Over the last few days I have been making the most of the beautiful weather that my area has been experiencing, so I have been busy metal detecting all around the local country side.
All up I went to the remains of 5 old local farm homesteads that I had come across on my journeys looking for places to yield their scret treasures. Some we great, and others were awful … awful because there was just way too much junk buried in the soil, like old pieces of corrogated iron sheets, which cover most of the ground. These corrogated iron sheets are the remainders of the homestead roofs which have most likely been blown off the houses due to high winds and stormy weather.
For the time being I am going to just put the photos of the coins and other stuff on this post, and when I find the time, early next week, I will write a more detailed story about each place I visited and what exactly I found at each place.
The photos I have attached here are not the best, but please see better photos at my metal detecting gallery which I am currently uploading the photos.
But instead of metal detecting inside the remains of the house, I decided to widen my area of span of detecting to a wider area, which was outside of the ruins, around 15 metres from the entrance to the house.
The reason I did this because as I walked towards to homstead I had my metal detector turned on, and pointed downloads towards the ground. I was not swinging the coil, I just walked in a straight normal walking line with the detector by my side, and just by pure chance it sent off a coin possible coin signal. So I swung the detector back over the area where the signal went off and it was a positve reading.
So I dug the area and around 15cm under the soft soil I found my first coin.
Where I found the coin, is a farm paddock which is used to grow wheat, barley, oats and probably lupins, and the paddock is usually cropped every couple of years. This year is the off year where the paddock is given time off. So obviously the paddock is ploughed heavily or “ripped up” as we call it in Australia.
I ended up finding a heap of old coins in a very small area, so I will definetely be heading back there in the very near future.
Here are the coins I ended up finding. Feel free to click on the links to see the photos.
So my tip of the day … when you are walking towards an possible detecting site, such as an old house, have your detector turned on, pointed towards the ground, you don’t have to swing it, just walk, and you never know your luck, you may find something on your walk there, just like I did … a heap of coins!
A couple days ago I asked permission from a local farmer if I could go out to the towns oldest Homstead called “Wheatfields” it is ??? year old and was built in ???
It is situated in a beautiful location over looking Lake Dumbleyung, Western Australia (My Hometown).
The first recorded sighting of the lake was in 1843 by explorers, Landor and Lefroy. It is the largest open lake in Western Australia’s southwest at 13km in length and 6.5km wide, covering an area of 5200 hectares.
Despite the extreme salinity recorded, the lake continues to provide a habitat for many varieties of water birds.
Lake Dumbleyung received world recognition when Donald Campbell broke the world water speed record on 31 December 1964 travelling at 276.3 miles per hour (442.08km) in his boat ‘Bluebird’. A unique granite memorial to Donald Campbell can be seen at Pussy Cat Hill, a prominent feature and vantage point to view the entire lake area.
I did not find much, I was expecting alot more coins than what I found, but the place was littered with bits and pieces of trash just under the surface of the ground, but I am definetely planning on heading back out the in the near future, and extending my metal detecting area around the outskirts of the house, where the land has been ploughed.
Anyhow I found my oldest coin to date so far, it is an English three pence coin dated 1902, not valuable, but a good find and obviously buried under the ground for well over a hundred years.
I also found a couple of Australian Six Pence coins and Australian Pennys as follows:
Because it’s been bloody too cold to metal detect!
Thats my excuse, but seriously I have been a bit too slack, yes because it has really been cold, but also because I have been doing other things, my other interests, such as going bottle hunting quite a lot.
But over the last couple of days I have been getting back into my metal detecting and it has been bringing me some good finds which I will write about over the next couple of days.
Around four weeks ago I bought myself a brand spanking new Polaris Big Boss 6 Wheeler, something I have been aiming to get since I left the Royal Australian Navy 18 months ago, which will help me get to places where my car just can’t get to.
It is a great machine, but the very first day I used it, I had a major problem which really pissed me off.
On the assembly line at Polaris somewhere likely in America, they did not do their job properly, and I found this out the worst way possible.
I was around 40kms from town in the middle of nowhere and all of a sudden the instrument panel started flashing “overheating engine” and I started to panic saying to myself “why does this always happen to me? Buy something brand new and the day you get it, it breaks!”
I stopped the bike, and found out that there was a “Coolant Leak” there was coolant leaking from underneath the bike, and I had no choice but to ride the bike home, very slowly with the engine light flashing on and off warning me about the overheating engine.
Thankfully I got home ok, cold and pissed off.
The next day I did a inspection underneath the bike and saw that a “tiny bit of a gasket” protruding from the water pump (See attached photo)
Man, I paid $16,000 for a Polaris, which is supposed to be one of the best quads in the world, and they stuff up my bike on the assembly line!
How the hell would they miss that gasket sticking out of the water pump?
Anyhow it is under warranty and I took the bike back to the dealer and it was fixed straight away, and thankfully no serious damage done (that I am away of)
Anyhow this happened four weeks ago, I am going to write to Polaris about this and see what they have to say for themselves.
Anyhow, it is still a great bike, gets me to places I have never been to before and it’s great to be back writing about my stories at