Saturday morning saw Mum and I heading off to Bickling Hall for their Spring Fayre. Traditionally the Lord of the Estate would hold a fair each year and as the NT team Blickling prides itself on keeping age-old traditions alive they had decided to celebrate their major spring event by bringing together the fun of the fair, from past to present. This meant there were attractions such as falconry and archery, as well as fortune-telling and Morris Dancing, starting on Saturday and running until Monday. The weather was the typical bank holiday torrential rain with added thunder, but it did not put us off and, leaving dad and dog behind in the warm and dry, we set off for all the fun of the fair. Actually, we set off for the launch of a new Geocache trail and I was desperate for my first FTF (that’s First to find for non-Geocahcers). I was so keen we actually arrived before it opened and long before the Geocaching team showed up. This did mean, however, we had plenty of time to peruse the stalls and take some photographs of some of the re-enacters;
By the time the Geocaching guys turned up, the rain had stopped and the sun was beginning to peek out. With information sheet and GPS device in hand we set off on our adventure. Unfortunately ,we only had time to do half the trail, as we needed to be back in time for the Scarecrow Festival in Hainford, but claimed FTFs on the ones we did. The caches were clever, using brickostickorockoflage in such a way that cachers wouldn’t have too much trouble finding them, regardless of experience, while muggles would remain none the wiser. Just the way hides should be.
GPS device returned and it was a quick dash to get home in time to chauffeur dad to the Scarecrow Festival where he was to award prizes for the winning scarecrow. There were a large number of scarecrows on show in the field behind the Village Hall, as well as cream teas, tombola and a fantastic model railway, inside. Some of the scarecrows were quite impressive and voting wasn’t an easy task. I zipped round, taking photographs, during which time I identified a few I particularly liked. A second look round and I settled on a lovely scarecrow with yellow wool plaits, dressed in dungarees and a pink and blue checked shirt. Turned out I wasn’t the only one who thought she was worth the vote as she was the winning scarecrow.
All in all what started out a thundery, potentially very damp day turned out gloriously sunny and all round successful. I even managed to grab the Hainford Church Micro cache, which has had me stumped for the last year. And it was so infuriatingly easy in the end!