Friday, 15 May 2015

Madhouse diaries : If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise !

Madhouse Daddy had a rare day off today so I left him in charge of picking up Pierre and Juliette from school and headed off for some geocaching with Sophie, making the most of a Friday afternoon off together.

It was a lovely day, but the pollen was out in force as we went rummaging about in the undergrowth. 

It's just as well Pierre wasn't with us this time as some of the grass was almost waist height so he'd have disappeared !

We managed to find a few more geocaches to add to our tally.

Even if some of them were a bit soggy and muddy.

What's going to be in this one then ?

Just a shell ! That's not very exciting ! We dropped off a few little treasures for the next person to find. We did find some little plastic toys and a little china figurine in some of the others though.

But our most exciting discovery was walking around a corner and coming across this prickly fella !

This is starting a trend, after our close encounter of the furred kind on our last geocaching adventure when we came across a very tame baby rat/vole. It also reminded us of the time we discovered a hedgehog wandering around in the park just next to our house.

We were a bit shocked to see him tucking into a dead bird though - I'm not sure what I thought hedgehogs ate (slugs and snails ?!) but I didn't know they were meat-eaters ! Eww !

We headed back into the woods for a last couple of geocaches.

There were lots of log piles along the woodland paths. I was impressed at the shape of this tree trunk. If it had been bigger, it would have made a fabulous table top !

Time to head back to civilisation - it was lovely to end the week with a trip to a beautifuly calm, natural setting, even if I'm sure my hayfever will be kicking off big time now !

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. Aww how lovely. What a great trip into the woods. I've never seen a hedgehog in real life x

  2. Eww indeed to the bird eating! Fascinating to discover though and I always think the best part of a country walk is discovering the unexpected! It looks like a lovely time spent together. thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  3. nice to see you getting some one on one time and sharing a pastime together. Bob likes to look what is in the caches as well though we kep forgetting to take swappable s.

    1. we have a geoacaching backpack permanently by the front dor ready to go at a minute's notice that has all the essentials in it - GPS, spare batteries, pens, swappables, tissues, hand sanitiser, plasters, tweezers ... !!

  4. Lovely day out! I really want to get out geocaching again! :) xx

  5. This looks like fabulous fun! I remember being a little kid when we had a hedgehog who'd visit our house. Having read Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, and co, and being the proud owner of a LOT of Sylvanian Families, you can imagine my excitement about being allowed to stay up long past my bedtime to see it! No more household hedgehogs for us these days, as we live 7 floors up! But we have had ducklings visit us for the past two years, which was a beautiful change - they even come marching right up to our balcony door, chirruping away brazenly even though we have a cat inside!

  6. Looks like you had great fun. We're geocachers too, haven't had so much time lately, but hoping to get back out here soon, Next mile stone 1000 for us. Have you been caching for long? Sa x

    1. Wow, that's a fantastic number :) We've been geocaching for almost a year now


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