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 aerial photograph of Hadleigh Castle, Essex, is on the front cover of Essex Life Magazine this month – September issue

Aerial photo of Hadleigh Castle on front cover of September 2013 issue of Essex Life magazine by Sandra M Dean

This aerial photograph of Hadleigh Castle in Essex is one of my top ten favourite aerial photos I have taken thus far.

Although there are only ruins left, the hilltop area has some great […]

Maison Noir tea rooms Hadleigh, Essex review

Maison Noir in Hadleigh, Essex – I have visited this tearoom many times and my mum and dad are regulars. We’ve enjoyed the outside garden in the summer and inside tearoom on colder days – sandwiches, soups, tea, coffee and cakes. All very enjoyable. But, I never feel like we can properly relax as I […]

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 […]

Village Indya Indian Restaurant review, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex

This restaurant has taken over the premises of the Viceroy, which I enjoyed many times. I have now been to this new restaurant and I was quite disappointed that they took the glass embossed dividers away, as it makes the area more open and square without the booth effect. However, the service was very nice; […]

Masa Indian Restaurant review, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex

Masa indian restaurant exterior

We have now been to the Masa restaurant 3 times. The first time, over a year ago, we were not impressed, but we did return to give it another try, and it was lovely.

The Masa Indian Restaurant is called fine Indian Dining, and it is. The menu has all […]

The Castle Pub, restaurant review, Hadleigh, Essex

the castle steak and chips

The Castle in Hadleigh, Essex is a great pub to go to on a budget, as the prices are so good.

The large conservatory area is the main place to eat, which is nice […]