Today we snatched our lovely granddaughter from the all embracing arms of academia for a couple of hours. She has just turned 19 years, and we have enjoyed a birthday lunch together with her young man, also an Oxford student. She is very diligent, and nearing the end of her first year, but it gave her a small break from her studies, and us a very special treat to be with her. Over lunch we discussed all of the exciting things she has been doing, and how quickly this first year has gone by. She is off during the summer vacation to an archaeological dig on the island of Menorca, which should be very interesting, and also lots of fun. Saturday is her college May ball, and she showed us the dress she will be wearing. Of course, being doting grandparents, we think that she will be the belle of the ball.
dress and shoes readyShe has been having ballroom lessons at her college from one of the top professional teachers in the UK. She seems, unsurprisingly, to have taken to it like a duck to water. She was a very talented little ballerina, but had to give it up to put all of her energies into studying for university.
After big hugs we waved adieu, and she departed to finish her essay. Wandering back to collect our car we spent some time looking around Oxford, admiring and photographing the buildings. I never tire of Oxford, its ambience, or its beautiful architecture.
A few of the college gates and lodges
The Saxon Tower - the oldest building in Oxford
a pretty pathway leading to granddaughter's college room
looking into the grounds of St. John's college
Historic Bridge of Sighs
This, and the next five photos are all part of the Bodleian Library complex
I love this Palladian building, I am really taken with the concave window in the centre.
The Radcliffe Camera
Christ Church college beyond the Radcliffe