On our vacation to Oxfordshire in 1994, our next stop was to visit the village of Bloxham where we used to live, and this was our old house – where we stopped and chatted with a neighbor we knew from when we lived here.
David stands in front of the Joiners Arms Pub in Bloxham – check out their web address at: thejoinersarms.com.
I took a picture of this house because of the beautiful distinctive door – I can’t verify for sure that it was in Bloxham but I think it was.
We visited friends of ours from the time we lived in Bloxham, and it was nice to catch up with them after being away for a couple of years.
Since our friend was a fireman, he let David dress up in his fireman jacket and helmet – posing here in front of his car from the fire department.
David really enjoyed the change of costume – and as all young boys will from time to time – pictured himself as a real fireman.
During our visit to Oxfordshire we had the opportunity to visit this school with friends of ours, and here David stands beside the teacher on the grounds of the school along the wall.
This village sign says, “Marlborough Trophy – Best Kept Village in Oxfordshire” but I can’t recall the village where it stood.
This village had a proper, “Village Green” with lots of open green space in the middle of the village, which is quite traditional in England – and makes for a very nice community.
During our tour around Oxfordshire we stopped in to this church, which is a classic example of an English Parish Church – on a beautiful English summer day.
We enjoyed our vacation around Oxfordshire and visiting the grounds of this church; which also included a stop to see Stratford upon Avon again – which was a favorite place of ours to visit.
Here David stands in the arched entrance of the church, and you can see that the grounds were beautifully maintained.
This was a day of classic English weather on our trip – with the blue sky background filled with white, puffy clouds – and a beautiful green landscape everywhere you looked.
From inside the church you can see the beautiful Gothic window, letting in a faint amount of light and creating a restful space within this Chapel.
I’m not sure where this English countryside picture was taken, but it is a classic view of houses in the distance with fences surrounding the pasture and the trees – to protect them from being damaged by the livestock.
We visited these nice gardens during our vacation and here David investigates a stream – but I can’t identify the village where it was located as we toured Oxfordshire.
England is famous for its formal gardens, and this one was very tranquil and soothing in its use of a variety of garden elements to please the eye.
I took this picture of a very proper English house during the trip – and although I can remember most of the details of my photos – some in this series I can’t recall after 16 years.
For me, this picture sums up England perfectly in a single picture – the quaint, “Lower Farm Barn” name plaque, the climbing roses in full bloom and the stone building to which they cling to.
We stopped in at a petting zoo on our trip, and here David strokes a young bunny rabbit on his lap that seems to enjoy it as much as David does.
These ducks are entertaining David as he pauses to take a closer look, and we were quite enjoying our trip around Oxfordshire in the summer of 1994.