Wytham, Godstow and Wolvercote
This is what I’ve been working on for a 21st birthday.
I’ve known the young lady since before she was born.
So this is a very special quilt.
It will also be a Christmas present to her this year
as it is such a big quilt.
It will be for a double bed.
Gnomes are in every window of the houses doing different things.
Suffolk Puff (yo yo) trees.
I hope she likes it.
So let’s continue with our adventures exploring the villages west of Oxford.
The White Hart is a familiar sight to Inspector Morse fans.
We drive down the little back lanes into Godstow Nunnery.
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.
A blocked gateway
Read the link to hear how this place was where Henry II’s mistress “The Fair Rosamund” spent her final years and was buried.
Sadly the place was a victim of Henry VIII’s Dissolution.
Another former doorway?
This is the only standing building in the enclosure.
I was thinking of the women who turned their backs on the world to stay within these tall walls.
The walls were used to help collect the animals allowed to graze on Port Meadow
One last look from the Wytham-Wolvercote road.
The Trout at Wolvercote.
The front- huge fireplace!
The back overlooking the river.
The bridge which links Godstow and Wolvercote. As a kid I would row against the current in a rubber dinghy, or swim.
This tree, I swear was much bigger and underlit in green which made it feel like a jungle at night.
Looking towards the nunnery.
But quick zoom in! “A foxy whiskered gentleman” as Beatrix Potter would say.
What a magnificent fellow! The next second he looked up and saw me. The next shot was empty.
Trout just under the bridge.
These are another memory from my childhood- the shriek of peacocks. They were so exotic and the colours gorgeous.
But we must return to the car.
And travel through Wolvercote village (both parts)
The whole area I have shared with you has an interesting history.
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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