It's done! Yesterday I informed the final school and then said goodbye to the private pupils and their parents. I'll continue in the school until July but have stopped the private lessons immediately. The good news is that four of the children have found new teachers - it's a good time in the school year as this is the time that teenagers stop lessons in preparation for final exams and leaving senior school so the instrumental teachers are looking to fill the gaps in their timetables. The sad news is that fifth child is giving up music lessons and joining a football club instead, but it's something that probably would have happened anyway! I'll still meet the parents occasionally for coffee and a catch up, and will get invites to the children's performances so I'll still keep in touch - one of the mums texted me to say that her daughters asked her if they could call me Auntie Eileen now! I arrived home with flowers and presents, and admit to spending a rather weepy evening at home.
This afternoon I'm going to suss out a craft afternoon which is held three times a week in a pub in a nearby village. L is going with me and, although I wouldn't want to go three times a week, it could be a nice Friday afternoon activity. The leaflet says that 'if your craft is too big or too messy, just turn up for coffee, cake and a chat', so that's what we're going to do. I don't know what I'd actually take as a craft so will have to give it some thought if I decide that it's something I'd like to do regularly.
Tonight I have invited friends round for a meal and to watch a DVD. It's not the best planned evening as I'm not sure what to cook yet and don't know what we're watching so I need to fit in a bit of shopping time and also phone A to ask him to bring a selection of DVDs - I'm sure we'll all have a good time!