My parents are currently visiting from Germany, and I had the nice challenge of finding a destination for an enjoyable outing that wouldn’t proove to be to much for my mum’s back problems.
We set out from a very sunny and warm London and drove North-West towards Oxford. As Oxfordshire opened up before us (my very favourite view as you drive down the hill between two rock walls), we saw a big black wall of clouds that seemed to cover all of Oxfordshire. OH NO!
Well, we continued on into Oxford and after finally locating a parking spot (quite a challenge, as anyone knows, who’s tried this feat before) started having a look around. I love the old university buildings and book stores, cafés and shops. But – of course – it started raining. After fleeing into a little Italian restaurant and making the best out of the weather by having some lunch inside, I ran for the car and picked my parents up where they had found some shelter from the rain.
What to do?! There was no way I’d give up. Should I just let a rain front alter my plans for the day? Nope! Sooooo, we bravely went on through the rain to Blenheim Palace to have a look at the gardens and park. AND….. the sun came through after all!!!!!! Yey! Here are some pictures from the garden and the Butterfly House at Blenheim (the once-upon-a-time-home of Winston Churchill)
Also, we found the very nice maze. And while my mother sat down as she was in quite a lot of back pain, my father and I went to explore ….. The Maze …..
Oh, and the really funky Month-of-the-Year-Sun-Dial! Have a look at this! Of course I just had to try it…
…so I stood with my feet in the little square readying ‘May’ and…..
….my shadow appeared just slightly left of the 5 on the sun dial. Great – It definitely works (as long as there is some sunshine)!
So, we took the little train back across the grounds to the car….
…. got the car, and drove home towards London 🙂