Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Distraction

I'm busy and cranky today. Well, more so than usual. In an effort to not take out my bitchiness on any of you (particularly my usual targets) I'm just going to post some pictures which I hope distract you from the lack of prose.

These photos are of Port Meadow, where I run sometimes. I took them back in March around sunset, hence the lack of sufficient light in many of them. Enjoy.



See, I told you there were horses here.

And they're really quite friendly, as this guy is demonstrating.




The rower looked just like Prince Harry. But it wasn't actually him. At least I don't think so...




Godstow lock

The ruins of Godstow Abbey (12th century)


Cool pub alongside the river. Rather expensive though.

Thatched roof cottage

Notice the mallard in the bottom right of the photo keeping guard over his feathered lady friend.

Houseboats along the canal

Have a good day, everyone.

35 comments:

Marcy said...

Awwwhhh that looks like such a nice place to run :-)

Now go beat that man servant of yours. Take all your frustrations out on him LOL

Kristina said...

Beautiful. Maybe if I have a stopover in London I'll just drop on by and run with you. That would be good and creepy, wouldn't it?

Count of Monte Christo said...

That looks like an awesome place to run!

Love the pics. They would certainly make my grumpiness disappear.

Have a great day

Emma said...

Hey, I ran parts of Port Meadow this morning! (Easy 7 miles) It was great, apart from the fact that I almost trod on a duckling--me and my clumsy feet!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Nice! England definitely has a very distinct look to it. You wouldn't think those images could come from any place else.

Amy said...

Beautiful pictures! Much better air quality than in central London, I bet!

joyRuN said...

Nice! Looks like you get to run in some beautiful surroundings.

See now - if you had kids you can take out the bitchiness on them ;)

Jamoosh said...

Very nice pictures, but I don't trust those horses. Or those ducks for that matter.

Carolina John said...

Man, that is cool. great pics, xenia! hope your mood improves soon.

marie said...

so purdy :)

RunningLaur said...

Yep, you still make me miss England - and feel like I should figure out where my umbrella is.

Pretty.

Jess said...

Beautiful scenery!

Heather said...

Wow, looks like a great place to run. I'm crabby today too. :)

Roisin said...

It's rainy? In ENGLAND?!?! Those photos have to be photoshopped... ;)

tfh said...

I only wish there were a way I could live there, run there, not have to work, and not have to attend a challenging grad program with all its consequent stresses and trials. Good luck with everything!

Calyx Meredith said...

Hope you get a chance to change out of your grumpy pants soon. The pics are great. It seems very exotic to me to get to run by a ruined 12th century abbey!

Lily on the Road said...

That's IT, I'm coming over for a visit...but only if I can pat one of the ponies...

maybe it was HRH Harry, hmmmmmm....

Viper said...

Thanks for sharing the overcast skies.

Irish Cream said...

Great photos! I totally wish I was riding that bike with that basket through that field of horses right now . . . why is that guy's life so much better than mine?

Nitmos said...

Where are the strip malls? McDonalds? Car fumes?

I don't think I could run without those things.

Jamie said...

Looks like an awesome place to run!

Merry said...

Great photos! I kept expecting to see Inspector Morse somewhere.

Theresa said...

Don't you just love the way there are ruins and Old Things all over the place here!

And *squee*, baby horse in picture!

Grandma said...

I love those pictures.Even if you feel crabby, you take really nice pictures.I don't run, but I would love to drive an old golf cart there. I don't golf either. Gee, what the heck do I do?

Ms. V. said...

**sigh**

I needed that.

aron said...

LOVE the pics... looks like an amazing place to run :)

Spike said...

I could still sense your deplorable attitude and crankiness through your pictures...well done.

P.O.M. said...

Wow, what an incredible run. How can you be grumps with a run like that??? Snap out of it sister. Or just got have a beer :)

Ted said...

Beautiful pictures !!! It looks like a terrific place to run through. So peaceful. Not like New Jersey where there are million of cars around.

Robert James Reese said...

Holy crap! You get to run there? I am ridiculously jealous. I'll trade you some housing projects and bums for the thatched roofs and ruins any day. Hell, I'll even throw in the constant roar of traffic. :-)

BCB said...

Now wait just one goddamn minute. Where are the people? You put up a post with 18 -- count 'em, 18! -- pics where the horses out-number the people and YOU'RE CRANKY?! You don't get to be cranky unless you're surrounded by teeming hordes.

No. I'm sorry, you've got no excuse.

Oh wait. I get it. This extreme crankiness IS just an excuse. I guess you figure since you're all moody and pictorially dramatic, you don't have to do today's push-up and sit-up challenge. Pffft. You figured wrong, babe.

No gold star for you, slacker.

the erratic epicurean said...

i'd consider running (er...fast walking?) if i had this scenery near by!

X-Country2 said...

That is like running through Pride and Prejudice! Beautiful!

carpeviam said...

Great pic of the houseboats. Love the trees reflection in the water.

Tell me, does everyone in the UK have a basket on the front of their bike? Just tell me yes, even if it isn't really true...

Run For Life said...

Beautiful pics!