Sunday 27 April 2014

Madhouse diaries : Geocache-seekers but above all funseekers !

Geocaching is extremely addictive so, despite the rain that was threatening, we decided to head out for a quick roadtest with our new handheld GPS. Well, OK, I decided actually, but the kids were up for it too ! We went for a walk to one of our favourite parks where there are FIVE geocaches hidden.

There's also a geocache somewhere in this field on the way that is used for vertical archery (I still have no idea how that works - it sounds suicidal to me !) but we didn't have the coordinates so we'll save that one for another day.

The kids tried (and failed !) to sneak up on a family of rabbits.

Then there was lots of running up and down the hill to what we call the daisy meadow. Pierre decided to do lots of rolling about on the ground too - it's like letting a dog off a lead !

Juliette got up close to the daisies. He loves me, he loves me not ... !

"Mum, can we take this stick home with us ?!" (In a word, no !)

Now there is supposed to be a magnetic nanocache (ie a very small geocache) somewhere within 20m of this bridge. We looked all over the bridge, a nearby bin and a nearby bench (which were the only metal things we could see) but to no avail.

We did find this tiny magnet and wondered if that was it but there's no logbook or anything so I'm not convinced !

We also discovered some metal plaques announcing the "méridienne verte". This is a line (like the Greenwich Meridian) that runs across France from north to south (starting in our town) and for the year 2000, trees were planted all along it and a picnic was held on Bastille day. I was up for some more geocaching but the sky was darkening and the kids wanted to play so I put my GPS away (sniff) and we went to play in the park instead.

We quacked at mummy duck and her little ducklings (who went swimming one day, over the hill and far away ... !). Yes, I'm sure everybody else thought we were mad too !

Pierre stung his finger on a nettle and was very impressed with the "magic flower" (dock leaf) I gave him to make it better !

We finished off in the play area then got home just as the first raindrops started to fall. So, total geocaches found : zero ! But it still got us out into the fresh air which is the main thing.

Other blogposts you may be interested in :

Madhouse Diaries : Urban geocaching


  1. yyyeehhh for the fun if nothing else. Looks like they enjoyed themselves. We spent just over 2 hrs the other night finding 2 of them.

  2. Looks great fun, rain stopped play for me so I am hoping to explore next weekend

  3. gorgeous photos and love that rain didn't stop you from exploring x


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