Monthly Archives: December 2010

An obviously excited snowman appears overnight

THE CARROT isn’t where it usually is, I don’t think.  ♥

It’s pretty but it’s wet and cold

WOKE UP this morning in Oxford and the snow had started. It hasn’t stopped yet, seven hours or so later.  Pictured here is a view of the dovecote two or three doors down, and below it a grey squirrel, rummaging around for seeds dislodged from the bird feeder that’s above its head.

dovecote in Oxford
Squirrel under the feeder

Amazon puts paid to Charing Cross Road relic

At the Porcupine on Friday – infamous home of Intel roadmaps – I could not help but notice that an antiquarian shop that had been there since times immemorial, well OK for a while, has been displaced by a corporate chain.

Enter Patisserie Valerie in the Charing Cross Road, where formerly a fine bookstore was.


Personally, I blame Amazon more than I can blame Patisserie V. Although, however, PV is beginning to become a high street menace rather than the charming place it once was, in Soho, W1.

And a Tale of Two Cities. There’a  PV in Oxford too.  What can match the splendours of Oxford, now garnished by a Patisserie Valerie, aussi guv. ♥

Oxford cricket fans breakfast on pizzas

I MUST confess that I am not a big fan of cricket – being Scottish. But I did see Richie Benaud at the Aberdeen cricket ground score very many sixes.

But Oxford, being out in the provinces, is cricket mad. Plus there are loads of Australians here – few Scots!

Domino Pizza is committed to the Ashes in Oxford. It is staying open until 5AM to cater for the breakfast crowd. As you can see below. Who cares? Not Scots! ♥