Sunday, September 12, 2010

Oxford, Rousham and Gloucestershire Cotswolds

Spent 24hrs in the Oxford on way to Cotswolds. Very old city & interesting from many angles. Found it easier to stay out of town & catch bus in rather than battle with traffic & non-existant parking spaces. Many famous colleges, churches , streets & shops.

Back lanes of Oxford

Dining Hall at Christ's College, Oxford. If you haven't heard of it you may have seen it in some Harry Potter movies, which used the location.

Tom Quad, Christs College

Rousham House, north of Oxford.
The garden was open but not the house. Think I spotted the owners walking their dogs. They didn't invite us in for a cream tea. Impressive pile, but the garden was what we wanted to see. Some may remember it from Monty Don's 'Around the world in 80 gardens'. It is not developed at all for tourists-no tea rooms or gift shops. Spent half a day there and only saw a few people.
Famous for being maintained as it was originally designed and for being owned by the same family all that time.

Inside of Pigeon Tower, Rousham

Parterre garden, Rousham - with impressive Pigeon Loft. Early autumn with lots flowering - many roses and the best collection of dahlias I have ever seen. Barry synchronising watch with the sundial.

There was a walled garden, productive vegetable garden, fruit trees laden with cherries, pears & apples etc. Also large landscaped and wooded areas, with statues & follies at every turn. Also a terrific stone ha ha wall (sunken wall designed to control stock without being visible from at least one angle, so landscape looks uninterrupted) . We took a picnic lunch and wandered around for a few hours.

For Jane - We enjoyed staying with Arthur & Margaret. They made us feel very welcome.
Didn't get a photo of them, so here's one of their lovely Cotswold stone cottage. They live in a beautiful part of the world.

Arthur & Barry. A before-dinner walk behind their house(looking over the Ozleworth valley)

And Dad- the Korean Pine is doing fine................J

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