This was a walk in several parts, walking different sections with different people. It all started with a story-telling conference at Mansfield College in Oxford, where I met some truly inspirational people. On Monday night I went walking with Prue and Laurinda – along the streets of Oxford – through an alley/jitty/ginnel (so many local names used to describe a passageway between buildings) and into the University Parks.
The following night I had a shorter walk with Estelle, on her first visit outside of the US – lovely to see Oxford ‘through her eyes’. On Thursday I went walking with Ian (who had joined me the night before). We started in the centre – quick trip to Blackwell’s for books, then tea/coffee and cake – where we were joined by an Oxford Bear, called Manny who asked us to help him look for Alice.
We followed a guide, bought from tourist information, with two walks around Oxford based on Alice in Wonderland. We stopped for lunch mid-way, and Manny ejoyed a pint of Old Dairy at The Chequers!
Finally, after 6.5 miles of searching, and encounters with ducks, geese, swans, cattle, a heron and a groovy green spider, Manny Bear found Alice – thankfully she had drunk some shrinking drink, otherwise he wouldn’t have been able to afford her! Who’d have thought a little girl would cost so much????
The final walk of the day was to Wadham Gardens for a bit of Shakespeare – brilliant way to finish the day.