I was treated to a lovely meal out by lots of my colleagues and just a few drinks (!) and I received some smashing gifts. I was truly touched by it all. I will miss the gang, but I feel amazing - so relaxed, no stress and most of all - FREE!!!! I looked after Scarlett all day Monday and on Tuesday I went up to London to meet a lifelong friend, Ginena. She lives in Cape Town and we have not actually seen each other for 25 years since I went out there. But from the moment we got together the years disappeared and we talked and laughed like the old days. We had such fun, it was like being young girls again.
I have worked on the allotment, entertained friends, cooked for Pete every night, cleaned the barge within an inch of its life and caught up with the washing - it's hard work this not working lark - but I love it! I am probably off now until after the school holidays and then I am looking at my options. Really I would like to cut down to part time work but there are a couple of really interesting opportunities in the pipeline, so who knows. All I know is that I have no job, no money and I am the happiest I have been in years and really excited about what the future holds.