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today we met with marg and cherry at glen harrow, and talked about our plans for the really big party. it is coming together really well, and those women are going to help us put on an amazing event.

i brought my camera... glen harrow )

i probably should have taken some photos inside the barn, but we were talking and i was distracted. i'll get some next time.

aaah - it is going to be so beautiful!
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we spent most of our last full day in france in versailles. it was beautiful...

i am a woman of mystery!

the mirror pool

sajee in the king's garden

me in the king's garden (this was my favourite part of the gardens)

the sitting room in marie antoinette's house

view of the lake at marie antoinette's hamlet

statue in 'the temple of love' at marie antoinette's house

in marie antoinette's gardens

so beautiful...
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hello again! london continues to be very pleasant, and we are very comfortable and well looked after at chez katz. it's so lovely of dan's folks to put us up like this in their beautiful home!

i left off at the end of our second day in paris.

the next day began with a walk through the marais (the suburb of paris where we were staying), and a look at some stalls at a local market

when have i ever passed up an opportunity to take photos of flowers?

a mysterious mushroom tree (there was no angle to take this photo from that didn't have a busy background - but if you look hard enough you get the idea :p)

fromage! nomnomnom!

our walk took us to a garden with a name that were completely unable to pronounce. we sat there for a while and ate grapes and drank orangina. very pleasant on such a bright sunny day.

then we took the metro up to montmatre to see sacre coeur. here is sajee, with the view from sacre coeur spread out behind her:

the cathedral is a beautiful sight - especially when set against a bright blue sky

inside sacre coeur

i'm not sure how i personally feel about the catholic god, but i do respond to the idea of the virgin mary. whoever she was i'm certain she was an extraordinary woman. i lit a candle and placed it at her feet with a prayer for mothers and children, and for courage, compassion, and love.

we had lunch in montmatre in a little cafe where a man played cello to the diners. my salad had five kinds of cheese in it. win!

in the afternoon we went for a drive around the city and saw some of the big sights again. it was such a lovely day, and this was the perfect way to finish it.

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today was a quiet day. we went to the pump rooms for tea (just like austen heroines).

the pump room chandelier. i was too busy drinking tea and eating gluten free lemon drizzle cake to take any more photos!

then we went to "1 royal crescent", a house that has been decorated in the georgian style. it was very beautifully furnished, and full of interesting artifacts, but photography wasn't permitted (v. annoying as i would have liked to take lots of pics). you'll have to content yourself with the website's virtual tour if you want to see it.

from there it was a short walk to the bath botanic gardens. you all know how much i hate botanic gardens...

+7 under here )

then we came back to the b&b for a nap and it's suddenly quarter past eight. we couldn't find anywhere to go for dinner so i am eating some kind of nut-and-seed bar. slowly.
tomorrow we're off to paris, and i don't know whether we'll be able to get internet access there. if i can update, i will, but if you don't hear from me for a few days don't go calling the embassies or anything.

*big love*
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hello, darlings! you'll be pleased to know that sajee's bag arrived intact, and only put us a little bit behind on our schedule. we arrived in goring a little later than we intended to, but we still got there. the trip involved five different trains, one of which departed from PADDINGTON STATION! i got my mum a bear. we also went via camden, so i made lots of jokes about trousers:

'i got these great trousers at camden'

once in goring we put up at a sweet little b&b called 'north view house'. they had two cats and three dogs and a garden that was so english you wouldn't believe it - climbing roses, hollyhocks, etc. one of their dogs, dorrie, was tiny and hilarious - she would growl at you if you stopped patting her:

dorrie of north view house

we were served a breakfast of eggs and toast, yoghurt with sunflower honey, and fruit salad at a round table in the bay window of a sitting room that looked out over the garden, and then the others started their big walk.
we'd established that oxford wasn't far away, so i decided to take the train up there for a look around. it was utterly, utterly brilliant. i cannot describe how amazing it was. truly. i saw oscar wilde's old college. i saw the places lewis carrol was inspired by when he wrote 'alice in wonderland'. i saw the pub where tolkein, c. s. lewis and the rest of the inklings would sit and read their stories aloud to each other. i saw the place where king charles set up headquarters during the civil war. it was so full of stories and history and culture and beauty. i didn't have time to see everything that i wanted to see (you could spend weeks there exploring the libraries, museums, galleries, chapels, etc. etc. etc.) but i did explore christ church college and trinity college...

christ church college
this is the exterior of (part of) christ church college. it was begun by cardinal wolsey in the reign of henry viii and was going to be called 'cardinal college', but then wolsey died and it just sat there for years and years before king henry decided to finish it. i'm very glad he did, because it is quite magnificent.

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so i was completely overstimulated, and spectacularly excited when i left and met the others in nuffield (after a hilarious taxi ride with an old ex-serviceman who told me i was a tough little lady and would have been a credit to the service. i think that was because i could lift my own suitcase...?) they had had a good day's walk and had lots of stories to tell, and we compared tales over dinner, then wend back to our b&b to sleep. the next day i said goodbye to those insane walkers and took a hair-raising taxi ride through the hedgerows to our next inn. it's part of a miniscule village, resembling dibley in many ways, with lots of thatched cottages. all it had by way of public services was a church and a pub, so i was obliged to take a bus to nearby thame to get some stamps, and have a look around for gluten-free food (which i found - hooray!). when i got back i had a walk around the village and it was very charming:

sydenham cottage
can you imagine living in a little house like this?

the lovely village of sydenham )

i'm back in oxford today. i couldn't stay away - there was so much more to see! i'll tell you more later, but i'm at an internet cafe, and all of oxford is out there!!!!

big love to all of youuuuu xoxoxoxoxoxo
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hiiiii! we're in LONDON! hahahaahahah!!!

we're staying with [ profile] daniel_bethany's family, and it is really lovely. we had intended to be on our way to goring by now, where j, d & sj will begin thier walk tomorrow, but saj's bag was lost by the airline and we have to wait for it to be delivered here before we can move on. we are hoping that happens this afternoon. cross your fingers for us!

in the mean time it is very lovely to be here. our hosts have the most beautiful home, and it is very english... look )

yesterday, since we arrived at around 7am we decided that it would be bad for our jet-lag to go to bed, so j & d too us on a little trip to hampstead heath, and i think you'll agree that it is prettier than anything... )

after all that we stopped at a tea house for, surprisingly enough, some tea, and went to see keats' house (yes, the actual keats - i fucking love this country) which was closed, but still there to be gawked at from the outside.

i was convinced i was finwe and that jet lag wasn't going to hit me, but then i curled up on the couch and was pretty much instantly unconscious.
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