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« on: June 26, 2018, 10:25:57 AM »

                    My wife Margaret and her cousin Mavis love to play bingo and the seafront arcade machines. I once had a share in a bandit win and walked away with enough cash to buy a Nel Big coil for the safari and was even left with some change. But with gambling not being my forte, I tend to amble around town, read my latest magazine, or a book. With a little lateral planning I found that I was able to get my wife's permission to beach detect whilst the ladies played their favorite gambling machines.

                   Gee, I was in a win-win situation and things are looking good. I don't have to pay any fuel costs, the ladies pay for my breakfast, and at the end of the day they buy me my supper at the Bombay Buffet in Kinmel Bay. Who's a lucky boy then?

                   Still on a roll, the wife said that our seven year-old grandson had expressed a wish to metal detect with granddad. Ho Ho, destination Ainsdale Sands. Daughter dropped the grand-kids off at 0830 hrs and we headed to a local pub for an all you can eat breakfast and 'I' didn't have to pay a penny for food or fuel.   Grin    That was the good bit!

                  Arrived at Ainsdale and unpacked the big sun parasol, anchorage weight, sand toys, beach towels, drinks, sandwiches, extra cloths for both kids, and a few other bits and pieces. Having decide that the Quest Q40 should be the machine of the day, I took it out of the boot along with the finds bag, ProPointer, and cleaning brushes. It was only then that I realized that the spade was back in the house; along with the kitchen sink!  Roll Eyes   Not to worry, we could manage with the plastic garden trowel.

                 Several swings into the session and few targets, other than bits o' scrap, our seven year-old grandson, (along with me ProPointer), disappeared into the dunes to play tag with his five year-old sister.
Knowing when I am beat, I packed away the detecting gear and joined the kids in the dunes. First challenge was to climb the biggest sand dune in sight. With the kids already two thirds up the slope, I struggled to catch up, only to be greeted by cries of 'granddad, why are you so slow?' Yes, granddad hurry up!  I eventually made it to the crest of the dune, only to see both kids gallop back down, screaming and laughing as then went.

                With my wife being disabled and unable to chase around after the kids, I spent the rest of Sunday chasing around after two excited grandchildren in blazing sunshine.

                Next time I will leave the detector back in the house, along with the spade and the kitchen sink.

                 Sadly, the poor old Q40 didn't even get a chance to show it's metal. Pardon the pun.

                Well, you lose some and you may just win some. Slowly planning a rematch with a North Wales beach and the Q40; possibly.

                                                  Chris  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2018, 05:04:29 PM »

Poor Chris. You donít get that easy, do you ?
I just thank my lucky stars the rest of the family still live in the Midlands. Donít do kids these days. When they visit they stay at Blue Stone and just pop in for a day. Takes me 2 days to get over that.
Best of luck next time out. You Deserve a good find.
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2018, 07:00:31 PM »

               Thanks for the condolences and the good wishes Val. Planning a rematch come this Friday but the big question is, which beach! Talacre, Prestatyn, Rhyl, or Kinmel Bay? Having a full contingent of passengers in the car and the wife's scooter in the boot; the equipment for the day will have to be the Q40 and spade. The Safari, sand scoop, and kitchen sink will be left at home.

                   Stay safe, stay well, and happy hunting.

                              Chris  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2018, 01:54:03 PM »

I have a similar problem with my children - they get bored after 15 milliseconds - and so there is no point taking my detector on holiday, or even to the beach with them as I spend most of my time keeping them on the beach rather than wandering off or jumping into the sea...My metal detecting spades come in handy though as (having three of them) we can share - and they shift a lot of sand in a short amount of time.

I've added a picture from a few years ago, but you can see the spade Smiley


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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2018, 02:08:23 PM »

I hope you made sure they filled all the holes in  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2018, 06:13:11 PM »

                          Love the armchair. Have they not tried to bury you yet?   Grin

                          I did contemplate planting some targets to get the kids interest but that somehow didn't feel right! The five year old granddaughter did ask me why I couldn't run fast.
Putting it gently, I said; 'if granddad runs too fast darling he will disappear'. To which she replied..'go on show us!'  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2018, 07:14:48 PM »

You know what they say Chris, out of the mouths of Babes etc.  Had to smile though  Grin

Just mind you donít over do things in this hot weather  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2018, 11:15:12 PM »

                            Evening of the same day, the wee lass pointed at a glass I had on the kitchen table and said 'what's that?' I said it's a glass! She replied 'I know it's glass but what is it?' It's a drinking glass Katie. I know it's a drinking glass but what is it.

                             By now, a little frustrated I said........'It is a San-Miguel beer glass!'

                             Big sigh and..............'Why didn't you say that in the first place?'   Huh
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2018, 11:18:35 PM »

I thought I might post a few others Smiley

The first is at Redcar-sur-la-mer, the second on the eastern side of Swansea bay.

And for comparison - what happens if I don't have a spade - near the Great Blasket Islands off the end of the Dingle Peninsula - when I managed to get the family there 4 years later, my missus said it was the nicest beach she'd ever been to.


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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2018, 02:23:30 PM »

Ah, happy days. Days youíll look back on in 20 years time and smile.
It seems like another life time when mine were like that. Iím lucky enough to have a pic of my eldest, on a beach, ice cream cornet in one hand, taking his first couple of steps.
Treasure the moments. They pass all too soon.

What amazes me is how grown up the little ones seem to be. They come out with the most surprising comments. Iím not sure, Iím certain, I was never that grown up at such a young age.
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2018, 04:41:08 PM »

                               Looking at those sand sculptures above reminds me of the front in Benidorm. Guys, or gals, build sand sculptures close to the walkway and leave a tin for passerby to throw coins into.  Worth a try!  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2018, 11:20:13 PM »

As soon as we left the first sand chair, people were sitting in it and getting their photos taken.......

Sometimes we build those stacks of pebbles -I've attached on I made on North Uist last year Smiley

I've even left a dry stone wall on Penarth beach before now too......

The other 'ball tower' was at Formby (also last year).


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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2018, 07:50:22 AM »

I remember being fascinated by the first ones I saw. Couldnít make out why or how.
Those sand balls are amazing, have you mixed grass in to hold them together ?
Passes the time when you canít detect  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2018, 01:06:45 PM »

                        Yesterday I spent an almost zilch detecting day at Rhyl, west of the blue bridge, and there wasn't even a single sandcastle in sight; let alone sand balls!

                         Traveled down with three ladies, one of whom was my wife, and was treated to an all you can eat breakfast prior to commencing the drive from our home town. Fueled up the car and it didn't even cost 'me' a penny. By the time we arrived in Rhyl the sun was high in the sky overhead and things were truly  beginning to warm up. Breaking into a sweat as I offloaded and assembled my wife's invalid buggy I secretly pondered your advice to take care out in the sun Val.

                        Arrived west of the blue bridge and took advantage of the 'free' parking. Offloading all my detecting gear, I felt the heat of the sun burning down upon the car and wondered if I should go ahead with the detecting session, or not. With the high tide at 1230 hrs, I found my planned area for the day's detecting was covered in seawater and I had to content myself with scanning the small section of beach close to where I had planned to detect. Once the tide had turned and receded sufficiently to allow me to access my chosen area, a cool wind was blowing off the sea and I didn't even break into a sweat. It didn't last long though.

                     As I was just getting into my stride and ignoring all the small arms copper shrapnel, lead inserts, and iron; I managed an old one pound coin, a cruddy premedical halfpenny, and a Victorian heavy lead projectile....'but' ....the breeze dropped and the sun turned up it's thermostat! 

                      Well! I can just see our Val sitting in front of her computer with a big smile upon her face and thinking..........'I told him to take care!'  Roll Eyes   
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2018, 03:31:14 PM »

No smile Chris. I suffer in these high temps. Makes me feel quite poorly. Thatís why I Ďpreachí be careful. Heat stroke can be a killer.
Iím sitting quietly, just me and 3 sleeping dogs. Sunny side of bungalow all closed, shady side wide open, child/dog gate in front doorway. Been asleep myself for a while, had a bad night with one of the dogs, it was quite pleasant in the garden at 3am this morning. Felt tempted to get a Sun Lounger out  Grin
John, in his wisdom (?) has gone with some friends to a model aircraft show down by Western Super Mare.
Itís my turn to be driven mad by relatives today. If I were to have a nightmare it would be, John  gets back at tea time and is followed onto the drive by another car and out spills, the driver, his partner, their 3 kids, all shouting and screaming, and the family dog who instantly pees up one of my plant pots. My 3 dogs going balistic (got to kill the invaders) and me trying to look as though theyíre all welcome.
No nightmare. Just donít come anywhere near my place, itís going to happen.
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