Category Archives: metal detecting

searching for treasure

We’ve been doing some metal detecting the last couple of days and its great fun. Just in our own backyard of course, its incredibly hard to get a permission to detect on other people land even before lockdown began sadly.

We found a mixed selection of junk but with some interesting bits.

A lid from a yoghurt pot with a best before date of 1990!

A 30 year old yoghurt pot lid, in the front garden – amazing!

A piece of tile with a design on it. | still maintain it looks like a small dog or elephant but i expect its just a blue squiggle of pattern instead (not so much fun)

This blew me away – a lipstick still in its holder and still with lipstick in!

Now how the hell did that get under out front garden hedge?

But the best thing found was this

A ring that at one time had some kind of stones in it! Isnt that amazing?

Its been cleaned and polished and we dont think its made of anything special but its the best thing we’ve found to date so it means a lot to us.

If anyone reads this and has some land we could detect on i’d be so thrilled to hear from you. Click the email link in the sidebar please.

The Luminaries

I’ve watched 3 episodes of this and i’m thoroughly confused. Its written using a ‘non linear format’ which basically means the story goes back and forth in time without any warning to the viewer. So i’ve bought the book in an attempt to understand the story better.

Not sure this will help as the book won a prestigious book prize so makes it way out of my league normally but… we will give it a try

Updates to come

Update 1 – The book is hard going although there are many bits that are quite readable. The TV series opens so differently to the book though and i keep watching the opening again to see if i can follow from the book but its not possible! I guess its different when you adapt it for TV so ill stick with it for now.

A sort of spooky, sort of TBR

Now you know me, i dont ‘do’ TBR’s coz i’m a mood reader and my mood changes 10 times a day!

But right now that fluid mood is wanting me to read a mix of these books

Three graphic novels;

Bloodlust & Bonnets which is so funny. Its one of those sparsely drawn graphic novels with few words but you get the meaning well enough

Harley Quinn is beautifully drawn and full of action

Giant Days I havent read much of yet, i got this on my iPad with a free trial of Kindle Unlimited.

Annihilation is so good so far, really tense and creepy

The future of another timeline is such an original concept which im enjoying even though its a little heavy going in parts

The Many is a small novella but with a menacing, creepy vibe too which i got from Amazon for just £1.99! Amazing value!

Most of these are so perfect for Halloween too on Thursday!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these

Happy Halloween and Happy All Hallows day too

The Dry by Jane Harper

I’ve read all three of her books now and loved them but I think this just edges it as my favourite.


I just can’t understand how someone like him could do something like that.
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.
Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him twenty years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke’s death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend’s crime.

Book Review Huh?

Okay then please answer the following questions:

Book Title:

The Dry


Jane Harper

What did you like about it?

Its so readable. Once you get into the skin of the characters you are hooked. Its so authentically written and its set in the outback of Australia where the temperature is really, really hot. I was reading this during the summer months and sweated even more as she described it all so clearly.

The story has many twists n turns and i lost count of how many times i tried to guess the ending but without any success.

Anything to dislike?

It is a very slow beginning as indeed are all of Jane Harpers books but stick with it because once it fires up the engine just doesn’t cool down.

Favourite characters?

Aaron Falk is so lovely he is the main character in the first two books and i really missed him not being in the third book at all (gasps) He is shown as being flawed, we’re not given a perfect human being but he has such lovely qualities its hard not to like him regardless.

Annoying characters?

Quite a few but I cant say without giving too much away. However i guess we have to have the bad ones to make the good ones stand out more.

Did you learn anything?

I learnt never to go to this part of Australia as I cannot tolerate heat in my own country and would probably be dead in a week.

I also learnt that i will never make a detective coz i am rubbish at picking up clues and solving mysteries.

Memorable moments?

The ending is wonderful and i never saw it coming and all through the book there is a (for me anyway) kind of red herring which never arrived but just waiting for it was so gripping.

All the feels or lacking emotion?

Not a lot of feels because its not that kind of book but like I said, Aaron Falk is so great and I felt for him on more than one occasion. Otherwise the rest of the characters are a bit on the non emotional side.

Would you recommend this to someone?

Yes absolutely i would, in fact i recommended all three of Jane Harpers books to my sister in law who bought and read them in three weeks flat.

Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

I bought this after seeing it all over Twitter and boy! am i glad i did

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world (not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is). They say goodbye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September.
But this Halloween is different – Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last goodbye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: what if instead of moping, they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?

Book Review Huh?

Okay then please answer the following questions

Book Title:

Pumpkin Heads


Rainbow Rowell (words) & Faith Erin Hicks (drawing)

What did you like about it?

Oh where do i begin. It is the most beautifully told, romantic, funny, sweet, heart warming story which, on its own would be amazing but added to this is the fact that its a graphic novel with some of the prettiest artwork i’ve ever seen and you have a real winner!

The colours are perfect for this autumnal story and the characters are well rounded and entertaining.

Anything to dislike?

No, seriously nothing!

Favourite characters?

Deja & Josiah are both lovely but Deja is my favourite because i love her sassiness, sense of humour and all round outlook on life. In fact I want to be Deja, her confidence and guts really inspires me to be me!

Annoying characters?

There’s not enough other characters for anybody to be annoying really

Did you learn anything?

I learnt heaps. I learnt that there is such a thing as a Pumpkin Patch! I learnt that they sell something called Succotash (corn, lima beans and other stuff) YUK!

I knew American’s loved Halloween but I never knew there was something like this you could attend, and this is what books do best, teach us things in an entertaining way.

All the feels or lacking emotion?

Oh goodness the feels in this book come by the bucketload. The whole book is set over the course of one night and by the end I too was deeply in love with Halloween and wished i could visit a Pumpkin Patch too for a caramel apple – YUM!

Its not a full blown flowery story and the love aspect is not obviously done either its just like giving your heart a big hug!

Would you recommend this to someone?

You bet I would. Young and old alike would love this story.

New to me – Eva Ibbotson

I say new to me because from what ive read on Twitter and heard on You Tube, Eva Ibbotson has been on everyones radar for years. Until a few months back though i’d never heard of her.

I’m changing all that though and giving two of her well known books a try.

Gorgeous cover alert!

A Song for Summer and The Morning Gift are the two i’ve chosen. These covers are so wonderful. Theyre funky and modern and also vintage looking but much better than some others I’ve seen. (adds images below)

These covers are pretty in their way but wow they make the books look so babyish!

I’ve begun reading The Morning Gift and im liking it so far.

The garden in late summer

You have to understand that i’m not really a very good gardener.

I do try and I’m very enthusiastic but tend to make so many mistakes still. I’m often late sowing seeds in the Spring which impacts on the whole plant and whether it flowers or produces fruit in time.

I’m especially pleased with the sunflowers this year, there weren’t many of them but they have really cheered up the place with their bright yellow smiley faces…

…and even after they’ve gone over they’re still beautiful. Just look at all those teensy tiny little star flowers that make up the head.