Wytham, Godstow and Wolvercote

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This is what I’ve been working on for a 21st birthday.

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I’ve known the young lady since before she was born.

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So this is a very special quilt.

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It will also be a Christmas present to her this year

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as it is such a big quilt.

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It will be for a double bed.

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Gnomes are in every window of the houses doing different things.

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Suffolk Puff  (yo yo) trees.

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I hope she likes it.

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So let’s continue with our adventures exploring the villages west of Oxford.

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This is Wytham close to Wytham Wood.

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The White Hart is a familiar sight to Inspector Morse fans.

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We drive down the little back lanes into Godstow Nunnery.

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We haven’t stopped here since 1991 when we had our own marriage ceremony to make up for the one sabotaged by my now cut off mother in law.

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A blocked gateway

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Read the link to hear how this place was where Henry II’s mistress “The Fair Rosamund” spent her final years and was buried.

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Sadly the place was a victim of Henry VIII’s Dissolution.

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Another former doorway?

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This is the only standing building in the enclosure.

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Close ups.

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I was thinking of the women who turned their backs on the world to stay within these tall walls.

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The walls were used to help collect the animals allowed to graze on Port Meadow

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One last look from the Wytham-Wolvercote road.

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The Trout at Wolvercote.

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The front- huge fireplace!

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The back overlooking the river.

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The bridge which links Godstow and Wolvercote. As a kid I would row against the current in a rubber dinghy, or swim.

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This tree, I swear was much bigger and underlit in green which made it feel like a jungle at night.

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Looking towards the nunnery.

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But quick zoom in! “A foxy whiskered gentleman” as Beatrix Potter would say.

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What a magnificent fellow! The next second he looked up and saw me. The next shot was empty.

Amazing!

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Trout just under the bridge.

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These are another memory from my childhood- the shriek of peacocks.  They were so exotic and the colours gorgeous.

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But we must return to the car.

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And travel through Wolvercote village (both parts)

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The whole area I have shared with you has an interesting history.

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Oxford with Ulla is next.

For the firework fans I’ve put  a page with the British Firework Championships 2013 here. 


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Comments

  • Yvonne says:

    I love the thatched cottages. I must say I missed villages with many thatched cottages on our trip. Thanks for showing us a wedding photo– and isn’t the dog just so attentive! I would think that your friend would certainly appreciate the time that has gone into the quilt and love it. Lucky girl to receive that.

  • Deb says:

    Love Laura’s quilt. She will be over the moon with it, its gorgeous. Your wedding photo is beautiful, what a beautiful bride you were. All we wee villages you show us are adorable.

  • Annik says:

    Your quilt is beautiful and it was very interesting to watch your photos. You were a lovely bride.

  • Ulla says:

    Great tour again with beautiful buildings an their history. Lovely wedding photo! Catching the fox on your camera was so lucky. I wonder if he was after the peacock?

  • Lynn says:

    I have a lot of time on my hands right now while laid up. So it’s a good time to catch up on blog reading. What lovely pictures. You have a way of photographing the old sites that make me feel I’m right there living the history in person. I love the little houses and lucky you snapping a picture of that fox. What a beautiful bride you made!