It is happening, everyone! We are moving out of Oxford and out of the UK as well. I might have mentioned it once or twice as I am still insanely excited about all of it, sorry, but I just felt like a proper goodbye to Oxford is in order, as it has been such an important part of this blog for a while now.
And what better way to say goodbye than to look through some of my absolute favourite photos I have taken during my two years here?
What will make this goodbye to Oxford hardest is the fact that I will be moving from what is basically glorified countryside straight into a busy city. Oxford is indeed a small, rural town; don’t let the tourists and students fool you. The sheer amount of green spaces around here, especially if you live in Summertown as I do, is absolutely breathtaking – and that is not even counting all the wildlife around! I feel so privileged to have lived just a short walk away from the Swan Lake and a slightly longer stroll away from the ponies of Port Meadow.
I cannot really imagine that one of these Sundays I will not be able to visit the Heathrow Owl Rescue stand at Summertown Farmer’s Market – and for a small donation stroke an owl’s warm belly. This is one of the many small wonders I have been taking for granted living in Oxford and I will severely miss once they are no longer mine. And next spring, can you imagine? Next spring, I will not be seeing a new generation of goslings down at Christ Church Meadow… Will the people who move into my flat after me remember to bring the little fluffs enough oats?
Saying goodbye to Oxford also means saying goodbye to all the friends I have made here – human and… less human. Human goodbyes are tough and sad, but at least humans understand what is going to happen. I am already heartbroken about never seeing my neighbours’ cats again. Sometimes I feel as if they await me in the tall grass next to our window, trying to trick me into petting them on my way out – will they be waiting for me once I am gone? How long will it take them to realize we are going to spend the rest of our lives apart? I would love to take them with me, but I am pretty sure catnapping is not exactly legal.