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Oxford Weekender

Another week begins….crazy to think that we are into October on Thursday. When did that happen?!

A couple of weeks back; a friend and I drove down to Oxford to visit my maid of honour for a belated house warming party. We were well overdue a visit and a catch up! In my naive state, I thought that we might spend the Saturday relaxing in a nice pub somewhere before the big event on Saturday evening; however, we were put to work instead! We spent all day prepping for the party and then rewarded ourselves with copious amounts of prosecco, wine, beer, food…..waking up mercifully hangover-free on the Sunday morning!

As it was Open Doors weekend in Oxford, we spent our Sunday wandering around the Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre. The Bodleian has been a library of legal deposit for over 400 years. This means that they receive a copy of every book published in the UK – an immense number! The New Library has been tastefully developed to incorporate the old records of books inside a modern layout, complete with a lecture theatre and exhibition space. The exhibition we saw was called ‘Marks of Genius‘ and was a collection of books and manuscripts by ‘genius’ writers. It included a first edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; a folio cover for ‘The Hobbit’ painted by Tolkien (because he didn’t trust anyone else to accurately convey what he wanted to achieve!) and a Gutenberg bible; among many many other amazing artefacts. Absolutely my kind of Sunday!

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