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Things are looking up

I'm not sure whether it's something in the air or the water, but over the last few weeks there's been a spate of good news: several of the people I've met during my period of joblessness, who were similarly numbered among the long-term unemployed, have found work. Consequently, there have been quite a few parties in my recent past.

Meanwhile, I'm reminded that my own contract is coming up for renewal as per June 1st, a mere 6 weeks away...and as of yet, I have had no unequivocal statement that my current employers want me to stay on; but equally, I have had no indication that they want me to leave, either. They seem happy with the work I've done so far, and they always knew that 6 months wouldn't be enough to achieve all my goals and targets, so I'm not too worried it won't get extended by at least another 6 months. Then again, you never can tell these days...

I made my singing debut as a soloist during the Easter Vigil, when a crowd of approx. 1,500 people attended Mass -- the church was filled to the rafters, and I wasn't even nervous! Well, maybe just a little bit, when I first stepped out from the rest of the choir (as a tenor, normally my place is safely tucked away in the back row), but I was fine from the moment I hit my first note, and deeply grateful, if a little surprised, for the applause that followed. To be honest, I can't wait to do it again.

Another first for me this Easter was a visit to the Keukenhof, the world's largest flower garden. Located less than 40 kms from where I live, it may seem strange that I'd never been there, but it was just one of those things I'd never got around to before. The colours and variety of tulips was just astounding


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though, having been a lifelong fan, I derived most pleasure from the fact I hadn't left it too late to view the narcissi:

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spiralleds
Apr. 21st, 2014 10:52 am (UTC)
Still glad the solo went smoothly. Blessings on that and the job.
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2014 10:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!
dalmeny
Apr. 21st, 2014 01:21 pm (UTC)
Glad things are going well. And what gorgeous spring flowers! We don't really have the same resurgence of life here in spring as the winter's too mild.
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
And what gorgeous spring flowers!

They're quite something, aren't they? When spring comes early, as it did this year, we get a real treat, with some species showing themselves for much longer than usual.

Edited at 2014-04-21 03:40 pm (UTC)
curiouswombat
Apr. 21st, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
What lovely flowers - they make me smile!

And well done you on getting up there and singing your solo.
gamiila
Apr. 21st, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
What lovely flowers - they make me smile!

Funny - they have that same effect on me, too!

I really, really enjoy singing now. Shame it took me over 40 years to find my voice, but now that I have, I just can't seem to stop ;-)
( 6 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )

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