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General Discussion / Merry Xmas
« on: December 17, 2017, 10:56:10 AM »
Im gunna get in reas early this year. Merry Xmas to one and all, and may the new year bring great finds. Play safe. beers

General Discussion / Cq Gemfields last Xmas
« on: February 05, 2015, 07:40:26 PM »
Gday again all. Not having much time off over xmas, I decided to scoot out to Sapphire for a couple of days. Too hot for camping so I stayed in one of the cabins Pat has at Pats Gems. Great people, made me welcome. Friendly and helpful from the time I arrived. It would be the first trip I can recall where I never specked a thing.

I hit every place I could think of too. A bit like Banjo Pattersons man from Ironbark. I wandered over street and park, I wandered up and down, I loitered here, I loitered there, till I was like to drop. Then , in the end I bought a pile of Pats wash to bag up and process at home. With a reas amount of success. All in all a great trip and friendly people.

Definitely where I intend to stay next trip. Thanks everyone out at Pats !

Trip Talk / Xmas 2014
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:55:32 PM »
I am going to try again to get out to Sapphire/ Rubyvale for a few days this year. Likely only abt 4 days unfortunately. If anyone is there over that time give me a yell and I will say gday. Dan

General Discussion / Rain
« on: January 30, 2014, 09:13:18 PM »
Looks like the CQ gemfields might finally get the rain they need with this cyclone when it moves inland. Been raining and absolutely blowing a gale here in Mackay since this morning, with more to come yet.

General Discussion / Rain
« on: January 23, 2013, 09:55:46 AM »
While everywhere else is copping bushfires, Mackay just had to be different. The weather mob is tipping between 800mm and 1100mm of rain for us by the end of the weekend. Quack, quack.

General Discussion / Old Anakie gemfields map and info.
« on: January 19, 2013, 01:05:08 PM »
Sorry folks. The map and info sheets in pdf I just loaded into the members section of the Anakie gemfields areas are dated 1892, not 1882. I cant read. Dan

General Discussion / Boulder opal
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:28:31 PM »
Gday again everyone. I just posted a few pics of some of the polished boulder opals I have collected in the last year or so. The pics should show up after they get approved by the site. none were cut and polished by me, I bought them as they are. I do have a few hundred cts of rough that I will try one day if I can find a cheap enough machine to do them as its good quality rough and should polish up something like the pics I posted. Maybe. I hope.

Trip Talk / I have arrived
« on: December 22, 2012, 06:31:12 PM »
Greetings all. I have arrived at the Anakie van park. I forgot the mobile and internet service isnt great here as it is in Sapphire. Am sitting outside on the laptop as I cant get service inside the cabin. Will start to have a look around tomorrow. Enjoy.

General Discussion / CQ Gemfields weather
« on: December 20, 2012, 08:12:30 PM »
Gday all and Merry Xmas to everyone. I head out to Anakie on Sat morn sometime. When I get energetic enough to move that is. Bluey, I was out Clermont this arvo doing a delivery and the boys onsite said Clermont got an inch of rain this morning. Cop any back over your way yet? If not, it WILL follow me out there. Dan

General Discussion / lapidary equipt on ebay
« on: December 02, 2012, 09:16:19 AM »
If its any help or use to anyone in the Sydney area, I just spotted a load of cutting/polishing type gear on ebay. Finishes in 3 days,1hour as of 8.10 am Sunday 2/12. Starting price is $800 and pickup from Penrith. Listed under lapidary. Dan

Trip Talk / Women and gems
« on: November 09, 2012, 07:46:28 PM »
Am I the only one that has discovered that when you mention an upcoming trip to the gemfields , you suddenly discover a lot of friendly females? Usually with a comment along the lines of " Dont forget me if you find a good one" or " I like blue ones" or " You ARE going to find me one, ARENT you" Nice to be suddenly wanted. lol

General Discussion / Paperwork and phone calls
« on: November 02, 2012, 07:34:48 PM »
Gday all. Since I managed to get an early run out west today I decided to ring the mines dept in Emerald and chase up the paperwork for a prospecting permit etc. As usual ( and highly UN usual for a govt dept) Fran was extremely helpful. Everything will be posted out soon. Seems my old mate Rossco who used to work there is now at the Winton office. Great bloke if you ever deal with him. Always does the extra to assist.

That should get me reas well organised for xmas. There is an area a few km down past the rifle range at Sapphire I want to look at. No leases or claims there according to IRTM so I will scratch and snoop. Never know, might get lucky. Gets me away from Mackay anyway. Hope to catch up with anyone who will be out there and say gday.

Trip Talk / Xmas at the gemfields
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:16:13 PM »
Gday everyone. My xmas trip is now pretty well organised. All paid for and arranged. Now the time will drag until xmas. If anyone out there can help, I am looking to buy between 300kg and 500kg of wash to bag and play with when I return to Mackay after xmas. Cash up front. If anyone can help, please let me know. It would be much appreciated. Stay safe all. Dan

Wanted / Sapphire wash wanted
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:10:54 PM »
Hi again everyone. I am chasing between 300kg and 500kg of virgin wash to bag up and bring back to Mackay with me after my holiday out there over xmas. At this stage I will be out at Sapphire/ Rubyvale from 22/12 until about 30/12 or a day or so longer. If anyone can help let me know. Thanks. Dan

Trip Talk / Xmas trip to gemfields
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:22:37 PM »
Good evening all, I finally got my trip at xmas out to the fields pretty well sorted. Cant rush these things. I have booked into the Anakie caravan park from Sat 22/12 until Sun 30/12 with a possibilty of adding a day or two to that. Suits my boss, as we are usually dead over xmas anyway.

Not taking a load of gear, just the basic essentials as I mainly want to snoop around again and Im tooo old and lazy to dig all day in summer. Even though I need the excercise. A lot. I will let you know a bit closer to the date and if anyone is out that way at xmas, say gday. Keep safe and happy digging. Dan

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