We took a little run round to Måndalen (The Moon Dale) today. Weather wasn't great, temperature struggling to reach 25C, and the sun was making a fairly poor effort at shining.
Måndalen is a valley that I've driven past many times as it's on the main road to Åndalsnes. I've always meant to turn up the valley for a look, but always been hurrying, so a Sunday run was the only answer. It's about 45km from here, on the south side of Romsdalsfjorden. The village at the head of the valley is fairly typical of a lot of local communities. Shop, Church, and a lovely view.
Here's the views from Skarsetra.
Driving roads like these it is very handy to have the SatNav on just to show where the road is going to turn.
Satellite navigation is a great thing, but having two navigators in a car can be something akin to a nightmare. My SatNav is nicknamed 'Greetin Gertie', and the other navigator is lovingly referred to as 'Tröttlin Trowie', although she was busy trying to force her finger nails through the sides of the seat, so didn't say too much today... Women, huh!, I've driven many a worse peat hill road in Shetland ;) .
On the way back down we got a couple of pics down into the valley. This view is towards Måndalen, and Romsdalsfjorden.
These ones are old store houses which would have been used to store grain, hams, and other foodstuff. Hence they were always built up from the ground.
Another form of artwork on one of the stores was some old tagging, and much like modern taggers, these old graffiti artists only used the last 2 numbers of the year, so we can only guess in which century this person left his name.
The text reads: "SKREVET 16/4 - 74 KNUT ARE MYRANN" (Written 16/4 - 74 Knut Are Myrann). It would be interesting to try to find out where the building came from, and who Knut Are Myrann was, but I guess it's almost an impossible task.
Some of the fencing around the houses are made in a very traditional style, just using branches and bits of wood which are of little other use.
yun's aa fir enoo.
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