Fall's changing leaves, Oxford, England.
Have just spent two lovely weeks in the UK, visiting Oxford, Guildford, Chichester and various points along the South Coast. Went antiquing (didn't buy a thing, although sorely tempted by an Italian gilt sofa); shopping (coats, clothes, boots and books and an extra bag to get it all home) and visited family. At a cozy little inn in Rigby (believe it or not!) where Lord Nelson stayed en route to the Naval fleet at Portsmouth, David and I ran into an old (French) friend from Paris.
We saw a colourful circus (sadly, rain prevented photographs) and stunning Roman mosaics - the Fishbourne Roman Palace - unearthed in an archelogical dig in the 1960s. We visited the historic Arundel Castle, climbing dozens of narrow, steep stone steps through winding passages to the Castle Keep. It was well worth the trek for sweeping views of the surrounding town and countryside. We toured the castle's interior rooms (where The Young Victoria was filmed earlier this year), visited two chapels and walked in the landscaped Collector Earl's Garden.
We spent a week at a charming slope-roofed cottage near Merston, with the bonus of a flock of nearly 100 sheep in a pasture just ten feet away. I read books, watched documentaries and snapped photos of the sheep and resident roosters, while David went bird-watching. We visited an ancient graveyard and walked along the rocky seashore. It was peaceful and beautiful - but it took only two days back in Paris for me to become stressed, with computer issues, deadlines galore and some long-distance family drama.
I have hundreds of photos still to process (to resize, to discourage theft). Have decided to stop watermarking my images, after reading a Wired article ridiculing this practice. I also have email to answer and your blogs to read. Back soon with more photos and stories.
Red leaf-covered building, Oxford.
Flame-coloured trees on the grounds surrounding Arundel Castle.
Remnants of stone building near Arundel Castle.