Sunday, March 29

Moving Day!

My Ma and Pa are absolutely fantastic. They are always happy to help us out. This weekend they came up to help us move the greenhouse from our neighbour, Elsie's, garden into ours.

Here it begins, the eucalyptus is dead...long live the greenhouse!

The first stage was taking down a couple of fence panels.

Elsie and Brian, her gardener came out to point and laugh.

The Boy and my Pa started by taking the glass out of the frame.

Here is a picture of Billy, NOT helping...

...and one of my Ma washing the glass.

Sadly, the wind caught some of the glass and smashed it.

Ma and I laid it on the glass for safe keeping.

Mr and Mrs Marmalade Kiss happened to come out into their garden when the last few panels were coming off.

Mr MK was kind enough to come round and help move the frame...up, up and away!

Down into the garden at no 29.

Then back came in the glass.

Thank you very much to Ma, Pa, Elsie, Brian, Marilyn & David (for moving Elsie's lilies), Mr MK and everyone at Evenlode DIY.

Friday, March 27

Dave's Visit


Last year, Dave Witherspoon (who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina) walked the Thames Path, and discovered The Queen's Head.

He's in England again at the moment, and popped into to see us again.

It was great to see him again, and as you can see, Maisie made him very welcome!

Parrot Resurrection

On Saturday Dr Bones invited us over to Osney Island for a little al fresco supper.

When it got dark and cold we retired into NB Bones. My eye fell on a platic parrot. Dr Bones had been given it as a present. In theory you recorded a message, which it would then repeat back in...well parrot fashion. It had never worked, and once our trusty boaters realised that its batteries were dead...

...they decided the 'jump start' it.

"Live my pretty!".

Hurrah for engineers, as they got it working!

Wednesday, March 25

Damn Cats!

Our bathroom, hall and dining room have now been painted and look fab. Apart from Billy and Maisie's little additions!

Remembering Cranmer

I once heard a story that the Martyrs Memorial was put at the end of St Giles in order to annoy Cardinal Newman.

In amongst all the foreign school children, the Prayer Book Society had put some flowers in memory of Thomas Cranmer (I assume because he was burnt on the 21st March).

Gorblimey...it's a Gormley

I was wandering down Broad Street, and what did I see?

Anthony Gormley, looking at me.

Easter Branch Revisited

The May blossom is out in the garden - a branch had fallen, so added the flowers to my Easter decorations.

Robin Bricolage


I've been flat out of late, hence no updates, but I've been snapping away with my phone. Those of you who know Evenlode DIY in Eynsham (aka Robin's Shop), will be glad to see that the empire is expanding!

Thursday, March 19

Mist over Nuffield

On a whim, I got off the bus at the station, rather than George St. this morning. I'm glad I did, as I saw this beautiful sight.

For Virginia


I've been spending FAR TOO MUCH time in London this week, in The Linacre Centre's St John's Wood office. It gave me the chance to collect this double pillar box for Virginia.

Sunday, March 15

Easter Display

As it was such a lovely Spring day today, I decided to put up my Easter tree. The Osterstrauch is a German custom.

Traditionally, you would hang blown egg shells which you had painted. Perhaps I'll have a go at baking some Easter bread - both the German and the Portuguese versions are delicious.

Friday, March 13

Fire!

I was wandering into work in Beaumont Street this morning, in usual pre-nine o'clock haze, when I heard lots of "Oh La La"s from the stall holders in the French market in Gloucester Green.

One lone policeman was trying to hold all the rubberneckers back!

I quickly made my way round the corner...

....into the arms of the hunky firemen. Only to hear a huge boom as the car blew up. All the glass on one side of the noodle bar was shattered!

Careful up there...

I'd wondered why the powers that be at OULS thought that the window cleaning schedule was so important that I had to be warned about it every time I logged in.

Then on Tuesday I had a HUGE shock when this chap appeared - my office is a long way off the ground!

Sunday, March 8

Piggy Window

I noticed this in Swan St this morning. I assume it must be something to do with Comic Relief, as lots of the piggies have red noses on.

Farmoor Sky in March

I was most taken by the sky.

The afternoon was very blowy...

...and the clouds were racing across the sky...

...leaving the odd hole.

Uncle John and Mary's Visit

My Uncle John and 'Almost Aunt' Mary came over for a visit on Thursday. The only other time Mary had been to Oxford, was to have her tonsils out at the JR! She is a very keen choral singer, and was blown away by the current exhibition at the Bod. My Uncle was a physics teacher, so we had a brief mince round the telescope exhibition at The Museum of the History of Science too.

In the afternoon, we went up to Farmoor Reservoir for a rather breezy walk.

Uncle John and Mary are very keen bird watchers - as you can see!

I was more interested in looking at the lichen....

Monday, March 2

Baby Feet

These feet belong to my youngest niece.

Knitted Friend

Those of you who know my Ma, will understand why I bought her this little parrot (amongst other things) for her birthday. He looks very much at home here.