Geocaching. Never heard of it? Well, you have now. There are currently about 6 million geocachers, searching for 2,384,404 caches, all over the world.

What’s it all about then Alfie?
Well, according to “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”

We had the pleasure of introducing this pastime to my daughter and son-in-law, this week. Whether they thank us, in a few years time, for revealing this strangely addictive activity to them, remains to be seen. But they were hooked straight after finding their first cache.

There are over 200 caches within just 7 miles of The Laurels, so if you’re already into geocaching, or want to give it a try, why not give us a visit. (Once we’re open again that is!)

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later.
It seems one of our neighbours – the one who lives right next door to the dirty great gash at the bottom of our once tranquil hillside, henceforth known as “the excavation”, has been suffering from significant ground movement, disrupting his garden and boundary fence.
As a consequence, more men in boots arrived to bore even more holes in the hill. At this rate, it’s soon going to resemble a piece of swiss cheese with more holes in it than a holey thing on a holey day.

Anyway, the latest word on the street is that we can expect some kind of formal report from the boffins in about a week. This will hopefully determine the full extent of the damage caused by the excavation and the solution that will arrest the inexorable slide of our hill into the valley.

As an aside, we also treated ourselves to another trip to Monkey Forest. This was only as a treat for our adorable little Grandson you understand, and nothing to do with the fact that we just wanted to see some baby monkeys!

Monkey Forest

These Barbary Macaques are the same animals that run amok in Gibraltar. The main difference between those aggressive little buggers and the cuties that inhabit Monkey Forest, is that the latter are fed by the keepers in a controlled fashion and aren’t fed by the visitors.

Monkey Forest

This appears to completely remove the handbag snatching antics of their rock-inhabiting cousins, which makes for a much friendlier and relaxing experience.
Having said that, the cheeky little monkey below didn’t appear to like having his photo taken that much ?

Our timing turned out to be impeccable however, as we came across this tiny infant who was only 5 days old. Very cute ?

monkey forest Trentham Estate
monkey forest Trentham Estate
monkey forest Trentham Estate