Oxford Literary Festival

The rest of the week of talks in Oxford was as good as the opening weekend. A couple days of heavy rain kept me from doing much else, though luckily the skies cleared in time for a walking tour of Literary Oxford. It seems every significant novelist or poet went to an Oxford college and... Continue Reading →

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

I spent a warm summer day last year in Kew Gardens, enjoying the beds and borders and getting inspiration for my own garden (which is actually a small balcony covered in flora). There is a lot of ground to cover there and I was pretty exhausted by the end of the day. Luckily my hotel... Continue Reading →

Sunday morning in Oxford

My favourite time to be in Oxford - and this is true of most European cities - is Sunday morning. The city is almost entirely my own at that time, before the buses laden with day tourists pull into Gloucester Green and when the shops are still dark inside. This is the best time to... Continue Reading →

Summer School

July 2016 One does like to keep an open mind when visiting a new place. That is why one is often quick to proclaim, “I have no expectations,” upon arrival. But this is hardly convincing. It would be more accurate to say that one does not know one’s own expectations until one is forced to... Continue Reading →

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