Blog: 2005

Friday seminar at Keble

Posted on November 11, 2005 by Holly Hayes
I just got back from my weekly seminar on historiography. This time it was at Keble College, and I got there early so I took this photo. It's a beautiful college, and I love how different it is, with all the brick instead of the usual cream-colored stone. I had about 25 minutes to kill before class started at 3:00 so after wandering around the grounds a bit (it was my first time inside Keble), I went across the street to the University Museum of Natural History...

Bonfire Night

Posted on November 8, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Once again, our apologies for the absence from the blog duties. We've been busy but having a good time, too. Friday night we watched a BBC show about the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes, which was interesting. One of the historians they interviewed, Dr. McCulloch, is in the Theology department here at Oxford. Our first history group meeting was in his office, although I haven't met him...

We know him!

Posted on November 1, 2005 by Holly Hayes
There was a memorial service for the July 7 London bombings at St. Paul's Cathedral this afternoon. We saw it on BBC News (we broke down and got a little TV this weekend, now that David's all gainfully employed). The queen, the prime minister, and official representatives of five different faiths were all there. Of course, that included our good friend, leader of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury! He led the service, said some really great stuff in his really great accent, and his eyebrows were looking as fantastic as ever...

Autumn holidays in Britain

Posted on November 1, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Halloween passed rather uneventfully here yesterday. There was a party for the little monsters of Wolfson College in the afternoon and there was some trick-or-treating in the evening. I only got one knock, but since it sounded like there was an army of ghosts and goblins out there and we had completely forgotten to get any candy, I "wasn't home." I read in the news here that Halloween only arrived in Britain from America in the 1990s but has really caught hold...

A lovely day in Oxford

Posted on October 27, 2005 by Holly Hayes
After two days of dark clouds, rain, and wind, today was unseasonably warm and absolutely gorgeous. Not a cloud in the sky, a light breeze, and well over 70 degrees! I wore short sleeves all day and wasn't even cold in the shade. Amazing. In addition to the beautiful weather, I woke up to happy news this morning - one of our boxes has arrived! Just before we left the States, we shipped three big boxes of computers, books, clothes and other various stuff to ourselves by ground, which takes 4-6 weeks...

Oxford Matriculation

Posted on October 15, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Today's been a fun and eventful day, including both the arrival of Brenda (my friend from work, for those who don't know her) and my matriculation ceremony! Brenda's trip went very smoothly and she arrived earlier than expected, but David still was there to meet her at the bus station in Oxford. Meanwhile, I was shopping downtown for the necessary white blouse for my "sub fusc" (meaning "under the black" - the required uniform under the cap and gown)...

Belated updates

Posted on September 21, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Okay, now that we finally have internet I'd better update y'all on what we've been up to the past couple days. We kept thinking we'd have web access in our room any second so we didn't stop by the internet cafe as before. And by the time evening rolled around with still no internet, I wanted to go to bed, not walk to the cafe! So I apologize for the delay, and here's what we did the last couple days...

We made it!

Posted on September 17, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Greetings from Oxford! I would have liked to post earlier but there is an administrative issue with our in-room internet access that won't be solved until mid-week. Argh. So this is written from an internet cafe, and will accordingly be picture-free, sadly. Our trip went very smoothly - flights on time, good seats, smooth ride, no crashing, and arrived an hour ahead of schedule...

Feeling a bit like a student

Posted on September 23, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Today's highlight was that, for the first time, I had some hint as to what it might feel like to be an Oxford student. So far I've felt more like a tourist with the luxury of having a whole week to explore the city, and it's been hard to believe that I will actually be studying here. The first accomplishment was that I finally tracked down the Oxford religion department, which is handily located just a few doors down from the Eagle and Child pub! We just saw the front door (it was closed), but it was good to know where it is...

TGIF

Posted on October 21, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Sorry it's been awhile since our last post - things have been busy here since I last wrote. We've been enjoying spending some time with Brenda (right, being goofy), who's here through Monday, and I've had lots of school stuff going on. Tuesday night was dinner with Brenda and her English friend Lee at a local Italian restaurant. We enjoyed very tasty pizza and interesting conversation...

At the pub with religious historians

Posted on October 14, 2005 by Holly Hayes
This afternoon was my weekly seminar with the five other students in my Ecclesiastical History program. It was in Christ Church College - hurrah! It was great to waltz right through the non-visitors entrance, walk across the gorgeous courtyard with a fountain in the middle, and into a lecture room just next door to Christ Church Cathedral. This was the first of eight weekly seminars on Historiography that we'll have throughout the term, and these form the core of my course...

Wolfson Supper

Posted on October 14, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Just got back from the pub with my colleagues. How fun is that?? I'll have to do another post on that, but must go back a bit first. David, by the way, is on his way back from London right now. He had a fun day of wandering around in the hi-fi area of town. He just sent me a text message from the train! I've never gotten a text message before. I attempted to reply but couldn't find the space bar button - should be interesting...

An exciting evening at Marks & Spencer

Posted on October 12, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Tonight, Holly is attending the Wolfson College dinner for new graduate students. I eagerly await to hear how the event went as I suspect she will have a great time. As it is a very warm evening I decided to walk to the nearby community of Summertown and pick up a few treats in anticipation of a possible movie on the laptop later tonight. For those interested, the treats being beer and Cornish clotted cream ice cream (aka the best vanilla ice cream ever)...

Lecture #2

Posted on October 11, 2005 by Holly Hayes
I had my second lecture this morning at 10. It was another fun one, and this time it was absolutely packed. It was the same type of room I described yesterday (also in the Examinations Schools), but must have had almost 100 people in it. People were sitting on the floor in the back and up the middle aisle! I arrived about 5 minutes early and managed to snag a chair on the aisle, which was excellent...

The start of term!

Posted on October 10, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Sorry we haven't posted anything in a few days. Mostly it's because we didn't do anything terribly interesting over the weekend. For the most part we just did what has become our "usual" here. We walked around town, wandered around in a couple colleges, did some shopping, I did lots of reading, we watched a DVD on the laptop, etc. This week is much more newsworthy, though! Michaelmas Term 2005 officially began yesterday (yep, on a Sunday), and I went to my first lecture today...

My first day of school (sort of)

Posted on October 4, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Today I had my first official academic thingy. It was a meeting of all new religion graduate students at the Theology Faculty office, conveniently located just three doors down from the Eagle and Child pub. At 1:45pm I had a preliminary meeting with my fellow students (5 of them) and professors (4 of them) in the field of Church History. It was great, as I got loads of information on my program, especially on the first term...

A lovely day in Bath

Posted on October 2, 2005 by Holly Hayes
We spent today in Bath, and had a wonderful time. Beautiful town, gorgeous abbey, historic Roman baths, delicious afternoon tea, and acrobat-comedians with sparklers in their butts. Yeah, we didn't expect that last one, either. We chose to go to Bath after a failed attempt to find convenient public transportation to the Cotswalds or the Chilterns for a nice nature walk...

A gargoyle, a club, and a library

Posted on September 30, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Most of today was spent at home, which was nice. I read, David looked for jobs, we answered e-mails, and generally took it easy. I just got an information booklet on my program, and it looks really fun and really intimidating all at the same time! Recently I picked up a book from Borders (yep, they have that here) called "The Cheeky Guide to Oxford...

We met the Archbishop of Canterbury!

Posted on September 29, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Today's highlight was an evening lecture at Oxford's University Church of St. Mary. The speaker was the Archbishop of Canterbury, so I had it all marked on my calendar beforehand. For those who don't know, the Archbishop of Canterbury is the leader of the Church of England as well as the worldwide Anglican Communion (which includes Anglicans, Episcopalians and various other churches with roots in the Church of England)...

Another lovely day in Oxford

Posted on September 24, 2005 by Holly Hayes
Today was a lovely clear day, very cold in the morning but actually rather warm in the afternoon. We had a nice, slow morning, taking care of laundry and other various things, and then took advantage of the pretty blue sky to do some walking and sightseeing. We walked through the nature reserve trail again, which is just so good for the soul, then wandered around the historic city center some more...