We finished our pet sit with wonderful Rufus and Flora a few days ago. And said good bye to their wonderful parents, Sarah and Frank.
William Butler Yeats said of Oxford; “I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. ” I doubt that the students who attend the University feel like they only have to dream right before exams.
We decided to spend our four day break between pet sitting assignments here in Oxford. I love this beautiful city of colleges and libraries. It speaks to the academic side of my life. So we have been staying at a bed and breakfast in Headington on the bus route five minutes away from Oxford center. There are 38 colleges that make up the Oxford University. Many of the colleges were established from the Middle Ages to the Tudor time in England. Most of them are composed of a dining hall, a chapel and rooms for the students to live in. Here are some photographs of Merton College , one of the oldest ones ; established in 1264.
This is a photo of the dining hall at Christ Church College. It is famous for the films of Harry Potter which were shot here.
Most of the colleges have a main gate, a tower and a porter’s lodge. The most famous is Tom Tower and gate. The bells in this tower ring every night at 9:05 one hundred and one times for each of the original students that attended Christ Church. It was their curfew.
Christ Church has a large cathedral which is for the Oxford diocese. It is both a college chapel and a cathedral. The inside is beautiful and ornate.
We also visited Magdalen College which stands near the River Cherwell. Students crew the punts (flat boats) for visitors. It is a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon.
They have an excellent male choir that sings in their chapel. I got to sit in during an Evensong performance that was beautiful.
We are staying in today as it is raining and David has come down with a cold. We have to pack up and take the train to our next sit in Hastings tomorrow.