Tuesday, 18 April 2017

North Parade Oxford.. A place I didn't know existed...

 First time I went to North Parade was a few weeks ago..
Had no reason to go and to be honest, I
didn't know it was there.
Went and had my hair done at new hairdressers and here it was!!
North Parade, or more formally North Parade Avenue, is a short shopping street in north Oxford, England. It runs between Winchester Road opposite Church Walk to the west and Banbury Road (with Norham Road slightly north opposite) to the east. It is the only shopping street in North Oxford between the city centre to the south and Summertown to the north.
North Parade runs south of South Parade in Summertown. It is often claimed  that during the Civil War when Charles I was besieged by Oliver Cromwell at Oxford, South Parade was the Roundhead southern front, while North Parade was the location of the Royalist northern front during the siege of Oxford. It is unlikely that the two sides would have come so close to each other without engaging in combat and, in any case, parade grounds are known to have existed elsewhere in and around the town for instance in Port Meadow

St Philip and St James Church (Now privately owned) was built to serve the people of North Oxford, which began to be settled in the early 1800s. At that time, the closest parish church was St Giles.
Construction began on May 1, 1860, with the laying of the foundation stone by Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford. The church was designed by G.E. Street, the Diocesan architect, and built by Joseph Castle.

The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) is in the former SS Philip and James Parish Church on Woodstock Road, Oxford, England, opposite Leckford Road. It was established in 1983.
The Centre exists to aid church leaders. It was founded by mission theologians from Africa, Asia and Latin America. OCMS offers taught Masters courses and PhD/MPhil research degrees. Its degrees are validated by Middlesex University; it is not part of the University of Oxford.

This pub would be great for all my Vegan and Vegetarian
friends, With a  Vegetarian and Vegan Menu,
Vegan Wines too.

(link above)

I was trying to find a link to the shop with info but came across an
an old blog post written by Frogland ..(Not blogging anymore)
Sure she wont mind me using her post.. (HOPE NOT ANYWAY)

................ is a neighbourhood produce store run by Peter Slade and Jojo Goodfellow.
The team work closely with local farmers, producers and suppliers who focus on the quality, integrity and provenance of their produce. Fresh seasonal produce and the best artisan foods are at the heart of their range.  They provide recipe ideas and guide you through the changing seasonal stock. Currently developing their own courtyard garden for fresh, cut to order herbs.

Plantation Chocolates is an award-winning, fine chocolate company based in Oxford.  
Their  delicious hand-made chocolates are created using
traditional artisan methods and only the very finest ingredients.  

(Just around the corner from North Parade)

63 Banbury Road
Gary Cooper and Matthew Taylor lead a team of exceptional florists who are knowledgeable and passionate about flowers and floral art and are excited by new trends in art, design and fashion.

Founded in 2004, Fabulous Flowers has stores in Oxford and Abingdon and a successful wedding and event floristry business.

There are a few more little shops in the Parade and
a monthly market which I have yet to visit. Maybe do it this weekend.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

St Barnabas Church Jericho Oxford.

Went for a walk  in a place 
I know but I have  never walked a few streets back off the main road,  
I did a few weeks back  and this is what I found. 

St Barnabas was built to minister to the spiritual and practical needs of the poor and labouring classes. The parish was formed from that of St Paul, Oxford, in 1869; St Paul's was in turn formed from parts of the parishes of St Thomas and St Giles. The church was founded by Thomas Combe (1796–1872), Superintendent of the Oxford University Press close to the church, and his wife Martha (1806–1893), now commemorated by a blue plaque installed by the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board.

They were supporters of the Oxford Movement (or Tractarian movement).
The first Parish Priest was Fr Montague Noel, SSC.

Below we have the 

I would of said tower 
but it is the description on Wikipedia. 

Campanile is Italian, derives from the word Campana 
meaning Bell, is synonymous with bell tower. 

I entered the church at 17:45 and this is how dark it was !
Just me and the vicar in there. Actually didn't know the vicar
was in there until the music started playing!!!!

Didn't stay long. 

You can just spot the Vicar if you look closely ..near the bottom on the left sat
at the organ or piano ..

The church is built with 3 Architectural types
Please click on links to read more info.

A few days later I went back to have a look
in daylight .. this is the day I got kidnapped for the choir..
(those that follow me on Facebook will know)

Surprising what you find when you go out walking into an area
you have not walked before.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

What happened to the Old Regent Picture House Wantage Oxfordshire. ?

This used to be the Regent Picture house for at least 60 years.

A memorable era ended when the Regent Cinema at Wantage ceased to show films on
31st July 1977. The ubiquitous bingo had triumphed again and the town was without a
picture-house for the first time in over sixty years

If you look very closely to the right of this photo you will see the name
REGENT , this I believe was the entrance to the Picture House.
That door is now the entrance to
which is the only private owned multi-purpose
 entertainment venue in Wantage.
Cinema, Nightclub, Live Bands
also entertainment for the youngsters.

This picture was taken in 1999 - taken from Google. 
To the left is a walk way
and as you walk down there on the right
you will come across ...
This is housed in the Old Regent Cinema
and they use part of the upstairs too,
The link above is their website but I took
some photos today to show you the
MANY BOOKS they have.
I didn't go into all the rooms either.
Looking down to the entrance, which is lined with
books. This is part of the Chick Lit Section.
They  have one of the largest collections of rare and second-hand books south of Hay-on-Wye. From much-loved children's books of generations passed and antiquarian volumes, to Chick Lit novels, They have  got a book to suit everyone's taste.

Shelves full of Penquin Books
Below is the Travel Section,,

There are many more sections and rooms to see but just couldn't fit them all in.
I have a hard job choosing a book in here .. so much choice!!!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A lovely Surprise Postcard from .............

 My lovely friend ..
Diane in Liverpool .
A wonderful SURPRISE!!
Also a big  thank you to her husband Ian ,
who chose the card..
Diane has a fabulous blog, she is such a great writer
and I am sure you will enjoy reading it.
She belongs to a group called ABCW, where they have to
write about a subject, place or anything to do with
the letter of the week, maybe month.
Go over and have a read ♥
I have tried to identify the buildings and link to them
but came a bit stuck on the Web.
Hopefully Diane will help me out.♥
Liverpool ..
is a maritime city in northwest England, where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. A key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, it's also, famously, the hometown of The Beatles. Ferries cruise the waterfront, where the iconic mercantile buildings known as the "Three Graces" – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building
stand on the Pier Head.

I will do more Postcard posts when I am settled.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Hello and Happy New Year ...2017

I would like to wish
All my friends
a Very
Happy New Year.
I have been away from the Blog world for nearly a year now.  Most of my friends will know what has been happening since then.  Last night I had a rough nights sleep. All I could think about was my blog , which was strange. I felt like I had to write there and then but it was very late.  I didn't want it to be a sad post.  People shy away from posts like this but it is so important to talk. To share and be truthful.  Why are we afraid of opening up? Are we scared of what people will say or how they will react?  No one knows what is going to happen to them, where life will take them. We all need support.
July 2015
My husband left me.
He has moved on, life with his
Vietnamese partner ( who he brought over from Vietnam)
, had a baby too.
I suffered with severe depression for
a few months, and thankfully
I have recovered.
Divorce proceedings started
and I had to put my house on
the market.. sadly.
We still aren't divorced and the house has sold.
In March I have to move out.
So now I have to find somewhere to live
and a job to support myself.
I have had lots of super support from friends far and wide,
bloggers who are my Face book friends.
I did a lot of thinking too. How my life has changed.
People say to me
"things happen for  a reason"
"Think what you can do, all that freedom"
"It is going to be a year for you to move forward"
When you are alone, we think too much.
All I have had to think about in the year is
Where am I going to live?
A very hard decision, especially when you don't know
what your financial situation is going to be.
People say
"Where do you want to be?"
Another hard choice, considering I have only
moved to where my husband's work took him.  
I have a very caring family, sons and grandchildren.
who have helped me enormously.
Super friends too.
During my Depression
I avoided all Social Media, even my phone.
I was so lost. And if it wasn't for a dear cousin
 in South Africa, who told me ..
GO back onto FB , it is a life saver, I
don't know where I would be!!
So a Big Thank you to her .
Last night I also thought of a lovely friend
 I once had. She is in France. And for a few reasons
we are no longer friends.. I miss her.
She might read this, she might not,
but I am sure if she does, she knows who
I am talking about.
We have to pluck up the courage to
open up and be truthful to ourselves.
Ask for help, share our thoughts and feelings.
Don't be afraid. What can happen?
People will either listen or turn away.
Up to them.
So now at the age of 60 (last year) , I have
to face a lot of changes on my own, It can be
a lonely life. I know I have family and friends,
but it just isn't easy being alone after all those years together.
I really hope to get back to blogging when
I have moved and settled down.
Where life will take me, who knows.
I also thought a lot about my dad ..
my wonderful dad who was so
cruelly taken from us to early.
50 years ago, next month.
I was 10 and he was 40.
WE missed out on so much.
I hope everyone understands why I have written this post.
Thank you for reading. 
I hope someone does read it.
But for me it had to be done.
Thinking of you all and a HUGE big thank you
to everyone who has been  and is there for me.
I would of put some pictures in the post, but unfortunately
I cannot get my phone to synch with my laptop :-(

Monday, 8 February 2016

Two little Churches in France..-

This little church is in La Clusaz,
 right in the middle of the chalets
surrounded by fields and mountains.
Wish it had been open to see inside.

And this little church is a short drive away.
Wish I could remember the name.
This is also out in the middle of nowhere,
next to a play area and a restaurant .

A joy to see this one open. There are many little churches dotted all over France.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Beautiful Stained Glass windows ....La Clusaz , France.

La Clusaz is primarily a  ski resort  but also is a super place for all seasons, in the Alps near the Swiss border. The commune is part of the Haute-Savoie département. The town is in the Aravis mountain range. This fabulous town is 30 minutes from Annecy train station and 50 minutes from Geneva.

La Clusaz (originally from the word cluse - meaning a narrow path between two mountains) was once called Clusa Locus Dei meaning God's narrow place

There was so much to see and do.
Walks, play parks for the children, the Luge, plenty of places
to eat , also many supermarkets. And of course a fabulous market!!
 Lots of shopping to be done too!!
Very well catered for. 
 Easy reach to a fabulous place named Talloires
and of course Annecy.
In the middle of this town I found the

The "Sainte Foy Church of La Clusaz was built in 1821 according to Camille Ruphy's plans, architect of Annecy. There has been a church in La Clusaz since 1285.
In 1974, the church was extensively rebuilt as it was in a state of disrepair. The bulb bell tower was built between 1751 and 1762. This characteristic is no doubt the alpine expression of baroque art, which was at this time, to be seen on various monuments in Europe.


Inside I discovered the beautiful stain glass windows.

 Holy Mary and a place to light a candle..

I loved this town , the weather was brilliant.
Walked through the chalets , listening to the Cow Bells and the forest,
went Luging and swimming in Lake Annecy.
Would love to go back.