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Rettenden Ramble

Trad: 3
Walked: 1.1 miles

There are a few village signs around the Dengie peninsula and beyond which are not part of the national Village Signs series. Not sure why, but this one, newly published at Rettenden, is one of the renegades! The find was quick enough, however.

Rettenden Village Sign
Rettenden Village Sign

Once that was done and dusted, I picked up a couple more in Hullbridge before heading home.

A White Rabbit & A Village Sign

Trad: 2
Walked: 5.2 miles

I was working in Elstree again today, but arrived a bit early and stopped off in Shenley along the way. I managed to find the recently-replaced White Rabbit which had been missing last time I looked for it.

Butterflies In A White Rabbit
Butterflies In A White Rabbit

After work was done, I headed to St. Albans to stay with Alistair’s parents for the night. We went out in Tyttenhanger for a drinkie in the evening, so Alistair and I were able to bag VS#9 Tyttenhange Green on the way back.

Gosfield & Broak’s Wood

Trad: 11
Walked: 6.4 miles

I headed to Gosfield today to find some caches in the area, it’s not somewhere I find myself very often. My first target was the Village SIgn trad – and I got a bonus two for the price of one on film pots here!

BoGoF At VS Gosfield!
BoGoF At VS Gosfield!

Next I went searching for a trio of trads in the little woodland to the east of the village. I found some great hides and some natural sights too – including the first spot of a decent Fly agaric specimen this season.

Fly Agaric En Route
Fly Agaric En Route

Next I relocated to the footpath north of Great Spanseys Wood to find another trio of trads. Two were in the Something Fishy series – and I certainly found something here, although it wasn’t fishy!

Stick 'Em Up
Stick ‘Em Up

The next was supposed to be a Mighty Oak, but all I found was a small plastic tree! Well, it was inside the cache, so I guess that’s OK.

Odd Little Tree
Odd Little Tree

Broak’s Wood was next on my agenda. The hides were a bit tricky, and some of the undergrowth was a bit hard going. I was amused to stumble across this “seat” dedicated to Vera along the way!

For Vera
For Vera

Autumn is really taking hold now, with turning leaves and dampness in the air, but it’s a very photogenic time of year, so I’m not complaining.

Autumn Is Here
Autumn Is Here

A Brace Of Nathan’s

Trad: 2
Walked: 2 miles

Just time for a couple of caches today, both hidden by nathanjhunt. The first was the Village Sign in Stow Maries. It’s rather nice design reflects the area’s history and WWI Airfield nearby.

VS#1207 Stow Maries
VS#1207 Stow Maries

Then I moved on to Cold Norton to avenge a previous DNF at Palepit Corner, a tricky little blighter but at least I didn’t get muggled before I’d even looked this time!

Day #345 – Pleshey Potter

Trad: 4 Multi: 1
Walked: 2.5 miles

Time to pick up a few more orphans today – this time around the picturesque village of Pleshey. First of all, I tackled a handful on the Pleshey Diversion Off The Essex Way.

Golden Fields
Golden Fields

This poor bird came off the worst from an encounter with something hungry – probably a fox!

Wayside Casualty
Wayside Casualty

One annoying DNF later, I was back in the village itself for the new Village Sign hide by jazzyjessups. He’s a brave Kentish boy if he comes encroaching this far into Essex territory! 😀

VS Pleshey
VS Pleshey

Day #342 – A Day Of Challenges

Trad: 2 Challenge: 13
Walked: 8.9 miles

I took a long and winding route back to Essex from West Sussex to pick up some specific Challenge Caches and Church Micros. My first appointment was with unfinished Village Sign business in Bramber – having calculated the numbers yesterday with Ken, we ran out of time to look for the pot. But it was a quick find today.

Bramber VS
Bramber VS

The main target of the day were the Wizardarious Challenges, south west of Pullborough. Thankfully, I found all those for which I qualified (I don’t like signing them unless I have), which was a relief because a couple were pretty tricky.

Wizardarious Challenges
Wizardarious Challenges

Another one which was on the radar was It’s All About The Numbers Challenge near Midhurst. I had qualified easily enough, but the actual hide was anything but easy. First there was a long bushwhacking walk down a green lane to contend with. The foliage was sopping wet due to the rain and hailstorm which started just before I arrived at the parking spot!

Once at GZ I realised I would have to scramble up a very steep bank to grab the cache. It wasn’t pretty, either on the way up or the way down but nobody was watching. A wet bum later, the job was done!

All About The Numbers Challenge
All About The Numbers Challenge

Church Micro No. 1 – Earlswood has been on my to do list for a while now. I wasn’t exactly passing, but it was as close as I’ve been for ages, so I made the detour and picked up the numbers from the church.

CM1 - Earlswood
CM1 – Earlswood

The hide itself is in a rather cheeky bird box a little way away. Nicely done! And good to have finally visited the place where the mighty Church Micro series began.

Cunning Birdbox Hide
Cunning Birdbox Hide

There were a few other odds and ends before heading home, this time in Surrey. I found these curious Puzztox tokens but realised they wanted to stay in Surrey, so I didn’t take them away.

Puzztox In A Box
Puzztox In A Box

Day #341 – Steyning Saunter

Trad: 1 Multi: 4 Puzzle: 1 Whereigo: 1
Walked: 8.4 miles

After a lovely sociable evening staying with my muggle friends Ken & Carolyn last night, myself and Ken decided to take a walk around Upper Beeding and Steyning this morning. Ken loves walking and talking, and doesn’t mind stopping so I can stick my head in the bushes every now and then! I found lots of caches and it was great to catch up, us not having seen each other for over a year.

Upper Beeding VS
Upper Beeding VS

There was a good mix of series – Village Signs, Church Micros…

Another Sussex CM
Another Sussex CM

… and a most enjoyable tour of Steyning’s quaint architecture thanks to an informative Whereigo. Even Ken learned something, and he’s lived in the area for years!

Steyning Whereigo Architecture
Steyning Whereigo Architecture

We found the final pot and then retired to the pub for lunch and a well-earned pint. What a grand way to spend the morning and early afternoon.

Whereigo Final!
Whereigo Final!

We found a few more trads on the way back to Ken’s house and then put our feet up for an hour or two, before heading off to Henfield Cricket Club, where both Ken and Carolyn are very active members. It was the Henfield Cup Twenty20 Final this evening – and it was great to just sit at the boundary, drinking a beer, watching the cricket. It’s rare that I just sit and “do nothing” (usually out caching, or when at home I’ll be noodling on the computer or watching telly). But the evening was a perfect way to wind down. And we were very pleased that Henfield were the victorious team, although it was a close game.

Day #329 – Northaw Noodle Again

Trad: 5 Letterbox:1
Walked: 5.7 miles

Two little caching sessions today. The first was on my way to work for a late shift. I stopped off in Northaw again to pick up another section of the Hertfordshire Way caches, and the Village Sign.

VS#272 Northaw
VS#272 Northaw

There were some good sized pots along this bit.

A Nice Little Box
A Nice Little Box

And a letterbox with an intricate butterfly stamp, which I was delighted to ink in my notebook.

Lovely Butterfly Stamp
Lovely Butterfly Stamp

One of the most fun caches was hidden in this little red telephone box – it was well camo’d in a bag but it raised a nice smile once it was opened up to see what was inside.

Phone Home!
Phone Home!

I also managed a quick cache and dash in Shenley after work – it’s near the old School House which gets very busy during the week. But it was dead as a doornail on a Sunday evening! Perfect timing, no muggles.

Day #306 – Dengie Driving

Trad: 8 Multi: 1
Walked: 4.0 miles

My ankle is feeling a lot better but I decided on more drive-bys around Dengie this evening just to be on the safe side. I managed a good number of finds, including a couple of Village Signs:

VS North Fambridge
VS North Fambridge
VS Althorne
VS Althorne

I made a bit of a cache and hash of K6 Althorne Station, getting the calculations for the multi wrong TWICE! What a dunce. Got there in the end, though!

No Cache Here!
No Cache Here!

This cheeky find was one of a new series by nathanjhunt called Roadside Revelations. Ha ha!

Ooh, Er, Missus!
Ooh, Er, Missus!