A trip into Oxford today and I saw something I had never noticed before. The light was lovely and I wasn’t inclined to shop, so wandered down The Broad with my camera.
What’s that on top of the building as a weather vane?
It appears it is an elephant
A little light googling this evening has lead me to this which shows the building used to be The Old Indian Institute.
Fascinating what you see when there’s a camera in your hand!
When my hands were cold I ended up inside the Museum of the History of Science to have a look at the exhibition on Time Machines, which was fascinating with all sorts of antique time tellers, including astrolabes, as used by Lara in His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman. I wondered around, warming up and enjoying the intricacies of the workmanship. Unfortunately I just missed one of the guided tours.
There were some wonderful cabinets, including the one showing the development of penicillin, and an interesting display of various medical things, including this. The note explains what it is, but leaves so many more questions unanswered.
In the foyer of the museum there was a case with a collection of netsuke, which also demonstrate the intricate workmanship required to fashion these detailed miniatures.
This little group of three netsuke were all eating.
And back out on the Broad I saw the Anthony Gormley statue staring down from the roof of Exeter College. It always makes me want to shout out, “Don’t jump!”
I met up with Techie and on the way back to the car I’m sure I saw Philip Pullman, but he wasn’t wearing a red scarf.