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The Capital

We didn't really have a plan for our day out in the impregnable capital, we should shoved on our shoes, pulled on some clothes and sped down to the train station.
After grabbing lunch at Pret, we went down the infamous Outnumbered haunt (Aslan at Trafalgar Square) and into the National Gallery where we both agreed that King Charles I's mount was indeed obese and that Rubens was indeed a fantastic artist.




After baring a sweet farewell to such talent, we strolled a little further along and paid the banqueting house a visit. What was once a grand palace, is now merely that of a single stone building, its presence not doing its commissioner Henry VIII justice. After a fire in 1698, it was not rebuilt so we had to use our imaginations as to what the impressive palace looked like.
As Charles I was a grand lover of the arts, he asked Rubens to honour his father James I and of his Divine right to rule by producing series of paintings as to which resulted in gracing the ridiculously hi…

Saffron Walden & Walden Castle

This weekend has been dedicated to my boy (its his birthday today!) so we had made plans to go to London... unfortunately the weather has not played ball, so yesterday, instead of catapulting into the capital, we traipsed around our local shops, met a couple of friends for drinks and watched Family Guy.

Today however, we awoke to a blue and cloudless sky so (quickly waving goodbye to our hangovers) we decided to have another museum trip. As Essex is home to a few ruined castles, we thought it best to abandon London (too expensive anyway) and drive up to the lovely town of Saffron Walden in north-west Essex. I had never been before so obviously was very excited to encounter the Norman motte and bailey ruins.
We went to the museum first and at only £1.50, it was well worth it, my favourite part being the authentic Tudor bed.



I don't think i've seen an authentic Tudor bed before... obviously there are "mock" beds scattered around, but never a real one... had quite a pri…

Hadleigh Castle

The trip to one of Edward III's residences was one of my bright ideas. After weeks of constant rain, myself and the boy awoke to a dry day (blue skys, not a cloud for miles) so it seemed like a very good plan to jump in the car and drive down to Hadleigh on the South-east coast (whilst munching on lunch).




This was where Edward resided during the 1360s as he wanted a castle close to the capital.



Even though it is in ruins, it is easy to tell how magnificant it would have been; we even found the remains of what we think was a fireplace!



Of course, we both put on a Cornish accent and pretended to be Phil Harding on Time Team, but in all seriousness we had a fantastic trip.... despite the brutal wind (it almost blew me straight into the mud!). And yes, of course I wore the wrong attire!



and it was frightfully muddy!



we also think this is a Norman motte



possibly been watching too much time team??? ;)

outfit details;

tartan coat - topshop via ebay (£14)
kilt - topshop in the sale (£15)