This weekend I took a trip up to Oxfordshire. For those who don’t know, my boyfriend K is in the military and was posted there earlier in the year so I took advantage of the extra day off work to go and visit. His new base is located in the gorgeous Chilterns and only a short distance from both Oxford and Henley-on-Thames so there was lots to discover!
Saturday morning we got up early and travelled in to Oxford. It’s such a beautiful old city – I think we’ll be spending lots more time here in weekends to come! We spent the best part of a morning walking around and taking in the sites. There’s of course Oxford University and the river to see but also so many lovely little boutique shops and places to eat.
We discovered Oxford’s Botanical Gardens on our way down to the river and decided to visit. The entry fee was only small but there was lots to see with three large conservatories filled with tropical plants. It was odd seeing how some of the plants we cook with grow, in particular ginger…
We were pretty exhausted come the afternoon so stopped for a drink in a cafe. I decided to opt for a green juice as I knew the weekend was going to be filled with indulgence!
We did a bit of window shopping then headed back to the car to return home – word of warning, the parking in Oxford is so expensive and we paid over £11 for the time we spent!
On our way home we stopped at a cafe by the river to get an early dinner then had a little walk up and down the towpath before travelling back to camp where we spent the evening watching Game of Thrones and playing pool!
K had to work Sunday morning as there was a military event in the local town but once he had finished we went down together to join in. I experienced what it’s like being a passenger in a Puma helicopter!
In the afternoon we visited Henley to have a stroll down the river then visited a coffee shop for tea and cake. We’ll definitely be spending more time here too. The weather was gorgeous and we romanticised about selling up shop and moving to the river – lottery winning permitted of course.
That evening one of K’s colleagues was having a BBQ on base and he invited us both along. It was nice meeting the people he works with and discovering a little more about what life is like living on a military base.
On Monday we paid a trip to Blenheim Palace – I’ve wanted to visit since I read a feature on the house in Vanity Fair magazine a few years ago. Both the estate and the house are huge and very impressive. Unfortunately not much of the house is open to the public but with so much to see outdoors it didn’t really matter. The palace grounds were most definitely the highlight of the visit with fountains, open park land, secret gardens and winding paths to explore. There was also a butterfly house and maze for the kids (or adults!). True to ourselves we stopped for tea and cake and shared a slice of delicious Victoria sponge! I’d recommend a visit to anyone looking for a chilled day out in the sun.
I didn’t want to leave on Monday night as we had such an amazing weekend together and I hate saying goodbye – the curse of a long distance relationship. There’s only a few days until next weekend though and I already have another weekend planned up in Oxfordshire in a few weeks time.
I hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend too!