Hidden Grotto

Posted on | March 12, 2014 | 11 Comments |

One slightly drizzly Sunday afternoon, Hylas and I went a-hunting Scavenger locations. As we like to do, of a weekend. We went out with a few places in mind – but neither of us expected or planned this one (and, indeed, it wasn’t even on the list yet – but it will be now!). But it’s gorgeous, it’s a multiplicity of things, and it’s hidden in plain sight – I fell in love with it instantly!

Where were we? We’d been tramping across a sports field which we’d deemed, somewhat gloomily, not good enough to photograph at, when at the far end in what seemed only to be brambles and muck, we found this: a trickling stream, a teensy mangrove forest, and … a storm water outflow. (Because of course!) And, for bonus fun, it was less than 100 metres from the motorway – I’d driven past it thousands of times and never noticed it.

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It really is beautiful – how could I resist? I was very glad I’d worn sneakers, though, as those were some slippery rocks! I managed to clamber down eventually, and was very pleased to a) find my balance and then b) take my top off.

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Still, I didn’t feel I was done. I wanted to appreciate the atmosphere just a little longer. So once I’d managed to scramble my way back up again, I sat at the edge of the outfall and relaxed, looking out across the mangroves to the motorway. And took my top off again, because why wouldn’t I? (My reasoning was that if I’d never noticed this place in all the times I’d driven past, who was going to start now? No accidents on account of my udders, thank you!)

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It was a lovely, lovely spot. A hidden gem, just waiting to be found. And there it was.

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We did a number of other Scavenger Hunt locations that day, including the post office and the roundabout – and a few yet to be shared!

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11 Responses to “Hidden Grotto”

  1. Fred
    March 12th, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

    Cute sneakers!
    Good one, thanks for sharing.

  2. Marie Rebelle
    March 13th, 2014 @ 1:37 am

    This is a great location and love that it was so close to the motorway!

    Love the fun in the photos :)

    Rebel xox

  3. Clive
    March 13th, 2014 @ 5:17 am

    Trust you to find another hidden scavenger gem!

  4. John
    March 13th, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    So close to the motorway! Brave girl! 😉

  5. Molly
    March 13th, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    So are we saying that a storm drain/storm water over flow is a new location? If so I am a bit excited as I think I know where there is one quite near me

    Oh and I LOVE the shots of you through the trees and you still captured your amazing smile


  6. Mr. Will
    March 14th, 2014 @ 4:29 am

    Beautiful little space with a beautiful woman! Thanks for sharing Dee!

  7. Lord Raven
    March 15th, 2014 @ 4:43 am

    Its amazing when we find places like that. There are quite a few around here and soon (I hope) I will get my partner in crime to lend me a hand to I can join in on the fun.

    Of course you look lovely as always, a blossom hidden in nature

  8. Mia
    March 16th, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    What a wonderful location and so close to the road!! Great pictures!

    ~Mia~ xx

  9. Michael Samadhi
    March 18th, 2014 @ 1:23 am

    Oh it is a lovely little grotto for sure, not to mention being more beautiful with Dee in it . . . :)

  10. Modesty Ablaze
    March 21st, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

    Having met you two weeks ago makes viewing these pics even more fun!!! Huge giggles everytime I scroll up and down.
    Oh, and Hubby thinks he knows where that is !! (Too bad we are now back home in London).
    Xxx – K

  11. Dee
    March 28th, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    Fred – Thanks! They’re very comfortable and damned useful, especially for things like this.

    Rebel – We were delighted to find it, especially as the tunnel location done a few years earlier is very close on the other side of the motorway, too :)

    Clive – It’s all about keeping our eyes open!

    John – Brave? Nah. Just determined and a tad shameless…

    Molly – Yes, it certainly is :) Also, thank you!

    Mr. Will – You are very welcome!

    Lord Ravel – A blossom? Oh, that’s a lovely compliment – thank you :)

    Mia – *beams* Thank you!

    Michael – Now I am blushing. What a lovely thing to say!

    Modesty – *chuckle* Does he now? I am curious to know, so drop me an email with his guess! And yes, knowing you in person makes the photos even better, doesn’t it?

    xx to all,


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