In February 1961 Larkin's friendship with his colleague Maeve Brennan became romantic, despite her strong Roman Catholic beliefs.  In early 1963 Brennan persuaded him to go with her to a dance for university staff, despite his preference for smaller gatherings. This seems to have been a pivotal moment in their relationship, and he memorialised it in his longest (and unfinished) poem "The Dance".  Around this time, also at her prompting, Larkin learnt to drive and bought a car – his first, a Singer Gazelle .  Meanwhile, Monica Jones, whose parents had died in 1959, bought a holiday cottage in Haydon Bridge , near Hexham ,  which she and Larkin visited regularly.   His poem "Show Saturday" is a description of the 1973 Bellingham show in the North Tyne valley. 
I’m 71 and my husband is 78 and, although some may differ, we don’t regard ourselves as “old fools”. We live independently in our own condo and are active participants in life. I’m still employed and am also working for the election of Barack Obama (although the general assumption is that I must be pro-McCain because I’m a white female over 65!). I very much resent our society’s tendency to classify people over 65 as “old fools”. We may be older but, if we’re fortunate enough to be reasonably healthy, many of us are neither feeble-minded nor incapacitated. Older women, I might add, are especially likely to be so characterized.
In 1963 Kallman left the apartment he shared in New York with Auden, and lived during the winter in Athens while continuing to summer with Auden in Austria. In 1972, Auden moved his winter home from New York to Oxford, where his old college, Christ Church, offered him a cottage, while he continued to summer in Austria. He died in Vienna in 1973, a few hours after giving a reading of his poems at the Austrian Society for Literature; his death occurred at the Altenburgerhof Hotel where he was staying overnight before his intended return to Oxford the next day.   He was buried in Kirchstetten.