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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Monday, 21 March 2016

My farewell week.....

Hello lovely bloggers,

You might remember from this post that I was recently made redundant from my beloved publishing job.  You can read more about how I felt about that on this post.

.... well, the dreaded day has come and gone and I am now, maybe only temporarily, a lady of leisure - lol!  I am laughing because I have been so busy with outings that my lovely friends have organised that I have not had time to post or keep up with my blog reading at all!!!!!

However, I have been stitching and taking lots of photos of my shenanigans, so keep an eye out for catch up posts over the next few days, I hope - although this week is looking busy, as well (as I am starting the week with visiting a sick friend in hospital and then we have overseas visitors coming to stay on Saturday, then Easter and then mid-next week, it is off to Byron Bay for a few days for a wedding!) - but I will do my very best to keep up-to-date!

Anyway, I wanted to tell you all about my farewell week at Pearson - it was, naturally, all about saying good bye and partying! lol!

So, first of all, we had a team lunch on the Tuesday at our favourite work restaurant, Chiara - there were about 20 people at this lunch.


My work bestie is second from the right in this photo, Marita, we have worked together (first as teachers, then as publishers) for seventeen years!  Hard to leave her behind.





Then on the Thursday night, we had farewell drinks for whoever could come - lots of people came and went for this event.









... and to finish the week of partying off, there was a farewell morning tea - lots and lots of people came to this and very nice compliments were paid to me, which was so lovely but bittersweet.


This was my farewell gift - a smart kettle - just what I needed to make my Green Tea correctly.









Then to round my final day off, my best friend, Kim, picked me up and we went with her DH and TraderVic to see Bjorn Again at the Twilight Zoo Music evening - what fun!


So, I am having a bit of a rest (although I have been super busy  - lol!), taking stock and coming to terms with my new situation and pondering what my next steps may be.

But don't worry, lots of stitching has been happening (always stitching happening!) - you can check out some of my latest stitching on my most recent Friday Frolics post, here and there will be some updates coming soon on this blog, too.

hugs, 




22 comments:

Vickie said...

You are very well loved Kaye. What great friends you are surrounded by. A very,very nice farewell week.

Linda said...

Looks like you had a great last week Kaye. I still don't understand why they let you go.

Linda

marly said...

Best wishes to you Kaye. From the amount of devoted friends plus loving family, you already have it all. What a special group!

butterfly said...

What a fun time your friends gave you .
I gave up work a few years ago now and I enjoy every moment I am more busy now than ever , enjoy it, hugs.

Jan Jones said...

You were lucky, at least you got a weeks notice. I wasn't... 2 years ago me and 10 other people were marched into the company conference room, informed we were laid-off told to get our stuff and get off the property.

Carol said...

Good luck with this major life change, Kaye! I know you'll miss your co-workers, but it sounds like you have a great bunch of friends surrounding you... More time to stitch is sure to make the transition easier :)

Heather said...

Wow lots of great pics you have a lot of friends! It's good you got a great sendoff. I hope things settle for you soon :)

Renee said...

Kaye, I am so glad you had a wonderful send off. I do hope the next chapter in your life is one you find quite enjoyable!

KimM said...

Ah, Kaye - I'm sure it was bittersweet - but it's apparent you are loved and respected by your colleagues. What a testimonial to your talents, abilities and personality. You shine.
Hugs
SSF

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Dear Kaye, change is life!
It has lots of great friends!
I wish you the joy of new life!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Looks like a fun week! I am sure your colleagues are devastated to see you go. They usually know the person better than the management anyway!
Maybe you can find a job for your work bestie with you in whatever you decide to do next!

ps we are still recruiting booksellers in Norwich although the Lead position is now taken.

EvalinaMaria said...

Lovely pics, thank you for sharing.
Evalina, This and that...
and Random Act of Stitching Kindness

Ariadne said...

Yes I am sure this all is bittersweet!At least it happens. In Greece people are let go without parties or any compensation.AriadnefromGreece!

Maggee said...

Kaye--looks like you had a wonderful week of farewells! It will be a challenge, to decide what comes next, but ... you have stitching to keep you on a level course! Hugs!

Margaret said...

Looks like it was a great sendoff with lots of good friends to wish you well. I hope your new life sans work is good -- it's wonderful you are keeping busy and enjoying life!

Mini said...

Kaye, you are surely loved and treasured by your colleagues and friends.I hope the next phase of life is enjoyable too.

Bea said...

Good-byes are never easy, but it's easy to see you are respected and loved by your colleagues. Enjoy the journey to your next adventure.

Brigitte said...

It must have been a couple of very emotional days, bittersweet feelings included. But at least you were surrounded by wonderful friends and co-workers who loved and respected you. And I'm sure life won't become boring for you, you will find find new activities, friends and maybe a new job, who knows. So, "Keep calm and stitch!" :)))

Sheryl S. said...

Sad time Kaye but you have a wonderful lot of friends who made the goodbye memorable and I doubt that you will be wondering just how to fill your time.

Lesley said...

May your future be filled with everything you wish for Kaye,I only just caught up with events.
Lovely photos of you with your co-workers.

Penny said...

A big life change, Kaye, but it looks like you were surrounded by lots of good friends. And what a wonderful send off. Glad you are getting some stitching in while you think about your future plans.

Von said...

Ah, Kaye, what a bittersweet week. Looks like you have a lot of friends there! May the next chapter in your life bring you more friends and happy times!

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