The Madeleine Arms, Iffley Road, Oxford

A lot of self’s posts from Oxford have tended to focus on food! That’s because some of the best pubs around are here. Specifically, just off Iffley Road.

Here’s a popular place on Iffley Road. Self had the most delicious steamed cod on a bed of lentils. She was here last week with the poet Jenny Lewis and that time she tried the monkfish. Also delicious!

Posting for Travel with Intent’s Six Word Saturday:

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Two of Anything

Self loves this challenge. It gives her a chance to go through her archive and see which pictures look interesting in black and white.

The photos she selected are of her Airbnb in Oxford (two pillows on the bed), and a pub around the corner called The Chester Arms (two windows) that has really good pub fare (Aside from the usual steaks and roasts, they make mean vegan dishes. Their Mezza Platter is divine!)

Thursday Trios: Oxford, May 2022

Posting for Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios (even though it is Friday, ha!)

Self is in Oxford. It is raining today, here’s a picture of the cloudy skies and three antennas (?) on a long pole:

Her first meal in Oxford was this, at The Chester Arms on Chester Street. It was delicious!

There were three boats on the River Thames (almost the end-of-term, there are a lot of crew competitions going on):

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Pick a Topic from My Photo

Here’s the link to the photo in question.

The topics self chose from Cee’s photograph are: Sign + Black

Flower of the Day: Wisteria, East London

Still traveling! For Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day Challenge, has self got a special treat for dear blog readers!

Today she dropped by Hackney City Farm (an honest-to-goodness working farm, with goats and cows and sheep, right in the heart of East London) and photographed the wisteria hanging over the entrance. Gorgeous, right?

There is an Italian restaurant on the premises, but it wasn’t open yet at the time of self’s visit. She will return.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Light and Shadow

When you see the shadows, you will also see the light.

Rick Ohnsman

More from P. A. Moed about Prompt # 198: Light and Shadow:

  • This week, we’re exploring the interplay of light and shadow–at different times of the day, in different seasons, under natural light, in artificial light. Choose whatever conditions you like. It’s totally up to you. You may also want to process your images in black and white to highlight the light and shadows.

Self is traveling. Her “light and shadow” photos were all taken in Bloomsbury, where she stayed last week:

Self’s Room, The Bloomsbury Hotel

The British Museum

The Coral Room of The Bloomsbury Hotel

Monday Murals #1: Downtown Redwood City

First time for self to join the Monday Murals challenge! Self found it via Debbie Smyth’s Travel with Intent blog.

The murals are on the buildings surrounding one parking lot in Redwood City, California. Granted, everything looks a little seedier post-pandemic. Still, the murals are beautiful, a display of civic-mindedness and pride from the past.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 20: Walls and Gates

Self is so far behind with this challenge, co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao. They’re actually on #38, so you can see how far behind self is.

Nevertheless, self has some pictures to share today, all of places in the San Francisco Bay Area:

  • The LOVE sign is at the Apple Store, Union Square, downtown San Francisco.
  • 2nd floor, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  • Horn Barbecue in Oakland, an eatery that began just before the pandemic and, improbably, survived.

SquareOdds #21: Cheeky Brits

Tomorrow is the last day of the SquareOdds Challenge. It has been so much fun. Thank you, Becky for dreaming up The Squares Challenge!

Here are some cheeky pictures from London:

SquareOdds #17: Spitalfields, London

Can’t believe there are only a few days left of SquareOdds! It’s been an intense month. Especially in light of recent current events.

More from the Archives: East London, one of the most vibrant sections of this large and amazing city.

An Ottolenghi in Spitalfields! An abandoned Rolls Royce! Decrepit buildings!

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