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  1. You have lost me. What's this this 'old man' bit? I don't feel a day over 59 winters.? JW ?
  2. Hi strick, As Simon has said NZ only had a native bat, lizards, skinks, geckos & the bigger tuatara. A relic from the dinosaur days. Other than that it was all bird life. Many being flightless as they had no predators. Until man arrived. Someone in there wise wisdom, or not so wise as it turned out, introduced rabbits back in the early days of colonisation for a food source & for their fur. Along with deer, pigs, Himalayan Thar & the bloody possum from Australia. Rats came with the polynesians in their sea craft when they arrived to settle these shores. Stotes, ferrites & weasels were introduced to catch the rabbits Another dumb move. No Bobcats, only the small bulldozer type? or Coyotes. There was an eagle. In fact it is said it was the biggest eagle in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haast's_eagle There is a native falcon & the Harrier Hawk was introduced from Australia which is quite a bit bigger than the native falcon. Those bloody Aussies couldn't help themselves, we even have bloody Wallabies that we can't get rid of along with their possums & they are both protected in Aussie. The rabbits are just out of control. They drove many a farmer off his land in the earlier days as the farmer just couldn't keep them under control & they ate the sheep out of their tucker & hence the farmer out of money. No Andy, the Kiwi Bird is still with us, but threatened like many of the other flightless birds because of these unwanted ground predators. JW ?
  3. That's a bit of a different water wheel. Cool.? JW ?
  4. No. Seems a bit off topic ? I can talk aye. JW ?
  5. Saturday morning Mrs JW & I packed up the caravan & headed off to goldfields afar. Having got the caravan all set up & sorted we headed off to see the farmer to let him know we were about for the weekend. I hadn't been over this way for a while so it was good to have a catch up with him. Where I wanted to go to try the X coils he told me that they had done a poisoned carrot drop by helicopter for rabbit control & it might pay to keep away from that area. Bugger. So we did. Which left me to go where I had already been over a few times with the X coils & that area had now dried up for me. I did try again but no joy. Other areas I went over I got sick of digging shotgun pellets. Bloody rabbits. I tried one more area before dark & managed one small bit. I didn't even get a picture of it as I had left the phone in the wagon & couldn't be bothered going back for it. It was one of those imagined type signals but there was something about the first little hint of 'was that a signal'? Not always being there I questioned it. But you know how sometimes you think you heard something very slightly that sounded a bit different to a bloody shotgun pellet. Even after a few scapes it still wasn't always there but I was sure I had heard something. I laid into the dig a bit more & then the signal came to life & it was a small bit of gold down in the schist bedrock. That was it though. Next day we woke to an awesome sunrise. Went up to investigate the area I wanted to get into. Damn....there was a helicopter loading up with more carrots out in the paddock. Bugger. So we went for a bit of a drive & on heading back past where the helicopter had been filling up we saw the helicopter flying off into the distance & obviously heading off. So I decided to go into an old turned over gully further down from where the helicopter activity had been. It was a gully that had dried up on the gold take for me with the Zed & ML 14" coil. On driving over the paddocks the carrot drop was obvious. So to were the bloody rabbits. On getting to the gully the carrots were not as prolific. But during the course of the day detecting I could see that the rabbits had had a good go at the carrots & there was just small shredded remains here & there of carrots. On the detecting side of things I was again getting my share of bloody pellets. Bugger. The 10" X coil loves these damn things. I was in High Yield/Normal & full max sensitivity. I was loathed to turning down the sensitivity so put up with the pellets & worked on the scrape it once & if it moves ignore it & move on theory. It still plays on my mind that any one of those could still be a bit of gold. But I cant keep digging pellets all day. So was going for the deeper signals that lived on past the first scrape. One such signal finally came from an old timers throw out pile. Note the rabbit holes...EVERY WHERE Mrs JW sitting up in the wagon. The grass was still a problem in the old workings. I have been hugely spoiled in the past & had the pleasure of detecting in here many times with no grass at all. Even with the Zed & ML 14" coil which did get me a few bits & pieces. Gold it was, small but. Then further down the same throw out pile. Note the carrot. And not a Garrett Carrot.? Another tiny bit of gold. Smaller than a pellet. I stuck to detecting close to the gully bottom they had dug out as there was a bit of bedrock showing. Hard to see in the photo but under the detector is the bed rock & I got a faint signal to the edge of the bedrock. On digging down the signal improved & was coming from a drop off point of that bedrock. At the low point I was into rotten crumbly schist. Signal booming I was 100% sure this was going to be gold. It was but it didn't live up to how loud the signal was & I was expecting bigger. Look at the depth though for that small bit of gold. I took this next photo as I guessed it was about the same spot as the photo of me with the brush cutter which was about 4 years ago when I cut out a heap of wilding thyme bushes. Looks like they haven't grown back....yet Not far from that last piece another signal down in the rotten schist bedrock. Note all the rabbit poo. Small gold again Just kept on coming Another almost imagined signal that had me investigate. Livened up at a bit of depth & down into the rotten schist bedrock. You can see the beauty of the smaller coil for getting in among those thyme bushes that ML 14" doesn't have a hope of doing. Note to up in the back ground how the wilding thyme bushes takes over valuable grazing land. A very thin flat flake Things then dried up for me & I went over to a couple of throw out piles that were away from this main run of workings & where I had snagged a few bits with the 3000 & the 4500 but nothing later with the Zed. They was no bedrock & the throw out piles where of clay & not down to the rotten schist. I wasn't liking my chances & decided that after going over these piles I would call it quits. I got a nice signal that lived down past the first couple of scrapes. Wasn't holding my breath as the soil was still pretty loamy but just getting into a bit of a colour change when the signal had moved. Ha...well I'll be buggered. Biggest bit of the day. I then got on to a bit of a roll. That nice colour change again. Rusty clay material. Out popped this small bit. And another from the same dig on checking my scrape out pile before back filling. Right beside a rabbit burrow I got a signal that lived on down quite deep. My final sassy bit for the day before calling it quits. All up 16 pieces For just under 1.5 grams Loving this coil. Best of luck out there JW ?
  6. No doubt at all. Nothing surer. And here I am here bagging all the tourists that drive on the wrong side of the road here. I am well aware of the carnage they cause. I hope I don't become one of them. In the cities we will most likely just use uber. Don't plan on being in the cities for long. Best part of the cities is the road out of them. Out on the open roads I should be ok. Maybe. JW ?
  7. How on earth can you do that? Clockwise to screw up, & anti clockwise to remove. I haven't come across a reverse thread screw yet. No doubt they do exist but be a rarity & for a very specific application. Bit like reversed thread bolts & nuts. Might have something to do with your navigational skills.? Just taking the piss. I know you are good for it. Good luck out there JW ?
  8. Gee....the gold watch didn't melt too well.? JW ?
  9. The Nox 800 is a deadly little beast on even the smallest of gold pieces. Even with the stock 11" coil. These were all about 2 on the VDI's, same as damn shotgun pellets Naturally not overly deep. Bring on the little 6" coil. crazy small Simon can show you a piece of gold he found with his Nox 800 & stock 11" coil that gave a consistent reading of 15 on the VDI's. He was not expecting it to be gold & it was at a good depth too. Happy hunting JW ?
  10. I dont know how I missed seeing this thread. I subscribed to Bill's channel a while back. Certainly comes across as a decent person, & Tammy. We have spoken back & forth numerous times on his channel. I do love his vids weather he is on the gold or not. Love his general commentary on his surroundings out in the desert. Quite a bit different to what we have here in NZ so nice of him to share the natural flora & fauna. That stuff in the different seasons appeals to me as much as finding gold. Natures food for the soul. Gold or no gold. Makes getting out there worth it. Thanks Bill & thanks Steve for the plug. I always enjoy his vids. Good luck out there JW ?
  11. That is good news for you Jasong. I was really feeling for you & your frustrations. I was so waiting to see/hear your reports on these coils & it is a shame you had the experiences you had. I have not had the issue you had with the curly cables, so far, touch wood, as JW touches his head. I can see why your patch adaptor broke at that fine wire connection. Your patience lasted a lot longer than many, I am sure. Good luck with your house reconstruction. It will give you time to clear your head re your coil issues, & hopefully when back swinging them you will have nothing but great things to report. I still look forward to what you have to say. Very best of luck out there JW ?
  12. Certainly my opinion as well. ? Best of luck out there JW ?
  13. That's exactly what I thought to myself when I found the 10th bit. Going by your 10 to 1 ratio. JW ?
  14. That is all very good & well JP...but what about the many people that forked out their hard earned $$, me included, thinking that a smaller coil was coming from Minelab because they said there was going to be one?? Don't get me wrong. I have loved every Minelab detector, except the SDC 2300 & I put that down to our insanely mild ground conditions, that I have owned. We were so spoilt with the GP/GPX platform that just got better & better. The BIG bonus being all the multitudes of coils that became available over the years. Coils that would fit & were exchangeable between all those models. I don't believe we will ever see the likes of that kind of availability in a gold detector ever again with just so many "choices" of settings & coil combinations in one machine. Not from Minelab any way. Hope I am wrong. I usually am. Everybody wants the choice of at least one small/smaller coil to get into places that a large coil just cant get. My point being, I went out to a spot in the weekend I had given up on with the Zed & ML 14" coil as it was no longer producing for me & there of course were spots I just could get that coil into, a certain make of 10" coil got me 16 bits of gold. Was I happy about that? You bet.? Best of luck out there JW ?
  15. Tis half the reason I love it so much. Gold or no gold. Food for the soul. Thanks. Best of luck to you out there JW ?
  16. Ha ha....been there done that. Smashing out wilding thyme bushes. Rewarded too. Good luck out there JW ?
  17. One law that gold follows is that due to its heavy weight it drops to the lowest points, or is in the process of doing so. It requires movement to do & accomplish that. Once that movement is arrested like in an up lifted old river channel, or glacial push where there is no more movement of water or ice to create the shuffling of ground material to let the golds movement down through that material & settle on down to be caught in the traps that trap it. Hence me detecting all those crack areas & the edges of the schist fractures & drop off point & ledges. Some times gold is caught in the mosses & lichens on the smooth schist faces of the bedrock. What you cant see on those surfaces are the small cracks that are hidden by the mosses & lichens that is usually trapping the gold. Not until you get a signal & scrape away the moss or lichen do you uncover these little cracks that from the surface you just cant see.? Cheers Good luck out there JW ?
  18. Hey Norvic....how was the netball mate? Sorry. Off topic I know. But....go KIWI. ? Just for our viewers. NZ Beat Aussie by one goal to win the women's netball world cup. Makes up for the cricket. JW ?
  19. Just have a wee bit of a think about the cracks & drop off ledges in that sheet schist bedrock. What do the riffles in your sluice box do with gold?? Light bulb moment?? JW ?
  20. Cant be as bad as Mike Hunt. or Phil McCracken. I will run for cover now. JW ?
  21. Hi guys, Last Sunday Simon & I headed back to the area where we were at a month ago where I had a some success with the Zed & X coil 10 x 9 We just carried on from where we left off last time all be it over ground I have hammered over the years & even with Simon we have been over it numerous times. Simon with different detectors & me with the Zed & ML 14" coil but not the X coils this far over. Simon was back on his 4500 & NF Evo coil but he knocked his sensitivity down to 13 to try to eliminate getting so many shot gun pellets. Seemed to work well for him, so on this rare occasion I got more than him. My first signal wasn't too long in coming. I was targeting the cracks & drop off shelf areas where there is usually a crack that gold could have dropped into. First signal was at the base of just such a little ledge drop off & schist fracture in the bed rock. note the grass growth. This isn't usually like this but I don't think the sheep are are allowed to graze in here any more. I said to Simon that if this is the case then detecting in here will get impossible as the grass really takes hold & makes it impossible to get the coil on to the ground & of course the grass loves the cracks & crevices where the roots can take hold in the deeper ground. The signal had moved & was in that crack. Small though. But no catch & release. Carried on & a 2nd signal came in exactly the same type situation. A little schist drop off ledge. I actually wish I took a picture from when I first got the signal before disturbing the ground. So you could have worked out the depth. But I scraped away the dirt until I was down to the lower ledge of the schist bedrock before taking a picture. You can see where the height of the dirt was. Virtually right up to the top of that bedrock where the moss & lichen is growing. Note too the little crevice coming to light. The signal was booming but still down in that crack. I had the pointy end of the pick as far as it would get into that crack & the signal was still down in there. I just knew it was going to be gold. I looked around for a long thin stick but no joy there. In a last ditch effort I positioned the pick with the handle 90 degrees to that rock face, which gave me the narrowest part of the pick to drag sideways along the crack to try to move the target. It wasn't easy but I finally managed to move it & get it out. It made me work for it but bingo. Out it was. I could have sworn for the depth of the original signal that it was going to be bigger than that. Again on the edge of a schist drop off I got another signal. Note how the grass favors those schist crevice areas of deeper ground. Again in the corner edge at the bottom of that drop off. Another sassy bit of gold. No record breakers. I then hit a shot gun pellet grave yard which was driving me nuts. Pellet after damn pellet. One scrape & they had moved. I should have known better than to persevere with those type signals. Another signal, one scrape & it had moved. I hesitated about retrieving this one, but I did. And was rewarded for doing so. Smaller than a pellet even. At this point Simon came up to have a look & to swap over to his Nox 800. He lasted about 10 minutes with that as the pellets drove him crazy. He went back to the 4500 & manged to snag a bit of gold. I wandered away & had a bit of a dry spell. I was hoping for another piece before I stopped for a coffee break & a bite to eat. It took a while to come & we were having the old sleety/rain showers coming through. When I got a nice little signal. It was down a wee bit & ended up being in a little hollow in the schist bed rock. It didn't take long for the little hollow to fill with water as it was in a natural small gutter run off. Hence why I detected down this little depression in the ground. Small bit of gold it was. Well...not the smallest of the day. I then stopped for my well earned coffee. While having my coffee I checked my phone, which was very iffy with its signal. Blow me down, a message from Steve H. So I gave a quick reply stating what Simon & I were up to. I had 5 bits at this stage & Simon one. Simon at this point wandered up for a coffee & a bite to eat as well. After our break I headed down to where Simon had started detecting. I saw a lot of over turned rocks & slabs of schist. Just below one of his area I got a good little signal. You will notice up the right edge of the photo turned over slabs of schist from Simon. I was detecting those two cracks you can see with the grass growing in them. No surprise to me that I got a signal at the start of that one where the detector is. It wasn't a bad piece either. My biggest for the day. Simon saw me taking photos & asked if I got one there. I replied that I had & he came down to see if it was an area he had been over & hadn't got. I think he was satisfied he hadn't detected that spot. My reply was, Why not? Considering those cracks were right there. Any way. That was the last one for along spell. I did get one more but no pic of that. We called it quits as we had a bit of a walk to get back to Simon's vehicle. Due to the damp conditions, Simon's vehicle wasnt ideal to have brought in here. We had to park up further back from where we would normally. The wet conditions had made the glacial silt like grease & we had actually pushed his vehicles limits getting to where we did. Despite being 4 wheel drive his tires weren't up to it. On the way out we slipped of the track into the gutter. with me pushing we managed to get back on the track & it was a very slow slippery drive back to the main road & getting dark. We made it. Whew..... So all up for the Zed & X coil 10 x 9 was 7 little bits for not even one gram. This is my total of all detected gold from this area over the years. Just over two ounces & hundreds if not thousands of little pieces. The bigger bits seemed to have swum to the top. My pellet total that I brought home. There were many that I threw away down into no mans land that would never see a detector. Cheers. Good luck out there JW ?
  22. So it wasnt after a female aboriginal. I am a kiwi, New Zealander, & my initials are JW. Pretty simple really. Bit like me. Good luck out there JW ?
  23. On seeing the title of this thread & posted by you Simon I got all excited thinking you had scored a nice bit of gold from the other day that you said you were heading out. Bugger. I was let down. Good luck out there JW ?
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