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Kenleyboy
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Back out for a few snatched hours this afternoon but this time relegated to the stubble fields while the other fields have been drilled and are out of bounds until the winter barley starts to sprout , but until then its pesky stubble . The weather had taken a slight turn for the worse and it was blowing a good one and it was raining leaves as the wind got in amongst the trees to shake them free . Then the rain came which thankfully didnt last too long and the sun did try its best but was a short-lived as the downpours . It was going to be an interesting one as I had not used the Deus Lite in stubble before and unlike my old faithful Q40 , it didnt suffer from false signals , I was impressed on how well it performed uninterrupted by the many stalks the coil swished against so maybe the stubble won't be too bad after all .
First up was a Hare , frightened the life out of me as I almost trod on the darn thing with my size elevens , it scarpered leaving me staring at a pair of upright ears like a two fingered salute disappearing into the far end of the field . With that mini drama out the way my first good signal was a lump of foil , no surprise there and then quickly followed by yet another . No matter , I had a 12 acre field to play about in and I was determined to stick it out and the borrowed machine was doing me proud . I did have the option to go onto the freshly drilled fields but if it was too squidgy underfoot then to come off until hopefully the weather settled down but to be honest I felt it best to leave as be and keep off and use a bit of common sense .
First decent find was this fossil just laying on the top . I have found a number of these both while metal detaching and my Dog walking , they appear to be quite a common find up in this part of Norfolk and always welcomed so in the bag it went .
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Onwards with the detecting and a decent signal proved a bitter sweet find with half a crotal bell which cruelly fooled me into thinking it was a full one . Top half was staring right at me and was promptly buzzed up only to be slightly disappointed to find the bottom half missing . Not so bad in reality , it was still nice to find even though it was in half .
As I swished away amongst the stubble it seemed my intrusion was setting off the Hares as they whizzed and criss crossed in front of me and I could see the impressions or "forms" where they were laying up , they saw me before I saw them , my Whippets would love a chase about with them given half the chance . I carried on relentless , a few buttons , some twisted wire and a few other bits and pieces but nothing of note and to tease me even more I could see beyond the hedge line the enticing fluffy brown soil of the freshly drilled fields and I was sorely tempted but I was determined to stick to my guns and see it through on the stubble . I like this field , it is my favourite one and it has given up its secrets a few times in the past and treated me well . It has a nice "feel" about it , its hard to explain but I like to think what ever went on in this piece of land in times past was good and not evil . I have tried to research the land and at some time I think maybe there was some sort of trading or market going on somewhere nearby . It was obviously worked and I find plenty of thimbles , palm guards , spindle whorls , pot legs and coins and other items from all ages ranging from Roman , Saxon , medieval right through to Georgian and Victorian times so it has had a long and varied historical past from Human activity .
It was a new experience for me on this particular field as I have never been on it while in stubble and although the finds were mostly trash I still came away with a few nice bits that the field was willing too give up for my few hours out in the wind and rain and best find was the big George Penny and a coupe fo token musket balls .
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Well done, Paul.
Seem to be encountering Hares on a weekly basis this season.
Yes does frighten the life out of you when you nearly step on them, same with Pheasants but lovely to see.
Not had a Georgian Penny as yet, always the Halves.
Musket balls always a welcome find.
Congrats on your bell, does it ring or have any makers marks.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Dave The Slave wrote: Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:11 pm Well done, Paul.
Seem to be encountering Hares on a weekly basis this season.
Yes does frighten the life out of you when you nearly step on them, same with Pheasants but lovely to see.
Not had a Georgian Penny as yet, always the Halves.
Musket balls always a welcome find.
Congrats on your bell, does it ring or have any makers marks.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
Dave.
I think hares and Pheasants are on a par with each other for scaring the life out of you but as you say , great to see .
I have had a couple of Georgian pennies from here , they are always nice to finds and this one is in not bad nick but most are in fairly bad condition .The bell unfortunately is a non ringer and no makers marks . :thumbsup:
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An eventful trip out fella....love the image of the Hares ears giving you the 2 finger salute as he trundled on his way :clapping:
Was probably warm and cosy till your size 11's forced him out of his place.... :lol:
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Another few nice finds Paul. Forgive me for sounding a bit over enthusiastic but that doesn’t look like a fossil from the photo. It looks more like a hand decorated stone.
If it is then I would be over the moon with a find like that. Is it stone ?
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Ladybird66 wrote: Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:08 am Another few nice finds Paul. Forgive me for sounding a bit over enthusiastic but that doesn’t look like a fossil from the photo. It looks more like a hand decorated stone.
If it is then I would be over the moon with a find like that. Is it stone ?
I think these are called Echinoids , they are quite pretty with all the detail finely etched into stone so I can quite see where you are coming from with an engraved stone , it does indeed look like one , I wish it was :thumbsup:
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Kenleyboy wrote: Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:57 pm I think these are called Echinoids , they are quite pretty with all the detail finely etched into stone so I can quite see where you are coming from with an engraved stone , it does indeed look like one , I wish it was :thumbsup:
Aren’t they the ‘pound’ fossils? On average they weighed a pound in weight so were used as a natural weight for buying butter! Sure that’s right. I think I need a glass of 🍷 to lubricate the brain cells :lol: :Party:

P.S. wonderful write up KB :Luv Ya:
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
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