Mark has been busy again but alas, still no jar.
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 19, Scratched drawing on photograph, Jan 2011
Number on lid of jar*: 19
I’ve seen or collected a jar*: Spotted a jar
Your name (optional): Mark Higson
Date jar found (optional): Found missing on 21/01/2011, 19:48
If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional): One of the consequences of my working schedule, at least at this time of year, is that I have to do most of my searching well after sunset. And not being able to see further than a few metres in front of myself transforms the experience; there’s an almost electric sense of anticipation knowing that your goal is somewhere in a small and rapidly declining unexplored area, that it could be just a stride’s distance outside your field of view. Even when you do eventually stumble into it, it starts as an indistinct blur that becomes steadily, tantalisingly more jarlike as you home in.
On this occasion, I saw the bench long before I made anything else out, and when I saw a streetlight glint off something reflective, I was certain I’d broken my recent unlucky streak. I was deflated, but somewhat tickled, to find that someone had left an empty plastic sandwich container in the jar’s stead. Given the two objects’ thematic similarities, I wonder if it was someone’s attempt at equivalent trade?
There were a few clues on this one. The fence behind the bench, barely visible in one of the photos, the neatly kept grass, the relatively ornate bench, all suggested an urban park in a comparatively affluent area, and excluding private gardens, that really just leaves one candidate. It’s entirely the opposite of 21, which could be anywhere in a particular, rather wide area. I’m glad I’ll have a chance to search for that one by daylight.
Where is the jar now? (optional): I’m going to start using this section to describe where I think it was, just to make certain I really found it. It was on a bench in the larger of the two parks between West Mall and Caledonia Place, about halfway along, with the back of the bench facing the latter road.
Mark is spot-on with his description here and I stand in awe of his deductive reasoning. Mark, I think you probably know Clifton better than me! Although I have a good visual memory, I would not have been able to work that one out as I had never been in that park before I placed that jar.
If you have found Jar No. 19, it would be hugely helpful to the project if you could register it – thanks.