Wednesday, April 3

Oxford - Holywell Cemetery

I made the most of the sunshine on Monday, and ate my lunch in Holywell Cemetery. It's a lovely haven of peace and birdsong. Some notable people are buried here, if that's your kind of thing.

It's been managed as an urban nature reserve since the early 1980s. Well worth spending time in.

Tuesday, March 26

West Oxfordshire - Spring is here!

The weather at the weekend was glorious, and I took the opportunity to re-pot my fuchsias which had been overwintering in my greenhouse (well green tent). I only lost one fuchsia and a begonia, which really isn't bad.

After all the hard work I had a recline in my recliner. It was hard to concentrate on my book, when I could look up at the pear blossom, and clear blue sky. The Junior Cat (Marshal Ney) had a lovely bask. Hurrah for a south facing garden!

Thursday, March 21

Oxford - University Parks

I took a slight detour on the way to work yesterday through the Oxford University Parks. Spring has sprung! The sticky buds are unfurling...

...I've no idea what there are, but they looked lovely.

It reminded me of the wonderful song by Tom Lehrer, Poisoning the Pigeons in the Park...

Spring is here, spring is here
Life is skittles and life is beer
I think the loveliest time of the year
Is the spring, I do, don't you? Course you do
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me
And makes every Sunday a treat for me
All the world seems in tune on a spring afternoon
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park
Every Sunday you'll see my sweetheart and me
As we poison the pigeons in the park
When they see us coming
The birdies all try and hide
But they still go for peanuts
When coated with cyanide
The sun's shining bright
Everything seems all right
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park
We've gained notoriety
And caused much anxiety
In the Audobon Society
With our games
They call it impiety
And lack of propriety
And quite a variety of unpleasant names
But it's not against any religion
To want to dispose of a pigeon
So if Sunday you're free
Why don't you come with me
And we'll poison the pigeons in the park
And maybe we'll do in a squirrel or two
While we're poisoning pigeons in the park
We'll murder them amid laughter and merriment
Except for the few we take home to experiment
My pulse will be quickenin'
With each drop of strychnine
We feed to a pigeon
It just takes a smidgin
To poison a pigeon in the park

Wednesday, March 20

Oxford - The Botanic Gardens

I had a very blustery trip to the Oxford Botanic Gardens on Saturday. The wind was so strong that the glasses houses were closed. However, there was still plenty to see, including this tree fern that looks like it has a sprain.

There was plenty of colour...

...and texture.

The gardens were established was founded in 1621, so as you can imagine...

...there are some lovely, large specimens.

However, it's a shame that this avenue has become overgrown, as it blocks the view down to...

...this rather fantastic urn.

It's been good to see Oxford's Jewish heritage being given more prominence in the last few years.

Thursday, March 7

Oxford - Keble College

I DO like a bit of Victorian Gothic, so I'm really enjoying walking past Keble every morning. This time my eye was struck by the little metal leaves.

Monday, March 4

Oxford - The Indian Insitute

Like most rich cities in the UK, in Oxford you don't have to look hard to find evidence of its colonial past. As the Rhodes Must Fall movement testifies. The former Indian Institute building, now home to the Martin School, was built to train civil servants.

This is Ganesh...

....and I think this is Nandi.

Friday, March 1

St Cross Church (Oxford) in the sunshine

It's been strange to start a new job in a different part of town. However, it's given me the change to stop and stare at lots of new things. Here is St Cross Church in the late afternoon sunshine.

This lovely little church (know to Dorothy L Sayers fans as the location of Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey's wedding) is now home to Balliol's archives. This gargoyle looks as if it's about to take flight.. 

Tuesday, January 1

Rotterdam November 2018 - Cold but glorious

It was COLD, but the light was beautiful.

The cube houses..

...old harbour...

...and the river all looked beautiful.

Rotterdam November 2018 - public art

One of the (many) things I liked about Rotterdam was the public art... included sculpture...

...a giraffe...

...a nesting horse...

...very posh hopscotch...


...and this lovely reading girl.

This wasn't public art as such, but decoration outside a hotel, beautiful.

Rotterdam November 2018 - Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

 The Christian humanist Erasmus is Rotterdam's famous son.

You can find depictions of him everywhere...

...including this 3-D printed copy!