Around Oxford

  Around Oxford We are privileged here in Oxford, because we live in the beautiful Thames Valley. Then to the west we have the Cotswold’s and to the east the Chiltern Hills which divides London and us.

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How Many Steps Do You Think You Walk Sightseeing In Oxford?

Hi I’m Diana of Diana’s B&B Oxford. Such a lovely guest left this morning, Anita (that’s her English name) from Hong Kong; stayed with me for 2 days. This morning she showed me how many steps she’d walked yesterday while seeing our great city of Oxford – 21.600+. I was astonished as I’d never thought…

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St Frideswide

Did you know that Frideswide, who was the daughter of King Didan in the late 7th Century, became the patron saint of Oxford? Why? Because she supposedly performed a miracle. I love the way it is described in a book by Ben Le Vay’s called ‘Eccentric Oxford’. It’s very amusingly written!

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King Alfred the Great’s Jewel

The Ashmolean is a great museum to visit in the centre of Oxford and one of the treasures you will find is the ninth-century ‘Alfred Jewel’, discovered in 1693 and has been dated has been dated to be made in the late 9th century. An unusual example of Anglo-Saxon jewellery.[1]A beautiful piece, believed to be either…

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Christ Church Meadow

Christ Church Meadow by John Elinger “Between the Isis and the City wait the Meadow, Merton Field and Deadmans’s Walk (bordered by gardens you must pause to view) beneath the spire of Christ Church and the towers Magdalen and Merton Colleges, where many bells resound. As boats and hours pass slow, the wise ones and the…

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Blackwells Bookshop

Oxford is a City of books, abounding in authors and publishers, bookshops, libraries and readers: philosophers, poets and scientists; the Oxford University Press; Blackwell’s and the Bodleian Library; you and me Apart from The Bible, the best example of an Oxford book is the Oxford English Dictionary – no longer available as a book.  Read…

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Radcliffe Square

Poem by John Elinger Sir Thomas Bodleyes library to the north confronts the University’s great Church across the cobbled square, while to the west and east lie Brasenose College and (research – committed) All Souls; but the craziest building’s the Camera, behind its skirt of grass and railings, trying to convert squares into circles –…

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Bicester Designer Outlet

In recent years I have seen a new venue become very popular with visitors to Oxford. Not historical, not of a ‘nature’ venue, but of all things ‘shopping’ – Bicester Designer Outlet. We have never had a brilliant town centre of shops (this is about to change 🙂 Our Town’s people have traditionally gone to Cheltenham…

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St Giles Oxford

St Giles by John Elinger Pause in the centre of St. Giles where two fine churches stand at either end, and where across the busy street a noble pair of Colleges confront the Roman Halls. Ignore the traffic, contemplate the view of twin Memorials to martyrdom – of men who burned for a forgotten cause,…

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Senz° Smart – Umbrella

      Thank you Peter & Carol, my guests from Bavaria for telling me about the wind and storm proof umbrella.  I will be purchasing one very soon and I have also put it up on my Amazon Store (page three of my Umbrella section) for my guests if they want to purchase one.…

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