We’re almost a quarter-way through the 2017 season (eep!) so we thought we’d share some images of the enviable lifestyle here in Norfolk that keeps many of us coming back year after year.
It’s not all just about the archaeology!
Here’s our summer home: Boneyard field, the main feature of which during season is the Marquee. It towers over the tents of many shapes, colours and sizes that shelter us every night and is our main base for eating, meeting and relaxing.
Living on a field for most of two months has obvious disadvantages (the long walk ‘down the track’ to the ablutions being one) but also has up-sides. There is always somewhere to relax with a view, and the sunsets are regularly glorious.
Even the long (and occasionally uncomfortable) walk down the track to the loos has moments to be appreciated.
Then there’s the company: plenty of interesting, like-minded people who are brought together by an appreciation of archaeology, and in particular the archaeology of this otherwise unremarkable parish, and also find friends for life.
Being separated from the daily paraphernalia of ‘normal life’, we have a lot of time to relax with our friends, talk about life and spin a few yarns.
Not to mention finding time for a little bit of study, for those picking up new skills and knowledge on a course.
Last but certainly not least, any possible hardships of life in a field are well and truly made up for by the food. Move over, Instagram: here comes SHARP.
The superb catering team has been rolling out some truly drool-worthy meals, and there is a new Boneyard mealtime tradition of a mini-stampede after the call for “seconds”, along with multiple pseudo-complaints about getting fat.
A meal like this really makes a hard day in the trench worthwhile.
So that’s a little snapshot of how we live, relax and eat (not necessarily in that order).
If you’re a former SHARPie and missing Boneyard, why not come along and join us? There are still four more weeks of digging this year, and we’d love to see you here.
AND 2018 dates have been announced, so if you can’t get here this year set aside some time between Sunday 1 July and Friday 10 August 2018 to come and be part of the fun (and the hard work).
We look forward to having you join us!
(Thanks Yvonne for your lovely photos!)