Back this morning to my favourite place, Corpus Library. I love this old library, I love the way the floor undulates and the benches creak and there are lots of little nooks and crannies for people to work in. I’ve been filling in a yellow ‘please leave’ slip to sit on top of the books I’ve been working on, and today I realised it would be the last time I could do that – and that Thursday will be the last time I can go to my favourite table and find Horace waiting for me. I left some books ready for re-shelving, but felt I had to keep one out, just for one last time and one last visit tomorrow, even though the one I’ve left out is actually available back at the Robinson at Newcastle University.
I went to lunch with a poetry colleague/English tutor in Christ Church SCR and chatted about poetry stuff and realised just how much I’m going to miss all of this even though I’m dying to see Brian and Pepe again, then back to the Bodleian for a second visit. Sat near a window today so that I wouldn’t fall asleep! Final full day in Oxford tomorrow.