I recently spent a couple of days in Oxford – the main purpose of my visit was to see the Happy Birthday Edward Lear and Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology (they were more than worth the trip!), but a crisp and beautiful English winter’s day (in-between some very inclement weather) allowed for some excellent outdoor explorations too.

early morning reflections

descendants of the very first?
[Oxford was first settled by Saxons in c.900AD with the foundation of an oxen crossing on the river, and was known as ‘Oxenforda’, i.e. ‘Ford of the Oxen’]

christ church college

nervous system | nervous lion

blue and white / diagonals

bright spots… and a mythical beast?

those dreaming spires

purple puddle

golden gargoyles


and early evening silhouettes

I also spent many, many absorbing hours perusing the vast and wonderful collections of the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Over the course of the next few days I hope to post (oh, for more hours in each day!) photos of some of the beautiful and fascinating objects on display in these museums. I was quite overwhelmed by the thousands upon thousands of hours of skilled and thoughtful human handwork they represent.

some much-needed r&r at the end of a long day… footsore but fulfilled

The title of this post references, and is in honour of, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written in Oxford by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) between 1862 and 1865