I’m finished copying the slides taken in Oxford over several visits, and included a few in today’s post. Two days ago, in a fit of piqué, I tossed most of the Bath slides we took in 1986, in the trash. Today I worked on Cambridge or was it Canterbury? You know how it goes, if its Thursday this must be….
A view from a church in Oxford. I like to visit churches, cathedrals, museums, gardens and old buildings. Lots to see in Oxford and easy to reach by train from London, which we did on a few occasions. We also went by car a couple of times. I haven’t visited Oxford in several decades, but I watch lots of Morse, Lewis, etc. on TV, so see many of those old familiar places.
As an undergraduate at Mary Washington College, I took art history classes and focused on architecture. Years later through the school of continuing education at Georgetown, I studied several kinds of architecture in Europe, England and the US.
When I travel, I look for the architectural detail various professors showed us in slides. The detail tells me when something was constructed. As does the foundation stone if you can find one. Oxford is so old there are plenty of examples from the fourteenth century on.
I like gardens and I wrote a paper on botanic gardens for my history of science grad class. I also worked as a volunteer in a historic garden years ago, although it had belonged to an American diplomat, not an Oxford College.
Every time I went to Oxford, I visited the Botanic Gardens (photos below). Did you know the botanic garden at Oxford began as a physic garden and later became an attempt to recreate the Garden of Eden? Plants from all over the world are housed here in the hot houses and on the grounds.
1. A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
2. Archaic The art or profession of medicine.
tr.v. phys·icked, phys·ick·ing, phys·ics
1. To act on as a cathartic.
2. To cure or heal.
3. To treat with or as if with medicine.
[Middle English phisik, from Old French fisique, medical science, natural science, from Latin, natural science, from Greek phusik, feminine of phusikos, of nature, from phusis, nature; see bheu- in Indo-European roots.]