I was a bit disappointed today as I have been trying to get permission to do an old hotel site that was established in the 1850’s in South Australia but yet again I could not locate the owners. There is also a site where the first South Australian militia used to train that I have been trying to locate and after a couple of hours driving from one place to another I finally found the owner of the property. We spoke for some time about the history of the area and some other ruins on his property that date right back to the late 1840’s, this was only about 10 years after South Australia was settled in 1836. He wasn’t to sure about the location and asked me to get a bit more information so that we had a better idea of the exact area, he also said I could come back in three weeks after he gets back from holidays for a detect, yippee! Then my luck took a turn for the better after I asked who owned the land around the hotel and he said it was his and I was welcome to have a look around the outer boundaries. It didn’t take me long to wrap up the conversation as I was like a racehorse chomping at the bit and raring to go. I cranked up the trusty CTX 3030 and quickly got down to business but as I skirted around outside the fence line it was disappointingly quiet with very little noise coming from the speaker. As I rounded the back fence that was only about 3 meters from the back of the old hotel (which is now a house) the ground suddenly came alive but it was wall to wall with trash.I managed a few relics from amongst this lot including a few musket balls and a very large spent shell with no markings and measuring 13mm across where the projectile goes in, ouch.The whole time I was detecting I kept glancing over the fence and drooling at the possibility of what is around the old hotel. Then a lock on a target that snapped me back into the moment with a solid tone ID of 12:38, I quickly retrieved an 1877 Britannia penny followed up with a 1906 Britannia penny not far away that had seen the attention of some target practice. Things may be looking u after all! Then it was back to about another half hour of mind numbing trash detecting before I scored an excellent target that was clear as a bell and not very deep. The tone ID was 11:36-37 and any of you who hunt old sites would know that it is an exciting target ID. I was pleasantly surprised when probably the best condition cricket buckle I have found popped out of the dry sandy soil, oh happy day. They are so awesome to unearth never-ceasing to excite me with their multitudes of different designs and this one was probably one of the best ones I have seen.All in all it was frustrating but rewarding little hunt that has left me even keener to track down the owners of the old hotel. For now it is back to the research to try and narrow down the search area of the old militia site for three weeks time. So stay tuned, watch this spot and remember research is the key, happy hunting.