The cocks in the distance can just be heard announcing the new day, Alan is gurgling contentedly in his sleep and the first birds are chirping their prelude to the full-on row the rainbow lorikeets will make while feeding on the palm trees. Today is yard day. Much tidying up of overgrown trees and shrubs and removal of weeds is scheduled for today. In the meantime I write at my desk with bits of detritus that have yet to find a home in the semi-chaos of our 90% packed home! Had to rummage in the pile of clothes destined for the caravan for something to wear out to dinner last night! It is all go here. And I am relaxed and well. Lots of lovely emails and farewell encounters have worked to make me know that I did well in my work and will be remembered for a while at least! And can go forth knowing this. The campus director said all the right things and so did I and the glow was rosy.
In the meantime my dear friend of school days now in Virginia in the US is preparing leave us and join the other angels in heaven. Characteristically she has embraced her situation and is in charge of the process. Nevertheless this is a very sad time and provides the necessary reality check for me. I am reminded why I am going walkabout now and not working for a bit longer!
When it is too hot to be outside anymore we will pack the caravan, do another run to the dump and get the stuff ready for the Tender Centre in Toowoomba. The silent auction that has been pretty good for us so far, better than the pig and calf auction in Warwick!! At least at the TC the items are displayed for 3 days for people to think about their bids. Still there are some regrets, but at least stuff turns into money either way.