My brother has recently moved into his new home and I wanted to give him a quirky home-made card; something that showed that I had put some thought into it, something that was little different to what you could buy in the shops, with a personal touch to it.
This is what I came up with
You will need:
Small Wooden Peg (I have attached a little wooden heart on to mine)
Patch Liner Relief Paint ( gel ink)
First I searched for the address using online Maps and I screenshot the page. I looked at a normal view and a satellite view.
From the screenshot, using photo editor, I cropped the area that I wanted to use and copied in onto a word document
I printed out the map images onto strong paper
Fold the coloured card into half to create a card
Making sure the road that the new house is on I drew out a puzzle piece onto one of the maps images and cut it out
I stuck the satellite image down onto the front of the card in the middle
I stuck the wooden peg into the top left corner of the card and pinching it open I placed the image puzzle piece in
I decorated the rest of the front with a single red button and wrote New Home
I loved how the card turned out, It has the personal touch and didn’t take much time to put together.
Well it’s a bit like a treasure hunt using GPS co-ordinates to find the location of the cache (container). Only there is no real treasure at the end to find, but instead a container and inside you will find a log which you place your name and date you found it on and place it back in exactly the same place that you found it.
I had seen plenty of pictures on instagram and twitter of other people on their geocaching outings to the middle of nowhere, stunning locations or pretty little picnics areas but as we live on the outskirts of London, I thought I would have a look online and see if there was any little hides near where we live. I was expecting to travel a few miles out, further into Essex but was shocked to find that there are hundreds of geocaches hidden in and around London.
I signed up with Geocaching online and put in my postcode, up popped a few pages of cache locations, with one particularly on out doorstep!
I asked the boys if they wanted to go out on a treasure hunt, they were quickly running to the front door with shoes in hand. We got our bikes and with phone in hand, a pen and a few little snacks off we went on our first Geocache hunt.
The first one that was just a few hundred metres away from us, we couldn’t find! We searched and searched, we decoded the special hint that was given and even cheated by looking at some of the pictures that others had uploaded but still no luck. It was hidden on some green in the middle of a road, so it wasn’t very safe. I didn’t want the boys to run off and search as I was a bit worried that the youngest one would wonder into the road, so we gave up.
We went on to the next one on our list. I was using the Geocaching app on my phone and it shows all the local caches on a map, so easy to follow.
The next one was a disappointment too! Sadly after searching on quiet green area for 20 minutes we couldn’t find the homemade cache that was hidden there. The only thing we came away with was wet feet! The grass was over grown and it was obviously a local dog walkers paradise as it was full of mess. The children were having fun running around and searching for it, I sat down on the bench for a short while whilst the boys ran around on the pavement. I got out my phone and searched for the next cache.
The next one was in a park, so off we went….would this one be a disappointment too?
The park was quite big and from the clue that was given it said it was on a bench, as we entered the park and looked around we saw lots of benches…eeek! We followed the GPS to the coordinates given and was soon ontop of a metal bench, lucky for us no one was having a rest on it 🙂 We knew that it was a metallic micro containing only a logsheet so we got searching. It wasn’t long before Joseph was shouting out that he had found something that was stuck underneath the bench, he pulled it off and we all sat down to open it.
The boys were so excited as wrote our name on the log sheet
“Is that all!???” Joseph said
“Yes! That’s what we have been searching for”
“Great! Can we look for more please?”
I was so glad that the disappointment of not finding the first two hadn’t put them off.
It was getting late and we had to get home for tea so I said that there was one more that we could search for on the way home, but not before having a little play first
The last cache was hidden by our local church, as soon as we arrived the boys beagan searching the church grounds. The clue was ‘It must be a sign’ so they looked around all the signs but didn’t find anything.
The grounds had just been cut down and the hedges trimmed so it was easy to look around but it was looking like it may well be disappointment again, but as we was closing the gate to leave we noticed one more sign to look on. The road sign. Sure enough there it was hidden, crammed behind the sign up against the railing. This was bigger box than the last one so we left a little gift inside it.
I think we had rather a successful day of geocaching and we are looking forward to finding more caches, maybe the next time we get the map out and look for some further out in the countryside.