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One Saturday in Autumn

Tea at Oxfork

I don’t know if you were lucky enough to have a lovely Saturday yesterday, but I hope you were. My OH & I had a very lovely day. We went for a walk around Harcourt Arboretum. The sun was shining, there was a slight chill in the air. Perfect. We walked around a bit, took a few pictures that you can see over on my Flickr page. We saw some gorgeous red leaves & some Red Admiral butterflies drying their (damaged) wings on the path. We were so quiet & still taking these pictures that a bird wasn’t bothered by us. I tried to take it’s picture but to no avail. We kept pretty quiet & continued along our way. As we rounded a bend, I suddenly saw a beautiful female deer appear on the path in front of us. We stayed still & quiet & I managed to get a few shots of it. I felt like I was part of Autumnwatch! I couldn’t have taken such great pictures if my OH hadn’t patiently taught me how to use the lens well. I think we make a good team.

Muntjac Deer

After our walk we headed into Oxford. We’ve both been wanting to try out the new Oxfork cafe as well as visit the awesome Comma shop.

Comma Shop PurchasesI love Comma shop. It’s full of paper, stationary & pretty things. I knew we’d be buying something from there as soon as we walked in. I picked up a set of hair grips (growing my fringe out!) which were so pretty. I also got a roll of wrapping paper for some card ideas that are floating round in my head. Then, while we were waiting, we started looking through the pictures. Now I have to admit that there’s a pug obsession going on in our house. This naturally lends itself to a Gemma Correll obsession too. I’ve blogged before about her ‘Pugs not Drugs’ tote which I use almost every day. We spotted the print in the picture. It’s perfect! I knew we had to have it (just don’t tell the bank manager!) All I need to do is get a frame for it & it’ll be up. I love it so much!

Tea at OxforkAs if this wasn’t enough enjoyment for one day, we then headed to Oxfork. We grabbed a great table & perused the menu. The weekend menu seems to be a brunch menu – perfect for those lazy autumn days. I ordered a fried egg sandwich & a pot of Oxford Brew tea, made by local tea company Jeeves & Jericho. Both were delicious. The tea stayed hot but didn’t stew & the egg sarnie was just what I needed after my morning expedition. My OH had a flat white & a sausage sandwich. The sandwiches were the perfect size for lunch. I could’ve happily sat there all day. There was so a great atmosphere and lovely happy staff. I really liked the look and feel of the place and am pretty much thinking about when I can get back there. The veggie cooked breakfast looks amazing! Plus I totally support their ethos – local produce feeding local people. The eggs I ate were from Witney. They stock the flour that I use from Wessex mill. You can’t get much more local than that. East Oxford is truly coming alive with great independent businesses!

We then headed home, lit the fire & started on the gin. I love these kind of days – I wish they could happen every day! x

The Love Birds

The Love Birds Framed Print

So you might have guessed from my previous posts that I love shopping. But I’m at my most happiest when I’m shopping for the house. One of my favourite shops in Oxford is Comma Shop on Iffley Road. It’s such a funky place to visit & I cannot leave there without spending money. You’d be amazed at the massive electic mix in this shop. It ranges from beautiful stationary, cards & gift wrap to mugs, cushions & artwork to all kinds of vintage ware & very cute badges. They even stock pieces from Gemma Correll, including a wicked mural that Gemma painted on the wall. They also sell To Dry For tea towels and this is because they are run by the same people (it took me a little while to figure this out!)

Therefore when I popped there the other day, I made sure I bought as many crafty & handmade bits as my bank account would allow. The beautiful picture below is one of them. As soon as I saw it I knew it needed to be in our home. In our hallway, we have three little alcoves. This picture is in the end one & fits a treat.

The Love Birds Framed Print

If you do visit Comma Shop (& you should) and you need a sit down after all that spending, you are lucky enough to be very close to two excellent pubs. One is The Rusty Bicycle. My OH & I shared some lovely baked camembert on a wet February lunchtime. The other amazing pub is The Magdalen Arms & it has an amazing feel. You can spend some very relaxing time in both these places & I recommend that we all do this much more often!