a day in oxford + turville england!

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i’m sharing some photos today from our time in the english countryside, specifically when we passed through turville and oxford. it’s a photo overload, because everywhere we looked was so picturesque, it felt like we were walking into a fairy tale. i love how everyone uses great detail in keeping their gardens and homes in beautiful shape, which of course just adds to the charm.

i also wanted to share this bakery we passed by in bourton-on-the-water, where we stayed a couple nights. the bakery is called bakery on the water and we only discovered it on our last morning there thanks to a few of your recommendations on direct message on instagram. i wish we’d have discovered it sooner, because josh and i are still discussing it together at great length even a week later! if you’re ever there, the original cornish pasty was out of this world incredible (as were about 9 other things we sampled like the eccles cake and the lardy cake you can see below!)

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a few photos below from our stop in turville on our drive into london (after we stopped by oxford for the morning, which is also below!)

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i wasn’t able to snag a great photo of it (moments like this where i regret not having a zoom lens), but the windmill from chitty chitty bang bang is up on that hill top a bit behind me to the left! also, who else is still afraid of that movie even as an adult now?

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these homes!!!!!!!!!!

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we had lunch in turville at the bull and butcher where josh and i tried a lamb and mint pie for the very first time.

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my friend lesley told us to keep an eye out for all the bluebells that come into season about now. we passed so many on our drive in. they were beautiful to spot. i seriously feel like we lucked out with everything in such pretty bloom! i was afraid we’d be doomed for downpours everyday and that it’d be a struggle to sightsee with the little ones because of the rain, but we were fortunate to miss it all and just see everything in it’s spring glory.

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we parked for just a quick hour in oxford and did a mini walking tour of the grounds. we always try to find a fun activity to do with the kids when we go to places like this and since we didn’t have one in oxford (and the wind this day was crazy cold in oxford), we didn’t really get to see everything we wanted to. but i still call it a success because everyone remained happy while we saw a bit of it! (SUCH a beautiful university!)

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i really am so glad we made time to visit the countryside on this trip to london. so much beauty and we enjoyed our time so much! excited to share more from the trip with you soon!

WEARING:

oversized wool coat (fyi- back in stock in all sizes and on sale!), high-rise skinny jeans and short rain boots and striped blouse.

the kids rain coats are from HERE and their rainboots from HERE.

  1. English countryside is so lovely! Also love Oxford and their unique tradition and long history of the university. Love the pictures :)

  2. Elaine

    I would love to read how you and Josh plan out your oversees trips with the kids!

  3. Oh these pictures take me back to when I traveled to London and Oxford solo and it rained the whole time and yet I thought it looked so so dreamy still! Love the atmosphere in these pictures Naomi, beautiful! Can’t wait to see more.

    Liefs,
    Yara

  4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is terrifying. So glad I’m not the only one!

  5. Pam

    What a gorgeous city, it has so much character!
    Lovely seeing your family as always <3

    http://www.pamelayaquelin.com

  6. this is seriously so pretty- i bet you felt like you were in harry potter! or downton abbey? i love the lighting!

    xo, brittany
    nursing friendly spring tops and dresses on my blog today!
    http://www.notablob.com

  7. Laura

    I moved to England as a child and really hated it for many reasons. But I’ve grown to love this country so much – it has plenty of beauty and quaintness and loveliness, especially in the stunning countryside! So glad you got to experience it while everything is in bloom. This really is the best time of year to visit I think, though it may be cold (I still hate the cold haha).

    Have you had a proper English brew yet? A builder’s tea from a good old mug with a digestive on the side? It’s something I have become to associate with pure peace and contentment. Thankfully I get to enjoy those moments most days. :)

    Lots of love to you and your beautiful family from Chichester xxx

  8. Heidi

    Hello Naomi,

    I love your pics! I used to live in England, and will be heading back in July with my husband and 2 kids to attend a friend’s wedding. We’ve rented a car to spend several days in the countryside, and will be in Bourton-on-the-Water for a couple of days. It will be my first time in that area of England. I’m just wondering where you stayed?

    Thanks!

    Heidi

  9. Ashley

    How picturesque! Absolutely adore spring wildflowers, those bluebells are so lovely. The pastel buildings are so charming too. Looks like the perfect spring trip! Beautiful post as always:)

  10. JACK

    Incredibly beautiful pictures !

  11. Oh my goodness these photos are beautiful. You’re right – such a fairy tale. And that trench!! May I ask what size you are wearing?

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  12. fefe

    GORGEOUS! Have you ever watched “Escape to the Country” on Netflix? It’s basically House Hunters, but British – and people are buying gorgeous homes like this. I’m obsessed, and I think you’d like it too!

    http://objectsicantafford.com

  13. Char

    Oh my goodness, you were very close to where I live! Turville is one of our favourite local spots. Did you get to see the table that is made out of a well at the Bull and Butcher? Stunning photos. Safe and happy travels!

  14. elise

    what a gorgeous charming town. One of my good friends lives in england and i’m dying to go visit.

  15. Paige

    These pictures are so pretty! Also, my maiden name is Tourville, which obviously makes me wonder if there is a correlation between the two :)

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  16. england’s countryside felt so simple and like the pace i wish life rolled along at. we visited the peak district a few years back and i absolutely loved it! green, slow-moving cows, fog on the roads. it was dreamy. this place looks incredible too. your whole trip does!

  17. Kathy

    I studied in Oxford for a summer in college, thank you for sharing – brightened my day!

  18. ada

    your Photo are amazing ,love them ,what filter or program do you use for the photo?

  19. V

    Sounds and looks like such a beautiful trip!

    P.S your hair is getting really nice and long.

  20. Lesley

    I am so excited for all your UK posts! And I’m so excited that the bluebells were out for you. And sorry about Bakery on the Water, I should have put it in bold in my email 😂 We always buy about half the baked goods when we stop there.

    Can’t wait for more posts!

  21. Michelle

    Oh my goodness, these pictures are beyond dreamy!!! I often daydream about living in a cottage in the English countryside! Everything is so quaint and charming. Naomi, your hair is getting so long, it’s beautiful!! Also, the color of your coat is so flattering on you, I”m in love with it!

    Thank you for giving us a peek into your travels, you have an exceptional eye for photography and capturing marvelous photos! You seem to make even the most simple of moments beautiful! Happy travels!

  22. Hi! I love the texture of your photos! What.are you doing these days to edit them?!

    -Samantha

  23. Caroline

    Beautiful pictures!! My husband and I went to Oxford/the Cotswolds this past January for our honeymoon–such a beautiful and romantic part of the world! Everything felt so picturesque in the middle of winter. I can’t even imagine what it was like in person while everything is in bloom! I hope you all had the best time!

  24. Rachel Simmons

    My GOODNESS! everything is beyond charming. It’s hard to imagine living in a world like that!

  25. Mary

    We’re headed to London this summer, and I’m so grateful for your posts that help inspire us. Thank you! Have been following your blog since before you had children. Now my students from Japan do a little homework assignment for our Travel Unit where they view some of your posts, including Little Films, and write a brief report. You bless my life. Thank you!

  26. Beautiful photos! So glad tou loved the english countryside. Fun fact, a TV programme called thr bicar of dibley which was huge in the UK im the 90s was filmed in Turville. And the next village over, Hambleden is where in the woods, Sleepyhollow and Nanny McPhee were filmed. My husband grew up there and we got married at Hambleden church with our meetings beforehand in Turville so it’s a very happy place for us!

  27. lauren bee

    Doing a walking tour of Oxford University was one of the best things I did while I was in England! I agree, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful university. I love your photos and am feeling so nostalgic!

  28. Marta

    Pictures are just fab! …If Ely will be on your map places to visit – the cake on me :)

  29. Diana

    This place looks like the place where Jane Marple from Agatha Christie’s books would live, gorgeous.

  30. Thea

    Beautiful!
    How do you edit your photos (if you do)? They are just amazing!

  31. Melinda Peterson

    So, so beautiful. Like a dream. What lens do you shoot with?

  32. mery

    Why don´t you come to Spain? We have a lovely time!!!

  33. meera

    studied at oxford for a year on exchange and your pictures make me miss it! lovely shots and seems like you had a lovely time!!

  34. Madeline

    Aww… Im so sorry that movie scares you! I have loved it ever since I was a child.

  35. Reyna

    OMG Naomi your pictures are amazing!!! I Can wait to visit London next Month