Saturday, June 24, 2006

The aftermath

My last desk shift, closing up the library yesterday at 6 p.m., done that how many times before? Yesterday of course there HAD to be a hiccup. The main doors couldn't be secured due to some repair work being done but not completed. Meanwhile I had all this stuff to carry out to the car. Fortunately Phine and Jenny were there to help, but it was a half hour before we could finally make our way out to the car park. This was to be the much anticipated last "walk and talk" Phine and I have enjoyed over the years, and it was overshadowed by the Famous Door Disaster of 2006. Rather an anti climax. And then there was another loss at the footy...

However, not one to dwell on the negatives, today is another day, the first day of my retirement! I'll be picking up The Man Who Cooks at the airport, and then driving up to Castlemaine for the weekend. Coming back on Monday, don't have to go to work! I insisted on staying at the comfy and reliable Campbell Street Motor Lodge in Castlemaine rather than on our bush block - it's too damn cold!

















A glorious bouquet, and me wearing the Iron Chef apron that arrived just in time for my last day. The gifts and celebrations just kept on coming! In addition to some well chosen wines, I also received a very generous gift certificate for the exquisite paper shop Zetta Florence, which will be very handy for my bookbinding and photo album projects. Thanks, everyone!

5 comments:

Sue said...

You look so happy! The future is wide open and you have all the time in the world to enjoy it.
Congratulations!!!
{{{hugs}}}
Sue

Meow said...

Congratulations, and may retirement be chock-a-block full of fun.
Enjoy your weekend.
Take care, Meow

Val said...

"Old" librarians never retire, they just make books at home!! Congratlations!

And hallo to any of Val's ex-colleagues reading this, from a new Millennium librararian in UK.

Kali said...

Hi Val ~ Huge Congratulations to you on your retirement!
The pics look good, you definitely are beaming :)
Monday tomorrow, and I am sure you will be enjoying it immensely.

Kerri said...

How nice to see you looking so happy. And nice to see your colleagues too. They really gave you a wonderful send off. The party looked like lots of fun. What a thoughtful bunch.
Congratulations lady of leisure!
Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy doing whatever you like :)
Have fun!