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  1. I'd love to find bits of jewellery in a cache! Please do this :D So long as it's in good wearable condition, it wouldn't matter how "cheap" it was - I'd swap for it as something I could wear to remind me of the fun I had geocaching :-)


    I agree with the others, put your jewellery in a little ziplock bag to make sure it doesn't get wrecked by the damp (I've seen so many bits of metal jewellery that have gone rusty in caches).

  2. Any Lake District based cachers around (or even anyone who just likes walking there)?


    When I was a kid I went on a school trip to the Lake District and we climbed several hills. On one of the walks - I think it was up Coniston Old Man but I could be wrong - we passed by the name of a 19th century miner, which had been carved in large letters alongs with the year into the rock of the hillside. I seem to remember that our teacher told us that the miner got into trouble for this.


    My question is, where is it, and is it still there? :D


    Thanks tons :)

  3. I am late to this thread I'm afraid (having found it from the Firetacks thread elsewhere) but I hope you all don't mind. I just had to share this particular "hungry tree"! It's located in the old churchyard at St Pancras in London, UK, and the tree is slowly eating up old gravestones that were stacked around it after they were moved to create the nearby railway in Victorian times.


    The tree is known as "The Hardy Tree" because Thomas Hardy (writer of Tess of the d'Urbervilles etc) did some of the work in moving the gravestones, long before he became famous for writing. Although I live in London, I only found out about this because one of the first geocaches I ever did was located there and it remains one of my favourite ever finds :(



    (image by Jacqueline Banerjee at Victorianweb, used with permission)

  4. I love the Church Micro series and as L8HNB says, there are some wonderful caches in Shropshire. If you like looking round historic churches anyway (as I do) then you can have a really enjoyable day doing a whole bunch of them. They're called "Shropshire Church Gems".


    I have a couple of church caches up in Shropshire/North Wales but they're bigger boxes rather than micros and they weren't created as part of the Church Micros/Church Gems series as they pre-date them. Often near church property there's not space for more than a micro but I'm sure that whoever manages these series wouldn't mind if people placed larger boxes if they found room for them, despite the name! :mad:

  5. Yikes Caz, no it wasn't Whittington Footbridge - I'm glad I did that one from the other end too now! I'm so glad you and the dogs got away safely!!! The cache where we nearly came a cropper was out in Wales, near Bala.


    What Chalkylou and Reddeeps say is really scary. Please take great care everyone!!

  6. Micros in forests. Those are bad.


    Oh, I'm with you on that. If there's space to hide at least a small, then please hide a small! Even though most of the stuff you find in caches is tat, I love the anticipation of actually sorting through it once I've found the cache :lol: Also, I like being able to move coins and bugs.

  7. Hi everyone,


    I know this subject comes up every single year without fail, but I thought I'd bring it up again in order to warn any newbies.


    Basically, BE CAREFUL if you're going into fields of cows - especially at this time of year, when they have calves with them! Even if they look calm, they can get very frisky and protective of their babies, and that can be dangerous. And be especially careful if you have a dog with you. If cows start chasing you and your dog, let the dog go - it can run faster than you can, and will get itself to safety. There have been several injuries and a couple of deaths reported in the past few years of people who got trampled by cows; if you're at all unsure about entering a field, find a way round or leave it for another day.


    We had a near miss a couple of days ago. We followed a public footpath down to a cache, and there were cows sitting peacefully over the other side of the field we had to walk through, so we weren't worried. On the way back we found that the herd had got up and moved to block our path back out of the field, and they had calves with them so were eyeing us suspiciously. We tried to walk up the side of the next field but there wasn't a way through, and then we saw the cows stampede into the field below, so we walked as quickly as we could back up the original field. Suddenly they wheeled around and started charging in our direction, so we had to peg it! We got out in time and they peeled off in another direction. Man it was scary. NB we didn't have a dog with us.


    Looking back it's all good fun, but please do be careful! I grew up in the countryside and used to walk through fields of cows all the time with no problems, so this led me to believe I knew when I was safe as an adult. Obviously I was a lot smaller as a child though, so was probably never perceived as a threat - whereas now, I won't take the risk.


    TB :)

  8. Here is what I've created:




    The red was a prototype which was fixed with the green version. More red will be produced tomorrow though :o.


    its about 4mx3cms and the Geo X is engraved into the acrylic.

    I just need suggestions on what to use to attach the token to the punched washer im making!


    Those are ace. I would be dead chuffed to find one of those! :o


    Dave, your badge idea is fab too - it's a shame they're so expensive, I hope you can get something worked out.

  9. I love stories like this :) I recently had a geocoin come back to me after getting lost in Finland 18 months ago.....I live in the UK. It suddenly reappeared in Finland then was taken to Portugal where some Brits picked it up and brought it back to London and dropped it into a cache less than two miles from my flat. I love that it has travelled over 5000 miles since I set it free, and that it came back to me with the help of some wonderful cachers :)

  10. I used to leave old coins, back in the days I'd do a couple of long hikes for a couple of smileys on a weekend. I'd buy currency in bulk (pretty cheap after the Euro came in), put them in a little coin envelope with my sig stamped on the outside.




    I got all kinds of happy feedback on them. But ultimately I picked up the pace and was hitting a lot of micros and just stopped carrying them with me.


    Those are lovely, Auntieweasel, I'm not surprised people were pleased to find them :)

  11. I did a cache just like this in Shropshire. I really enjoyed it, but that was because it was a Mystery cache and there was no hint before you arrived at GZ that you'd have to shake hundreds of film canisters out of the slim neck of a huge water bottle (impossible to do quietly!) and then hunt through them all <_< It was a cheeky and very funny surprise!

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