Sunday, 6 August 2017

Auchindrain Update

Ceilidh dancing, Open fires and Spinning at the Open Day

A real barn dance!! Music by Myles, an amazingly talented accordion player. I called the dances and we had an excellent time reminding the Scots and teaching the French some Reels, 2-steps and Strip the Willow. Based in our Dining room of Stoners Barn we danced and chatted, laughed and relaxed after several days of hard work.

We toasted potatoes, sausages and marshmallows over an open fire. Mixed results on the food quality and a few sausages fed the fire. Fortunately we had all brought a little something to share and nobody went without.

During the day we had lots of visitors coming to see both the results of the Dig and the demonstrations on site. I was spinning and had lots of fun teaching both on the wheel and with the drop spindle. A great day with lovely people, informative demonstrations and the food was pretty good too.
Today we are on the Halfway mark of our camp and I am looking forward to seeing what we will get up too next.

Until then Bx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Archeology at Auchindrain

Digging, Living and Making Friends with the Past

For two weeks I'm working with Auchindrain, DigIt2017, X-change Scotland and others.

Our mission is to work with Local, Semi-local and French participants to start researching two previously undisturbed ruined buildings.

We are not sure what they were used for and are hoping to find some clues to determine a theory.

Two archeologists are walking us through digging a sample trench and checking layers as we go.

There is a lot of dirt and as this is Scotland, this means a lot of mud after the rain. However our participants are a bunch of troopers and have been working hard in all weathers.

Most of them with smiles on their faces ☺

There have been a lot of finds...

With some gems among them.

More from Me about this later

From the fields of Auchindrain