At this very moment........ (in Oxford)

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At this very moment........ (in Oxford)

Postby Bree » Jul 31, 2017 4:10 am

I am sitting in one of my most favorite places on the planet - the 'Rabbit Room', the room within the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford, home of the Inklings! :D :D
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Re: At this very moment........

Postby waggawerewolf27 » Jul 31, 2017 10:13 pm

Wow! :ymapplause: Oxford is one of those places that really should be on every UK itinerary. Have you been to Christchurch College and seen the refectory there? The stained glass windows include one with a reference to Alice's White Rabbit. Lewis Carroll seems to be very well regarded in Oxford. Are there any specifically mentions of C.S.Lewis in Oxford, apart from that pub?

Today, 1st August, follows the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele in Belgium - the third battle of Ypres. The Inklings fought in Flanders, but 100 years ago, C.S.Lewis would have been in Army Training. C.S.Lewis was wounded on 15th April, 1918, and was discharged from the army in December of that year.
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Postby Lady Arwen » Aug 01, 2017 8:35 pm

I quite loved visiting the Eagle and Child, myself. Their spiced cider was quite good, but I've a feeling that is only available during the Christmas season.

The University has some Lewis related stuff, if I remember correctly. It was a bit of a whirlwind when I was there, as I was visiting a friend, her mum was also arriving, and I was moving out of the continent less than a week later. :P

The Kilns, Lewis' home, is also nearby, if I recall correctly? I think they've turned it into a museum, but I haven't been able to go in.

Fun facts, wagga! It would be cool to have a calendar of those sorts of things for the Inklings.
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Re: At this very moment........(in Oxford)

Postby coracle » Aug 02, 2017 4:03 am

The Kilns isn't a museum, more like a study centre in a way. Small and private, so when I visited that 'hallowed ground' I didn't go beyond taking photos from outside the gate. :) I loved Oxford too.

(I have just amended the thread title, so it will cover various things about being in Oxford)
“Stale water is a poor drink,' said Annlaw. 'Stale skill is worse. And the man who walks in his own footsteps only ends where he began.”
― Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer
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Re: At this very moment........ (in Oxford)

Postby johobbit » Aug 02, 2017 4:46 am

Oh my goodness, Bree, that is one of my life dreams—to sit and revel in that back iconic Rabbit Room at the 'Bird and Baby'! ♥ Did being there almost feel surreal for you? How wonderful you could visit. :D

As for the Kilns, my ideal job is to be curator there. :ymdaydream: But since that will never happen :P I'll continue to dream. ;)) I'd also love to take a walking tour of Oxford, focusing on CSL's haunts. I have not yet thoroughly read through the description, but surely hope Addison's Walk is included. ♥

I enjoy browsing through the "Legacy of CSL" site periodically. Here it stresses the following concerning a tour (under "Kilns Etiquette"):

"In the interest of ensuring a quality study experience for all in residence at The Kilns, visitors are respectfully asked to observe the fact that The Kilns is not a museum."
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