Hay Meercat

Trip Start May 22, 2010
Trip End Oct 31, 2010

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Allan and Alison's home

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

We followed the owner’s advice and found the Abbey cache then headed north as we had not really been in that direction. We vaguely considered visiting Chester or Stoke-on-Trent but thought we would probably just visit smaller places, which is what we ended up doing.
We had a slightly frustrating morning with caches. One was at a church and we arrived just as the service finished so were reluctant to search. 2 were in ivy and the ivy was overgrown. The second of these we arrived to find people searching and 8 pairs of eyes couldn’t find it although the owner later emailed to say a check had shown it was still there.
After these we looked more carefully at the caches and had a lot more success. We found one in Whitchurch, the only town in Shropshire on an original Roman Site. The Roman fort of 'Mediolanum' ('town in mid-plain') was a day's march between Chester (Deva) and Wroxeter (Viroconium).  
One set of caches we didn’t do had a comment they were set in the town because there were a lot of nice pubs, so we went to Wrenbury. In NZ it is an absolute no no to have any commercial connections at all to a cache so we are surprised by some here. This one was vague but others mention pubs by name as having good food. We had the Sunday roast and ended up talking to a group of three at the next table. It was a couple and their nephew who was showing them the area. They were considering moving there from Suffolk and had been unsure about transport links. There are not a lot of motorways here but the A roads are very good and they were now seriously looking at houses.
We found another group of caches in the afternoon, including some in Cheshire. My favourite for the day was one set to show us a local attraction. We were not sure if it would be there as is it goes up in May, and September was mentioned as a possible final date.  The cache notes said   ‘Over the years, the local Ice Cream farm have been building these amazing straw sculptures to help raise funds for local charities. Motorists love seeing them, as they whizz past on the A51, and each Spring, our family often wonder what sculpture will emerge!’ There were pictures of past sculptures, including a rocket, windmill and Big Ben. The sculpture was still intact and it was a huge meercat. There were a lot of people looking at it from close up but I was happy with the view from the road and with an icecream.
We had time for a few more caches, including a group that were part of a circuit. We did half of them and that took us south before we headed straight back home. John was not feeling too well so we went back to the Abbey where he had soup and we had 3 of the sharing plates that I ate most of. We then went to bed for the last time in Shrewsbury.
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