Friday, 30 April 2010

New College, Oxford



New College

On Monday, I took my husband to visit my old college in Oxford. I really wanted to show him what it's like in springtime - and since I had my camera, I can show you, too.

The college is a large and imposing complex, but in my opinion the most special parts are not the buildings but the gardens. On a sunny day I would walk into the gardens (round ) and sit on the grass with my books. In my view you could hardly have a more perfect environment for studying - but I was often the only one studying in the gardens. Perhaps that's just because the croquet lawn was so much more popular!

So, welcome to New College (so new, it was established in 1379). I hope you can see why I loved these gardens.

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44 comments:

arlee bird said...

What a beautiful looking place. Hope one day I'll be able to go there.

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Elle said...

Gorgeous!!! I don't know how much study I could get done sitting in those gardens...I'd get distracted by all of the beauty around me. The building is pretty awesome too!

mangocheeks said...

Who'd want to study indoors surrounded by such beauty (weather permitting of course!)

smilla4blogs said...

These are beautiful photographs! From across the ocean...thank you for a springtime glimpse of Oxford College!

Bibliomama said...

How quintessentially collegial and inspiring.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

AN absolutely stunning place .and beautiful pics .
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lakeviewer said...

Excellent views. It might be the only way I get to see Oxford.

The Good Cook said...

What a beautiful place. It must be so rich in history... I think I'm going to have to google it to find out more.

Chad Zahara said...

You are so lucky. Maybe one day I will be, too...

Fly Girl said...

1379! That's the wonderful thing about Europe, ancient buildings and institutions. The U.S. wasn't even around in 1379. The buildings look majestic and spooky. What were they like inside? That garden is lovely although I doubt I'd be focused enough to study there.

Lauren said...

Wow, Oxford is a beautiful place. And I thought my campus was pretty. Haha! And that makes my school feel like a baby - we were established in 1801.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Absolutely breathtaking! This is the time of year everyone says, "Ah, to be in England!" I was there only once, in late summer, so that's when I get the yen, but I am sure it is more splendid now.

ScoMan said...

It does look like a great place to curl up with a book. I love reading outside in the spring.

Elle said...

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BECKY said...

Breathtakingly Beautiful!

HalfCrazy said...

What, wow, amazing! We don't have places like that here in the Philippines! Thank you for taking us in a tour of the gardens! Very beautiful!

If my College was like this, then I'll be very excited to always go to class.

Elizabeth Braun said...

What a terrific place, no wonder you loved it! I think, had I been Oxbridge material in my late teens, I would have gone for Oxford of the two myself!=)

Well, I always kinda suspected you were rather a brain! Wanna join the Fluffy Little Club? Or are you normally taken seriously? (Entry requires IQ in the 'gifted' bracket, so say above 130, but a generally cheerful manner, preferably accompanied by somewhat young looks and mannerisms so that most people think one is an empty-headed object!!!)

Kazzy said...

I just love your photos of Britain and the natural beauty. Thanks so much.

Holly said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I have never been to England...it is the next big trip! I love the gardens and that building!

A 2 Z said...

Hi Rachel,

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The Local Cook said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Domestic Executive. said...

You are making me feel very homesick for Oxford. Thanks for sharing the picture it's wonderful to see Spring coming to life.

Kasia said...

Absolutely beautiful :)

Elisabeth said...

Such wonderful whispers of history in those Oxford lawns, Rachel. Lucky you to have walked them.

Kel said...

Hi Rachel! Once again you have posted breathtaking pictures. I used to live in Europe and travel, so all these pictures bring up great memories. I have an award for you at www.betweenthelines-kel.com. While you are there, check out my first webpage review. I'd really love the feedback. Have a Great weekend!

Writing Without Periods! said...

I love love love England. It is so very beautiful. You went to Oxford...I'm impressed. I think that's my one regret not attending school in England.
Mary

Mary said...

English gardens are so beautiful. It is hard to find anything prettier than established flower beds growing against old stone walls. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us. I hope you are having a lovely day. Blessings...Mary

Melissa said...

Beautiful! Yes, I understand why you loved it so much. It looks absolutely enchanted.

Found you through Sits and have been enjoying your blog. Thanks for your informative posts. As you know, you are informative ;)

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Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Oh, Rachel, this is just so, so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing these pictures! I can't believe this gorgeous place actually EXISTS, and isn't just some movie set someone created!!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

JoeyRes said...

That looks inspiring!

Maureen said...

What a beautiful campus! Love the pictures.

Happy SITS Sunday :)

Babes about Town said...

It really is just such a classy institution. My sis went to Oxford (Brasenose) and I was always just in awe whenever I visited her. Thanks for sharing.

A Cuban In London said...

I visited Oxford, many, many years ago and was profoundly impressed by the architecture and the landscape. Many thanks for these fantastic photos.

Greetings from London.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Beautiful place, beautiful pictures. Though I can't decide between Oxford and Cambridge...both beautiful places. Love from London x

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Gorgeous place!

Tabor said...

That is a really cool place to get an education. Aren't you glad you are so smart? (Yes, that first photo is most imposing.)

Amberlynn said...

Absolutely amazing. I would love to go there someday...

Jenn said...

Be Still My Heart! =) It reminds me of my short 7 month stay in England!
I went to Capernwray Bible School in Carnforth many mooons ago... the acreage around it was so peaceful! I love love the English countryside! I hope to go back and see it again! one day!

scrappysue said...

just gorgeous! thanks for stopping by

Eva Gallant said...

Wow! I had no idea it was so beautiful!

Priya Parmar said...

i was at mansfield right up the road! new is so beautiful and serene. i love it. where are you doing your doctorate? i was at edinburgh for mine. and what are your novels about? i can't imagine working on more than one!

Mama Michie (aka Michaela) said...

That is beautiful!! I think I would have studied outside as well.
You make me long for Europe again!

MJ said...

I've honestly never ever been in New - I shall have to give it a visit!

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Amazing! What a walk through history! Happy SITS day!

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