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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire September 19th 2019

So, now was the time to earn my paycheck. I was in England for a training session for a new program, near one of our main offices in Wallingford. The session was held at Jesus College at Oxford University, one of 38 colleges that make up the University. It was very nice and in a way, I think it helped our focus. At the time, students were still on break, so I think there were a few other companies holding sessions at the college and we were all accommodated in individual dorm rooms. I wish I had this room in college! I had a nice comfy double bed, my own small bathroom, and plenty of desk and storage space, as well as a mini fridge where I kept a few snacks and drinks. I patted myself ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Henley-on-Thames September 13th 2019

13 September 2019, Friday Day 12 on Thames Path. Reading to Henley-on-Thames, day 28 of travel We left the Crowne Plaza hotel around 0830 and walked a little over a mile to the Tesco superstore where we had breakfast at the cafe inside. I had told Jo, Norma and Karen it was a short 7.5 mile day. It turned out to be more than 11.5. We started at the Caversham bridge and passed a footbridge over the Thames. This is a suspension bridge with a single structural tower and cables to the abutments that support the bridge deck. Then the bicycles started flying by. A duck on the shore was resting on one leg. Jo commented the duck was doing Pilates. Our own bodies could use a good Pilates session. Today we are looking for the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Wallingford September 10th 2019

10 September 2019, Tuesday Abingdon to Wallingford day 10 on Thames Path, day 24 of travel. One misty, moisty morning When foggy was the weather We met with old friends Not dressed up in leather With apologies to this old nursery rhyme, we do join together for our morning walk. It is a very misty morning as we leave Cosenar's House for our 'daily constitution.' At Abington lock there is a demonstration of how the old wooden weir system worked on the locks. This we attempted to describe earlier when we talked to Steven, the lock keeper at Northmoor. The upper and lower weir paddles are shown and the bottom supports in the river bed. It takes a person in excellent shape to handle this system. The display, almost like an outdoor sculpture, was a tribute ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Abingdon September 9th 2019

9 September 2019, Monday Day 8 of Thames Path, Oxford to Abingdon, day 23 of travel. Our rest day in Oxford included many interesting things about this university town. Today we leave by heading back toward town to the bridge across the Thames at Abingdon Road. Here we pick up the Thames Path and start our walk on to Abingdon. Our breakfast was served at 7:30 which meant we got almost an hour earlier start than on prior days. The path is crowded with bicyclists and joggers and walkers heading into Oxford. The forecast for the day is for 50 to 60% chance of rain every hour, so we are prepared with our rain gear today. As we approach our first lock, Iffley Lock, our attention is drawn to the tower of a church. This is ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford September 8th 2019

8 September 2019, Sunday The photos are back so we have revised and edited this post. A rest day and visit to Oxford. No walking on Thames Path today. Day 23 of travel. Our breakfast at Lakeside Guest House features fresh fruit with granola and yogurt. We plan our day to explore the colleges and see downtown Oxford. Here is Karen's narrative of our day. Sunday - A day amongst the 'dreaming spires of Oxford.' We have a lovely breakfast in a sunny dining area and then are off to see the town. - According to a 2017 census the population of Oxford is 154,600 people. This is misleading as the traditional, 'old' part of the city where the university is located, is very compact. We have signed up for one of those 'pay what you ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford September 7th 2019

7 September 2019, Saturday Thames Path day 6, Newbridge to Oxford Day 22 of travel There are several items around Rose Revived about Newbridge in West Oxfordshire County. There is a sign indicating 40 miles from the source of the Thames and 154 miles to the barrier in London. The sign also heralds (from a time long ago) the early announcement of the opening of The Rose Revived by the new owners. "Redecoration of the facility, with all the amenities currently available, makes the inn quite desirable." Cross the road is a sign for the meadow and discovery of the lower windrush path and valley. Our taxi driver meets us at about 9:30 for transport back to the Ferryman Inn at Bablock Hythe to begin our walk and reduce the distance into Oxford by about three ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Thame September 4th 2019

Now starting to get very excited about our Australian visit in just over a weeks time.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Henley-on-Thames March 22nd 2019

Henley-on-Thames is rather an iconic town, bigger than a village but hardly a city. It is of course on the Thames River. Amazingly to me, the water rushes in and out because of a tidal influence. The word “rushes” is not used lightly. We could see various water birds (ducks, swans, etc) racing downstream with the outgoing tide, but hardly moving when trying to move upstream. Lots of water craft. Many have seen better days, and several are well maintained. Boats are available for hire, ranging from the large to small motor boats.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford September 29th 2018

A glimpse into the life of Lord & Lady Nuffield & a look around this millionaires modest abode - we certainly walked into a time capsule. William Morris (not the William Morris of Arts & Crafts fame) this William Morris, later known as Lord Nuffield was one of the world's greatest philanthropist of the 20th century. He brought cheap motoring to Britain, by introducing mass production processes in 1912 he registered WRM Motors Ltd for the manufacture of cars. Lord Nuffield was never extravagant with his money and gave much away to good causes. In 1927 he started to give large sums to hospitals particularly in areas where he had car manufacturing factories. His name is familiar in regard to many aspects of medicine Nuffield Orthopaedic centre, Nuffield Institute for Medical Research to name just a ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire September 28th 2018

Just under 2hrs drive before we arrived at The White Hart hotel in Dorchester-on-Thames. Our home for the next 2 nights. We knew check-in was not until 2pm so we enjoyed a light lunch in the bar area watching all the passers by who were visiting the flower festival just a few hundred yards away & where we would be heading in the afternoon. I took a stroll along the high street, so many pretty doors ( I do like doors). It was soon time to visit the Abbey, the main reason for our visit. It was 2pm and we were shown to our room, well more like a suite really on 2 levels with beamed ceilings & a lounge area, a lovely surprise that's for sure. The theme of the Flower Festival was 'Footsteps - ... read more
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