Saturday, 13 February 2016

A Winning Time For A Worthy Cause At The Brandeston Queen

It's been a relatively quiet week for us this week but we still managed to keep ourselves active. I think we did about fifteen exercise classes between us, had one trip to the cinema, plenty of visits to The Dancing Goat and for me there was an afternoon of detecting as well as writing another three chapters of my second novel the first draft of which is fast approaching completion. 

The highlight of the week was  Thursday night when our friends Paul and Agelika invited us to join their quiz team at The Queen in Brandeston. We've not been to this pub before and were very impressed with everything about it. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, the food (a two course roast dinner that was part of the quiz package) was excellent , the service at the bar was friendly and there was a fabulous selection of beers. Our team actually managed to win the quiz (no we didn't cheat) and we were presented with an exceptional hamper that was far and beyond what we would have expected.

The quiz was held in aid of Annie's Challenge, a local charity set up in support of brain tumour research. As one of the fund raising ventures and to raise awareness for the charity two young local men, Henry Dunham and Sam Crimp are planning to walk to Katmandu - that's right Katmandu! It's thousands of miles away and, as far as they are aware, it's a walk that has never been attempted before.A little more about the two adventurers,  who we know from their time working at The Crown here in Framlingham, follows.

The charity is named after Henry's sister Annie. Please support two great young men with their extremely worthwhile cause. You can find out more about the charity (and hopefully make a small donation) here. 

Suffolk is famous for its magnificent skies and we've had some beautiful sunrises and sunsets during the past few months. This was dawn breaking as we stepped out of the back door earlier in the week.

And this was the sky that I enjoyed during this week's detecting trip. Those who are not interested in metal detecting can leave the page now but, for those who are interested, here is what turned up. There's nothing very exciting this time but plenty of signals and a few enjoyable hours out in the sunshine.

This is what I turned out of the bag when I got home.

Two Charles I Rose Farthings
William I silver shilling 1696
Mystery object
Another view
If I'm not careful people will be thinking it's me who's been nicking all the lead off the local church roofs
Over twenty buttons turned up
The local archaeologist usually records these copper rings on the PAS as medieval  
Two gilded bits. Top Victorian (I think) and bottom a watch winder
Victorian and earlier coppers
Large musket ball and even larger unknown moulded sphere
Buckles. The bottom one is medieval the  other two are more recent
This is a piece of bronze. From the patina I think it is very old but its purpose is unknown
Miscellaneous including a lead pot mend. two conical pieces of lead and a post medieval keyhole escutcheon