I don't know if this expression is used in non-cricket playing cultures; it is common to the point of cliche here, but none the worse for that.
Hamish did have a good innings, and I am so thankful.
Readers of this blog, I have been overwhelmed by your messages of condolence and support, and by all those beautiful poems and thoughts that you have offered as comfort. I apologize to those of you I have not found time to thank personally - I have so appreciated every single kind comment.
As for blogging, I have enjoyed it so much that I shall find a way to continue, as I begin to adjust to life without Hamish. It will be a new blog, and I'll post a link here when I decide exactly the format (probably in a few weeks). I shall of course also continue to follow my all favourite dog blogs - life would be dull without them now.
One day too, but not immediately, there will be a new dog in my house, I am sure.
Goodbye for now,