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Trip Talk / Re: October 2009 New England fossicking trip
« on: September 30, 2009, 02:38:51 PM »
Hehe....   ;D actually my mission was to be a dry pothole, tried to video it but couldn't capture the depth - there was also a metal bucket and rope nearby, but those bits didn't make the director's cut.

We'll wait to explore the underwater crevice after the creek drops a bit. I know I'm enthusiastic, but even I draw the line at snorkelling for sapphires:o !


Trip Talk / Re: October 2009 New England fossicking trip
« on: September 29, 2009, 02:44:37 PM »
Kids, why not.  How else am I gonna get that wash from the bottom of that hole.  I will bring the rope to tie around their waist.

 ;D ;D ;D

Hi Mithras

What's this about child labour? Have you forgotten Ted's advice about getting a little fossicking should have seen the pot-hole he wanted me to go down at Grabben Gully. Fortunately/unfortunately someone had beaten us to the gravel in it already!

Looking forward to catching up at MM, it's been a while.


Trip Talk / Re: Anyone need some Pet Wood?
« on: September 24, 2009, 04:05:34 PM »
Hi Shane

I've borrowed my sister's tumbler and would be interested in some of your petrified wood if you have some to spare?


Trip Talk / Re: October 2009 New England fossicking trip
« on: September 15, 2009, 02:47:32 PM »
Hi Andrew

Count FossickerACT and me in too.

Muddy. :)

Trip Talk / Re: Gemtree fossicking
« on: July 01, 2009, 05:15:13 PM »
Thanks guys ;D! I've put a few photos up under Mudpuddler's Pics....

Trip Talk / Gemtree fossicking
« on: July 01, 2009, 03:27:59 PM »

22-29 June: Joined FossickerACT for a week at Gemtree, NT, fossicking for zircons and garnets.

My first sieve on the first day at the Zircon Hill site yielded three pale pinky mauve zircons amongst the magnetite-rich gravel wash, two of which were cutters. Knew we must have been onto the right stuff! Newly made friends Helen and Barry from SA working the adjacent hole were matching our success rate. After three days we managed to join the two holes, celebrating the break through with a beer over lunch.

Final tally for me (although not all cutters) was:
Day 1 – 26 zircons totalling 104 carats (biggest was 14.4 carats)
Day 2 – 42 zircons totalling 137 carats (biggest was 9.1 carats)
Day 3 – 26 zircons totalling 105 carats (biggest was 14.3 carats)

A long day spent fossicking for garnets out near Hart’s Range West was equally successful. FossickerACT was in ‘Pied Piper mode’ as a convoy of vehicles followed his Subie, negotiating the jump-up to get to where the action was. Bagged over 400 carats of cuttable garnets and at least a kilo of material for the tumbler, mostly all a beautiful strawberry red colour, with some nice pinks as well.

Had an awesome time and was sorry I couldn’t tag along for the rest of the trip. Can’t wait to go again!

Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: The Photo Gallery
« on: May 24, 2009, 10:45:17 PM »
hehe, thanks guys, my teenage girls have been encouraging me to get into the on-line chat scene for some time...guess I'm just a late developer, or maybe I just hadn't found the right interest group. Glad I have now though ;D


Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: The Photo Gallery
« on: May 24, 2009, 04:18:20 PM »
Thanks Leah, it worked!

I've been a bit shy to post publicly (I think it's related to my fear of public speaking!)

However, must say I'm learning lots from reading other people's posts, and have had tons of fun chatting with the likes of Deb and Merryn using PMs - they have been so welcoming and encouraging  :)

It's an awesome forum, thank you!

Muddy. ;D

Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: The Photo Gallery
« on: May 22, 2009, 10:54:43 PM »
Hi Muddy,

As far as I know you can delete a picture, I think you go to the picture then press the edit and in there it should have a delete option, of course you can only do it if you posted the photo.

Take Care,
Deb  ;D

Hi Deb
I tried that but 'delete' isn't an option. Maybe it's because I don't have access, given I have to wait for a moderator to approve my pics?

Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: The Photo Gallery
« on: May 21, 2009, 12:05:48 PM »
Hi Leah

Is there a way of deleting photos from your personal album (eg if you accidentally post one twice)?



Trip Talk / Native Dog Creek
« on: May 11, 2009, 10:05:38 PM »
A group of Canberra Lapidary Club fossickers headed out to Native Dog Creek weekend before last - in spite of reluctance by some who anticipated terminal frostbite at this time of the year.  ::)As it turned out, the weather was beautiful! 8)

It was Ted’s turn to be leach bait, so the rest of us just dabbled by the edge of the creek, finding zircons but not much in the way of sapphires. Theory was that the concentration of zircons resulted from past gold sluicing in the creek. In fact, the entire paddock was pitted with holes and trenches from previous gold-digging activity.

Second day proved to be more successful for those who persevered, but the party split and we opted to go see the Somerville fossil and mineral collection at Bathurst. Would love to know how they etch fossils out of the matrix so they appear 3-D. There were awesome gem and amber specimens too. Many thanks to Jason (team leader) for organising the event! beers

Jewellery Talk / Re: PMC - Precious Metal Clay
« on: May 09, 2009, 09:50:00 AM »
Hi Merryn, that's great - thanks for thinking of me! I will certainly pursue this. ;D

What started off as 'just an interest in fossicking' could lead me into all sorts of wonderful things to learn... cabbing, jewellery making, funky art stuff... who knows what next?!

Muddy. beers

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