Blog: May 2007

Day Out in Oxfordshire: Three Churches and a Roman Villa

Posted on May 22, 2007 by Holly Hayes
After a long rainy spell we were blessed with mostly-sunny weather this weekend, so we headed out for some local sightseeing. We started out at the North Leigh Roman Villa, which is not far from Blenheim Palace to the west of Oxford. It is the ruins of a country estate built by a rich Roman aristocrat in the 4th century. There wasn't a whole lot to see, but the location couldn't be beat! It was about a 10 minute walk from the road to the villa, down this beautiful path: It reminded us so much of Oregon, except for the fact that we were walking to Roman ruins! And here they are: The building on the left is a little storage cottage; the building on the right protects a floor mosaic...

An Evening in Windsor

Posted on May 18, 2007 by Holly Hayes
This evening we were in Windsor to look at some apartments for rent. Windsor is of course home to Windsor Castle, where the Queen lives (sometimes). But it's also only 10 minutes' drive from Slough, where David works, so it would be ideal for his commute. I took the train there from Oxford (only 48 minutes), arriving with enough time to wander around a bit before meeting David for our appointment...

A Gray Saturday Visit to Great Milton

Posted on May 13, 2007 by Holly Hayes
After watching the Formula One qualifying race this afternoon, we headed out to the village of Great Milton (just outside Oxford) to try out David's new wide-angle lens. The weather was very grey, we were rained on frequently, and all the churches we visited were locked, but we still had a good time and the lens looks like it is going to be a great addition to the family...

A Weekend of English Abbeys and Churches

Posted on May 8, 2007 by Holly Hayes
We had a very nice weekend trip for the May Bank Holiday. We saw some new things and got lots of photos for my website, but also relaxed and took it pretty easy (comparatively). We also stayed flexible, which was unusual - we chose a general direction and found a couple sights to aim for, then left it open from there. Saturday May 5 We headed out sometime after noon on Saturday and drove northwest through the Cotswolds...

Iffley Church, Oxford

Posted on May 5, 2007 by Holly Hayes
This Monday is the annual "May Bank Holiday" which means that David has a three-day weekend. The holiday doesn't celebrate anything, but is just a spring holiday on which most businesses are closed. There is also one in September, so they end up being British equivalents of Memorial Day and Labor Day in the USA. So we are going to take a mini-break, as Bridget Jones would say! Since most everyone else is going south to Brighton or Cornwall, we are probably going to head in a general northwesterly direction towards Hereford and central Wales...

Sunny May Day in Oxford

Posted on May 1, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Happy May Day! It really feels like May here, as the weather is just glorious. It is at least mid-70s with a clear, blue sky. I had another outing with my camera in the sunshine today and had a wonderful time. Today started off (but not for me) with the annual Oxford ritual of May Morning, where the Magdalen Boys' Choir greets the sunrise from the top of the tower and everyone goes to the pub afterwards - nothing like a good lager at 7am! Last year it was freezing cold on May Morning and we said we'd go next year...