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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!
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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).

December: we spent New Years Eve in one of our favourite towns: Colchester :)

December and January: had a walk around Pleshey, and our local common. We both love a good walk.
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outfit: dress - topshop - £36
coat - topshop (old) - £45
wellies - primark - £12

Local common: Image and video hosting by TinyPic

outfit - skirt (as per first outfit pic)
coat - topshop (via a charity shop) - £8.95


January 24th. I turned 25, hurrah. We had a meal out, and as the weather was quite bad we didn't do much else.
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We've got a few castle trips planned for Feb so looking forward to them! I also need to go back to Maldon as will be writing about the battle of Maldon for my novel!

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