Monday, 22 July 2013

A great venue for a graduation

Saturday was Lucy's graduation day. She has spent three years studying English literature and history as a combined honours degree at Bath Spa University and yesterday was her day to celebrate the outcome of all her hard work.

Usually the ceremony is held in a large marquee on one of the fields at the university campus. However they are having major building works and so this year it was held in Bath Abbey. This is a wonderful venue for the ceremony. 

The Abbey is fairly small and so there were 8 ceremonies over the two days. Lucy's one was at 10 am on Saturday. The only down side to the day was the early start as she had to collect her gown at 8.30. We decided we should start the day with Buck's Fizz and croissants. We had time for a couple of photos before we all had to find our seats.

When we came out the square outside the Abbey was crowded with the new graduates and their parents. The tourists visiting Bath were most perplexed.

A lot of families headed to the formal gardens on the river to take photos.  First we needed some formal photos. Pulteney bridge by the weir in Bath is fabulous as a backdrop.

We then spotted these characters from 'The Herb Garden'. There is Dill the dog and Parsley the lion. I can't remember the name of the gardener.

Then Lucy wanted a photo of her riding on Bladud's pig. Bladud is said to be the founder of Bath

Of course she had to pretend she was fighting wizards at Hogwarts. I've an almost identical photo of my older daughter doing this when she graduated. 

We didn't have a lot of time to see much of Bath as we had to pack up all Lucy's belongings from her house. I'm going to pick up the rest of it on Tuesday as with 4 adults and one dog in the car there wasn't much room for all her stuff.

We took these three photos on a previous visit. This one is walking along the tow path of the river into Bath.

This is Pulteney Bridge from the other side. It was completed in 1774 and is one of only four bridges in the world that has shops on both sides along the whole span of the bridge. It is a fascinating bridge to see.

Finally here is the weir and the gardens are the green area on the photo

A lovely day that I will treasure. By the time we got home last night we were all worn out, a mixture of the heat, the excitement and Scamp being grumpy and not settling in the car. I can't say I blame him as it was so hot and he doesn't like the air conditioning.

Today I've finished my baby quilt but I'll post about that tomorrow when I have time to take a photo of it.

I hope you've had a good weekend that included some time for you.



  1. Such wonderful photos of a place I have always wanted to visit. Congrats to Lucy. Happy for you to have made such lovely memories!

  2. Congratulations to Lucy,beautiful girl with a bright future.
    Pictures of Bath are lovely,I must visit one day.Lovely post,thanks for sharing.
    I think the gardeners name was Bayleaf.x

  3. Hi Lyndsey, What a beautiful place to have a graduation ceremony! And what a picturesque place to go to school! Your photos are wonderful. The church spire under the archway is right out of a magazine! Congrates to your daughter! cheers, Claire W.

  4. Lyndsey, I am so far behind with my blog reading. Congratulations to Lucy on her graduation, you are obviously very proud of both of your daughters.