Monday, 28 May 2012

John's retirement

John has retired to take up his new role as chief gardener, boat builder and cook.
There was a party at his workplace on his last day.

He was presented with a collage of memories - the people he worked with over the years, funny things that had happened and some of the serious ones too.

I left work early to join them for the celebration

There was a meal followed by speeches and a retirement cake. 
 John had to have his State of Origin flag on the wall.
(It's that time of year here)

a collage of the party

Then on Sunday we had another celebration -  a bar-b-que in the park (in true Aussie tradition) with some of his ex-workmates and their families.

They surprised him with a wonderful gift of an assortment of his favourite things including fudge and cheeses, coffee, rum and chutney, a bromeliad, a photography book and long handled garden tools - from the people he had worked most closely with.

The perfect Autumn day and clear blue skies reminded me that even though life changes, each season holds its own beauty.
My best friend and I have much to be grateful for and much to look forward to.


  1. Oh this is going to be a time of adjusting. I am sure you are looking forward to returning to a clean house every day and dinner on the table.

  2. Congratulations John. What a wonderful way to celebrate such a milestone. The idea of presenting snapshots all framed up as a collage of memories is just wonderful. The gift presented to him at the BBQ is a touching gesture too. Now onto the new pathway on life's journey. All the best to you both!

  3. Congratulations on John's retirement! The party looks relaxed and lovely, I'm sure John will be missed by his colleagues. But a new beginning beckons! :)

  4. What a lovely acknowledgement of the relationships John has built up in his work place.


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