Shakespeare in the Cold and Graves of Old (cheesy, I know...but I am a bit tipsy...it has been an alcohol fueled day!)

Just a short update today! Yesterday, I walked all over Oxford, down the Cowley Road...lots of good smells (ethnic part of town). Then, last night, I went to see a small production of Henry V in the Trinity College gardens. It was wonderful! I layered in a long sleeve shirt, sweater, and a sweat shirt. I was fine until the sun went down completely around 10:00 p.m. Then, the wind picked up and we all froze! Still, it was a wonderful experience to watch Shakespeare's play in Oxford...outdoors! Here are some photos:

This is a not so spectacular photo of Trinity's grounds...I have others from last year...We sat behind the camera shot.


The very simple stage (something that I have found is the hallmark of a good production!)...


The play before intermission around 9:15 p.m...See the guy in green, up front? Well, during intermission there was such a line for the restroom that the MC sent me to the "gents"...when I opened the door, he ran right into me! It was too funny to run into a guy in medieval garb in England...


Very nearly the end of the production (when it is freezing cold!)...



Today (Wednesday), I had coffee and read at Blackwell's. Then, I went to a great flea market/farmers market at Gloucester Green...


Next, I met up with Allen and Dr. Halli for a walk out to Holywell Cemetery (where Walter Pater and Kenneth Grahame are buried). It is also a reserve, so it is very overgrown and has lots of blackberries! I tried one. They aren't quite ripe yet, but it was just for the experience! This is one of my favorite places so far. Your imagination runs wild in there...









This is a photo of a very sad marker. It says that a little boy (aged 4) and his nurse drowned together...


Kenneth Grahame's grave (author of The Wind in the Willows)...




After all of this, Allen, Bob and I ate at a little Japanese place called Edamame http://www.edamame.freeserve.co.uk/. VERY GOOD! The very nice man sitting next to me reminded me of Hugh Grant! Same hair, same disposition as he uses in the early films...think Sense and Sensibility era. (Oh...and Meg Ryan is staying right down the street from me!) Anyway, he was very nervous and adorable. And he did a very nice thing in that he hounded a few waiters until I got a fork (I told him that I was completely inept at using chopsticks.) Anyway, I might have to look out for him again. I had a very strong beer there, so that explains the title of this blog. (Also, for those of you who scoff that "she can't hold her drink!"...well, you are absolutely correct. I get tipsy with a dose of NyQuil.)

Tonight, the faculty has a reception with the Georgia Tech faculty. Then, at 7:45, we are walking out to the parks. I am sure I will have more photos soon!

Update: Just returned from drinks. It took three glasses of wine, but I made it through. This, of course, has nothing to do with the company. Everyone was wonderfully friendly and I spent most of my time with the British attendees. However, I am not a mingling kind of person (I am painfully uncomfortable at such gatherings...I offered to babysit to get out of it!)...Anyway, just a crazy quirk of mine!

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James said…
Awesome! Great pics for a drunk girl!!

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