Day 28: Dinner with students, evensong, and dessert

This morning Erin and James walked down to a local pottery store to find a wedding present for “Aunt Leah”, the ACU student who watches the kids twice a week during the semester.

Then James taught class and the kids took naps. Then at 4:30 we met up with some students to walk down to The White Rabbit to have dinner.

The White Rabbit claims to have the best pizza in Oxford, so we gave it a go. It was really good!

Zeke had a lot of fun sitting between Collin and Jessica.

After dinner, we met up with the rest of the group at Blackfriars to attend their vespers after daily mass. Because we are between Oxford school terms, we have limited options for evensong as a group. Since no one is presently running a choral evensong service, we decided to head back to Blackfriars. Below you can see our group waiting for mass to end outside of the chapel.

After the vespers service was over, we met back at the house in the common room to talk about our weekend of free travel and discuss the next day’s trip into London. Everyone had great stories of fun times exploring Europe. Erin and Shelley made dessert one last time for the group: chocolate oatmeal cookies (also known as “no bakes”). Erin made her mom’s recipe and Shelley made her and James’ mom’s recipe. They were both a big hit and everyone enjoyed the cookies.

Day 14: A Slow Day and Evensong

We took today rather slow and didn’t do much. It was 88 F here in Oxford, and without air-conditioning, it’s rather hot. Our basement flat, however, remains quite cool for most of the day.

In the morning, whilst preparing for my lecture, Micah decided to put on my dirty socks and then horde the rest of them between her legs. She’s a little dragon with her horde.

I taught my afternoon class, then we took a bus down to the local grocer and picked up some items for this evening and bused back.

At 6:15 we met outside of the houses to head to evening vespers, also called evensong. It’s something we’re trying to do every Monday with the students, and each time at a different place.

This week we attended Blackfriar’s service, which is a Catholic church run by Dominican friars. We arrived just as mass was ending and sat down for evensong which began shortly after. There weren’t many people there.

The service was short and distinctive. They did not sing in harmony, wore very simple white robes, and there were hardly any adornments in the building, including no stained glass. It was a simple and thoughtful service, lasting about 15 minutes in total.

After evensong, we headed back to the house to discuss our weekend free travel trips as one big group and to eat the peach dump cake that Erin had made along with vanilla ice cream. It was a big hit and there was none left. James is pretty sure that his students love Erin more than him…not an unreasonable idea at this point. ­čśë