North Mymms, Hertfordshire

We only felt like a short walk today as it was very cold, so we settled in a circuit in North Mymms, Hertfordshire.

We started by St. Mary’s Church trying to find the required information for a couple of puzzle caches. We got the information fairly rapidly but were so cold we had to return to the car to do the required maths work.

The first cache was found very rapidly and so we were flushed with success however during the walk we had two very annoying ‘did not finds’ 😡.

We did find some great fungi like this ‘witches butter’ also known as yellow brain fungus.

As we finished our walk we popped into the local St. Mary’s church (which luckily had its heating on) where we saw these very cool tombs. The first was made of alabaster.

We finished and returned to the car for a hot cup of tea and the very last of the Christmas food.

All in all it was a nice (but very cold) walk – the two annoying DNF

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Surrey Quays, London

We were heading into London in the evening (to meet with my muggle sister – Hello Louise 👋) so decided to go into town early and do a spot of caching. The Man had already lined up some caching around Surrey Quays in Rotherhithe.

After getting of the underground we walked past this sculpture,

Then as we approached the river there were great views of the buildings of Canary Wharf.

The caches along this route, were all different but were fairly easy to locate. Apart from a couple of difficult puzzle caches that we didn’t attempt as we didn’t have the time for.

Along the route we found an urban farm,

And a very cool gas holder.

All in all, not bad for a spontaneous bit of caching.c

Watton puzzle series, Hertfordshire.

After spending most of my Christmas holiday doing these puzzles (not really, it only felt like it), The Man and I took a trip to Watton to collect some of these puzzle caches and to earn the Goodbye 2018 souvenir. First up was the village sign,

Then came the war memorial,

Then the Methodist church,

The only one we failed to find was the ‘sidetracked’ station cache which we believe to has gone missing.

We then added a few more normal caches to our route and spotted this cool owl box,

Sadly on the way home I spotted this dead Barn owl.

The caches around Watton have recently been disable due to water logging but should be up soon.

The we headed back home for an Indian take away to celebrate the end of the year.

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After parking up in a local car park, where I took a sneaky snap of this beautiful Christmas wreath,

…we headed down a pathway towards the church. The church porch was beautifully decorated with natural ‘greenery’ and looked stunning.

The exterior had amazing gargoyles too and was decorated for Christmas.

We found all of the caches we looked for today,

…including my favourite which had this cute little fella guarding it!

Whilst caching we found our far share of fungi,

And came across these very friendly dogs,

We also spotted this murder of crows,

Then it was back to the car for a hot coffee and a plum and cinnamon pie!

Warren’s Green Wander and the Weston puzzle caches, Hertfordshire.

We decided to head out early to compete some interesting caches we had spotted. The first was a puzzle box that proved tricky to open but with some lateral thinking, we eventually got it open.

The weather conditions produced some great photographs of the sky.

Then as we headed across the field we came upon this completely pointless stile which the man is demonstrating.

We found some great fungi,

but unfortunately we didn’t find the nearby geocache but we later checked and the CO said it had gone!

We also met these very friendly horses who followed us up the field, then they decided to chew on the fence post.

As we walked back through the village we spotted this hilarious signage.

All in all, it was a good days caching with only two DNAs.

Weston and Clothall, Hertfordshire

We hadn’t been out caching for a while (not since Halloween in Porto anyhow), so The Man and I headed out on a dank and dreary November day.  We headed to Weston in Hertfordshire to finish off some of the caches we had previously completed.

One of the first ones we found was in this rather cute container.

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Despite the rain and dark, dreary weather I honestly think that this time of year is my favourite for caching as there are so many autumnal delights to find.

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I also met a few new horse friends, initially just over a gate but when we realised that we had to go through the field – this horse and his friends followed us and accompanied us up through the field to the other side.

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The Man and I managed to find all of the Caches we searched for.

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Including this very cute cache,IMG_0429

At the end of our walk, we stopped off at the local church where we discovered the grave of Jack O’Legs.

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Apparently (according to a local legend) he was local (and very tall) archer who lived in a cave in Weston.  In a year of bad harvest the Baldock bakers increased the price of their flour so, a bit like Robin Hood,  Jack ambushed the bakers and gave the flour to his friends in Weston.   When he was caught, the bakers blinded him and gave him a death sentence but not before granting him a final wish.  He asked to be able to shoot an arrow in the direction of Weston – where the arrow landed was where he wished to be buried.  He shot his arrow and it landed in the Churchyard of Holy Trinity Church which is where he is apparently buried.

The interior of the church also had this amazing display of handmade poppies for remembrance day.

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All in all this was a good circuit (with a short detour into Clothall) and is looking respectable in terms of all the smiley faces.

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Caching in Porto.

We arrived in Porto during Halloween – one of my favourite times of year and I was pleasantly surprised at just how many Halloween decorations I saw; there were carved pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls.  The best of these were to be found in the Letraria Craft Beer Garden (it can be found in the Rua da Alegria, 101).

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Our caching adventures however started early one morning, after breakfast when we re-visited a cache we had attempted previously but had failed to find due to high numbers of tourist traffic.  It was nearby to many of the port caves and very close to a very imaginative piece of artwork which attracts much attention – but this time the Geocaching Gods were on our side and it was quickly logged and replaced.

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After this initial success we attempted a few more caches which were along the Gaia side.  One was very clever with a different style of mechanism which was incredibly hard to detect and open but we got there in the end.

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We followed up on our successes by having a sneaky glass if port and an artisan cheese board before doing a spot of sight seeing.

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The next day we again decided to mix up some caching with a walk around the local area.   We started off by finding a cache near to a church which had a pentagram carved above the door, we passed the very-quaint, old style trams and this amazing graffiti of a peacock.

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When we reached the park we saw real peacocks which looked even more beautiful than the street art.  It was in the park that we also found the largest logbook I have ever signed – favourite point given here!

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I also watched in amazement as hornets collected pollen from a nearby tree – only to discover later, when I looked them up, that they were I fact very aggressive Asian Hornets!

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It was then time for some more port tastings (it would be wrong not to try to local food and drink)…

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…before enjoying the sunset.

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