February 22 : Shaun the Sheep

It is not very often we find a global superstar masquerading as a trackable. But on our final day on the Isle of Wight, in the cache “Up and Over TB Hotel” we found Shaun the Sheep.

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep

Since Shaun’s first film role in Wallace and Gromit’s A Close Shave (1995) he/she has appeared in his/her own film Shaun the Sheep Movie as well 130 + 7 minute TV programmes aimed at children. (Though that doesn’t stop two middle-aged somethings watching them!) Although the Shaun is really a male name, Wikipedia has claims Shaun is female (as most sheep are) and I do advocate reading more of Shaun’s extensive biography on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_the_Sheep.

But enough of Shaun.. what of this trackable? Its potted biography (www.geocaching.com) lists it as Meryl Sheep, but we guess the original owners renamed it early on. During the Spring/Summer of 2015 geocachers were invited to visit their nearest Mountain Warehouse store, purchase one of the identical sheep trackables and take it geocaching. Mountain Warehouse were offering a free holiday for the best photo taken of the trackable(s) on their travels. Some of the best images can be seen here http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/geocaching/

This trackable started in Lightwater (less than 10 miles from where we live) ventured as far North as Sheffield but spent much of its journey in Southern England and the Isle of Wight. As far as we can tell, none of the winning pictures were of this ‘sheep’ … but we love you anyway Shaun!


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