Winter in Oxfordshire, England, can seem to drag on for months in the rainy winter season – but eventually the sun comes out and springtime reappears – at least there is very little snow in England!
Once the sun returned, the bulbs and roses started growing again – and one day I picked up the camera to document our new life in England by taking some pictures of the house and yard.
We were very happy with the house and the wonderful, quiet neighborhood where we lived – on a street called Gascoigne Way, in Bloxham – and here David sits on his bike in front of our house.
Here’s an example of the difference that the arrival of spring makes in England, as the first photo in this series is from the same angle in winter and shows the tree without any leaves.
We added a bench to the front porch, that we purchased along with our garden furniture for the back yard from John Lewis in the Milton Keynes Shopping Center – which is a large indoor shopping mall in England.
My wife made the hanging flower arrangements for our front porch, and we tended to the front flower beds to make the front of the house look as nice as possible for the neighborhood.
Here’s David on his bike, where just a few months back he learned to ride without training wheels for the first time – and after that he rode everywhere through the neighborhood with his friends.
Our new garden furniture on the back patio behind our house in Bloxham – which made for a nice seating area on the patio to increase our enjoyment of the back yard – with David sitting on his bike and looking on.
At first we tested out where to place our new bench – shown here behind the house with David trying it out for size – but the bench looked a lot nicer on the front porch, which is where it was normally placed.
A view of our back yard in Bloxham – and from this photo of just one corner of the back yard with David on his bike in the distance – you can tell how large it really was.
David shows off the other corner of the back yard in this view, and all in all we were extremely pleased living here in the quaint village of Bloxham.
With the arrival of springtime and nice warm sunshine, David and his friends from Temple Close Nursery School in Bloxham had a picnic in the backyard.
My wife and the mothers of David’s playmates were all good friends by now, and their children and David often played together at each other’s houses.
With David’s tractor parked in the distance in the backyard, the playgroup enjoys their picnic – along with lots of giggles and fun in the process.
Life in England was working out very nicely for our family, and the stress of our recent move from Hahn AB, Germany, and the recent Gulf War experience – were both already distant memories for us.