The main excuse for our recent lengthy UK trip was the PMIP meeting in Crewe. Although we had originally planned to combine this with the EGU in Vienna two weeks earlier, this didn't happen for a number of reasons. I should probably call the meeting PMIP3, as this is the third iteration of the project, but really the scientific content covered a lot of PMIP2-related work (including ours) and some stuff that isn't really PMIP at all, at least in the strict sense of modelling one of the handful of specific eras with community-defined boundary conditions. To be honest, although there was plenty of generally interesting stuff, there wasn't a great deal that struck me as particularly exciting or noteworthy at least in the context of my own area of research. I liked Sandy Harrison's presentation which summarised her huge effort (with others) in generating model(er)-friendly sets of paleodata which can be used to test climate models. I also had a lot of good conversations regarding my poster, which will lead to further analyses and hopefully improvements of the paper which is mostly written. I'll blog about that at a later date. The posters were up all week and located in the coffee area, so it was easier to have good discussions than is often the case. So it was a very useful week for me.
The venue was great. PMIP has a history of somewhat exotic locations (previously Kyoto and before that Estes Park in the Rockies), and for this meeting we had originally been threatened with a Scottish castle in February (it seemed to me that everyone who had actually been to Scotland in February objected vociferously to this absurd proposition, but we were a small minority and outvoted). Fortunately, it proved impossible to find such a site, and Crewe Hall in May made for an excellent alternative. Until quite recently an elaborate stately home, it is now a modern hotel with excellent conference facilities. We spent most of our time in the modern bit, with the conference dinner and ceilidh in the old bit. Quite by chance, most of the organisers and their friends were also staying in the historic rooms too :-) Next time looks like it will be in Belgium, courtesy of Michel Crucifix. He promises it will not be in Louvain-la-Neuve.
Along with the work, we had holidays in Lancashire and Scotland, which were great (as you may have guessed from the pictures), but could have been just a little warmer. Not that the weather was anything like the record-breaking cold temperatures that Corbyn predicted, so no doubt he is busy hunting for cherries to pick out of the wreckage of his forecast, or re-painting his bullseye somewhere in the vicinity of the data.