ossamenta: Radcliffe Camera and Brasenose College, Oxford (Oxford)
Friends and family at home have suffered from surprise!snow, but here in Oxford, spring has arrived. Unfortunately I've more or less been too busy writing to actually go out and enjoy it, but I've managed to take a few pictures.


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ossamenta: Radcliffe Camera and Brasenose College, Oxford (Oxford)
Yesterday I went for a long walk through the parks, just enjoying the autumn. I do miss the Swedish autumn - you don't really get the smell of fir forests around here - but I'll take what I can get. I'm a seasonal person: not one or two favourite seasons - I love them all. (Although I must admit that the typical winter in Skåne* is best enjoyed from indoors, with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book or two.)


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Pathway in University Parks along the river.


*: grey, sideways rain/sleet, temperature a bit above freezing, but with a lazy wind that blows right through you rather than around you.
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To all of my Swedish readers, I know most of you suffer from snowpocalypse. However, there is hope. Spring will come. It just need a bit of a push to cross the North Sea...

Snowdrops

It was a beautiful Sunday today, and I just couldn't stay cooped up in my room. I decided to cycle over to Christ Church Medow, which was full of people doing their Sunday walks. The College rowing teams were out on the river, and the geese were grazing on the fields. It's still too early for most flowers, although I saw some winter aconite here and there.

I can't wait for late spring and summer, where on the weekends you can have your lunch at the banks of the Cherwell, reading a few chapters in your book, and watching the punters and waterfowl pass by.
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It’s my last week on site, and the lovely weather we’ve been having in October (in general sunny mixed with overcast and 15-18°C) has now been substituted for November rain. It’s a clay site, and with every step you get a centimetre taller - not always evenly. I’m sure health and safety would have something to say about walking around on what’s technically high heels.

The last samples have been taken from bone ditch and two transverse sections of it have been fully excavated, photographed and drawn. What remains to do is to excavate the last bits of two buildings, and then we’re done. Despite that it was fun to be out on site, I’ll be glad to be back indoors.

I feel pity for those who have to work outside through the winter - a reality in the UK, unlike in colder Sweden, where most archaeologists either go unemployed or, if they can, take temporary work until the digging season start again. I’m not sure which way is better. In Sweden, you never know if/when you’ll get excavation work the next spring, so the uncertainty isn’t good. Also, most employers like workers who will stay on a while, not just for a few months, so it can be difficult to get a winter job. The archaeology season overlaps with the seasonal winter jobs, so we often can’t take those either. On the other hand, digging in winter (i.e. the cold and rainy/sleety season) is nasty.

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