Graduation Pictures

Dad refusing to be sensible

Originally uploaded by lilith_kayt.

… are now up on flickr.

And I’m discovering the joys of TiddlyWiki, as suggested by some kind commenter on brightmeadow some months ago, and inspired by discussions with Cas this weekend.

Some peoples’ recollections of the events that night seem to suggest a high degree of silliness. I remember three fantastic women talking about art, politics, philosophy and getting some very real experiments done investigating the process of surrealist art….

Cas seems to think it was all about shoes in fridges, or the homage to ‘fridgelight‘ :p



Originally uploaded by lilith_kayt.

Well, yesterday I graduated in the pouring rain. It was great to see my parents for the day and to see how pleased they are for me! It was also rather nice to be taken out for a delicious dinner at the Olive Tree afterwards. I need to work out how to graduate every month!

Mum took loads of photos of me and my co-students and my old supervisor Graeme– I’ll post them up as soon as she can send them to me, but for now you’ll have to make do with the picture Matt got on his mobile phone!

There were baby Moorhens!

Ok, so that probably isn’t the most amazing thing from my day at Flag Fen, but I’m certain it was the cutest.

The site itself was fantastic- totally different, to see it in the flesh, so to speak, than from reading about it in books. The landscape was fascinating, as were all the cool critters and plants I saw. The earth was dark and peaty and it felt good to stand on it, and even better to realise I now know how and why such landscapes form, the human influences, the deep changes over time that have all contributed to the place that exists today. Exciting to think I might be able to add to that knowledge!

Meeting / discussions were all very fruitful and I’m even more excited about the (dare I say high/ nigh on certain) possibility of doing some serious work there. The archaeologists and volunteers I met seemed as excited about my research as I am, which was a great boost as well…. I have a big meeting with the Supervisors on Monday and I hope they agree with what I’d like to do 🙂

It’s a long time since I have been to the Fens and I had forgotten how flat they were. After we were done on site I went into Peterborough and to while away the time ’till my train I went to the local museum (really good, pitched for kids and adults and managing to do well for both), which holds some of the finds from Flag Fen and related sites. I then went on to the magnificent Norman Cathedral. It was amazing, and has huge grounds and outbuildings surviving all around it, giving a good idea of the old city centre layout. I took some nice pictures (I hope) which I’ll post to flickr as soon as I’ve downloaded them.

Geeky moments- I have been devouring the new Harry Potter book whilst on the train today, and I arrived home at a bit of a cliffhanger moment…. and I’m torn now. I really want to keep reading, partly to get to the end before I manage to stumble across the inevitable spoilers, but I’m booked to go see a preview showing of really big robots fighting other really big robots…. my inner geek feels like a kid in a candy store 😀

Not an apology to my blog….

I’ve not written for ages.

I’m not going to sit and write a long and guilty post about how sorry I am to my poor neglected blog.

I’m going to think about why.

Several reasons come to mind:

Primarily, I think the main reason I also have not been keeping either of my paper diaries (I have two- one for uni stuff, logging workflow etc., and one for the rest of my life). Guilt. I feel like I have not been working enough, but I have been ludicrously busy, reading, travelling (Lancaster one week then Devon the next, Peterborough tomorrow and a trip away with friends LARPing in between). I think it is that I have not been writing, which even seems to me to be a measure of how hard I am working. 7 Months into my PhD and I have produced more words just planning, justifying and and generally arguing the case for my work for my initial review than I feel like I did for my MSc thesis. If I don’t have a few thousand words on paper I don’t feel like I have done much, so writing anything for the blog has felt a lot like cheating on my research.

Secondly, in the midst of all the hectic stuff, Matt and I have had a few tricky weeks. I’ve moved home and this is helping, but I had the urge to blog about all sorts of stuff that really is just between us two, and staying that way. Writing anything in the middle of all of that would have been too tempting. I’m an instinctive sharer- I talk my problems over, but in this instance it was better to speak to a few trusted friends rather than the whole of ‘teh internets’.

Finally, I have a secret shame to confess. I have joined facebook, initially so I could keep up with Jonas, (who, whilst he has a blog, uses facebook for his photos) but have since found more and more people I have not seen or spoken to in years and had the joy of reconnecting with them, albeit it in a superficial cyber way… There is something nice about posting those little status updates. I’m seeing the addictive factor of Twitter and I’m really resisting the urge to go and join in…

I’ve also been sick as a dog for the last week, but it thankfully seems to have finally worn off, just in time for me to go on a site visit to one of the most extensive soggy bits of England (the Fens) after todays torrential rain. Still, beats being in the office all day 😀