Wednesday, 31 January 2018



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I've been out for a walk today.  It was cold but bright, a day not to be wasted.

So many shadows

and lots of mud!

Fantastic colours

a green velvet carpet

swans looking for food

trees stretching up

a wonderful day


Monday, 29 January 2018

Sun at the Park


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What a glorious day!  The winds, rain and snow predicted for late afternoon hadn't yet arrived as I fished out my camera at the Park by the Shops ready for a jaunt round the grounds.

There are some fantastic well-established trees from the days when the Park was lived in by private owners, all the way from 1760, when retired Bengal Government Official William Watts moved in, to the death of Major Rickman OBE in 1940 and the myriad residents in between.  Since then, the mansion has been home to the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital during the war, the BBC who turned it into studios and Ferranti, before it became an Arts Centre in 1972.

On such a sunny day, it was a treat to be there.

Catkins coming along.

Italian gardens all planted with primulas and bulbs.

The fountain peeking through the trees.

Four swans, only one adult though.

From now on, Spring will be creeping in, transforming the place.


Friday, 26 January 2018



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Last year I introduced you to Artist Jo Grundy who designed my calendar.  Guess what!  I bought another one for 2018.

Here's a little taster of what the calendar promises for this year.

January - look there's a kingfisher maybe I'll spot one this year.

You can even buy cross stitch kits here.  What a wonderful way to pass the time!


Thursday, 25 January 2018

Ashmolean Museum


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Oxford's Ashmolean Museum of art and archaeology was the world's first University Museum built in 1683 and redeveloped and added to even as recently as 2016.  There's so much to see and it's easy to get lost so a map is a good idea if you don't want to miss anything!

Here are a few things that caught my eye.

This display corresponded to Roman coins and shows the faces of 12 Ceasars, their names are under their picture.

In the tapestry gallery,  I thought the detail and colours in this tapestry - A Musical Party - were amazing considering it was made in 17

This is a part of one of four tapestry maps woven in the 1660s for Ralph Sheldon based on Saxton's maps of 1570.  Maybe those of you who are local to me will be able to spot a few familiar towns.

A table containing many different rocks

William De Morgan pottery

The Great bookcase designed by William Burges and painted by Edward Burne-Jones among other Pre-Raphaelite Artists

Prioress's Tale Wardrobe painted by Edward Burne-Jones as a wedding gift for William Morris

A view down the stairs in the new part of the Museum

T. E. Lawrence of Arabia's clothing

Embroidered purse which would hold the Great Seal

Of course there are so many things that I could have photographed and others where photos were not permitted like some of Barbara Hepworth's sculptures and a Stanley Spencer painting of cacti.

This is just a little taster!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Oxford Botanic Gardens


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Let's take a Winter look around Oxford Botanic Gardens to see what's what.

A delightful fluffy yellow witchhazel in full bloom


The Glasshouses were open, lovely and cosy inside, lots of plants to see.



On the river outside, punts were stored under the bridge until a warmer day presented itself.

A  pretty tree!


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Oxford Buildings


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I've been back to Oxford, well, you can't ignore a bright sunny day but as it's still cold, a trip out has to include an inside option, preferably with a cafe, to defrost those frozen fingers.

Here's Oxford Castle from the other side to my other visits.  Flowing next to it is the Castle Mill Stream.  I decided not to cross the Quaking Bridge as the name didn't fill me with confidence but carried on next to the Stream, an offshoot of the River Thames, to the weir and crossed back towards the City Centre on a sturdier bridge.

King Henry I's daughter Matilda was at the Castle during her struggles with King Stephen during the siege in 1142.  It is said that she managed to escape from the Castle by being lowered over the walls into the snow camouflaged in white clothes.

As the sky was as blue as a blue thing, I had to take yet another photo of the Radcliffe Camera, which houses the Radcliffe Science Library.  I find it almost impossible to pass this building without taking a photo.

Here's Magdalen College (pronounced Maudlin) another beautiful College, there are so many.  Here's a link to the Alumni page on their website, where you will see that it was home to T.E. Lawrence of Arabia, Oscar Wilde, Ian Hislop, Dudley Moore and many more.

Here's Christ Church College across the meadows, I visited it on a previous trip, here's a link.

There's a plaque on the wall in the meadow which reveals that James Sadler made the first hot air balloon flight from there in 1784.  He was a pastry chef, chemist, inventor and if you'd like to read more about his adventures, here's a link.

Across the road from Magdalen College is the Botanic Gardens, not my most favourite botanic garden but the door was open, entrance free over Winter, so that's where we'll be off to next.