December 05, 2004

Uni life

I'd like to try to convey something of our daily routine here on the Warwick campus this fall. Here are some images from the last few days. Thursday, the 2nd, was a cold morning with a hard frost, but the sun came out early on. Our accommodations here in the newly built section of Heronbank Apartments are pretty institutional, but we look out the kitchen window at fields and pasture land dotted by sheep. In the pale light of the morning, with the frost still out, I thought it looked like a dreamscape.

Since then, it's clouded over again and warmed back up a bit. Yesterday (Sat.), when we walked to Coventry, we started along a footpath down past the center of campus and through a restored woodland with a recently built lake. Apparently it doesn't take long here for serenity to settle back in.

Here among the newly built flats at Heronbank, though, it's still pretty early in the process. Today we ventured out to get the paper and some groceries, along the path we've been trudging every day these last couple of months.

As you can see, everything's been planned out and we have a nice little trail that leads along a lake and over a footbridge, but things haven't exactly grown in yet. Still, even though they weren't around this morning, there's a flock of Canada geese and some swans who live here with us, and they don't seem to mind the surroundings.

It's hard to believe the autumn term here has ended — it seems like just a few days ago it hadn't begun yet, and the students were just arriving. Yesterday they were pulling their suitcases along the sidewalks, and today it seems they're mostly gone. The center of campus seems pretty much cleared out. We'll be leaving, too, all too soon.

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