This past weekend we were able to spend some time with both of our families which worked out perfectly, as it was Father's Day after all.
On Saturday we went to Oxford to meet up with my brother, sister-in-law and my parents; my brother was having his graduation ceremony. They had been in Oxford fairly early as he had to collect his gowns, have a Hertford College lunch and then the ceremony. As tickets were limited Mike and I wandered around the shops and went to the Taylor Institute museum and met them afterwards for photos and a yummy meal. ('The Trout' in Oxford never fails to deliver).
He collected his Bachelors degree and as he booked his ceremony 7 years after his matriculation, he was automatically awarded with and Oxford MA too! Not too shabby. The whole ceremony was in Latin and sounded much more prestigious than any other graduation ceremony, with all of the history of Oxford University it must have been very traditional and British. Oxford definitely is a cool city and the architecture is amazing. We saw his old college and where he lived in his first year (probably the most posh 'halls' I have ever seen)! It really would be an experience to go to Uni there.
Sunday we went to see Mike's family after church and had a lovely roast dinner with my father-in-laws famous gravy! ( I had been craving it ever since I knew we were going there a few days before). We all took a walk afterwards and ended up getting some nettle stings as we got slightly lost down an overgrown bridle path! All fun and games...
Both families were keen to see my ever expanding belly (though they all say its small, I assure you it is huge lol) and I think everyone is taking bets as to what we are having - 3 weeks today we will know boy or girl...
Monday, June 20, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Shared by Rebecca U at 10:35 AM
Each day on my way to work I drive past the Epsom Racecourse. The past few weeks it has been getting busier and busier there with new signs, fencing and lots of vans. I was wondering what it was all about and this weekend we found out - it was the Epsom Derby Race weekend.
Ladies Day was on Friday and so we saw a lot of people dressed up in their finery and crazy big hats. Saturday was Derby Day and it seems like everyone in Surrey came out to play! It was crazy busy, but interesting to go and experience - there was a fun fair, BBQ's and every type of fast food imagineable. We also found out later that day when we saw on the big screen, that the Royal family were there (but they were obviously in the stand and not mingling among us commoners...)