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Stranger #8 – Neil

Stranger #8 - Neil

Meet Neil

Neil is Senior Reserves Manager for the Essex Wildlife Trust. We met at the Geocaching event at Langdon Plotlands. He is the person at EWT who has been promoting geocaching and is keen to get more caches set at other locations. He has been working for EWT for about 16 years. We talked a little about photography, and I explained about my ongoing Project 365 (which has got rather out of hand) and my 100 Strangers. He has recently bought at DSLR for his daughter and was interested in resources to help her learn more about photography. I cheekily pointed him towards my blog and tutorials! He readily agreed to be a stranger, but asked if he could have his picture taken in front of The Haven, a little museum which has been preserved on the Plotlands, and is a reminder of how people lived there in the 1930’s and 40’s (I took a look inside later on, it was very interesting). The light was a bit harsh, and Neil looks rather serious in this picture, but I think it was because he had the sun in his face at the time! Thanks for encouraging geocaching on EWT reserves and for chatting, it was great to talk.

Stranger #6 – Olive

Stranger #6 - Olive

Meet Olive

Olive and her friend Jean (stranger #7) were attending a geocaching event  at a local nature reserve, Langdon Plotlands. Geocaching is a fun hobby which is enjoyed by people of all ages. Cachers are a friendly bunch too, and we got chatting in the Visitors’ Centre before we all headed off to find the treasure. Olive is a sprightly 76, her birthday was last week. She told me she has been geocaching for about 3 years, and had spent the last 4 years in and out of prison! When I looked shocked, she explained that she has two jobs. One as a driver delivering prescriptions for a pharmacy, and the other interviewing people for government surveys. A recent one involved talking to the prison population, and she has visited at least 15 different prisons to carry out her work. Thanks for agreeing to be my 6th stranger, Olive. It was great to talk and meet up again around the reserve on our hunt for caches.