I went up to London this afternoon to attend the Mad Cachers’ Tea Party event organised jointly by local pan314159 and avroair, who was visiting from the USA. Everyone was encouraged to wear a mad hat – and there were certainly lots to be seen!
Extraordinary creations were the most fun – there was a popular vote for the best and this bonkers hat was the winner! Even Nemo looks surprised!
My own creation was not a modest affair – furry bunny ears, LED lights and a full-blown tea party going on around the brim and on top. It turned a few heads. I was glad it survived the journey by train in my picnic bag.
My Little Quacker was delighted to make some new friends who were also taking part in the HQ Duck Dash. I’m sure there was a bit of rivalry going on too!
There were many tempting shinies on offer two, as several hard-core coin collectors were there with their duplicates and swaps. I was very weak!
As well as the event, I also managed to squeeze in a multi and trad find beforehand, plus another multi and earthcache on the way home. The SideTracked EarthCache – Euston Station Geology cache (also by pan314159) was another one which has been on my London target list for ages. It was still busy this evening, but a little patience eventually paid off and I got the info I needed.
Today I found myself in Stout Wooden Ferrets (oh, alright, South Woodham Ferrers) for the Love Your Community CITO at Fen Washlands. It had a great logbook – a Valentine’s card – sadly the only one I got this year!
When I arrived, Mr Geotrowel and others were already hard at work hacking at a thicket of Blackthorn.
It was a modest but enthusiastic turnout, despite the cold. There was free tea, delicious cake and hot soup available for our efforts, which really made all the difference on such a nippy day.
My first task was to do a circuit of the area Litterpicking with my friend Larry The Litterpicker. As well as a heavy bag full of trash, we also found a hanging basket and part of a broken street lamp in the bushes!
After suitable refreshments, I set to work ferrying the large prickly branches from where others were chopping them to the bonfire. The smell of Blackthorn smoke was rather aromatic!
After the event I took a walk around the town to pick up several more Trad caches. I last cached here several years ago and most of the hides I had already found have long been archived, so there were a few which needed picking up today. I finished around 4pm as it was getting bitterly cold, then I took myself home to get a cup of tea and thaw out.
The sun was shining so I fancied a trip to the seaside. During Mega Week there had been quite a few caches on Mersea Island which Alistair and I didn’t have time to look for, so I thought I would try to mop a few more up today.
There are some lovely views of the colourful beach huts and out across the water by some rusty anchors (caches close to both, of course!).
I was particularly pleased to have found a very tricky little cache hidden in lots of ivy in a local park. I’m not sure I would have had the patience normally, but I had just enjoyed a mug of tea and tasty slice of cake at a café overlooking the prom, so I was fortified for my search!
The day rounded off with a colourful sunset at the jetty. Unfortunately, the cache there had walked, so pictures were the only thing to be had.
I’ve just realised that my 6th find today was also my 700th since starting this geostreak! BUT – it’s not about the numbers 😉