Relics peeked out from between the broken roots, so I just began removing rocks and a few remaining roots. There were a layer of wine and beer bottles on the top, many intact and with nice colors. These one litre bottles look really nice when cleaned and lined up in the window where the sun can shine through them. Tinier bottles also came out of the ditch intact. Perfume-, medical- and ink bottles. And again an intact lightbulb, I bet it will even work if I tried giving it some electricity.
The plan to find shade and to cool off had failed spectacularly. I was drenched. It was so warm working like this, and it attracted flies, midges, mosquitos and a swarm of horseflies. I tried to hide in the hood of my smock, but the constant buzz from the horde sounded like a busy autobahn and the horseflies landed in packs, trying to bite me trough the gloves.
One of the first bits of metal I put aside for saving was a whistle. I found a bakelite whistle last season so it was fun to get a steel one this time. I saw the bottom of a food tin and was surprised to see it had been worked into an ashtray, at least I think it is an ashtray. I hit a small ore of coins and gaming bits before I mined out a small pile of relics from the rest of the ditch. It took me a couple of hours and I was dirty and sweaty, and thirsty too. I didn`t find anything special but a small salt spoon, green from copper took the prize as Find of the Day. Later at home when I cleaned it up I discovered quickly that it was not made of copper, but from 830 silver, so that goes right into the treasure chest :D
When I had filled back the hole and made sure no broken glass lay on the surface I took a quick spin with the detector to stretch my back and legs. I found one or two small pits for another day and dug up a Finnish coin before I drove home.
A busy week is coming up, but I hope there will be time for a stroll with the detector at some point :)
Thanks for reading .Stay happy :)