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Birthday picnic

I spent this afternoon celebrating my 35th birthday (which actually happens on Tuesday) with a lovely group of friends and colleagues on St. George's Field in Leeds. This is in fact a disused cemetery, though it looks for all the world now like a beautiful garden enclave, all manicured lawns and weeping willows - but with clusters of Victorian Gothic funerary monuments and a neo-Classical chapel for good measure:

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Although it is right in the middle of the University campus, it is hemmed in by buildings and high stone walls, so that even a lot of people who live and work right by it have no idea it is there. So this idyllic enclave was all ours for the afternoon, with barely a distant passer-by in sight. Well, that is until it began to spit with rain - but even then it was hardly a problem, since we were so close to the current (temporary) home of the Classics department that we could just go and carry on drinking in an enormous unused student common room instead!

Very many thanks to all those who came bearing houmous, parma ham parcels and home-make cakes, and sweetly sang 'Happy birthday' to me, and discussed everything from Burke and Hare to Higher Education policy, including glitzfrau, ms_siobhan, planet_andy and kissmeforlonger - and of course many others WANOLJ. It was just the birthday picnic I'd envisioned - so thank you for coming along and making it possible. :-)

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Aug. 1st, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
It was SO idyllic! Thank you so much for a lovely picnic, lovely people and a magical new idyll to escape away to on stressful teaching days!
Aug. 1st, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for coming, and glad to have shared the secret knowledge! :-) I hope you got home smoothly and safely afterwards.
Aug. 1st, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
I did, though the Transpennine was jammed as usual, with people standing all the way from Leeds to Manchester... on a Sunday!
Aug. 1st, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Sunday evening, even, when you might think of all times that it would have quietened down a bit. Here's to HS3, linking Leeds to Manchester sometime in the 2030s...
Aug. 1st, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Alleluia! We can use our OAP passes...
Aug. 1st, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
What a beautiful place! A very happy birthday for tomorrow :-)
Aug. 1st, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
That looks fun - and the drizzle just adds to the Gothic atmosphere!

(Edit: Oh, and Happy Birthday for tomorrow!)

Edited at 2011-08-01 09:13 am (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!

(Er, premature congratulation. I meant happy birthday for tomorrow :))

Edited at 2011-08-01 03:35 pm (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Hehe - no worries! I'm all for birthday expanding beyond their temporal boundaries, in either direction. :-)
Aug. 1st, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
In that case, many happy returns of the fortnight!
Aug. 1st, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
Aug. 16th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Looks lovely!
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