I did it!  6 modules and an essay since Friday – its my own fault for falling behind so I’m not complaining. 
In fact I feel as if my brain is rejuvenated.  Its wonderful. 

I have to wait until September to start more archaeology or history courses – there are so many to choose from.  Oxford University are doing Indian Art, Romans in Britain and Islamic Art and Architecture.  I’ve just completed Ritual and Religion in Prehistory and hopefully gained my 10 CATS points.  I hear there maybe a Prehistoric Art module coming up.  I want to do them all.

Leicester have these modules; They are longer, being 20 CATS points. 

  1. Aims and Methods in Archaeology
  2. Early Prehistory
  3. Later Prehistory
  4. Introduction to Classical Archaeology
  5. Medieval Archaeology
  6. Historical (Post-Medieval and Industrial) Archaeology
  7. The Archaeology of Egypt, Nubia and the Middle Nile

The Prehistory and Medieval units really appeal.  Am I doing this for myself or towards a degree?  Not sure.  I do wonder if I should have read humanities and not science at university 20 years ago.  I am a chameleon liking science, humanities and art.  Or maybe I am just interested in everything????

Over the summer I’m going to complete the History of Art Diploma – that’s harder because there are no deadlines.  The subject matter is fascinating and not at all hard.  I need a deadline.

I like challenging my brain – its been in hibernation far too long (since childbirth I guess).

So, here is my scrapbook from France.  I didn’t have time to sit and write long entries or to sketch or draw.  Those days also disappeared with childbirth.  Guess they will come back all too soon.  I had fun with the Pogo printer, Sizzix cutter, double sided sticky tape and a concertina sketchbook (Seawhites).  Before I went away I gave the pages a wash with Brusho inks in in Leaf Green, Yellow and Turquoise.


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6 thoughts on “Scrapbook from France

  • 02/07/2010 at 7:35 pm

    This post really made me laugh to myself and remember back to way back when. I wanted to study to become a vet so did all those B sciences such as Chemistry, Biology etc, etc. combined with a classical education (i.e. Latin and Greek). When I discovered you had to do disections I knew being a vet was not for me so instead I studied History of Art for no other reason than that I was interested. When it dawned on me that I would not like to teach or work in a museum I obtained a research librarian's degree. Then I started work and discovered I felt a lot more at home in a more energetic working environment than a library of any kind, and that was that. Till now when that History of Art is coming in quite useful as do those mathematical studies. Really we should be granted an extra life to make the most of all those choices!!

  • 02/07/2010 at 7:36 pm

    And after that long post I still managed to forget to mention that I just LOVE your France album!!

  • 02/07/2010 at 9:22 pm

    Helen… you always amaze me… do you ever sleep girl!! The sketchbook/scrapbook is a fabulous reminder of your trip, maybe one day it will become a treasured family heirloom! I've looked forward to your post all week by the way!
    Well done with your coursework, I need deadlines too, they are so motivating. Would love to do a history of art course…. now you've got me going!!

    I've moved into my new studio at last and only have three more weeks of chemotherapy… might we catch up during the summer? There is a wonderful little childrens farm next to my studio that your son would love!
    See you soon,

  • 03/07/2010 at 10:46 am

    Sounds like you are a real Renaissance Woman – interested in everything!

  • 05/07/2010 at 11:14 am

    Wonderful book, wish I could be that organised!! Maybe being made redundant might finially get me to get myself in gear!!

  • 07/07/2010 at 1:49 pm

    I love scrapbooks from holidays. When I was a kid my Mum (who was a teacher .-) always took a journal book plus crayons with us on our trips. One for me and one for my sister. Every night before we went to sleep we wrote up our day in our diaries. I still have mine – covered with scraps of wallpaper. Every now and then I take them out and read them and look at all the tickets and things stuck in. Great memories!
    Seeing this post reminded me of them.

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