Category Essex

The Essex Serpent

I spent the majority of my childhood in Essex.  As soon as you mention the name of the county  good old stereotypes pop into peoples’ heads.  They imagine a race of orange tinged boy racers and cosmetically challenged women speaking…

B&B Doll’s House

Local museums can be a cornucopia of curiosities. Part of their attraction is that collections often are so random. The main purpose of my visit to Southend’s Central Museum was to see the treasure trove from the Saxon King’s burial…

The Saxon King

The other side of the road from Priory Park in Southend where I often used to play as a child held a secret. A man was buried there with a stash of goodies, hidden for over a thousand years. If…

Maldon Sea Salt

Given that I was brought up there I reckon that I might just be able count myself an Essex girl. It’s one of the most maligned of places.  But those of us who hale from there are not all orange…

A Different Swim

Have wetsuit will travel! It came with me on our trip back to my parent’s Essex home just in case I fancied more than a paddle in the Thames Estuary. My journey brought me to Thorpe Bay at high tide…

Zoltar

We are in Southend-on-Sea, my childhood town visiting my parents for the first time in over a year. A trip to see Zoltar, the creepy fortune teller out who lives outside an amusement age on the Golden Mile, is a…