Friday, May 31, 2013

Christ Church - The Chapel of Oxford University

The first place we wanted to visit in this city full of history was Oxford University's Christ Church.  It  was the first Anglican Church established by Henry the VIII after several Catholic  popes refused him the right to divorce and marry   He solved that issue by having the popes murdered and making himself the head of the church in England.  He then he moved into the church and took up residence.  There goes the neighborhood!  
Somehow God has seen to redeem those early roots and it has become a place of true worship and beauty.  
What a difference a 500 years makes.
During the second world war British laymen removed the beautiful stained glass windows from churches all over England to save them from the bombings.  They were stored here and there and after the war there were a lot of stacked up windows in storage.  Not all of them were marked so many were just randomly placed back in vacant church widows so you can't always be sure the window you see is the original one placed there.
There are famous dead people everywhere you step.  Oh, my.
 Yes, those Wesley brothers

This table and cross were gifted by Queen Elizabeth   They were carved from a tree on her property.  This Sunday we will attend a concert (evensong) at this church given in honor of her coronation.

This man led an anti bombing of German villages movement during the war.  He was met by much resistance as you can imagine but his 'two wrongs don't make a right' stance ultimately won him great respect.  He was a friend of Detrick Bonhoeffer and kept up with the early movement of the Nazi's ethnic cleansing.  Although many did not want to hear it he spoke out with the truth.
I realize we need to know our past before we can fully address our future with wisdom.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


It was with a fond memories that we packed up and headed to a town named for the place where oxen ford (ded) over the river.

We did what women do -- we threw down our bags in our darling flat and headed to town.  This is what we discovered along the way...

Punting on the Thames.

We actually went back and bought some of these after a few rainy days.
New signs and wonders.........

At the end of a days of new sights we were hungry so we schleped our groceries home for a quiet dinner.
More to come.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The 100th Chelsea Flower Show

The day PJ and I landed in London Town we discovered that The Chelsea Flower Show opened the next day.  When we went online we discovered that it had been sold out for months.
"Let's just go over there and see what happens.  After all it has always been on our 'bucket list"' he suggested.
We hopped the tube and as we entered the gates of the hospital grounds for retired British soldiers  (they are the beneficiaries of the event) we made a donation to the soldiers and proudly put on our stickers that I hoped would mark us as "good guys" and maybe help our chances of securing two tickets.  
Well, long story short we got tickets that were being returned!  Come on along................
Everything was coming up roses!

Every species of every beautiful flower - who knew?

 A shower head fountain - how fun!

 This was a fountain.  Imagine.

It was a picnic of a day!
PJ takes me on the best dates!