Sunday, 29 January 2012

Oxford Day Out

I hope you don't mind that lately my blog posts are mainly pictures & a few words - life is so busy right now but I do love keeping up with all of your blogs & I don't want to neglect mine either!

Yesterday Tamzin & I had a day trip to Oxford by train - our aim was to visit the Oxford Natural History Museum & the Pitt Rivers Museum which is in the same building.

First of all we had to attend to the horses, then rush home to 'de-horse', shower & get dressed in civilised (ie: not muddy!) clothes & off we went to the station. We jumped on the train & the first thing we did was buy bacon rolls & coffee for breakfast as we were starving!

A short hour & a quarter later we were in Oxford & off we went to the museums & what a treat they were. I only took a few photos as I was mesmerised by the fabulous collections there.
This march of skeletons was fascinating with animals ranging in size from a pig to an elephant.
They look amazingly prehistoric without their flesh & fur!

The Pitt Rivers collection was just fabulous with everything from tribal embroidery & beadwork to ancient saddles & shrunken heads all in glass cabinets stuffed to the gills. The museum is kept quite dark so you are given a torch to help you see the labels & details better.

I would highly recommend a visit if you are interested in natural history & anthropology - well worth a trip!

The end of the day wasn't quite as enjoyable as there were problems with a section of the line so it ended up taking us 3 hours to get home.


  1. oh no a 3 hour journey! I so love oxford is is such a treat to go.

  2. The Pitt Rivers collection sounds fascinating - must try and get there. I would imagine that everything looks more mysterious in the dark!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger