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Village Signs Success

Trad: 3 Multi: 4 Puzzle: 2
Walked: 4 miles

I had a great day wandering around picking up some new Village Signs set by Fenners1984. I knew four of them had already had finds, but there were still some FTFs up for grabs. In the end I had success at Great Baddow, Sandon and Little Waltham, all multis.

FTF No. 45 - VS Sandon
FTF No. 45 – VS Sandon

VS Little Baddow
VS Little Baddow
FTF No. 46 - VS Little Waltham
FTF No. 46 – VS Little Waltham
VS Little Waltham
VS Little Waltham

Having also found the others which had already fallen, I now had all the numbers I needed to go for the puzzle of VS Writtle. I was delighted to find FTF No. 47 there.

FTF No. 47 - VS Writtle
FTF No. 47 – VS Writtle

That lead to the final location for VS Chelmsford – again, another FTF, No. 48. A nice little linked series and five FTFs in the bag, a fun outing.

FTF No. 48 - VS Chelmsford
FTF No. 48 – VS Chelmsford

Owen’s Birthday Vengence

Trad: 1
Walked: 1 mile

Owen’s Birthday Cache in Springfield has been a bête noire for some time. I’ve visited on three prior occasions and bombed out. Today I was determined to finally put this one to bed, so I had asked a previous finder for another hint. And finally, there it was. Hooray.

I signed the log and legged it back to the car just as the rain came lashing down. Good timing!

Just Avoided The Rain
Just Avoided The Rain

Day #396 – Beano In Essex 3

Trad: 3 FTF: No. 28
Walked: 3 miles

I had a meeting in Colchester this afternoon, but had time to pick up a couple of trads nearby beforehand. They were easy enough finds. Then I headed to a muggle friend’s in Ingatestone for dinner and a chat. I thought my caching was done for the day.

About 8pm my phone pinged with a notification that a new cache had been published very close to home, Beano In Essex 3. Drat. I bet the FTF-hounds will be on it like a shot, I thought. Never mind.

I didn’t hurry my dinner engagement (and I wasn’t about to forgo pudding!) But once I had left, I did a quick check online and noticed nobody else had logged it yet. I would be driving right past the thing, so I thought I might as well stop off for a quick look-see.

It was now dark, and I’m a bit rubbish at night caching, but I had a torch and blundered about for a few minutes before spotting the bison! Yay! And a blank log sheet too, that’s FTF No. 28.

FTF No. 28
FTF No. 28

Day #370 – Testing The Geo-Bike

Trad: 5
Walked: 6.0 miles

I love my mountain bike, it’s great for going places close to home. But it’s rather a faff if I want to take it any distance in the car and then ride. So I’ve invested in a second-hand folding bike, won a couple of days ago on eBay – I went to collect it this morning from a guy in Springfield!

I thought I should give it a spin to test it out, so I parked a little bit away from the handily-named Chelmer Village Cycle Path hide, unfolded the machine and set off. Thankfully, it was a quick find just before the path became infested with muggles from all directions!

LQ And TheFolding Geo-Bike
LQ And TheFolding Geo-Bike

After a break back home, I went out again this evening to look for a few hides around King George’s Park in Brentwood. One was supposed to be a clever cache up a tree, with a line and counter-weight, but it was in rather a sorry state – the two previous finders today have already logged a Needs Maintenance, so I saw no point in adding another one.

Sad Little Pot!
Sad Little Pot!

Still, even in that state, the find earned me my first August souvenir (for finding a cache with ten or more favourite points).

Day #366 – Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Event: 1
Walked: 3.5 miles

I ordered sunshine for my Teddy Bears’ Picnic Event today and it worked! We had lovely weather for my little gathering on Galleywood Common and there was a great turn out.

Picnic Gathering
Picnic Gathering

There were plenty of teddies (and other animals!) in attendance, as well as human cachers. it was a nice relaxed way to celebrate my 366 Day geostreak.

Waiting For The Rest
Waiting For The Rest
LQ With Friends
LQ With Friends

Vanguard3 (Bob, Mr Certificate) presented me with a surprise Essex Cachers achievement award, which was an unexpected bonus!

Bob Presents My Certificate
Bob Presents My Certificate

I also got a delightful hand made card from a couple of the younger cachers in attendance, which was very sweet.

Surprise Card & Certificate!
Surprise Card & Certificate!

So, am I giving up now? Well, not quite. I’ve decided to keep going up to 400 days (which should occur on 29th August 2016). That’s a good round number. Keep an eye out here for forthcoming adventures!

Day #360 – Dashing Ducks

Trad: 1
Walked: 3.2 miles

Today is an auspicious day for Caz’s Little Quacker – a small blue rubber duck who is taking part in the HQ Duck Dash trackable race, which starts today. I found him in The Duck Pound II on Day #307. He wasn’t trackable then, but I have since found him a TB number of his own. I won’t be releasing him into the wild, but he will get dipped into each cache I find between now and 20th August when the race officially ends.

Little Quacker's First Find!
Little Quacker’s First Find!

LQ’s first find was an easy one close to home at Barnes Mill Lock, but in the next month we are visiting two Megas, new counties and lots of different cache types, so he is really looking forward to seeing all the places we will go on our adventures.

Day #355 – Springfield Single

Trad: 1
Walked: 7.4 miles

A while back, Fenners1984 had reset the Chuch Micro at Springfield, after the old one was archived. I had been keeping it as a local standby cache. As I’m nearing the target of my 366 daily finds, I have been gradually ticking them off. Today I needed to run errands in Chelmsford, so this one seemed like the perfect target.

The church itself is currently undergoing renovations, so isn’t very photogenic, but at least the cache was a quick find.

CM833 Springfield
CM833 Springfield

Day #354 – Three Little Critters

Trad: 3
Walked: 3.2 miles

I left it late in the day for my walk today. North of Chelmsford on my map has had four of Kris&Co’s Little Critters series outstanding for months, having DNF’d them a while ago when they were missing. She has recently done some maintenance and re-enabled them, so I went out hunting bugs in the hope of polishing them off once and for all.

It didn’t start well – a DNF at Ladybird. Too much ivy, too many trees, not enough of a hint 🙁 However, Scorpion was all present and correct, even if it doesn’t look much like its name any more!

Not Much Like A Scorpion Now!
Not Much Like A Scorpion Now!

The walk along the track at the edge of the fields was pleasant in the gradually setting sun.

Track Along The Fields
Track Along The Fields

I walked past this rather serious-looking wooden dude on the way to the last couple of caches, Praying Mantis and Butterfly.

Wooden Dude
Wooden Dude

The paths to these two don’t really seem to be public footpaths, although they are marked on OSM. However, they were very overgrown today, and I had to struggle along to get anywhere. I was pleased to be rewarded with quick finds at both, which was a bonus as they could have been stinkers.

I guess I will return to Ladybird another day, when the leaves have died back a bit. But for the moment, I’m happy enough with 3/4 today.

Day #110 – Ready For Takeoff

Trad: 1
Walked: 2.4 miles

13th November 2015
13th November 2015

I first DNF’d this puzzle over a year ago. Alistair had worked out some likely co-ords for us to try and we then realised it was a few feet on private land. We looked in the vicinity anyway but didn’t find it.

I had been chatting to grinning buddha, the CO, and a couple of other cachers at a local meet last week and thought I should have another look at the puzzle. Today I went on the hunt and was delighted to find the right place! Hurrah!

Not So Far From The Cache
Not So Far From The Cache

Day #88 – Helpful Muggle

Trad: 1
Walked: 3.8 miles

22nd October 2015
22nd October 2015
The Log Is Stuck
The Log Is Stuck

I was in Chelmsford today to run some errands so thought I would try the cache at the Ice Rink as today’s target. It’s had quite a few DNF’s since publication so I wasn’t hopeful of finding it.

I began looking and then spotted a muggle, so started to move away when a voice from behind me said “It’s a tricky one to find!”.

A guy from the Leisure Centre was having a smoke break nearby and very helpfully gave me a big hint as to where it was. The log was stuck fast inside, but it’s another find!