|Earthbound sunshine, |
the daffodils of Christ Church Meadow.
|We walk three times a day,|
rain (or snow, or sleet) or shine.
I always say that one of the best things about loving and caring for a dog is that they get you out of the house and walking every day, and in Jack's case, three times a day. Jack is half terrier and sorely needs to run, dig, jump, scamper and explore every day. Luckily Oxford is made for walking and we're spoiled for choice for our 'three-times-a-day' walks. My most favourite walk though, as it's always been long before I moved here permanently, is Christ Church meadow.
|The meadow is about a five minute|
walk from Holywell Street. As always
Jack was anxious to get going, impatiently
waiting at the back door for me.
|Once we finally made it out the door, we walked|
east down Holywell Street to Longwall Street, where
we turned right and passed by the old Morris Garage.
|From the High Street, we turned right onto Rose Lane.|
|Magdalen College tower will host the beautiful|
May morning tradition coming up on May 1st.
|We slipped through the big, black gates that open into|
Christ Church meadow and saw these beautiful
cottages on our right. Soon their cottage gardens will
be in full bloom with lavender, hollyhocks and roses.
|We walked alongside the Botanic Garden|
and were immediately greeted by, as
Wordsworth described them, a "host of
golden daffodils.......dancing in the breeze".
|Merton College playing fields were to our right, where|
Stuart spent many happy hours as a schoolboy. More
swaying daffodils with Merton college as a backdrop.
|It was hard to believe we were just a few minutes away|
from the busy High Street once the meadow came into view.
|At this point Jack was safe to be off his lead. He's|
definitely not a water-dog and rarely ventures
toward the water's edge.
|We had quite a bit of rain earlier in|
the week and so we needed to dodge
a few big puddles--or most of them
in Jack's case.
|Jack was fascinated by the swan but he learned|
very quickly that she was not to be tangled with.
|Don't they just shine!|
a world without a flower!
It would be a face without a smile,
a feast without a welcome.
Are not flowers the stars of the earth,
and are not our stars the
flowers of the heaven.
- A.J. Balfour
|Jack decided to take a little detour over the|
bridge and explore the path along the Thames.
|I managed to get him turned around and back on his lead,|
since ducks and geese are just too tempting not to chase.
|We left the Thames behind and started back|
up the path toward Christ Church,
dodging all the puddles as we went.
that Hollywood had come to call in Oxford.
Tom Cruise and Co. were in town filming a
reboot of 'The Mummy', so booms, equipment,
cranes, cameras and crew were everywhere.
|Hertford College is playing the role of the|
Royal Thames Hospital in a remake of 'The Mummy'.
|Oxford makes a perfect backdrop for movies,|
and when big-budget blockbusters come to
town, normal life suspends for awhile. We quickly
made our way through the mayhem though and were
so happy to find the peace of Holywell Street again.
|The calming pastels of Harris Manchester|
student accommodation on Holywell Street.
|Back to the Queen waving hello..........|
|....and the earthbound sunshine at our own front door.|
|And just in time for an afternoon nap.|
has twice its usual value.
~George Macauley Trevelyan