Blog: October 2007

Chalgrove, Toot Baldon and Oxford

Posted on October 29, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Sunday was pretty rainy but we visited a church that had its main attraction on the inside - one of the most complete sets of medieval murals in England (painted in about 1330). Chalgrove Church is only five minutes' drive from our house and I didn't even realize it until that morning, which is pretty incredible. Chalgrove Church We arrived just as a lady was leaving and she turned on the lights for us and said she'd be back in an hour or so to lock up...

A Woodland Church in the Cotswolds

Posted on October 21, 2007 by Holly Hayes
To finish up my report of last Monday's outing, from Deerhurst we headed home on the A44 highway, which took us through the Cotswolds. We didn't stop in the famous Stow-on-the-Wold (though it was looking especially lovely as we drove through), but in a village just two miles beyond it called Oddington. Great name. I learned about Oddington from a handy book I had along called *England's Thousand Best Churches*...

Saxon Churches of Deerhurst

Posted on October 20, 2007 by Holly Hayes
After visiting Gloucester Cathedral last Monday (on which see previous post), we headed just nine miles north to the village of Deerhurst, which boasts not one but two Saxon churches. The Anglo-Saxon period ranges from about 600 CE until the Normans took over in 1066. Saxon architecture is fairly rare and I think the only example we'd previously seen is the Saxon tower of St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford...

Gloucester Cathedral

Posted on October 17, 2007 by Holly Hayes
On Monday the nice weather continued so we drove up to Gloucester, which I've long been wanting to see. The drive from Oxford took about an hour and a half and we found a great parking spot near the cathedral. After a quick utilitarian lunch of McDonald's cheeseburgers, we set our cameras loose on one of the nicer cathedrals of England. Gloucester Cathedral began life as an abbey church built over Roman walls...

Sunday Roast and a Village Walk

Posted on October 16, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Sunday afternoon we drove to our neighboring village of Little Milton for Sunday roast at the Lamb Inn, a pub that was recommended by our landlord Charles. There were several glowing reviews online too, and it's so popular you even have to make reservations! And wow, was it ever good! David said he may actually have to hug Charles next time he sees him...

More Oxford Sightseeing

Posted on October 9, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Last Thursday evening we had to run an errand in Oxford, and since the weather was nice we brought our cameras along for about an hour of sightseeing. My main goal was to bring David and his zoom lens to Merton College for the medieval stained glass windows and maybe stop by Magdalen College as well. We found a parking spot on Longwall Street near Magdalen, where surprisingly we have often found an empty spot...

New Zoom Lens and Thame Church

Posted on October 3, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Last week we welcomed a new gadget into the family: a beautiful Canon L 70-200mm zoom lens. It is now attached to David's camera mostly full-time; with me using the wide-angle lens, we make a good team. The zoom arrived mid-week last week, so at first it could only be tested on things around the farm where we live. But David had a great time bothering the chickens and hunting other creatures from the bushes...