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Sunday walk

After days of rain, the south east of England saw some sunshine yesterday so myself and the boy thought we'd go for a lovely walk around Sandford Lock.

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^ coat - topshop via a charity shop (£8.99 - exactly the same as Alexa Chung's)
shoes - tesco (£6)
bag - topshop in the sale (£20)

It was windy and a bit muddy, but it was just nice to get a bit of fresh air. I've been ill this past week or so and have not ventured out much... been spending time editing my latest (albeit shortest) novel
Circling Falcons - it is finished, but it'll no doubt have another edit at some point!

I plan on working on something a little different for my next story - Alice Perrers, royal mistress of King Edward III of England will be my new subject - am really looking forward to it!

My next post will be part two in regards to my favourite monarch.


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