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Kensington Palace Visit (or THAT TREE LOOKS LIKE A PENIS AND THE WALLS ARE TALKING!)

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So I went to a palace at the weekend. And it wasn’t as palace-y as you’d expect.

I cropped the picture above, but you can probably still see part of a bright yellow digger in the corner. Kensington Palace is currently undergoing some kind of building work. Not sure how they’re going to make it better- we thought this was the  back, because it is a pretty horrible red brick building.

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Saying that, it is in a nice park, so it’s not all bad. And it has a nice statue of Queen Victoria (made by her daughter, Louise. Check me and my Victorian knowledge.)

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Inside, it’s pretty disappointing. Out of all the historical places I’ve visited in London, it’s the one I enjoyed least (though the company was excellent- my housemate Claire kept me entertained by pointing out phallic trees and books filled with countless job possibilities.)

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Is that not just the best job in the world? Anyway, Kensington Palace was a massive let down because of 3 things.

1. Half the rooms were empty. Pretty rubbish, considering I’d paid £13.20 to get in.

2. The rooms that did have things in them didn’t really explain what the things were. I like to learn!

And 3. There was a ‘hidden door’ in one of the rooms (like in Downton Abbey, natch) and I was very excited to go and find it, but when we got there it had been propped open. I mean, what’s the point of having a hidden door if you’re going to reveal it straight away?

There is no point.

It wasn’t all bad though. We got to see some nice paintings, and I learnt about how Queen Anne had lots of children that died (so sad!) And I saw many penis shaped trees.

So that was my weekend!

(I look scared in the window booth picture because when I sat down the walls started talking to me and it was unexpected.)

Hampton Court Palace- Tudor Times And Chillin’ with Henry VIII

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Hampton Court Palace. OMG.

I think it might be my new favourite place in the world!!

Highlights of the day included getting lost in the maze (even when we tried to find ourselves on Google Maps!)  and seeing a reenactment of the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Everyone was dressed in oldy timey clothes and saying ‘forsooth’ a lot. It was magnificent!

Hampton Court also reminded me of Pemberly- so we had a lot of ‘let us take a turn about the room’ moments. No Mr. Darcy though! 😦

Hope you like my pictures!

Tower of London WHAAAT!

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Anyone who knows me will be aware that the Tower of London is my FAVOURITE PLACE EVERRR! I went today with my brother and bamboozled him with lots of facts. I am the queen of facts about the Tower. It’s really not cool, but I really don’t care!

These were the best pictures of the day- what do you think?

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Walking in Wentworth (and talks of Downton…)

I went on a lovely family walk today around a little village not too far away from where I live called Wentworth. The Wentworth estate was owned by one of the most influential families in Britain up until the mid 20th century. The Fitzwilliam family sold off a lot of their properties in the 1980s, and the biggest house on their estate (and the largest house front in the WHOLE of Great Britain) sadly fell into a state of disrepair.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to be able to see inside Wentworth Woodhouse. It’s such a beautiful building, it used to make me sad that nobody was using it. There are rumours that the house will be turned into a luxury spa and hotel in the near future- I really hope it does, because a house as beautiful as this one deserves to be used and enjoyed!

I’m so lucky to live close by so I can admire it at my leisure. It makes me think of Downton Abbey, grand dinner parties and receptions for monarchs and heads of state. (Kings and Queens were known to visit Wentworth Woodhouse and were entertained in a 365 roomed house. I would definitely have got lost!)

Compared to this, Downton Abbey looks like a shed!

(I really think my little old iPhone did well as a camera for the day. Let me know what you think!)

My Top 5 Historical Hotties

I don’t feel this list needs much explaining: in history, even before male grooming products became popular, some men were just downright attractive. I feel they need some recognition for this, in addition to their notable historical deeds.  Let me know if I missed out your favourite!

(This list has been whittled down from about 15 to 5, so I hope I picked the best ones.)

(Also, they are all men. Sorry to everyone who has eyes for the ladies. You’ll have to get your archaic thrills elsewhere today.)

5. Ernest Hemingway

So the main reason he made my top five is because I thought he looked like Schmidt from ‘New Girl.’ He’s also in uniform in this picture, so that got him extra bonus points.

4. Edward VIII

Not only was he rather handsome, he gave up the throne for Wallis Simpson! Nothing is more attractive than an attractive man picking you over a ginormous pile of money. And jewels. And a crown.

3. Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Broughham and Vaux

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. You the heck is this guy?! I’m afraid even I can’t tell you because his Wikipedia page was long and I got distracted by his face. It’s safe to say he was English though, and had tons of money. Win.

2. Dick Winters

Taking into consideration that Damien Lewis was AH-mazing in ‘Band of Brothers,’ you’ll also be pleased to hear that the real Dick Winters was also a stone cold fox back in his 101st Airborne days. And he was super brave and clever. And modest. Actually, he would have made my number one spot, had it not been for this guy…

1. Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester

I have no photographic evidence to prove just how hot Mr. Dudley was. I like to think he looked something like this:

…but he probably didn’t. Whatever the case, he nearly convinced Queen Elizabeth to marry him, which would have given all her rebellious subjects cause to kick her off the throne. When it became clear he couldn’t marry her, he married another court hotty instead (the illegitimate granddaughter of Henry VIII), incurring the queens wrath.  He did love those Tudors!

He is my ultimate Historical Hotty. And because we can’t ever really know what he looked like, I can picture him as a Joseph Fiennes-esque character. All I’m saying is he must have been super fit to nearly make Elizabeth give up her throne for him. Phoar.

(NOTE: All images sourced from Wikipedia.)

My Very Historical Non Valentines Day

After doing a whole days worth of work locked up in my room, I felt I needed a well deserved rest- and something to cheer me up. Although I don’t believe in Valentines Day, it is a little depressing to see even Google has got in on the fun.

Alas, it was such a dreary day I couldn’t venture outside, and it was way too upsetting to go the gym (alone) on the most romantic night of the year. So after a long, Lush filled bubble bath, I’ve put on some Taylor Swift (totally the non- girliest music I could find, obviously), lit some candles, painted my nails and watched The History Boys.

If you haven’t seen The History Boys, I command you to go out immediately and buy it!- or just go on Netflixs and download it if you’re feeling lazy like me. It is truly amazing, and I am gutted I never got to see the original stage production, which predominantly used the cast of the film.

On the theme of history, I discovered some giggle worthy art today I felt deserved a lot of kudos. After finding Ben Kling randomly, I can safely say I am no longer bitter about Valentines Day. Or at least I’m not as bitter as I was this morning.

This one is my favourite, and I urge everyone, whilst watching your newly acquired History Boys DVD, to go and look at his other art work. It puts a smile on your face 🙂

My non Valentines day outing is tomorrow- I’m thinking I’m going to get myself all dolled up regardless as to whether it’s a proper date or not. Pigging out on ice cream and watching The Muppets should only be done in ones best clothes, after all!

I hope everyone else had a more fitting V-Day. Don’t be disheartened if it includes Ben and Jerrys, a hot water bottle and Dominic Cooper on the TV, though. I’m having a blast!