Gary and Les

24th June 2018 — 15 Comments

It was rather hot this afternoon and, having a disinclination for physical exertion (boasting again) I lounged at the patio table reading Tony Robinson’s autobiography. I always had zero discrimination.

Then the ‘phone rang. Les (Blackdog) and his mate Gary (Tinopener) were at the joint Metal Detectives and LP dig in Oxfordshire and wondered if they could pop in on the way back home and say hello. Of course they could! I guess it was too hot and the ground was rather hard for detecting. A cup of tea at John’s gaff sounded like a good proposition.

Mrs John finished Hoovering (with a Dyson), fluffed up the cushions on the patio chairs, found a couple of Tunnocks wafers … and we awaited the arrival of our special guests.

And what a great time we had with two fine fellows. Once our communal aches and pains were put to bed we were able to talk detecting, admire a find of Mrs John’s and take pictures. The snap shows Gary, Les and me:

Picture by Mrs. John

On behalf of Gary and myself, we would like to say a huge thank you to yourself and Lynda for your very kind hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed finally meeting up with you both .

We had a super time with some great conversations and lots of laughs. We decided that we would love to call in and see you both as we were traveling through Aylesbury at 0700 yesterday morning on our way to the dig.

I mentioned to Gary that you live in Aylesbury and Gary said, “Yes, he lives not far from Stoke Mandeville Hospital.” We decided that we would give you a call later in the day to see if you would be home, the rest is now history.

Thank you both once again John, it was AWESOME mate.

Gary and Les.

Coins Found by Gary

Edward III hammered penny? and a Victorian threepence from 1859


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15 responses to Gary and Les

  1. In that picture, Les bears a quite starting resemblance to Jean Reno.. 😆

    And he happens to share my birthdate too!!!

    Nice time had by all John!!


  2. I have to smile when i see the English detectorist say it is rather hot or too hot for detecting.
    One of The Searcher contributors has said that he and a mate are coming over for a look around the Oz goldfields. They have chosen to come in our Winter. It might be more like weather they are used to. Good to see your mates called in after the dig.

  3. Peter walsh ..aka Mr Clooney.. 24th June 2018 at 11:21 PM

    I will call in one day john …so you better look out …lo

  4. Hope they left me some Tunnocks ☹️

  5. John from Ontario (AKA Geobound) 25th June 2018 at 4:32 AM

    Mal I can thank you and John for the introduction of those amazing treats, and Gary for the surprise snacks!

    Looks like a great day was had, and nice to see such a spritely looking group of fine gentlemen.

    Sorry I didn’t get to meet Les when I was there last, but perhaps next time.

    Of course a special shout out to Mrs. John is in order.

  6. Let me know Pete, and I’ll come along .
    Would be nice to chill with respected friends .
    Be warned though, I’m very young and immature regardless of my age .

  7. Sounds like a great get together

  8. Tunnocks wafers… marvellous! Go very well with a cuppa! Tho’ a caramel log doesn’t go amiss either… Glad you had a good ol’ chinwag! Cheers John!

  9. It was definitely good decision on our part to call in and see yourself and Lynda John, I only wish that we could do it more often. thanks for taking some cracking photographs as well John, I have the photo of the three of us as my screensaver and it brings a smile to my face every time I switch on my computer. Its Just a shame that Gary is so ugly lol.

    I will try to make the effort to pay you another visit John its only about 100 miles away, I suppose 100 miles to our friends in Canada is just like a pop out to the shops.

    All the very best to Lynda and yourself and once again, from Gary and I, thank you for your hospitality
    Best regards

  10. Hello,

    I am a history teacher in California–an American (I mean, not ex pat Brit) and I just came upon your site. Just last month I was in London with my wife. I am wondering if any of you might know of a detectorist /or dealer who might have am ampulla for sale with a reasonable price.. I would (ideally) like to have some design on the outer surface–much like ones seen inpictures of those Walsingham-shell ones… WE went to Canterbury, and was fascinated not only by the magnificent cathedral, but the ruins of St Augustines nearby.

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