When I started searching for a flat all I asked for was a sign that I would be picking out the right place. Clad only in my Captain America pjs I called an Agent hoping for the best, expecting the worse. Five minutes later I paid for and secured my flat. I went back over the e-mail and realized that I had received my sign.
What was my sign you ask?
Agent Coulson rented me my flat.
On July 2nd Abby from Stay-ing Alive came over to roll my hair for a party at Christina Campbell’s Tavern at Colonial Williamsburg. I endured a night of sleeping in rollers and looking slightly wonky while wearing an 18th century cap during work the next day. ( #ColonialWilliamsburgProblems ).
Once work was done I went to Abby’s house where I was assited by her fiancee in ratting my hair for an entire hour and a half.
I present to you, The 1790’s Hedgehog hairstyle!
A huge thank you to Abby for loaning me her absolutely fantastic 1790s gown for the evening!
It only took me nearly two hours, 9 washes, an entire bottle of conditioner, and scissors to cut a half inch off the ends for my hair to go back to normal.
Please excuse me while I go quietly FREAK out over this movie in the corner.
I don’t know where to begin?
The costumes! Charlize Theron! THE EVIL QUEEN’S COSTUMES!
Thor Chris Hemsworth!!! The COSTUMES!!!
I watched the trailer and if you ignore the fact that it’s basically Alice in Wonderland in a different setting (only this time it’s with a really
hot evil Queen) and that Kristen Stewart can’t act to save her life it’s going to be bloody brilliant.
Here is what is on tomorrow’s agenda: Trace the London Wall. It’s too far to go to Hadrians Wall up North so why not explore my own backyard?
(check out the second photo! It’s inside the the Merrill Lynch Building on Newgate Street!)
Incase you want to ever visit the old city here are the directions we are going by: “Spanning 2.8km, the wall takes between one hour and two to walk depending on how side-tracked you’re inclined to get along the way. Starting at Trinity Place next to Tower Hill Station, you can trace the route of the wall along Cooper’s Row, then follow Fenchurch Street to America Square, Vine Street, Jewry Street, Aldgate, Duke’s Place, Bevis Marks, Camomile Street, London Wall, St. Alphage Gardens and Cripplegate, inside the Barbican. You then turn south once you get to The Museum of London and follow Noble Street, cut across to The Old Bailey, then Pilgrim Street, Pageantmaster Court till you hit the water. A lot of the wall has now disappeared but the best sections visible to the public are at Trinity Place, Coopers Row, ‘All Hallows on the Wall’ Church on London Wall, St. Alphage Gardens, the gardens along the east side of the Museum of London and Noble Street.”
After dinner I went to check of Saint Mary’s Cathedral with my dad. After looking at the architecture I announced that I thought it was built somewhere in the end of the 13th and during the 14th century but there was some definite 15th century architecture in there.
My dad didn’t think so but since I pride myself on history I pointed out all the awesome features :D
According to the internet I rock :
“St. Mary’s is by a long way the largest church in the county (saving, of course, St. Alban’s Cathedral). It is also one of the oldest churches in the entire country. A Benedictine Monastery was founded here in 792 AD by King Offa (he of Dike fame). This church was destroyed by fire in 910 and the Monks moved to St. Albans Abbey.
However, the church in Hitchin was rebuilt only to be partly destroyed by the “Great Wind” of 1115 and then almost entirely taken down by an earthquake in 1298.
Work began immediately on rebuilding the church and most of what can be seen today was built between 1300 and 1450. An underground tunnel linked the church with Hitchin Priory across the other end of town and the basements of the shop properties in Churchyard and Sun Street contain remains of this tunnel – one of the few instances of these tunnels being authenticated.
This new church was dedicated to St. Andrew, but became St. Mary’s in the late 15th Century due to the influence of the Guild of Our Lady which was very powerful in Hitchin.
Sadly most of the stained glass fell victim to wind, fire and Henry VIII. Cromwell’s men used part of the church as a prison during the Civil Wars, but Hitchin was obviously a Royal town as there is a sundial on the tower above the door which was placed there to mark the Restoration of Charles II in 1660.
Things to look out for around the church are any heart-shaped things which were placed there when James Herte was vicar and also the Thompson mouse carved on the altar rail – the trademark of Robert Thompson the famous “Mouseman of Kilburn” – a master carpenter from the 19th Century. “
The market place was lovely. The black and white Tudor buildings are stunning and I never tire of looking at their warped roofs. Sadly I forgot my camera and it was nightime so my own cellphone photos are rather creepy (especially since I lost interest in the Cathedraland generally spazzed about the cemetery.) so I found a good photo of the Cathedral in the daylight. I plan on coming back in about three weeks and looking at St. Albans so hopefully I can stop by St. Mary’s Cathedral again and look at the inside.