We were hoping to be able to check out an area today. But when we got there… Not all lost though. We did find a few small specimens along the side of the track we[…]
Had a bit of a trip out today, initially to Heathcote, and then through to Costerfield. Costerfield is a very small township, but also the site of an operating gold-antimony mine, run by Mandalay Resources.[…]
I finished going through the broken up pieces collected underground a couple of weeks ago. This was a nice little surprise!
Had a very pleasant day out today to Mount Franklin, a volcano near Daylesford, Victoria. Part of the Newer Volcanics, Mount Franklin is said to be about 20 million years old. It has a range[…]
Today I was fortunate to be able to visit, and go underground in, a couple of gold mines in the Central Goldfields region of Victoria. One is predominantly slate and the other sandstone. Both have[…]
Yesterday was the shortest day of the year here in Australia. So today is a little bit longer. Although you wouldn’t know it. It has been a dark and dreary afternoon. So what to do?[…]
I thought I would share another mineral found the other day from the Prince Regent mines area, less than a kilometre from home. This is one of a number of specimens of arsenopyrite. A geological[…]
Spent a pleasant half day today collecting minerals with good friend, Toby Billing. And the best part, it was less than 1 kilometre from home! We spent a bit of time looking around the mullock[…]
Went out collecting today with good friend Toby Billing. We went up to Mount Cole just outside Raglan, about 66km west north west of Ballarat. Mount Cole is granite country. The granite at this spot[…]
I got to go out collecting today. A nice birthday present 😁 It was a lovely late Autumn day with plenty of sunshine after a cool start (there was a bit of a frost). We[…]
From the Ballarat Courier Newspaper – “Fossickers, prospectors welcomed back into forests”… Under the new eased COVID-19 restrictions here in Victoria, fossicking is once again allowed. Along with golf, fishing, and other recreational activities. Of[…]
Today, we went for a bit of a hike in accordance with the easing of restrictions in Victoria. One of the places we visited was the Union Mine area at the base of Mt Greenock,[…]
In these times of isolation, there is an opportunity to look back over things acquired, such as this gmelinite specimen from the quarry near Weldborough in northeast Tasmania… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Did a bit of social distancing today (not too many people out bush). A short trip to Bendigo and Heathcote. At the latter is the pictured Pink Cliffs geological reserve, an artefact from the sluicing[…]