Monday, 21 March 2011

Oxford and last post for a while.

Just to let you know this will be my last post for a while and unfortunately I  will not be able to visit your blogs.   I return to France at the weekend and I have arranged for my French phone to be reconnected on 1 April.  I have also asked for the Internet to be connected at the same time, but generally this never seems to work quite as expected!  I hope to be back with you all at the very latest by mid-April, but if I get a chance to do a quick post from a friend's computer, I will at least let you know that I have arrrived and  how everything is.  No promises though.

Meanwhile here are a few photos that I took in Oxford while visiting  with Anne last week.  Anne has some beautiful photos which are different from mine, so please take a look at her blog HERE for part 1 and HERE for part 2.

As Anne has mentioned, we first visited Christchurch College; this is the view from the opposite side to Anne's photos.   I just fell in love with this huge tree!
and from the front
We than proceeded to Merton College Chapel; Anne has some interesting photos en route on her blog.  The doors were shut, but we managed to find the doors open at St John Baptist College Chapel.

The Chapel was consecrated in 1530, dedicated to St Bernard of Clairvaux, when this was the college for contemplative Cistercian monks. It was re-dedicated in 1557 to St John the Baptist. The present interior is mainly Victorian Gothic, with recent lighting and heating and a notable new organ.

We walked down to the Thames
and peered under the bridge
Walking on further, I loved this old building
We walked by the Hertford Bridge, popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs because it is similar to the famous bridge in Venice.
We then strolled by the Town Hall
and the Sheldonian Theatre
We than discovered that the doors were open at the church of St Mary Magdalen
The church lies outside the area of the medieval walled city.  A wooden church, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, stood on this site a thousand years ago.  Viking raiders burnt much of Oxford in 1010 and 1013, and the wooden church appears to have gone up in flames.
In 1074, Robert d'Oilli, the Norman Constable of Oxford, built a single aisle chapel to replace the Saxon building. He attached St. Mary Magdalen to his collegiate chapel of St. George in the castle. 
In 1194, St Hugh of Avalon, then Bishop of Lincoln, again rebuilt the church; some of the work remains, though much has been restored.  There seems to have been work on and off over the years, the most recent being the redevelopment of the west end of the church including a new organ, first used in 2003.  More information can be found HERE.






I have many more photos of Oxford, but on my return to France I will naturally be concentrating on French posts; nevertheless, I may just sneak a couple of Oxford posts in at some stage, especially some of the nice pictures I took of doors!!! 

72 comments:

  1. Oh you make me so jealous Diane! Need I say enjoy your stay in France...? are you staying there for half the year now? I am so looking forward to sharing your adventurous there! I will miss you!

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  2. Nice information.. lovely clicks..I love it

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  3. Diane, lucky you - I hope you get there safely and enjoy opening the place up again for all those lovely months of food, fun and sunshine.
    Looking forward to hearing all about it - these pics of Oxford are lovely, too.
    Jean

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  4. Your photos and the tour of Oxford are wonderful. I'll miss you terribly but wish you God speed on your journey. I'll be looking forward to that first post from France. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  5. Oh goodness, time flies... its seems you were just leaving for the winter and here you are, going back again... Thanks for the wonderful memories of Oxford... what a great town it is and you captured it beautifully.

    Have a great trip and hope you snuggle in to your little French paradise quickly and painlessly!

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  6. Liesl I am jealous of where you live so we are quits :-) If you want to visit you know where to come! I generally plan on being in France for most of summer but anything can happen so nothing is ever certain. I hope I will not be off line for too long but after today's phone call to the provider today......... enough said. See you soon. Diane

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  7. Deepa glad you enjoyed the photos, Take care Diane

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  8. Dear Diane
    Thank you for the wonderful tour in Oxford!
    It is very beautiful city!
    I wish you bon voyage, good installation and quickly to be with us.
    Many greetings and kisses

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  9. Wow, is it that time already? It's good to know it's only a breif time that we won't be seeing you. Have a save travel back. As always, I really enjoy your photos and info!

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  10. Diane, safe travels. Lots of work ahead of you, but to be in France in the spring and summer.....perfect! We leave for Paris May 25. It can't come soon enough!

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  11. Jean it will not be long before you are in France as well, looking forward to meeting up with you over Easter. Hope the hand goes well. Take care Diane

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  12. Mary thanks for your good wishes. I drive over two days so it is not too bad other than having a very loaded car. Sunday is about 7 hours to the house, I am looking forward to seeing my garden again :-) Diane

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  13. lostpastremembered, winter is always slow for me and summer so fast!! For Nigel, summer drags when I am away! He is coming over 15 April for 3 weeks though so I hope he will have good weather and be able to relax. I have had emails, (in French), from my neighbours saying they are looking forward to my return which makes me feel good. Diane

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  14. There are so many things I like in your photos. I love the big tree also and the scene of water under the bridge as well as church interiors. So much to look at! I wish you a safe journey and I look forward to hearing more from you once you are back in France.

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  15. Magda thanks for your greetings and good wishes. I hope I will be back with you all very soon I hope. Take care Diane

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  16. Lyndsey, yep it is that time of the year again :-) Thanks for the good wishes see you soon. Diane

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  17. WOW!
    you leave us with great pictures!
    My favorite though is the Bridge of Sighs!!
    I hope all goes according to plans for the both of you!
    Kepp well and see you soon on the blogosphere!
    Love,
    XXXXXX

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  18. Susan I know how long that waiting seems to be and then the time always goes so quickly. I wish there was some how we could meet up while you are travelling around. You have my email address so if there is any chance...... I do have to return to the UK for a week at the end of May though for my FIL's 90th birthday. A bientôt. Diane

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  19. I know you are going to miss the blog world if only for a few weeks. I will miss you for sure. What an awesome church. I would be speechless in there. Jaw dropping beautiful and I would just be in awe of the craftsmanship. Hope your trip to the Charente is a good and safe one. Will be thinking of you.

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  20. Bonsoir Noushka. Thanks for the kind comments and yes I hope all goes well also. Hope I will not be off line for too long..... A bientôt Diane xxx

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  21. Becca I thought that the Church of Mary Magdelan was incredible. The interior was one of the best I have seen, although I did love the inside of Avebury Church as well which I posted previously. I will do my best to travel safely and hope I will be back soon with photos of my French garden. Take care Diane

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  22. Joyful, thanks for your kind comments and for the mail this morning. Oxford has so many very beautiful places and buildings and of course not forgetting the market. I will be back soon. look after yourself. Diane

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  23. Wishing you safe travelling, and look forward to your next blog once you are all connected up to the French system!

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  24. Thanks Vera, 36 minutes on the phone to France this morning makes me wonder if the the internet will ever happen!!!!! No problems with connecting the phone though thank goodness so I can talk to Nigel :-) I hope. Diane

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  25. It doesn't seem five minutes since you were there last year! Have a good trip, and good luck with the internet.

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  26. It was lovely to come over from Anne's post of your day and see your take on it.

    Thanks so much for commenting on my guest post. That was really good of you. x

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  27. You had a very busy day sightseeing with Anne. I really like the Bridge of Sighs!

    Have a safe and pleasant journey back to France. Hope the net is on when you need it. Look forward to knowing your home.

    I leave for the canyon around the 19th.

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  28. I feel like I've been for a lovely stroll around Oxford with the both of you.
    Enjoy your sojourn to France. Keep Safe xx

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  29. Jan to me it seems like a lifetime, I only wish we were both returning to France and leaving here for good! Diane

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  30. Froggy I loved your guest post, you write very well. Looking forward to your first book :-) Diane

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  31. Gaelyn I hope I will be back on line before you leave for the canyon but who knows..... By the way managed to track down the memory wire. Thanks just what I wanted. Diane

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  32. Dianne, glad you enjoyed the trip, be back with you all soon, I hope! Diane

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  33. Hoping we haven't missed you yet to say "enjoy your stay in France and we will look forward to enjoying your informative posts back in France.
    Leon and Sue.

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  34. Leon and Sue, no you have not missed me. I did this post early as I am running around this week like a loony trying to get everything sorted at this end!! Thanks for the good wishes. Diane

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  35. I was in Oxford on Sunday - I shall be posting my pictures later in the week - they are spookily very similar! Have a great time in France. xxxx

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  36. Diane wish I had of known maybe we could have made a plan. You will have to meet me in France now :-) It will be interesting to see your photos but I only may catch up when I am in France. Diane

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  37. As usual , nice shots! Hope to hear from you soon, take care .

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  38. Sonia I hope to get a connection soon after arrival but anything could happen....... Diane

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  39. Oxford is such a lovely city so pleased you were able to explore with Anne. I will look forward to hearing from you again when you are back home and settled in France. Take Care xx

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  40. Thanks Lindy, I hope I will get a connection without too much trouble. Yesterdays was not over promising that it would happen quickly! They seem to have changed the way they used to do it!!! Diane

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  41. Hi Diane .. super photos and excellent write ups ... with lots of history :-) I add links normally .. with a little bit of writing ..

    Cannot believe that another commenter (Diane) was in Oxford too, we could of made plans to meet up ..!!

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  42. Hi Anne, it is a very small world, I wish I had of known Diane was in Oxford on Sunday, maybe another time. Oxford has been a popular blog in the last couple of weeks LOL. A bientôt Diane

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  43. I will surely miss you Diane but enjoy your stay in France! I am sure you will have a lot of interesting posts from France too later. Love your Oxford photos! They look so much like postcards. Excellent shots! See you soon!

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  44. just gorgeous as always!
    have a safe journey and ... ... see you in april!
    happy spring!
    Rosa

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  45. What beautiful pictures..How nice to walk and see these things..just wonderful..Have a safe trip home and hope all get hooked up on time..xoCarolyn/Rosebud.

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  46. Good luck for your frnech phone, then, and thank you very much for these beautiful pictures of Oxford !
    Hélène

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  47. michelangelo I will miss you all but I hope it will not be too long before I get connected to the internet. There is no WIFI near me so it is not easy. See you soon. Diane

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  48. Rosa Happy spring to you as well, I hope I will soon be back blogging. Diane

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  49. Carolyn thanks for the good wishes. I will try to drive safely and I hope the phone and internet will soon be working. Take care Diane

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  50. Hélène thanks for wishing me luck with the phone, I hope it is working very soon. A bientôt Diane

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  51. Hello Diane! What a wonderful trip with incredible architecture. Thank you for your comment and it is nice to be back to blogging. You will be busy soon with projects and I will be in good company. We will have to compare notes. Take care on your travels and let us know when you are settled. :)

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  52. Hi Susan and Neil, I think I have passed the major part of restoration while you still have yours to do! I am hoping the first job on my return though will be to put a ceiling/insulation in the upstairs of the barn. After that the floor, and walls, will come as and when we can afford it and I have been given some lessons from a neighbour!!! Of course the garden is also important as well. We have just almost finished last years potatoes, pumpkin, frozen veg and fruit, still plenty of jams and pickles!!!! Take care Diane

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  53. I really enjoyed your Oxford post. I went to Cambridge many times but never Oxford. There are so many beautiful and historic towns in the UK that it is hard to chose when one goes there for just a week or so.

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  54. Oh how wonderful for you!! Hope all goes well and I look forward to "talking" when you are back on line!
    Blessings!
    Ann
    PS I'll wait to post that second St. Nicholas church after I hear that you are on-line again so I can link to you! Meanwhile...if you could keep on the look out for some st. Nicholas churches in France I would be most grateful!! Thanks!!

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  55. Vagabonde glad you enjoyed Oxford, hope you will enjoy my French posts once I am back on the internet. I think that is really where your heart is!! Diane

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  56. Anne 24 hours and I will be 'off line' as soon as I am back I will see what I can find in France for you.Take cae. Diane

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  57. Beautiful!
    I hope you enjoy your time in France...

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  58. Indie.Tea Many thanks I hope to be back with you very soon. Diane

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  59. I'm a bit late but best of luck with the drive and the re connection. I shall look forward to your French news.

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  60. Craig thanks for the good wishes and for your visit. Hope to be on-line and in touch ASAP. Diane

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  61. Diane, I love all the lovely photos of the churches, Whenever I am in one, I feel peace. So glad that I can see beautiful things through your eyes.

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  62. What beautiful pictures to close your English posting for the season. Look forward to the French life coming soon. Have a safe trip and I hope all your connects run smoothly.

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  63. Can't wait until you get back! As usual, your pictures are wonderful! I made your dish that you sumbitted to me for Presto Pasta Nights and I will be posting it next week. I did however, use chicken instead of salmon but it was wonderful and we enjoyed it. I will of course, be linking back to you, thank you!

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  64. Olá, como sempre belas fotografias...Espectacular....
    Cumprimentos

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  65. I have only started to follow your blog but am enjoying living vicariously through it! I look forward to your next post.
    -elle, giftsgatheringsandgusto.blogspot.com

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  66. What a fantastic set of photos! I don't have a favourite this time... :-)
    Happy return to France, Diane, travel safe.

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  67. I really like the photos, they are very nice

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  68. Diane, this is a wonderful journey through Cambridge. I was especially taken with the Merton College Chapel. What an incredible sight.

    I wish you a smooth transition to France. I can't wait till you start blogging again.

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  69. We'll be waiting for you, take your time, beautiful pictures

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  70. These are very intricate and gorgeous structural designs, the stained glass are incredibly beautiful!

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  71. Thanks chubskulit, the churches in Oxford are quite beautiful. Diane

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