Winter Tales 2

1st January 2018 — 21 Comments


When I started the blog in 2011 this was one of my first posts, subsequently lost. The original was composed in 2007 by Rod Blunt of the UKDFD. In 10 years little has changed … time for a reprise, I think! SEE HERE.

‘And still as valid today as on the day it was written’John Brassey

Sometimes finding a positive identification for the amorphous bits of metal and ‘partefacts’ found by detectorists can lead us up many garden paths before arriving at a satisfactory conclusion. Continue Reading

Also in July I discussed the Thomas Becket pilgrim badge

Did you know that the practice of pilgrimage, worship of relics and the belief in miracles appealed to medieval people as they thought it was one of the principle roads to salvation. It was believed that if you prayed at these shrines you might be forgiven for your sins and thus have more chance of going to heaven. Others made the journey hoping to be cured from an illness from which they were suffering.


I confessed this month about my dirty love affair. But it wasn’t about our largest export … rubbish. As a Knowledge Navigator (ex-teacher) I didn’t fully understand the word ‘garbology’. But that was the catalyst for my piece of writing relating to metal detecting and, in retrospect, it has little to do with artefacts we find when searching.


In the early 1800′s no official copper coins were struck in the UK thus resulting in a shortage of small change.19th century public houses, inns, hotels, shops and other merchants issued advertising tokens. As well as advertising the business they also had an exchange value. This token was a curiosity that attracted my attention. READ HERE for an understanding of the rather oblique title.


I made an update to a very popular thread about “a little instrument of torture!” You can read it HERE

What’s that frog doing with his beady eye on you?


Learn how good research can result in excellent finds. Read about the German Nazi WOUND BADGE found by Darren Davidson.



Dame Evelyn Glennie

You may have heard of 52 year-old Dame Evelyn Glennie CH, DBE, and you may also know that she is a percussionist, celebrated worldwide and held in high esteem. But did you know that when not performing with leading orchestras or collaborating with fellow virtuosos, she is a detectorist who has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12. I was fortunate to meet and talk with her … and this is the story.

© Rosie Matheson



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21 responses to Winter Tales 2

  1. Once again… thank you for the reprise John.. On these long nights, it is a very pleasant way to spend a period of time re-reading the stories that you have posted.

    Such a variety of topics..!!!And all, in their own way, fascinating to those of us in the metal detecting hobby!!


  2. Happy New Year to you and Lynda and may it be a happy, healthy and prosperous one as well!

  3. happy new year John and to Mrs John …hope the year brings you health and allows you to continue with these interesting blogs

  4. Happy New Year John!

  5. billfromlachine 1st January 2018 at 9:55 PM


    Excellent recap. I added a belated comment to the July post relating to our nemesis Barford.

    Regards + HH


    • Yes. I see that I feature in his blog today. I sent a comment earlier, but he hasn’t posted it. I wonder why? See below.

      “I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year!

      Now, here’s a novelty – somebody apart from the sycophant Swifty making a comment on one of your blog posts. Can I suggest that you could engage with your audience if you chose a writing style that was coherent and thus understandable. Lighten up a bit! You waffle a lot! If I have difficulty in interpreting what you say, imagine what it’s like for some of the other ‘Thugwits’. Just a suggestion – you could make it one of year new year resolutions.

      I suspect that my comment will be reported as being extremely unpleasant and you’ll not allow it to be published. Little change there, then!” 🙂

  6. Happy New Year to you and Mrs John. I hope it’ll be healthy and wealthy!

    I see Barfly’s published your comment and what a plonker he’s made of himself. I can only imagine other forces beyond his control are at work here. Pity really, as he could have made so much more of his life and career.

    Nevertheless, he makes good sport.

    Keep smilin’

  7. Happy New Year mr and mrs Winter carry on the great writing John

  8. A very worthwhile recap of what was a terrific narrative for the last 12 months. All the best for the next 12.

  9. Hi JOHN enjoy your blogs on bmdf and searcher though I live in Sheffield (that’s not an apology) Christmas I spent in Cambridge at the outlaws farm the asked to see my finds everyear so I did a ask starting with my latest find from the week before Lizzie sixpence and broke into the history of this date 1581 the year drake was made a sir then I mentioned 6 later the armada came a doctor at the dinner said which one (he had me ) it was only 1 of 4 amadas that came to England can you help

  10. An excellent read part 2… Thank you John! Dunno why Mr B is so concerned about the archaeological record… there’s loads on a well-known online emporium…

  11. Happy New Year John.
    Don’t forget to drop by our new forum and say hello.


    Irish Metal Detecting

  12. John from Ontario (AKA Geobound) 5th January 2018 at 5:27 AM

    Garbology (or Garbologist) was one of my favourite words of 2017. I don’t recall Susie Dent using it yet, but I’m sure she will get right on it!

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