The new project, on interglacial sea level variability, started months ago. But from the start of a project to the first mud in your hands might take a while.We had to start with a literature search; where are the best sediments to be found? But recently, the Durham lot, who had to be in that area anyway, drilled a core on the Isle of Wight, and brought some sediments home. Next thing to do was check for microfossils. So I prepared the first batch, and lo and behold, the first sample contained a foram! One that had seen better days, and which wasn't a salt marsh foram, but still: the first foram of the new project. I think that deserves mention on the blog!