Wandering Camera – Magdalen College, Oxford

 

Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  This month I would love to take you around Magdalen College, one of the three colleges we visited in Oxford.  After spending the morning at Christ Church, we made our way toward this beautiful college.   If buildings have personalities, which I think they do, Magdalen College exudes the air of elegance and serenity, with its old stone structures adorned by flowering college gardens.

 

 

 

Travel Sketchbook – Watercolour of the boats from where we were sitting for lunch

 

These are some of my favourite photos that I took there –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past the courtyards and the cloisters, past The Kitchen Bar by the boathouse where we had lunch while watching people punt, and past the college gardens, there is Addison’s Walk by the river Cherwell.  We continued our walk there under the canopy of trees, listening to the sound of water and wind.  It was the most peaceful day, far from the madding crowd elsewhere in this otherwise bustling city.

 

 

Thank you for all the wonderful comments, and for sharing your photos with me.  I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting and what you have been creating.

 

 

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Wandering Camera – Wildflowers

Shooting Star Wildflower Watercolour Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera!  A couple of days ago I was plopped on the sofa, balancing my sketchbook, a tiny jar of water, palette, paint and brush on a little board.  While looking out toward the blooming flowers in our modest little flower garden, I was doing a practice sketch of a Shooting Star.  That set the stage for today’s Wandering Camera.

 

There is an easy mountain trail about a half hour’s drive away from our home.  I love to spot various wildflowers along that trail and photograph them.

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

Northern California Wildflower | Whims And Fancies

 

 

As I was taking the photos, I commented on how some of them are growing like weeds.  My husband laughed and pointed out that wildflowers are weeds! 

Weeds are a gardener’s bane, specially the horrible kinds that grow in the flowerbeds.  However, I do voluntarily grow a few wildflower “weeds” in my garden.   Many Thanks to my friend Mary for sharing her Larkspur seeds with me so readily.

 

I just realised that this post marks a whole year of Wandering Camera.  Last year Wandering Camera Revival started with my sharing photos of these Larkspurs from my garden –

 

Wandering Camera Revival

 

Thank you for all the wonderful comments, and for sharing your photos with me.  I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting and what you have been creating.

 

 

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Red Telephone Box Travel Bag

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Red Telephone Box pattern on Etsy

 

I had the idea of a Red Telephone Box quilt pattern for a long while.   As you know, I love old architecture, and I fell in love with the vine- and plant-decked Oxford windows.   So I added a Victorian street lamp along with a lit-up window – an Oxford window, if you will.  Once I had designed and made the block, it became obvious to me that I wanted to make a travel bag with it.

I not only finished sewing the bag, I also managed to make good progress toward an architecture-influenced painting.

 

 

Gothich Architecture Drawing | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After meticulously drawing out the previous symmetrical design with drafting tools, I changed my mind and reordered the elements in an asymmetrical fashion.  This is the planning sketch for the new drawing.

 

 

Gothic Architecture Drawing | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Now that the initial drawing is done, I will start adding shading and the ornamental details.  Then I get to start painting it.  Still a long way to go, but I enjoy getting lost inside a long project.

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After the last two Wandering Camera posts full of Oxford photos and the drawing, I couldn’t ignore the Red Telephone Box block any more.

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Last week I used my very own crossbody bag pattern to make this bag.  I had all the materials at hand, even a fire-engine red zipper.

As this was my One Monthly Goal, I am linking up with Patty at Elm Street

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This blue fabric that I had been saving for a special project was perfect for the back.  I love that it has “Destination Adventure” printed on it.

 

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern, British Telephone Box quilt pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Red Telephone Box quilt pattern on Etsy

 

I pieced the red grid on my telephone booth.  However, for easier piecing, I also included pattern sections without the grid.  The grid can be added afterwards via a thick-width machine stitch.  The finished block is 12″, which I find to be a great size for fun projects.  The Red Telephone Box quilt pattern is available on my Etsy shop, if you wish to make one.

 

Now when I travel, I am all set to walk around in old cities carrying my camera, my little travel journal / notebook, even a sketchbook and colour pencils.  It’s even the perfect size for the day trips we love to take on weekends.

 

If you have missed the photos or want to revisit, here are the links for a few of my photos of Christ Church, Oxford –

Posts On England Travel – 2016

Oxford – Christ Church Part I

Oxford – Christ Church Part II

 

You can also still link up on this month’s Wandering Camera.

 

Happy Wandering,
-Soma

 

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Wandering Camera – Christ Church, Oxford, UK Part II

Tom Quad, Christ Church, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Thank you for sharing so many personal anecdotes about Oxford on the previous Wandering Camera.  Those stories give extra dimension to the places I visit and connects me a little more to the photos I take.   Today I will continue with our visit to Chirst Church.  Last time, I ended with exiting Bodley Tower and entering the Great Quadrangle.

 

 

Tom Quad, Christ Church, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The quad was started in the 16th century and left unfinished for a century.  This would have been a cloistered area but that was left unfinished.  The base structures for the cloisters are still visible.  You can get an idea of how big the quad is, both from the previous photo and this one.

 

 

Tom Quad, Christ Church, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I specially wanted to see Christopher Wren’s work in person, hence my wish to visit Christ Church.  He designed the clock tower over the St. Aldate’s gatehouse. The bell, Great Tom, gives the quad its informal name: Tom Quad.

 

 

Tom Quad, Christ Church, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Although this was supposed to be cloistered, I rather like the openness of the quad with the arches all around.

 

 

 

 

Inspired by all the gothic architecture there, I started working on a detailed painting. Here is a peek at the initial planning sketch.

 

 

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Before exiting Tom Quad, we entered the Christ Church cathedral.

 

 

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Following the arches, I love looking up to see the intricacy of cathedral ceilings.

 

 

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This is the doorway of the chapter house – one of the oldest parts of the college – built in the 1200s.  Sadly, the inside has been turned into a gift shop. 

 

 

Peckwater, Christ Church, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

In contrast to the gothic Tom Quad, the Peckwater was built in the classical style of the Greek and Roman temple architecture.   The Peck Quad houses the library.   

 

 

Magpie Lane, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

From Christ Church, we perambulated toward Magdalen College.

 

 

Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We walked through some of the back paths.  I smiled when I noticed how nature took it upon herself to soften the abundance of stonework in Oxford.

 

 

Dead Man's Walk, Oxford, England | Whims And Fancies

 

 

This is Dead Man’s Walk.  The green plaque on the wall mentions James Sadler, who was the first English Aeronaut to successfully ascend in what is described as a “fire balloon” near this area.  I love finding these little “notes” in old cities and colleges.

 

 

England - Red Telephone Box Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Red Telephone Box pattern on Etsy

 

Inspired by the Oxford visit, I created this red telephone booth block to make a bag with it.  This month I am joining Patty at Elm Street for One Monthly Goal.  I hope to share more on that with you in the next couple of weeks.

 

Since I love to rummage through photos, I am linking up with monthly April Furtle @ Archie The Wonder Dog.

 

 

Posts On England Travel – 2016

Oxford – Christ Church Part I

 

 

Thank you for sharing your photos and stories too.  I love reading them!

 

 

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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