It was cold and muddy!

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Went out yesterday expecting all the cows to be safely tucked up in the barns so I could go on some of my favourite fields. But to my shock a herd of black cows were miserably traipsing round two snow covered fields, congregating by the feeding troughs and sitting down in protest under some trees. The rest were happily munching in the barns, sharing their food with a few hundred starlings who ascend in clouds if you venture near. It’s a noisy and interesting sight.

Anyway then had to up camp to another pasture field. This one obviously had a building on it at one point and one large area is full of small iron. Amongst the iron murmur I heard a high tone so gave it a go. Out popped an iron stirrup. Thought it would be another shoe stay so was intrigued. Research shows it’s dated at 1600-1800 so potentially civil war, a strong possibility for this site.
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Next out was a girl guide stud type badge. Not seen one like this before and presuming it’s an early one for a cap/ hat? I can’t find one similar. This was followed by a deep dirty signal. In the mud I saw what I thought was another one of those modern rivet ring things till I wiped it. I was greeted with the sight of one of my favourite buckle types - a decorated medieval buckle with knops, similar to one I’d found nearby a few years ago.
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A few toasted coins and a couple of pewter buttons, one with raised decoration, followed. The final thing of note was a part of a plain strap end. Not earth shattering finds but interesting to get something from this field as it’s been heavily detected over many years.
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Oxgirl wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 3:49 pmsharing their food with a few hundred starlings who ascend in clouds if you venture near. It’s a noisy and interesting sight.
I was out walking the dogs last night just as the sun was going down. A huge flock of starlings flew overhead and into the bushes. It was so loud I thought it was a helicopter coming down. Amazing noise.

Nice stirrup :thumbsup:
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Like that stirrup, Cath.
Have to agree yesterday was the coldest detecting day since before summer.
The old tootsies were getting cold for a while, plus fingers but we have been exceptionally lucky with the weather so far this season.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Looks like a scouts rather than guides badge
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Nice one, love that medieval buckle. :thumbsup:
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All you folk saying it was cold yesterday!
I was lovely and toasty in my bear fleece and the heating on, with a nice cup of tea :lol:

Brave girl detecting in fields with cows and snow, the possibilities for a benny hill style scene are endless, in a non smutty way of course....meh i'll shut up :lol:

Wowsers, you can date stirrups?
Didnt think they had changed that much over the years :shock:

But you got me with the buckle, luv a good buckle as a find :clapping:
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Blackadder43 wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 4:55 pm
Wowsers, you can date stirrups?
Didnt think they had changed that much over the years :shock:
You also need the context for dating as you're correct that designs lasted a long time. The tread in OG's stirrup is unusually small. Any plating puts a stirrup post 1850 *Nickel) or 1920 (chrome)

But here's a couple for you to consider. Ignore the picture quality but which is the oldest. (apologies for thread hijack)
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Nice to be out Cath , do like the buckle , one of my favourite items to find .
Time of year now for Starlings to roost up in numbers . If you get lucky you will see them in their splendour in the shape of the breathtaking murmaration , unbelievable sight . :thumbsup:
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Nice Buckle!!!!!!!!
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HolzHammer wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:35 pm Nice Buckle!!!!!!!!
Absolutely. That is a right belter :clapping:
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TheFenTiger wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 4:37 pm Looks like a scouts rather than guides badge
It is - my daughter rolled her eyes that I didn’t know that :lol:
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Kenleyboy wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:33 pm Nice to be out Cath , do like the buckle , one of my favourite items to find .
Time of year now for Starlings to roost up in numbers . If you get lucky you will see them in their splendour in the shape of the breathtaking murmaration , unbelievable sight . :thumbsup:
I live on the edge of Otmoor. Almost 1100 acres of unspoilt countryside - mainly a military shooting range and two nature reserves, and has a reputation for incredible displays. My husband gets to see them from his office window too. I dare anyone not to stop and stare when they start wing dancing :ugeek:
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Oxgirl wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 8:21 pm I live on the edge of Otmoor. Almost 1100 acres of unspoilt countryside -
Lovely place - used to run all over there with my then boss who lived in Beckley during my Oxford days.
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DaveP wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 8:27 pm Lovely place - used to run all over there with my then boss who lived in Beckley during my Oxford days.
I stare at the runners going past covered in mud and don’t get it :lol:
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Oxgirl wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 8:34 pm I stare at the runners going past covered in mud and don’t get it :lol:
Says the woman standing in a muddy field with an old stick :lol:
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