Day trips with my family are the highlight of Summer. It's a nice time to catch up and create memories, which we look back on fondly. We
initially intended to visit Lincoln on the sunny Sunday. We set out at 2.30 after lunch and everyone was finally good to go (I can't help but think of the
Friends episode where no-one is ready!) Half-way through our journey, we realised that we weren't going to make it in time to enter the castle there.
Slight detour - time to get on our phones to see what nearby attraction we could visit. Newark became our new port of call.
Driving past the English countryside feels like looking out at a continuously-changing painting; shades of green on an abstract canvas. The charming
stoops, mint doors and rustic charm of Newark invited us in. When I look back at the photos of things that caught my eye at the time, I think about
how it would look if it was considered by itself. It definitely works completely as one image, yet more so, of course, in context, For example, here's a
a picture of a draped leafy mound. Then this scene springs to mind and it makes sense. 'That IS a nice boulder'.
On our journey, a field glided past us with some beautiful horses appreciating the good life. We just had to make a quick pit stop to
say hello! Their charming selves sauntered over, where a mid-carrot snack captured a cheeky-tongue. They're such friendly animals, where we also
met lovely horses on a visit to Elvaston in Derby (which also has a famed castle and gardens). It's safe to say you're easily enamoured.
Newarke castle's dramatic structure swept across the landscape, casting shadows on the grassy land. The Midlands is home to a few castles.
Whenever I see such architecture, I wonder what it would have been like to explore the building when it stood in its full glory. Vanilla ice-cream at
hand, we made our way around the grand ruins. It was a quiet and mellow day, with many people enjoying being by the dockside.
Walking around brought us to a surrounding moat and a view of the west tower curtain wall. According to the information point, the 1300's was when
the expansive riverside wall was built. Transport by river was widely used in medieval times, where supplies would have delivered by the watergate.
The water also protected the large face of the building from attack. Many a medieval film seen sprung to mind - think Robin Hood and the Prince of
Thieves and First Knight, as well as a throwback to English classes and reading about Macbeth's antics.
Two types of stone were used for the construction, to give a multi-coloured effect. King Edward I made this tonal-stone aesthetic popular, where it
was also used for the castle at Caernarfon (A quick google search has surprised me in the sheer scale of this castle in Wales- definitely looks like
one to visit!) Blending into the hidden alcoves, they also provided a brief respite from the sun.
The fortress once belonged to King John in 1216, and it was here that he met his demise after consuming an infamous ''surfeit of peaches''. Although I
believe in moderation of everything, if you were going to leave this earth, it may as well be doing something you love. The Bishop Rotheram
eventually came to occupy the castle in 1470 and had two statement bay windows erected next to the north-west tower. It provided light at the end
of the dining hall, where it must have been quite the view at lunchtime. What a way to survey the idyllic landscape and kingdom.
We didn't get there in time to make the river trip, yet it was peaceful watching all the boats carefreely glide by. Classic aviators are my usual go-to in
the summertime. I've been on the look out for some cat-eye sunglasses to add a fun touch to an outfit, yet which are still relatively versatile. This
tortoiseshell design and this statement number catch my eye. We took a moment on the dockside to watch the sun glinting on the surface. Relaxed
Sundays at their best.
I'm a fan of nautical stripes, where my wardrobe contains a host of striped tees; navy and white being a classic favourite. Audrey Tatou in 'Coco
Before Chanel' channels that relaxed chic look effortlessly, with a bold Breton t-shirt. They're great for mix and matching, with the designs here and
here perfect for dressing up. A pop of yellow also adds eye-catching detail. The trousers here and here are a breezy spin on the stripes theme.
Who doesn't love a little photobomb? My sister Hinisha making her debut on the blog, who is also an artist, as well as a Kiehl's skincare expert.
Looking after your skin is especially important in the sunshine, where I'm rarely seen without a wide brimmed hat to stay protected. I'm a fan of the
sequinned text element of this one, with similar designs here and here, More suncare in a future post! Until then, I'll be here relishing the
sunrays and hope you're enjoying it too.