Saturday, November 29, 2008

Up Early With The Fog

Been out of action for a few days, but I am back on track now.  While I was stuck at home we had the Christmas Lights turned on, The Queens visit, and Bonn Square reopening so I missed a few good photo's I am sure unfortunately. 

Very foggy in Oxford this morning and while out to station tried to get capture this in the lights of the cars and the street lighting.  Hoping it will clear up this morning and I will be able to see what is happening with the new Bonn Square redesign. 

Monday, November 24, 2008

Now We Have Blue Sky

Following on from an earlier post, today we had blue sky's all day, but boy is was cold and I think tonight is going to be very cold!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

County Hall Christmas Lights

County Hall called in the County Fire Services to help get to the high spots on the tree outside County Hall.  Everywhere is starting to get real Christmassy now.  Every store in the High Street has there Christmas window displays up, and next week I think we will have our Christmas Lights turned on.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Maison Blanc Oxford Window Display

Taken early this morning the window at the newly refurbished Maison Blanc on the Woodstock Road.  Always very popular but even more so on a Saturday Morning with all the freshly baked bread and pastries, mmmmm   A little bit of France in Oxford!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Glowing Pink Sunset

Just liked the colours and the silhouette of the naked trees today when I saw this.  Sky was great at about 4.30pm this evening.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Has Savills In Summertown Moved?

Not sure why but Savills in Summertown have moved a couple of doors into new larger, brighter offices, you can see where the old store used to be in this photo, were the For Lease sign is, I am sure the new corner offices will attract more people into the office during this slow time for Real Estate Agents.  Savills of Summertown have not gone under, just moved a couple of doors down into bigger offices.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Duck On Waters Edge

I think that the river was flowing a little too fast this afternoon, even for ducks!  Spotted this great looking duck just sitting on the edge thinking about going in to the water, he didn't while I was watching.  Rivers are flowing well in Oxford with all the rain we have had over the last week.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dull And Grey

Not the most colourful photo, but that is how it is in Oxford at the moment, very black/white/grey everywhere you look. Not a lot of leaves on the tree's as you can see, so we are really heading into the winter months now.  Was just feeling a little grey when I was out and about today, sorry!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Magdalen College Gate/Happy Birthday Prince Charles

Taken early this morning, with the long shadows.  One of the gateways into Magdalen College with the Union Flag flying for Prince Charles 60th Birthday.  All of the Colleges were flying the Union Flags today for the Prince.  I know not a lot of wind when this photo was taken and the flag is a little hard to see.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Queen Elizabeth House

I said I was going to be in College Land all this week, and today I was in Queen Elizabeth House in Mansfield Road.  This is where the Universities Department of International Development is headquartered.  This area is where students and visitors can relax, read the daily papers and chill.  I have a feeling that this area is going to undergo a change after Christmas. 

More Diplomatic Plates in town, but I was not allowed to take photo's of The President of Slovenia's cars while parked in the High Street.  Managed to get one before the police started to question me.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Eagle and Child

Built around 1650 and now owned by St John's College this famous Oxford pub is not far from the busy commercial centre of Oxford in St Giles.  The Eagle and Child is popular tourist stop in Oxford as it was where JRR Tolkin and CS Lewis met up for a pint once a week for about 20 years.  Well worth a visit, like this photo as there are no cars in front of the pub!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Balliol College Great Doors

Facing straight onto Broad Street in Oxford is the entrance to Balliol College.  Today the larger door was open as I was about to go in, normally they just have the little hatch door to enter, where the thousands of people going in and out over the years has warn away the pavement.  Nice day in Oxford today, Did manage to see a diplomatic number plate this afternoon, click here

Monday, November 10, 2008

St Catherine's Creek

I am going to be in College Land all this week, so expect a few photo's of colleges over the next few days.  It was raining a lot today and most of the Rivers around Oxford are flowing well, including the small creeks that feed in to them like this one in Manor Road before St Catherine's College.  Not exactly sure if it has a name, but it is part of the River Cherwell system.  Like the yellow from the tree.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Remembrance Sunday Oxford 2008

This year will mark the 90th anniversary of the original Armistice Day in 1918 when the Allies and the Germans signed the armistice treaty in a railway carriage near the front line in the France.  This morning in Oxford we gathered with past and present members of the armed forces to remember those who died and served the United Kingdom in all past conflicts. After the service at St Giles there was a march past of those to have served. Additional photo's here.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Starting To Get Christmassy At The Covered Market

Very busy little area of the Covered Market today was the Florist that was selling craft items for Christmas.  Love the all the Autumn colours on the stand, I think that the stores will have there Christmas decorations up soon.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Major Works At The Old Hospital

Since the Radcliffe Hospital closed about two years ago and was purchased by Oxford University there has been a lot of work going on at the site.  Today I managed to get up high to get a couple of photo's over the fence to see what has been happening.  There used to be a three story hospital wing were that bulldozer is now. I think this redevelopment is going to take a while to complete.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Autumn Colours

Great colours at the moment in Oxford as I tried to show in this photo taken this morning while in Chalfont Road. Days have been grey over the last week, so the colours in the trees help brighten up the scenery.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Guy Fawkes Night In Wolvercote

the Bone-fire is set alight and the crowd watch the fireworks display that is provided by the publican of the local pub "The Plough".  This is definitely the best place to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night in Oxford, next year head to the Green in Wolvercote.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Very Good Volvo In Great Condition Body Wise

Nice looking Volvo, wonder what it is like to drive?  Would it have another 4000 trouble free miles in her?  I am looking for a solid car for next Summer when I plan to go for a little drive to Moscow, I was thinking that I nice older Volvo like this one would do the trick.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Oxford Covered Market - Market Street

I was looking at great black and white photo's on flickr taken in Oxford and decided to go out and start looking for black and white shots.  I was walking around the city centre and decided that I like the Covered Market Sign and took this shot with a bit of movement in it.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Recession But A Full Car Park

The sky maybe grey, and we maybe in a recession but the car park is full at this Cowley box store centre.  I was reading in the papers today we will not go into recession until early next year as that is when the Australian band AC/DC will be touring the UK. Every tour of the UK that AC/DC has done has been while the UK economy has been in recession, mean while shoppers still shop and fight for car parking spaces in order to buy the bands latest album which is currently at #1.