Saturday, 17 March 2012

Of all the birds

Seven pm on Saturday, a whole day after the last day was meant to end. A slow day, husbanding declining stamina and patience, quietly finishing the last tasks I’d set myself, and now it’s really done: the last accumulated bits and bobs and goodbye gifts bagged up to take away, a tiny bunch of sage lit to ‘space-clear’ the office I’ve been sitting in these past eleven years, the window opened to let out the smell and, as it floats away on the damp evening air, the Radio 3 concert from Ireland ends with a sixteenth century song, "Of all the birds that ever I see".

19 comments:

Lorianne said...

(o)

Sandra Davies said...

And may all good wishes go with you

Dale said...

You did it!

DuchessOmnium said...

Dear Ms Rhubarb, In all your lovely new leisure, would you like to come for a ride on my boat?

Dave said...

Hurrah!

Lilian Nattel said...

Cheering you on!

Rouchswalwe said...

Prost!

Fire Bird said...

good luck and good courage

Anonymous said...

All the very best for the future!

Jan x

Jean said...

Thanks so much! Feels very weird.

Also home Internet now died(am in the local pub), after last week's rushing around to replace laptop in a hurry. Oh well, short break from life in front of a screen is probably good.

Duchess, that's an incredibly kind and tempting offer, and in fact I shall probably be in your city for something else in the near future. Will be in touch.

Beth said...

And so it's done...and you're at the beginning of a new life. Love and admiration winging your way, Jean.

earlybird said...

Good luck, Jean.

Lucy said...

Such good news, long time coming (then still a day late!). Good road.

Pica said...

Enhorabuena, Jean. Hugs to you.

Leslee said...

This feels like a sigh. Completion, and a new start. Congratulations, Jean. I'm excited to see where you go from here. And very jealous, too. :-)

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Jean, sorry to be late with well-wishing but you know about my teething troubles. Anyway here's a whole rush of good vibes to speed you on your way to freedom and wondrous new adventures, Come and have a drink with me soon?

Jean said...

thanks and grateful hugs to all. And Natalie, I will.

Zhoen said...

I do hope this becomes a wonderful change for you.

PeterAtLarge said...

Delighted with this news--apologies for having taken so long to catch up. May you find peace and contentment in the new life you have given yourself!