This landed on our desk yesterday. The elves have packed up their desks, slapped down the leave application, and left.
It’s almost quiet for once.
So, as we require the services of the elves (and especially Dot, without whom we couldn’t run), we acceded to their demand and let them have next week off.
Tonight we’re going to set the auto-tweeter, shut down the computers and lock the door. You’ll see a tweet every day at 9am, but we’re going to be away until just before Cup week. Expect our regular rush of tweets from the 2nd November. If you’ve got any questions, we’ll try and answer them, but it might be delayed a while.
Have fun, and try not to break Twitter while we’re away.
We won’t be hiding the gift in Zone 2 very often – perhaps twice a year – but as it was our 20th week, we decided to pick an area where we knew there were a lot of Hidden Gift hunters: Bacchus Marsh.
The gift was tucked on the outside of the fence around Maddingley Park, right beside a gate that is opposite the Bacchus Marsh train station. We were hoping that the local council didn’t decide to clean up the fallen leaves in the week from when we placed it, and we would have liked to have hidden it inside the park, but we weren’t sure if the park was open at night.
Clever gift-hunter @Twoshea80 deduced the location, and picked it up on Thursday morning around 9am.
This week has three gifts, and the Zone 1 gift was found on Tuesday afternoon by @Cefiar, at the Great Petition Sculpture in Burston Reserve at the back of State Parliament. The gift had been placed there by our guest elf for the week, @JustJimWillDo, who had also taken all the photographs and created the clues.
Please note that this means that all the pictures shown on this post are owned by @JustJimWillDo, and available by Creative Commons, Attribution, NonCommercial use, because although Jim is a professional, quality photographer, he is also very generous. It also means that any rude comments comparing the quality of these shots to Dot’s usual offerings will be ignored.
It being our 20th week, and therefore a little special, three weeks ago we approached Jim and asked him if he would like to Elf for us. He very kindly agreed, and proceeded to create a treasure hunt that was more than worthy!
The elves are cheering a grand “Hooray” to the team of @Cefiar and @Hornmaths, whose combined brainpower deduced correctly that the Gift was hidden in the brickwork of the carpark beside Middle Brighton Station.
This week was the first week with all the new followers, and we were watching anxiously to see if the gift would be snatched up again on the first day, or would remain in hiding for a little longer. We were rather alarmed when super-sleuth @ScanAustralia sounded as if he were heading straight to it – but either this was a cunning double- or triple-bluff, or we really had managed to misdirect sufficiently to avoid another first-day finding.
Those following the twitter feed will have seen that Dot was interviewed by ABC Melbourne 774 on Monday afternoon, with the story being posted up on Tuesday and the actual interview aired on Tuesday afternoon.
The elves are currently out hiding next week’s gift.