1. May, 2022

Fifteen Thousand and Counting

My first stop this morning is the happy hunting ground that is Swanley. I’m after one specific cache and maybe an added bonus and then I’m heading off to Orpington.

As I found an EC in Wales, I qualify for the 79. WTF CC. I needed one EC from each of the countries in GB so I had to get this quickly in case it got archived. After a swift spot, I tried for the JJR?3 “a bit easier“ mystery. I had solved this year’s ago but could never find it when everyone else seemed to. This morning, it was embarrassingly easy.🥴 How could I have missed it.

I crossed the border into Greater London and parked up near the WM ~ Canadian Corner multi. There must be a reason why so many servicemen from Canada are buried here. Was there a convalescent hospital nearby by in WW1? I solved the puzzle and walked to the search area only to pass even more graves for the war dead. RIP chaps.

Orpington Hospital was originally built and paid for by the Government of Ontario in Canada, as a practical war effort during the First World War. Over 26,000 soldiers received treatment at the hospital. 182 died, and of these 88 Canadians, 23 British and 5 Australians who lost their battle for life are buried in the corner of All Saints churchyard, known as Canadian Corner.

I found the nearby CM...Orpington ~ All Saints multI and then set off for the start of the Priory Gardens, Orpington AdLab series. Unfortunately I found that the park wasn’t open until nine o’clock. So I set off on a few drive by trad caches until I reached the Roseberry Gardens multi. This was such a clever idea that I am going to adopt this method myself.😀

I found the nearby ST trad and then set off for Crofton Woods to clear three stragglers from a walk that I did earlier in the year. I had time to fit in two nearby mystery caches, Miss E and then Faceless Killers before heading back to Priory Gardens. 

I knew that it would be tight within the time that I had left so I whizzed around the park touching bases. I had to leave the park a couple of times and found myself passing places that I had already visited this morning. I gathered all the clues for the AdLab bonus but I didn’t have time to collect it on this visit. 

Oh by the way, I reached my 15000 caches milestone this morning.😀

1 Letterbox 4 Multi 4 Mystery 5 AdLab 7 Traditional 

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