Ode to Oxford

Oxford, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.*

  1. Red brick houses and sandstone colleges;
  2. University Parks, so green and full of trees;
  3. Squirrels and dragonflies and songbirds;
  4. Libraries full of books and silence;
  5. Dear friends, old and new;
  6. Medieval colleagues;
  7. Streets filled with memories;
  8. Christ Church Meadow and the avenues of trees;
  9. G&D’s, Ben’s Cookies, and the Covered Market;
  10. The dreaming of spires and ringing bells.

Someday, I would love to live here again. Until then, I am content to visit, and fortunate to know more and more people who live here.

The International Arthurian Society British Branch conference was interesting and I very much enjoyed getting to catch up with colleagues and get to talk to other people who are actually working with Melusine and Thomas of Erceldoune, and to have my thesis topic validated by my colleagues, both senior and new. A successful conference indeed! Now to spend the rest of the week in various libraries and spending time with friends…!

* I am not Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I write academic papers, not sonnets.

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