grad week: part 1

It’s no understatement to say that I’ve been looking forward to grad week since the very beginning of the year. It was the only thing that got me through the tragedy of leaving Exeter back in June, and we relegated every leftover activity we had to be done “in grad week.” Needless to say we didn’t manage it all – we would have needed another six months I reckon – but we did A LOT and I haven’t stopped for more than three minutes at a time, but I’ve loved every second!

The fun began on Sunday evening when Kate picked me up at Birmingham and we drove down to the happiest place on Earth. Our first stop was the St Luke’s quad, where we met Kate’s boyfriend Will & his housemate Chris for a couple of hours in the sun.

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Will showed off some impressive tennis racquet tricks, with varying degrees of success for Kate and Chris…

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Later that evening, Kate and I decided to play dinner a bit extravagantly with Waitrose’s 2 for £10 deal, which is actually very bargainous of us if you think about the fact you get wine as well…For our starter we picked prawn skewers, and headed outside for a romantic meal for two.

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For our main course we had gone for steak with new potatoes in mint butter which were actually my favourite part – so summery and delicious! We sat outside chatting and catching up for hours and hours, just like we were on holiday.

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Monday brought a little session of dress shopping, where I finally picked up the outfit I would wear for graduation, and a picnic lunch on Cathedral Green. The grass is looking distinctly dead after all this sunshine but the cathedral is as gorgeous as ever!

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That evening we hosted a BBQ at our house, or we would have done, except the BBQs we bought turned out to be faulty (or we just failed to light them properly) and neither worked – despite the boys’ best efforts!

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In the end, we chucked all the food in the oven, no problems. We also managed to serve stone cold apple tart despite the fact we had cooked it in the oven for 30 minutes – apparently our hostessing skills died with the end of our degrees!

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I’m going to stop there because the following few days got even more activity-filled and this is already the longest post ever. Needless to say it was the best grad week ever and I want to relive every minute!

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