Day 180~366

Today was my last day at my job. The people I work with are usually voices on the phone, or email conversations. Our Head office is 3 hrs drive away so I rarely get to see them. Today I had to go and hand in all my equipment and have an exit interview. It was lovely to see everyone and I took them biscuits and Gin for my boss of 10 yrs, and Prosecco for one of the girls who bent over backwards to help sort my appointments out, and pictures of my cat for the lad that took over from her! They gave me flowers and champagne and there was lots of hugging.   I managed not to cry, but had a few tears when I got home and read all the lovely things they wrote on my leaving card. At times like these my hubby always reminds me of this quote by Anatole France

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.

 

Not sure what I will do next, but now to have a bit of time off.

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  1. A lovely rose, FR. Leaving anything, even something you no longer want to do, has its attendant sadness, undoubtedly.
    Will you look for another job, are or you in a position to retire?
    How about setting up as a professional photographer? i would employ you.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I am going to have some time and start getting a bit more healthy first. Travelling in a car all day and sitting down when with clients, then sitting doing work on the computer, doesn’t lead to a trim waistline! I’m going to walk a lot! Then I will be looking for some part time work, I still need to pull a few pennies in 🙂 I think setting up as a professional photographer isn’t an option, I don’y have much gear, and it’s a swamped profession these days, much competition. Also I don’t feel competent enough, I’m OK for me, but think I’d freak at paying clients being involved! 🙂 Cheers Pete.

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      1. Walking with Ollie every day, 2-3 hours, in all weathers, for four years. It has lost two inches from my waist, improved my breathing and general stamina, and also enabled me to push the walk to 4-6 hours on occasion, weather permitting. No less than 35 miles a week, every week without fail.
        Perhaps you need to get a dog! I doubt your cat would like it, but it is the best reason to have to go out.
        Regards, Pete.

        I know what you mean about photography. I think you are good enough though. A lot of them are pretty crappy, and just do the same old stuff.

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  2. I left the job I did not like much nearly two years ago after ten years and got a lovely send off and howled all the way home..such a bittersweet time…I remember all those colleagues and that time with fondness now but..so glad I left…best of luck Fraggle R, there are great things ahead…looking forward to lots more lovely pictures x

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  3. Oh Faggy I had no idea you going to be “semi retired” wait till I tell Dave. I’m excited for this new chapter of your life to start, it reminds me of my last day…almost 3 years ago… Boy it goes fast. So congrats, enjoy your down time,remember to inhale..and exhale..and enjoy every moment..till ya sort it all out 🍷💐👏 cheer my Brit Sister

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  4. Oh Fraggy I’m not surprised you have mixed emotions when you worked with lovely people. You will find a new direction in your own time so for now enjoy summer. Sending hugs for those moments when you are missing your workmates & clients ♥ I took early retirement seven years ago and never missed a beat. Everyone said I was much too young, but it gave me an opportunity to get into photography properly. Being self taught, nothing like having ALL day to do it in. The only pro work I do is through Getty Images and the periodic non-solicited use of images from other parties. I would never get into portrait, wedding or animal work…too much grief IMO. That’s just me. Good luck on the next phase which is sure to be much more fun!

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    1. Thanks Mary, (sorry I missed this when you posted!) am in my first week of not working. It’s quite strange and has rained everyday so not great for getting out. But dry today so out with my cameras. Lovely!

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  5. Sad to hear things are coming to an end at your job, but good to see from the comments that a new season is starting for you at the same time. So we follow the seasons of thenlives of others we never get to meet. All the best to you!

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  6. Like! Like! Like! Congrats, fraggs! Perfect occasion to open the Veuve. Beautiful picture… one I’m sure will hold a special place in your heart forever. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

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