Keats’ enthusiasm for the violin hasn’t waned since he started playing about two and a half years ago. He’s been ready for some time to move to a full sized violin, and yesterday was his big day. It’s been quite a birthday month for Keats! Last night Jonny and I were sitting in bed talking close to midnight when we heard Keats playing it just one more time before he went to sleep.
The original plan was for just Keats and me to travel to Richmond, meeting his violin instructor at the violin shop. However, the entire family ended up riding along because Jonny got permission for the boys to metal detect a very old property outside of Richmond. Seth had his best day ever, finding an 1864 two cent piece among other things.
I’m often asked what kind of metal detector we recommend. My boys have tried entry level models from four of the major metal detecting companies, and we prefer Garrett metal detectors. The Garrett ACE 250 is a great place to start if you have an older child (10 and up?) interested in getting started. Seth is now using a Garrett AT Pro, and that is what he used to find the treasures he is sharing here today. I am a big fan of this hobby, because while it does mean that my boys often have muddy knees and dirt under their fingernails, they are getting outdoors and learning a bit of history in a fun hands on way.