It's amazing what you can get done when you know you've only got two days to do it. Things that I would have put off for weeks have been tidied up and whizzed off, so that I can have a nice clear diary before I go. And when I come back, I start of a crisp, new, unsullied diary for the academic year 2008/9.
Because it's not just the start of the holiday for me, it's the end of the year. When I return, with Autumn crisp in the air, it will be to new beginnings, new students, new possibilities. What exciting engagements will those crisply lined pages be filled with by this time next year? It's been a very good couple of years for me, not only personally and with the boat, but also on the work front. Hoping my luck will continue to hold...
So another couple of hours, a few people to see and signatures to collect, and then I'll be off. Have to leave early because Sebastian is leading the basses of the East Sussex Youth Orchestra in Rachmaninov's second symphony at the fantastic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill tonight. Then tomorrow, up bright and early, and hopefully at Bill Fen in time to leave with Warrior the same day.
Must just set up my out-of-office email reply - with a link to the blog of course - and that'll be it for the year.