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May 6, 2021 - Two Little Points: Completed
May 6, 2021 Two Little Points: Completed The Point area that I have completed in detected is a field flanked by the “Old 14 Hwy”, a deep drainage canal, the grassy edge of the field that borders the bank of the Red River and an arbitrary line between a road sign on the Old 14 and a set of distinct trees on the river bank. The area forms a kind of “U” shape. Metal detecting takes time and it took 3 separate outings to cover that expanse. As previously mentioned, it was the site of a one room school; No. 936, where my Dad and some of my aunts attended. The area has proven rewarding in yielding a great variety of artifacts. I also got to make friends with a June Bug that stopped by to visit. This last area detected also included the grassy field edge. It’s under thick grass that I found my first Jack Knife. Many items were simply sitting on the surface like the white ceramic cup handle. I am of the opinion that this area, closer to the river bank might have been the school’s dump site. I found a lot of broken glass, some of it quite fancy, lots of ceramic pieces and broken metal with antique designs including two coat hooks. Of interest was an iron 4 hole button, a spoon and the biggest square nail yet. Huge. Another first find is in the last picture... Yes, it’s a rock! But it’s what is referred to by metal detectorists as a ”Hot Rock”. For some unknown reason it sets off the detector. Meteorites rich in iron or nickel or precious metals will do that but this rock is very earthly in origin. Looks like granite or basalt to me. Maybe it happens to have metal elements mixed in as well. Time is drawing to a close on farm fields and homesteads as the crops are being seeded and access will be pushed back to the fall. There is an area further east around the river bend that is very appealing for a new adventure and grid search. An aerial photo from the 1930’s show farm buildings that are now long gone. It’s also where a piece of iron that looks like a grain grinder was found last year. Stay tuned and check new and upcoming posts. For posts of past Two Little Points searches see: May 9, 2020 , June 7, 2020 , October 9, 2020 , April 5, 2021 , April 22, 2021 and today, May 6, 2021. Enjoy! Roger
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May 13, 2021 Dugald: A Test Run I am starting this post by expressing much thanks to the land owner for his “Permission” to access the property. Land Owner Permission is probably the single most important aspect to Metal Detecting. It is more than just a legal requirement; it shows respect and goes a long way in promoting the hobby. Positive interaction with the public makes more sites available for detection. To press the importance of the Permission, I was visited by 3 different people while on the site. Mac was the first, followed by a farm employee, followed by a municipal road grader operator. Mac and the grader operator were both quite keen on how the detector works and what I was finding. Much like Kurt’s visit at Two Little Points, it’s good to see neighbors and locals checking in on who’s who at a farm site. This is neighborhood watch at its finest. Due to time constraints, I was only at the site for a 3 hour stint. I wanted to test and detect in select spots around the yard to assess its merit. Yes, it’s an old old house, but because the icing on the cake looks good, it doesn’t mean that the cake is tasty. I did find a fair bit of material in a short period of time but mainly iron. It also seems that some sections of the yard had been back filled in with a layer of gravel some time ago. That makes digging difficult. I found a lot of not so old modern nails, only 2 square nails from deeper down. There were lots of bottle caps and tin cans that fell apart and disintegrated when unearthed. The beer can is an older one judging by its pull tab. The barrel ring and barn door hinge are interesting artifacts. On the plus side, I can say that I might have struck gold… the coloring on the ceramic. All and all, an interesting but different site. Not what I was hoping for but then again, a return trip with a friend and two detectors going might prove quite different. Having more time on the site should also be beneficial. I will return. There's an old foundation and a windmill that looks promising. Roger
May 13, 2021 - Dugald: A Test Run
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May 17, 2021 Recycle Pay day. Cashing in again! Wow… that didn’t take long at all. One more van load of metal to the recycle yard. Packed with two stoves, a part bucket full of discarded railway spikes, clamps and iron plates. Just “Stuff” found around the neighborhood. Some of it is material that I pulled from the ground when metal detecting. Some of the pop and beer cans come from sites that I cleaned up before detecting or found while walking around. Lifting, lugging, pulling, walking around and fresh air plus a few bucks to offset some of my detecting expenses. Here is the tally: 570 lbs. of Iron and general scrap. $72.68 5 lbs. of Aluminum 9 lbs. of Copper 10 lbs. of Lead 6 lbs. of Pop Cans 48 Beer cans. At .10c each that’s $4.80. Total payout for today : $99.30. Just shy of a 100.00 dollar bill. Not bad for having some spare time. See the April 1, 2021 Post Roger
May 17, 2021 - Recycling Pay Day. Cashing in again!
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May 19, 2021 To Saint Malo with David Just David…. No not St. David, although that would be fitting seeing as he has to endure the one hour car ride with me and back again for the return trip. But hey, we got along fine. We’d been planning the outing for some time already and getting both of our schedules to match and to land on a good weather day took some finesse. So here we are metal detecting the beach in Saint Malo on a Wednesday morning. It's David’s first go at metal detecting and working a sandy beach is a great way to start. I brought three or four test coins and a square nail in baggies to test the detectors and pointers and to point David towards gold and silver… I guess a Loonie is gold in color right? As luck would have it, I did find a 1989 Loonie. Dave found a quarter and a nickel in the same spot. The find of the day has to be the religious medallion. “Italy” is visible on the bottom of one side. As is usual with beaches, there is no lack of pill tabs, bottle tops and bobby pins. The rusty red shovel is iron, it’s heavy and was found at about 9”deep close to the water’s edge. It’s an oldie…. Not much is made of steel or iron anymore and especially a child’s toy. All and all a great outing for both David and I. We both found coins. After detecting, David took me on a different kind of “Treasure Hunt”. There is a Geocache to be found in the Saint Malo beach vicinity. Armed with the Geocache app and Google Earth we found our way through a wooded area next to the Rat River near the dam that created the lake. Lo and behold we found the cache. Just a hint…. Think “Rizzo” on the Muppets. Geocaching… yet another great hobby to take you outside for some fresh air, light exercise and a challenge. Check out their website: https://mb-geocaching.com Enjoy: Roger and David
May 19, 2021 - To Saint Malo with David
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May 26, 2021 Recycle Pay day again and so soon too! It’s only been 9 days since my last trip to the metal recycler but hey: what can I say. It’s been cold out, it’s raining on and off and too wet for yard work so Bruno (the dog) and I made a sweep of the entire clover leaf system at Pembina and the Perimeter plus along Cloutier Drive and a small railway siding off of De Vos Road. These are all in the same general area. Cleaned house real good too and I set a new record for weight. Yes, that's a lawn mower but unrepairable in case you were wondering. Here is the tally: 944 lbs. of Iron and general scrap. $120.36 11 lbs. of Aluminum 5 lbs. of Pop Cans 72 Beer cans. At .10c each for $7.20. Total payout for today : $135.30. Fresh air, exercise, a happy dog, a cleaner environment and free cash. Not bad for having some spare time. How do you say ultimate recycling: Metalman9 !!! Roger
May 26, 2021 - Recycle Pay day again and so soon too!
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May 27, 2021 Treasure found at Saint Malo Beach I was just here last week with David. See the post for May 19, 2021. I’m starting to see an annual pattern emerging here. Homesteads and farm fields early in the year, beaches next and soon city parks, bus stops and then school yards in July and August. Then back to farm fields in the fall. The variety is nice. I’d made a note last week as to where on the beach we’d left off. I did have another beach to detect in mind but distance became a factor. And interestingly, I’d had a conversation with a park employee who told me that David and I were the first detectorists that he’d seen this year. He also said that he only sees detectorists from time to time but not that often. So… for the time being, I’ll stick closer to home, Besides, the odds of striking treasure like lost jewelry should be just as good here as on any other beach. Yes, I will get to other beaches too but that can come later. So on to the main event: The treasure. A silver ring with a natural white stone called Mother of Pearl. Now if that’s not treasure then I don’t know what is. Oh… and a 1949 penny. It’s such a rush to find and quite the thrill but it takes a lot of looking and digging. Proof of that is by the sheer number pull tabs and bottle caps found. Each one represents a hole dug. As a point of interest, take a close look at the bottle caps. These are iron caps that were used on glass bottles of a type now long gone from the marketplace. Most of these were found at quite a depth in the sand which is further proof of their age. I’m guessing they are 20 to 30 years old. Notice how encrusted they are and this is after my trying to clean them up a bit for the picture. It reminded me of TV programs where they pull stuff out of the ocean from old wrecks. I also featured the bits of foil wrap that I found. Foil plays havoc with metal detecting. Metal detectors use a numbering system to alert you to what you might have swung your coil over. Depending on the size and angle of the piece, foil will register all kinds of numbers on my detector’s screen so that you never really know what you have. Gold does the same thing all depending on size and thickness of the item. A small gold chain or the link from a chain will register very differently than say a ring or different again with an earring. Nickels and pull tabs for example generally show the same number so I prefer to dig up all the small numbers than miss a good find. I am getting better at reading and understanding this specific machine but it all takes time and experience and every type of site is different. Of course no beach is complete without the usual collection of nails, screws, and bobby pins. I have no idea what the wee pieces of iron wire were but they proved to be a challenge to find in a handful of sand. Roger
May 27, 2021 - Treasure found at Saint Malo Beach
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