I’m just back from 3 days in Oxford. I’ve only visited on a day trip before, so it was good to have more time to explore, although I could happily have stayed much longer, there was still so much more to see. I had been to the Pitt-Rivers Museum before, and although it is marvellous we went to the Ashmolean this time, which obviously needs more than a half day visit. I wish it were my local museum, the new wing is fabulous. Highlights there for me were an astonishing enormous Spanish embroidery, Uccello’s The Hunt, and lots of ancient ceramics; I grew to love these during my ceramic years. The best thing, however, was my frog . For many years I have had a postcard of a little metallic embroidered frog purse which I love, and I was hoping to see it in real life. There it was, tinier than I thought, but such a sweet little chap, in one of the textiles showcases. What a simple pleasure, and naturally I had to buy a book about the English embroidery collection at the Ashmolean, which is where this image is from.
He’s 17th century, embroidered in metallic thread needle point stitches, with wrapped wire legs and added beads. He’s about 7 cm long.
Here are a few other images of Oxford. I took about 300 pictures but I’m only posting 267 of them for now.
Magdalen College, the Great Tower, from the Botanic Gardens. We visited the College, the grounds were stunning with spring flowers, the river, a meadow of snakeshead fritillaries and deer. The Botanic Gardens were good too, the first Botanic Gardens to be laid out in England, during the 1600s. They were planted for the study of medicinal plants, still a strong feature of some of the planting today.
The river walk at Magdalen College.
Magnolia outside the church of Saint Mary the Virgin, where Oxford University began in the 14th century. It also has a very good cafe, how things do change.
Punts on the River Cherwell by the Botanic Gardens, from Magdalen Bridge.
Hertford College Bridge.
An inviting passageway to the Turf Tavern, a great little pub, which we were forced to visit twice.