I hope my posts over the past few months have shown something of the richness of wildlife in the grounds. But the university itself has generally only appeared as a backdrop. Physically, it certainly abides by the motto of 'Do Different'. There is nowhere else around here where you can see vaguely Babylonian architecture. We have ziggurats:
There are ten or so in total.
They function as student accommodation. Why we have ziggurats, no one seems to know; but they are apparently considered an excellent example of Brutalist construction and are Grade II listed buildings. They make such an impression that the student newspaper, in this county of exceptional natural beauty, is entitled 'Concrete'.
On the far side of campus another art form is celebrated. The Sainsbury Centre for Modern Art is popular with visitors.
I would have liked to have photographed some of the exhibits but the rules are rather strict. So instead, here are some more shots of concrete - the UEA walkway
And the Square, oft used by lunch-eating students on sunny days.
But away from campus, the sheer age of Norwich is written on the skyline. The castle sits on a summit in a land of no hills - it is a motte, or artifical hill, built under the orders of William the Conqueror in the 11th century.
Its outskirts provide a new perspective on the market.
And, of course, on another magnificent building
The year's done. Packing is slow; it's hard to prepare when you don't know where the path leads. I'm going back to the North Downs for a few weeks at least. Time to catch up with the foxes and leave my garden to the deer and woodpigeons.