Saturday, February 2, 2008

No subject, just insensible glee. :)

Well, it took a while for the echoes of my shriek of utter joy to die away, but now they have I can tell the cyberworld my news!

I got the email through this morning from Andrew Birley, Director of Excavations at Vindolanda, accepting my application to spend two weeks down there in the summer as a volunteer excavator! I have officially never been so excited to spend a fortnight getting wet, sweaty and muddy, in all my life.

*squeals happily and dances around the house before crashing into a wall*

I'll probably be back later tonight to do some non-memeing (lol, Crystal), and maybe get a second excerpt posted up - I'll see - but that'll have to wait until my family can scrape me down off the ceiling!



Gabriele C. said...

Oh, that sounds like some major fun. I visited the place last June and was all ready to jump in a dig a bit myself.

Celedë Anthaas said...

Woohoo! Have fun! :)

Crystal said...

WOOHOO!!!!!! I'm so happy AND excited for you!!!!! You know what this means don't you??? Hhmmm?? If you can that is...GET PICTURES!!! Sorry I couldn't get over sooner, been a bit of a BUSY day out and about;)

Glad to hear your news, don't forget to keep us updated on it!!

Kirsten Campbell said...

Gabriele - Yeah, it does sound fun, doesn't it? :)

Celedë - I intend to! :)

Crystal - Pictures are a must. Don't worry, you're not the first person to demand some photos. :)

Jack Dixon said...

I'll be with you in spirit, wee Pict.


Sarah Cuthbertson said...

Oh, Kirsten -- you lucky thing! You'll have a wonderful time. We did Vindolanda for 2 weeks four summers running and it was the highlight of our year each time. You're pretty well guaranteed to find something fascinating, you'll learn a lot and the company is good too. Andrew and Justing are splendid and so is Andrew's Dad! I wish I was going...and I look forward to reading about your experiences there! Enjoy!

Kirsten Campbell said...

Jack - I had a feeling you might!

Sarah - Thank you, that's very encouraging! :) Apparently the excavations this year are focusing on the third/fourth century phase of the fort and also the vicus, so I'm hoping there's plenty of interesting things waiting for us!

Sarah Cuthbertson said...

They may have told you this already but there's a forum for Vindolanda volunteers.

Oh, and if you're looking for somewhere to stay self-catering, I can recommend Commmon House Farm and Gibbs Hill Farm

Harold Johnson said...

Good morning from a complete stranger!! I'm Harry, I run, the volunteer forum. Every once in a while I do a search on "Vindolanda" to see if there are any news stories or interesting tidbits to link. And what should turn up this time but your blog? Congrats on getting a spot on the dig. I've been crossing the Atlantic to dig there since 2003, and it never fails to amaze. (Well, I went and had a baby last year, so I missed the '07 season... or should I say the '07 mudbath.)

Anyway, fab blog. I'm a LOTR nut, love Loreena McKennit (at least the Mummer's Dance album), and also have futzed with writing a grand novel of Roman Britannia. Unfortunately the last fizzled after 200 pages, leaving our hero come fresh from a Frankish invasion in Gaul, soaking away his troubles in a bathhouse in Chichester 253 AD, unaware of the homicide he's about to commit which will drive him northward. As it happens, into the clutches of a supporter of Postumus, usurper of Rome's hope for stability Gallienus. Hilarity & hijinx ensue... OK, made up that last part.

Best to you, great luck with the novel. It's an amazing feeling when the muse takes you and your story gains a life of its own, with twists & turns that you yourself never saw coming.