Classes officially started on Monday, and if this week has been any indication of what the rest of this year is going to be like, then this year is going to be amazing.
We took a field trip out to Teesdale, a quiet area with lots of agriculture and geology. After I snapped this shot, one of my professors said that this is a very typical Teesdale scene.
We got to play with dirt in our Soil Management lab. It was messy and wonderful!
The student volunteering program at the uni has a group called “Guerrilla Gardening”, in which volunteers can gather to help with various gardening and agriculture related service projects in the city and surrounding areas. This week, we went to St. Margaret’s Church to help prep some grow boxes that will be used next year in a program to teach kids about growing their own food.
Monday was the first day of class. I will have many classes in this building, King George VI. While it is not the prettiest building on campus, I still think it’s beautiful in its own way. It has some gorgeous hallways that I’d love to get photos of.
Every six months, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather to hear prophets, seers, and revelators speak on various gospel topics. For those of us who don’t live close enough to attend in person, they broadcast it live, and you can watch it online.
This is in that King George VI building. I told you it was lovely!
I had the distinct pleasure of attending a performance of Henry IV Part I at the Theatre Royal. I wish I could have taken a picture inside the amphitheatre because it was absolutely gorgeous, but the outside will have to be enough. The play was performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, a major theatre group based out of Stratford-Upon-Avon, and it was spectacular. Easily the 2nd best thing I’ve ever seen on stage.
I took my Canon on the field trip, but when we arrived, it was really rainy, so I left it on the bus. And then I decided to invest in some rain gear for my camera so I don’t have to use my phone to take pictures when we find pretty rivers like this one.
I did have my camera on the drive there and back, and while I can’t expect that these pictures will win any awards (pictures taken through the window of a moving vehicle rarely do…), I think they do give you a little glimpse of the beauty of the countryside of Northern England. I spent the whole hour-long drive there and back thinking, “OH MY GOSH, I LOVE THIS PLACE.”
This grad school business is the best inspiration I have ever received! I feel so blessed to be here.