My first full week at MEAL continued in an equally endearing and varied manner. Between being bombarded with various tasks such as compiling exhibition feedback, listening to recordings of local spoken word and folk music, thinking of suitable ambient noises for a rural art exhibition and buying a new computer keyboard and mouse, I’ve also been helping set up the newly-repainted temporary exhibition galleries ready for the next installation. This involved a lot of lying down next to very heavy steel and glass cases holding a spanner at arm’s length to try to make sure the cases were level on a very un-level floor. It’s keeping me fit, and the variety certainly means I haven’t been bored yet.
My walk in to work is still a pleasure, as I pass through a small wooded area just before getting to the lab. In the course of two mornings walking across the grounds I’ve seen a goldfinch, a willow tit, a blackbird, a blue tit and a great tit without even trying; they appeared in front of me and perched on branches right next to the path. Admittedly I had to look some of them up online to identify them, but that doesn’t change the fact that I was all but battling my way through woodland birds just to get to work. I wonder how many people can boast that.