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.
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.
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.
Today’s outing was a brief solo foray into Hertfordshire to pick up some caches around Amwell, followed by a nice walk around Tiptree Heath back in Essex with geo-buddy Kitty.
My first target in Amwell was a Challenge cache, Spread the Love Challenge (UK) all about resuscitating unloved caches which haven’t been found for over a year. Well I qualified easily enough, but also noted that this cache itself had been unfound since 5th September 2015, even though someone had tried in the interim. Challenge Accepted!
I wandered around for ages and eventually found the box, very sorry for itself, a little way from the co-ords and only just as described by the hint. The contents were pretty soggy.
However, I unfolded the log and was delighted to find nobody else had signed the book since the last recorded find online – so I had just managed to Resuscitate The Resuscitator Cache! Do I get extra points for that?
Since I was in the area, and there were some other interesting caches nearby, I made it a little circular walk to pick up a few more. The next one was placed close to the marker for the Greenwich Meridian – but the GPS seemed to think this was a little way off the correct location for E/W 0° 00.000!
There was a bit of fine industrial architecture too; the old Victorian Pumping Station along the New River.
Having finished my walk in Herts, I had a rendez-vous planned with Kitty in Tiptree Heath, to search out a quartet of Mr Crow’s puzzles relating to the tree carvings in the area. There were some great examples. Not sure this lady wanted to be disturbed though!
Talking of Crows – Corvus plasticus was guarding one of his other puzzles which we had also solved. With the aid of a ladder we had in the car, we soon made quick work of finding the pot and wresting it from the avian beak!
Our final port of call this evening was Sing It Again Rod (Encour), an audio conundrum by Fenners1984. We had both had a hand in solving it, so a joint find was a nice way to round off our outing.
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.