Sandra Dean - BACP Registered member

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Author (Amanda Green), Blogger, Life Writing Workshop coach, BACP Counsellor Dip., Aerial Photographer and Orangutan, Animal and Mental Health campaigner in Essex

My huge range of aerial photos of Essex sights and towns are now ready for purchase

small Hadleigh castle aerial photograph copyright Sandra M Dean

I am now pleased to present my high resolution aerial photo listing for sights, towns and villages in Essex. (as seen in Essex life magazine) Please see the list below in alphabetical order to see which places I have.

Each place has varied photos […]

Animals, farms and zoos in Essex – things to do in Essex

Animals, farms and zoos in Essex – things to do in Essex


Colchester Zoo (full day)

A full day out for all the family, this Zoo is involved in numerous conservation projects and has some great new enclosures.

Tropical Wings (half to full day)

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Castles in Essex – things to do in Essex


Hadleigh Castle Essex in the sun copyright Sandra M Dean

Hadleigh Castle

Castle Lane, Essex, SS7 2PP

Tel: 01223 582700

The remains of this fortress constructed over seven centuries ago overlooks the Essex Marshes, The barbican and two towers still remain today.

I love it up there as it […]

Beefeater restaurant review, Colchester, Essex

We visited this restaurant only because we were attending the X Factor event for Olly Murs nearby, but it was pretty good. I have been to Beefeaters a few times, and this is one of the better ones locally, including the Haywain, as I found the Watermill very average. It’s basic grills and dishes, but […]

Olly Murs & Simon Cowell Homecoming is a success for Essex! With photos!

Olly Murs at Colchester homecoming concert copyright Sandra M Dean

Olly Murs was accompanied by his X Factor mentor Simon Cowell today on his homecoming trip to Essex!

Olly spent nearly the whole day today away from the X Factor house, to take a trip back to Essex […]

Hall Farm Cafe, Restaurant review, Stratford St Mary, Colchester, Essex

Hall Farm in Essex

My brother took me here for breakfast and I am glad he did. It was a sunny day so we sat outside with the views across the fields – very pleasant! It was great for my young nephew, as it is enclosed my fences, so he could run around and […]