My life running the B&B is pretty predictable too and follows a similar routine day to day, so when we first started taking days off and out of Oxford, I immediately started calling them our field trips. I get as excited as a girl going on a field trip to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.(true story).
|The village of Bampton, Oxfordshire.|
Last week we took a late winter field trip to my happy place, the Burford Garden Company, and to take a Cotswold drive to see how the daffodils are coming along, curious to see how spring was progressing out in the countryside. On field trip days we usually still have to do breakfast and our normal morning routine, so when we're finally in the car and heading out of town, we're as giddy as school kids.
We made our escape from Oxford, but first had to have a quick stop at the Swinford Toll Bridge near Eynsham, where there's been a toll booth since the bridge was opened in 1769. The toll is a whole 5 pence, which luckily I had at the bottom of my purse. We paid the attendant and we were off. 5p seemed like a very small price to pay to hit the open road, we would have happily paid 10p, or more!
|"p" stands for pence.|
|The Windrush Valley near Burford, and the River Windrush|
in the foreground to the right. St. Oswald's,
a Norman Church (13th Century), is up on the hillside.
fresh tomato and basil soup with rustic bread.
Dessert was sticky toffee pudding with double the
caramel sauce poured on top (request made by
Stuart). A garden centre lunch--better than most
restaurant lunches I've had back home in the U.S.
(And one of the reasons I love England so--
the food! If people warn you about British food,
don't believe them. It's come a long, long way.)
Oxford and home, but we promised ourselves we'd
be back in about two weeks to find more daffodils
and check on Spring's progress.....
...another field trip to look forward to.
|The village of Swinbrook last spring.|