Okehampton to Oxford

In the morning as we were checking out we talked with the owners who had never heard of anyone with the surname Oke actually in Okehampton before. They looked it up that there were 18 in the phone book. They showed us their beautiful garden and animals. They run the AirBnB as a country escape for families since family have left. We went back into Okehampton to have a brief look at the Information Centre & Museum of Dartmour and went to a very quaint tearoom that seemed to serve as a senior citizen luncheon venue.


We then hit the road for the long journey to Oxford. In planning the trip I’d had expectations of driving via Bath but with fatigue setting in we unfortunately didn’t get there for this trip. Next time. Saw elements of Bristol as we zipped by on the motorway. So much to see and such limited time. Before coming on the trip I had made twitter contact with Ruth Bird an Australian who is the Bodleian Law Library at Oxford. I was following a conference in Australia where she was keynote and I direct messaged her that I was intending to visit Oxford in the next year. She was very welcoming and said she would be happy to meet and give me a tour of her library. When emailing in England and mentioning about wanting to tour Old Bodleian she suggested to book as they only do formal tours that you pay for.


Bodleian Law Library Oxford


I was tired when we arrived at Oxford but still made the effort to visit Ruth’s library in the late afternoon. It was of a similar vintage to La Trobe library where I work being built in 1964. She was very generous and gave me a thorough tour including showing me some very old items one from 1547. She mentioned how when she arrived at the library around ten years ago she instigated some preservation to care for some of the older and more precious items.


Oxford Law Librarian Ruth Bird.

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