Archive for the ‘Oxford/UK’ Category


Medieval Modernity Revisited Adam and Eve

June 15, 2010

Crewel Embroidery by Mary Yaeger, Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, 2008
crewel embroidery on linen

previous post
about the embroidery on Stabbed!


David Byrne in London

June 10, 2007

Some people might accuse me of spending too much time blogging, but I find that there are a very small number of blogs that I like well enough to read often. I find David Byrne’s web site journal to be insightful, funny and well-written. Here is a post from his 20 May post is about a trip to London.

I like his observations about that curious English blend of “country cottage folk” with sophistication and class-consciousness.

He also has a lot of amusing comments on the London art and museum scene.


Maninas, Adventures in Foodie-blogging

June 8, 2007

Maninas is a great foodie blog. I’ve always wanted to try cooking Croatian dishes, like green bean and egg salad.

I’m also inspired by the great photos, and have always wanted to try stitching up a few desserts and beading a few pizzas. Although I do like to actually cook occasionally as well.


Best Picture Yet of A Hedgehog

May 25, 2007

Here’s the best picture I’ve seen yet of a hedgehog, compliments of the Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes (click on their Activities and Events link):

Women’s Institute Hedgehog

I had hoped to see a hedgehog before we go back to CO, but the little creatures have become quite scarce.

There is a hog watching organization and British Hedgehog Preservation Society, if you find one in need of help.

There was also an adoption program for the hedgehogs stranded on a Scottish isle:


New Blog for the Oxford University Newcomers’ Club

May 3, 2007

I’m now dividing my blogging time between animary, stabbed! and Here & There, the new blog of the Oxford University Newcomers’ Club.

I’ve just posted entries about a club trip to Garsington Manor and Harcourt Arboretum, so please take a look at Here & There. Our group has unique needs and interests, as “newly-arrived wives, husbands or partners of members of the University and visiting scholars.” Some of my activities in Oxford will overlap with the club’s but others will not, which I’ll be figuring out as I go.


Bike Trip to Waterperry Gardens

April 27, 2007

Dave and I like to take weekend cycling trips, so I bought a copy of Philip’s Cycle Tours Around Oxford at the Oxford Info Centre. The guide is concise, nicely laid out and filled with delightful-sounding rides, but whether we’ll be able to use it or not is another question. We knew we weren’t the typical fanatics that spend all their spare time in the saddle, but found very little info that fit our situation. After studying the listings more closely, we determined that most routes were too hard, too long, or required transport to the start (we don’t own a car here). Give us a few more weeks and we’d probably be in shape for the 25-plus mile rides, but how to get to them?

In the meantime, I did some googling to figure out an alternative, and scrolled through the “Rides from Oxford” tag on the Oxfordshire CTC web site, finally coming to a “leisurely” entry. This was to Waterperry Gardens, near Wheatley, where Dave had ridden before. The ride was only about 15 miles with a few hills but manageable. Waterperry and the vicinity is charming; we opted to just ogle the flowers in the garden shop rather than pay the £4.50 entrance fee to the gardens this early in the season.


Other highlights were seeing the yellow-stained fields up close and watching the spring lambs bleet and scamper about—too cute!


Craft: and

April 26, 2007

My favorite blog right now is for the great articles, like a review of The Crafter Culture by Amy Spencer.

I first discovered Craft: in the basement of Blackwell’s, in the computer book section. This didn’t make sense at the time, until I noticed Craft: was an O’Reilly publication. I’d purchased a Javascript manual from them in the past, but evidently they publish titles in “digital culture,” why of course, and now I should be getting it, having tried to shuffle a little closer to that cutting edge of late.

My sweets is telling me it’s “TV time,” (meaning watch a dvd on a laptop, since we refused to purchase a TV license), and tonite it’s Boogie Nights (we watch our favorites over quite often since there’ not a great selection). So, adios for now.


More of What I Like About the UK

April 25, 2007

More of What I Like About the UK:

That the BBC would host a program like the Reith Lectures (my last post).

In true democracies, dissent is not silenced.


Yellow-painted fields surround Oxford

April 19, 2007

Our bus ride from Heathrow to Oxford was uneventful, until we received a most welcome gift from West Midlands Spring: the brilliant yellow (pure cadmium lemon!) fields of oilrapeseed oil rape in bloom. The concentration of color in large fields really does look poured on the landscape. This link has a photo of a similar field in Germany. I’ll have to share this post with my friends in Environmental Engineering at CU who work with biodiesel fuel.


Medieval Modernity

April 12, 2007

I didn’t invent the phrase “Medieval Modernity”; I found it on a post at Christopher Whalen’s comment led me to domeheid

[I don’t think blogspot offers trackbacks; but I’m still trying to figure them out.]

I’m always seeking out combines like this, the juxtaposition or synthesis of old and new. My Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is sitting on my desk in Oxford, waiting for my return. It’s a crewel embroidery, heretofore undisclosed. I have high hopes for its capturing old/new + form and content. We’ll see.