An invader on my permission – grrrrr

I turned up at my permission today to find someone else swinging away at the top of Field 3. I couldn’t see his features in detail but the silhouette of a Deus is unmistakeable.  And it was something of a shock. When I spoke to the farmer recently he didn’t mention anything about another detectorist on the land.

We spent an hour or so sizing each other up surreptitiously from opposite ends of the field, during which time he made a number of trips back and forth along the far edge but only seemed to dig one hole.  After about an hour he started to make his way nonchalantly towards the gate, having timed his run to ensure that there was no prospect of us meeting unless I sprinted across the field.

Once he was out of sight I wandered over to where he’d been digging to see if he’d filled the hole in. Fortunately he had, making a decent job of it in fact.

Finds: 1 iron harness buckle, 6cm diameter.

Iron buckle

Aurelia sallies forth again

This morning I went back to Field 1, determined to try out a few more programmes and to swing the Deus over parts of the lower parts of the field I’d not tried earlier in the week. With no better result. I tried Basic 1, Basic 2, GMP and Deus Fast  (though the latter was rather superfluous considering how little iron there is at that end of the field) and found a few nails and a bit of foil. After 3 hours of detecting I have a new respect for the ADX 150 which clearly hadn’t been missing anything significant after all.

So what is going on here? This is rural Warwickshire, a few hundred yards from a church of medieval foundation. Where are all the finds?

I retired in even greater confusion.

First trip out with the Deus

I took the Deus down to my permission this morning to give it a bit of fresh air. Although I had detected Field 1 fairly thoroughly over the past 12 months I thought it worth seeing what the Deus made of the same area. Would it find all the goodies that the ADX 150 must have been missing? It seemed a good idea to have another good swing over the bottom third of the field, the area which 12 months ago produced a broken fibula, a broken Roman knife and a medival horse harness fitting.

I started off on Basic 1 and then tried the GMP programme. Three hours later, and I have nothing to show for the effort. The Deus has not found anything which the ADX 150 missed, and I’m frankly gobsmacked. I went back and forth across the bottom of the field parallel to the old hollow way. I tried a few random passes up and down from the hollow way to about a third of the way up the field and back again. Nowt. Bugger all. This can’t be right. Am I missing faint signals because I don’t have the headphones yet?

I retired in confusion.

A cheque from George Osborne

George Osborne sent me a cheque yesterday. I tried not to get too excited, considering it was my own money he gave me back. Yep, it’s a substantial tax refund. Substantial enough, in fact, to allow me to upgrade my detector to exactly what I want – the XP Deus.

Since beginning metal detecting 18 months ago I have been using the XP ADX 150, an essentially simple, nay – idiot-proof, machine with no visual display and only two knobs. One is the sensitivity control and the other the on-off switch and discrimination control. Even I couldn’t be confused by that. The machine was recommended by Regton when I went into the shop as a raw beginner not really sure what I wanted or needed. This may surprise many people since if there are beginner’s machines par excellence, that everyone else seems to start on, it’s the Garrett Ace 150 and 250. Somehow I didn’t go down that route.

18 months down the line I’m vaguely dissatisfied. Despite putting in as much time on my permission as the weather has allowed, I have disappointingly little to show for the effort which amounts to well over 100 hours of detecting. Even more than that, I have attended club digs and found virtually nothing when other people with other machines have been finding actual finds.

And so the cheque from Georgy-Boy was only going to end up in one place – Regton’s bank account.

I took myself off to Regton today, whipped out the credit card and became the proud owner of an XP Deus minus, for the time being, the WS5 headphones for which there is a waiting list of about 4 weeks. I can somehow manage to detect for a month without headphones, can’t I? Course I can.

The coil and control unit are currently on charge. All I need now is some decent weather to go out and play.

Trying out a new field

The farmer was in the farmyard this morning so I asked if I could have a go on some other fields, and he agreed that I could go anywhere on the farm except for fields in which there were ewes without lambs. These would be the pregnant ones that would be vulnerable to upset ahead of lambing. I therefore decided to try another of the fields directly off the farmyard and behind the main barn (hereafter referred to as Field 2) and headed there with the ADX 150.

The field was very wet and still showed evidence of almost-ploughed out ridge and furrow so there were a few hollows where surface water had accumulated. Being so close to the farm buildings there were a few signals that produced the inevitable rubbish such as the sort of foil that used to come from chocolate wrappers, nails and a horseshoe. The only actual find of the day was a George III 1807 penny in the usual grotty condition. Digging was a wet and muddy affair.

In the next field over there were 3 alpacas who came trotting over to the fence to see what I was doing. They were quite friendly, though rather supercilious looking in the way they tend to hold their heads up and look down their noses at you.

Finds: 1 George III penny