UK calling

I’m in the UK on holiday – my first visit and traveling solo, which is an indescribable luxury. I’ve been here for six days and already my head is full to bursting with new ideas and images and experiences.

This morning, en route from London to Oxford, I bought a small notebook and pen so I could jot down what I’m doing before everything morphs into a big UK-flavoured blob of indistinct memories. This afternoon, in a moment of serendipity, I walked into an Oxford bookshop and found ‘An Illustrated Life’ by Danny Gregory – a wonderful insight into the visual journals of artists and designers.

My brain is so overstuffed with input that by the end of the day it was all I could do to buy Maccas and fruit and head back to my room (at Jesus College – beautiful gardens with the wisteria in bloom, gorgeous buildings, magnificent Elizabethan dining hall where I’ll have breakfast tomorrow – more sensory input, dammit) and flop on my bed to read and scribble. I like the idea of recording snippets of everyday life, and I’d like to have a go at creating a journal that incorporates collage, drawing and text. An indication of my mental overload right now, I drew what I could see from my bed – ‘Still Life With Diet Coke’ and the gargoyle outside my window.



I don’t want to post millions of travel photos (actually I don’t take many – just snapshots with my phone camera of random things I want to remember) but I might post a few as the mood takes me. Here are a few from today.


A set of wooden 3D geometric shapes at the Museum of the History of Science. I love these – where can I get some? Unfortunately they weren’t available at the gift shop.


Jesus College, where I’m staying.


View from my window. I especially like the sticker that tells me not to exit via the window. Good thought, since the room is four or five floors up.


View from the window. The noise I hear through this window is, based on my extensive research in both London and Oxford, the definitive sound of England: church bells combined with police sirens.


A cake version of the Radcliffe Camera, part of the Bodleian Library. Library nerd that I am, I’m very excited to be going on a behind-the-scenes tour of the non-cake version tomorrow.

11 thoughts on “UK calling

  1. I’m very impressed that you spent time sketching… especially since you had a camera too ๐Ÿ™‚
    Very accurate sketches! Really inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Thanks Kay, glad you like the drawings – I have no idea what I’m doing when pen hits paper but am enjoying capturing a little of what I’m experiencing. H xx


  3. Does it feel like you’re in an episode of Inspector Morse?? Sure looks like it. Can’t wait to hear impressions of behind-the-Radcliffe.


  4. I really enjoyed reading your first impressions. Looking forward to the next update! Have a wonderful time.


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