The closing date for voting in the Woodland Trust's Tree of the Year Competition 2018 (and, in particular, our nomination for Scottish Tree of the Year) has now closed and we will have to wait until November to learn the result.
Another TillVAS excavation has come to an end at Mardon Farm where we further investigated the Iron-Age settlement that we looked at last year. Ditches, cobbles surfaces, pottery sherds and even flints probably from Neolithic soil infill.
What a long, dry spell we have had since May—not like the south of England but very good for Northumberland. Lots of plant watering needed, whilst allowing the grass to go brown. Recent showers have quickly greened the grass. Another marvellous holiday in Cyprus in May with sun all day and everyday; swimming and snorkelling, meeting up with our family and visiting ancient churches, monasteries, attractive villages and archaeological sites. I have put a few photos in the Gallery.
2018 sees another book in course of preparation. More details later.
A current project which has taken up much of my time but is just coming to an end, is the inspection and recording of historic buildings in connection with the Branxton & Crookham Village Atlas Project. This is a community project administered by the Till Valley Archaeological Society with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition to the Historic Buildings Group, there are three other groups of volunteers dealing with archaeology, social history and oral history. There is more information on the TillVAS website—there is a link below.
My fourth book on local topics, Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed, is available for sale, published by the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)(www.tillvas.com), ISBN 978-1-291-58938-2 Price £10. Net proceeds of sale go to the Society.
Information about this and other books, articles and poems can be seen on my Books & Books (cont.) pages and copies of some may be bought by clicking on the blue link at the top of the Books page and following the instructions.
'"Westhill" and the Hayward Family', All Over The Town, The Lyme Regis Society Newsletter, June 2006, pp. 6-9.
Poem, 'Below The Sea Glacier', Whispers On The Breeze, United Press, 2009, p. 27. ISBN 978-1-84436-897-6.
Poem, 'A Chieftain's Call', Book Of Dreams, United Press Ltd, 2010, p. 22. ISBN 978-0-85781-005-2.
'Windermere House in the 1950s, The Norwood Review, Journal of The Norwood Society, Spring 2010, pp. 14-16.
Two poems, 'A Helping Hand' & 'A Border Chieftain's Call' and a book review of Harry Nicholson's Tom Fleck in The Eildon Tree, New Writing From The Scottish Borders & Beyond, Summer/Autumn 2012, p. 2, pp. 47-8.
'The Leet Water', Border Voices on SCOTTISH BORDERS and BEYOND, ISBN 978-0-9567128-1-3, Borders Writers' Forum, October 2012, pp. 37-40.
Poem, 'St. Kilda People' and a book review of Oliver Eade's 'A Single Petal' , The Eildon Tree, New Writing from the Scottish Borders & Beyond, Spring/Summer 2013, p. 8, p. 46.
Poem, 'Who am I?', The Eildon Tree, New Writing from the Scottish Borders & Beyond, Autumn/Winter 2013, p. 5.
'Two Elderly Steam Engines at Riccarton Junction: a family connection', Border Voices on Waverley and other railways, ISBN 978-0-9567128-3-7, Borders Writers' Forum, June 2015, pp. 52-55.
Not an article or a poem but a letter referring to my father's contribution to Lyme Regis Museum during his curatorship from 1969 until 1976.
'A Letter from Antony Chessell', All Over The Town, The Lyme Regis Society Newsletter, Winter 2015, pp. 3/4.
An article in The Fourum (the community Newsletter for Branxton, Crookham, Ford & Etal), April 2016, regarding the anomaly of having Scottish post boxes in parts of Northumberland.