (not the current stone castle) - Click, and was quite successful in his supp…

The Pigeon Detectives

Two gigs in two years is awesome for me! Usually, the bands I like either don't tour or choose ridiculous venues whereby tickets disappear like gold dust, so I was very happy when a) I found out The Pigeons were touring (see what I did there ;)), and b), that they'd chosen the Electric Ballroom in Camden which isn't too far away.



We started the day in The Imperial War museum, as I've wanted to go there for ages, and it was incredible, especially the Holocaust exhibition and the 'Secret War' section. It was so big we didn't have time to see everything, but we'll definitely return at some point.

After that it was time for some food and drink, and of course it had to be a Spoons (The Ice Wharf in Camden to be precise), and it was lovely - sun, wine, lots of happy people (I almost didn't want to leave!) But of course we had to, and at around 7.15p.m we found ourselves in this awesome, dark nightclub drinking cider and beer - eagerly awaiting The Pigeons…

Hadleigh Castle (again)

What else is there to do on a Sunday afternoon other than visit an abandoned, ruined castle?


I've blogged about this castle numerous times (how it was reprised during Edward III's reign in order to keep an eye on the Thames estuary (something that historians now reject), how it could've been a trysting location for him and a certain Miss Perrers, but I never tire of talking about it or of visiting it. Essex is one of those counties that doesn't have many castles (ruinous or not), so it is great when we both find the time (and when the weather is good), to drive down and have a good walk about and explore :)

outfit;
coat - topshop (£45 about 7 years ago) bag - topshop (£20 in a sale) dress - topshop (£16 in a sale) - a recent purchase
We've got a busy week next week as we're seeing The Pigeon Detectives in Camden on Wednesday, vising the Computer History Museum on Thursday, and are seeing Beauty & the Beast on Friday - cannot wait!

Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit

Firstly, I'm not a gamer, two, I'm not a big fan of the show, but as it's my husband's birthday next week I thought to put our names down for tickets (what a lovely wife I am).
Filmed at the Elstree studios in Borehamwood, it was a fairly short car journey for us, and after finding the local spoons and having a drink (non-alcoholic for him), we joined the queue of gamers and within minutes were shown into our seats.

NO PICS WERE ALLOWED!

Dara was a great host, very professional. And despite it dragging at the end had a great time!

Sunday walk

Last week the boy and I took a trip to our local park (despite the drizzle), and had a lovely time. Full of coppices, endless miles of greenery, sometimes a good, old-fashioned walk is what you need to blow the cobwebs away!



outfit;

coat - primark (£18)
joni jeans  - topshop via a charity shop (£5.99)
t-shirt - topshop (£22)

We're off to watch Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit tomorrow evening in Borehamwood, so will post about that later on in the week!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, all :)

We didn't do much for New Year, just stayed in, watched a couple of films. But that's whats so great about being an adult with your own space, you can do more or less what you want!

Now, it was birthday on the 24th (26, ahh), and we went down to Bletchley Park, home of the code breakers. And at £17.25 each it is worth the money as you can go back for free for a whole year!
The site itself is impressive, and for your money you can go inside the infamous mansion, visit several huts where Alan Turing worked, where the wrens worked e.t.c, and a museum block that includes a gallery dedicated to Turing's life - click.



There were several things that weren't quite ready, i.e. the exhibition on the film 'The Imitation Game', but hopefully the next time we visit it will be :)



I was also dressed appropriately, as the following day was Burns Night!

outfit;

dress - www.moddolly.com (£31 in the sale and with a discount)
coat - topshop via ebay (around …