Life in a nutshell, 'cos it's better if you're nuts!

A collection of random thoughts, adventures, happenings and general goings on in the Gardner Family.

Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out.

Kurt Cobain

Catalonia

Catalonia

A fortnight of fun and frolics in the Catalonian sunshine.

Orwell and Eversden

Orwell and Eversden

If you're gonna 'av one, 'av a big 'un !

MK Puzzle Series

MK Puzzle Series

A long walk through the heart of Milton Keynes.

Saint Omer

Saint Omer

Time for GeoNord again. It was a great caching event last year, so Izzy and me decicded to try it again.

A Disappointing Achievement

A Disappointing Achievement

I set out with the great aspiration of completing two of my missing counties on the UK & Ireland map. It was hard work.

The Oast with the Most

The Oast with the Most

I decided on Wednesday evening to go to the Kent Mega. Short notice, but thankfully very easy pickings.

Lutton Lambada

Lutton Lambada

Another dash to Cambridgeshire for some more easy pickings.

Big White Nose

Big White Nose

Cap Blanc Nez - It's big, it's white, it looks like a nose, and you can see England from the top.

Knick Knacky Knokke Heist, Knicky Knacky Noo!

Knick Knacky Knokke Heist, Knicky Knacky Noo!

I am probably making more of a joke out this town's name than is strictly necessary.

Brugse Beer VII

Brugse Beer VII

Mega Event day - sunshine, silliness and some caching.

Jeux Sans Frontieres

Jeux Sans Frontieres

Whistling tunes, we hide in the dunes by the seaside.....

Brugse Beer 2017

Brugse Beer 2017

Four days of mad geocaching under glorious skies, whilst trying to avoid a big, blue bear.

Kent Dash

Kent Dash

A quick dash over the river to follow in the footsteps of a big green ogre, apparently.

Yakkety Yaxley

Yakkety Yaxley

My caching year started off fairly slowly. This was a solo effort to try to get things moving a bit faster.

Hauxton

Hauxton

A coldish day over Cambridge way, with a few bits of tupperware on the cards.

Silverstone Woods

Silverstone Woods

A new series up near Silverstone. Gotta be worth a Sunday stroll.

Banburrrrrry

Banburrrrrry

A cold day hacking my way around Banbury.

Flags of All Nations

Flags of All Nations

Vexillology in the form of tupperware hidden in the countryside.

Keyston Kaper

Keyston Kaper

Fifty-something finds on a winter's afternoon, and a near death experience involving light aircraft.

Welsh Weekend

Welsh Weekend

A four-day weekend of spectacular scenery, flash cars, and expanding waistlines.

Too Hot for Autumn

Too Hot for Autumn

Another day of trying to rediscover the elusive caching mojo. This time I walked two series near to home with Daughterus Minimus.

Finbarr Saunders

Finbarr Saunders

I've been suffering from what can only be described as a loss of mojo recently. I think I may have dropped it one day whilst walking around the Hatley Heart Attack series.

Ye Olde Survey Monuments

Ye Olde Survey Monuments

What ? Ye Old Survey Monuments ? What's that then ? It's a geocachers excuse for being a trigpointer.

Church Micros

Church Micros

In English villages, the church is normally the largest, oldest and most impressive building.

Poundon Around

Poundon Around

The girls were all out at a running event down in Leighton Buzzard as a result of Kas having volunteered to be a marshall, so I had the day to myself.

Grand Tour of Skiddaw

Grand Tour of Skiddaw

Kas somehow got it into her mind that it would be a good-fun idea to run an ultra-marathon in Cumbria to finish off the summer holidays.

Chamonix

Chamonix

A week of going up and down mountains and rediscovering school geography lessons, especially the ones about mountains and glaciers.

Llangollen Mega

Llangollen Mega

Masses of geocache hunting with some events thrown in for good measure.

Geolympix 2016

Geolympix 2016

Caching in a forest in moderately bad weather, because there was an event on.

Going Mega in France

Going Mega in France

Five go mad in Valenciennes. Except there were only four of us. Unless you include the ukelele.

Silverstone

Silverstone

A day of fast cars, unhealthy food and no working.

Thrapston Crapston

Thrapston Crapston

My initial enthusiasm was beaten into a bloody pulp of despair as a result of endless treks through neck high nettles and insect infested swamplands.

Up The Lakes

Up The Lakes

A week exploring the ups and downs of England's most three dimensional county.

Muttley’s Delight

Muttley’s Delight

Our annual trip to the fine city of Liverpool for a bit of Rock 'n' Roll, with some running thrown in.

Meldreth Madness

Meldreth Madness

It's madness ! Madness, I tell you. It was quite a lot of caching, anyway. So much so that I didn't seem to bother with any photos.

PAT and Charlie’s Seventh Loop

PAT and Charlie’s Seventh Loop

A couple of loops of caches close to home, one out in the country and one in the town (well, in a park on the edge of town).

No More Heart Attack !

No More Heart Attack !

A day for finishing off a few small loops that remained on the Hatley Heart Attack. "At last" I hear you say, "you've been doing them since last year".

A New Personal Best

A New Personal Best

A mad dash round some bits of Cambridgeshire, resulting in a mass of finds.

Around Castle Donington

Around Castle Donington

Not much to say. I went caching. I wish I hadn't bothered.

Will This Heart Attack Ever End ?

Will This Heart Attack Ever End ?

On the radar for today was chipping away at one of the large remaining loops on the Hatley Heart Attack.

Hacking Around Hatley

Hacking Around Hatley

This was another day for eating away a big chunk of the Hatley Heart Attack series.

Charlie’s Sixth Loop

Charlie’s Sixth Loop

It started as a bit of a "can't be bothered" sort of a day, having given up on my initial plans to travel the other side of Bedford.

Another Heart Attack

Another Heart Attack

Another day, another trip to the Hatley Heart Attack. On this day I was joined by DJ:CD and we decided we'd start in Sutton.

Bye Bye Magenta and Blue

Bye Bye Magenta and Blue

Time for the MK Boundary Walk Blue and Magenta sections to be consigned to the great tupperware box in the sky.

Say Yellow, Wave Goodbye

Say Yellow, Wave Goodbye

The end of a chunk of the MK Boundary Walk series of caches, which had passed their sell-by date some time ago and had started to be visited fairly infrequently.

New Year’s Eve Heart Attack

New Year’s Eve Heart Attack

Whilst I was in the middle of attempting to complete the Hatley Heart Attack series, one of the two responsible COs added another whole loop.

Seaham Beach

Seaham Beach

A winter's day up in the North East. The sun was shining and the kids needed to get out and run around a bit.

Pre-Christmas Heart Attack

Pre-Christmas Heart Attack

I had a few days holiday left to use up and, of course, the kids were on holiday. Time for a bit of caching then.

Measham Dash

Measham Dash

A bit of a two-day mega post, consisting of a Saturday afternoon around Measham, followed by a Monday morning in the car.

Charlie’s Third and Fifth Loops

Charlie’s Third and Fifth Loops

A cold and grey day in December with nothing much to do. Might as well go hunting for tupperware.

More Hatley Heart Attack

More Hatley Heart Attack

A November day and all was well with the world. I managed to pursuade Ami to come out with me to do a bit more of the Hatley Heart Attack.

Charlie’s Fourth Loop

Charlie’s Fourth Loop

A winter's day, a Friday, and a day off work, because I'd got holidays left to take.

The Hatley Heart Attack Begins

The Hatley Heart Attack Begins

A few days previously I heard some chatter on Facebook about a massive new series that ran pretty much covered all of the distance in between Biggleswade and Cambridge.

Snowdonia

Snowdonia

Kas entered the 2015 Snowdonia Marathon, so we were obliged to go and have a long weekend in Snowdonia.

Charlie’s Second Loop

Charlie’s Second Loop

Another one of Charlie's Loops to do. It started pretty much right next to my church micro at Bow Brickhill, so it gave me the opportunity to maintain that one while I was there.

Giddings and Thurning

Giddings and Thurning

A couple of loops to make a busy autumn day. One started near Hamerton Park Zoo, and one started in Thurning.

Charlie’s First Loop

Charlie’s First Loop

This was the first of a whole load of new caching series in Milton Keynes entitled "Charlie's Loops" - This one looked appealing enough to warrant a day off work to do them.

The Twin Turbine Trail

The Twin Turbine Trail

A long Saturday walk through some rolling hills on the border between Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

Examining London

Examining London

I had a professional exam to take after a period of, well I'd like to call it "intensive study" but it would probably be better to call it "not being bothered" over the summer.

Big Days in Kent

Big Days in Kent

A couple of big days out in Kent while Kas took the kids up north for a few days.

Elsworth Excursion

Elsworth Excursion

My first day out caching after our rather epic journey to the Algarve for our summer holiday. The weather was quite Algarvian though.

The Algarve

The Algarve

Two weeks of sea, sunshine and general relaxation on the south coast of Portugal.

Walkern Multis

Walkern Multis

Someone, somewhere, once said there was a geocaching challenge that requires you to find 10 or more multi caches in a day. That sounds like something that needs to be achieved.

Grafham Grabs

Grafham Grabs

A Sunday jaunt over towards Grafham Water to finish off a couple of bits of circuits I'd missed out on before - the Woolley Mammoth and the S2E2.

Yaxley to Conington

Yaxley to Conington

I set off with the objective of trying to make over 100 finds, and I'd decided that the A1 to the south of Peterborough would be a good place to go. I ended up setting a new

Rockin’ Remix

Rockin’ Remix

A return to the Rock 'n' Roll Half in Liverpool. This time it was Kas's turn to run it and my turn to look after the kids.

Wirral Wander

Wirral Wander

While we were up in Liverpool again for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon I took the opportunity to go and do a bit of caching on The Wirral.

Letchworth Disaster

Letchworth Disaster

To quote one of my logs for the day "Forgive me while I swear. I sacrificed my GPS at this cache." I put it down while signing a log. As I went to pick it up, I knocked it and it fell down a drain.

Cockayne Hatley

Cockayne Hatley

Titter ye not ! It's what the village is called. I didn't make it up.

Down Dover

Down Dover

It would have been classed as a weekend away, except it wasn't the weekend.

Doing Dover

Doing Dover

Well, we had to really. I couldn't go to Dover for a long weekend and not do that tempting looking caching series along the tops of the cliffs. That would be a waste, if not a criminal offence.

Molesworth Melee

Molesworth Melee

A long solo day out in the Cachemuda Triangle - a cache-packed area in the middle of a triangle formed by the A1, A14 and A45/A605

Missile Silos

Missile Silos

I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend an all day training session at a client's site. I stayed overnight right next to the old Greenham Common site, near Newbury.

Manchester Marathon

Manchester Marathon

Kas entered the 2015 Manchester Marathon. Technically, I suppose, she entered the 2014 Manchester Marathon and then deferred it for a year.

Sawtry and the Giddings

Sawtry and the Giddings

Sawtry - Because if you're surrounded by villages called The Giddings you can probably get away with all sorts of weird names.

MKBW Indigo

MKBW Indigo

Time to do the only remaining section of the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk series for which I had yet to collect the bonus.

Alconbury and Coppingford

Alconbury and Coppingford

A day out with Daughterus Minimus around the very pleasant little villages of Alconbury, Alconbury Weston and Coppingford.

FF40

FF40

FF40 is a series of puzzles near to Rotherfield Peppard, down in the south-east corner of Oxfordshire and not far north of Reading.

Eclipsed

Eclipsed

I took the day off work, in part because I needed a bit of a break and in part because there was a much talked about solar eclipse in prospect in the middle of the morning.

Dunstable Mega Day

Dunstable Mega Day

The day began with an event in Leighton Buzzard to celebrate "Pi Day" and finished with a very long walk over the chalk downs to the west of Dunstable.

MKBW Green Section

MKBW Green Section

Two sections of the MKBW still to complete - Green and Indigo. By "complete", I mean "do just enough to get the bonus", I don't mean "do all of them".

Treacle Mining

Treacle Mining

When I was a kid, my folks, and particularly my paternal grandfather, always used to refer to Ticknall as being the home of a now abandoned treacle mine.

Catworth and Covington

Catworth and Covington

A day out with Daughterus Minimus tramping across the muddy fields of west Cambridgeshire looking for bits of tupperware.

MK Churches

MK Churches

You can't beat a Church Micro or several, especially on a bright, sunny day in January.

Between Hare and There

Between Hare and There

It was a very grey, dank, and pretty miserable kind of a day, but Ami and me had decided we were off out for a bit of box hunting regardless.

Willington Wanders

Willington Wanders

New Year's Eve, and we'd arranged to go out for a bit of a walk, and do a bit of caching, with some of our friends, the Burlaces and the Weedons.

Snowy Churches

Snowy Churches

A pre-birthday afternoon out in the car whilst up at my folks' near Measham, finding a few local church micros.

The Woolley Mammoth

The Woolley Mammoth

The Woolley Mammoth. A series near Huntingdon passing through the village of Woolley, hence the name.

Bulwick and Apethorpe

Bulwick and Apethorpe

A long day out up the top end of Northamptonshire doing a couple of loops that looked appealing.

Dirt Half 2014

Dirt Half 2014

Saturday morning and a change to our usual routine of running parkrun in Milton Keynes.

Walk on the Wild Side

Walk on the Wild Side

A caching jaunt around Hatley in Cambridgeshire with Ami and BingBongLong, on a grey and murky late autumn afternoon.

Hadrian’s Wall

Halloween Hides 2014

Halloween Hides 2014

Halloween Hides time of year again. This was the fifth annual Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches mega event, and it proved to be the last one too, at least for a while.

Chester Marathon 2014

Chester Marathon 2014

Kas booked herself into the Chester marathon earlier in the year and we decided to all go up.

Forty Sortie

Forty Sortie

I'd been working on a bunch of puzzles so I could make an attempt at forty puzzle finds in a day. This was that day.

CacheAthon Part 3

CacheAthon Part 3

My final bash at the Cambridge CacheAthon series after previous previously doing two loops in April and two more in June.

Severn Bridge Half 2014

Severn Bridge Half 2014

Oooh ! A new running event. I couldn't resist one that started on the Severn Bridge.

Munich Giga Event

Munich Giga Event

A long weekend travelling with Ami by bus to a geocaching giga event in Munich.

Birthday Bash Trois

Birthday Bash Trois

Hmm ! The problem with writing blog posts retrospectively is that if the day in question was a long time ago, there's a possibility I can't remember it at all.

Europe’s Low Points

Europe’s Low Points

A fortnight in the Low Countries, travelling by car through Belgium and the Netherlands.

Alcester Dash

Alcester Dash

A nice warm day in July and a good day for a spot of tupperware hunting with Wavvy.

Birmingham Athletics

Birmingham Athletics

We do enjoy a day's sport over at Gardner Towers

Birthday Bash Deux

Birthday Bash Deux

Kas was doing Redway Runners club run at Marston Vale, and afterwards we all went round the north of Bedford to have a pop at more of the Two Birthdays series there.

CacheAthon Part 2

CacheAthon Part 2

So on to the second stint of the Cambridge CacheAthon, having done the first couple of loops away back on Good Friday.

Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash

Much excitement in the Gardner household on this day, or at least I was quite excited, because it was my first caching trip out in the new motor.

Rockin’ Liverpool

Rockin’ Liverpool

We'd heard from friends who'd done their other events that the Rock 'n' Roll running series were excellent to enter.

Marston Vale

Marston Vale

In a very rare turn of events, someone decided that they'd hold the 30th installment of the Hertfordshire "Happening" events in Bedfordshire.

BaseCamp

BaseCamp

Over the last few weeks I’ve been getting more interested and more knowledgeable about mapping on my new Garmin, having previously been through the pain of creating and installing my own custom icons. After a discussion made during a long walk around Rutland last weekend a friend asked me how I have managed to install […]

Sawtry, Sore Feet

Sawtry, Sore Feet

The day after the moderately epic trip up to Rutland and Stamford, and the girls were all still away in Sunderland, so I figured I might as well go hit the tupperware again.

Not The Smallest County

Not The Smallest County

Rutland is small, isn’t it ? I mean, not microscopically small, but in the context of English counties it is small. It’s the smallest, apparently. Except that it isn’t !

Foremark Reservoir

Foremark Reservoir

We had a whole sunny afternoon to fill up. So we headed over to the Foremark Reservoir for a bit of ambling through nature, hunting for tupperware, and eating ice creams.

CacheAthon Part 1

CacheAthon Part 1

Good Friday, and in caching terms, it turned out to be exactly that. I headed over towards Cambridge to begin an assault on the CacheAthon series

Marathon Weekend

Marathon Weekend

A while ago the good lady wife won a place in the Virgin London Marathon for 2014. She failed in the annual ballot but then entered a competition on a bottle of Lucozade Sport and won it.

Sheffield Half 2014 (or not)

Sheffield Half 2014 (or not)

On Sunday April 6th 2014 I ran the 33rd annual Sheffield Half Marathon. It turned out to be one of the weirdest days of my life, apparently.

Greenway Gallivant

Greenway Gallivant

The teachers were on strike, so someone had to look after the kids. I did my bit by taking Ami with me to Letchworth for a bit of caching on our bikes.

Oh Simple Thing

Oh Simple Thing

Ami's been singing a certain well known song written by Keane and covered by Lily Allen for several weeks now, because it's going to be included in her school assembly.

Church Pilgrimage

Church Pilgrimage

Apparently one should go to church on a Sunday. I’m not sure if it counts when you go to 7 different churches and all you do is look for tupperware.

Reading Half 2014

Reading Half 2014

Kas's free entry into the London Marathon that she won came with side entry into a couple of "training" half marathons. This was one of them.

Hargrave Hobble

Hargrave Hobble

A day of getting confused about whether we were in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire or Cambridgeshire. It was all three, at some point.

Brighton Half 2014

Brighton Half 2014

The long awaited trip to Brighton for Kas to do the Brighton Half Marathon.

Leicestershire Churches

Leicestershire Churches

We found ourselves at my folks' house in Measham for the weekend after I'd been up in Blackpool during the week. The kids wanted to stay in, so Kas took me out to lunch, via a few churches.

The Mighty Quins

The Mighty Quins

Ami and I had a spare Sunday afternoon so we arranged to meet up with BingBongLong in Aynho to have a go at Gingko's COYQ series.

Custom Icons

Custom Icons

Since I got the Garmin Montana 650t at Christmas I’ve used it a few times for geocaching but one of the things I’ve been finding difficult is the icons it uses for displaying caches on the map. The main problems I found are that they seem to be a little small, and a little indistinct. […]

S2E2

S2E2

A January day and what better way to spend it than pushing the caching numbers up a bit. Some would say that sitting at home with a few beers, but they're welcome to that. Sun's out, then so am I.

Imbibing Imber

Imbibing Imber

A day to remember in more ways than one, with a target of visiting the event at the uninhabited village of Imber in the middle of one of the Ministry of Defence's training areas on Salisbury Plain.

Ellington Expedition

Ellington Expedition

A Sunday afternoon out just before Christmas to fill in another day from The Matrix. It turned into a bit of a disaster, but resulted in me making a decision about the future.

Pavenham Plod

Pavenham Plod

A weekday morning and yet another day where I took the morning off to fill in a spot on The Matrix. This time, I headed for the village of Pavenham, to the north of Bedford.

Shelswell Loop

Shelswell Loop

Tuesday morning on my “busy” week of pre-Christmas matrix fillers – I needed to go out caching on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week to keep the run going.

Riseley

Riseley

Not much to say about this one except that there was a new series up near Riseley so I scooted up there with BingBongLong and a plan to meet Brew-a-cache up there.

Meandering

Meandering

I'd planned to do SmokeyPugs Ms Meander series just north of Hemel Hempstead and I set off at just after 7am to make sure I had plenty of time.

Not Quite Halloween

Not Quite Halloween

A multi-day special of a post recounting my four visits to Salcey Forest to complete caches set for the 2013 Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches.

Big Bro’s 50th Birthday

Big Bro’s 50th Birthday

Big Brother is 50. That means I will be next year. Oh dear ! Should I be concerned about that ?

MKBW Grey, The Top

MKBW Grey, The Top

The Milton Keynes Boundary Walk Grey section runs from Turvey down to Salford. On this walk, my and Ami did the northern two thirds of it.

Berlin Marathon

Berlin Marathon

Kas decided she'd really, really like to run the 40th Berlin Marathon on her 40th birthday weekend. It seemed like a reasonable idea.

Low Road Loops

Low Road Loops

This was a fine late summer’s day out in Cambridgeshire with a happy band of cachers including myself, Daughterus Maximus, BingBongLong and Wavvy.

Stoke Bruerne

Stoke Bruerne

A Sunday afternoon jaunt with Daughterus Maximus over to a tempting looking (i.e. short and easy looking) new series of caches at Stoke Bruerne.

Kenilworth Half 2013

Kenilworth Half 2013

We had a quick dash up to Kenilworth so that Kas could run the half marathon there. I toyed with the idea of running too but then Kas told me there's no medal. No medal ? No run.

Dorset Days

Dorset Days

A few days on the beautiful south coast of England.

Bedford Parkrun

Bedford Parkrun

A happy combination of circumstances for us today - a long run, a parkrun, and a couple of caches.

Kimbolton & Shelton

Kimbolton & Shelton

I'd been thinking about going caching on this day for quite a while, but had no time to plan anything. Thankfully, Wavvy came up with a cunning plan that I was happy to tag along with.

Little Staughton Sortie

Little Staughton Sortie

A quick dash around north Bedfordshire and west Cambridgeshire with BingBongLong and Ami. I needed a “matrix” day and Ami was aiming to get past 500 finds.

MKBW Grey, The Bottom

MKBW Grey, The Bottom

The problem with point-to-point caching routes is that you need logistical support. It's a good job I have an obliging wife.

Dunstable Dash

Dunstable Dash

Hmm ! The day on which I planned to kill off a day in quite a long series of "matrix" days, but on which I realised that I should actually have gone out caching the previous day too. Ho hum !

Ton Up

Ton Up

Alibags mentioned a while ago that she needed only one day to fill up her matrix, June 15th. So thinking you might as well do it in style, I suggested we go out and try to do a hundred in one day.

Austrey Amble

Austrey Amble

The kids and the parents decided they were off to Tamworth for a bit of shopping, so I thought I'd have a go at a new series of caches round the corner from their house in Austrey.

Ami’s Class Assembly

Ami’s Class Assembly

Ami was playing an ancient Egyptian priest, so she got to wear a big shaggy wig and some nice eye makeup.

The Giddings

The Giddings

I originally planned a trip to a caching event in Oundle on Sunday, but I then noticed I had a "Matrix" day on Saturday and not on Sunday, so I revised plans a bit.

MK Marathon 2013

MK Marathon 2013

A very warm day for running - good job we were only watching.

World Wide Flash Mob X

World Wide Flash Mob X

WWFM is an annual geocaching event in May where you do something daft for 15 minutes. In Aylesbury it involved floating some rubber ducks.

Aerial Extreme

Aerial Extreme

The Emerson Valley Brownies went over to Willen Lake for a bit of R&R at Aerial Extreme.

Izzy’s Class Assembly

Izzy’s Class Assembly

Izzy's class assembly this morning. Lots of overexcited kids, and a few quite excited parents too.

A Day of Sport

A Day of Sport

Ami had an athletics event up at Stantonbury Stadium this morning. MK Dons had a home game in the afternoon. We went to both.

Fleetwood Flurry

Fleetwood Flurry

Tuesday night up north after a long day doing what I get paid for (or, at least, pretending to do it). Time to go out caching in the evening sunshine.

Ashby

Ashby

Saturday afternoon, following a fine performance at Parkrun by both Kas and Ami - two PBs. We wanted a bit of fresh air to avoid the kids spending all afternoon playing Pet Shop on the iPads.

Newcastle

Newcastle

It was a day for doing a bit of caching to contribute to "The Matrix", so we planned a bit of caching in Newcastle after Kas did Parkrun.

Seaham Beach

Seaham Beach

It must have been Easter because we were in the North-East for at least 3 days.

Towcester

Towcester

I managed to lure Ami out of the house for a bit of geocaching on the promise of getting a McDonalds afterwards. Quite an easy lure really.

Chiki Ceramiki

Chiki Ceramiki

I decided it might be nice to get my mum something personal for her birthday, so we decided to go to Chiki Ceramiki to make some handmade plates.

Sawtry Splurge

Sawtry Splurge

A new personal best for the number of cache finds in a day, without really expecting it.

MK Spring Half 2013

MK Spring Half 2013

MK Half day, and once again it's freezing. Same as last year only without the rain.

MK Parkrun

MK Parkrun

I took my new (ish) camera down to MK parkrun this morning.

Dublin Jaunt

Dublin Jaunt

A business trip to Dublin for two full days, with plenty of slack time on the travelling days. Should be plenty of opportunity to finish off the run for February.

Sherington

Sherington

Another day with a spot of caching required to fill up the matrix. Kas had just got back from a long run and Izzy was at a party and Ami couldn't be bothered.

Conkers Parkrun

Conkers Parkrun

Saturday morning in Measham and time for the weekly ritual of doing parkrun.

East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport

Filling a slot on the Matrix by walking around the second biggest airport in the Midlands.

Donisthorpe Cycle Trails

Donisthorpe Cycle Trails

Blimey, wasn't the weather nice today. Shame to be stuck inside for most of it working.

Only in Olney

Only in Olney

I needed to fill a slot on the Matrix and to the west of Olney are caches set on two different days I need for the "366 Days Placed" list too.

Shocott Shuffle

Shocott Shuffle

Sunday afternoon and some planned cache time, having sorted out schedules with the lady of the household. What to do and where to go ?

Ampthill Amble

Ampthill Amble

A slot to fill in The Matrix and I managed to persuade Ami to come (well, technically, it was bribery rather than persuasion, but it’s a fine line with an 8 year old).

Route Canal

Route Canal

A quick dash up to Stoke Bruerne on a grey Sunday afternoon in early February. It was after 2pm already when I arrived, so I had limited time.

Stowe Maintenance

Stowe Maintenance

I'd had a couple of warnings about my geocaches at Stowe being in need of some TLC, so I decided it was about time I paid a visit and fixed a couple of things.

New Year Wander

New Year Wander

New Year's Day, and all is quiet. Well, not completely, but mainly.

Filling a Gap

Filling a Gap

A day of messing around punctuated by a quick trip out to grab a few new caches in Woughton-on-the-Green, thereby filling a gap in the "Days I've Been Caching" matrix.

Yule Blog

Yule Blog

A day of walking in the rain, eating too much, drinking too much, and blogging.

Trees, Golf and Mud

Trees, Golf and Mud

I had a holiday spare in December, having saved one up in case the girls had a teachers strike or an illness. I decided December 6th was late enough in the year to risk it.

Grand, Double Grand

Grand, Double Grand

Two thousand total caches, and one thousand for the year. Woo hoo !

Not the Best Night Ever

Not the Best Night Ever

A score draw, of sorts. 10 finds and 10 DNFs. Scratched hands, muddy trousers, and twitching curtains.

Around and About

Around and About

Sunday afternoon with not a lot to do, having cleared my way through the European Ironing Mountain yesterday.

Bletsoe Bombing Run

Bletsoe Bombing Run

I decided on a relatively light day of caching today after yesterday’s excesses. By “light”, I mean a target of 40 or so, spread over 8 miles.

Halloween Hides 2012

Halloween Hides 2012

I've been thinking about the Halloween Hides & Creepy Caches (Reincarnated) Mega Event for much of the year. Today was the day.

MKBW Blue

MKBW Blue

Two long walks through the middle of nowhere, setting caches that I ultimately didn't want to own.

MKBW Violet

MKBW Violet

A walk over some fields and then back home down the canalside

MKBW Turquoise

MKBW Turquoise

From the western edge of Milton Keynes at Hazeley School, across the countryside and up to the edge of Stony Stratford.

MKBW Magenta

MKBW Magenta

Agriculture. Lots of agriculture. Quite a lot of it was hard to get through.

Midshires Meander

Midshires Meander

There's only so much attention that you can give to a washing machine before it degenerates into just watching your kecks go round in circles.

Geolympix Marathon

Geolympix Marathon

Two days either side of a trip to India, and causing me to miss "Super Saturday"

Geolympix 2012

Geolympix 2012

Finding Uranus is sometimes difficult for a geocacher, even with the use of both hands.

Alconbury and Buckworth

Alconbury and Buckworth

A day out caching with Wavvy where we got rather wet. How wet ? I had to wring out my socks, that's how wet.

Stowe Series Release

Stowe Series Release

I'd been working with the National Trust at Stowe since the middle of the previous year trying to see whether we could set a few geocaches on their land.

Lisbon Half

Lisbon Half

We both entered the 2012 Lisbon Half Marathon, which meant (obviously) that we had to go to Lisbon. We decided to take the kids with us.

Peterborough Splurge

Peterborough Splurge

This day was the start (for me) of a long love affair with the area between Peterborough, Oundle, Huntingdon, Northampton and Bedford.

Stowe Cache Planning

Stowe Cache Planning

I should have known better, but then I was a bit of a novice. You can't set caches on land that you have to pay to enter.

Life Begins

Life Begins

The boy Simply Paul was 40 years old, apparently, although I didn't really know him at the time.

Kingsbury Water Park

Kingsbury Water Park

Kingsbury Water Park is one of those British industrial regeneration jobs that the East Midlands is very good at, although technically this might be the West Midlands, I guess.

Getting on a Bit

Getting on a Bit

It was "The Other Stu's" 40th birthday, apparently, and he'd decided to celebrate the occasion by dropping a load of tupperware around the countryside of Bedfordshire.

Bats in the Belfry

Bats in the Belfry

I had an evening appointment in the West Midlands as we were having a corporate jolly at The Belfry.

Bozeat

Bozeat

I had a weekend at home alone as a result of needing to put some extra effort into a piece of work I'd been doing. Yeah, really !

Chiltern Hundred 2

Chiltern Hundred 2

My second attempt at the Chiltern Hundred series, and I took an afternoon off work to make sure I found loads.

Burgo and Beans

Burgo and Beans

A series called "Burgo and Beans", named after the villages of Newton Burgoland and Barton in the Beans.

Chiltern Hundred 1

Chiltern Hundred 1

The beginning of a six month long journey to complete one of the biggest series of caches in the area - the Chiltern Hundred series near Chesham.

Long Compton

Long Compton

As a New Year treat (sort of) we decided to head off out into the wilds of Warwickshire for a day of box hunting.

Gee ! Snow Caching

Gee ! Snow Caching

Geocaching around Sunderland in the snow. Excellent !

MK Schooldays

MK Schooldays

The story of our first series of puzzles. How they were conceived, and how they were placed. And what we got wrong.

Caldecotte Lake

Caldecotte Lake

A Balancing Lake, but what's it balancing on, I wonder ?

Going Wild in Woburn

Going Wild in Woburn

Wandering around the countryside looking for bits of tupperware with a stinking cold.

10km Route Planning

10km Route Planning

How can I describe this afternoon without totally giving away the game on the prime purpose. Ahh bum ! It isn't giving away much really.

Over the Fields and Far Away

Over the Fields and Far Away

Fields, fences, footpaths and hedges, some containing tupperware.

Casing the Joint

Casing the Joint

A bicycle borne trip with the plan of measuring out steps for a half-marathon themed cache. The plan failed.

Back on the Bike

Back on the Bike

The previous night's failure to complete a particular geocache was really grating and needed to be corrected.

Donisthorpe Donder 2

Donisthorpe Donder 2

What better on an autumn afternoon than to leave the kids somewhere with the parents and dash off for a bit of tupperware hunting.

Wolverton ? Miles Away

Wolverton ? Miles Away

A solo effort by bicycle one evening once the kids were in snoozy land, with the purpose of finding a Kitey.

Off the Wall

Off the Wall

An afternoon jaunt through a relatively empty piece of parkland.

It’s Grim Up North

It’s Grim Up North

Canals, trees and Maccy D's on a Friday night up north.

Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible

A constantly updating diary of Kitey's Mission impossible series. More of a sort of Mega-Blog Special.

The Worst Services

The Worst Services

So what do you do at the worst services in the UK ? You turn your bike around, buy a posh coffee, collect the caches, and move on.

A Windy Weekend

A Windy Weekend

A bank holiday weekend up north, and for us a whole new caching experience, three whole degrees north of our normal haunts.

A Wavendon Wander

A Wavendon Wander

Monday lunchtime wanderings through some fields looking for caches using memory of Google Maps and a bit of on-the-fly estimation.

Linford Wood

Linford Wood

Trees, sculptures and tupperware on a balmy Sunday afternoon.

Fat Food Friday

Fat Food Friday

A payday tradition of eating things your doctor doesn't want you to.

Tattenhoe Tally-Ho !

Tattenhoe Tally-Ho !

Thursday lunchtime, working at home, no girls in the house and no sign of the courier who is supposedly bringing a new phone that I'm sending back, so what do you do to pass the time ?

Bordering on the Ridiculous #32

Bordering on the Ridiculous #32

We didn't even realise you could claim finds just by going to the pub, but that's just what an event cache is.

St Malo

St Malo

Two fun packed weeks in Brittany, with two kids, two grandparents, and a new hobby.

iBletchWinspiration

iBletchWinspiration

Who needs to do packing for a fortnight away on holiday when you can spend your evening geocaching instead ?

The North Bucks Way

The North Bucks Way

A quickie dash out on a Friday night after 5-6 hours in the car driving to Leeds and back.

Breakfast at Tibshelf

Breakfast at Tibshelf

Is it possible to cache whilst on a business trip, wearing a suit and not in possession of a GPS device ?

Dinosaur “Roarrrrrrr !”

Dinosaur “Roarrrrrrr !”

Saturday morning sunshine and caching, while the good lady wife was off for a run.

Friday Night Cache-Fest

Friday Night Cache-Fest

A Friday night dash round the Ouse Valley Park in Stony Stratford

Monkston Madness

Monkston Madness

A night of cycling for exercise whilst rummaging around in the undergrowth.

Sweet Music

Sweet Music

A quick cache and dash whilst Izzy was in gymnastics in Bletchley.

Pre-Pub Pootle

Pre-Pub Pootle

What better way to relax than to bike to the pub ? Well, biking to a load of caches and then biking to the pub, obviously.

Brisk Broughton

Brisk Broughton

A week after our failed efforts in Broughton we decided to have another go, now suitably armed with a shiny new GPS.

Shenley Shuffle 2

Shenley Shuffle 2

The next day after the Shenley Wood Shuffle we had a spare hour after work, so decided we cleared the remaining caches in Shenley Wood.

Shenley Shuffle

Shenley Shuffle

On a windy Sunday afternoon in July, what better fun than to wander round a bit of ancient woodland looking for small clip-lock boxes.

The Willen Wibble

The Willen Wibble

A Saturday morning wander around Willen Lake in search of a few noddy caches while Kas went for a run.

Easy Emerson

Easy Emerson

A Friday night jaunt with the twin objectives of testing the Garmin and entertaining the kids until bedtime.

Barren Broughton

Barren Broughton

How can a major urban centre still have areas that 3G signals don't reach ?

Stony Strut

Stony Strut

A Saturday afternoon amble around the Ouse Valley Park in Stony Stratford.

Linear Luck

Linear Luck

A little jaunt up Tattenhoe Linear Park one night to have yet another go at an elusive cache.

Donisthorpe Donder

Donisthorpe Donder

A happy weekend up at the folks house, with a bit of time spent wandering around reformed spoil heaps looking for tupperware.

Cache & Dash ?

Cache & Dash ?

A quick cache & dash after school that turned into a bit of a bike ride with a handful of caches found.

Furzton Frenzy

Furzton Frenzy

Our first successful geocaching venture on home turf.  We fooled the girls with the "going to the pub" ruse. The pub in question has a good play area.

Tattenhoe Trials

Tattenhoe Trials

A full family, bike-mounted affair on a balmy Friday night. We didn't find much though.

Marrakech Express

Marrakech Express

A corporate jolly in Marrakech to celebrate my professional achievements of 2009.

La Rochelle

La Rochelle

A repeat visit for a couple of weeks to one of my favourite locations. This time we had two children and two grandparents with us.

Northumberland

Northumberland

A week enjoying the spectacular coast of Northumberland, again.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Brussels

Brussels

Ahhhh, Brussels, the home of the sprout. Kas and me made a trip in February 2007 when it was still the depths of winter and it was pretty cold.

Meribel

Meribel

Skiing in Meribel. Well, I skied. Kas, Ami, Dennis and Linda did a lot of swimming, sitting in cafes and meeting me at the tops of mountains.

Cornwall

Cornwall

A week down at the very bottom end of England, enjoying the last vestiges of the summer.

La Rochelle

La Rochelle

A week on the beautiful west coast of France. It was so hot, it was more like sun-snogged than sun-kissed.

Les Arcs

Les Arcs

Skiing in Les Arcs, and overlooked by the totally mad "Speed Skiing" course.

Northumberland

Northumberland

A week in Northumberland enjoying one of Britains best, and least known, bits of coastline.

Wet in Whistler

Wet in Whistler

In early 2005 Kas and me went skiing in Whistler with the Burlaces. The weather was a bit suspect.

Lake District in the Winter

Lake District in the Winter

In February 2004 Kas and I took a short break in the Lake District to enjoy a final bit "couple" time before we became parents.

Snowy Tattenhoe

It’s not often we get a lot of snow at home. When we do, it can be really pretty, and we tend to get to enjy it because we almost invariably end up with roads, offices, and life in general, being shut down until it goes away again.

Paris in the Autumn

Paris in the Autumn

I surprised Kas for her birthday by taking her on a flying visit to Paris, on the train.

Prince Bishops

Prince Bishops

Durham, in the English North-East, is the self-styled Land of the Prince Bishops. Never heard of them !

A Greek Odyssey

A Greek Odyssey

Two weeks of ancient history, dicing with death on the roads, and beautiful scenery.

Milton Keynes Architecture

Milton Keynes Architecture

A day out in Milton Keynes playing with slide film in our cameras.

Whitburn in Autumn

Whitburn in Autumn

A trip up north, not long after returning from our trip out west.

Road Trip ! Road Trip !

Road Trip ! Road Trip !

An epic road trip around the southwestern corner of the USA, including more National Parks and National Monuments than you can shake a stick at.

Luvverly Jubilee

Luvverly Jubilee

In early June 2002 we paid a visit down to Devon for a long weekend of farting about and the enjoying the seaside.

Keswick

Keswick

In November of 2001 we scooted up to the Lake District for a couple of days to attend a friend's wedding.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

In October Kas and I paid a visit to the estate at Blenheim Palace. Not a bad little house.

Prague

Prague

A long weekend in the Czech capital, sampling the architecture, history and beer.

Madeira

Madeira

Home of fortified wines and some spectacular scenery.

Lots of Weddings 2000

Lots of Weddings 2000

The year 2000 seemed to be the year when everyone we knew got married, including ourselves.

On Honeymoon

On Honeymoon

Nearly three weeks in Egypt by way of a little honeymoon celebration. It took "hot" to a whole new level.

Crete

Crete

In August 1999 Kas and me spent a week in Crete - our first ever "proper" summer holiday together. It was warm and sunny and very picturesque.

Portuguese Cities

Portuguese Cities

In summer 1999 I was working with a petroleum refining company in Portugal. At one point I had to spend one week in Porto then the next in Lisbon, so Kas came to see me at the weekend.

Round the Matterhorn

Round the Matterhorn

Kas and me went skiing early in 1999 in Cervinia, which is just on the Italian side of the Matterhorn. From there you can ski across into the Swiss resort of Zermatt too.

Ancient History

Ancient History

A collection of random musings from the land that time forgot, or at least I forgot, mainly because I hadn't met Kas, so there was nobody to remember stuff for me.