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Sunday Morning Walk

Awoke this morning to find the temperature had gone down, so i pulled on my jeans, trainers and a t-shirt and quickly persuaded the boy to drive us down to our local reservoir.
I think I blogged about this particular nature reserve/reservoir last year. Its got woodland, bird hides, a cow field and an awesome nature walk.



There was an event going on there today for the kiddies now its the summer hols, but we avoided the bouncy castle etc and took a leisurely stroll through the field (was amass with hay) and followed the nature walk.
Twas very relaxing and is certainly how Sunday mornings should be spent!



Pippa jeans - topshop via ebay (around £7)
t-shirt - h&m via a charity shop (£1.49)
bag - tesco (£13) - as in previous post :D
trainers - forever 21 (around £5)

New Buys

My posts recently, have been related to history (:D), so i thought i'd be nice and show you two of my recent purchases. Both are pale pink and did not break the bank.



The bag is from Tesco (£13) and the shoes are from Topshop (£16). I have been after a new pair of shoes and a bag for ages so it was nice to get them both in the same colour!

I'm afraid it'll be back to sightseeing and history next week as the boy and I are off to London on Tuesday and Ongar in Essex next Friday.

Chelmsford Museum

Woooop, two blog posts in a week, i'm on a role!

My local museum, changes around its exhibits a lot. The last time the boy and I visited, was when the Dukes Nightclub one was running (twas brilliant).
The one we went to see today, was the changing of Chelmsford highstreet from Roman times, to the present day.



It was interesting to see how little the actual layout has changed (from around the Georgian era). The shire hall which was built in 1791, is still here today (although rather dilapidated) and served as the county court until 2012.
The old county gaol is now a hairdressers, the old Inn "The Black Boy" is now a Next and until the late 20th century, it wasn't even pedestrianised!



What I found most interesting, was when King Henry VIII was desperately trying to get an annulment from the Pope from his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, he separated Catherine from their daughter Mary, and apparently Mary spent much of her time in Chelmsford.
Also, a lady named Agnes W…

Colchester Castle

Colchester, as you may know, is Britain's oldest recorded town (Camulodunum to the Romans and Cunobelin to the Celts).
After the Roman occupation (AD 43), it became the capital, but only until the Queen of the Iceni Tribe (Boadicea) rebelled against the forces of the Roman empire. In AD 61, she destroyed the town and soon after that, London became the capital of Britannia.

In regards to Colchester Castle which has recently been through some heavy refurbishment, it opened again to the public in the spring (yay) and as the boy and I woke up to sunshine, we decided to head down to the Norman keep (it opened about 1100).



I first visited the castle as a young child and loved it then, but i think you appreciate History more as an adult because you understand it.



There were a lot of school children hanging around but we still had a great time. You could dress up, try on helmets (my particular favourite was the Norman one ;)) and watch interactive videos of what the castle looked like i…

The Knights Templar and Cressing Temple

The Knights Templar, were a Christian Order and were founded in the 12th Century (1119) by two French Knights during the Crusades. They swore to aid Christian pilgrims that were visiting the Holy Land and received papal recognition in 1129. Obviously after this they grew and were a very popular military order in the 12th and 13th centuries as they swore the usual chastity and poverty... however, they also swore to protect the Holy Land from all infidels.

By the 14th century, however, they were facing problems as the Christians were driven out of Palestine and were expected to continue their war in Cyprus. The Templars, were not happy with this situation as their functions relied on being close to Christ's life, death and resurrection.
In 1307, the grand master of the order traveled to the West to seek support from the papacy and from Christendom after a request was sent by the Pope.

And what was waiting for him.....

King Philip IV of France.

He ordered the arrest of the Templars…