September 7 : Schlumpfi on Tour

As we mentioned on our last blog, at the top of Long Mynd, hidden in the Pole Bank cache, was a trackable – “Schlumpfi on Tour”.

Schlumpfi is a German trackable, hence its name. The English for “Schlumpfi”, is “Smurf” which is of course what we recognised this charming character as. Our knowledge of Smurfs is not that great, so we are unable to identify which Smurf it is! (Regular readers may remember we have found another Smurf trackable, Smoulicek, which we blogged about in April 2015).

Schlumpfi started his journey near Dresden just under three years ago, and has criss-crossed Germany several times. Unusually for a Smurf he has not visited Holland or Belgium, but has visited Switzerland, Spain and a fleeting visit to America. He arrived in Britain in August 2017 starting his UK journey at Edinburgh Castle!

Enjoy the UK, Schlumpfi !

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August 19 : Monkey Magic

The second trackable we found on the Hampshire/Berkshire border was this cute monkey.

Who can resist his charming smile and playful demeanour? A real fun trackable.

The Monkey started off its journey back in March 2013 in Leinster, Ireland. Since then, according to its geocaching map, it has staying with Ireland and the UK and travelled nearly 3000 miles.

The furthest south it travelled was only a few miles south of where we found it, but the furthest north was in Grantown on Spey, Central Scotland. But, according to the logs it has been to a mega in Canada, and to Spain, yet these locations don’t appear on the map. Strange !

The Monkey now wants to head back home to Ireland, so hopefully we can move it that direction.

August 19 : Geocacher’s World Geocoin, yellow abatete version (plus a surprise bonus)

Hello, Mrs Hg137 here.

Geocacher's world geocoin, side 1

Geocacher’s world geocoin, side 1


Geocacher's world geocoin, side 2

Geocacher’s world geocoin, side 2


First, my apologies for the not very good pictures. This trackable was really hard to photograph… It’s a copy of a geocoin that looks like a German stamp, with a picture of the Reichstag. To feel and hold it was like a credit card, but a bit smaller and sort of squidgy and rubbery, not at all like most trackables, which are metal. Most of the ones we’ve found have been metal, anyway, usually attached to some larger object as a travel companion and to help it not get lost.

Having found this trackable right on the border of Hampshire and Berkshire, we checked on its mission, which is to “just travel”. As we are planning a walking holiday soon, we contacted the owner to ask if it was OK to take it with us – and we got this reply:
abatete Aug 19, 2017 4:18 PM
Hi hg137,thank you for your nice log for ‘Geocacher’s World Geocoin, yellow abatete version’. To answer your question: I’d be really pleased by having my TB brought to Shropshire. Do you not only like moving TBs, but also discovering? In that case you may like to discover the following one, which I use to thank for nice TB logs: https://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=XXXXXXXX with tracking number XXXXXX.Have a nice treasure hunt in Shropshire,Angela alias abatete

So there was a bonus trackable for us to discover and it was this one, Abatete Winter Dream:

Abatete Winter Dream

Abatete Winter Dream


This one lives with its owner in Hessen, Germany, and goes out with them on their caching trips. We got to discover this one too. We haven’t been offered this before, and it was a pleasant surprise.

August 5 : What is the City?

Hello, Mrs Hg137 here.

We found this trackable while caching in the afternoon during the UK Mega event at Bicton College, Devon. “Found” is a bit of a misnomer – “What is the City?” has handed to us by another cacher, The Haywood Hornet. He is an incredibly experienced cacher, we are but beginners by comparison (he’s been caching since 2003, has found over 38,000 caches, we’ve just scraped over the 2,000 milestone, and finds as many caches most months as we find in a year).

Having got the trackable, we spotted the poem that was attached to it and have done a bit of research. The poem was written for Creative50, an artistic event associated with Manchester International Festival 2017:
“This poem was written as a Creative50 response to the opening event of Manchester International Festival 2017: ‘What is the city but the people?’. It celebrates Manchester’s hidden treasures – its residents – and their devotion to their city. 28 places in Manchester have been hidden inside the text of the poem and copies of the poem have been hidden around the city in geocaches.”

Here are links to videos about the poet:
http://creative50.mif.co.uk/people/cathy-wilcock
and of the poem – which is a very neat celebration of the many districts of Manchester:
http://creative50.mif.co.uk/the-city-and-the-people

July 29 Simons Wood, Wokingham

This was week 3 of the Mary Hyde challenge. This week to gain the Mary Hyde souvenir one had to find or deposit a trackable. Finding trackables can often be tricky, as frequently caches are listed as ‘containing a trackable’ but due to various reasons, the trackable is missing. We were therefore grateful we had a trackable in our possession, Annerschter (aka Henry’s Cat). But where to place it ? The weather was forecast to very wet so a short caching trip was planned in Simons Wood on the border of Wokingham/Crowthorne/Finchampstead. Fingers crossed we would finish before it rains!

Simons Wood is owned the National Trust, and is a heavily wooded, and in places heavily rhododendron-ed. The National Trust are slowly removing many of these large invasive plants, but it will still take some time until Simons Wood loses its ‘jungle’ feel.

Is it a jungle or is it Simon’s Wood?


We’ve cached here before – way back in July 2014 when we found one the UK’s oldest geocaches, first hidden in 2003.
Today would be on the other side of the Wood and we would circumnavigate a property known as ‘The Heritage Club’.

Our first find, was well hidden under a fallen tree. We quickly discovered though, it was not a simple find. The cache had been procured from cache maker JJEF, and we had to work out how to open the cache! Like many of JJEF’s caches, it only takes a minute or two..but it gave our ‘little grey cells’ a light work out. As the cache was quite big, it was here placed Annerschter in.

No prizes for guessing where the cache is …

…here!

The second and third caches were harder to find. The hints were ‘near a circular clearing’ and ‘in the roots of a silver birch’. Well, woodland is always changing. Clearings are not clearings for long, silver birches tend to form a mini forest of their own.

For both caches we spent 10-15 minutes looking at a myriad of hiding places, and came close to DNFing both.

Amost a DNF !


Fortunately persistence paid off, and we were successful at each.

Our route back to the car passed the gates of ‘The Heritage Club’, a grandiose title which can easily be mistaken. It is not some 17th century building, or 19th century steam railway.. it is in fact a nudist holiday camp.

The Heritage Club

The Heritage Club

This accounts for the very high, prison-like fences surrounding the property. Given our struggles to find the last two caches we probably wouldn’t have seen anything if the fences weren’t so high!

Last cache of the day

The skies were darkening and cars had headlights on (at 11 am on a July morning!) we had a quarter of a mile yomp along a pavement back to the car. One cache to find – magnetic behind a road sign – and we would have finished. Yards from the car park, the first raindrops fell and we reached the car without getting too wet but having gained another Mary Hyde souvenir.

July 22 : Teddy the Hamster

Hello, Mrs Hg137 here.

On a short (just four) caching trip, we acquired a trackable as part of the prize for solving one of the devilish caches.

Teddy the Hamster

Teddy the Hamster


This trackable has a simple mission, and I can’t possibly comment on whether this is a good mission!

“Out of Bracknell and as far as possible! “

The trackable started off in autumn 2015, but became inactive around the end of the same year. It was relaunched, with a new owner, in June 2017, and was then placed in a cache somewhere in Bracknell. Wherever that was, it wasn’t where we found it, and we’re uncertain how it got to the Green Hill cache series in another part of Bracknell.

No matter, we have hold of the trackable now, and it would be churlish of us not to help it with its mission, so we plan to take it to the UK Mega in Devon in early August.

June 24 : M & S Wedding

Hello, Mrs Hg137 here.

Out for a second day’s caching, quite close to home, we found this dinky little trackable in a cache in the Cache-as-Cache-can series in Farley Hill, Berkshire.

M & S Wedding

M & S Wedding


It started its journey in a Church Micro cache at Milton on Stour, on the northern edge of Dorset.  It was placed to commemorate a wedding and the very first cacher to retrieve it, that same day, said that the sound of the wedding could be heard as it was retrieved.  How sweet!

It’s the third trackable of this kind placed by its owner, and the mission for this trackable is for the rings to travel the world together, possibly making it as far as Garden City, New York.  (I wonder if that was the honeymoon destination?)