We'd only been twice in June to permission 2 to say hello and show our faces and we ended up with a mixed bag of artefacts and a Treasure Case item! This was on pasture they had as the crop we wanted to survey was way too long, even though they said we could search it.
We planned that this weekend we'd spend Saturday and Sunday surveying the newly harvested fields at permission 2. That is....... until I'd made a call to a landowner that owns new permission number 3 that I'd been putting off for a while ........
When I first spoke to him in March he said that only shotgun cartridges had ever been found on the land. It sounded as though he was trying to put us off going. Anyway, I sense that we are going to find far more than shotgun cartridges as we think there is a huge Romano-British settlement covering at least 4 of his rather large fields!
However, when I rang him last night he was in a far better mood even though the harvesting wasn't going to plan. He said that they were just cutting the fields we were interested in. I asked if it was ok to have a look Sunday? "No problem... see you Sunday" ..........Result! Permission 2 Saturday then permission 3 Sunday, sorted!
We now have a problem in that I'd told new permissions numbered 4 to 12 that I'd call them mid-August about searching their newly harvested fields.....
Well I suppose that if permissions 2 & 3 are "quiet" we can call permissions 4 to 12 with more gusto and confidence.... otherwise they will be ploughed, rolled and seeded before we know it!!!
Now, going back to permission number 1........ if we get a map of the 2500 acres they have we're going to be quite busy in September lol!