Monday, 23 November 2015

Madhouse diaries : Bird-spotting or geocaching?!

This weekend, we decided to head off to a new series of geocaches that had been placed around a local lake.

The skies were grey and full of threatening clouds but we only had a very small shower to contend with.

It made for some very atmospheric shots though.

The lake is home to a lot of different species of birds.

Pierre and Juliette hadn't been on the last few geocaching adventures so it was great to see them enthusiastically running around all over the place.

You never know quite where the GPS is going to take you and some areas off the beaten path were a bit squelchy underfoot ! 

I loved the shape of this weeping willow - and it provided some nice shelter when it rained !

We soon found the first geocache and had a giggle at the clue - "Snow White's friends would need some help". No kidding ! 

Sophie volunteered (or more precisely was volunteered !) for tree-climbing duties and could reach the stick that it was attached to with no problem.

 We moved on to the new series of caches which is called "The Birds of Armbouts Cappel Lake". When we reached the first "point zero", we hunted in the undergrowth and Pierre squealed "aaaggghhh there's a dead bird" !

This had us in fits of giggles because it was a fake plastic bird hiding the cache ! I was over the moon to discover a new travel bug - yay, we haven't had one of those for ages ! I'll have to move it on and drop it off either in England or Brittany at Christmas.

All of the caches in this series are hidden inside strategically placed plastic birds.

On the bottom of each one, the cache owner has written the name of the type of bird, adding an educational element to the fun.

We moved away from the lake and into the woods. 

Juliette and Pierre took it in turns being in charge of the GPS.

This one called for a "tri-trunk" ... or should that be tree trunk ?!

Aha, there it is ! 

Pierre was just as interested in looking for fairies as looking for geocaches !

It's a lovely place to visit, part manmade and part natural.

We could see the rain approaching so decided to head for home. We'll definitely be back to complete the series very soon though.

Life Unexpected

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. Lots of lovely photos, but the last one is so poetic and romantic.

    1. I think it looks like mountains but it's just the clouds :)

  2. It sounds like you did so well to only be caught by one shower and as you say what wonderful photos the lighting made. A great idea of the Geocache owner to use the plastic birds to hide the clues and a great looking area to explore along the way. I hope the travel bug makes it over to England at Christmas! Thank you so much for linking up to Country Kids.

    1. I was quite expecting to get drenched in a downpour so we were definitely lucky :

  3. This is such an educational, fun and outdoors activity. Love the pictures.

  4. What a great fun activity! I can't wait till I'm a little older to join in with an adventure like that :) #whatevertheweather

  5. I love the bird caches! How cool are they! Would they not get found/moved by other people who don't know what they are though? The stormy skies are very atmospheric, I love a good storm. Looks like you all had a fantastic day out geocaching.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

    1. They're hidden out of sight and are difficult to find, even with the exact coordinates. Many caches do eventually get destroyed though - it's all par for the course.

  6. I love the bird trail! That's a little bit different. I can't wait till Evie's old enough to get excited about geocaching. It's such an inexpensive but completely fun activity isn't it. I love that they're everywhere. Anywhere you go you can look for them. What beautiful photos too. Thank you so, so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather xx

    1. It's amazing how many you pass by without ever realising they are there unless you know where to look !

  7. Looks like a fantastic afternoon out! I do love a good geocaching adventure. :)