Sunday, July 15, 2012

the lost ring

The National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 2004 provides, I am told, that it is illegal in Ireland to use a metal detector.

My ring, the one that I lost in the turf-shed, or possibly in the long grass

The government's great fear, I assume, and it is undoubtedly a justified one, is that someone might use such a device to detect metal.

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  1. But this is so sad! And that is such a beautiful sparkly meaningful ring:(. Fie, Irish government, fie on you!

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  2. How mean. Over here people discover Saxon treasure hoards with them. All the time.

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    1. If you know anyone who has discovered two Saxon treasure hoards, Sue, would you get them to send me one? It would look well on the shelf in my study.

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  3. Employ down and out fairies instead - they could do with the money, and they probably stole it in the first place.

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    1. My plan exactly, Tom. The down and out fairies should arrive later this week.

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  4. what if I fly in with my detector and go out to the turf-shed in the dark?

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    1. Thank you, Becky. Kind offers such as this make all the blogging worthwhile. You mustn't let me know you will be going out with your detector lest I am accused of colluding with you. Maybe tell me you are interested in bats?

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  5. How about dressing up in gardening garb and disguising a metal detector as a gardening tool of some sort.

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    1. I had the very same thought, Denise, and have darkened my eyebrows already as step one of the gradual change of identity.

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  6. Hi Mise

    That ring is a beauty. Are you sure Pink or Blue Girl did'nt find it? Maybe they will try and sell it back to you. I remember how they picked flowers in your garden then rang the doorbell and offered to sell them to you?

    Helen xx

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  7. That is a truly lovely ring. I shall have a little cry on your behalf.

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  8. I'm with Jane. Who will know? Of course you might not be able to buy one, in which case Becky can help (assuming her metal detector gets through the airport metal detector). Obviously, there are many of us ready and willing to work outside the law and find your ring. Too bad the Hattatt's aren't around I'm certain they would know what to do.

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    1. Yes Jen, how terrible that something like this should happen while the Hattatts are not on their watch. If only they had appointed a deputy before they abandoned me.

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    2. And Becky's metal detector possibly not getting through the airport metal detector is like a Ray Bradbury short story: a species turning violently against itself.

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  9. This just reinforces the old saying about we only get the Government we deserve. I once misplaced my engagement/wedding ring. After 4 hours of searching & MOTH yelling at me to top note, he found it in the kitchen gargage bin. Don't ask.
    Millie xx

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  10. You make a phone call in your turf shed on your mobile phone using this app
    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/metal-detector-free/id333259405?mt=8. And then you eat this comment.

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    1. How wonderful, Lucille! Who needs the Hattatts back while you are here.

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  11. I'm writing this down in my Moleskine of 'Silliest Rules Ever Invented' and yes, there will be an illustration to demonstrate. I hope a magnifying glass and wide tooth comb might make acceptable substitutes?

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  12. oh. I lost an emerald ring for a number of years. I assumed that I had vacuumed it up and it was thrown away with the rubbish. All hope was lost. Or so I thought. When we were cleaning our last place before moving to the Sow's Ear I found it on the floor behind Jason's bedside table. I hope you find your ring as painlessly as that (and more quickly).

    In the meantime, have you tried googling DIY metal detectors...surely you can fashion your own? You make your own yoghurt, don't you? xx

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  13. You haven't baked it in an apple pie have you? I did that with a diamond ring once. Thankfully, having discovered it was lost, I was able to alert our dinner guests to the possibility that it could turn up anywhere! It did ... on someone's spoon! Suppose I was lucky no one broke a tooth.

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  14. Some of your readers sound a wee crooked. I know, let's band together as international jewel thieves, it will make smuggling a metal detector seem like small potatoes. We'll all "find" rings as lovely as the one you lost. And just think of the fun we will have. Can we pretend we are a book club for cover? I guess I sound a bit crooked too...

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  15. The minute you stop looking for it, you will find it (I hope!!) I once lost an earring, and found it some time later under the bed - it must have fallen out during the night (I rarely take my earrings out, as I hate putting them in!)

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  16. I've heard dail eireann will offer a special dispensations if you can provide documentary evidence to prove that you've exhausted the saint anthony angle.

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  17. Please send your turfshed over here and we will legally search it.

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  18. Can't you have a turf shed party ? ..... we can all come and help look. Are magnets allowed in Ireland ? .....A turf shed magnet party with gin and tonic....sounds good to me.
    ....and, what were you doing in the long grass Mise ?!! XXXX

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  19. That is just weird and I am so sad for you to loose a lovely ring like that...with lots of memories I am sure attached!
    I believe you will find it....keep searching and perhaps make a garden party with lots of kids ... and hunter's reward ceremony ((:
    all the best...xoxo Z

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  20. A lovely ring. Not such a lovely rule about metal detectors. Are the government afraid we will all go out digging for buried treasures in our gardens?!
    My mother lost her engagement ring when baking apple pies. The ring turned up 10 years later on the gravel driveway... still a bit of a mystery how that happened. So don't give up, it could turn up anywhere.

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  21. I hope your ring turns up. I'm with the 'get/borrow a metal detector' brigade! Failing that, St. Jude has been known to help;-) there I go - breaking the law and praying all in one line!

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You're looking particularly well.

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