The acceptance has been sent, the airline tickets have been purchased and I've booked a B&B in London for this September. But this isn't about me, The Heiress will be studying Criminology at the University of Kent in Canterbury!
Ever since a mother/daughter trip to London when she was sixteen, The Heiress has dreamt of studying overseas. Her love affair with England began as a toddler, cuddled up on the sofa with me watching Jane Austen films. When she was 6 years-old I had to do her hair just the way Emma Thompson wore hers as Elinor in Sense and Sensibility. The interest in criminology began while taking classes in deviance during her Sociology degree and the very mention of such things as terrorism or youth violence make her eyes light up. Where The Heiress will end up is anyone's guess but the journey is sure to be an interesting and hopefully, fulfilling one.
So in September, we will fly to London for a couple of days and then board a train for Canterbury. Once she's settled and my bank account has been nearly wiped out at the university bookshop I'll return to London to see some sights. A visit to Cath Kidston for a cheery new bag with a new Persephone title tucked inside should console me during the lonely flight back home.