Sunday, 24 April 2011

A Mystery Metal Detecting Find

My brother Pete and I had a sunny day out with our metal detectors on Thursday. It was great to be out in the fresh air in such beautiful weather amidst some wonderful scenery but we drew a blank when it came to the detecting with just a Victorian penny, a few buttons, a buckle and a sixpence that was not quite as old as me to show for our trouble. I also found this unusual modern item which I took to be a piece of farming equipment. The farmer confirmed what it is and what it's used for. Can you guess? Answer at the bottom of this blog.

Marion has been sorting through the baby clothes that we bought from our ex-colleague Nat. We reckon that there are so many that the baby will grow out of some of them before he or she gets the chance to wear them. It's only ten or eleven weeks now to the due date so we are starting to get quite nervous for Sarah. Ten weeks is nothing really. We've been retired for twenty one weeks now and it feels like only yesterday that we cleared our desks and headed off into the sunset.

One of the wonderful things about retirement is that you can do what you want when you want. Clearing out and spring cleaning the garage would be the very last thing on our minds on a Bank Holiday weekend while we were working but that's what we did on Good Friday using a break in the weather to empty it completely, take loads of stuff to the tip and give it a thorough clean. You can actually get into it now although there's no chance that we could ever get a car in there.

While we were tidying I realised that I've built up quite an impressive tool kit in the thirty five years that we've been married. I could probably give Bob the Builder a run for his money with this lot.

Before I end your suspense on the mystery object there's another Bank Holiday next weekend. I don't think I'll be watching the wedding but wouldn't it be great if it went something like this?

Mystery object. It seems that some cows occasionally try to suckle other cows. To prevent this from happening, farmers fit these device through the offending cows' noses and a row of small blunt prods prevent them from being able to suckle. The farmer says that, although it sounds cruel, it works and doesn't cause the cows any pain.