Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Mennock Pass camp

To tick an item off my 'bucket list' I had to make some gear first
Drove up 19th September in blue sky and sunshine picked a spot and got the tent up
Had an explore about then cooked tea had a brew and retired to the tent with a bottle of Grants. It started to Rain ! it was still raining in the morning. Rigged a tarp up over the truck as somewhere to cook brew and get dressed and undressed, 

as I get older and can't sit cross legged anymore the tent seems to get smaller. Met another 'panner' at dinner time who put a tent up by mine, spent the day sucking gravel up and panning it and got my first few 'tiny' pieces of gold Wahoo! wasn't bothered about the rain ! That night we had a few Grants under my tarp then into the tents as the wind got up and the rain was going sideways, they both got heavier in the night. The next morning the Burn was a raging torrent so spent a few hours on the old mine tips above Leadhills scratting for crystals and minerals and back to the camp late afternoon where the Burn had gone down enough to scrat about at the edges another couple of tiny specks. Friday morning wasn't too bad and as the other panner was leaving at dinner time I set off into the hills up one of the side Burns by 2 o'clock I'd only had a couple of tiny specks and it started to rain Heavy ! back to the camp packed up and drove home a real bed was Luxury !
I've given up to the Vango Force 10, I need to be able to stand up in a tent and even have an air or camp bed I just wish I'd taken a couple of 2" x 8' wood poles I have and could have made the tarp off the truck roof rack more substantial. I'm hoping to get another trip up Scotland before winter sets in just got to get the tarp/tent/sleeping sorted
camera didn't want to focus into a small bottle of water

Sunday, 28 May 2017

More Coin Cutting

Well no comments and less than 10 views world wide for the last Blog post brings to mind Oldmortality's comment for :-
Oldmortality 16 April 2014
That's all very well, Danny, but i've told you before that what the public want is stats (distance, height,average speed, calories expended,inside leg etc) and details of the overpriced designer clothing you were wearing
Now, personally, i thoroughly enjoyed it,and will read it again and perhaps follow up some of the references.
QDanT 16 April 2014 at 18:11
 I still carry a tin of dubbin and an old tooth brush in my pocket and at any handy spot,
 stile, boulder, tree stump I'll give the boots a larup
 keeps them waterproof - top tip Eh ?

 I certainly miss 'Oldmortality' the Blog world is just not the same without him !

Just thought I'd share

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Coin Cutting

I had the idea of sawing a 1942 penny into a jigsaw for Brendas 75'th birthday in a few weeks, so I bought a Jewelers saw
and some 6/0 piercing saw blades 0.007" thick 0.014" depth with 76 teeth per inch and made a 'V' notch to clamp onto the table
I have a tin of old pennies and 1/2 pennies in the shed mainly being used for washers with a hole drilled in the middle. I hold the penny with one hand over the 'V' notch clamped to the table and saw free hand with the other. I started off with x9 pieces to learn how to saw, as the blades are about the thickness of a hair and snap if you look at them, but with a good hand-eye coordination and plenty of Patience ! it's easy enough.

 I don't think I'll go any smaller than x25 pieces though as it's hard to build the jigsaw with them afterwards. Round the edge is OK but there's not enough pattern on the others to follow. I found it harder than the cutting.

in the next photo up you can just see the teeth on the blade
 I've since found out that from 1940 to 1943 all pennies were stamped as 1940 so thinking about it a 1942 half crown which is 50% Silver should make a better present,
 had a practice with one I had 

just need to E-Bay a 1942 one now
Cheers Danny

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Do the Floats work ?

Brown - put back
lots of Perch - put back
Tiger Trout - put back
Rainbow Trout - put in freezer

Yes !

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Avons Painted

Following on from the last post ;-)
Tip 1" and stem 2" and I decided to whip a smaller eye (than the Reed floats) on, then painted with Acrylic paint
then x3 coats of Yacht varnish with 24 hours between coats, hung over stove to dry

***** Gone Fishing