A week ago today, we got up at the crack of dawn to be on a coach to travel three and half hours to the city of dreaming spires, Oxford. The journey itself wasn't too bad, but it was very hot that, one of the hottest days in fact.
When we arrived at the journey's end the coach driver dropped up on the outskirts of the city. There was nothing for it we purchased a map of the city.
By the time we found our bearing and found our way in the centre and fought against the crowd who seemed to be going against us we found the city centre.
We passed Carfax Tower and saw the famous clock that strikes every quarter
We passed a very overgrown old graveyard.
We decided to find some lunch we hadn't eaten since 6.30, so we headed for on of the many museums of the city, ending up at the Ashmolean Museum. The food was superb, I eat then thought I should of taken a photo for here, well I was hungry! We ate in the cafe in the basement, the restaurant was on the top floor. The food we had was reasonably priced and delicious.
After had eaten, we felt we could tackle the city. We just looked on the ground floor of some of the fabulous museums, for some reason we missed the Natural History Museum.
We went into the grounds and shop of the Bodleian Library.
They are building a new library and the hoarding around the building site is this I wished I had taken an actual photo as it was quite spectacular!
And saw the outside of the Radcliffe Camera
We couldn't go into either as they were holding weddings
Five hours of touring Oxford and three and half hour journey home we were ready for our bed!
Of all the trees, my favourite is the good old English Oak but a very close second is the Laburnum. Acid yellow flowers brings sunshine to the dullest day in spring. The flowers on the trees only last a very short while, but they are so bright. I have been lucky to live in two houses with a Laburnum tree. This house that we have lived in for twenty four years, and one when I was very little that my grandparents owned in Chingford London.
A member of the pea family this tree is poisonous. A few years back the tree didn't look well, but whatever it was the ladybirds (ladybugs) loved it. Every time we walked passed the trees ladybirds just fell out to the ground and staggering along drunk! And often when all around is quiet the tree hums to the tune of bees gathering the nectar.
A week ago today our son Robert got married. They married at Hestercombe Gardens in Taunton. The weather was a bit chilly so not many photographs were taken outside.
The day was quite busy for us. We got up and breakfast and out by 8.15am to go and pick my dad up in Devon, then back to Taunton for lunch, and then walking round the gardens till about three watching the guests arrive.
A lovely time was had meeting new friends and catching up with old friends.