Sculpture in the vineyard …. a stunning exhibition!


There’s more to wine than wine tasting, which is why I probably overuse the phrase “it’s not about the wine”. So, at the risk of being repetitive .... there are many reasons for visiting a vineyard and not all of them are about wine tasting. Last month we spent a day at one of our … Continue reading Sculpture in the vineyard …. a stunning exhibition!

Wines & Vines under those “Dreaming Spires”


First a little historical stuff! Oxford is the county town of Oxfordshire and famous worldwide for its prestigious university, the oldest in the English-speaking world. In his poem ‘Thyrsis’ the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold called Oxford ‘the city of dreaming spires’ after the stunning architecture of these university buildings. Arnold wrote his poem to commemorate the … Continue reading Wines & Vines under those “Dreaming Spires”

Only the educated are free …… so stop moaning!


Epictetus, the Stoic philosopher, has always been a favourite of mine alongside Epicurus and Socrates. One of his lasting pronouncements was “Only the educated are free”, a phrase we originally used as the motto of our new primary education charity in Nepal back in 2007. We chose to set up an education based aid organisation … Continue reading Only the educated are free …… so stop moaning!

WordPress Photo Challenge: Rounded …… in Oxford #2


Oxford Museum of Natural History is my venue for a second photo in this weeks Photo Challenge. It’s internal roof structure is a magnificent lattice of straight cast iron girders, occasionally interrupted by ..... a circle! Why, I have no idea, but it looks good and must have a purpose. Rounded

WordPress Photo Challenge: Rounded …… in Oxford


I took this photo a while back in Oxford of the rounded Radcliffe Camera building, designed by James Gibbs to house the Radcliffe Science Library of the University in 1737. I couldn’t resist a photo splash effect with the student and her bike against a monochrome background on a quiet morning before the crowds of … Continue reading WordPress Photo Challenge: Rounded …… in Oxford