Monday, May 20
We had breakfast before checking out of the hotel. Our stay at the Angel was quiet and comfortable and the meals were good.
This is the breakfast room,
The cozy pub,
And the sitting room. It was a bit strange to see the computer in the sitting room with the ancient timber and plaster walls.scouring fairs.
Not surprisingly, it has changed in appearance over the centuries. Illustrations from 1813 and 1835, for example, show no eye and the legs in different positions. During World War One, the horse was almost completely occluded by grass. It World War Two, it was purposefully covered so it could not be used as a navigational aid by German pilots. It stands to reason that after periods of neglect, the design could only be approximated – sort of a visual Telephone Game. If we had a drawing for every year from the time it was created, it would make a great flip book animation.
We had a great view from White Horse Hill even on a cloudy day. Six counties can be seen on a clear day.
We disturbed a flock of sheep who kept their distance.
It was really windy on the hills and I felt bad for the sheep who had already been sheared for the year.
We walked around the Castle and made our way back down to the entrance. We found a spot out of the wind for a picnic lunch. We got married in a national park and decided that rather than go back to that same spot, we’d find a new one to visit each year for our anniversary. When we ended up planning our vacation for the month of our anniversary, I found that the Horse is a British National Trust property and we decided that would qualify.
After our anniversary picnic of pork pie and Guinness-flavored chips for Jim and a vegetarian pie and some Cornish Yarg cheese for me, we packed up the car and headed for Oxford. We checked into the Green Gables Guest House, dropped our luggage in the room and walked into town.
It was the middle of the term so the area around the University of Oxford was very crowded. The campus is open to the public in between terms but there was a security guard at the Great Tom gate of Christ Church College. Great Tom is the bell in the tower.
We passed the Oxford University Press.
I really, really wanted to bring home a shiny new Oxford English Dictionary but was daunted by the size of even the “Shorter Oxford English Dictionary”.
Across the street was a building with some wonderful grotesques.
I haven’t been able to figure out what the building is other than a part of Oxford University, possibly Lincoln or Brasenose College.
I would have loved to go inside the Bodleian Library but it was closed to the public as well.
We walked back along the Thames River and watched the rowing crews practice. Their coaches ride up and down the path on bicycles calling out instructions and encouragement.
They look so graceful gliding along but I know it’s a serious workout.
Next time on SLWS, we get to tour the Mini Plant – birthplace of my darling Mini Roadster!