Good haul bottle dig

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An early dig again but this time under very different weather conditions , no storms as predicted , somehow we missed that weather front and instead Norfolk was cloaked in a heavy grey misty sky . However , despite the lack of sunshine it was still incredibly muggy and made digging a slow affair . The journey onto the tip is a long walk as it is tucked well out of the way which is a good thing but what hinders us most is the thick sea of head high stinging nettles and despite beating a well trodden path through the ghastly vegetation we never fail to get zapped along the way . Thankfully there are signs of them dying off and as my favourite season is almost upon us , Autumn will see the eventual demise of this plant which we have a love hate relationship with but it is an essential give away for locating tips , they thrive in the ashy soil hence the thick jungle like conditions . Even though I have walked on and off this tip for the past five years I still on occasions manage to go slightly off the trodden path and walked off track only to realise I am going the wrong way , it is very easy to get disorientated amongst the heavy growth especially when you are tired after a few hours shifting soil .
Halfway along the return journey there is a cool quiet wood , a place of rest for us to sit and gather our strength for the final walk back to the car parked way out along a track . It is a pleasant little spot under the cool shade of trees where we can drop down our over burdened bags and sit and chat or just remain in silence why we gather our thoughts after five hours relentless digging .
The wood is thick and dense , ancient knurled branches contorted with age and coated in sleeves of green soft moss drape down above us while we rest up against the old remains of a flint and brick out building now lost under the cover of thick ivy . There were things going on here once upon a time and no doubt the surrounding grounds were not as overgrown and as unmanaged as it is now but we are thankful for the well earnt rest and quietness that this little wild wood affords us both .
Arriving on the tip is always met with enthusiasm and hope , we take little notice of this wood at this moment as we have yet to tackle the painful part of the nettle journey but once free and upon relative open ground there is that quiet sigh of relief to know we have a good day ahead to enjoy that mornings dig and be ever hopeful of finding at least one item that we yearn for .
As always the first hour is the hardest , knowing that the pain barrier of shifting soil has to be overcome until we can prepare our pits for the exciting part of the dig , its a huge effort but we live in hope ad this is what drives us on .
My digging buddy has two trenches which he flits from one to the other depending upon his mood .I too have tow separate holes , one which I am sticking with through the dry summer months , it has a rich enough seam and does throw up some gems but come winter when the rans come then it has to abandoned until the following year due to the ever rising water table . At the moment I can reach about 8 feet down before I hit the water but when it has rained within a few weeks I will be lucky to get half that depth before it fills up with water and and the chances of the very good stuff is missed in the watery depths .
Today was a good day where the vast majority of finds were right down in the bowels of the pit and with the help of my bottle probe I could locate some of the many finds that made it a good dig on such a sparse tip . Same hole as last time but pushing forward another four feet where the clay capping deep down dictates the direction I need to follow , the rich seam is important sometimes its rammed and other times its is totally barren , today it was rammed .
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This may look pretty intense but as always there are plenty of long breaks in between the process of digging downwards , cups of tea , sandwiches , water and some energy bars all play a vital role in keeping the mind and body focused of the task in hand . We talk or sit in silence and watch the house martins feed high above taking advantage of the harvest of fly and midges that the warm air has pushed the swarm of food into the waiting flight path of these happy little hunters , soon they will be gone , summer will over and it will not be until spring next year when we are blessed with their presence once again .
It was a good dig for me , I had a wealth of finds with a couple of firsts , the small porcelain boots Chemist lid which fell out of the side wall and one I would have missed had it not been the eagle eye of my buddy sitting resting up on the edge of my pit , his vantage pint allowing him to spot this little gem tumble down amongst the ash and soil and broken shards . He was more than happy today to take his time , prepare his trench and resist temptation to cave the side walls only to have to re dig back out such is the procedure , me , I wanted to cave in the walls as I always do , its may favourite well earned part of the dig . Our next visit will see him have an easy start whilst I will be faced with the more laborious task but we dig the way we dig to suit our temperaments .
My haul for the morning , the Marmalade jar is a first and quite a are find , it did have crack down the side but such is its rarity I have repaired the jar and now allowing 24 hours for the filler to cure and then I can paint in the shade and blend the damaged line .
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The Jar with the repair line awaiting further restoration .
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There were a couple of odd little bottles , two were from Boston USA , the Slones lineament is a long way from home , tiny little vessel only a couple of inches tall and no doubt a sample bottle , good strong embossing .
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The other quirky little bottle is rather crude , sheared lip and full of air bubbles in a nice aqua tint glass possibly 1890s era possibly a pill bottle but has some character about it , a little wonky but unique .
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The white ginger beer bottle was a good find and also a first , all the way from sunny Yarmouth and this was wedged inside the remains of an old flagon . I found three flagons that day , all were broken except the one coin the photograph which just so happened to be un named whiles the broken ones had the company print , always the way such is the way of bottle digging .
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Thats a hole and half without shoring as well. Brave man.

Years ago i lived in sight of the largest and most sought after bottle dump in the north of England and every weekend the place was alive with diggers. Shafts were deep and often one would collapse into the next and leave great voids for the unwary. Bottles were never my interest ,but fossicking through the ash ridden spoil after rain produced a good haul of blackend silver coins and jewellery, marbles , jacks, dolls legs arms and heads and then the pleasing sight of a yellow metal milled edge of an 1875 half sovereign.

Great place to go until the Council brought in contractors and bulldozed it flat and put a fence up.
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Great write up, Paul.
Lovely Marmalade jar and i`ve never seen a bottle with so many air bubbles
Nice conical bottle, even the doll is not as scary as your usual ones.
Thanks for your post, :thumbsup:
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Steve RC wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:49 pm Thats a hole and half without shoring as well. Brave man.

Years ago i lived in sight of the largest and most sought after bottle dump in the north of England and every weekend the place was alive with diggers. Shafts were deep and often one would collapse into the next and leave great voids for the unwary. Bottles were never my interest ,but fossicking through the ash ridden spoil after rain produced a good haul of blackend silver coins and jewellery, marbles , jacks, dolls legs arms and heads and then the pleasing sight of a yellow metal milled edge of an 1875 half sovereign.

Great place to go until the Council brought in contractors and bulldozed it flat and put a fence up.
Nothing brave about it , just common sense and step ladders . Many don't use ladder by way of escape . Walls here are very stable and compact , its the loose ash you got to watch and avoid , no matter whats in there , not worth the risk . I also dig with a mate never alone on deeper holes and make sure the holes I dug are big and wide and not tunnels . There is always danger in whatever we do but as longs you are aware that things could go wrong and do not take things for granted .
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Another great write up! Love your tales of adventure. The cute little bubbly bottle is very sweet. I like the quirky ones :D

When’s the next trip?
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
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Thanks again for a great read. Keep them coming.
I'm loving your bottle digging escapades. :thumbsup:
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You must be as fit as a butchers dog fella, with all the trekking, bush whacking and digging again.....specially in this weather :shock:

I like the marmalade jar and decided to look up "Tonic marmalade" as i didnt realise it had Tonic properties
Yet all i got back was loads of Figgis websites trying to sell me "Gin and Tonic marmalade" that he obviously has a sideline in

So was this just an advertising ploy of the day, or is there really tonic properties in marmalade?
I suppose rich in vit C could count?

Cheers for the write up fella, as others have mentioned it draws you in without getting muddy and sweaty :thumbsup:
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