Saturday, September 10, 2016

Going Nadgery up Offa's Dyke


First off what does nadgery mean? It seems that to nadger is to (quoting some spurious internet source) "Of software or hardware (not people), to twiddle some object in a hidden manner, generally so that it conforms better to some format. For instance, string printing routines on 8-bit processors often take the string text from the instruction stream, thus a print call looks like
jsr print:"Hello world"
The print routine has to "nadger" the saved instruction pointer so that the processor doesn't try to execute the text as instructions when the subroutine returns."

Secondly what and where is Offas Dyke?

It's a sort of ditch built along the Welsh / English border for 177 miles in the 8th Century by the then parody of Donald Trump, Offa Dump to protect from raids on Mercia from Powys. Offa's Dyke is now classified as a National Trail and takes one through changing landscapes offering amazing opportunities to catch a view of native wildlife and Welsh people. In practice the dyke looks like this in cross section:

And the point of all this is?

Back in June, Martin organised a motorcycle excursion over 2 days to follow the route of Offas Dyke as closely as possible. He sent us all a route named "nadgery" as well as a non nadgery version.

I was expecting to see this.

This is the complete dyke
I joined what was remaining of the group on Saturday night at Montgomery - I therefore completed the  nadgery ride north to the Welsh coast at Prestatyn

Montgomery - The Dragon Hotel - I rode down from Knutsford to meet up with he main group who had started earlier from Chepstow.  We stayed here and started off early Sunday morning

Montgomery - border outpost town

View from the garret - beautiful countryside

Some old blokes having a nadgery off road adventure, but only just

Horsehoe Pass, the Ponderosa cafe

The end of the road at Prestatyn

A commemorative the rain.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Going Home

Pictures only - χωρίς λόγια

το τελος!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

And so it went on thus

Despite spending most of the holidays sitting around drinking  iced coffee and looking at our android devices, we did more stuff:-

We fed the beach dog
Famous for aubergines, we drive south to Leonidio Λεωνίδιο

By asking at the cafe, we managed to find a guide to show us one of the restored merchant's houses

Multi-level splendour from the 1800s

A typical courtyard, somwhere to keep the donkeys and servants

Wooden ceiling

The first floor salon
Our delightful guide

ceiling art

The potty

The potty exit
Our guide was a local lady who forewent her siesta to show us the house in extreme detail.

Byzantinic motif

Girl holding spear and aubergine with face painted on ?
 Following the house visit we were summoned to the local museum for a private viewing.  This is housed in a building that originally contained the first electric power station in Greece.

Local Tsakonian costumery

Local non Taskonian  dancing foolery....

The history of motorcycling in Leonidio
We drink a toast of local aubergine liquer (?) with our museum guides!

Miscellaneous goings on:

A recommended fish taverna at Aghios Andreas

A grass hopper

Worse than vodka, our friend Manolis serves home made tsiporo...

Manolis explains what the local mountain herbs are and what they do to one

I have always wondered where this road leads to...

goat track

table under tree miles from anywhere

At the end of a long track there once was a waterfall, now replaced by an information board
Visit to Athens

...and don't fall off

Impossible to get lost down town

We stay by the coast


Mounted Athenian cavalry cops - soon to be seen in London

We walk through the National Gardens

All the "news! at Syntagma square

So it's goodbye from me

Driving back to the village we see smoke - another forest fire

Canadair fire bomber to the rescue
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