Educated family adventures

Something I’m trying to ignore this week is the fact that, although it’s half-term at Vicar School, the other half of my life (i.e. the church job half) is very busy. So busy in fact, that I had to turn down an invitation to Texas. As four friends jetted off there over the last few days, I have to admit to being just a tad jealous.

But half-term does at least mean a free Monday, which happily coincided with my mother paying a visit to my sister. A day-trip to Oxford seemed like a good way to spend some quality time together, especially as we designated it a ‘Laurel day’ – a day named after a family friend with whom days out invariably involve travelling from cafe to cafe and a lot of cake. We got in some culture at the Ashmolean (though there was little point in staying long as its cafe was shut), consumed tea and a pastry, visited the covered market, ate lunch, shopped a little, and walked through some colleges. All in all, I think you’d agree, a very cultured day…

You know you’re in Oxford when even the street names get educational:

One of the best things about Oxford is its covered market (location of the original Ben’s Cookies and a eat-in Pie Minister). A gem of a shop is cake decorating related, with windows full of impressive creations. I decided that its creation of the Bodleian could be an excellently apt wedding cake, but that a comparison with the original was essential:

In case you can’t tell, the cake’s on the left…

The last time the three of us went on a cultural adventure, it was our weekend in Paris. There we created the ever-fun statue game, so it was great to have another opportunity to play it. Sadly, there were few opportunities, save this one in the (very quiet) courtyard of the Bodleian: 

It always seems as though people are trying to find a deeper meaning to everything in the city of dreaming spires – even the graffiti:

I’ll leave that last one to your own interpretation…