An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

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An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

Post by sweepstick47 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:38 pm

Today was a charity club dig where paying guests were welcome to join us. ::g

The conditions, observed from the kitchen, looked very promising. It was cool, dry and overcast so pretty much perfect for ‘soil scanning’ in my opinion. As I had work to do at home on my return so I was only going to be there for a couple of hours. With my pre-op checks completed the night before, I just had to get a quick breakfast, carry out the task of making sandwiches
(I bought sausage rolls actually) then fill a flask and I’m good to go. ::g

Picking up my fully charged XP W 3s from the hall table on the way out, I loaded up the car (with more gear than was necessary……...just in case) and set off bound for the agreed RV point.

Upon arrival, members and guests were already updating each other with details of their latest finds or disappointments , before making for the treasurer’s car to register. I soon joined them, coughed-up my beer tokens and joined in with the usual banter and mandatory mickey taking.

We set off in an unconvincing military style convoy, arriving at the chosen destination some thirty minutes later to await the compulsory morning briefing. The land was looking pretty good, it was dry, level, sandy soil which was liberally strewn with potatoes of varying size, colour and completeness having seemingly avoided the majority of the harvesting process!

Once out on the field, (there was only one) the first hour and a half, is best described as a non-event for me, although I know some others did make finds early on. ::g Fortunately, events improved a little, when a faint two way low buzz revealed a low grade Roman bronze and a short time later, a further Roman bronze appeared but once home having given it a wash and test for silver, it turned out to be a denarius, albeit a mediocre one.

In terms of quantity/quality of finds, this was not one of my better days but it’s in keeping with many others who’ve had similar or even worse days but do we complain, well of course we do!
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Re: An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

Post by Oxgirl36 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:20 am

Glad to see even the very experienced amongst us still have days with few finds, although you still had a nice Roman to show for it ::g

The real question is were the sausage rolls home made? =P~
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Re: An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

Post by thefiggis » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:29 am

sweepstick47 wrote:
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it turned out to be a denarius, albeit a mediocre one.
No such thing, and I reckon you could bring that one up a treat ::g Got the look of Marcus Aurelius about it though it could be another of the curly-mopped brigade.

The bronze looks half decent, too, and I'd call these finds a right result, chap ::g
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Re: An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

Post by Dave The Slave » Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:25 am

2 Romans is a good day.
After last week would have settled for a couple of lb of Maris Pipers or King Edwards, rather partial to spuds.
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Post by Blackadder43 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:06 am

I love the precision with which these coins have found themselves on your desk
That silver should scrub up though?
Shame the ground has been so harsh to them both

Well found young man ::g

Oh
Red or brown sauce with your sausage rolls?
Asking for a friend ::g
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Re: An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

Post by littleboot » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:20 am

Great write up as usual Sweep! Not bad at all for two hours on a quiet field with competition. ::g Would like to see more of that denny when its been zapped!
I remember me and Pete on a similarly quiet potato field on a club dig about 15 years ago. We were so short of dig-ables that we got distracted and started collecting spuds to take home as we wandered around. Pete went off his straight course to collect a particularly appealing group of Maris Pipers when he got a clear signal for the first time in half an hour. It turned out to be a super in tact silver 17th century seal matrix and he ended up with Find of The Month. We had new potatos and lamb chops for tea. :D
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Re: An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

Post by sweepstick47 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:14 pm

Blackadder43 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:06 am
I love the precision with which these coins have found themselves on your desk
That silver should scrub up though?
Shame the ground has been so harsh to them both

Well found young man ::g

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Red or brown sauce with your sausage rolls?
Asking for a friend ::g
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Re: An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

Post by sweepstick47 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:58 pm

littleboot wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:20 am
Great write up as usual Sweep! Not bad at all for two hours on a quiet field with competition. ::g Would like to see more of that denny when its been zapped!
I remember me and Pete on a similarly quiet potato field on a club dig about 15 years ago. We were so short of dig-ables that we got distracted and started collecting spuds to take home as we wandered around. Pete went off his straight course to collect a particularly appealing group of Maris Pipers when he got a clear signal for the first time in half an hour. It turned out to be a super in tact silver 17th century seal matrix and he ended up with Find of The Month. We had new potatos and lamb chops for tea. :D
Love the idea of Lamb chops with peas and new potatoes (and Normand butter)?

Wow! A 17th C silver seal that's a wonderful find ::g
I hope the seal was undamaged because things found in potato fields are often 'chipped' 8-|
Sorry Jan, couldn't resist. :D All the best. Regards ss47 ::g
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Re: An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

Post by Bootneck45RM » Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:59 pm

A great, understated tale and very enjoyable to read.
Felt, whilst reading, a combination if happiness, sadness and an irresistable urge of hunger to visit "G**gs" - can't think why!
Thanks for the story (started to wish I'd been there) and your romans were not to be sniffed at either.
Thanks for a happy read lol 🙂
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Re: An enjoyable and pleasant day but...........

Post by sweepstick47 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:14 pm

Cheers Len ::g ss47
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