Mondays are usually my child-free day, (except for illnesses, which seem to have happened a lot!), and it’s always tricky working out whether to try to be super productive, to rest and refresh ready for a full week ahead, or how exactly to mix my time. The other week I finally had the delight of visiting Oxford Botanical Gardens, which I had been wanting to go to for a while, and also meeting the lovely Marissa who I’ve connected with on Instagram for a while now.
It was so lovely to wander the gardens together, to paint and chat about all kinds of things. Oxford always seems like such a magical place full of rich heritage- with so many famous literary works coming from or being inspired by the city, the beautiful buildings, natural history museum and so much more. We only live about half an hour from this lovely city, but there is so much more that I have yet to discover about it.
The Botanical gardens themselves were frequented by many of the Oxford university names that literature loves- CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien (there used to be a tree there which features in his work) and Lewis Carroll amongst others. Marissa pointed out the Cheshire cat in the tree, with the walls of the garden just behind, and it was perfect weather to wander and soak it all in, being inspired by Oxford botanical gardens.
I am really looking forward to going back at some point and to exploring more of lovely Oxford. We love the Natural history museum there, with so many wonderful things to look at, and of course dinosaurs for the little ones to enjoy! Sadly Marissa will be the other side of the world soon so I won’t be able to chat with her so soon, but it was a beautiful and inspiring day.