Day 8: Metal Detector
all go down to the gold panning river to join the rest of the team and
help out with the panning in very wet and foul weather. Film with Kate
with the metal detector by the waterside, although this is not the best
place for a metal detector as only small dust particles of gold make it
down to the river. Higher up in the mountains would be more appropriate
as there are likely to be larger lumps perhaps embedded in a quartz vein.
All goes well though, but just to add a nice cheesy moment they film me
uncovering an old tin can (found by the metal detector of course) by the
riverbank. Pick it up and with a sheepish grin I "realise"
it's not gold!
In the afternoon we
head back to the sawmill and as my bit is essentially done I help out
the others. Join Ellen to burn the punga wood. Also time to spend with
Ellen so I can catch up with what she has been doing over the last year
since Rough Science 2.
Ellen and I set up
a fire with Mike B and we soak the punga in kerosene and get a good blaze
going. Some big eruptions as we add the odd glassfull of kerosene to the
fire! Nice to spend some time with Ellen by the warmth of the fire.
the crew were setting up for the final shot of the first programme - a
big moment and all rather exciting. We all clustered together by Kathy's
balance looking on while she made the various measurements to weigh the
gold. As this was going on Mike B came over with the gold. Kathy measured
the gold and got a spot-on result compared to a digital balance to compare
which was great! It's very difficult to guess the weight of gold
when you are used to "normal" things that weigh a good deal
less. We were all asked to guess the weight and I said 0.5g, which was
a guess. I think Mike B was a little disappointed with me, and I think
he thought I was suggesting that they hadn't managed to get much
Party that night at
the local pub and dancing at John and Derek's!!