Among other lovely things, my colleagues gave me this framed collage of book-covers: some of the many texts I have taught through these years. No "Of Mice and Men", which I must have taught at least twenty times. At the bottom, they have written best wishes to me in my retirement, but these are a little personal to share. I was very touched.
All these books - and it has certainly been one of the joys of my job to be able to share these with groups. But it is the young people who stay with you - those with natural charm and those without, many with terribly disordered lives. Their stories are unforgettable.
Meanwhile, on the knitting front, I have completed this cowl, in Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. In fact, I have knitted it twice as the first time I twisted the stiches . I know that some cowls are made that way, but I wasn't convinced, so I took it out and checked more carefully the second time. It certainly feels lovely and is a glorious blend of colours.