I finished my job at Newcastle University yesterday - where I had been working as a secretary for the last 7 months to cover Maternity Leave - and while I will miss all the students and my colleagues, I won't actually miss the job itself - too many meetings and minutes and agendae for my liking! ;o)
I received some lovely presents including this HUGE box of chocolates
and flowers from my colleagues in the office
and this whizzy coffee machine from two of the lovely lecturers
who also took me out for lunch at this restaurant - really delicious oriental food - my favourite kind of meal with lots of different tastes to try.
But I was absolutely stunned when my lovely knitting friend/student, Maura, arrived with a present from all the students and I opened it to discover this box
Hmmm, that bird looks familiar, I thought
then I turned it over and saw a message saying "Lucy's Locket"
but even then I didn't guess that this beauty would be inside
My very own Lucy's Locket made by the lovely Emma Pebble!!
I have been wanting one of these ever since Emma first posted about them but didn't dream I would get one.
But clever Maura had remembered a conversation we had had back in February when she had asked me what I would most like for Valentine's Day from Mr Locket and I had replied that what I would MOST want was one of Emma's lockets but that I would probably get a CD instead. So when the students had a collection for me Maura decided to make my wishes come true! And I am so delighted that she did - and amazed that she and Emma managed to keep it secret for so long!
I also received this beautiful Chinese lipstick case as one of the students had wanted me to have something from her home country.
And lots of the students sent me really lovely emails saying how much they would miss me and how much they had appreciated my help which was really rewarding. Although I had only been in the post for 7 months I started at the same time as this batch of students so everything had been new for us all.
They were such a lovely group - from a really broad range of nationalities - and I will miss getting to know them all.
But for now I am on holiday until my new job starts so in the next post I will tell you what I plan to do with all this free time! ;o)