Pond dig the final furlong .

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Had no chance to clean any of the bottles from this pond so they lay idle soaking in a tub of bleach to rid them of a 100 plus years of mud and grime . Went back this afternoon for round two but as expected the pickings were not so abundant as the first one but nevertheless , it was still pretty good on the finds front with one bottle possibly being unrecorded . I wont know about the details for a while but it is an odd little bottle .
This time round we went armed with some big plastic boxes to put the broken retrieved glass in and the other box we filled to the brim with no end of unbroken bottles .
The pond runs alongside a track , and the bank slopes down and it was here all along we were finding later bottles from the 1930s era , most were in very good condition yet further out into the pond the bottles were much earlier 1880 - 1905 time period .
No other ginger beer bottles showed up other than the Hudsons which is quite hard to find so pleased to have found another one . We had five of these out in both digs and gave one to the owner . Five Hudsons in one tiny pond is pretty good going considering I have only ever dug one before about two years ago , they don't show up very often as the company was not around for very long .
The two little jars with the quaint print on them are also nice to find , we had a couple each all in one area but we failed to find any lids which was very unusual especially considering what we were finding but alas not this time , not even a broken one . The two little jars sit neatly on a huge sea shell , had to bring that home because it was in such good condition and was a big old lump , cleaned up well .
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It was hard going through , thick clay and slush which stick to your spade and makes the whole unwieldly affair hard going . We dug for three hours with plenty of breaks in between just small areas until we hit the chalk base of the pond . We met with some huge flint , big lumps which when hit with a shovel our spade send a tremble up your arm which is not a pleasant feeling plus they sound like stoneware bottles when hit .
Despite this just being about two feet deep , I would say the digging was much harder than I usual tip even thought the holes are a lot deeper .
We will be going back to finish tidying up and have one more prod about for old times sake , there is definitely more in there but we have a very limited time span and soon the rain we be here this week so thats scuppered anymore digs here for the time being .
It has been fun and a bottle diggers dream to chance upon a small tip such as this , ponds can and do pay up with rewarding finds and in this case some nice little gems surfaced .
The final remnants of todays efforts .
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Ponds smell and are full of flies I find. Didn’t you get bitten to death? Mind you I guess most tips are under trees or in thick undergrowth so you’d have flies anyway.

I think I’m fly obsessed right now! :shock:

Looking forward to seeing your bottles cleaned up :D
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Oxgirl wrote: Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:20 am Ponds smell and are full of flies I find. Didn’t you get bitten to death? Mind you I guess most tips are under trees or in thick undergrowth so you’d have flies anyway.

I think I’m fly obsessed right now! :shock:

Looking forward to seeing your bottles cleaned up :D
I seem to be immune from mozzy bites yet my digging buddy gets covered so sprays himself down with a repellant . Gloves and anti bacterial hand wipes . I remember a club dig a few years ago on an old pig farm . It was nigh on impossible to get away from the stench left in the ground .Each hole that was dug seemed to release a nauseous smell once the air got to it . Think I prefer the pond :D
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