There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Vintage Oxford

All Souls College with the Radcliffe Camera
Every year tourists flock to Oxford, some to follow the footsteps of the Inklings (C.S.Lewis, Tolkien and their gang), some to walk where Inspector Morse walked, and many to see the likenesses of Harry Potter's magical dining hall.  But even long before movies and TV series', Oxford captured the imagination of people, and tourists mingled with students even in the 18th and 19th centuries.  And with tourists came post cards--except these are 19th century style, painted, romantic, inviting; and perfect for collecting and using around the B&B.

St. John's College Garden
There were even tourist souvenir shops in
the 19th and early 20th centuries, like the 
"Broad Street Fancy Store" advertisement below.  

I started collecting Oxford memorabilia, postcards, and guide books in earnest once we had our B&B, and Stuart especially uses the books, gleaning tidbits from them for his walking tours.

Why Oxford has captured people's imagination for so many years is something I couldn't begin to explain fully.  I have an entire book full of poems written just about Oxford, and writers and storytellers have been capturing the magic of Oxford for years.
All I know is that everything they've written is true........."I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful.  One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking.  It is all like an opera."  ~W.B. Yeats

Magdalen College and bridge.

Magdalen College Garden

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