Back at the homestead. Got a call from the farmer "My mate has an old school on his place, he's happy for you to go and have a dig..." Word of mouth! Worth its weight
So...back to the windy ridge, and met Farmer 'Bob' at the gate. He pointed to a granddaddy pine sticking out of the eucalypts and said "Start there." Fired up the quad and shot off.
So, I hopped over the fence and crashed my way through all the windfall branches - wondering how long it would take me to find my way out if I got lost in here. Arrived at the Start There pine - at least I think this was it. Never the less it had a big clue:
Glanced at the staple holes to work out which way the fence ran and looked up to see it staring me in the face!
Followed these to the corner strainer
Now I had 2 sides, I had some direction to work,
Lots of iron scrap signals from scrap corrie iron, but soon I got - a mangled spoon!
Going was tough as the leaf litter was really deep and I was glad I only brought the small coil as the number of snags were really frustrating.
Stumbled over a path which gave a clockwork key and a few 1920-1930 pennies off to the sides
A bit further out, possibly a well prodded it gently with the spade and there wasn't a lot of resistance so decided to come back better equipped to have a go at digging this - hopefully it'll have a nice wooden cap and be clear underneath.
Came across these cool fun guys on the way back to the car, after starting off in the wrong direction!
This is completely unenhanced, and I guess these are the extra-special mushrooms that people go on about?
This one gave me a giggle
Back at the car, I washed and counted my treasures
5 pennies and a halfpenny, shotgun case and a fired .22 bullet. Mangled spoon and the key.
I'd love to get in there with a deepseeking coil, but anything larger than a 8" is just a pain fighting all the hangups.
Any ideas what I can use to probe that well? Collapsible and can be extended to see how deep/solid that soil is.
No way I'm going to stand on it