Sunday, October 24, 2004
We make a leisurely start, leaving Milton Keynes around 10:30. Within an hour
we meet a contingent of Nutters at the M6 services near Coventry
I have the pleasure of acquainting myself with Gavin’s most favoured person
Louise and her younger brother Simon. I realise that going on holiday with a
bunch of Nutters would be daunting for such nice normal people.
We head off in a convoy of 4 cars. We’ve all got licence free radios to keep in
contact. (446MHz using Channel 7 (446.08125MHz) with CTCSS tone 77Hz.)
Here’s the route we take: M6 M54 Shrewsbury Welshpool Dolgellau Llanelltyd.
We stop at a garage just before we get to Dolgellau – we meet our first real
Welsh person. She has remarkable teeth that are clearly her own. She sells us
some citrus flavoured Kit-Kat chocolate biscuits. They taste of toilet cleaner.
By 15:00 we’re at the rectory. We’re early and the cleaner tells us to kindly
come back later. “We’ll be ready in a couple of hours!”
(pronounced Dow geth lee)
We find a comfortable bar in The Royal Ship Hotel at
Dolgellau, a mile or so from the rectory. Our nerdy
conversations (Tetra radio, 2 dimensional barcodes, RFID) is excellent material
for tormenting the teenage boys!
We stock up at a local grocer’s, a Spar in a Converted chapel.
Matthew’s cap gets blown into the river. ”I couldn't do anything because of the
beer! [that I was carrying.]”
Retrieving the cap is an excuse for Matthew and Jack to get their feet wet.
We gain access. Yep, it’s a big old rectory! I’m blasé, having lived in a
couple when a child. Built 1904. 5 bedrooms - servant quarters being used! It's
been recently refurbished with a decent oil fired central heating system.
Jenny and I collect Phil and his son Matt from Barmouth Station at 19:30. We now
have our full compliment. The
Tom Tom Go, a vocalising, GPS based map proves useful: I program it with "Barmouth
Station", and it tells us where to go. (I'd love to program it with an abusive
Louise has prepared two curries for our evening meal. One has dead flesh, the
other is veggie compatible.
We watch a DVD. New York gets a dusting of snow in
The Day After Tomorrow.
All images © N G Hubbard October 2004