last saturday a few of us took a stroll through this common meadow.
it was just what i needed. my brain can really get burnt out spending
hours and days in the library and in class...so some fresh air was perfect.
this area inspired both lewis carroll and j.r.r. tolkien.
can't you see this being the place where alice chases the rabbit,
and where four little hobbits stop to find shelter and meet
up with a wizard (but find a 'ranger' instead?).
i'm starting to see how living here can inspire the imagination.
it's also pretty cool that oxford has a day in which they celebrate
carroll's "alice's adventures in wonderland."
kids and parents get dressed up, bookstores have giant chess boards,
the botanical gardens gets all decked out.
we chose to spend 'alice day' out in the meadow.
the trout inn (aka the prancing pony) has delicious food,
and looks out over the river (which is part of the thames).
it was a lovely afternoon indeed.
headed out to the cotswolds today with my class
and our professor as guide as we do a "church crawl"
studying how to read a church from the early modern period.
should be fantastic!