Well, after a lot of resting and a bit of “kip” or sleep, we have arrived!  We took a car (with all of our stuff in the “boot” aka trunk)!    It has been quite fascinating learning about the similarities and differences in our “common” language!  

Just getting to the bathroom can be interesting.  When going to the toilet you: go to the loo, or "to spend a penny," or go “off for a Jimmy,” or head for the "khazi/kazi"?  I might be off on the spelling of those, not sure!  I don't really understand most of them.

Anyway, when the car to take us to the dig site arrived Professor Weber was upset with the driver for being late.  The driver, who looked rather tough said, “Don’t get shirty with me!”  I guess it means don’t get mad? :)  It was kind of funny.  Although, Dr Weber didn’t seem to think so, he is really stressed out.

We ended up taking the M40 or motorway 40 out of London towards Birmingham.  It was nice, three lanes (of course driving on the left side of the road).  I guess we took it instead of the M1 because the 40 runs south of Birmingham.  I was constantly confused about their junctions and some “A” roads, but I was trying to enjoy the view.  We drove close to Oxford, but Dr Weber wouldn’t let us stop.  Eventually we hit M42 for a bit before ending up on A446 or A448? and then A456.  This might not be interesting to you, but I find it fascinating!

We stopped for lunch at the Waggon & Horses in Bewdley (I think we were in Bewdley, but someone else said we were in Halesowen town?).  It was soooo cool!  I had a Waggons Ploughman’s Melt which has shropshire blue (a cheese), cheddar, ham and onions and some sort of mustard sauce (there was something else, but I forget.  Of course no “toasties” aka sandwich, at a pub would be complete without a beer titled “The Rat Dirty Rat!”  Another post-doc, Anne, and I ate our lunch together inside.  Dr W took his outside and was ranting on the phone outside the pub?  See picture below!

I have no idea what roads we were on after that, but we ended up at a small farm house.  I know we passed Horsepool Coppice.  Coppice is apparently a wooded area that was cut down at some point?  Not 100% sure.

We are going to hike to the dig site through Longdon Wood.  The rest of the team should be there and I can’t wait to get started.  Dr W finally clued us in a little bit today.  From the pot sherd they found it appears we will be excavating an old Roman Camp!!!  I thought it probably would be, but it is nice to get the details.  From the details he gave with the rectangular with rounded edges shape, I am guessing it is from the first century.  More later!
Waggon & Horses, home of the delicious toasties sandwich, the Ploughman's Melt and the world famous Rat Dirty Rat beer!

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