More fun and games today, with another of BEASTMARSTA’s silly half-hour Flash Mobs by the coast, this time in Holland-on-Sea.
For a change, I took along a random couple of geocoins from my own collection to be discovered at the event. One was my 2010 Lackeys coin, a monster 2″ thing which I’ve never seen another like.
Except today! Someone had brought it along to put in the TB bucket as it was out in the wild, travelling! What are the odds? All rather weird, considering I rarely take my own coins out for a spin, they tend to stay at home!
A large geo-mob set off after the event to find a couple of caches along the seafront, and then I continued on my own to find a few more in the opposite direction as people went back to their cars.
I enjoyed a tasty bacon butty from a kiosk on the prom for lunch, and Shifty decided he wanted to paddle in the sea! All good fun. 🙂
I was near St. Paul’s this afternoon and decided to finally complete the Earth Cache there which is all about the fossils on the steps. To start with I couldn’t see any, then all of a sudden, they seemed to be everywhere! Here’s an impressive specimen:
Having done that, I was able to attend a small but perfectly-formed little Flash Mob within 20 yards of the Earth Cache. Nice to meet cachers from Yorkshire, London, The Netherlands and Spain!
My final stop of the day was to pick up Sherlock 3 – The Wages Of Sin, Watson! which is the penultimate “multi-virtual” I need to find before I can go after the actual Sherlock booty.
The info was to be found near this flying horse by Temple Church. A lovely area for a quick stroll. It was then a very unpleasant rush-hour ride on the Central Line from Chancery Lane to Liverpool Street. And I wonder why I try to avoid travelling at peak times…
There was a Winter Afternoon Railyway Flash Meet at Wakes Colne today, organised by BigBadJohn which I wanted to attend, and it presented the opportunity to search for some hides around The Colnes and Bures. It’s not an area I get to very often, so always welcome.
One of my first stops on the way was for an Earthcache in Aldham. You have to measure the speed of the river by playing Poohsticks! Marvellous!
After finding another trad on the way, I arrived at the Flash Meet. There was a great turnout despite the cold weather. Even ShiftyDuck made an appearance!
There was a cluster of hides around Bures which I wanted to find, so after we dispersed I headed north towards the village. It has an impressive church for the size of settlement, and it looked even better in a sudden burst of sunshine.
Once business in Bures was done, I drove further north and passed the lovely little Church at Lamarsh (picking up the CM as I went). It’s one of only three Norman churches with a round tower and is a Grade I listed building. No wonder.
My main reason for heading so far out of the way was to finally end up in Henny Street, a tiny hamlet next to the River Stour just south of Sudbury. But hosting a rather tasty D2/T4.5 cache which completes another square for me, and the D2 row:
I’m now down to single figures with just 9 squares to fill in – yay!
The day started badly with a string of 3 DNF’s! I was beginning to think I should have stayed in bed. But then success at a solved puzzle by tam9433 buoyed my spirits.
Next up was the last of BEASTMARSTA‘s monthly Flash Mobs for 2015, outside the Police HQ (and at the site of Britain’s Oldest Church, now a ruin). The coppers didn’t move us on and we chatted for half an hour before dispersing without arrests!
Before the meetup I had attempted one of my must-do targets for the day, Mr Murrkin‘s Olympian Challenge which I qualified for after reaching 100 days in my ongoing geostreak. Muggle kids were at GZ and I couldn’t even search furtively, so I returned once the social do was over and it was then a quick find.
I’d been chatting to gillywig‘s Grahame at the event about one of his puzzles, Rail Network, which I had DNF’d that morning. He kindly offered to return with me to see if it was AWOL – needless to say it wasn’t, I was just rubbish before!
I also revisited another of the morning’s DNF’s (and another of tam9433‘s puzzles) which I’d had a bit more info on from the meetup. I decided to round the day off with a visit to a BEASTMARSTA puzzle, BeastNav which involved half an hour’s armchair google driving last night to work out!
The one disappointment of the day was TWO visits to the BINGO Challenge cache in Copford, which appears to be missing. A pity, as it would also have filled up the 5/2.5 hole in my DT grid. Oh well, another day, perhaps.
There was a bizarre Flash Mob Event arranged for 6pm in Vange this evening. I did ask why, but the answer is rather convoluted, so I won’t recount it here!
In preparation for my visit, I had already solved a nearby puzzle cache which I went to pick up during daylight, an easy find. Then I had a go at a Letterbox cache which sadly was a DNF – too many prickly bushes and it was getting dark, I lost the will fairly quickly.
The Flash event was well attended, even though it started raining half way through. What a motley crew!
Apologies to Vange, but it does look better after dark!
I was in Highwoods Country Park this morning for a quick Flash Mob organised by Mr BEASTMARSTA. It’s a while since I’ve found any caches in the park (the old ones have all been archived by now) so I stayed on afterwards to have a walk and look for some new hides.
I had also solved three puzzles around Colchester which I decided to look for too – gillywig‘s excellent Romaes eunt domus, BEASTMARSTA‘s X Marks The Spot and Murrkin‘s Sidetracked Lexden & Stanway – a location I last visited years ago before there was a cache there. The Sidetracked cache was my 3400th find, a mere fortnight after the 3300th. I mopped up a few stray trads while in Lexden as well. All in all an excellent day’s caching.