David and his grandmother stand in our front yard in Bloxham, with our blue Honda Civic wagon backed up to the garage; my wife’s family visited from Germany to help her put the house together while I was at Cannon AFB, NM – attending F-111G upgrade training over the summer.
A view of our new home in Bloxham with David and his grandmother standing on our new front porch; you can tell that my wife had been busy making the house a home from all of the curtains now hanging in the front windows – of what was now our third house in just two years.
David surveys our new back yard; and as the house sat at the end of a cul-de-sac, the back yard was actually quite large for most new residential properties within a village in England – and we were happy with the extra elbow room it afforded us – along with the quiet and peaceful neighborhood it was in.
David takes his wheelbarrow for a spin on the patio behind the garage as his grandmother watches, and you can see that this was to be a very comfortable house for our family to live in while assigned to RAF Upper Heyford, U.K.
David and his grandfather pose in the back yard as David attempts to squirt his mom with his squirtgun while she takes his picture; David’s grandfather was always a thoughtful and calming presence when he visited us.
David and his grandmother have fun playing with the squirtgun in our new back yard, and it was a great help that the family was there to help my wife and David get settled into the village of Bloxham.
David shows off his new colorful hat in our back yard, and all of the attention that my wife’s family were giving him helped him and my wife relax and settle into our new home and the new village of Bloxham that we now called home.
David enjoys a small carton of orange juice in front of my wife’s handmade crochet curtains that were now hanging in their third house in just two years time frame.
Every now and then as a parent you take a picture of your child and catch a glimpse of what they will look like in ten years – and this was one such photo of David – who was growing up to be a strong and capable young man.
David now had a new bicycle with training wheels, and a safe cul-de-sac and quiet neighborhood streets to ride it in – along with all the other kids in the neighborhood.
David’s uncle and his grandmother stand in front of the “Hawk and Partridge” pub in scenic Bloxham, while taking a walking tour of the picturesque village where we now found ourselves living – creating a home on the edge of the scenic and beautiful Cotswolds region of England.
A close-up of the “Hawk and Partridge” pub in Bloxham; after I returned from F-111G upgrade training at Cannon AFB, I regret that I never had the time to walk all of the village streets myself – as I seemed to have little spare time in those days.
You can see from this thatched roof cottage in Bloxham that it was a very quaint and scenic village – but I was so immersed in upgrading to the F-111E and night low level Terrain Following Radar (TFR) sorties over the Scottish Highlands – and my songwriting – that I had little time for anything else.
David’s aunt, uncle and grandmother pose with him in front of this thatched roof cottage in Bloxham – and soon after I returned to the 79th TFS “NATO Tigers” – our F-111E’s had an Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) upgrade with new digital avionics and the addition of GPS.
Despite the camera facing into the sun, this thatched roof cottage is as quaint as can be with all of its unique and endearing characteristics of crooked windows and a sagging roof – but of course that is exactly what makes a thatched roof cottage so beautiful.
This cropped photo shows another quaint thatched roof cottage that was tucked away down a little side lane in the village.
A cropped photo of a quaint street of thatched roof cottages in Bloxham, that have probably changed very little throughout the years – it is the world around them that has changed over time.
David and his uncle and grandmother take a look at the grounds and history of the cemetery of the Church of England parish church of, “Our Lady.”
David with his uncle and grandmother examine the headstones in the cemetery of the parish church of, “Our Lady” – and my wife’s family thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Bloxham and England.
Stained and leaded glass windows inside the parish church of, “Our Lady” in Bloxham – the church tells the story of the village of Bloxham through the history of the stones that are united together to create this beautiful church.
The altar of the Church of England parish church of, “Our Lady” – dates from earlier than the 13th century, while the spire dates to the 14th century – 198 feet above the altar.