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Gem of the Month / Re: Sapphire Guessing Competition
« on: April 11, 2012, 08:46:33 PM »
206.4 - thanks Paul !

General Discussion / Re: Fossicking in the news.
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:25:34 PM »
Loved this article except for the bit where I was quoted as being MR Finch - I don't mind being one of the boys, but there's sometimes a bit of an assumption that fossickers must be blokes ::).

Might pack the fake beard Dad brought back from the last Beardies Festival for future fossicking trips so I look more the part    ;)

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Shows and Events / Re: Canberra Club Rock Swap
« on: March 21, 2012, 10:46:34 PM »
Definitely our best event of the year, partly because it's free, and partly because the non-commercial stall holders offer plenty of bargains and original stuff  8)

I hear Woofa'll be there, hope to see other ALFers too!


Shows and Events / Re: Minerama
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:42:51 PM »
Ted and Muddy's Minerama Report - photos in Minerama 2012 Album

Monday - Gunnedah

Set off at 7.10am under blue skies which was a change from rainy Canberra weather. Diverted from Boorowa-Cowra road by SES due to flood damage, so detoured via Young instead. Stopped for morning tea at Cowra, where they were pumping water pit of the car park in anticipation of the bridge going under, as water from Wyangala dam was about to arrive any minute. Didn't stay long unless we got caught.  River at Canowindra was swollen to the brink. Stopped for photo opportunity and pumpkin purchase from roadside cart, then continued onto Gilgandra for lunch. Blue skies continued till Gunnedah for overnight stop. (Photos1,2,3)

Tuesday – Leard State Forest
7am start from Gunnedah to Leard State Forest to look for thunder eggs. Lot of water lying around and yep, we got bogged at Boggabri. NRMA wouldn't help, so ended up getting help from a French geologist working for Blair Athol Coalmines. Took some video footage of a caterpillar procession. Also met some plumbers pumping away water and they put us onto another spot where there was thunder egg like concretions, common opal and agate. They also gave us some specimens of fossilised wood, some with coal forming in it. Had lunch on the go driving through Tamworth, and dinner at the Glen Innes RSL where we met up with Jerry. (Photos 4,5,6)

Wednesday – Rainy Swamp
Went on one of John’s regular Wednesday trips.  Were meant to go to Yarrow Ck but instead went to Rainy Swamp as, despite its name, the road in was actually drier. True to form he found oodles of sapphires and zircons while everyone else found a few bits of colour. Met up with the Grahams and Michael and Jan. Nice to put faces to Jamo and MG. (Photos 7,8,9)

Thursday – Scrubby Gulley

Successful day topaz hunting at Scrubby Gully with Jerry, Michael and Jan. Michael and Jan had been several times before and knew the right place to go, bit like John at Rainy Swamp. We muddled through and found a few nice potential cutters, but nothing like their haul! Michael showed us some of his facetted topaz, including his favourite Portuguese cut that looked good. 3km round trip to and from the creek, but well worth another expedition sometime. (Photos 10,11,12)

Friday – Pretty Valley
Another lovely sunny day, bit too much sun for some who stripped off in the creek (not me though!) Plenty of small zircons and sapphires, but unfortunately no cutters except for Ted’s find of an enormous smoky citrine quartz crystal. (Photos 13,14,15)

Saturday – Lonewood
Today went to Lonewood where gravel wash had been bulldozed for people to sieve and speck.  Some people found some good stones, and one couple found a particularly nice zircon. Processed 12 buckets of gravel without any luck, but found a few opaque pieces specking. Big thanks to Andrew and Leah! (Photos 16,17,18,19,20)

Sunday – Tradeshow

Caught up with Jerry and Paul at the Tradeshow for one last time before having to head home. Got a few bargains – quartz clusters, agates, ammonites - and sapphires to make up for the ones I couldn’t find out in the field.  Also bought some little plastic gem boxes for all the cutters I’m going to find next trip. Thanks to Captain Mendoza and Lord Thunda for leading the Minerama trips we went on. Hope to see everyone again same time next year (or before if you’re down Canberra way – don’t forget our Rock Swap coming up on 24/5 March!)

Shows and Events / Re: Minerama
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:20:42 PM »
Sitting with my feet up at Fossickers GI after a day getting bogged at Boggabri :P Hope to get to Yarrow Creek tomorrow with John. Muddy and Ted beers

Shows and Events / Re: Minerama
« on: March 05, 2012, 08:20:09 PM »
currently at Gunnedah on way to GI. Cowra open, water a foot below the bridge at Canowindra. Contrary to Jerry's comment there's been no singing from me, welll not much anyway... If Beegees count. Should be there tomorrow arvo. Muddy and Ted. beers

Gem of the Month / Re: Peridot Guessing Competition
« on: March 03, 2012, 08:40:28 PM »
142 thanks Paul  beers

Gem of the Month / Re: Tourmaline Guessing Competition
« on: February 27, 2012, 08:35:59 PM »
130 for me.

General Discussion / Re: Happy birthday's
« on: February 08, 2012, 08:15:12 PM »
Thanks for the birthday wishes, and many happy returns to everyone else having a birthday this month 8) !

Yes, certainly looking forward to finding some good gems next month at Minerama ... and sharing a belated birthday beer (or two) down at the RSL  ;D beers 

Shows and Events / Re: Minerama
« on: January 16, 2012, 02:09:33 PM »
Just do it Jerry, you know you want to! 8)

Gem of the Month / Re: Zircon Guessing Competition
« on: January 11, 2012, 08:27:11 PM »
I'll guess 492.
Muddy :)

Gem of the Month / Re: Beryl Guessing Competition
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:29:38 PM »
322.5 for me, thanks!

Gem of the Month / Re: Topaz Guessing Competition
« on: December 01, 2011, 09:16:09 PM »
Woohoo! Couldn't have gone to a more deserving person  8) I'm super-excited for you  ;D

Gem of the Month / Re: Topaz Guessing Competition
« on: November 22, 2011, 09:29:28 PM »
Ah JBK, that's some precision guessing there 8)

I'll go 126.3


Show us your latest finished product / Re: Green Stone Cutlery
« on: November 04, 2011, 10:48:16 AM »
Thanks Allan, I'll pass on that information too, and will check out the web link  :)

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