Flowers laid for the Botley Bag Lady of Oxford
Having watched her walk up and down Botley Road for canada goose outlet online some 30 years, owners Joe and Linda Devlin said: “She was a familiar face uk canada goose outlet and it was never a surprise to see buy canada goose jacket cheap her.
“No canada goose store one knew much about her, but everyone knew of her. It’s sad to canada goose outlet store see how she ended up.”
Over the road at Classique Unisex Hair Salon, Lisa Rowles said she had heard stories from clients canada goose outlet toronto factory over the years that Ms canada goose outlet new york city Boulton and canada goose outlet store uk her husband used to run an Oxfordshire school until her husband died.
She said that people living near canada goose outlet canada Botley Road often found her in their sheds, but because she was such a well known person they did not make her leave.
Ms Rowles added: “She was a chatty women who would not take from others.
“She was wonderful, living like that without help.”
On Facebook, one woman recalled how Ms Boulton once canada goose outlet shop helped her rescue a little bird, and described her as ‘sweet and softly spoken’.
Stacey Wiggins wrote: “I used to speak with her when I worked as a PCSO in Oxford, her outlook on life was there were people in the world with nothing so she needed nothing, she was a trooper especially when it snowed. nothing bothered her. RIP Eleanor.”
Eleanor was one of Oxford’s great eccentrics but looked a little more frail this year and her absence was noticed over the last few weeks. She asked for nothing however lots of the community looked out for her. We live canada goose black friday sale on the Botley Road and were constantly meeting her.
Hello, I met Eleanor in November 2010 when I moved to a Village near Oxford City Centre.
I was waiting at the George Street Bus Station.
I tried to offer her 5 as a gesture but she was adamant that she wouldn’t take it, even if I put it in the railings official canada goose outlet nearby!
I saw Eleanor after that several times and approached cheap canada goose her to say hello.
I had a dog named Bryn with me who she liked and it was this connection that began https://www.fcvfrankfurt.de our friendship together.
I would ask Eleanor if I canada goose outlet reviews could buy her a cup of tea? ‘Maybe’ canada goose coats was always her reply.
I began to see Eleanor on my daily trips into Oxford and we spoke honestly about life.
This is what she said.
Eleanor would sit in a Bus Shelter on the Botley Road and read the daily newspapers to get goose outlet canada all the worlds news she needed.
Eleanor canada goose uk black friday ate from the Litter Bins on her daily route from where she lived, this is somewhere is was proud and humble to have later found through casually asking her and leaving an Army Sleeping Bag nearby to her tarpoline home, layered with plastic, newspaper, plastic and more newspaper to keep her dry.
Eleanor told me she was the only child of a Lay Preacher, she married a wonderful man, she was an Academic, with cheap canada goose uk a Maths Degree.
Life became too much so she decided to leave main stream society behind.
Eleanor loved and lost, Canada Goose Outlet she then told me.
“I am free, my mind is clear and I don’t have any worries.”
This was a poignant time in our friendship as I discussed the stress of life in Oxford, financial pressures etc.
Eleanor would never accept money, she said she had all she needed around her.
A tiny woman, I agree she didn’t wash, how did she manage with the feminine hygiene etc so I asked my canada goose outlet daughter Charlotte, then in the Armed Forces.
When I knew Eleanor was out in town, my daughter and I went to her home, we left the canada goose black friday sale sleeping bag nearby.