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Lorgadh: Hi

One of my roles as a reviewer is to monitor my region for caches that have been disabled for a long time, have had a reasonable number of DNFs or appear to require some maintenance. This is done through running a query on a database of all the caches in my region that looks for such things or by cachers submitting Needs Archiving logs as it appears maintenance may not be being carried out by the CO.

It would appear that this cache has been disabled for some months now. May I ask that the owner checks the cache and sort out any problems with it or gives an indication of when it may be up and running again for people to find. If this cannot be done or if the CO no longer wishes to maintain the cache then the listing should be archived.

Of course if the CO has visited the cache recently then please post an Owner Maintenance log indicating that they have done so, enable the listing, and all should be fine.

In the future, if a listing is going to be disabled for a long time then posting periodic notes to the page (once per month or so) keeps people up to date with what is happening.

This isn't a requirement to fix the cache immediately but if it's unlikely to be done within 30 days could the CO post a note to the cache page giving an indication of when the maintenance will be done, or an indication of why it cannot be carried out.

By all means send a mail to me through my profile, quoting the cache name and GC code, but please also post a note to the cache page. Emails to me may be missed or go astray and it would be a shame to archive the listing due to missing correspondence.

Guidelines: "You are responsible for occasional visits to your cache to maintain proper working order, especially when someone reports a problem with the cache (missing, damaged, wet, etc.). You may temporarily disable your cache to let others know not to search for it until you have a chance to fix the problem. This feature is to allow you a reasonable amount of time - normally a few weeks - in which to check on your cache. If a cache is not being maintained, or has been temporarily disabled for an unreasonable length of time, we may archive the listing."

Sadly if there is no response to this log after 30 days I may have to archive the cache.

Please note that the guidelines say that if a cache is archived by a reviewer or GeocachingHQ staff for lack of maintenance it will not be unarchived - Unarchiving a Geocache


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What's in the graveyard?

A cache by Drumshalloch Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 06/28/2008
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

A cache beside a graveyard in Banchory, with just a few feet of undergrowth to deal with.

Before I begin, I will reassure anyone who doesn't fancy walking in between graves - you don't have to. The cache is not inside the graveyard, just very close by.

So what's in the graveyard ? Graves, mostly.

Oh yes, there is a rather nice .. och, lets just allow the good folks that wrote 'The Historic Kirkyards of Aberdeenshire, A Survey Report, Aberdeenshire Council 1998' to tell you. They say, of the graveyard, -

'Tombstones : There are approximately 49 recumbent tombstones, of which 11 are decorated. There are hundreds of upright tombstones, the majority being 19th -century in date. The watch-house, reputed to date from 1829, although it has all the charms of an earlier date, has recently undergone a complete renovation, with the walls being re-harled in French lime. The appearance is excellent. A notable design feature of the watch-house is the symmetrical arrangement of a chimney on one side and a bellcote on the other. The plain gabled mausoleum, a little to the S. of the watch-house, has a lintel dated 1775 with the initials J.D. / M.A. . .............. Internally there can be glimpsed a very fine stained glass window. A stone used for a corner quoin was once part of a Celtic cross.'

What they don't say is that the Celtic cross concerned was supposedly a part of the monastry that St. Ternan founded in the 6th century or so. The belcote also may well be from the 14th century.

So the cache itself is a small lock and lock box, with the usual notebook, swaps, and in with the notebook, a very small FTF (a wee badge all the way from Brasil).

I would recommend that you get here by parking in the centre of Banchory and following the path east out of Bellfield park, skirting the houses and along the top of the bank by the river Dee - very nice walk/cycle of around 2km return. You can park much closer, by turning off the main A93 into a side road that services the graveyard (even from here, you don't need to go into the yard itself). However you get to it, good luck.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ntnvafg gur jnyy, va yvar jvgu gur znhfbyrhz naq jngpu-ubhfr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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