A stunning palace, with it's own lake, forests, landscaped parklands- this is Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Combine this with the popular TV series, Countryfile, which makes me proud of the beautiful British rolling hills and stunning coastlines. You have Countryfile Live 2016 with presenters and all! It makes me want to pull on a pair of wellies and meet outdoorsy … [Read more...] about What to expect at Countryfile Live 2016 at Blenheim Palace?
Taking baby steps has worked! This week we've stuck to buying British for our meat and veg. I even managed to pop into the fabulous Covered Market in Oxford town center where I got a pretty good selection of meats: Pork chops, chicken wings and chicken drums and thighs. The 3 packs for £6. This worked out to just a slither more expensive than my usual supermarket … [Read more...] about Friday footprint challenge: progress with buying local
We live in the beautiful Oxford. Oxford is supposedly a cycling city, yet there have been a number of cycling deaths in city in the past years. I hasten to add, not cyclists' faults from what I can gather from the news and folklore. The cycling network is haphazardous: On the road, then on the pavement, then it just stops. Or even worse the road narrows, as a traffic … [Read more...] about We did it!!! Cycling to school in Oxford
There we were badger watching; sitting in Wytham Woods with a small group of folks. My 5 year old and 7 year old were fidgeting, but trying their hardest to stay as quiet and still as possible. Almost 2 hours; It was a long time to sit still, especially on a chilly evening! It all started with a postcard I picked up at the Natural History Museum; on the back … [Read more...] about Badger watching on an early May evening, Wytham Woods
For the last three years we've eagerly awaited the circus coming to town. The bright Zippos Circus posters go up in un-missable quantities; Then the caravans start arriving to the top of South Park. All of a sudden, within a matter of hours, there it is: the big top standing tall with one of the most beautiful views you can get of Oxford as a backdrop. Last night was a … [Read more...] about Ringside at Zippos Circus