Sunday, 21 September 2014

Glasses necessary, but not enough choice.

I've started my new job, as a customer advisor last week, I am in training for the next few weeks before getting onto the floor. My new role requires me to use continually  a computer, this differ from my previous job, when I worked as a health care assistant, where I never used IT.

 Since, I have started the job I've had recurring headaches and eye strain pains. I think because I haven't been wearing my glasses, however, I lost my glasses a few months ago, and I couldn't afford to buy news ones. Now, I know I have permanent and decent paying job, I've booked an appointment for the opticians.

I decided to do a post on Gothic style glasses as there is not much choice for people who alternative tastes . I have very somber tastes and chosen a simple pair of Ralph Lauren frames. Personally, I prefer to buy quality and if I can afford it, I like to buy designer, depending on the item.

These are the Ralph Lauren including lenses are £209, I love these style of frames as a classic and simple, which will surpass any fashions trends.  I love the fleur de lis design a mother pearl reflection with the dots and the RL initials.

Ralph Lauren Glasses, I want 

The are the other options I considered:

These frames are cheaper and including the lenses price they are £79. I am considering buying these as a secondary pair of glasses, as I have a tendency to loose my glasses. Again, I like these because of there simple design and spiral detail on the arms in an interesting feature. 

I considered these frames by Luna & Jill, the cost included frames is £139. I love the shape of the glasses and design on the arms, as it has natural look with all swirls. I hate the baby pink contrast, if it had of been more of dark fushia pink or mid - dark purple, these glasses would look amazing.

The frames are by Erri and cost £159. I like the arms on these glasses as they look very unusual with the connecting metal contrast, I dislike the frames they remind me of Dame Edna Everage and it has the 50' granny style glasses. 

Some gothic glasses I wish were available: 

I love the black pair with the contrasting silver cross running along the full length of the arm with a black shape diamond motif would complement my wardrobe. I imagine if you wore these you get nothing but compliments. The glasses by Nikki 2 frames Loree Rodking on an American opticians.  

These are really cute glasses, there perfect for any lolita, but I chose these because I love the rose motif. Sorry, unable to find where to purchase or name of frames.  

These are beautiful I love these frames with its filigree arms, I adore the delicate  vine detail on the arms giving an ethereal organic quality  and the delicacy of the transparent frame setting adds to the feminine feel .This makes me think of a black full moon lit night and someone lost through a dark enchanted forest.  I love. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the name of these frames and were advertised in 2011. I found these on:  

These have a regal medieval feel with gold touches of the fleur de lis detail. I love the arms and the detail on the glasses, which also make them very fashionable for goths, who are more into more couture side of the fashion. I found these on

I have recently came across a blog, called The Gothic Optician written by a goth who is full licensed optician. She blogs about her life, has a passion for discussing alternative fashion and health issues regarding eyes. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Trip to York

Yorkshire museum 

This was the first place, I visited after stepping off the train in York.  It was only five minutes walk from the train station, and the museum sits in the beautiful museum park. I will talk about some of my favorite exhibitions and include photographs. It cost me £7.50 for entrance to the museum, which I found expensive, until, it was explained I could use the museum pass for over a year.

The Yorkshire Philosophical Society commissioned the museum to be built, and it was opened it in 1830. The purpose was to house their expanding geological and archaeological collections. Williams Wilkins was commissioned to oversee the design and building incorporated Grecian design.

Yorkshire museum entrance. 
The museums collections exhibitions included collections and artifacts from; the Prehistoric, Roman, Viking, medieval, Tudor eras and natural historical display of animals .
Mars of in the foyer 
When I first entered the museum, I was greeted in the foyer by Mars, the God of War. The museum highlighted it, as one of the finest examples Roman artwork found in Britain.  
St. William's shine of York 
While, I was looking around the Tudor section of the museum, this item really caught my eye, and I thought it was very interesting and unusual, I especially, loved the colour of the stone, along with the intricate gothic architectural carvings.

The shrine dedicated to St.Willliam of York; he was twice Archbishop of York, and he was a close relative of King Steven. He died in 1154, after his death people reported miracles happening within the vicinity of his tomb. One point in the Minister there  was a fire, and witnesses declared they could smell a sweet smell coming from St. William's tomb. There were accounts of his body had never decayed or been damaged from the fire. In 1227, he was canonized to at by Pope Honorius III; his saint day is celebrate on the 8th June.

The shine was commissioned in 1472 to replace an preexisting shrine, which stood from 1284, since the removal of his body. It said when King Richard IIV visited York minster, he came to prey at the shine in one the niches.

During the reformation, Henry VIII ordered the destruction of shrines to saints; the shrine was dismantled in 1541, and buried near Precentors Court. In 1928, the shrine was unearthed and rebuilt later.

The vestibule was built as an ante room in the great chapter house in St Mary's.  It was decorated in the French style, using flute spirals and zig -zag decoration. The arch was a spectacular and unexpected site in the museum some parts were amazing condition and had been partially reconstructed to demonstrate what the vestibule would look like. 
The giant head of the  Ichthyosaurus

An artist representation of the Ichthyosaurus
First seeing the fossilized creature I thought it resembled a sea dragon that once lived, but it was  the fossil of an ancient predatory reptile, the  Ichthyosaurus and it lived 190 million years ago. Looking at its head it had huge eyes to potentially hunt in deep seas. According to the museum, it was a 'rare find', and it was found near Whitby in Yorkshire.

St Mary's Abbey 

St Mary's Abbey is one of my favorite parts of York it has a dramatic, ethereal feel with its ruined gothic arches exposed to nature adding to the beauty of the place. It offers a fantastic opportunity for me to take some amazing photographs. 

St Mary's Abbey lies to the left of the Yorkshire Museum. The abbey was built in 1055, the Benedictine order was established in 1088 and the surviving remains are dated from the late 13th century. St Mary's  owned a vast amount of land, which employed numerous of  local people and provided charity to the local people. 

The abbey was shaped in the traditional cross shape and visitor were limited access were only allowed in the naive. Priests performing ceremonies were hidden by screens from the monks and lay people. In the east of the chapel held shrines and altars, monuments to the most prominent saints. The priest performing priests were hidden by screens from the monks and lay people. 
This one of my favorite shots, this was taken
at the entrance of the abbey. 

The chapel contained stained glass and frescoes on the walls, with painted tiles creating a spectacular impression to anyone entering the west doors. The abbey was designed to celebrate God's greatness. 

During the reformation in the 15th century,  commenced by Henry VIII the warming house and navigate house were destroyed. The Main abbey was converted into a palace for Henry and his Wife Catherine Howard. The Abbots palace became headquarters for the Council of the North

Holy Trinity Church 

Whilst, walking along Goodramgate Street, in York, whilst, searching through the local charity shops. I found a hidden gem,  nestled amongst the Jacobean cobbled streets, the Church of the Holy Trinity was hidden from view. I felt transported from the historic streets of York to a quaint Church, which could be mistaken for being in the middle of a quiet village. It had a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere with a completing chorus of bird song. I've visited York on many occasions, yet I never previously visited this place. 

St. Trinity's entrance and tower
There is no date of whence the Church was built, however, the first recorded mentions of the church is in the charter of 1082, despite the record being proven a forgery. Originally, the church was possibly built with thin walls and was a rectangle building. Only remnants from the previous church remaining  are  a Norman chevron decoration, which have been incorporated into the south wall.  In the 1470's - 80's the east part of the chapel altered to accommodate stained glass donated by Revd John Walker in 1470. In the 1495 the tower was erected and incorporated into the building. 

During the Victorian era minor works were carried out, resulting the retaining the church's original  a hysterical state. 

St Crux's hall cafe.

I came across a lovely little cafe, which was reminiscent  of my Gran's homemade tea parties. I was walking along the shambles, and came across St Crux's Churchyard, which were having a small fete. I entered the building it was a small cafe ran by volunteers, where everything was homemade. If you are on a budget, I would highly recommend this cafe as everything was very cheap. 

St Crux's hall was originally built in 1088, it was closed in 1880, as it was considered unsafe, and demolished in 1887, due to insufficient funds . St Crux's hall was built in 1888  using funds from the restoration funds for the church.  Stones from the preexisting church, were used to build the hall, which was completed in 1888.  (Information provided from Cumbrain Churches blog). 

Entrance to the cafe

The volunteers and selection of food on offer. The monuments and memorials were placed in the hall from the original church.

Inside the cafe a fantastic stained window. The 15th century stained glass window, reused from the original parish church

I ordered egg mayo sandwiches, with a small side salad and a small fairy cake with a butter cream filling, everything I ate was delicious.

Photographs from Dean Park of the Minster

York minster tower in Dean's Park
War  memorial in Dean's Park
Photograph of the Dean Park
The sword fighters in Dean Park 

Sword playing in Dean's Park
I was walking around taking pictures of the Minster, whilst debating whether to pay the ten pound Entry fee. I ended up walking through the Dean's Park and taking pictures. I saw two people practicing with rubber swords fighting in the park, at first I  thought they were practicing for a reenactment battle or were actors who were practicing for a play. 

Jed and Mitra showing off some of their fantastic moves with their practice swords, in Dean Park. 

I went up to them and asked what they doing.  They  introduced themselves and told me their names Mitra and Jed, (I have mentioned, these guys were super friendly and amazing). They went on further, to explain they were part of the York Sword Guild, their specific guild was the York Free Fencers established by Payson Muller (Founder of Free fencers) the mainly practiced the Meyer sword style. I found this surprising and interesting that swords guilds were still existed and were thriving. They stated some members of the Guild were sword bearers for  York Minster.                                


They mentioned a second group of sword practitioners in the Hotspur Defense - Chris Halpin -York Guildmaster & Teacher of Hotspur Defense and Simon Halpin - Teacher and Sword Champion of Hotspur Defense. They made reference to Neil Tattersall - Ace Swordman and travelling performer who's heavily involved with the Yorvik festival . I was even more surprised to find out about a Sword Guild in Newcastle orchestrated by Bob Brokes - Newcastle Sword Master.

If your interested in the Sword guilds of York, there is a links to the website; 


I brought a gorgeous hessian  bag with a Celtic design from the Yorkshire museum shop - £3.50

To no avail,  I had no finds from the charity shops. Subsequently, I found a great bargain in Boyds,  which is a Yorkshire based mini department store selling, an array of goods. I found a shinny pair leggings for £7. 

The final item I brought, was a leather Australian cowboy hat, I found in one of the local markets, located in the Duke of York Square.I was debating whether to buy the hat or not, as I had always wanted one. Finally, I brought the hat, and when I tried the it on, I got a lot of complements. 


This was the outfit I wore during my visit to York.

Cardigan - Primark -£10  

Top - charity shop - £2

Skirt - charity shop- £3.50

Biker Boots - Next - £85

Necklace Obsidian - Shop in Ireland- 39 euros

Friday, 12 September 2014

Shopping in Hexham

I have visited a couple of places before I start my new job. On Tuesday, I traveled to Hexham, which is an old medieval market town, located twenty miles from Newcastle. It's a beautiful historic town, with an ancient abbey, historic streets, a Victorian park and a market held on every Tuesday and Saturday. I traveled by train to the Hexham from Newcastle. 

Hexham train station 

Hexham Abbey and Market. 


I went for a charity shopping trip to Hexham; it's a tremendous place for finding high-quality items for bargain prices. I had an eventful shopping trip and brought a few items. I've included photographs of my finds from the charity shops; 

Scope -  a wool jumper made by  Wolsey - £4.50

 Oxfam -  black ruffled mesh blouse by Next - £4.99

Cancer research  black top by Next -£4.00

Cancer research - black silk & viscose velvet skirt by Kew (tags intact)  - £4.00

Save the Children - PVC waist belt - £2 

My Outfit 

I wanted to show you my outfit I wore. I apologize about the following picture it isn't great. 

Karen Millen top - charity shop

Black skirt - made myself 

Black onyx necklace- past time 

Bracelet - Tynemouth flee market 

D&G watch- Watch shop in Malta

Another post about my trip to Bristol

Hi everybody, I just wanted to do another post of my trip to Bristol and share the fantastic sites, I saw. 

The first place I visited was Christmas street and steps, which was an amazing hidden gem. Every shop had a unique and individual frontage; it resembled Diagon Alley, from Harry Potter.  Christmas Street is meant to be one of the oldest streets in Bristol, and during medieval times it was named Queene Street. Originally, the street it used to have steps that were narrow, muddy and a steep street connecting the bridge over Frome to the St Bartholomew's Hospital. The steps  built in 1669, and temporarily named Lansford Stairs, after a Cavalier officer who was killed at the top of stairs, during the English Civil war. 

Christmas Steps. 
Bristol Cathedral was the next place I visited. Any place I visit, I love to see any, cathedrals, abbeys, churches or chapels. I don't know the reason for this, except to see the artwork and craftsmanship human hands built.

Bristol Cathedral, first founded in 1140 AD,  by the first Lord of Berkeley, Robert Fritzharding. In 1142, the cathedral became the seat of power for the Diocese of Bristol and the Bishop.  The cathedral  was built in the Norman style (the Chapter house is the original part of the cathedral), and the abbey was built to house the Augustinian canons. As the cathedral expanded and rebuilt; the cathedral ended up with a mixture of e of  Norman, English Gothic and Victorian Gothic Revival  architecture.     
The Chapter House - Norman Architecture 

Bristol Cathedral
Inside Bristol Cathedral 
Fantastic stained glass window. 
Altar at Bristol Cathedral real                                   
Next on the itinerary was the Bristol Art Gallery and Museum. This building had some spectacular architecture. The museum had exhibitions on Prehistoric creatures, Natural History,  Ancient Egypt, Romans, a range of Victorian Artwork and a selection of ceramics from  Eastern Asia. The building designed in an Edwardian Baroque style with Neoclassical influences, and designed by Sir Charles  Robert Cockerell.   
Atrium of the Bristol Art and Historical  Museum 
In the museum, as I first entered, I saw the magnificent statue of Sekhmet, indicating the entrance to the Ancient Egyptian exhibit. Sehkmet, is one of my favorite deities; in Egyptian mythology she was  seen as the negative aspect of Hathor. In one particular myth, Ra became angry with Mankind for not adhering to his laws, and not maintaining justice. He sent his daughter in the form of a lion, Hathor  to punish  mankind for their insolence. Hathor turned into Sehkmet and went on a frenzy of kios and destruction causing  the Earth to  run with blood.  Ra, regretting his decision, after seeing the consequences of his actions he instructed her to stop, but Sehkmet was in blood lust and refused.  He fooled Sekhmet into drinking blood, which Ra made out of 7, 000 jugs of beer and pomegranate. He put into her path and she satiated on it until she became drunk and slept for three days. Once she aroused from her slumber, her blood thirst receded.  
Statue of Sehkmet 
Beautiful marble of statue 
Another,  beautiful marble of statue

A collection of China, with an unusual display 
After the museum, I  visited Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill.  Any place I visit, I love to go any to tall buildings or tower to take pictures of  the local skyline.  I've included some photographs below, of Bristol's fantastic skyline.

Brandon Hill is considered to be the oldest municipal spaces in Britain, and  the Earl of Gloucester donated the land to the council in 1174. In 1625, the public was granted unrestricted usage of the land. Including; cloth dying, and mhay making hay. During the civil war, the hill was used as a strategic place for battle and defense of the city.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, the park became a popular place for reform groups to meet and hold public meetings. In 1843, the park held a group of 30,000 people to observe the launch of SS Great Briton built  by Brunel. 

William Venn Gough was the architect, who built the Cabot Tower in 1898; It was built in honor of John Cabot's 400th anniversary, celebrating his discovery of America in 1498. The tower is approximately, 105 feet tall, built of red sandstone and Bath cream sandstone. There is a sister tower found in Newfoundland commemorating Cabot's and  Queen Victoria's anniversaries
Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill


Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill

View from the tower

View from the tower

Life Update.

Hi, it's been a very long hiatus, not to say the least. Since my last post, a lot happened in October. I had a death in the family ...