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So towards the end of my trip, look what I found just lying in a field!!!

Old-style ceramic power insulator

Old-style ceramic power insulator

To most people it’s just an old-style ceramic power line insulator, but to me it’s a steampunk paper weight for sure! As with the copper penny found on Day I, it’s far too nice to be made into anything but will look great just as it is on my mantelpiece…

All in all, a very productive/lucrative trip!

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So on Day II, I passed the following bit of carved stone, now incorporated into a farm building wall in Eskdale.

I am guessing it was a practice piece for a local stonecarver (spot the mistake in-between the first Y and Z!) and I love the usage of different fonts. It makes our modern-day ability to select thousands from a fonts menu at the mere touch of a button seem all too easy!

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I’ve not posted for a while as been a bit under the weather for what feels like weeks and not been doing anything very productive… just back from a few days R+R in the Lake District however, and feeling back on top form! 

The trip instantly got off to a good start as, during a very pleasant picnic stop on the shores of Coniston Water, I found the following bits and pieces lying in the lakeside gravel. The old gas cylinder (top right) is instantly going on the top of one of my rusty garden pole creations, as the concave bottom is perfect for a candle holder etc. The charred wooden stump (top left) will make an attractive base for something, and the small coil of lead-coverd wire (bottom right sitting on the rusty can bottom) will get melted down into something useful. My favourite find however is the old copper penny, with a fantastic verdigris patina (see below for an enlarged view) – far too nice to be made into anything clumsy by me, but a great thing to find on Day 1…

Finds from the shores of Coniston Water

Finds from the shores of Coniston Water

Verdigris coin close-up

In that this was all found from one tiny section of the lakeside, I’m now dying to know what else is lurking beneath the water just waiting to be found…!

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