Yes. 292 monkeys in the catalogue, thanks to several new agents working in different parts of the country. Right, here goes.
First of all, yesterday dawned like a perfect blue and white late summer day, despite hurricane warnings of flooding and heavy rain. And we went to Calderdale. The reason? Not specifically to hunt monkeys – although of course that is always on the agenda on any trip – but to Mytholmroyd, to Walkley’s clogs as they are my preferred footware.
We found four monkeys on this trip, in the new postcode area of HX. I’m going to show you them starting with HX4. An interesting find, a huge mature tree on the corner of an area of terraced houses. The tree seemed completely the wrong scale.
But when I looked at the satellite (see on map above), it’s actually part of some larger houses that look like they are in their own park – worth another look on another day! We were on our way home we we found this one.
The one before was further up the road, in the grounds of Crossley Heath School.
As we drove past this rather fine building I commented that it would look lovely with a monkey on the front lawn. Only to then see this:
OK, so the monkey is just outside the lodge, but it’s still a monkey.
Earlier that day we’d been at Walkley clogs (yes two pairs to my exact foot size have been ordered) in this road in Mytholmroyd.
Just leaving the clog factory and we spot this:
We’re not really in what I’d consider ‘monkey territory’, so this is a surprise – but this area is one of my most favourite landscapes.
And driving here we took a wrong turn and, as with wrong turns the possibility of finding a monkey arrives:
So, arriving home and I have a number of monkeys in my inbox and on Twitter, and spend Sunday morning cataloguing them. Isn’t that what Sunday mornings are for?
First, Agent Jeff has been busy. He found a couple of monkeys up in County Durham. This was from a story about a dispute about the management of a village green – where ‘a fir and monkey puzzle tree planted by the carnival committee’…. The said monkey puzzle was duly found by Jeff – DL1, and round the corner a mature tree – DL2. Good work and a new postcode area.
As is the way, Tina tells me she’s already spotted another nearby… good news as monkeys aren’t very well represented in this part of the L postcode area.
Another new agent, Steve, up in the York area has already sent two YO monkeys, and has another two for the catalogue:
And Agent Jeff has been busy in his home ground, postcode area HR.
The HR catalogue is now 52 monkeys! Well done Jeff. His latest additions are HR49 in Swainshill, Jeff spotted this driving from a funeral at Stretton Sugwas to the crematorium at Hereford (so obviously couldn’t photograph it), but found it on Google:
Also in his area, Jeff has found some trees in Leominster – he hadn’t reported in from that part of his postcode area, so more good work. On his way to find some trees at Buckfield House (found in council minutes with TPO – Tree Preservation Order), he spotted this one in a back garden:
And then at Buckfield House found two trees, despite the fact that three were listed as having TPOs. These two trees are close together on the drive, and difficult to photograph:
A bit too close together – in my opinion, and suffering for it. But then I don’t think when planting trees the eventual size is always considered.
I’ve got another TQ tree from Barney (a dog) on Twitter. No exact location yet, but this is in Torquay:
And more trees from Agent Jeff, once again on a funeral trip. This time to Pembroke.
Jeff spotted SA3 in Holyland Road on his way to the church for the funeral, and spotted SA4 on Monkton near the church – again these are Google images.
Driving to the crematorium at Narbeth, Jeff then found another two at Templeton.
I particularly like these two monkeys which are at the entrance to the graveyard. As it says on the Templeton’s website, the monkeys ‘guarding the churchyard’. This is interesting as I’d found the folklore superstition about a connection with monkey puzzle trees and graveyards, about devils and soul-stealing – I wrote about that here.
And that completes the monkey count – now at a nice 292 – and several new postcode areas opened. So to finish for now, here’s current state of play in SA:
So, thanks to all you monkey hunters for these contributions – Tracey in SA, Steve in YO, Barney in TQ, Tina and Andrew in L, and Agent Jeff in HR. Along with our other excellent hunters – Agent C in B, Agent Dragonblaze in SE, Agent Shane in SY, Agent Millwall MPT in SE – we’ll get this monkey map thing sorted in no time.
Good work everyone.