Due to a change in our circumstances we no longer need our trailer with us. We have arranged for a local storage depot to look after it for us until we decide what to do with it.
After dropping it off and sorting a few things out we headed for the Oxford CCC site where we would be staying for the next few nights.
Apart from dropping the trailer off the main reason for our visit to Oxford was to spend the day with my mum on her 76th birthday. Due to the nature of the job we were doing it had always been difficult to do this so we were really looking forward to it.
The day before mum’s birthday Angela had arranged to meet up with her mum Josephine in Oxford at the famous meeting place under Carfax Tower. I decided to go for a run along the River Thames towards Oxford and ended up getting to meet Angela’s mum before she did. We all went for a coffee before I left them to it and went back to the campsite.
On the day of mum’s birthday Angela and I walked into Oxford to have our breakfast in one of our many favourite eating places the News Cafe. Unfortunately since our last visit something must have changed as the service and usual standard of food has gone down. According to TripAdvisor others have felt the same which is a shame as it is a lovely little cafe away from the main busy streets. Lets hope things get back to normal.
Angela was due a haircut so we had a walk to Brothers to see if they had any appointments. She was delighted to be told they could fit her in there and then so I had to go off and amuse myself and we arranged to meet up later.
We all met up in All Bar One apart from John as he was working but would be joining us later. Birthday presents were handed out, we had a few drinks and a good old natter before moving off to the Duke of Cambridge where we would wait for John.
We tried to get a table in Browns but they were very busy with a party of 60 coming in. Unbeknown to us it was graduation day for the students at Oxford University so we walked round the corner to Carluccio’s which was also busy but we managed to get in before a large group came in. There was a great atmosphere and the food and company made it even more special. It was a great day.
The day after mum’s birthday my sister was putting on a buffet for a small gathering of friends and family. Unfortunately Angela had a pre arranged meeting at the Kazbar with old work friends but would try to make it after.
The buffet was great and the weather behaved itself so we were able to sit outside. Angela’s mum and partner Bob turned up also which was nice and just before they left Angela turned up.
During our last couple of days in Oxford we had a nice walk into town and wandered around Christchurch. We had forgotten how lovely it was as we had not visited in the summertime since 2008. We went to my mum’s for one of her homemade curries while doing a load of washing (she is good to us) and on the last day Angela had an interview at Hayes recruitment.