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A Little Life Update

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

I really think it is about time I update everyone on what is going on in the world of Becky, a lot has happened in the past few months and I've been really focusing on the house. 

This post may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I also feel it's for my own benefit. Something that I can look back on and, hopefully, smile on because I know it was just a blip in my life. 

Becoming Unemployed
It is probably best to cover the most biggest change, first.  Back in August my contract with my employer came to an end. Not one I was wanting to happen in all honesty as I had grown to love the company and also the people I was working with.  However, I tried and failed at gaining a permanent contract with them and since then, I have applied to at least twelve jobs and attended 5 interviews. Unfortunately I have not been successful and as a last resort to start paying the bills, I have picked up full time work at a local pub.
At this present time, I have just had word that I have been successful at an interview and have been invited to attend a second interview. Maybe things may change soon... but let's not jinx anything just yet. 

Moving In
So this one is of no surprise, especially if you've read my previous posts about this.  If not, you can catch up here.
I've still got a few things to do in terms of work on the house but I will get there eventually.

A New Hobby
This is something that I've been thinking of for a while now and just going to put it out there. 
Back at the Woodland Trust I became known around the office for writing out chalk board signs, mainly for the events that I organised. Therefore my thinking is that if anyone would like a chalk board for their wedding, Christening or party where you need a seating plan or a small board with a message on, then please do let me know and I can do this for you.  The cost will defer depending on the size, but just drop me a line and we can discuss.
Just give me plenty of notice ;)

So really not a lot has happened and like I promised I'm slowly getting back into writing. 
What have you guys been up to? 
Contact me if you would like to chat about any chalk board signs :)

Becky Types

My Little Cottage; I've Moved In!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Well, I've been in my house for over two weeks now and thought it was about time I shared some photos for you lot to be nosey with, because who doesn't want to be nosey in someones house, right?

If you are not aware, I jumped on the property ladder and brought my first cottage back in November. You can read all about the property here.

Just in case you don't want to click on a link here's a quick catch up; a 18th Century cottage which needed a lot, and I mean A LOT of work doing to it. It was one of those houses where you think it would be a 'simple' job of painting and then you find out that the cottage needs new plaster or that because you have a large kitchen space a simple kitchen will fit in, when in reality you need to get a hand built kitchen because it has silly walls that are not straight.
Anyway, enough moaning, here are the photos.

I think the best thing about the whole renovations is just how much money I saved on. I found some lovely places and used Ebay, WAY too much!
So if you want me to focus on each room and explain where I got certain items of furniture, let me know.

Would love to know what you guys think of the overall renovations.

Becky Types

National Trust; Tattershall Castle

Monday, September 18, 2017

Back in August, Andy and I visited Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire. Despite living within an hour from this historical place and driving through the village a few times, I had never stopped until now.

Built in the 15th Century by Lord Cromwell, Tattershall Castle is one of three castles to be built in red brick, as traditionally castles are built in stone or timber, so this is quite a unique building to say the least.  In 1910 the castle was bought by an American who demanded for all the fireplaces and treasures to be ripped out, packed and shipped to the USA. Thankful, Lord Curzon of Kedleston stepped in and stopped the sale in the knick of time and managed to save the fireplaces.  The castle was then left to the National Trust in 1925.

The design of the castle is very simplistic, but just be warned of the 142 steps to the top! Don't worry there are stops every so often for you to catch your breath on and the views at the top are worth it.

When comparing it to other National Trust properties, Tattershall Castle is very empty. There are no elegantly dressed rooms, equipped with highly polished tables. At first I found this very odd, but after a while you soon realise that back in the 15th Century they wouldn't of had a great deal and majority of the furniture would of been lost in the sale of the building.  However, it would be great to have basic furniture to show the visitors what would of been there back in the day.

The next best thing at all NT properties is the coffee shop with their lovely scones, however at Tattershall this isn't the case but the gift shop does sell drinks (hot and cold) and it was lovely to enjoy a cuppa while sat outside on the deck chairs looking on to the tower.  However, if you do fancy something more substantial, the Holy Trinity Church which is adjacent to the castle sell tea and cake until 4pm most days.

Overall, Tattershall is a place I will probably return to if they have an event on, they have a Christmas  market in November and hold the big Easter Egg Hunt with Cadburys in the Spring, other than that I would imagine you would spend no more than an hour here. They have a kids activity where they must follow the signs within the grounds to learn about the Castle past.

Have you visited Tattershall Castle, what did you think? If not, you can find more information on the National Trust website here.

Becky Types

Woodland Trust & National Trust; Who are they?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Since working at the Woodland Trust I have started to love the outdoors again and become quite passionate about getting the younger generation more engaged with what we have left with regards to the woodland coverage. But most importantly get them outdoors, exploring and playing rather than being stuck inside all day.
If that wasn't enough, I also have a huge passion for the National Trust and thank my parents for this. School holidays would be spent in a caravan, visiting the nearest National Trust house, from dressing up in period costumes at Fountains Abbey to finding Jemima Puddleduck's egg at Beatrix Potter's home in the Lake District.

Fabulous fashion choice. My brother is going to kill me! Haha
It has always been a dream, and now a drive, to visit as many National Trust and Woodland Trust sites and events to help spread the word of what these two charities do to protect what we have left.  From tree planting with the Woodland Trust in Hertfordshire, to visiting one of my favourite buildings, Lacock Abbey (so far). I hope that I will give you an insight on what they do best and how you can get involved.  But first, an introduction.

Woodland Trust
In 1972, Kenneth Watkins and a group of friends where getting increasingly worried with what was happening with native woodland that was very sparsely covering the UK and rapidly decreasing.  Fast forward many years and we have the UK's only and largest charity in the conservation of trees. The vision of theirs is to increase the woodland coverage by planting more trees, 64 million to be exact by 2025. Achievable, we hope so! At the moment the UK is covered by 13% of native woodland, this is pretty low when you compare this to the 37% which is the average in Europe!
With over 1000 sites across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland you are never too far from a woodland and I hope to visit and share some of these with you along with some big news that we have. Take a look on their website to find your local woodland! The charity also put on events, which I will hopefully be attending as not only as a supporter but as an Events officer as I actually work for the trust.

Membership with the charity means that you can pay as little as £3 per month to help the charity, protect, restore and create new woodland for future generations.

Tring Park, Hertfordshire
(Photo Credit: Becky Brown) 

Tring Park, Hertfordshire
(Photo Credit: Becky Brown)

Tree Planting at Heartwood Forest
(Photo Credit: Judith Parry)
National Trust
Slightly different to the Woodland Trust, the National Trust was founded in 1895 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwick Rawnsley. It is now the UK's largest charity for preserving historic properties and countryside.  Fast forward 120 years and the National Trust own over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments gardens and parks and nature reserves.

From Knole Hall to Woolsthorpe Manor (Isaac Newton's house) all these properties have been preserved for many years, all down to their members.  Just like the Woodland Trust you can sign up and support the National Trust with £5.25 a month.

(Photo Credit: Becky Brown)
Hopefully I have been able to give you a quick and clear insight of the two charities, but don't forget to visit their websites for more information (links on the individual titles).
Don't worry, I won't share too much information as this may ruin your visit as well to the numerous sites.

**I would like to lastly mention that I have not been endorsed to write these posts, I have done this on my own back and personally believe in what the two trusts are doing.**

Becky Types

My Little Cottage; An Introduction

Thursday, January 05, 2017

I think it's about time I introduce to you my little cottage situated in a small, quiet village in Lincolnshire. 
I've been brought up in old houses, my favourite being an old carpenters cottage which use to have coffins made in the living room many years ago, so it is no surprise that I managed to bag myself a 220 year old, Grade II listed cottage.

So without further ado, here is my first home;

The front of the cottage

Back of the cottage

I can promise you now that it definitely does not look like that right now!
Built in 1796 this gorgeous stone built cottage is a one-up, one-down and needs a few alterations... including a new roof and a few sash windows replacing.  It use to be a warden's cottage as there was a prison in the village. I'm thinking of naming the cottage, 'Warden's Cottage' or 'Keeper's Cottage'. Would love to hear your thoughts!

It comes with a lovely log burner, views at the back that you would expect in The Holiday film but the added bonus is that it has an outbuilding at the back which includes an original range cooker. I don't think I'll be using it but it will look lovely all cleaned and potentially fixed.


The range inside the outbuilding


Living Space


Front Patio

I can just about see this room as an office or a spare guest room, especially when it has a shower, toilet and sink already installed, so we shall see.
Upon entering the house you walk straight into the open plan kitchen and living room, incredibly small but I'm hoping it will be cosy when it's winter. 
Upstairs you can find the bedroom and the bathroom leads off from there.
As I spend more time up there, you find tiny engravings and features that I like to think were there many years ago.
Little 'A' engraving

So there you go, insight to my very expensive purchase (so far) as work progresses I'll let you be even more nosey....
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