First dig, little pond, great fun

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Well, ive wanted to have a go for quite a while now, been watching bottle digging vids on youtube for ages as well as seeing posts on the forum with lovely shiney coloured bottles emerging from the mud.

I went digging a couple of times as a kid, just down and across the railway lines from Hadleigh Castle with my old man, he wasnt a digger but liked to take my brother and myself to do whatever entertained us, visiting Dead Mans Point to collect bits from a downed WWII Flying Fortress was another favorite for a Sunday.

So, back to now. I was working just outside Calne in Wiltshire a couple of weeks ago for the nicest bloke you could ever hope to meet, a real old school Gent of the highest order, if there were more like him around then the world would be a better place.
Anyway, we got talking about stuff ( detecting and the like) and he mentioned a small pond on his land which for most of the year is dry but fills during the winter and about finding a couple of bottles sticking out of the mud.....go and help yourself he said, I am sure its an old bottle dump :D :D :D .

So, after I had done the job for him, I had a few hours to spare :o ..........to the pond it was .
Wasnt long before I had dug a decent hole smack in the middle of it, the whole depression was only around six meters across and I suppose I eventually dug around a meter and a half square hole, trouble was I was hitting the water table at about three quarters of a meter which was frustrating as I could hear china and glass at the end of my fork below the water. I told myself that I couldnt put my hand into the water to search as there was so much broken glass..........but the tempation was too much, I didnt want to be smashing stuff I couldnt see so the hand went in, very carefully, extremely carefully, and pulled out a huge Cow Vertebrae.....I must stop doing this I thought, specially as I had already cut my finger in a couple of places :problem:

But..........the excitement and the bottles made it all good,,,,,,I was finding blue bottles...WOW, just what I had wanted to find, three of them, all the same but with writing on" WOODWARDS CHEMIST NOTTINGHAM" wonderfull :D other bits and bobs came up, most of it smashed to be honest, I thought possibly by myself but realised on my return that it had been smashed when it was chucked in. Lots of bits though and very exciting to be honest.

I had to go back to the guys house on Friday last week, just for a few minutes if I am honest but I was there for around four hours, I just had to have another dig.
Different stratergy this time round, I started a trench following the outline of the pond untill I hit clay, then could stand in the trench and undercut the ground toward the center of the pond, much better.....anyway, a few pics, all from four or five hours by myself, having a nice little adventure :Luv Ya:
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2nd visit and then some pics from the two visits :thumbsup:
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Charles M Higgins, interesting, anti vaxer from 100 years ago.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_M._Higgins
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Nice finds! Bet your Mrs loved you when you got home though - stinking with a loads of stinky mud on the finds that needed washing too :silent: :lol:
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Oxgirl wrote: Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:16 pm Nice finds! Bet your Mrs loved you when you got home though - stinking with a loads of stinky mud on the finds that needed washing too :silent: :lol:
You know dont you :D
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alloverover wrote: Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:21 pm You know dont you :D
I can imagine :clapping: You’ll be paying for that for weeks :lol:
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Great finds there, quite fun isn't it not knowing what will show next. :thumbsup:
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Oxgirl wrote: Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:24 pm I can imagine :clapping: You’ll be paying for that for weeks :lol:
Lucky she has been working lates, dosent quite know the extent of it, there is still a load of stuff soaking in a bucket outside the back door :lol: :lol: :thumbsup:
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Easylife wrote: Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:26 pm Great finds there, quite fun isn't it not knowing what will show next. :thumbsup:
Cheers Easy, yep, it really is. Bit like detecting but in a smaller area and if its there you should either find it, or smash it :lol: :lol:
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alloverover wrote: Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:30 pm Cheers Easy, yep, it really is. Bit like detecting but in a smaller area and if its there you should either find it, or smash it :lol: :lol:
Yep, it's surprising just how fragile some are. I hope to have another go at mine sometime. :thumbsup:
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Great digging there Phil, nice finds mate, the earlier Eiffel tower had an embossing of the tower on, I think they were made in Maidstone by Foster Clarke or I might be confused with someone else?
It was a lemon sherbet powder that you sprinkled & stirred into water to make it fizz,
Them & that Woodward chemist bloke made a few bob as they got all over the country.
Clint :thumbsup:
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Looks like great fun m8 just be carefull you don't cut yourself too badly :thumbsup:
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Great write up, Phil, and a great result, too :thumbsup:

Some lovely bottles there and my fave is that little beauty in the second post, third image down. Cor.
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You cant beat a pond dig :thumbsup: If you are finding a Frank Coopers marmalade , there should be more and hopefully a whole one , maybe even some ginger beer bottles .
The poison with embossing on the shoulder is a nice find as are the blue Woodwards . Good mix of domestic bottles .
An enjoyable read with some good results , great stuff .
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stanslad wrote: Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:22 pm Great digging there Phil, nice finds mate, the earlier Eiffel tower had an embossing of the tower on, I think they were made in Maidstone by Foster Clarke or I might be confused with someone else?
It was a lemon sherbet powder that you sprinkled & stirred into water to make it fizz,
Them & that Woodward chemist bloke made a few bob as they got all over the country.
Clint :thumbsup:
Cheers Clint, yep, they have Foster Clarke on the other side of the bottle :thumbsup:
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