Nephews are wonderful. Walter took us around an island in the Isis river with a skilled punting technique- his former school was located on the river. Our night in Oxford coincided with his last before leaving for University so we were able to eat pizza with him and give him rotten advice and send him off! His mother was very brave and proud. After sending him off she even snuck us into the Bodleian Library for a quick behind scenes tour.
So that concludes my photos of a whirlwind tour of England with many gaps- no pictures of my friend Claire and her partner glowing in expectation of another little boy to visit, arriving in January. I thought that this trip would cure my Anglophilia but it actually fed it with more ideas – more Shakespeare, more Roman Britain, more walking, more visits with friends and family, please.
I’ll reconcile myself to buying carbon offsets and traveling as responsibly as possible.