|Illustration by Arthur Rackham for the chapter 'Wayfarers All', in 'The Wind in the Willows'|
"And you, you will come too, young brother; for the days pass and never return, and the South still waits for you. Take the Adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! 'Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new!" Wayfarers All, 'The Wind in the Willows'.
We are missing our young people here. One back at university, and one just left for a year in New Zealand. No more clutter of shoes in the hall. So many things that tug at the parental heartstrings, but of course they have to leave and take that 'blithesome step'.
Still, they do leave some things behind - and quite large things at that.
We are custodians of the harp in a university year that's going to be too busy for much playing. I'll have to remember to dust it (very) occasionally, in line with my approach to dusting in general.