Leaving do at Selwyn

Lunchtime saw our group Christmas lunch at Selwyn which doubled as my leaving do. I’m feeling quite emotional writing about it now. My colleagues had been most generous and gave me:Goodies

  • a pair of lightweight gore-tex walking boots, insoles, and socks
  • two bottles of German Riesling Auslese (James says it’s not his speciality but seems to have found an excellent wine – I’ll report back!)
  • Hotel Chocolat chocolate-covered madeira-soaked prunes
  • and still a little something left over for my pre-trip shopping!
  • a lovely card full of signatures and well-wishes

Big thanks to everybody, but especially to James for organising the party, Caroline for her very successful subterfuge and gift arrangements, and Graham for conspiring in the subterfuge and for turning up at the party to my complete amazement. A great send-off!Balancing act

On my return to the office, waiting for me were presents from Vicki and the Teaching Office: a good-luck teddy and a chocolate message. Thank you!More goodies


  1. Leaving on a Jet Plane » Blog Archive » Michael’s leaving Said,

    December 21, 2006 @ 8:32 am

    […] Caroline had been conspiring with me for ideas for Michael’s leaving present and I was invited along (as the only partner) to his leaving party–Christmas lunch, in the Borrodaile Room of Selwyn College. Michael was really surprised to see me, as you can read in his blog, and it was my last change to meet a lot of his colleagues, some of whom I know quite well after 10 years of party-going with them. I had to leave while the party was in full swing and James, Michael’s manager, kindly brought the speeches and gifts forward so that I could be there. Michael’s last day at Engineering is this Friday! […]

  2. PNT Said,

    December 30, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    I hope Graham isn’t trying to suggest that all we ever do is party? That would be so, so wrong. I mean, just after the morning crossword, and before lunch, there’s at least a couple of hours when we get all *kinds* of things done.

  3. Stephen Said,

    January 10, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    What d’you mean, “a couple of hours”? – you must have a late lunch…..

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