Monday 19 March 2012

Hadriana's Four Wynds' B&B/Hadrian's Wall Short Films

I know I have been incredibly quiet of late and realise that my New Year's Resolution of blogging each day has gone for a complete and utter Burton. Mea culpa! My fault! Things have got incredibly, incredibly busy with the B&B, Four Wynds; my putative company "Hands-on-Latin" and I'm running around in circles. More of which anon.

You might be interested in these short videos (above) which I made with Hadrian's Wall Heritage and Endemol in the last couple of years. (I've been dying to show you them but I've now got the green light from HWH to do so now. euge! Hurrah!) I'm a volunteer guide for Hadrian's Wall Heritage. I'll also be placing them on my sidebar here on the blog as well.

I'm almost ready to launch my guiding/language course company called "Hands-on-Latin". is all about teaching the links between Latin, the Romance Languages and English using the Roman remains in this area. I will be teaching/guiding indoors and outdoors. I'll also be teaching Latin too via courses and inscriptions. I'm hoping to get the company up and running over the next month or so.

Last things to do...create a website and write the course outlines...and then I'm practically ready to go!

If you are in the Hexham area tomorrow - I'll be on a stand at the Northumberland Leaflet Fair at Wentworth (next door to Waitrose and the Leisure Centre/Swimming Pool). The big supermarkets in Hexham are at the bottom of the town. I'll be there with Sue Wardle, a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, who's a good friend....The doors open at 11 am and the day finishes at 4pm. Come and say 'hello'! I'd be delighted to see you there. :-)

vale! Bye for now! Hadriana

P.S.: There is a deliberate (or not so deliberate!) factual error in the middle film. The Roman coins found by a workman in the Roman quarry on Barcombe Hill (above the fort of Vindolanda) date, in fact, to Hadrian's reign - and are not, as I said, "Pre-Hadrianic". Still kicking myself over that one...but hey! "Nobody's perfect!" ;-)


Sandi McBride said...

I loved the films. You are exactly as I would have imagined. The landscape is spectacular as I remember...I can not impress upon you how much I miss'd think I were born there...perhaps in a prior life. And your work is near enough to perfect for me

Expat mum said...

Wow - am very impressed. Also v impressed that you haven't self-combusted, or whatever it is that very busy people do! Well done!

Nota Bene said...

You are a busy bee indeed!

Tacitus said...

Ave Hadriana resurgentum!

Looking forward to my upcoming stay at Four Wynds.

Summer temps here in Occidentia, so my ambitions are running ahead of the calender.

Tim Wolter

Hadriana's Treasures said...


Thank you so much for your comments! Many hugs, Catherine/Hadriana

Thanks a bunch, expatmum. Still feeling guilty (you can tell I went to a Catholic School) as I've not blogged about Straight No Chaser yet. I've made some notes so fingers crossed I will get there. I do need extra hours in the day or to not bother sleeping!!! ;-) C/H

NB: Thank you muchly! :-)

Tacitus2: Thank You. I recommended your post to an archaeologist via Twitter re: thousand paces. Keep 'em coming! :-)

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

I did enjoy the films and it was good to see you. How marvellous that you are able to do something you love. My youngest grand-daughter (nearly 8) loves history and it must be due to enthusiasts like you that make it so interesting. A x

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Thank you so much SJA! It's great to get some feedback on them and it's wonderful to be able to show them as well. Yes I am absolutely passionate about people, places, history and languages! :-)

P.S.: It's going to be a good year from Hadrian's Wall again for 2012. There's a new museum at Housesteads Fort, Beacon Lighting along the Wall at different sites for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and then an Olympic art installation involving lighting and helium balloons 31 August/1 September. I'm hoping to be a volunteer helper at those events.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

For those of you interested in archaeology (as I am too) they are looking for volunteer diggers at Maryport this Summer. Please contact Senhouse for more details.

Digging continues at Vindolanda for six months (open for visitors to see during the week). The Vindolanda Trust have also made some exciting changes at The Roman Army Museum - new for 2012!

the fly in the web said...

Sorry to be so late catching up...and I will reply to your e has been a little hectic lately, so the films were a very welcome unwind!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Fly,

Very many thanks again for allowing me to put up your blog post about Naworth Castle. I'm really hoping that I'll be able to talk more about the history of the castle.

Very glad you are OK. Hope to catch up with you soon! :-) Hxx

erwicker said...

You are very busy indeed:)

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Hadriana's Treasures said...

Never was a truer thing said, erwicker! :-) hadriana ;-)