Our dear neighbours left for greener pastures and calmer lives about a week ago, and they left behind two children who pine for them and two adults who miss the companionship and regular contact.
We have a few things to remember them by though, some gorgeous art work, which I will post about when they are framed and hanging on our wall, many bits and pieces from their home which remind us of them every time we use them, and a piano.
The piano was once owned and used by the Australian playwright David Williamson, it stayed with his ex wife, then over to our neighbours whose children learnt to play on it, and now, although we are not a musical family, it lives with us.
I wanted to have it here, as it is such a beautiful piece of furniture as well as making music, and if we never really learn to use it, it will look lovely in the lounge.
My favourite thing at the moment, is hearing the children playing it at different times of the day, in between other activities, and although out of tune, it still sounds sweet!
This afternoon, Hubby and I gave it a polish with a combination of linseed oil and other potions recommended by an antiques dealer, and it has come up a treat!