Monthly Archives: June 2012

To My Friends and Followers Down-Under

For some strange reason my last blog post seemed to appeal to readers and followers in Australia and New Zealand! And I didn’t mention ice cold beer (although to be quite honest, the beer we drank on Saturday evening was … Continue reading

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Shearing: Hot Work and Warm Memories

It has been such a cold and wet summer, but from a sheep farmer’s point of view it hasn’t been all gloom and doom. For a start, the cooler weather has meant there’ve been fewer flies and maggots around – … Continue reading

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Welcome to My Family Home: the Belton Spitfire Prom.

Many years ago – sometime back in the Middle Bronze Age – I used to be a Morris dancer. I know it’s hard to credit, given my almost total lack of bodily poise, grace or presence, but it happened, largely, … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20, my Fourth Episode. Reflections: Research and Development

Yes, the making of a Time Team does produce a huge amount of paperwork, and yes, we all get fed-up with it. BUT (and I mean it!) we couldn’t do without it. In actual fact I would rate the preparation … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Fourth Episode: Day 3

I guess you’d describe this post as being about the archaeology of archaeology. I was put in mind of the idea when going through the inner recesses of my rucksack before heading off to site this morning. There I found, … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Fourth Episode: Day 2

Day 1 was generally successful, but Day 2 got off to a baddish beginning. For a start, it rained: not the horizontal skin-piercing stair rods I’m used to in the Fens, but the gentle, soft rain of the west. It’s … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Fourth Episode: Day One

It was back at school sometime in the 1950s and I can remember standing in line while the music teacher conducted us through that lovely Irish air ‘The Mountains of Mourne’. Well, I woke up this morning – bright and … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20. My Fourth Episode: Rig Day Thoughts

This next Time Team will be a challenging one. It’s in Northern Ireland, an area not very familiar to me (my mother’s family come from and still live in the south) and it dates to that rather problematical period in … Continue reading

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I Love the Co-Op

I’m sitting by the fireplace with a glass of the Co-Op’s excellent Tillington Hills cider beside me. As everyone must know, this past weekend has been the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and I’m not about to get sniffy about  it, although … Continue reading

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Time Team Series 20, my third episode: Personality vs Plastic

On most Time Team shoots we get a number of visitors, official and unauthorised. It’s the latter I tend to prefer: they’re less deferential and tend to be a bit more cheeky. One young woman came up to me and … Continue reading

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