closed for maintenance, the ruin is easily visible from the neighbouring farm.
I Am Not A Number
The afternoon sees the Nutters heading off to Portmeirion, where the 1960s
cult TV series
Prisoner was filmed.
Matthew and I head over early: we intend to do some exploring. We work well
as a team: Matthew navigates; I drive the vehicle responding to the instructions
he barks out.
Matthew does not approve of my
Tom Tom Go.
"Yet another piece of modern
periphery that removes a basic skill. Everybody should be able to read a map!”
We take a detour through Blaenau Ffestiniog. Lots of mountains around here.
We're soon at Portmeirion. Painted buildings and specimen trees are not
within Jack's gamut of interest. Muddy streams are. I goad Jack into jumping across a
muddy stream on the sands at the foot of the village. Jumping onto the sands was
successful. Jack happily explores the sands. But jumping back – no: he slips.
I'm requested to take a muddy teenager back in my car.
“What do you think to the holiday so far, Jack?”
“It sucks big time.”
“So you’ll be doing a web write up. Shall I get you the domain
“It’s probably already taken!”
Matthew, the then not quite so muddy Jack, and I head back, taking a scenic route over
mountains. There are steep narrow lanes to drive up. The view is clear enough to
see the mountains in Ireland. I'm greeted by several sheep at the summit.
We stop off at Harlech Castle.
Phil shows us a card game Trader - pit bull. It involves lots of shouting. I
win a round!
Then it’s time for Risk, Rick’s favourite game. Rick teaches Si and Matt the
rules. I observe, making the odd considered comment. The boys pick up the rules