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The receding tide

July 28th, 2007 (12:47 pm)

I spent this morning in Oxford, as I needed a haircut before my teaching starts on Monday. I actually meet my students tomorrow evening, or some of them. I'm teaching a retired couple - husband a nuclear engineer, wife a retired US state education department official - and two unknown quantities.

I made an expedition to Botley Road, to find it nervously open, with far fewer cars than one would normally expect at 10.30 on a Saturday morning. The only road to be closed was Ferry Hinksey Road, and that was dry until it met Oatlands Road Recreation Ground, which still looks more fit for a boating lake than anything else. There was little sign of unanted water elsewhere, apart from a large amount of standing water on Binsey Lane. Osney Island was no longer overrun, and the river, though high, was within its banks. A team from the Environment Agency were patrolling but they drove off about 11am, with a cratefull of bread rolls from one of the shops.


Posted by: The Mezzo Mongoose (miss_next)
Posted at: July 28th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)

Ah, good - pleased to hear that you are not getting around Oxford by dinghy!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 28th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)

I think that time has passed, largely - but I feel sorry for the lone allotment-holder plodging through his watersoaked patch of land. Most of the allotments on Botley Road were still under water, as in fact was the car park at West Oxford Community Centre.

Posted by: dr_biscuit (brightlywoven)
Posted at: July 28th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)

Additionally, it is now possible to distinguish the Cherwell from the surrounding fields, at least where Marson Ferry Rd crosses it.

Does anyone know if the Marston path is above ground yet? Would like to get back to my normal commuting route, but haven't had time to check it out. (Just calculated I've worked 140 hours in the last 12 days, but in 2 days, I get a day off!)

Posted by: Thwen (footnotetoplato)
Posted at: July 28th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)

That's nearly (a) gross!

[apology for bad pun goes here]

Posted by: colinbj (colinbj)
Posted at: July 28th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)

Go to this link or Google "Marston psychopath" (yes, really) for cyle path status:

Posted by: ms_rebecca_riot (ms_rebecca_riot)
Posted at: July 28th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)

what are you teaching?
that's good its slowly getting normal-ish.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: July 28th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)

I'm teaching a course on the history of the monarchy, and am mainly doing this through a series of PowerPoint presentations, and memory!