Lately: Car port, Oxford, and lunch at The Vaults, plus video!

August 14, 2016

Hello everyone,

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It’s been quite the busy week round here. We’ve (when I say we, I mean Robert), have chopped down an apple tree.

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It was a hard decision to chop it down, mainly because it was such a hardy and healthy tree, but we planned to put a carport up against the garage and, as much as we loved the occasional apple crumble, the best thing for us was to remove the tree.

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So down it came. The wood will be used for fire wood plus a little of it will be handed out to friends for carving.
And the best thing is that Robert won’t have to pick up millions of apples from the ground.

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Speaking of the apples, I put out a great big bin full for anyone to help themselves and some people did.

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After several days of apple tree, clean up and building the foundations for our new carport, we took a trip into Oxford for the Thursday vintage and antique market.

We were after a hat or two for our costumes for Saturday’s Retro Festival.


We were not very successful with the hats, so went to have lunch at one of our favourite cafes, The Vaults.


The Vaults is a basement room under St Mary the Virgin church dating back to 1320. It served as the first ever library in Oxford belonging to the university of Oxford.


Now our friend Will Pouget runs the space as the most amazing organic cafe.


We ate our lunch on the patio and Will came for a lovely chat.

Here is a little video of our day:

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On our way home we drove thru the neighbouring village of Appleton and I picked up enough beautiful dahlias from one of the roadside stands for four bouquets.

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The post and video from our Retro Festival day coming tomorrow. 😀

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  • Reply Jill August 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Great post, I enjoyed reading

    • Reply Veronica August 14, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you so much Jill 😀

  • Reply Ariane Reichardt August 14, 2016 at 11:55 am

    You are a busy bee! dear Veronica,
    or do I mean Robert? 😉
    I’d like to make a crumble tonight.
    Beautiful dahlias! and your video! gosh! Thank you, it’s beautiful. One day, one day…
    (is Robert the British part of you as a couple? You sounds more ‘Canadian’, I think)


    • Reply Veronica August 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you so much Ariane. Yes, Robert is the British one…he’s actually Scots but has the most beautiful accent. Apple crumbles are so good! I hope you make one soon.

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks August 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Sounds like you’re having a lot of fun!

    • Reply Veronica August 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      We are Debra, but also a lot of work! 😀

  • Reply Patricia August 14, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Great day for touring your neighbourhood! Just finished watching Inspector Lewis episode — set in Oxford! 🙂

  • Reply Veronica August 14, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Oh did you? I love watching the episodes where they walk around Oxford. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein August 17, 2016 at 3:54 am

    oh Robert really does need a new hat .. or is that bit of a hole for air conditioning?????? and i love that old cars come to be rebuilt or repurposed … such a great service!

    • Reply Veronica August 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      OH I know…lol. But he loves this one and similar are really hard to find. Besides, it makes him look like Indiana Jones. 😀

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm August 21, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Gorgeous images V. An organic cafe .. How good is that! ? it must have been hard to chop out the apple tree .. A tough decision I bet

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