Skip to main content

At Home in Oxford

We left New York City on March 24 and headed off for England where John is beginning his doctoral studies at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.  We had an overnight flight across the Atlantic, arriving in London early in the morning.  After walking about a mile to the customs and on to luggage pick-up we found our bus to Oxford without any problems.  Arriving in Oxford, we got a taxi to our room.....that was a bit of an adventure trying to get four suitcases and two carry-ons from the bus station to the taxi park.  Fortunately it wasn't a great distance away.

So, here we are at our flat.  The second window up on the left is our room. 
When we come in the front door we go immediately upstairs.  The thing is, we need to take our shoes off at the door, so it's a bit complicated!  It usually means that one of us waits outside the door while the other one sits on the stairs to take off their shoes.   Immediately at the top of the stairs is the bathroom which we share with three other men. 

Coming out of the bathroom are a few more steps up.  To the right is the kitchen which we also share with the three other men.  Straight ahead is our bedroom.  To the left you can see the banister that is a stair case going to three bedrooms upstairs.

The kitchen is nice and has a refrigerator, dishwasher (which we don't use since we don't have that many dishes and there doesn't seem to be any dishwasher soap anyway), a washing machine, a stove, a table and chairs, a kettle, a toaster,and pans and dishes, etc.

Our room is very large.  We have a bed, built-in bookshelves, a table and chairs, two dressers, and a wardrobe so we have plenty of storage space!  
And last of all, this is the view from our window.  The building across the street is pretty much a mirror image of our building.  To the left we can see the canal.  I walked along there this morning and found it to be a perfect place for walking.


Dusty Penguin said…
How nice! It's lovely. Is that one of those wonderful down duvets on the bed?
Anonymous said…
John and Nancy, what an adventure!!! We love Oxford. Wish we could come and share a "cuppa" with you. There used to be a great place for a cream tea on the High Street called Raffles. I do not know if it is still there. Praying for you as you find your feet there. Enjoy England, your studies and this new adventure in your lives. Blessings!! Ralph and Maridee
Amanda said…
Wow, what a great looking place. We lived in the UK for six months before we went to Niger. I worked in the UK office and Michael worked for Steve Jay in the International Computer Office (in the UK). We loved the UK and really miss it. Can't wait to visit our friends and supporters there again one day. They all live around Wetheringsett in Suffolk.
podso said…
It looks very English and wonderful. Love those big windows. Hope your stay and studies there go well-how long?
Heather said…
So neat! Thanks for sharing the pictures. The buildings are beautiful.

Popular posts from this blog

Practice Hospitality

My mother-in-law, Jean, is an amazing person with many gifts.  One of the first things I noticed about her when I was but a young bride, was her gift of hospitality.  It was nothing for her to invite a large group of people over, make each one feel welcome, cook a big meal,and seemingly do it without stressing herself out.  I don't know if hospitality just came naturally to her or if she learned it.  In this picture you can see Jean throwing a party for a class she taught in Nigeria.  

I believe that for me it has been a learned skill.  My parents were hospitable and it wasn't unusual for us to have guests over (though usually not as many at a time as my mother-in-law would do!).  But when I started living on my own, I had to learn hospitality.  The first time I invited somebody over for a meal, the lid got stuck on the pot of vegetables, I put too much salt or soda or something in the muffins, and I forgot to serve milk and sugar with the hot drinks.  I've gotten much bett…

2016 in Review

Let's take a look at the year 2016.

January's big events were the dedication of the Tamajaq New Testament, our annual Spiritual Life Conference, helping friends find a house, a trip to visit missionaries in the bush, attended a big wedding, and celebrated John's birthday. It was a pretty busy month.  My January picture is from our trip to the bush and shows baobab trees.  

February was a little less crazy.  John started taking moolo lessons.  February is the time of year when the fresh fruits and veggies are in season so I did a lot of work to freeze veggies for the hot months ahead.  This picture isn't terribly exciting, but a year after the church burnings this church we helped plant back in 1989 finally had a new ceiling and a fresh coat of paint.

In March we attended another big wedding, froze more veggies, celebrated Easter, and visited a church in another town.  John and I have visited a lot of churches in the past three years as he has done research for his doctora…

Meat Roll-ups

Tonight I made meat roll-ups.  And I got to use some ingredients that made food prep much easier than normal!  I did make two batches of rolls so that John could have a lactose-free meal.

The first thing to do is to brown some hamburger.  With the main batch I stirred a tin of mushroom soup into the browned meat.  For John's batch, I stirred in flour, some almond milk, and seasonings just enough to moisten it, but not to make it really runny.  In Niger, I would make it the second way since we don't have tinned soup.

Next I made a batch of biscuit dough using Bisquick.  Of course, in Niger, I have to make the biscuit dough from scratch.  I mixed it up with the almond milk.  Once the dough is rolled out in a strip, spread the meat mixture on it.  Roll it up like you would cinnamon rolls and cut into slices.  Lay the slices on a cookie sheet and cook in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.

While they're baking, I browned fresh mushrooms in butter (in Niger I would use tinned mushroo…