November 8 – A church micro day around Crewkerne

Broadwindsor, Mosterton, Misterton, South and North Perrott

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

The highlight of the St John the Baptist church at Broadwindsor is the Hunky punks. Hunky punky is a word specific to Somerset for a certain type of gargoyle on the outside of the church. These are usually squatting and often feature legs. The origin of the term hunky punk has been ascribed to the old English “hunkers” which means haunches and “punchy” which means short-legged. The cache container there was a really cool frog, not the live sort, thank goodness.

Next, we went to Mosterton and St Mary’s church where there was a really lovely modern stained glass window with a tractor in it and a minstrels gallery. Although the geocaching hint was very explicit we were unable to find the cache and I contacted the CO. It turned out that it was missing and he replaced it so that we could find it later in the week. Then we went to Misterton, don’t you love these place names!

At South Perrott, there was no church micro showing up on my GPS but we stopped to do A Fine Pair. When I logged it on the internet later I found there was a church micro after all. I wonder why it didn’t show up. St Mary’s is a Grade 1 listed building and has some lovely stained glass windows. In the north wall of the chancel, there are two roundels of 18th-century glass, one depicting the Crucifixion and the other the Last Supper. The weather vane on the tower takes the form of a copper cockerel.

St Martin’s church at North Perrott dates from the 12th century and is also a Grade 1 listed building. The clue here was BOT, which is base of tree, but maybe the clue should be BOXT as the tree had been cut down and it was now only a stump. However, the coordinates were good and I soon found the cache. The road, however, was ridiculous. From the second we turned into the lane where the church was, there was a steady line of cars coming down the road towards us from somewhere. We worked out that there must have been a school down the road though it was 4.15 so we thought that was a bit late for the school run. Maybe it was an after-school club. Both containers were wet and so was the log but I did just manage to make a signature.

The abbreviations on hints of geocaches can be quite challenging until you get used to the lingo. Here are a few:

MTT – multi, trunked tree, ICT – ivy covered tree, BOT – base of tree, LHS and RHS – left and right-hand side. DNF – did not find, BYOP – bring your own pen, TFTC – thanks for the cache, TOTT, tools of the trade, CITO – Cache in Trash Out, FTF – First to find, TB – travel bug, GC – geocoin.

Then there are other cool hints like ‘If you really need one – ER’ which turned out to be behind a letterbox with ER on it. Some of the hints really have you thinking.