A few weeks ago I mentioned to one of my old mates Stewie, about my metal detecting hire services, and was telling him some stories about how I help people find their lost wedding rings, jewellery, money and all the other things that I find with my Minelab Metal Detectors and he his face lit up.
I asked him what was he smiling about, and he told me that around 25 years ago, he was water skiing close to the shores of Lake Dumbleyung on a hot summers day. Being a novice water skiier, he fell off after hitting some wave wash.
To cut a long story short, he told me he and his newly wed wife Tina, were out at the lake with friends, and she was wearing both her wedding ring and engagement ring, and she knew there could be a risk of losing them in the water.
So she took them off and gave them to Stewie for safe keeping, and Stewie stupidly put them in the pocket of his shorts, thinking that they would be safe.
Anyhow Stewie forgot all about the rings in his pocket, and probably had a few beers too many and decided it was time for a ski on the water.
Yep, you guessed it, Stewie jumps in the water, puts some skiis on, falls off straight away, has another go, then gets back into the boat. On return to the ski club, Tina asks for her wedding and engagement rings, and Stewie pats his pockets telling her the rings are safe and sound, and then he feels nothing in his pockets.
It hit Stewie that he has obviously lost the rings in the Lake where he fell off, Tina is absolutely furious and now 25 years later, Tina is still furious with Stewie and I have eased the tension by telling them both that maybe I can find them with my metal detectors.
This search will be a hard search, Lake Dumbleyung is huge, but Stewie has a good idea still to this day where he believes the rings fell out of his pocket.
So soon when the weather cools off a bit I will be heading out to the Lake to hopefull reunite Stewie and Tina with the lost rings.
Currently Lake Dumbleyung is bone dry, and it is Summer weather here in Western Australia, so I am waiting for a cool day, because when detecting on the Lake on a hot day, the white salt reflects all the heat onto my body, so it is like an oven and the flies are really bad.
This Wedsneday it is going to be 42 degrees celcius, way to hot to Metal Detect!
I’ll keep you updated, and if I find them, I will believe that miracles do happen!
I have previously found rings at Lake Dumbleyung, so you just never know.
Read more about my Lake Dumbleyung Metal Detecting Stories
Unfortunately over the last few weeks, I have been unable to head out on any metal detecting jobs as I have just bought a new business, a Post Office / News Agency in the Great Southern town of Dumbleyung.
So I have been working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, trying to get into the routine of my new business venture with my girlfriend Natalie.
So now my metal detecting hours and jobs are very restricted, to the weekends only.
Anyhow having my new business has enabled me to find some interesting future metal detecting hunts.
Today I was talking to a lady who informed me that her Grand Mother, lost both her Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring on the same day at a local lake, not Lake Dumbleyung, but another Lake near the town.
Believe it or not, her Grand Mother lost her Wedding and Engagement Rings at the Lake around 80 years ago when she was in her early 20’s.
Apparently her Gandmother, lost these rings on the shore of the lake at a picnic gathering.
WOW! What a story that would make! Her Grandmother has since passed away, but it would be such a great story, to reunite her Grand Daughter with these lost rings.
This has given me a huge buzz of excitement, as I know for a fact that this Lake has never been metal detected, and there would be a great chance of finding other lost momentos, such as jewellery, coins and much more.
So this weekend, I am going to ride my Polaris 6 Wheeler out to this Lake, and do a thorough search of the Lake to see if I can find these rings which were lost in the 1920’s.
I am pretty excited about this metal detecting ring search.
Do you think I will find them? Stay Tuned!
The other day I wrote about finding an unusual Aboriginal Stone Tool.
I wrote an email to the Western Australian Museum in Perth, seeking information about it and here is the reply I got.
Thanks for the email enquiry about the stone tool you found around Dumbleyung on the weekend.
The cylindrical stone is a dimpled grindstone and is typically found throughout the southwest. Their shapes range between the circular one you found to almost square. They were multi-purpose tools used for grinding, cracking seeds and nuts, crushing pigments, or as an anvil for flaking and sharpening stone tools. Constant use over time creates ‘dimples’ or percussion pits on the surface.
I’m hoping that you merely photographed the stone and did not remove it from the site where you found it. But if you did take it away I should point out that removing artefacts from Aboriginal sites is an offence under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (see http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Heritage–Culture/Heritage-management/Site-disturbance/).
Curator, Anthropology & Archaeology Department
The Aboriginal Fire Lighting Stone picture above was not found by me, but this type of Aboriginal Fire Lighting Stone is similar in shape and rock type to what is usually found in the South West of Western Australia.
Anyhow, Aboriginals carried these stones with them always, just like we do when we go camping, we carry matches or a lighter.
After many times of rubbing the stick on the stone, eventually a small hole or indent will wear away in the stone, such as the photo of the stone I found below.
The most unusual thing about this Aboriginal Fire Lighting Stone that I found is that the stone is in a cylindrical shape, the colour of the stone is white and on both sides it has a small indent on the stone from where a fire lighting stick has been rubbed on it tens of thousands of times.
It is definitely my most favourite Aboriginal Artifact find. What a beautiful tool!
See some other Aboriginal Stones I have found.
No, but it looks like it I reckon. Its a old Bird Cage Bell I found out the bush, I kind of like it. Even though its junk, old junk.