Saturday, September 20, 2008
I am literally walking my ass off in Oxford. I had to buy a belt last week to keep me trousers up. Now a new method of transport, Blue Bess! She's beautiful because she has a basket. It's a little harrowing traveling by bike on the narrow streets as double decker buses whiz by but I think I will just stay off the big roads as much as possible. Oxford is incredibly flat and makes cycling a breeze.
It's a beautiful weekend here in southern England so will post some everyday sights I am privileged to see each day. It's still summer here. Term hasn't started and it has the feeling of the last weeks of August right before students return but with an air of expectancy that soon things will rapidly feel different.
Took a walking ghost tour last night through the city. Really a historical walk with some legends thrown in. A bloody town and gown history here, though. One row between town and gown resulted in 200 dead in three days. The university is over 800 years old, so lots to discuss. And today I saw the filming of Inspector Morse on Queens Lane.
As you can see, somebody had to get glasses since we arrived. She's a beauty regardless, I think. Chip and I overheard the little brothers across the street. "Do you know how to spell Mum in American?" says one. "Yes, M O M." replies the other.