Hello, Mrs Hg137 here.
We’d spent the weekend playing in the National Scrabble Championships. Neither of us did well … Mr Hg137 just missed out on the prizes in the Plate, while I really struggled in the main event. Anyway, that was over, it was the morning after, and we decided to find a few nearby caches before the long drive home. The weather had also been busy over the weekend, and it had rained a LOT: there was standing water in the surrounding fields, enormous puddles, and soggy trees, bushes and grass. We didn’t want to spend a four hour drive all wet and muddy, so we chose three caches in Hatton, about two miles away, that looked as if they could be found while remaining mostly dry.
First up was ‘The Golden Hind Of Hatton’. The location was easy to find – the Golden Hind was a pub, and the cache location was in a redundant red phone box in front of the pub. This box had been re-purposed to hold a defibrillator as well as a mini library. (Editor’s note: these boxes have been re-used for all sorts of things: museums, coffee shops, art galleries … https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/02/bt-offers-iconic-red-phone-boxes-community-adoption-just-1/ ) We’ve done a few caches like this before, and had decided in advance that we would be looking for a film canister, or similar, concealed somewhere in the phone box. It wasn’t. After a bit we turned our attention to the books and began a systematic search. Something about one of the books was different from all the others, so we had a closer look, and we were right! It was a nice big, almost new log book.
We moved the geocar a short way and parked near the superbly named ‘Queastybirch Lane’. After a bit of online research, I think that queasty comes from the old Norse kviga-sti or heifer pen. I never knew that!
We had a trackable to move on, so our next cache was a travel bug hotel, ‘Traditional Cache Motorway Mayhem M56 Jn10 (TB Hotel)’ Travel bug hotels tend to be biggish, easy to find caches where trackables can be dropped off and picked up. And Motorway Mayhem series caches are close to motorways, but NOT on them: this cache was within sight and sound of the motorway, hidden under some motorway bridge furniture. We wished the trackable (Starry Bug) well and sent it on its way. Good luck to it on its journey – we have moved it some way from Beachy Head, where it started / we found it.
Our third and final cache was one from the Wow (Wheels or Walk) series, also picked because it as close to the road and (we hoped) not too wet or muddy. Again, we were lucky, as the cache was in the bole of a tree, well above the sodden ground, in a well wet camo bag with a dry inner container and log.
That completed our caching for the day. Still dry and reasonably presentable, we climbed into the geocar and set off homewards.