A little while ago I won £100.
I could have spent it on lots of wine and beer, but instead decided to invest my win in a metal detector.
The basic model I chose is the Fully automatic Seben Deep Target Metal Detector.
I thought wine today, or gold and silver everyday – a positive attitude is always a good thing.
My first foray into treasure hunting was a trip down to the local beach here in Easington Colliery. Despite being convinced I’d find a chest full of old gold coins, I came away empty handed, but at least it give me a chance to get used to using my new metal detector.
The next morning Mrs. R, Barley, and I headed up the coast to Hawthorn Dene and Hawthorn Burn.
Once the 3 of us had clambered down to the beach, I went into full ‘treasure hunter mode’. Barley went into full ‘find a dead fish and roll in it mode’. Barley was a lot more successful then I was.
The metal detector did register a really strong signal at one point. I told myself, this is it, untold treasures are just under the sand. After lots and lots of digging, I found a large piece of slag metal. It must of weighed at least 4kg+. I would have kept it, but did not fancy humping it on the 45 minute walk back home.
Day one and two of being a treasure hunter have yielded zero treasure.
So, maybe I should have spent the money on beer and wine.
Anyone want to swap a hardly used Fully automatic Seben Deep Target Metal Detector for a few bottles of wine?
I will endeavour with the treasure hunting.
There must be ‘Gold in them thar hills’.
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Do you want the dystopian holiday of a lifetime?
If the answer to that question is yes, then you should head to Easington Colliery.
We can offer wonderfully unsafe pitches for your prized caravan.
No visit to Easington Colliery would be complete without a walking tour of the A and B streets, where you can admire the fine collection of burned out houses. There are also many properties boasting smashed or boarded-up windows, rubbish filled yards, and the remains of wheelie bin fires.
But please be careful not to tread in the generously deposited dog shit, and broken glass on the pavements and roads, and on no account take any back home with you for a souvenir of your fabulous holiday – that would spoil the area for other visitors, and residents alike.
If the walking tour leaves you a little weary, there are always countless sofas and armchairs scattered about, where you can rest your aching bones, and admire the scenery, as some of the sofas are conveniently placed in prime locations with views of the North Sea.
One thing we all look forward to on a holiday is trying the local cuisine, and getting gastroenteritis.
Have no fear. We have that covered.
Seaside Lane is awash with take-aways. You may even get lucky and find a free deep-fried rat with your meal.
On a overcast Sunday in the middle of March, we decided to pay a visit to the Farmers Market at Wynyard Hall, (Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF).
It was the first market of the season, and the first that we had ever visited at Wynyard Hall.
Being early birds we turned up at 9am, which was the time the market was due to open.
Most of the stalls holders were ready for business, with just a few who were yet to finish displaying their products, so we had a little wander in the grounds of Wynyard Hall to kill some time before all of the goods were ready to be sold.
Once the farmers market was fully up and running, we started buying anything and everything that took our fancy, like a couple of food starved zombies.
Well, maybe not zombies, but the food dispossessed. It has been a long Winter.
The first items to go into our shopping bag was a couple of loaves of bread, from The Moody Baker http://www.themoodybaker.co.uk
Once one has purchased bread, what could be more important than beer?
The answers to the above question is lots of beer.
Next into the shopping bag was 7 bottles of beer, from Three Brothers Brewing Co http://threebrothersbrewing.co.uk Unit 4
Tel: 01642 678084 )
Seven bottles of beer loaded into our shopping bag (3 Short and Stout, 2 Brew No.1, and 2 Malt-Teaser) we moved on to peruse the next stall.
With Mothers Day just around the corner, I thought I’d better get something for the old gal.
What do you buy your 80 year old mother. Well, I thought I could not go wrong with some soap from TOC Aromatherapy http://www.tocaromatherapy.co.uk and some biscuits from The Sawley Kitchen http://www.sawleykitchen.co.uk
Laura did not want to be left out of this gift buying extravaganza, so she picked up a small, and reassuringly expensive (£6.50) bag of Luxury Bolivian Dark Chocolate Truffles from the Itzamna’s Cocoa. http://www.itzamnascocoa.co.uk
You cannot have a successful day shopping unless it involves purchasing some meat, and what better meat than pork.
These sausages and black puddling are from Wrefords Farm (Fleming Field Farm, Shotton Colliery, Durham DH6 2JD) which is only a few miles from our house. Now that is what I call eating local.
Nothing goes better with sausages and black pudding than some nice fresh eggs. We picked up 6 duck eggs, and a couple of goose eggs, from The Clucking Pig http://www.thecluckingpig.com
Also into our shopping bag went some cheese. A Teesdale Curd from Teesdale Cheesemakers http://www.teesdalecheesemakers.co.uk and a blue style cheese and a goats cheese from Laceys Cheese https://laceyscheese.co.uk
Just when we thought the day could get no better we were handed a free bag from Northern Dales Farmers’ Market http://www.northerndalesfarmersmarkets.com/ the folks who runs lots of farmers markets up here in the North East England.
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On a sunny August Monday morning Laura and I motored down to Whitby in North Yorkshire. It was our first day trip out in many moons and
One of the reasons for the trip was to sample the famous Whitby Fish ‘n’ Chips and what better place to try it than at the Quayside Fish and Chip Shop.
It won the national award for best fish and chip shop of the year in 2015.
We had arrived early in Whitby so it was almost a Fish and Chip brunch that we ordered. Eating Fish and Chips at 11.30am was rather odd, but having spent some time in South East Asia it was not the earliest strange meal of the day, that we have ever had. We enjoyed our Cod and Chips just across the road from Quayside. Sitting on a concrete bollard type thing. Proper British holiday style of alfreco dinning.
I’m always dubious about ‘Award Winning’ but I can say hand on heart that it was great. Really ferm well cooked fish in the best batter I’ve ever had that was not homemade. Quayside Whitby
7 Pier Road
Tel. 01947 825346 http://www.quaysidewhitby.co.uk
A trip to the seaside would not be complete without buying some rock to take back home for friends and family.
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It was a very slow start to July. In fact the first prize to arrive was a bag of HJ Lea Oakes Equerry, Horse and Pony Mix feed. It arrived on the 28th.
On the same day a pair of Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Binoculars also arrived. They went into the big box to be donated to charity.
On the first of the month a PRO KENNEX Kinetic Ki 15 260 Tennis Racket arrived at our door.
Next to arrive was a box containing two toys. One is a Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Blaze and the Monster Machines Zeg and a Blaze and the Monster Machines CGC92 Monster Dome Playset.
Next to arrive was a Mabes of London Daiquiri beach shirt. September Wins:
I won a Motorola MBP853 Connect Wi-Fi HD Video Baby Monitor. While I don’t have baby, I do have two dogs and I’ll use this to keep an eye on them.
Next to arrive was a signed Team Gb cycling top.
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Total prize value to date: £6397 (from 1st September 2013).
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