Wherever you are in Oxford, you're being watched - no, not by CCTV, but by faces and statues on doors, walls and roofs - old stone and carving everywhere. Quirky alleyways, glimpses of gardens through doorways and gateways, the doors themselves - all things that I find fascinating, with the suggestion of thing hidden, secret, maybe even forbidden. I also chanced on a fabulous exhibition in the Bodleian Library - small but full of treasures - medieval manuscripts and a first folio of Macbeth amongst them, illustrating aspects of fantasy and magic used by authors such as Tolkien. There were several exhibits that fitted into a long term project that is currently in research. I now know what a volvelle is, and there will definitely be one of those in the book. I briefly checked out the Ashmolean - I shall need to look at some pictures there in due course - and I took a quick look at the Randolph hotel. I was staying there for the weekend when I picked up an entry form for a writing contest - which I won! My first validation that I could write and that maybe one day I would publish a book.
I had a really good time, and the picture gallery is below.
|Watchers - I think this is Pan, holding up the porch, with the Green man on the door itself?|
|I liked the combination of old looking door and shiny new keyhole.|
|Watchers on the roof this time.|
|I loved the name of this little alleyway.|
|The famous literary pub.|
|Poster for the Magical Books exhibition.|
|This caught my eye in the Ashmolean Museum. Lovely drapes - wonder what it would have looked like with the missing head and arms?|
|I had lunch in what is reputed to be the first central university building - 1320.|
|I'm watching you!|
|So am I!|
|Flower border at Balliol|
|Fond memories of the Randolph- and afternoon tea!|