In England!

For all of those who follow my Facebook page – or my twitter account – – you already know that I’m going to be living in England for 2 years. In Oxford to be precise, well in a village called Iffley about a mile south of Oxford to be precisely precise.

My clever husband, Toby, has been awarded an EU Marie Curie Incoming Fellowship to study the collection and dispersal of a huge collection of manuscripts:

So, after much travail, due mainly to the visa application process here, I arrived 12 days ago. This is the view from my study, which I’ve set up in the second bedroom of our cottage:

The cottage is one of a row of around eight, all built in the late Victorian period, between around 1870 and 1890. It’s very cozy, with two bedrooms, a modern bathroom and kitchen and the pretty garden you can see above.

Iffley is a lovely little village, although it is really a suburb of Oxford now, it has retained its village feel. It has an amazing church, built in 1175 – a date that seems inconceivable to an Aussie like me. Past the church is the Iffley Lock, mentioned in Three Men in a Boat. It’s very pretty, too.

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Note how the dog is wearing a life jacket, and not the humans…

Anyway, I’ve started writing and will update my progress soon.