A question of attitude...

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...as I'm constantly telling Jenks during his weekly thrashing (not that it's doing much good, mind). Same thing goes for that idiot wine merchant (or swine merchant as I call him) who for some reason seems to want my account settled. The fool clearly doesn't understand that outstanding bills is the sign of a true gentleman and he should be grateful for my considerable custom, one-way though it might be. I mean, it's only a piddling few thousand and if he can't absorb that he shouldn't be in business, but I digress...

What ho,

I'm sure we've all heard about how a positive attitude can result in decent finds turning up, no matter how bad the innings starts off. After two total, utter, complete duffers of an innings, the third was shaping up pretty much the same and at the (official) gin break I'd had enough. Positive attitude, be damned - it wasn't working and the situation needed sorting before the machine got snapped in half, probably over someone's (Jenkins's) head :evil:

So I took a deep breath and, (after making sure nobody was looking, natch) yelled at the field . Loudly. Something along the lines of, "Get a damned grip. I don't want your poxy lead, and even less your foil, so sort it." Then the well-trodden management-speak of, "You're letting me down, you're letting the other fields down, and worst of all..." (you know the rest). In short, I gave the field a damned good verbal thrashing.

It worked. Next signal, I kid you not, was a Roman coin. Ok, it was in an even worse state than usual, but it was a decent find, as was the snotty sestertius which followed shortly after. Neither are identifiable (no change there, then) but at least I was giving the scorer something to do. Things were definitely on the up and while nothing much of note came up thereafter, shortly before close of play a nice little buckle popped up. I didn't pay it much attention, to be honest, as it had a modern-ish look to it but when cleaned up it proved more interesting.

What grabbed my attention was the size of the pin holes which are relatively huge and the frame is widened to accommodate the large pin. Rather than the usual flat profile it has a nicely-shaped profile, too, so I decided to look into it before lobbing it into the buckle bin and it turns out to be what's known as a "locking" buckle dating to the C14th. Never heard of the things before, let alone found one, so a large snifter was in order by way of celebration.
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So it goes to show that getting bolshy with a field can work as well as trying to appease it with the usual pleading and offerings of sandwich crust and/or the odd Hula Hoop. So go on - get stroppy and cuss at it. You might be pleasantly surprised but you will definitely feel better. :D

Pip pip :thumbsup:
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Well done on breaking the curse! :lol:
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I have access to field that could do with a good tongue thrashing. One week, you'll get some nice finds, followed by weeks of barren sessions. The thing like to tease... no rhyme or reason for it.
You need to find the locking pin now :thumbsup:
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Well done John. I`ve never had a "locking" buckle as yet to my recollection,and a first of anything is always pretty much recallable ,so yeah nice finds :thumbsup:
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Only ever had one locking pin one too, nice find!

You need to bring your field presents though - cake, lots of cake. It won’t mind if it’s stale enough to break teeth :D
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
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I'm not too sure about cussing the field - I was reading the other day about the Roman (and others) belief that all places (fields, rivers etc. etc) had a spirit or 'numen' presiding over it. I'm wondering if a bit of genuflecting (better known as 'taking the knee') might be a better strategy? Mind you, we do a lot of that anyway...

Seriously though - I'm a great believer in positive attitude. It does help in all sorts of ways, so why not with detecting?
My last couple of outings have been awful, but I know that my luck will change.

As for the use of cake... I might give that a go - after gorging myself naturally.
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Great write up, John.
Not heard of a locking buckle, either. Thanks for posting what a complete example would look like.
Raring to go for Monday, even if i don`t find anything, just being able to go back out again will be a bonus.
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Do you ever talk to your hole ;)
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I talk bullocks, I mean to the bullocks, well they are the guardians of the finds! That reminds me, I must ask them where the gold is. :D
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Oxgirl wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:24 pm You need to bring your field presents though - cake, lots of cake. It won’t mind if it’s stale enough to break teeth :D
Good idea. I'm lucky enough not to have to wait for cake to go stale to get that hard - Her Ladyship's fresh-baked will crush molars after 10 mins out the oven :thumbsup:

Well pleased with the find which will shortly be gracing the Medieval Section of the Figgisian Museum :thumbsup:
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It's alright for some with all these lovely finds. I just take the approach of Adorno and assume the field will yield nothing and any decent signal is going to be a button. I can tell you Adorno's reverse psychology doesn't work :(

At this rate there will be a Nox up for sale fairly soon and an end to these disappointing walks. I would rather warm fruit cake and a cuppa in the comfort of the garden - no point in wasting it on a barren field.
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I hear your pain, chap. I have another permission, previously undetected and surrounded by fabulous Saxon finds, which gives nothing. Zilch. Nada. Niente. It appears to be barren and it's only hope that makes me try, even though the odds are depressingly high that a pre-decimal penny is the best I can hope for.

But there's always tomorrow... :thumbsup:
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DaveP wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:31 pm It's alright for some with all these lovely finds. I just take the approach of Adorno and assume the field will yield nothing and any decent signal is going to be a button. I can tell you Adorno's reverse psychology doesn't work :(

At this rate there will be a Nox up for sale fairly soon and an end to these disappointing walks. I would rather warm fruit cake and a cuppa in the comfort of the garden - no point in wasting it on a barren field.
I had a few barren weeks. Your time will come. Bring cake, talk to the field, ask for help, sit and get a different perspective and follow the rise and falls. It’ll show you the way :D

P.S. i have been known to spout annoying rubbish quite regularly though :lol:
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My smallest field is just a bend of a brook. I expected lots of finds to be there but even after gridding it twice finds were very few, one coin, a palm guard, a few buttons and some furniture mounts. But I know it is still keeping something from me so every now and again I have a bit of a swing in there and it gives me a few more bits. My other fields are the same, if I now went in ones that I have searched to death long ago they would no doubt release a few more finds to me. They will only let you have them when they are good and ready to!
It's a very slippery slope when you start giving the fields offerings or treats, as like a child it will expect them all of the time and when you stop it will have a tantrum and be disobedient. It may be better to just treat the fields mean to keep them keen? :D
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Thats an interesting post John, tongue in cheek but its a really serious issue in my opinion, thats if people want to be finding stuff anyway :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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