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    Douglas P Burgess
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  1. Im thinking that there may be a important general election coming up in May
  2. Also like books and gardening. Ive a tw0 acre garden . Garden difficult as im at 1200ft above sea lv and its extremely windy. Clyde valley windfarm is 3 miles behind me the Southern upland way 800 yards away in the reports of the walk they state this is the worst section . Two years ago in March if not May three guys out walking 12 miles away two died of hypothermia. I in fact did not take the dogs out because I did not fancy getting the max gear on to brave the snow blizzard and bad weather plus the thought of having to dry off two huskys after that slush fest . Ive over the years made log walls around the place and had to make soil as the place is threequarters a playground. Two orchards about 1000 trees ive planted Plums /pears/ apples/ cherry blackcurrant redcurrant raspberry tayberry loganberry strawberry Siberian lily ill bring some seed for anyone intrested its not a showy flower but the perfume it gives off fills the garden. Ive several thousand books a couple of hundred big hardback lots encyclopedias and several hundred books on cooking. Its a favourite part of going shopping browsing charity shops Lanark when I went the St leonards hospice was a favourite my newest place is a mix of Barnardos in Dumfries where you get 5 books for £3 and the other is Shelter.The difficulty gardening here is the season is months shorter than other places ive lived. Its a month behind Dumfries. My daffodils come out in May ive several thousand in banks. Ill most likely miss them as ill be at camp in wales when there out in full display.Ohh ill mention major problems I used to have were invaders moles rabbits hares but gradually sorted them out as years gone on . but sheep other side of fence Monty heard them this morning when out just yard rom him but ignored them baaaing. The major problem is the cows they eat the trees in my garden and climb up the fences and walls breaking them down making it fairly dangerous letting my dogs out at times. Ive still lots of repairs to do before I come away otherwise I could come back to a disaster if they got in to feed.
  3. If you have read my posts I am a goldpanner and prospector. Of the 4000 minerals on earth Ive found one of them it was identified as La Ce Po4 So3 a lanthanide rare earth actually found in North Wales its comprised of small ovoid purple metallic lenses. Identified by Dr Hillary Pritchard a world expert on platinoids. (she used a electron probe) I find new gold rivers yearly There are over 100 hundred goldmines in North Wales check out the story in Goldmines of Merioneth by G W Hall. Id recommend you discount any of his theorys on how to locate the lodes or rock involved he was the prospector for Gwynfynydd ( welsh for white mountain)(the white been quartz which was found to be shot through with gold but not initially)But his knowledge was brought into question and he was replaced by geologist Professor Black . Intrestingly the book has a photo of Miss Gunn a geological student of Prof Black taking a sample off the wall of the mine. The photo is a real photo as she was a total disaster im told by miners who were there at time. Her job was to run assays on all the rock they mined through. Prof Black came on his monthly visit to check on progress and as he walked through the workings they came across a sheet of marcasite. he asked if Miss gunn had assayed it she said no. They rushed off with a sample to assay and he found it was supersaturated with gold. He asked the miners what had happened to the stuff taken from the mine. They told him they had tipped it down the dump. There had been 6 wagon loads and for two weeks he had the dump excavated for all of it. Fact was they had only tipped 2 load over the side of the dump and buried 4 loads in the waste heap as they had suspected that it was something special. It was estimated they had lost gold in the marcasite to a value of £2000000 . I got to know Jack Williams of Clogau and became friends so much so he gave me the location of his secret goldmine that he used to operate when he not prospecting in Clogau. He built his house at Bontddu initially from his first working there. His daughters wedding and other important family events. Ive al;ready said the area holds great intrest for me as lots of things can be found in the area including uranium molebdium copper and in places vast if staggering amounts of gold.
  4. News on Cheyyane seems she has moved from Hamilton where they still give out the old crap about her growling at other dogs invading her space. She been moved to Dunbarton rescue. They got different approach they say if your other dog gets on with her you can take her home. Only problem is Dunbarton 100 miles or more away. They got a fabulous malamute there too.
  5. Sad news was listening to 2cellos from Gladiators Now I am free . Monty was howling away to it. Will play now Enigma-Era -Gregorian Moment of Peace
  6. Yes 60 ft leads are good and I take my two out on a double lead and its usually good as I have rope attached to it round my waist. But the brass clip can be undone when they jump start as if starting off with a sled. But the double is good as they have one failing low intelligence in that if off they will choose to go either side of a lamppost or rock making recapture easy. Little comment I saw somewhere ages of huskys my Topaz 16 years old Monty about one year younger. only thing is Montys black coat now all grey. ( ive seen it on Tv a prog about a dog show for dogs that had them made up ,im going to try some hair dye black and orange on both my dogs. Have not got jet sprays but will try with brushes to make them into tigers.
  7. June 5th 1995 I was first person on earth to handle the 2/1/4 ounce gold nugget the" Jamie" Jamie was a gamekeeper having a nervous breakdown and trying to make a new job for himself.Actually he was succeeding successfully in his new job as heed found that a select small shrimp was the food needed to feed baby lobsters. He used to go catch them on a tide in the Mawddach esturary and sell them to select university group. In between tides he tried panning for gold in the forest . I saw him in the valley id been panning he was what I call a kangaroo a hole 2ft deep then heed move 50 yards then the same again. I went and told him he was wasteing his time as the gold started to show at 6ft. I told heed need to dig a minimum of 3ft for a odd chance of getting any thing. Think he managed to get one flake of gold.He left and during weekend id changed site to a location on side of river onto bedrock and was panning gravel and hard clay getting decent nuggettoes of about 0.1 to 0,3 of a gram.I was accumulating a fair amount but a Forestry worker stopped and told us the water to bottom of the river was white from the clay. So I stopped and changed site again. On Sunday the ""gold expert from Leeds """ came down with friend and I went downstream to see them and they were digging at side of big 20 ton boulder at side of river. I told them off /gave advice as they were using a sieve. I told them the river had nuggets and by using a sieve they would throw away the nuggets. ||They like many others ignored my advice. Id been given this advice and had followed it and thereafter started getting nuggets galore.The advice was given by a strange lad from Colwyn bay. Strange because he had a campervan which he had covered in stickers of which you could get in kids magazines in the 1960.s of fake bullet holes. But looking closer all the bullet holes in the back of his van were real. On Monday it rained and as result the river rose and filled in all activity on the river. On Wenesday Jamie arrived at about 5pm and I told him he could do my clay site as that late at night no one would see and any clay in river would not show up for next day. I went down at 7pm it nearly getting dark. He was not there he was actually in the hole that the guys had been in at weekend next to big rock. Note the hole had filled up on Monday with loose gravel so not obvious . He had worked all the loose gravel out easily and was getting down about one foot further than they had gone. Heed got two nuggetoes from the clay site but moved as he thought it too dirty to continue. Anyways I came down and he had all the equipment on massive big plastic arm waders and he using a square letrapp pan that fairly weird to use by shuffling it back and forwards. He had this stone in his pan rattling around and it looked like a zippo lghter a brass one that was old and tarnished he asked us what that was I picked it up out of the pan and looked at it. On one side it had a slight scratch. I said "You bastwerd" " ive been looking for one like this for 10 years. its a two ouncer or im a Dutchman >" It turned out to be 2/1/4. he had in his gold collection a flake two nuggetoes and a 2/1/4 ounce nugget. Note the nugget that brown discoloured colour would have been indistinguishable with other rocks in a sieve and the reason all those using a sieve tghrow away 90% of the nuggets they ""pan". Little point the river involved was the Afon Wen you can make a hole 4ft in a day /5ft in a week/ 6ft in two weeks work. But 8ft the usual depth to full bottom took three months work but you got then 10/15 grams of gold and nuggets per sq yard. usual average was 2 gram nuggets best I got was 8 gram . the ouncer was a 1in /1000 exception.
  8. There was discussion on the Jeremy Vile show on wehter this should happen yesterday. Never got chance to phone in to say yes let him come but that they should get him out of London and show him the sights. A trip up north to see Hadrians wall would be instructive I think.
  9. Ok I mentioned theses things they happen to be true might be dated as it was 20 years ago. I lived in Dolgellau area for 10 years . I was not a tourist .It used to take me two days to go in and two days to depart as it took that going round seeing all friends in the area. Friends who brought there dogs out to the forest all of 14 miles told me of difficulties in Dolgellau. Yes did not look up spelling of Cwmbran . My friend on road to Barmouth had property there that went right down to the waters edge. The local farmer bought up the redundant farm next to him towards Barmouth . He then had his cows move to fresh fields in the new pasture heed got. Instead of driving them around the road through traffic and round my friends property he broke down the hedges and fence on my friends land and drive them through his property. My friend kept repairing his fence even using barbed wire. It ended up the farmer going round my friends house and shooting dead his black Labrador who was inside with all her puppys. Im in tears as I used to like her and she was as good as gold. The farmer claimed they had all been out chasing his sheep. Not sure if police involved. I nearly years ago went back to visit him during time we had foot and mouth come to our area with presents . I only did not due to having friends with farmer at Bonttu. Note while I was there holiday cottages were been burnt down . Local Merribion Glendowwer guy who had been to prison lived on farm near Bron Aber.
  10. A friend lives in a village out of Dolgellau and you need to be English living in Wales and not speak Welsh to experience racism at its worst . As said Dolgellau is a dangerous place. But nothing to the total hatred they have for Welsh who cant speak Welsh. I had a "friend" who lived at Bron Aber who experienced horrors . Hes dead now but had retired there from Cumbrawnn .Suprisingly he was scared as he had been head of the mafia in south Wales. The husky in Tesco had the panels on as help dog . I did not question its authontisiticy so as not to get a husky into trouble if it was wrong. I saw it twice one going round the store and passing it when leaving . I patted him on the way out , Ive new phone would have taken a photo if I knew how to operate the phone. Ill keep a eye out to take a photo. Bora Da or Nos Starr
  11. Ill point out a point of intrest regarding dogs in Wales. When I was the Afon Wen panning quite a few locals brought there dogs to let off the lead and walk them who came from Dolgellau. They could not walk them in Dolgellau as the farmers in the area of the town regularly shot dogs anywhere near there fields even when on leads. Ill add another point I was amazed to see a. husky in Tesco Dumfries at Christmas in the store. He was a helping dog I said hello but did not find out what type of help he was. I did think if huskys can be that well trained that their singing could be of some use in situations plus if trained as dogs for the blind then blind marathon runners could win races.
  12. yes can second Lidl the thighs are greast for myself plus my huskys like them . I do most of the dry complete but they need a bit of meat to go with it once at night Webbox chubroll though my Topaz has dire rear with rabbit version . only need a slice half inch. The complete is available 24/7 and unlike Labradors they dont over feed. Can be more difficult when im out in my van though Monty tends to not eat much. Ill add did not get to sled races as my van in for repair tomorrow (getting new cable as I cant select reverse) Got a weird selection come up on YOUTUBE Enigma -Era -Gregorian Moment of peace Huskys to the fore on that one
  13. Look at the news article that started the story look at latest news it tells of Sled dog races at Loch Morlick with 2500 huskys. On the 26th January Ill see if I can get up there to see whats happening. We got snow here in the Lowlands so they should have buckets full.
  14. It was on ITV lost the plot and fell asleep woke up for end / lost plot again saw pirate man been beastly it ended. Ill not book it for a rerun.
  15. 1Adult two huskys. Ill only come for Saturday as seeing the video has decided me . Too many kids running around for my huskys safety. Ill need to buy another muzzle too. Mine have both been abused by children and hate them. So will have to be on muzzles and keep clear of the rugrats. So wont be fun . Plus I dont drink . Having said that all I need to do is park up some where and get panning in the rivers streams and the treasure wreck to keep me happy. And ive done the exploration and know where to park for free.
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