It’s been awhile. I apologize for the lengthy silence, but I was busy trying to survive winter in St. John’s, my last bit of coursework, and having a bit of fun, too. But I am now returned to my native land, the place where all of my barn hunting adventures began. I have successfully passed my final course and come through the daunting thesis proposal presentation. My next task as a barn hunter is to take all of the goodies I collected and turn them into something halfway comprehensible. Then, if I’m lucky, the good folks at Memorial University will deem it good enough to let me walk away with a Master’s degree.
Barn hunting in the field was rarely a lonely task. I often had a sidekick along with me, whether it was Stacy or my dad or my sister. When I was flying solo, I always had people to talk to when I drove into their yards. Even at the archives I had other people to help me out or chat with. But this part of the process is different. I have to go at it alone. I have a lot of frustration, long days and hard work in front of me. The looming spectre of procrastination is hanging over my head, grinning ghoulishly. But perhaps this blog will help make me accountable. I’ll endeavour to update it weekly, as I did last fall. It may not be as in-depth as it was before, but I’ll try to at least post a few new photos every week, as well as an update on the thesis progress. If I make the process a little bit public, perhaps I’ll be able to shame myself into actually doing it.
Right now the birds are chirping and the frogs are singing outside my window. It’s still very cold for this time of year (we even had snow yesterday), but spring is coming. When it comes, it will come fast, and it will take all my willpower not to succumb to the urge to gambol through lilac bushes all day long. Some say that writing a thesis can actually be rewarding. That remains to be seen, but one thing I can promise you is that the thesis will get done, somehow or another. I look forward to dragging you along with me.
Until next week, here’s a barn photo to tide us all over.
|October 29, 2013. Northwest of Ceylon.|