I was stuck at home working all day, unable to play. But I skipped out a bit early this evening on the way to my friend’s for dinner, and headed to Crays Hill and Noak Bridge to search out handful of caches. With just one DNF, I managed to bag three quickly. Job done.
First up was a musical girls’ cache, where Little Quacker was pleased to make the acquaintance of a Mr S. Cargo.
We found an older cache in the little nature reserve at Noak Bridge – LQ was very surprised to see Santa!
I headed north today, to visit caches around Great Leighs and Great Notley. It was a productive day. My first stop was back to Infinson’s hide, Private Godfrey, which I had DNF’d a few days ago while doing his Walmington Wander. It was actually AWOL but he replaced it very quickly. And that made for a quick find this morning!
Then it was onto several of CHUNKY-BMW’sAncient Byways series. I found Pooh guarding one box, happily smiling:
I was also pleased to be able to test my shiny (spotty!) new full-length wellies. I finally killed my half-calf pair last week!
This one was a tricky little whatsit at Great Notley, but luckily I had found a similar one recently in Kent, so it didn’t have me fooled for long.
This old nag was concealing the cache near the Chelmsford City Racecourse!
I polished off a few of Repton1973’sMetalhead Mysteries, which I had already solved, with a few more I need to work on now. There were some other tricky finds around Great Notley, I nearly missed this one in all the ivy.
And the last one I wrapped up with was a multi with Bryan the Snail guarding the final hide. He wasn’t real, but very much looked the part!
I enjoyed an outing today with Shifty The Mega Duck to the GeoCoffeeClub #12 – Festive Flavours event in Braintree Freeport this morning. Shifty got a lot of attention, as usual! He was dressed smartly for Christmas:
Then off to White Notley and Cressing to try and mop up a few stragglers around The Essex Way – mixed success with Infinson’s hides – they are usually tricky and he refuses to give any hints! At least I got Slow Down – and a nicely themed container it was too.
With the car now back in action it was much easier to get to Wickford than by public transport, so I thought I would have a look for a couple of caches there today.
First up was the SideTracked hide, which took a bit longer than it should have. Then onto a trickier cache, “the trail” which I predicted would be in a snail shell – and it was! Hurrah! The previous cacher had had a DNF here a few months ago so I did wonder if it was still in place, but a bit of cunning saw me find it in the end.
And I had yet another half-hearted look for Bolted Out Of Wickford (no luck again) but it’s now less of a priority since I’ve recently bagged a D4/T1 Earthcache to fulfil my challenge requirement.
Today’s trip was another quick one, with no real photographic opportunities, but a successful hunt, three trads in west Rayleigh. The reason for heading that way? I had recently made a check of local caches which might fit any holes in my Jasmer finds-by-placed-date grid – I realised I’d only got two to go and Strod & Trods Escargot fitted the bill for one of them. I soon had the little mollusc in hand and also picked up another couple of nearby hides while I was in the area.
I still have quite a few months to go to fill my finds-by-placed-month grid. But I’m working on that!