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Saffron Walden

Another museum trip was on the cards last week, and as we hadn't been to Saffron Walden for almost three years we decided to pay it another visit. A beautiful, idyllic looking town on north-west borders of Essex (almost in Hertfordshire), it was however a bit of a difficult drive as its not well sign-posted (;-/). But with that aside, we had a good time and visited the castle (which is being restored!), and the museum :)



a copy of the magna carta: 

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A market town since 1141, the castle was built at a similar time (during the anarchy), by the 1st earl of Essex: Geoffrey de Mandeville, who wished to reinforce his power over the borough. Only the ruins remain today, but hopefully not for long :)

1st Wedding Anniversary :D

It was our first wedding anniversary on the November 4th so we celebrated it by going to London. Most people like to go on holiday, away for a few days to escape 'home life', but we're a couple of home birds so a day out seemed like a better idea.

First, we visited the V&A, and it was wonderful. I'd been once, in 2009, but that was just to see a fashion exhibition so I hadn't explored other areas of the museum.

My favourite parts obviously, were the medieval sections which were mainly made up of religious art.



This was the highlight for me. A stained glass window from William of Wykeham's chapel at Winchester college:


We went to Westminster afterwards, to have a look around and visit our favourite Wetherspoons in London (haha). The three glasses of wine I had were lovely!

Clare Castle

Clare Castle, was first constructed in the 11th century by a Norman knight named Richard FitzGilbert. Eventually taking the town name as his family name, the de Clare's owned the castle for many centuries. By 1360 though, it'd gone to the Crown, and unfortunately by the sixteenth century was in disrepair.

The Inner Bailey;


The Motte (behind is the standard of de Clare)


We also had a wander around the country park, and discovered a disused station and railway line :)



It's our first wedding anniversary on friday so we're going to London!

Wind in the Willows (again)

The weather hasn't been good recently, so unfortunately we haven't been out and about as much as we would've liked. We did however, visit our local reservoir the other day and what do you know? - the Wind in the Willows carvings are still there!



Its our first wedding anniversary on the 4th November, so we're planning to visit the Charles Dickens museum in London. And for my birthday in January, we're hoping to visit Dover Castle :)

outfit;
coat - topshop via ebay (£10.60)
t-shirt - cafe press (£17.50)
joni jeans - topshop via a charity shop (£5.99)
bag - topshop (£20 in a sale)

Sutton Hoo

Last week, my husband and I drove up to Woodbridge in Suffolk, to visit the early Anglo-Saxon burial ground that is Sutton Hoo. From our home in Essex its a nice drive, and only took about forty minutes :)As everyone knows, after Rome fell in 410 ad, the British Isles became a dangerous, wild land where the native Britons roamed. Forest covered much of the landscape so it was easy to hide away, perhaps escape the violence that was murder, rape and pillage, and if the Welsh legends are to be believed then it was around this time that King Uther was ruling the land (or some of it - there is a settlement called Pendragon Castle in Cumbria, and this could've been his seat of power). When Uther died, his son: Arthur, ruled England (as a legitimate crowned King, no-one knows), and it was at this time that folk from eastern Europe began to settle in the country - from Saxony, Jutland and Angeln. Now, because a lot of History cannot be proved for certain in these early centuries, I won…

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.


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!.



I'm hoping that on…

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



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 Sai…

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:



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 :)



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

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!


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).

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