This time last year, I shared my distress that DarlingDaughter had no university offers that seemed right for her. Now she has the opposite, but equally perplexing problem of trying to choose between two equally wonderful options. It’s agony!
So today we set off for Cardiff…Nearer to home, and by the sea,- but would the English department prove as exciting as Leeds?
In the event, the trip there was a great deal too exciting, as it involved an overboiling radiator and a longish wait for the heroic RAC (who did a splendid job of both problem solving and Kathryn soothing when they did arrive). But we were stranded beside a lovely wooded bank, and to my delight primroses were out in force, so spring really must be about to happen….
We arrived too late for all the official tours, but the head of the School of English gave us coffee and chocolate biscuits (the swine…I can resist anything except temptation) and answered all our questions, as opposed to those which it might have been assumed we would be asking. He could not have been kinder or more persuasive. The course looks wonderful…and those lecturers we met are obviously hugely enthused by their subject. Campus good. Cardiff itself a joy.
Poor L. It really is an embarrassment of riches. She longs to have her cake and eat it…While Cardiff appeals to her creative romantic side (it even offers a module on Medieval Arthurian poetry, for heaven’s sake! And one on children’s literature!), Leeds would fire-up the party girl who really thrives on lots of indie music and enjoys the buzz of the city. And they are both huge and important parts of her being,- and both need feeding…
When we left the uni, we pottered happily around the city centre…fell in love all over again with the castle…spent far too much in “Shared Earth” – a lovely Fair Trade shop that made me long for summer and Greenbelt all over again. We ate Divine Orange chocolate, and before winding our way happily home up the Wye valley and through the Forest of Dean. It’s a journey I could imagine becoming very fond of, if I had the opportunity.