Ambling in the sun

Last Saturday we went for a walk to the north of Oxford, through Port Meadow and on to Wytham Woods. It was a gorgeously warm, sunny day, and the meadow was packed, with everyone desperate to make the most of the beautiful weather.

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The buttercups, hawthorn, and elderflower were out in force, and we even managed to catch the last of the bluebells!

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It was just wonderful to get out of the city, and away from all the stresses of day-to-day life. The woods were so still and tranquil, the smells and sounds of nature so enthralling, I could have stayed there for hours. But it was time for lunch, so we headed back towards Wytham village.

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We decided to stop for a quick drink at the White Hart pub in Wytham itself, and made a friend…

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Then it was back to the Trout Inn in Wolvercote for a late lunch.

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(That cloudy raspberry lemonade was divine. Nectar from the gods, I tell you.) Then for a leisurely walk home, via some swans…

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…and some bunnies!

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I’m so glad for that day, especially now the weather’s deteriorating again. It felt like a little slice of summer, to keep morale up until the real thing comes along. I can’t wait to go back – will definitely pick some elderflower next time, and have a go at making cordial… or wine…

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