Last Thursday (the day after the gig in the previous post), my husband and I drove to Cambridge as we hadn't been there for two years, and because I wanted to check out the motte-and-bailey that'd been first constructed in 1068 by King William I.
After being crowned on Christmas Day 1066, William returned to Normandy with hostages (who included earl Waltheof of Huntingdon and Edgar Aetheling), but by the end of the year (1067) the English were rebelling at Exeter (refusing fealty, to pay taxes), giving William no other choice but to leave Normandy and return to England. After eighteen days, Exeter yielded and Rougemont Castle was thrown up, garrisoned by Normans, but that wasn't the end of his problems.
After Matilda's coronation in Westminster, there was unrest in the North and William wasted no time in travelling northwards - throwing up motte-and-baileys at Warwick and Nottingham on the way (not the current stone castle) - Click, and was quite successful in his supp…
Two gigs in two years is awesome for me! Usually, the bands I like either don't tour or choose ridiculous venues whereby tickets disappear like gold dust, so I was very happy when a) I found out The Pigeons were touring (see what I did there ;)), and b), that they'd chosen the Electric Ballroom in Camden which isn't too far away.
We started the day in The Imperial War museum, as I've wanted to go there for ages, and it was incredible, especially the Holocaust exhibition and the 'Secret War' section. It was so big we didn't have time to see everything, but we'll definitely return at some point.
After that it was time for some food and drink, and of course it had to be a Spoons (The Ice Wharf in Camden to be precise), and it was lovely - sun, wine, lots of happy people (I almost didn't want to leave!) But of course we had to, and at around 7.15p.m we found ourselves in this awesome, dark nightclub drinking cider and beer - eagerly awaiting The Pigeons…
What else is there to do on a Sunday afternoon other than visit an abandoned, ruined castle?
I've blogged about this castle numerous times (how it was reprised during Edward III's reign in order to keep an eye on the Thames estuary (something that historians now reject), how it could've been a trysting location for him and a certain Miss Perrers, but I never tire of talking about it or of visiting it. Essex is one of those counties that doesn't have many castles (ruinous or not), so it is great when we both find the time (and when the weather is good), to drive down and have a good walk about and explore :)
coat - topshop (£45 about 7 years ago)
bag - topshop (£20 in a sale)
dress - topshop (£16 in a sale) - a recent purchase
We've got a busy week next week as we're seeing The Pigeon Detectives in Camden on Wednesday, vising the Computer History Museum on Thursday, and are seeing Beauty & the Beast on Friday - cannot wait!