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Chris n Maria

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  1. Especially if its our one..trust us its not worth it. Our MOC is only Members Only because we wouldn't want someone to find it as their first ever cache, they would be very disa pointed
  2. We have had quite a few problems with cows over the years. The worst being when I heard one charge at me as I was walking away from them. I turned quickly, put my hand straight out and yelled "stop". The cow came to a halt less than 3 feet from me and I was now stuck in a staring contest with half a ton of aberdeen angus. I dared not drop my eyes or show any fear but eventually another cow mooed the equiveleant of "leave him Terry he ain't worth it" and the cow backed off leaving me to make a carefull retreat. Over the various events I have discovered that I can talk cow, usefull phrases are: "hubbly bubble up up" - combine this with standing with your arm straght out and the cows should stop. "haddy hoody way way" - and point in a direction and they will move that way. seems to work. They really don't like dogs and we have had so many problems that Maria refuses to enter fields with cows in anymore. Chris
  3. If you have the landowners permission...Yes. We have a cache in a SSSI (with permission) yet I can't imagine how it would damage the site as he maintenance regeme includes hacking areas of encroaching woodland back, grazing by Cows and machine cutting the very rare orchids the SSSI is there to protect. SSSIs do not mean the site is wrapped in cotton wool, Conservation does not mean preservation and some of these areas require action that looks like devistation but helps preserve the environment. Compared to the amount of "damage" done to preserve stuff a bit of disturbance near the cache seems like nothing. Chris
  4. I don't think that the CROW regulations go over the existing rights for footpaths & byways. AFAIK if it is a byway then the regs for byways apply if you step off the byway the the right to roam rules apply. Personally unless the notice had the look of something "official" I would ignore it and carry on with the dog on a lead. If anyone objects just ay "sorry I didn't see the sign" and retreat gracefully. The best place to find the definitive answer is to contact your local council.
  5. Matt, You can use Waypoint Workbench to enter the coords and genrate a loc file. Then use the Magellan Geocache manager to load this file into the explorist. I'm stillworking on eXPlorist POI support and it will be in WW once I decifer the file format. Chris
  6. Thanks Barry - Thats the new site (I forgot to pay the bill on the old one!) In answer to the original question I have an Explorest so I will see if I can get WW to generate the correct file format. Chris
  7. Hmmm - I wonder if the cache mentioned was the one we arranged to recover with the owner last week. I was hoping to get round to it on Tuesday... Chris
  8. Checkout The Tube Map for an idea of what caches are near each station. Chris
  9. We have a cache in Essex Wildlife Trust Land - we just asked the warden and he thought it was a great idea. Since then the warden has changed and the new warden allowed another cache in the area as well. My advice is to get hold of the warden & ask there first. Chris
  10. We started caching in imperial but found it impossible to estimate in feet wheras 1 meter is almost exactly 1.5 paces for us so if we are heading straight towards the cache its easy to estimate. if you are with someone who uses imperial just say yards instead of meters...they will never know the difference
  11. Lakes & Logs and The Riddle are both in Weald country park which is not very far from the hotel at all. Here is a map of the area.
  12. Well maybe - but there does have to be a first time for everything. Oh yes, I call it the "let me at em" syndrome. The other day I met a chap with this snarling very obviously aggresive dog and to my horror as I approached he let the dog off the lead. Before I could say "what the blinkey flip do you think your doing" the dog had transformed into an extremly passive submisive dog who rolled on his back in front of me. Aparently the reason was he gets scared when he is on a lead because he can't run away from other dogs, so acts agresivly as a deffence!.
  13. I'm not sure kicking an already agressive dog is that smart. All you seem to be doing is offering another fleshy bit for him to sink his teeth into! I think reporting would be a much safer option. The number one way of avoiding any problems with dogs is to avoid direct eye contact. Direct eye contact is extremly agressive behaviour in dogs (and people in pubs!), many situations can be avoided by looking away or even turning your back on them. No relationship bretween leads and agresive dogs. Our dogs are often seen on leads because one has a tendency to chase anything that moves (rabbits/deer/squirels/kites etc.) the other has been so abused by humans that we are not sure that if we let her off the lead she would come back to us yet. chris
  14. We got one, I filed it in. Nothing really intrusive in the qustions - the how much is your family income question was in dollars so it don't matter which one I clicked as no one pays me in dollars! Other than that I took the oportunity to point out they could improve the servers Usuallly the reason for these sorts of surveys is to interest advertisers by showing the people who use the site. Chris
  15. I don't see a problem with it. If you don't like the commercial nature of it then don't go to that event. There is nothing stopping you organizing similar events for free now is there? Has Lacto seen the size of the hills up there? Hope he can lead groups froma 4x4
  16. Well I suppose if people think they are worth keeping they will volunteer to look after them...if they don't - they won't. Eventually we will just be left with a few really good virts and people will point and say "I have seen the past of geocaching, it was virtual and it was good" Personally I would really hate to see "George Hodgson" go as it is just the most unexpected thing I have ever come accross when caching.
  17. Not exactly its more a place you can hide virtuals where no one will ever go looking for them. We get an awfull lot of logs and emails frome people who say they have really enjoyed our virts, why should they have that fun taken away from them just because some people don't like virts? They are only 2% of all the caches anyway - if you don't like them don't do them.
  18. There are some micros that are taking up space that would be better served by virtuals
  19. Blimey if I calculate that correctly we must own 3% of all the virts in the UK - mind you the Wombles own 6%. I didn't realise how much of a dying breed they really are Chris
  20. I have worked with GPSTraining on geocaching events before and I must say they were very good at what they do. Chris
  21. Recon you could hide anything on there and no one would find it
  22. Perfect! Just what I was looking for. Thank you. You're Welcome Glad Waypoint Workbench is of use. BTW this site is now the location for WW - sorry for any inconvenience we had to move sites in a hurry
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