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Day #203 – Stout Wooden Ferrets

Trad: 5 CITO: 1
Walked: 7.3 miles

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!

My Only Card This Year! (AKA Event Logbook)
My Only Card This Year! (AKA Event Logbook)

When I arrived, Mr Geotrowel and others were already hard at work hacking at a thicket of Blackthorn.

Geotrowel vs Blackthorn
Geotrowel vs 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.

The Motley Crew
The Motley Crew

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!

I Found A Streetlamp!
I Found A Streetlamp!

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!

Blackthorn Burns
Blackthorn Burns

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 I last cached here several years ago and most of the hides I had already found have long been archived, so there were a few which needed picking up today.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.