The other 33% is sunning himself in Cyprus.
The first stop was at a field that was power-harrowed last week, of which we'd covered about three-quarters, and was flat as a pancake!
We got there and to our surprise it was rough as a bears behind. Closer inspection showed it had been drilled with OSR which had us scratching our heads. We thought, surely, this has got to be rolled!?
After 5 minutes, sure enough the machine arrives with a set of rollers 12.6 metres wide. We had a chat with the driver of whom we've got to know quite well and he said "carry on I'll have it done in less than an hour". He was finished in 35-minutes!
We had 6 hammered coins in the dusty and extremely warm conditions along with lots of small fragments of lead.
Sixpences represented by; George III, George VI and Queen Victoria were also recovered.
On the way to this site we passed one of our best Medieval sites but the crop was still standing.
We decided to have another look on the way home but still no joy!
Seeing it was still early, and we didn't fancy getting stuck in the Bank Holiday traffic, we elected to venture to another site we'd not been to for three years.
In fact, it's two sites-in-one as they are neighbours and the field we were interested in had been harvested.
The text to the farmer was interesting as I said "Hi Fred, we're up at Gill & Teds, please could we check-out the corner of your field?". He replied "For what?". There are just some moments when a text won't do so I had to call him whilst he was navigating a huge New Holland combine in the fields across the way. He then remembered who we were and said no worries, carry on.
We thought that this was a good chance to use the brand new line that Rob has made. We strung it out and started to survey down each side, hopefully passing each other about half-way.
Would you believe it, the first signal was a superb denarius of Antoninus Pius! What a start we thought........ it went slightly downhill from there lol with only a few grots to show for then effort.
We wrapped up after an hour or so as it was time to head home.
We passed another site on the way that had also been harvested but we'd already surveyed here when it was ploughed and drilled. We won't bother this year.... unless it's ploughed of course.
Our fingers are tightly crossed for this weekend in anticipation for our Medieval 4-acre site.
Detailed images of the days recoveries can be seen here & here.