Monday, 18 May 2015

A May Day in Oxford

Cercis siliquastrum - Judas Tree
Aesculus hippocastanum - Horse chestnut
Syringa vulgaris 'Congo" - a rich purple single Lilac
 'Baby blue' skies over head and Oxford's trees were blooming as
we make our way to the Sheldonian Theatre. 
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1664 for the University of Oxford and the venue for granddaughter's degree ceremony
Following graduation in the Sheldonian, the students await the departure of the Deans and Professors, doffing their caps as tradition dictates when they leave. Then its off to their various colleges for a celebration lunch together with members of their immediate family
Dining Hall at Keble - granddaughter's college
How can it be that our much loved and adorable first born grandchild has grown up so very quickly
to become the lovely young woman that we are all so proud of?
Congratulations dear granddaughter - it was a memorable and special family day

35 comments:

  1. How lovely Rosemary and well done granddaughter.

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  2. I went to boarding school in Oxford. Hated it at the time but now recognise what a beautiful city it is....

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  3. Congratulations with your granddaughter, she grew up as a smart and pretty lady. I like that stunning dining hall!

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  4. Hello Rosemary, A beautiful day for a happy occasion, although I am not sure that I could tear my eyes away from all that Oxford architecture, even for the graduation ceremony!
    --Jim

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  5. Excellent news! Her education in one of the top-ranked institutions of the world, gives her the ticket to the good life. May she lives the life she has imagined.Congratulations, how much joy she gave to all of you!
    My best wishes
    Olympia

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  6. How quickly the grow up - one day amusing us with their antics and suddenly amazing us with their accomplishments.
    I only know Oxford from episodes of Inspector Morse and more recently, Inspector Lewis. I can only imagine the thrill of being part of a ceremony such as an Oxford graduation.
    What a lovely post!

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    1. My "claim to fame" experience is when my daughter and I visited Oxford, enjoying the scenery in real life - not the version we'd seen and still see on Morse and Inspector Lewis we actually got to meet Kevin Whately (I. Lewis) when he had just completed a film shot! I have the photo to prove it!!!

      Mary in Oregon

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  7. Congrats to the new Oxford grad! Beautiful photos!

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  8. They grow up in a blink of an eye. Congratulations to her and you.

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  9. How wonderful! Such an accomplished young woman. The photos were beautiful and so enjoyed. Thank you and congrats to the family.

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  10. Oh I would be so proud of her too. Beautiful and bright! The dining hall also took my breath away!

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  11. Congratulations to your granddaughter and you, you must be so proud and she is such a pretty young woman. Love that Dininghall at the college and the wonderful pictures of the Judas tree.

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  12. A fabulous occasion Rosemary and many congratulations to your granddaughter :)

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  13. How proud you must be of your granddaughter! She looks very happy and proud, too, of her accomplishments. Lovely weather you were having for that lovely ceremony and lunch!

    Mary in Oregon

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  14. Congratulations to your granddaughter. You must be so proud of her! So amazing to see the tradition of these ceremonies with the costumes and the typical hat, love it, pity that doesn't exist here.

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  15. Gongratulation to your grandchild. She is a wice and pretty young woman.
    Crandchildren up to notice how quickly time goes forward.
    Love your photos.
    Hugs

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  16. Dear Rosemary,

    My eyes filled with tears a little on reading this lovely post! Yes, you must be so very proud of your granddaughter. Congratulations to her and her extended family. My eldest daughter was born in Oxford so your pictures brought back good memories.

    Best wishes,

    Stephanie

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  17. Beautiful blooms, love the colours.
    Your granddaughter, congratulations to her and well done. Beautiful as a little one and as an adult....
    Wonderful long dining hall..

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  18. Dear Rosemary, What a proud day it must have been for you. Your granddaughter so beautiful ...like her grandmother.

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  19. A belated congratulations to your granddaughter and to the family — I'm glad it was a bright, sunny glorious day!

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  20. Congratulations to your beautiful and clever granddaughter , and wishing her all the best in her 'new' life .

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  21. Congratulations to your beautiful granddaughter, and how proud you must be. A very special day in beautiful surroundings and thank you for sharing it Rosemary.

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  22. Congratulations to your grand daughter you must have been so proud of her and it must have been lovely to spend this special day with her. We have bought the Judas tree , it's nice to see what it would look like when it gets bigger. The lilac is such a lovely colour too. Sarah x

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  23. How very special to be able to share this important day with your grand-daughter.

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  24. What absolutely delightful photographs
    Amazing

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  25. Congratulations to your granddaughter - how exciting for you all! This, of course, is just the beginning...

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  26. I love that black and white picture of your grand daughter - a beautiful child has turned into a beautiful woman.

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  27. Congratulations. What a great day to have been part of.

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  28. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS - ALL READ AND MUCH APPRECIATED. WE HAD A VERY HAPPY DAY - IT WAS THE END OF A VERY IMPORTANT STAGE IN OUR GRANDDAUGTER'S LIFE.

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  29. Congratulations on your first granddaughter’s accomplishment! I see really beautiful May of yours both in this post and the previous one. I’m especially fascinated by the yellow shower of Laburnham which is new to me.

    Yoko

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    1. Hello Yoko - the Laburnham belongs to the same flowering pea family as the Wisteria - its flowers are identical and hang in an identical fashion. I visited a garden last year that had Wisteria and Laburnham hanging together and it looked lovely.

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  30. Dear Rosemary,

    Your May day in Oxford looks beautiful and to see the lovely trees flowering.
    Congratulations to your lovely Granddaughters graduation - you must be very proud.
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  31. What a wonderful month to choose for a graduation ceremony! In my experience Oxford always looks its best in May and you obviously had the most wonderful day with your lovely granddaughter.

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