Tuesday 7 July 2009

Phew! They're Over!!!!

(STOP PRESS!: New altars found at Vindolanda a week and a half ago. These constitute a major, very exciting find...for more information - look at www.vindolanda.com for their press releases and www.wedigvindolanda.com under Archaeology Finds/Excavations 2009 where Andrew Birley, The Director of Excavations, has commented on them.)

Yippee! I've finished my course (well nearly...apart from doing a First Aid course) but yes...all the studying frantically is now at an end. Last week the written exam and the practical guiding exam took place.

I wasn't dreading the written one but I was definitely not looking forward to the practical one. In the event I must have thrived on the stress because I quite enjoyed it. Not sure how that came about?!?! I thought my mind would go blank...........

Consequently I'm in a bit of a mess. Not having a raison d'etre (apologies to all French folk...can't suss out the accents on Google)...I've slumped into a heap in the corner. I still can't adjust back to life in the real world...I SO enjoyed learning about the Romans, Romans, Romans...but will still continue to learn...

Until I get my head back into gear I'll tell you what I've been doing the past few months:

1. Learning all about The Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda.
2. Went up to a farm called Castle Nook, where they have a buried Roman fort in their back garden called Whitley Castle. It's near Alston and Stewart Ainsworth of The Time Team Programme did a tour for us. I only wish they would dig it up!
3. Had various course dates at Segedunum ("Strong Fort") at Wallsend. Followed other volunteers around learning about their sites there and at Arbeia, South Shields, Roman Fort.
4. Prepared a presentation on "Great Chesters" fort which is nearby Haltwhistle. I've nicknamed this fort..."The Miss Haversham" of forts because it is neglected, forlorn and beautiful. I'll be writing some more about this soon.
5. Attended a day dedicated to the archaeology of Hadrian's Wall which was held in Hexham. A whole day hearing about what archaeologists are doing right across the Wall: it was absolutely fascinating.
6. And much, much more.

On the B&B side we have been busy which has been great (and we still continue to be).

I can say that living life in separate houses is not too much fun. I miss my husband and the children miss their father. We snatch moments together and have some hours out but it is certainly not the same as being one big, riotous family together. (I also miss our main computer. Why?)

I've got this old laptop up and running but it feels like something out of the ark. It takes ages to do anything. When I bought it in 2000...it had a fault even then...I'll be typing away and then the cursor can end up in any word on the page so I'll then be typing into a paragraph I wrote three minutes ago. Erase. Start again. Swear. Swear. Swear. A computer with attention deficit disorder!!££$$@@@!!! Bleep! Bleep! A bit actorytoo late to send the damn thing back to the f.! (See what I mean?)

I wanted to blog late into the night, every night but as I have the children all day (not that I mind because I love them to bits)...I'm usually too tired to blog and then I flop into my bed. Little boy starts off in the cot and then climbs into my bed. Princess girl keeps me awake some times ( "Have bad dreams mummy"). Anyway stop moaning woman...and welcome back to life away from the Romans...

I shall get my act together one of these days. I have loads of catching up to do. I might take days, possibly months,................ah well. Thank you for your patience.

Whilst I was away I chanced upon this wonderful, superlative poem (through Radio 2's Wogan of all things). Maybe many of you discovered this a long time ago. For me - this is the first time that I have read this, written this and savoured this...:

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

The Aedh wishes for the cloths of Heaven by W. B. Yeats


Harry said...

Great to see the altar spreading its wings! And huge congrats for surviving the course.

Sounds like you've got your hands full and then some at the moment! Amen re the real world -- coming back from wandering Tynedale to the realities of proofreading, dish-doing, bill-paying, etc. was kind of a culture shock -- mitigated by the big hugs from our little girl at least.

And amen re distractions -- gotta run, toddler golfing in house. This will not end well.

Troy said...

Great to catch up with you with.

I suspect they were old altars they found a Vindolanda!

Troy said...

My computer is playing up - don't know where the extra "with" came from and why "at" became "a". Its an old computer - it has Roman numeral keys rather than number keys.

Expat mum said...

I love that poem. Well done lassie on all your hard work too.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Well done for finishing that course... and learning so much, and keeping all your family fed and happy in the process... what an achievement!! Oh, and LOVE that poem. Thanks for that. will print it out and put up somewhere... XX

ADDY said...

You ARE busy. Makes me tired just reading it all.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Thank you so for the lovely award - I shall treasure that one with the scroll, oh and your lovely map! I wish you well with your Roman Wall adventures, Hadriana!

You have such energies and endurance!

kestrel said...

congrats on your perserverence and finishing such a difficult piece of work. Really interesting altars, seem to be winding like a forgotten fossil. will be following your poems and posts.