Monthly Archives: September 2013

Gargoyles and Grotesques

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Today is Saturday and I plan to be super lazy to gather some energy for the next week of excavating. Being super lazy means watching tv and write a letter or maybe two :) Before I start I’ll post a few pictures of my incoming and outgoing mail the last weeks:
BarbaraGorgeous typewritten letter from Barbara in Germany!

Lindalinda stampsA postcard I got in a swap from Linda. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it was up for swapping :) And look at the wonderful stamps she used! I absolutely love The Norwich Mail in a Thunder Storm 1827.

cecilia mopI’ve also put together a couple mail somethings for my parents and a friend. It’s nothing big or amazing, but lately I’ve enjoyed sending some mail love to my real life dearest.

stampsAnd once again I had to restock on stamps. I love the ones furthest to the right, but they’re not self-adhesive so I can’t use them on all my weird material envelopes (they don’t stick to plastic etc).  Hopefully I’ll get some use of my new stamp stash today :D

Excavating

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Hello guys!
As some of you know I am studying historical archaeology. This has been the first week of three weeks of field studies, i.e. excavating! We are looking for the borders of an iron age settlement in Uppåkra. Here is the official website (in Swedish). This is the place of the largest (found) iron age settlement in Scandinavia, so it’s more than a little exciting! It is also exciting because this is my very first excavation and it’s been my lifelong dream to be an excavating archaeologist (some archaeologists don’t do any field work).

new bootsI bought new rubber boots for this! Aren’t they cute? :)

leråkerThis is the field we are digging, but before we put any trenches in. You can find a lot of old bones, flint and pottery if you keep an eye open while walking on this field.

börjar grävaTime to start digging! Here we’re removing the top soil to get down to the older stuff.

arkeologi aktivitetAnd here is the field, now buzzing with archaeological activity! The lady in the yellow jacket is our boss.

rainDay two of the excavation we had some heavy rain! And you can probably imagine what rain does to a field like this. I’m glad I bought my cute and functional rubber boots! :D Not even this weather could stop me from being in a great mood. Some others in the group weren’t so happy though ;P

stone featuresOkay, so this is our trench at its most interesting point so far. We have found a couple of stone features. I’ve marked them out for you so  it’s easier to see them. We have now started to remove the stones and dig under them to see how far down they go and what they could be. It seems like the big area (blue) is stones put there to even out the ground. We found a lot of scraps of animal bones among them, and also some flint and pottery. The green area is still somewhat of a mystery. The stones are bigger and go deeper down and there is some evidence of burning. We’re still not entirely done with the green feature yet, so we’ll see if anything more turns up there.

dog's jawMost of the bones seem to be from pigs or sheep/goat. Today I found a piece of (what’s most probably) a dog’s jaw.  Just imagine man’s best friend running around this area about 1000 years ago and ending up here in our trench!

brushing findsJust to prove to you guys that I’m actually a part of this excavation; here I am, cleaning some of our finds. It’s something eerie and absurd about cleaning 1000 years old teeth with a toothbrush.

findsLast picture for this time: Some of our finds so far. Lots of pieces of bones, as you can see, but also some flint and pottery.

I still have 2 weeks of excavation to go so we’ll see what more our trench has to offer. It would be neat to find some gold pieces that has turned up in other excavations in Uppåkra, but even if we “only” find stones and bones it’s amazing to be a part of discovering more of this place’s history.

Tea and Kärlek

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Some pictures of recently outgoing mail:
deniseA letter to Denise in the US. I couldn’t help playing around with my new washi tape on this envelope. It’s so colourful and happy and great! I need more rolls because I fear I’ll use all of it for my next 5 letters.

KellyThis is a letter for Kelly in Canada. I might have created a washi monster here xD I know she likes stamps, so I used some my last vintage ones along with the recent stamps with animals.

mammaI am sending this little package out to my mother. I don’t know if she occasionally reads my blog or not, so I will not tell you what is in it just yet. I think mothers deserve some mail love too, not only penpals. (“Kärlek” means “Love” in Swedish.)

I have 3 letters left to reply to in my incoming mail pile at the moment, so I think I might be catching up soon!

 

Among Thieves and Vampire Hunters

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This weekend I finally got to play some good old board games again! I and my boyfriend had a friend over and played two great games:

city of thieves

City of Thieves. Each player plays a group of thieves, and you want to rob the city of as much treasures as possible and then get all of your thieves out of the city before the city watch catches them. It comes with 8 different scenarios which makes it possible to change the dynamics from game to game. It also has a really nice design, which I always appreciate in a game. :)  I won really big this time!

fury of draculaThen we played Fury of Dracula. I am sure I have mentioned this game before since it’s one of my favourite board games. One person plays Dracula, who is back to take over Europe (this takes place after the novel), and the other players are the vampire hunters who have to find Dracula and his vampires and kill him before he reaches his goal. The hunters’ moves are open while Dracula keeps his hidden. This means the hunters need to find him in Europe/on the game board  before they can start their battle. Once again I won! I usually think it’s rather hard to win as Dracula, but I guess the other players entered tired-and-dumb-mode a couple of hours earlier in the night than I did :D And yes, props and eerie music makes every gaming session even more awesome!

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I also read some manga this weekend for the first time in months. This has been the weekend of revisiting old hobbies! I bought a few random mangas I haven’t tried before just to see if I could find something I liked enough to start reading the whole series of it. I have caught up with my favourite mangas and only get to read new ones every few months when they are released, so I need more favorites! One of the mangas I tried was Pig Bride. It wasn’t overly fantastic, but entertaining enough for me to consider to read at least one more volume :) If you have any great manga recommendation to share I’d love to hear it! I am currently looking for something humorous/absurd and if possible kind of real life-related, but nothing too lovey-dovey. Skip Beat! is one of my favourite mangas and falls into the genre I’m looking for, even if it’s getting more and more about the romance and less about the absurdities.

pig brideThis is how cake is supposed to be eaten. (From Pig Bride)

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utgrävning

And today was the first day of 3 weeks of excavating an iron age village as part of my studies in historical archaeology. :D I’m super excited! Today was an introduction day, but tomorrow we’ll start digging for realsies and I can’t wait. I have new rubber boots and all!