May in Oxford is wonderful. The garden is full of life with spring bulbs blooming and new life sprouting from every nook and cranny.
On May morning the tradition is to stay out all night, or to wake early enough to gather at Magdalan College tower to hear the choir sing to greet the Spring. It’s a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, and I love participating in it. This from my iphone:
A student being silly… (he eventually climbed down, unharmed)
After the choir ends, there is singing and dancing (particularly Morris Dancing) in the streets.
We visited the local French bakery.
In the middle of the month, our friend Sophie came to visit, and we went punting with our friend Jim.
Gaz and Sophie in the punt.
Me and Megan.
Jim the punter.
The view from the river.
We had a picnic, and a punt passed by with a victrola playing 78s, and I thought “I have found my people!”
There were a lot of pirates out on the water that day.
On the way home, we passed a store that had lots of corgis in the window, so had to grab a shot of Megan and I, she’s such a sucker for attention.
Oxford in May – Heaven.