Eight years ago, in 2003, Dino from the UK visited us for the first time here in SA. We then spend one of the weekends at the sea side holiday resort of Hermanus and did some detecting with Lukas.
The following was the front page then of our SA newsletter for metal detectorists, Treasure Talk.
As today (Monday) is a public holiday in SA, our family took a long weekend and went camping at Onrus (a resort town next to Hermanus)
As Saturday had an extreme low spring tide, I revisited the beach at Voelklip where we detected with Dino. That day we found quite a couple of items including a beautiful gold seal ring. This time however, I did not get a single beep!
Then and now, the second picture was taken on Saturday morning at just before 8
I also visited Grotto Beach and Long beach but again, not a single beep. That must be a record for me – detecting three beaches at low tide (Spring tide) and not only finding nothing – I really did not get a single beep! (Yes, my machine was switched on!)
Spot the white cliffs / rocks on the right of the following picture – it was here at Grotto beach that I found my first gold ring in 1997 with a Garret Freedom Ace detector.
The following pictures were taken at our campsite – you can still see the Air Malaysia and airport stickers from last Sunday’s flight attached to my scoop!
BTW, a little bird told me that someone scored a gold hat trick at Fishhoek beach this weekend – pictures please!!
We have returned this morning after a 10-day holiday staying at Patong beach on Phuket Island in tropical Thailand.
It was a fantastic holiday with everything we have hoped for.
The Tsunami threat after the massive earthquake in Japan was a bit of a scare , but otherwise everything went according to plan.
I only went out detecting three times, the first only for a few minutes in waist high water at the beach at our hotel. I only found three coins but two days later found quite a few coins and then two days later between 30 and 40 coins (and other pieces of jewellery).
Pity my plans for a last day of detecting were stopped as our beach was cleared because of the Tsunami threat.
Here are some pictures regarding items I have found ...
The holiday itself was packed with excursions to nearby islands by motorboat, trips into the jungle for elephant rides and white water rafting, and shows like the extraordinary FANTASEA.
White water rafting up in the mountains...
Sliding through the jungle.
Fantasea show – we had dinner here before the show started. The restaurant is the size of two sport fields!
Visiting the nearby islands by motorboat. We did one trip to James Bond and nearby islands and another to Phi-Phi.
Mariana at James Bond Island.
Finding Nemo – the snorkelling between the tropical fish on the coral reefs was one of the high lights of the trip.
Having your feet chewed by small fishes is some form of Thai message!
A great holiday was had by us – the Thai people must be one of the friendliest nations in the world staying in a super relaxing and beautiful country!
I, Wolfgang, Kern and his son Lucan decided to go to Sea Point Beach this morning. The tides were terrible being low tide at 5 this morning and then again at 5 this afternoon.
At least at Sea Point, the tides does not matter, as we don’t search for modern jewelry and coins here - It is not really a swimming beach because of the rocks, but was used for picnics and other activities for many years – it is possible Cape Town’s oldest beach.
Two weeks ago I found coins from both the 1600s and 1700s here.
Here’s the four of us before the detecting started at 11.00 this morning. We had terrible winter storms last week but today was sunny and fairly warm
We all founded some older pre decimal coins but those that we could identify were not that spectacular. Wolf and Kern still have to go through their finds and decide if there is something worth posting. Wolf has found an interesting small silver coin and will clean it tonight so that we can try to identify it.
I did not make a really good find – my only foreign coin was an old USA wheat cent but I cannot make out the date.