Guilt and Graft

3 Mar

I’ve been neglecting my blog lately, for which I’m feeling a large amount of guilt. I’ve had an eye infection on and off (but mostly on) for a few weeks, and I can finally look at a computer again without saying ‘ouch’.

I’ve been trying to keep up with my reading, and the past few days I’ve been trying to type up my latest notes into my Lit Review. I need a few days of editing now and then I can hand in to my supervisor for her to critique.

I still have so much to read, but I think I’ve come a long way and am quite pleased. I have to take a step back from it sometimes and feel happy with my progress, or risk letting my Lit Review rage and frustration bubble over and make me throw my dummy out of the pram. I am really not cut out for Lit Review- I want to research! But the sooner I get on with it, the sooner it’ll all be over.

I had a nice walk around the estate at Tatton yesterday in the sunshine, taking in the scenery and sheer scale of the place. Even though I work and research at Tatton, it’s still my favourite place to go explore and gather my thoughts, and I hope it stays that way! I’m looking forward to Spring and lambing season. In the Mansion, theres only a few more weeks of winter clean before we open to the public.

I have a few interesting things lined up this week. On Tuesday I’m going to a workshop at Tatton Park to find out more about servants histories. A research programme has been running there for a few months called ‘hidden histories’, and the volunteers are starting to reveal their findings. On Wednesday I’m going to a lunchtime talk at Manchester Museum about female collectors.

So here’s to continuing the hard graft, and losing some of the guilt

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