Saturday 21st September was a very significant day for our family as it was the day that our son Tom left home for University. We all of course had very mixed feelings – excited and sad at the same time (and maybe a little relieved that we would not have to keep banging on the office ceiling in the morning to get him out of bed!)
Unlike when I went to Uni many years ago on the train with just a big suit case, we took Tom in the car so he had plenty of opportunity to fill the boot with all manner of life’s essentials. Luckily our journey was quite short – just a couple of hours to the City of Lincoln where he is now studying media production. We arrived at the Pavilions Student accommodation just after 11 and had soon had Tom installed in his room. We resisted the temptation to linger and after saying our farewells (we all managed to hold it together!) my husband Geoff, daughter Reya and I decided to head into Lincoln to explore and get some lunch.
Amazingly, although I was born and brought up in Norfolk and have lived back here for the last 20 years I have never been to Lincoln. It really is a lovely City with a real mixture of old and new, quaint and eclectic. We found a great Italian restaurant for lunch that did pizza for just £5 which we washed down with a glass of red to drown our sorrows at letting go of our first-born! Then it was off up Steep Hill (and it is – very) to visit the Cathedral, Castle and the farmers market.
Rest assured Tom we’ll be coming back!