This years visit to Giffords

Giffords Circus has become for us a bit of an annual pilgrimage, we first went a couple of years ago for our friend’s Zoe’s birthday and from that moment on we were hooked. This year we insisted on dragging Fi and Alex (who had never been to Giffords before) along with us and as always Read more about This years visit to Giffords[…]

Tamsin Abbott – a stained glass day trip

I got an email some time ago from most excellent supplier of glass Creative Glass Guild who are based in Bristol. As well as informing me about the latest glass they had for sale (be still itchy fingers & please step away from my purse) it mentioned that one of my favourite glass artists Tamsin Read more about Tamsin Abbott – a stained glass day trip[…]

Insects at home and abroad at Oxford Natural History Museum

I don’t tend to write much about work on here, mostly because this is an out of work blog and so filled with out of work things, but this evening’s activity is too good not to share. I work as an environment coordinator and the best bit about that role is organising events to get Read more about Insects at home and abroad at Oxford Natural History Museum[…]

Philip Pullman – Oxford Literary Festival

Up until two weeks ago I didn’t think I would be going to Oxford Literary Festival this year. I had tried and failed to get a single ticket to see Philip Pullman talk about all things Northern Lights related and some thoughts on his new work all about Dust – that magical substance that exists in Read more about Philip Pullman – Oxford Literary Festival[…]

All aboard for a trip to the Enchanted Market

Yesterday we set our alarm for earlier than usual on a weekend and drove up first to Newbury to collect Jam’s mum Gaynor and then onto Bracknell, where the Enchanted Market had touched down for a couple of days. The building it was held in is usually a school but it was transformed by some Read more about All aboard for a trip to the Enchanted Market[…]

Late with Blake

A new exhibition of William Blake works has just opened at the Ashmolean Museum and so a Live Friday was held to mark the occasion, we met up with friends David and Yuan Yuan, first for a fantastic meal at Shanghai 30s and then to experience the late night delights. And what delights there were! Read more about Late with Blake[…]

A visit to the gardens at Compton Acres

 Jam and I were down in Boscombe for a wedding (his cousins) and the reception was held in a mock Italian villa set in some of the Compton Acres gardens. What we saw of the gardens were so lovely we decided to go back the day after and look round the rest. So here is the Read more about A visit to the gardens at Compton Acres[…]

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[…]