The Graduate

I will get back to posting regularly and posting about losing weight and being healthy by eating meals such as this one.  I have not eaten many such healthy meals recently though, unfortunately.

salads and falafel Pretty flowers from my garden!  I will be writing more about my garden soon too, when I have more time to get out in it.  I think my life will be less crazy in about 2 weeks and I can refocus on my health and growing veggies and getting in to a regular exercise habit.flowers from garden Today’s blog is about yesterday when we went up to Durham.  The trains to Durham go from King’s Cross which is a spectacular structure.Kings Cross stationMy train went from platform zero – unusual!
train to Newcastle We were going up to Durham for Lara’s graduation ceremony which was taking place inside Durham Cathedral.

Durham Cathedral

While we parents mingled and enjoyed some bubbles, the bright young things went to collect their robes for the ceremony.

DU robes

Well done to our beautiful daughter for getting an excellent degree from one of the best universities in the country.

Lara with champagne

I really enjoyed the day, helping all these clever young people celebrate the end of not just 3 years of hard work but many years of hard work through school and university and meeting Lara’s friends who I have seen on Facebook but not met before.Lara with Henry and Louisgraduates I didn’t know we couldn’t take photos inside the Cathedral until I had taken one.  Oops.  The ceremony was very well managed and we had screens to help us see the ceremony.Inside the cathedral Then that was it.outside Durham CathedralShe has graduated.

congratulations graduates

The graduate.Lara and gown This was such a relaxed and throughly enjoyable day.Lara and Livvy We queued up for the official photo.official photosI enjoyed meeting Lara’s friends too.Lara and Josie The weather was lovely so we strolled around and admired these ancient buildings.Uni lobrary L at Univ Library Very ancient.Bishop Cosin's library Durham 4 Time to hand the robe back.putting the robe back These are almshouses which are beside the Cathedral.Durham Almshouses Durham 2 Durham 1 I felt extremely proud of my daughter who has worked very hard for her degree and deserved to do well.

I also felt slightly emotional because as a parent, you put so much of your own time in to helping them get through their education, from nursery school, through primary, High School and then University.  All those events you attend; sports days, plays, recitals, concerts, parents evenings, matches, speech days etc.  Then suddenly, that’s it.  All over.  One child, well educated and now independent and off in to the world.  She has made it easy for me and I am excited about the next phase of her life.  As is she.I bagged a Durham degree Time for tea.  We walked through Durham’s charming town centre to a hotel for afternoon tea.Durham centre 3 Durham centre 2 Durham centre 1 Over the bridge to the Marriot.River in Durham Instead of a lunch Lara chose to have an afternoon tea.  I love those too and this was a very good one.  4 types of sandwiches, 3 types of scones and 4 desserts!!! afternoon tea Durham A good opportunity to relax together too, the three of us with afternoon tea and Wimbledon on the telly in the background.Afternoon tea at the Marriott We dropped Lara back at her house on our way to the station.  I think the bright young things had big plans for the evening which did not involve the parents.Outside 14 Flass Street So we left them to it and headed home.Leaving Durham Congratulations to our beautiful and intelligent daughter.Lara the graduate

One down, just the boy to go now!

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to The Graduate

  1. laura1952 says:

    Congratulations again Lara. Zoe and James you should be gleaming with pride.

  2. Bruce Gamble says:

    Congratulations to Lara. A real achievement! And congratulations to the rest of the family too. Your pride shines through Zoe… and rightly so.

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