Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Saturday, 1 February 2014



gracem said...

thanks....a beautiful picture!

Rita said...

Dear me! The couple indoors are taking "warming themselves" most seriously. There seems to be a damp underwear theme to the whole picture. And do you have any idea why the man chopping wood is doing so without anything sensible on his lower half? Is it because there are some nice warm stockings waiting for him indoors?