My Garden Pond

I’m Ruth Dixon and this is my blog about my garden and other interests… this blog may go in any one of several directions. We’ll see what (if anything) people find interesting.

I work (part-time) at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford on how the civil service and central government has changed over the past 30 years or so. See http://xgov.politics.ox.ac.uk.  Some things from my work there may come into my blog.

The immediate impetus for starting this blog is the Oxford University ’23 things’ programme http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/23things/all-about-23-things/ and to take part, I must set up a blog – something I’ve been thinking of doing anyway. So here is my first post.

Why ‘My Garden Pond’?  I can see the pond when I’m cooking or washing up, and it is a great distraction from other things that I should be doing. One rainy day two ducks came into the garden and started to investigate the pond – which has a waterfall topped by a ceramic dish. The drake sat in the dish and ate all the duckweed. I took a photo of him through the rainy kitchen window.

So this blog will be about the things that I notice whether on the pond or in the wider world.
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6 thoughts on “My Garden Pond

  1. Looking forward to reading as I, too, am not sure where my ’23 Things’ will head!

  2. Glad to have you in the programme, and that it coincided with your latent blogging ambitions! We’re also looking forward to hearing how it goes.

    • Yes there are – do you work in that area? I am only working on central government but there is certainly interesting work being done (by e.g. Tony Travers, LSE) on local government.

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