#FF — Detectorists


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Each summer the Riordans flew to Cork, Ireland. While parents, Clancy and Mary, did detector-led archeological forays, ten-year-old twins, Sally and Conor, explored on their own.

Mr. & Mrs. Riordan found varied baubles over the years; one of them now rests on velvet in a museum. The twins stumbled upon a dream at the abandoned farm of Molly Maguire and convinced their parents to buy the property.

Twenty years later, Sally and Conor planted five acres with grapes, are restoring the crumbled stone farmhouse, and are building a winery over the cave they found in Old Mrs. Maguire’s chicken coop.

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This story gives a nod to a TV series I love, “Detectorists.” Although the series is filmed in Suffolk, England, I like the idea of it being set in Ireland. Fictioneers have magic wands and wave them at-will.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the talented host of Friday Fictioneers.

77 Comments Add yours

  1. sgeoil says:

    Great response to the photo prompt, and you have great taste in tv shows 😃

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Heather, so happy you’re familiar with the show. It’s a good’n isn’t it. Thank you!

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      1. sgeoil says:

        One of my favourites 😊

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        1. msjadeli says:

          The theme song makes me go all mushy inside 🙂

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          1. sgeoil says:

            It’s haunting and moving at that same time.

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I had to look up whether there really were wineries in Ireland and, blow me down, there are. That’s climate change for you

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I had to look it up also and what I found is that Cork is one area they are sprouting up. Neil, it’s 55F outside here today without a hint of it getting colder. Only a few snowy days where the snow melted in a day so far. In one way it’s nice but in another it scares the dickens out of me.

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  3. Ain says:

    That’s a very good idea, with global warming wines are set yo come more northern countries….

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ain, per google Ireland is getting wineries, which surprised me but not really 😦

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  4. dorahak says:

    Wineries in Ireland! Who would have thunk?! I have to look up the TV show now.
    Pax,
    Dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It is pretty amazing, I agree, Dora. I think you will love the show. If you see it, let me know, ok?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ronda, many thanks. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  5. memadtwo says:

    I like the warmth in both photo and story. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kerfe. That place looks like somewhere I’d like to check out. I’m happy for the twins 🙂

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  6. Sadje says:

    Great take Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  7. Tannille says:

    What a charming story. I want to know more about these little adventures the kids and parents got up to.

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      1. Nobbinmaug says:

        Dang it! I was going to say it was charming, and I don’t even use that word.

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  8. Sandra says:

    Nice angle to take for the photo prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sandra 🙂

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  9. Anita says:

    They developed a good property & created business opportunity. Cool 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Anita 🙂

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  10. A delightful story Lisa, I also really like Detectorists.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Keith. It’s a wonderful show and glad you’ve seen it and like it.

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  11. Dale says:

    How cool is this? I read Bill’s first and wondered why they were called the Molly Macguires and then I come here and a second reference! Even though you wrote yours before – I’m playing catch up on my emails in no particular order!!
    All that to say, wonderfully told and now I want to watch the Detectorists!

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    1. Dale says:

      Allow me to clarify… I did not pay attention to the name of the wine cellar! Sheesh… trying not to look like an idiot here…

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      1. msjadeli says:

        I have a sister named Molly so I noticed it right away. Also at first I was thinking of that old song with Molly in it and then realized it was Molly Malone in the song and rejected that story line.

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        1. Dale says:

          Funny how that works, eh? I think it’s great that we all see different things.

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    2. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the tale. I’m sure you would love the show.

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      1. Dale says:

        I’ll have to look for it.

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  12. James McEwan says:

    there is something magical in your story about how people becomes enchanted with a location.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      James thank you very much. I love that idea also.

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  13. jillyfunnell says:

    Lovely take on the picture. Sometimes we’re drawn to a place and that’s that. PS I share your admiration for Detectorists.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jilly, I 100% agree on being drawn to places. Since all of the planets atoms are recycled, maybe we have been there before? How’s that for metaphysical? Glad you like Detectorists 🙂

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  14. A great story, well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Mason 🙂

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  15. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I would love to have that hideaway…wine cellar or not.

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  16. Bill says:

    The Irish drinking wine? May dear Saint Patty smile on our thirsty hearts. Another well told story, Lisa. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bill, I will raise my glass and toast you on that. Cheers!

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      1. Bill says:

        🙂 Back atcha, Lisa.

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  17. plaridel says:

    great family story. truly enjoyed it. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Plaridel.

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  18. Michael says:

    I have not seen the. Detectorists, but the link has encouraged me to check it out. And I think that a version set in Ireland would be good to.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to have encouraged you to see it, Michael.

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  19. Vartika says:

    Now I have to watch the series. Good story

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hope you do! Thank you, Vartika.

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  20. GHLearner says:

    What a great, fun, story. Wineries in Ireland, and why not? The South will soon be too hot for grapes, they want a rougher climate.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Gah!

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  21. pennygadd51 says:

    Very astute of Sally and Conor to realise the commercial potential of the site. I hope they succeeded in making good wine in Ireland.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much for reading and your comment, Penny. Yes it was.

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  22. i b arora says:

    dreams come true, sometimes, no?

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  23. Dear Lisa,

    You have waved your FF wand with skill and imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed your take on the prompt.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, so happy you’re pleased with the story. Thank you very much.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  24. Very entertaining and unique take on the photo, Lisa. Well done. Sally and Conor are quite clever!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Brenda, thank you, and glad you enjoyed the story 🙂

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  25. Nobbinmaug says:

    What’s another word for charming? I’ll go with delightful. What a great find for the family. It just goes to show, good things come to those who dare to adventure.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks and agreed!

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  26. draliman says:

    Wouldn’t it be great to find some land with a cave and be able to buy it and pursue your dream? 🙂
    I lived in Cork for years but was busier drinking wine than looking for vineyards! I enjoyed “Detectorists” but not a programme I ever expected making it to the US.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ali, are you Irish? I was kind of surprised to see a growing vintner’s industry there. Yes, it would be most excellent to find such a place. I only heard of the series through someone else and luckily my library system had it for me to borrow, or I probably wouldn’t have known it existed.

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      1. draliman says:

        No, I’m Cornish but I worked in Cork for a while 🙂

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        1. msjadeli says:

          OK. I had to google Cornish and saw what I’ll have to describe as “it’s complicated” 🙂

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  27. Laurie Bell says:

    Oooooo fascinating. I love those shows, you never know what they will find. I’d raise a glass.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think being a detectorist would be a fun things to do. Cheers!

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  28. granonine says:

    I loved the atmospheric aura of this piece. Had me wishing I were in Ireland.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Me too, Linda. Thank you!

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  29. I love the way the story unfolds, from the parents visiting to the twins discovering and then re-creating the place. A romantic tale.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Neel!

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