Well, I've been up for about an hour now since the alarm went off at 6.20. The day looks bright and dry ( for now!). I can just hear movement on the floor above so people will start trickling downstairs soon. The morning is the quietest time in the dig house - which is why I like to use it to start the day's caffeine intake - a critical thing - and to catch up on things. This morning it was data entry and I'm about to look at the records a bit to see what needs to be done today.
The dig party and the 'Oskars' ceremony (a tradition started by Joe T during last year's dig) went well. Although I didn't win an Oskar - the competition was swept by Ryan who nabbed the 'Most collapsed trench edges' award amongst others. Oskar himself won two awards - Best Icelander and Best Meal for his Icelandic Meatloaf night. Gordon managed the Worst Jokes award. We also had a fantastic tour of Castle Forbes (now called Druminnor), which is the main house next to our two rental cottages. Alex Forbes gave us a great tour of the building, which is all that remains of a medieval castle of the Forbes clan. I wouldn't mind living in a castle - but the high spider potential might put me off. We were all a bit tempted to start digging in his garden to find the rest of the buildings, but figured our energy needed saving for a big day today.
So today begins... wish us luck!