On the 1st of March each year, Wales celebrates its patron saint, Saint David. Traditionally, the celebrations are focused in Eisteddfodds in schools (mini festivals of music, performance and literature). We might eat a traditional Welsh dish, such as laverbread, Welsh cakes, Bara Brith, or a nice bit of lamb. Some of us wear a daffodil or leek brooch pinned to our coats, and children are sent off to school in traditional Welsh costume. Boys get to wear flat-caps and pretend to be miners, and girls wear rather witchy black hats. But why should the children have all the fun?
This year I was determined to show my patriotism for my beloved homeland Wales, and share with you our traditional Welsh costume. Countrywomen were wearing the iconic black hats in the early 19th century, and although English visitors thought it was a Welsh thing, apparently the clothing wasn't that different to country attire back in England. However, Lady Llanover seized upon the costume in an attempt to preserve Welsh identity, and it stuck! So, in possibly the most outlandish outfit that's ever featured on this blog, here I am in traditional Welsh dress.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
"We were sitting on one of the terraces of the Majestic Hotel. It is the biggest hotel in St Loo and stands in its own grounds on a headland overlooking the sea. The gardens of the hotel lay below us freely interspersed with palm trees. The sea was of a deep and lovely blue, the sky clear and the sun shining." Agatha Christie, Peril at End House
Sunday, 19 February 2017
I really need to get outdoors more. We're spoilt for choice in our little Welsh valley with Forestry Commission land, parks, and mountains. I doubt I've explored more than 5% of it! One sluggish Saturday I dragged myself and my husband out of the house and proclaimed that we were going on an adventure. I packed a flask of tea (what adventure is complete without one?), emergency bananas, and sensible shoes. Our destination was a local Country Park that I've driven past a hundred times but never ventured into. It turned out to be a magical place, with trails veering off into the forest in all directions, dotted with streams and waterfalls.