Today was WET, and over on the cold side of the hill, under the thick beech canopy, it was DARK. Digging with a 215 lumens head torch in the middle of a June day was not an experience I had anticipated. Trench E is the trench that keeps on giving, which would be fantastic, if… Continue reading Day 10: Digging in the dark
Wednesday was a little mixed weather-wise with moments of beautiful sunshine, and a bright blue Moray Firth, but in among the trees at the top of the hill it was cold and dark. Brrrr. It was also a day in which the trenches seemed to throw up as many questions as they provided answers... In Trench D… Continue reading Day 9: Questions & Answers (but mostly Questions)
We are so happy with and proud of our volunteers that keep things light-hearted and fun even on Day 8! It was another chilly day up on the hill. Any colder and some parkas may get pulled out tomorrow, but not surprisingly shorts were worn again today by the heartier of us (definitely not me).… Continue reading Day 8: The (Light) Heart of Darkness
It was a wee bit colder this morning and some woollen hats made an appearance, with shorts in equal measure too (they breed them hardy in Moray). Usual smiles all around and an eagerness to get going suggested a nice and relaxing day off yesterday was had by all. We packed the wheelbarrows and trundled… Continue reading Day 7: Positive Parallels from Negative Features?
Friday started with the discovery that our marquee had suffered heavily from the onslaught of wind and rain overnight, with many poles bent or disconnected and the whole thing in a state of partial collapse. But thanks to the skills of our intrepid and indefatigable Canadian woodsman Michael, all was soon well. With fallen branches,… Continue reading Days 5 and 6 – Wind, Sand and Visitors!
Work on site continued apace today, with the main development being that a further trench was opened by Leanne and Graham, bringing the total number of trenches to four. Back in trench A, the most significant developments were the identification of the ditch cut at the northern end of the trench, together with a band… Continue reading Day 4: Digging in the be(a)ch
Despite a forecast threatening rain, today was a pleasant and almost hot day. It was a bit sticky for some tastes, but not terribly hot. The volunteers continued to dig in the trenches and some interesting discoveries are appearing whether we like it or not. BEES in one trench and rocks in another. Never mind… Continue reading Day 3: What Lies Beneath
June 20,2017 Michael Sharpe Day two saw a real improvement in the weather, and continued digging in the three trenches on the south side of the hill. After a while, the diggers abandoned their trowels in favour of spades and even mattocks, because investigations with the corer indicated that there was at least half a… Continue reading Day 2: Deepening trenches
While the weather gods may not have been smiling at 9:00am this morning, it seems that all the assembled Cluny Hill Dig team were. The Dig marquee was assembled in remarkably short order (and not a moment too soon) and the elements were kept at bay while we got down to business with introductions and… Continue reading Day 1: The dig begins!