Oxford is such a beautiful city and well visited by tourists from all over the world, and yet when you live here you realise how diverse parts of the city are. In this part of leafy north Oxford, North Parade Avenue is quite often termed as a ‘village’ by locals and visitors alike. Part of the charm is the way you get into conversation with total strangers and even people you’ve known for years – and you find you have something in common.
For instance. Occasionally, Rory McGrath pops in the pub when he’s in Oxford, and I went to the same school in Redruth, Cornwall. He often recalls his Cornish roots when he’s being interviewed and once when we were chatting about his visits back to Cornwall, I found out his family lived in the same lane as my brother.
Where am I going with this?
I told the tale of my meeting Penny & Dragan recently, and a lovely relationship has begun following a brief chat in the Rose and Crown. Remember?
Well, this morning when Penny dropped in our regular daily delivery of bread, we got talking about the shop, the weather – and the words I’d written about her and Dragan on the blog. She told me how she had mentioned this to her parents – who live in Cornwall. (If you dip into this blog, it isn’t hard to notice that Cornwall is BIG in my heart – I have relations across the county).
Not only does Penny have links there, but she also grew up in Falmouth!
One big villlage – Oxford.