qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Ten Little Oxonians

On Sunday kharin and I went up to Oxford to see strange_complex and others. We took the opportunity to explore the newly opened Castle area and had a very pleasant lunch in a Tapas bar there. In the afternoon we did a tour of the Christ Church Picture Gallery. I'm sure I've been years ago as an undergraduate, but didn't really remember any of the exhibits. Of the more permanent items, the busts of George I, II and III were well stationed in three corners of one of the main rooms. The temporary exhibition of watercolours by Thomas Graham Jackson was also well worth a look, featuring studies of various French and Italian townscapes and Mostar Bridge, as well as the more local Examination Schools and the Bridge of Sighs at Hertford.

We meandered through Christ Church meadow to Queen's Lane Coffee House, which seems to have doubled in size and lost some of its ambience, though still quite satisfactory given the inclement weather at the time. It hadn't lost quite as much of its ambience as the Cafe St Giles, which seemed to be closed altogether.

In the early evening we met up with angry_marmot and had a meal at the Big Bang. The venison sausages I had were OK, but if I am honest, not as good as the ones I've had from Newbury Farmers' Market (which are exceptionally good). Finally it was back to The High, for kharin had an invitation to a photo exhibition themed around the Thames and Cherwell. There was also poetry reading, which was mixed; I quite liked Willow Pattern Blues by Jon Stallworthy, but perhaps in the same way one enjoys a pleasant but unremarkable bottle of wine with a fun label. I was quite exhausted by the time I got home, but we seemed to have packed quite a lot in to the day.
Tags: exhibitions, food, oxford
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