You can just see the boot is full of cores. The back seats are down and on them are more. It just fits without blocking too much view!
On Monday I started driving at 11AM. No need to get there too early! The trip went well and around 6PM I parked at the inn where I would stay. I was so early I decided to go for a short walk before dinner; it was raining a bit, but the moon managed to stay away from the clouds most of the time, and I wanted to get some fresh air. It was nice!
The Currie Kirk, opposite my accommodation
The next day I got up, left the inn, and went to the new site of the BGS. I had not been before. I parked up and got me a door pass. They remembered me! The location has changed, but the people haven't. Then I went to the core storage building and found my host Michael. Together we unloaded the car, and pulled out the core sections I wanted to sub-sample. I could start!
I had seven core sectiosn to get through. Tom had submitted a wish list of 11 cores, but three of these we happened to have in Bangor so they were already done, and one had already been sampled a long way back, so only a short list was left for sampling in Scotland. By about 10.30 I had done four sections. That was the moment my colleague Tom appeared. He was just in time to sample one core while I did the other two. Before noon we were done and could start to tidy up! It had been a bit of a hit-and-run mission but my time is running out; when I started driving I only had 55 hours left on my contract, and by the time I would be back it would have dwindled to 38! And there are only so many samples you can prcess and analyse in that much time.
I tried to keep the amount of faffing to a minimum when we were done; I had to drive a very long way back, and the earlier I started the better. So I said goodbye to Tom and Michael and was on my way. I would just be back in time for Welsh class. The next day the sample processing would start. The very last batch!