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First page of the logbook. If only all caches were so well presented!

First page of the logbook. If only all caches were so well presented!

We’d only been back from our holiday for a day or two so are still quite jetlagged. Rather than our usual caching day this weekend, we opted to just do some caches closer to home.

Love the custom cache labels on the two new caches in Newport

Love the custom cache labels on the two new caches in Newport

On Saturday I had to run some errands near to Telford so decided to pop down to Telford Services on the M54 and do the new Traditional and Earthcache there. They were both at exactly the same location – a massive old steam hammer that used to have a cache hidden inside it ages ago (but now archived).

The Earthcache at an old steam hammer near Telford

The Earthcache at an old steam hammer near Telford

Nothing too tricky here and I even had chance to pop by the nearby Starbucks for a coffee to keep me awake!

Next, I headed up towards Newport to do the two new caches there. Again, nothing too tricky here – they were both in really lovely spots and amongst the best presented caches we’ve seen (great custom label on the cache box etc etc).

The hidden pond near to the Lilleshall cache

The hidden pond near to the Lilleshall cache

On Sunday we decided to go out as a family to walk the dogs and also to do the Shropshire Seekers’ new series around Great Bolas. we’ve got a few of our own caches around the area so knew part of the route already.

Isaac, Freya and one of our dogs with one of the sneaky caches

Isaac, Freya and one of our dogs with one of the sneaky caches

The series started off with two caches with “Sneaky” in their name. Luckily we’d seen both hides before a few times so found both of them really quickly.

The children with the bonus cache near Great Bolas. It was raining a bit at the time and hence the expressions on their faces (they were enjoying the caching - honest!)

The children with the bonus cache near Great Bolas. It was raining a bit at the time and hence the expressions on their faces (they were enjoying the caching - honest!)

Next, it was a series of 4 caches plus a bonus cache on a circular walk. All were really nicely themed after a well known fast food restaurant (I use the term restaurant here very lightly). Great fun and the bonus was a big ammo box which we always appreciate.

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We’d had two DNF’s on two of our Shropshire Church Gem caches near to home, so as it was such a nice day today I popped out armed with replacement caches just in case.

St Luke's in Hodnet

St Luke's in Hodnet

The first cache is at St Luke’s in Hodnet and one I did not think would get muggled as it’s well hidden. I parked up close to GZ and walked over to look for it. Sure enough, it was not where I’d hidden it but a quick look around the rest of the old yew tree it’s hidden in revealed a bit of camo bag out of the corner of me eye. I checked the cache and it’s looking good, so I’ve just updated the hint a bit and re-enabled the cache.

St Swithun's in Cheswardine

St Swithun's in Cheswardine

Next on the list was near St Swithun’s in Cheswardine. This cache was an ammo box hidden at the far end of some lovely woodland on a nice walk from the church. Needless to say, as I approached GZ it did not look good as someone has used a chainsaw to chop the fallen tree the cache was underneath into short sections. They must have found the cache as it was nowhere to be seen. I left a brand new cache a short distance away and updated the cache page.

St John the Baptist in Great Bolas

St John the Baptist in Great Bolas

Finally, the last task for the trip was to drop off a TB that is a padlock and needs to be attached to an ammo box. The TB has a sibling that is a key and the idea is they both meet up and the cacher who manages it, can move the lock to a new ammo box. Our Shropshire Church Gem cache at St John the Baptist in Great Bolas looked perfect for that. A short walk down the old track had me at GZ and I did the business with the TB.

Now to head off back home to get on with some work!

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