Wednesday, August 11, 2010

England Top Five

We're home!

Got here Monday night, which meant yesterday was all about groceries and laundry. I was very happy to be reunited with my kitty-child, who seemed pleased to see us, but thankfully not in a desperate "WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME" sort of way. (I think he had a good time with our housesitter.)

Overall I really enjoyed our time in Oxford, but It's so wonderful to be in my own home, sleeping in my own bed, drinking my own tea, etc. And gee, I don't miss those drunk students yelling outside my window AT ALL. No siree. (They were lovely people, but unfortunately their voices really echoed around the quad.)

Over the summer I posted many links to photo sets, most of which included so many scenes of wooded paths and Norman churches that they probably all started to look alike after a while. Someday I'll learn to take more photos with actual people in them! Sorry about that.

And yet, I can't leave the photo thing alone. I still want to share! Can I, please? Don't worry -- to spare you the frustation of sifting through all my shots of paths and churches, I've chosen five of my favorite photos from the summer.

tea
Our first English tea of the summer, and probably the best. When in Bath, we had a "Wimbledon Tea" at the Pump Room, which included the usual sandwiches and scones, but started with a cocktail and ended with strawberries and cream instead of sugary pastries and sweets. Can you tell I am very excited to get started on this?

london
Our week in London was hot and sticky, but fortunately it cooled down at night. We stayed in a hotel on the south bank of the Thames, and I loved the view from that side. Here's St. Paul's Cathedral, taken from the Globe Theatre courtyard.

dartmoor
A view of the moor near Easdon Tor in Dartmoor. This was such a great day of hiking (15 miles in all) and I love this photo of tiny Sonia against the vastness of the moor, trying to stay upright in the powerful wind.

cotswolds
Steve taking a breather somewhere near Broad Campden in the Cotswolds. My favorite photo of him from this trip!

magdalen
Magdalen College is, in my opinion, the most beautiful college in Oxford. I admit I was very pleased with how this photo of the New Building turned out. In the center you'll see the three windows with flowerboxes underneath. Those were C.S. Lewis' rooms when he was a fellow at Magdalen.

And, just for kicks . . .

sheep
This Dartmoor sheep seemed quite keen to have a conversation with me. I thought she might be saying "How are you, dearie?" or something sweet and old ladyish like that, but later that evening, when I'd just finished my portion of lamb for supper, I realized that she must have been saying "Please don't eat my baby!"

Since then, I've really been considering going vegetarian. (If only chicken, turkey, and fish didn't count as meat! Argh.)

If you'd like to see more, here's the entire Oxford 2010 Flickr Collection.

Also, I just added a small set of photos related to Dorothy Sayers -- you'll find them here.

And now, I'm moving on with all the work I ignored this summer . . .

[Cross-posted from Livejournal]

5 comments:

  1. What a cute sheep! Oh and of course the rest of England looks wonderful :)

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  2. Love these pictures! Did you run into Heathcliff while hiking across the moor?

    Off to see your DS pics. Did I tell you I tried to find the PW mysteries you recommended? My Louisiana library only had one, so I thought I'd wait until I moved. Hopefully I'll find them here.

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  3. Okay, I'm back. Beautiful and very inspiring. Where you in London doing a writing program????? How amazing. I want details.

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  4. Caroline -- my husband taught in an American law program in Oxford for the summer. And we'll be doing it every summer from now on because he's taking over as director! I wish I'd run into Heathcliff, but it would have been the wrong moor. We were in the southwest rather than Yorkshire (which I also LOVE). Let me know if you have trouble finding the PW books. I have extra copies!

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  5. Oh, and thanks Cari!

    Gosh, the one thing I don't like about blogspot is that I can't respond directly to comments.

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