Today my post has something different to show you.
While my daughter and her beau were visiting this past weekend, we went out for a stroll around their old college campus. They both went to the University of New Hampshire, which is about 30 minutes away from my house, and they were nice enough to invite me to join them. (The hubby wanted to stay home and clean his boat, even though he was invited.)
It was a great place to walk as it is not too hilly and there was hardly anyone there. So we could easily social distance as we got some exercise.
My daughter posed for a photo but I couldn't get her beau to stand there with her.
I hadn't been on campus for a long time and not only was it nice to see it all green, but there were some new art installations too.
Like this cardinal.
And I managed to spot some things I thought made interesting photos.
The students have been gone since mid-March with the Corona virus. Maybe that is why these chalk monsters are smiling.
And I liked reading the stickers on the lamp posts.
Not much left here but I wonder how exactly many years of messages were put up on the message board.
I ws explained to me that a tree died and this cool statue was carved from the remains.
And I had to stop to smell the lilacs. They are a favorite of mine. And the state flower of New Hampshire also.
A train comes through campus that connects Portland, Maine and Boston, MA. I love how they fixed up this old train station. And they added a small restaurant too. They sell sandwiches and ice cream. When my daughter was at school and I would stop by to pick her up we sometimes went and had an ice cream. I might have suggested one during our walk but the Dairy Bar is closed like the rest of campus.
The university's mascot is a wildcat. They say that students will have good luck if they rub the cat's nose. You can see how it is more worn from lots of hands rubbing it.
And this older but rather unimpressive building below is where I took most of my grad school classes. This is the education building.
And even though I went to grad school here, I was just a part time student taking evening classes. never really made a strong connection with the school. I was already teaching full time at this point, and I also had a young child at home. It was a little bit busy time for me, and so making a strong connection just didn't matter that much. The other reason I didn't make a strong connection is this university's major rival is the school where I did my undergraduate degree at, the University of Maine. Some of you might have read about that from I've written about hockey games. My connection to my undergraduate school is much stronger given the fact that I was a 4 year full time student there.
And these next 2 photos are my favorite photos.
I love the crab apple blossom petals all over the ground.
And this is a piece of (I think-maybe?) granite. New Hampshire is the granite state. What a cool looking stone slab though.
Obviously someone had been celebrating on campus.
Maybe an engagement? Or they just graduated? I wonder how long those champagne bottles had been sitting on the table.
I had a great 2 1/2 mile walk and I learned a lot about the university that I didn't know. I hope you enjoyed this virtual walk with me.
Thanks for visiting.
Thanks for visiting.