Last weekend we drove down to Oxford for a short break. The weather looked ominous as we set out with weather warnings from the Met office for wind and rain in Southern England, including Oxford, but we decided not to cancel. The journey down was much easier than I expected. The traffic was surprisingly light on the M6 and the weather didn't create too many problems. The rain wasn't too bad, hust a few very heavy showers, although the wind started to pick up and increased in strength as we drove south.
It was very windy over night and Saturday was windy with heavy showers but Sunday was a glorious sunny day. And the buildings clad in creamy Cotswold stone looked very attractive in the sunshine.
So although I spent some time looking round the Ashmolean, the Modern Art Museum, the Natural History museum and a couple of private galleries, I took the opportunity to get outside and walk around the streets and through the meadows in the fresh, enjoyingt he fresh air ans sunshine.
I was a little restricted on where I could walk, though. Like mush of Southern England, Oxford is enduring flooding, particularly along the Thames and the Cherwell.
The playing fields along the Cherwell behind the Botanic gardens were flooded (anyone forr a game of underwater rugby?)
Looking north along the Cherwell from Magdalen bridge
And the meadows behind Christs College were badly flooded.
As usual I snapped quite a few photos. Here are some of them.
The Radcliffe Camera
Wren's Sheldonian theatre
All Soul's College (with Hawksmoor's towers)
Magdalen College from the bridge
Harris Manchester college
The town hall