Etsy Christmas Fair

So the weekend was the excellent & long awaited Oxford Etsy Christmas fair. This year it was held at the Oxford Examinations school which felt like a very post venue (there was a beautiful ceiling with animals on it, I was under the boar). The weeks before the fair were a blur of activity as Read more about Etsy Christmas Fair[…]

Taking great photos at Oxgrow

One of the fantastic things about living in Oxfordshire is all the fab events that you can attend. I spotted the above flyer in the newsletter for Oxgrow a local edible community garden (you can find out more about them here). The photography workshop really appealed to me as since buying a second hand DSLR Read more about Taking great photos at Oxgrow[…]

A wander to Worton Organic Garden

In my diary I keep a list of local places I’d quite like to visit. This Saturday we didn’t have any fixed plans and the sun was shining so we headed off to explore Worton Organic Garden. The farm is hidden away near some stables & well off the beaten track. There is a restaurant Read more about A wander to Worton Organic Garden[…]

Second stained glass class

This weekend I completed my second stained glass class under the expert tutorage of Sarah Glover. Before going to the class I was unsure what I wanted to make, at my first class I was convinced that I wanted to do an owl but this time I was torn between a mythical dragon (I blame Read more about Second stained glass class[…]

King Lear at the Bodleian

So last night we headed into Oxford to see the RSC touring production of King Lear. The lead part was played by Joseph Marcell who James recognised instantly as Geoffrey from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He was wandering round the audience before the play started as were a few of the other actors. Read more about King Lear at the Bodleian[…]

Irregular Folk at the Perch

So on Saturday Jam, David and I headed off to Binsey Lane to The Perch for a fab day of folk courtesy of Vez and her amazing Bedouin tent, also known as Irregular Folk. First things first we sampled the Perch’s menu:  and then took a stroll wandering round the brilliant garden. (Alice in Wonderland in Read more about Irregular Folk at the Perch[…]

People and plants at the botanical gardens

Tonight we went to the botanical gardens in Oxford for a guided tour given by the lovely and very knowledgeable Katherine French who is currently studying ethno botany at the university. In short it was fascinating! We started off in the poisonous bed Belladonna which has modern uses for dilating the pupil A Harry Potter favourite the Mandrake, Read more about People and plants at the botanical gardens[…]

Not rushing – recaining a chair

A few months ago Jam’s dad gave me this beautiful corner chair, the seat was broken and he thought I’d enjoy the challenge of fixing it. It’s been say in the spare room for a couple of months till I realised the most wonderful Ardington School of craft had a re-caining course. A place was Read more about Not rushing – recaining a chair[…]

Markets and fairs

Thought I’d start a series of posts to give an insight into some of the most excellent things that happen in Oxford on what seems to be a daily basis. The first is an old favourite the Thursday Antique/collectables market at Gloucester Green. There are always loads of fab stalls and I usually end up coming Read more about Markets and fairs[…]