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Life

The reason for not blogging for a few weeks, is because i have done nothing remotely interesting (save for a lot of writing and reading!)



About a month ago, myself and the boy took a trip to Colchester, had lunch and loitered about the shops  - me purchasing a couple of classics from an independent bookshop, and snorting over the prices in Waterstones.
I have asked the boy for The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick for Christmas just so I do not have to buy it for myself... it's just ridiculous.



Anyway, with that aside, we are thoroughly looking forward to our first Christmas together in our flat and are hoping to purchase a tree tomorrow. It will be so strange this year not waking up to my excited siblings; eager for their presents at 5 in the morning, hogging the tv, bickering as they cannot decide what to watch... ah, that I will not miss.

I am planning on writing a post concerning King Edward III as the novel I have just finished writing, is concerned with the battles of Slu…

Hylands Park

Huzzah, finally, myself and the boy made it to Hylands Park this afternoon!

The day did not start out fantastically though. We experienced biblical rain until about lunchtime, then, as I was eating my soup and the boy was munching on chicken pie, it ceased.

The Hylands estate, began life in 1726 where the land was purchased by a Sir John Comyns. The construction was complete by 1730 and was red-brick, not white as we know it to be today.



Sir John, died in 1740 without a surviving male heir, so the estate passed down to his nephew, John Comyns of Romford. In turn, this Sir John left the family home to his son Sir John Richard Comyns in 1760 (too many Johns!)
By 1797, it no longer belonged to the Comyn dynasty and was swiftly purchased by Cornelius Kortwright who employed the famous landscape architect Humphry Repton to redesign the gardens of the house. Kortwright however, moved to Fryerning (Essex), and the property and land was bought by Pierre Cesar Labouchere in 1814. By his death,…