Monday, 29 August 2016

The Last Shadow Puppets

I've been a fan of Mr Alex Turner since I first heard that classic 'I bet you good on the dance floor' aged 15 in 2006, and the rest is history. I own every Monkeys album, even the Submarine soundtrack, and was delighted when Turner formed a side project with Miles Kane in 2007/8. Very different from the Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets are still a unique band who use fantastic harmonies, and Turner again proves his skill as a lyricist.
It's such a pity then, that I've never seen the Monkeys... BUT...

I saw the Puppets earlier on in July! And they were amazing.
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The venue was also amazing (Alexandra Palace, saw Two Door Cinema Club there in 2013), and holds up to 7,000 people! Built in 1873 (rebuilt in 1875 after a fire), it was The Crystal Palace's rival and was named Alexandra after the then Prince Edward's bride 'Alexandra of Denmark'. A place for recreation, education and entertainment, not much has changed then, in truth!.

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I'm hoping that one day that I get to see the Monkeys!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Back for Good

I am back for good this time!

Just last month, myself and my husband moved into our new flat and we're more or less finished unpacking now. Its so much better than our old property and we're both so much happier (which is deserved).

Now, onto days out.
Back in April, we visited Bishop Stortford's motte-and-bailey (also known as Waytemore Castle), which was built not long after William the Conqueror became King. As his reign was quite precarious between 1066-1070ish, he had no choice but to throw up these constructions which were probably no more than hillforts encircled by palisades with a resident garrison - http://www.ecastles.co.uk/stortford.html

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outfit:
coat - topshop via ebay (£19.99)
skirt - topshop via a charity shop (£3.99)
boots - topshop in a sale (£25)

And another construction we visited the other day - Mount Bures, is very similar (the only difference being that it dates from c.1100 and that it was used during the years of anarchy "when Christs and his Saints slept" between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda - probably as a kind of watchtower with a resident garrison.
Funny how not much had changed between 1066-the mid 12th century.

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outfit;
dress - topshop in a sale (£20)
cardigan - topshop in a sale (£20)





Sunday, 10 April 2016

Days Out

Been a mad couple of months so haven't had much time to post! Firstly, I and my husband will be moving to a new flat next month (x-D), been busy with University, and have been writng 1,500-1,900 words most days on my novel about Edward the Martyr and Aethelred the Unready! Its nowhere near finished, but its a very enjoyable process so I kind of don't want it to end!

In regards to days out, we went on our yearly trip to Hadleigh Castle last month:

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outfit:
coat - topshop via a blog sale (£20ish)
cardigan - topshop in a sale (£20)
blouse - topshop via a charity shop (£3.99)


And we went for a long to walk Writtle earlier today :)

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coat (see first pic)
blouse - topshop via ebay (£4.50)
boots - topshop (£46)
skirt - topshop in a sale (£7)

Friday, 29 January 2016

Happy New Year

Finding time to post is a chore now, to be honest. As i work early mornings i'm exhausted when i get back home, and studying, reading and writing take up a great deal of my time.
Anyway, i am going to try and post at least once a month from now on, and this months one will be a catch up.

October: the boy and i visited Framlingham Castle. It was once owned by Roger Bigod: earl of Norfolk, and before that was a Norman motte-and-bailey. From there it had various owners from King John in the 13th Century, to the Howards in the 16th, and unfortunately then fell into disrepair.
Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Framlingham_Castle.

The wall walk around the castle is spectacular, and the grounds likewise are awesome. I'd definitely return!
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outfit:
cardigan - topshop (via a charity shop) - £5.99
t-shirt - ebay - £9.99
skirt - topshop (via a charity shop) - £5.49
shoes - primark - £12 (these since have been binned!)


November: got married and went to London (previous post).

December: we spent New Years Eve in one of our favourite towns: Colchester :)

December and January: had a walk around Pleshey, and our local common. We both love a good walk.
Pleshey: Image and video hosting by TinyPic

outfit: dress - topshop - £36
coat - topshop (old) - £45
wellies - primark - £12

Local common: Image and video hosting by TinyPic

outfit - skirt (as per first outfit pic)
coat - topshop (via a charity shop) - £8.95


January 24th. I turned 25, hurrah. We had a meal out, and as the weather was quite bad we didn't do much else.
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We've got a few castle trips planned for Feb so looking forward to them! I also need to go back to Maldon as will be writing about the battle of Maldon for my novel!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Back

I've been awol for a while, but thats because i've been very busy! To start with, I found out I passed my first year of History (with the OU), in October, then the boy and I tied the knot in November! We had a very quiet ceremony as both of us hate being the centre of attention (haha). Twas good though. We went out for a meal afterwards, then on the following day we went to the Tower of London (I was desperate to go to the Agincourt exhibition which was being held in the White Tower). However I didn't learn anything new... so was a tad disappointed. I'd recommend going if your knowledge of the Hundred Years War is poor.

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We dashed off to Forbidden Planet and the pub afterwards, and as it was raining, we didn't do everything we would've liked. But no matter. I just wish the prices of darned tickets wouldn't keep going up! Makes going to London so expensive.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Childhood

Maldon and Lake Meadows (in Billericay), were places I visited often as a child.

Back in July (when the weather was wonderful), myself and the boy had a picnic in Maldon, strolled along the highstreet, and generally had a nice relax.

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Now, the last picture, is of Ealdorman Byrthnoth of Essex (led the English against the Vikings at the battle of Maldon) - I had never noticed this statue before, so was very happy when we stumbled across it! I think on past visits we've been more interested in their two museums and the lovely highstreet!

Like Maldon, we managed to visit Lake Meadows when it was sunny.

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Lake Meadows is a huge park, with a lake plonked in the middle of it (duh - haha), and as the boy had never been there before I thought it would make a nice walk. Its also good to reminisce :)

Outfit:

t-shirt - topshop (£8 in the sale)
skirt - topshop (£20 - bought last week)
jacket - topshop (£5ish via a charity shop)

I also have new wine-red primark shoes on but you can't see them in the pictures!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Hever Castle

Back in July myself and the boy drove down to Kent to Anne Boleyn's childhood home. The castle/stately home first came to my attentions whilst watching The Tudors back in 2009, and since then i've always wanted to go.

The grounds are beautiful, and the gardens are very Roman-esque - very peaceful. I can understand why this site receives hundreds of visitors everyday!

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The estate began life as a country house, built by the "Bullen" (Boleyn) family in the late 13th century, and wasn't converted into a manor house till around 1462.
Thomas Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's father, eventually inherited the manor, and it is possible that Anne was actually born there (her birth date remains unknown).
Upon Thomas's death in 1539 (Anne was already dead by then - 19th May 1536), the estate fell into Henry VIII's hands and he bestowed it upon Anne of Cleves after their marriage was declared null and void.
What a pleasant fellow.

Click to find out more

Photography was not permitted inside the manor itself, but I managed to get a couple of pictures of the gatehouse.

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All in all a good, interesting trip out, and I would definitely recommend a visit.

Outfit:

blouse - topshop via ebay (can't recall the price!)
skirt - topshop (£20, 5 years ago)
cardigan - topshop (£38, 3 years ago)