I’ve started the round of farewell nights out but am not managing very well. Despite arriving with premature Christmas presents (cards to be posted before we leave but were written in August!) I don’t seem to be able to acknowledge that I may not see this particular friend again prior to departure, we have merely 5 weeks before we leave. I am, and they are still saying that we’ll get together again before we go but I’m not entirely sure that it will be possible as the diary is getting very full. I suppose it is just easier to defer than admit that this is ‘au revoir’.