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Littleboot wrote: Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:27 pm We have some Leff chilling nicely and I personally like to turn it into 'peach beer' when it is hot weather by adding a soupcon of peach syrup. Very nice too.
Ah Leffe blonde! now you're talking my language, I've never thought of contaminating it! :lol:
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I 'm thinking of doing a few hours tomorrow, but will leave the option open until the time. I can endure the heat quite well with a hat, factor 30, and my hydration pack. :thumbsup:
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I'm on hold until the weather breaks, the heat is energy sapping but equally as bad is the ground, my available permission is 500 acres of hard baked clay.
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MudMax MD wrote: Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:15 am I'm on hold until the weather breaks, the heat is energy sapping but equally as bad is the ground, my available permission is 500 acres of hard baked clay.
Ditto. I end up trying to expand a hole a few millimetres at a time. The clay soil kind of comes off in very thin layers, scrapings really, and leaves a surface behind that shines like metal. :shock: It rained here overnight so I will pootle out later and give the ground a bit of a prod to see how much, if any, it has eased. We are in an official drought in Eastern Normandy which extends right across to the borders with the Benelux and Germany. Hasn't rained properly in months. :cry:
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After yesterdays heat i declined offers to go out detecting today. Often if there is chance it is better leaving the fields until October when there is some moisture in the ground.
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Launched myself at the field at 06.15 and had about three hours before the clouds started to disperse and the temp started to get uncomfy.

There is a case for waiting - softer ground and no stubble fighting you every inch of the way - but I'm not generally known for my patience and I'd rather do battle with the conditions than sit at home wondering what I might have found. Been rewarded the last few outings, too :thumbsup:
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An early start although not as early as I should have been! The rape and barley stubble still not disked down so went on to the pasture where I was last week.

It was low 20’s with a north west breeze so not too hot to start, every couple of up and downs I stopped to drink, getting hotter, the breeze came and went and it felt humid, sweat was beginning to make me quite sticky and uncomfortable, the targets were very few (thankfully) and nothing deep, every divot was bone dry and hard digging, almost dreading the next dig

All that came up was a musket shot, a George III halfpenny and some other coin too far gone as the soil seems bad to coins in this field, 4 buttons, a copper alloy tag or plate and a bit of clay pipe

Phew! by 12:30 I had enough, felt all the strength was drained from me from the overwhelming heat, a bit of a headache coming on, so for the better part of valour I left it for the mad dogs and Englishmen to stay in the midday sun, it was pleasant getting back into the car and feel the cold of the air con. I must admit I prefer the autumn and winter for detecting!

We need more rain to soften the ground and unhide the targets, hopefully the rain forecast for my area next week will have improved things somewhat for the next weekend.

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Sounds like my day :D
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Well it wasn't as hot as yesterday...but even after the overnight rain and sporadic showers today the ground has still quite hard. A tad better it must be said but far from ideal. Plus it is sooooo close i was filmed in moisture...... Then , when I was getting into the swing i heard the ominous rumble of thunder. then I could see the clouds starting to knot and a stream of rain like a dark waterfall in the distance.
I pulled stumps. I was once caught in a big old field in a thunder storm and I have no wish to repeat the experience. very scary. So I beetled home pronto.
So far the weather and ground are rendering this season a non-starter so far. :problem: :roll:
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Steve_JT wrote: Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:14 pm An early start although not as early as I should have been! The rape and barley stubble still not disked down so went on to the pasture where I was last week.

It was low 20’s with a north west breeze so not too hot to start, every couple of up and downs I stopped to drink, getting hotter, the breeze came and went and it felt humid, sweat was beginning to make me quite sticky and uncomfortable, the targets were very few (thankfully) and nothing deep, every divot was bone dry and hard digging, almost dreading the next dig

All that came up was a musket shot, a George III halfpenny and some other coin too far gone as the soil seems bad to coins in this field, 4 buttons, a copper alloy tag or plate and a bit of clay pipe

Phew! by 12:30 I had enough, felt all the strength was drained from me from the overwhelming heat, a bit of a headache coming on, so for the better part of valour I left it for the mad dogs and Englishmen to stay in the midday sun, it was pleasant getting back into the car and feel the cold of the air con. I must admit I prefer the autumn and winter for detecting!

We need more rain to soften the ground and unhide the targets, hopefully the rain forecast for my area next week will have improved things somewhat for the next weekend.
I was out myself yesterday from about 11am to 4:30pm, and had a similar haul...I have to admit at 31C, it was on the uncomfortable side of hot but I took a flask of iced juice out with me and had more cold drinks in a cooler in the car. When the sun was at its hottest I switched to a hill top farm, and extra bit of breeze was most welcome!

Going to try again later today as hopefully it will be a lot cooler than yesterday.
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Merged a couple of threads on the same subject for the sake of tidiness. Not that I'm tidy, mind. Ho no. But Cath is and there'd be all hell to to pay if we hadn't been paying attention to forum housekeeping while she was away. Call it self-preservation :D :thumbsup:
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