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Date registered: September 6, 2013


Since moving to Wales, I have fallen in love with this beautiful land and its culture and heritage. I am a learner of the Welsh language. I also love to explore the music of Wales, particularly the folk tradition.

Latest posts

  1. Staying in Brecon — December 14, 2014
  2. Croeso — May 29, 2014
  3. Welsh Christmas Carols – The Plygain Tradition — December 19, 2013
  4. Welsh love spoons and their symbols – a Celtic “I love you” — September 7, 2013
  5. Glamorgan sausages: history and recipe — September 7, 2013

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Dec 14

Staying in Brecon


The small market town of Brecon is a great place for a short break or as a base from which to explore the surrounding Brecon Beacons national park. Its narrow streets and passages, lined with Georgian building hide all sorts of interesting shops and eateries. Shoppers should also remember the market that is held every Tuesday …

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May 29


Welcome Since moving to Wales, I have fallen in love with the land, its scenery, culture and history. My aim is to add information here about Welsh places, people, traditions, stories, music, anything really that catches my fancy. It will be a rather eclectic mixture of topics reflecting my own interests. I hope that some …

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Dec 19

Welsh Christmas Carols – The Plygain Tradition

Plygain carols are a specific variety of Christmas carols sung in Wales in the Welsh language. The carols, which date from the 17th to the 19th century are some of the most fantastic music I have heard. This is music sung with a full voice and a full heart. It has a renewing and life-enhancing effect on …

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Welsh love spoons and their symbols – a Celtic “I love you”

Love spoons on display at the Welsh Shop in Cardiff
Copyright K. Williams, all rights reserved

A hand-carved love spoon, also written as lovespoon, from Wales (Welsh: llwy caru; plural llwyau caru) is the perfect romantic gift for Valentine’s Day, to mark an engagement or a wedding anniversary. While love spoons originally symbolised a marriage proposal, today they are also given as presents for children to parents, as simple expressions of friendship and on important life occasions. …

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Glamorgan sausages: history and recipe

Glamorgan sausages enter into the most traditional Welsh foods. Sausage in Welsh is selsigen (plural selsig) so in Wales they are called Selsig Morgannwg. They have sometimes been called “poor man’s sausages”, because they are meat-free and are also a way to use up stale bread. Thus they are a great idea for anyone looking …

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Glamorgan sausages

Glamorgan sausages

The ingredients for Glamorgan sausages include leeks, a national symbol of Wales, and Caerphilly cheese. I’ve heard that some people have problems finding Caerphilly cheese outside the UK. It is a hard, white, sharp, crumbly cheese. Wensleydale, Cheshire and Lancashire are a bit similar in character. You could try substituting one of these. Alternatively, if you are really stuck, a cheddar-style cheese will do, and possibly even feta.

Stale crusty bread is used to make the breadcrumbs. If you have to use fresh bread, slice it and toast it lightly to make it easier to prepare the crumbs. Personally, I’m not keen on using ready-prepared, shop-bought crumbs, especially the bright orange ones that are laden with all sorts of additives.

Routes up Pen y Fan (2907 ft) , Brecon Beacons

Pen y Fan viewed from Cribyn
By Dave.Dunford at en.wikipedia [Public domain or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Highest peak in South Wales This article describes walking routes to the summit of Pen y Fan, which is one of the three most iconic Welsh mountains, Cadair Idris and Snowdon being the others.

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Walking to the summit of Cader Idris


Cader Idris (or more correctly Cadair Idris) is justifiably the second most-popular mountain in Wales after Snowdon. It is actually a ridge, 6.5 miles long, at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. The summit itself is called Pen y Gadair and is 2930 ft high. There are a number of approaches to the …

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Snowdon: Names and Legends

Sunrise over Snowdon
By Sebholland (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0] [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The highest mountain in Wales This post gives some lore and facts about the highest peak in the UK outside of Scotland. There are six official routes for walking to the top of Snowdon, which are described in other posts (links at the bottom of this post). They vary in difficulty, so with the right …

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How to keep safe when walking in the Welsh mountains

Welsh mountain rescue team in action on Snowdon
John S Turner [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The weather in Wales can be treacherous. It is possible to start walking in brilliant sunshine and suddenly be faced with a heavy mist and/or lashing rain. The temperature up in the mountains is often about 10°C (18°C F) lower than in the valleys, and wind-chill will make it even colder. Do not underestimate the …

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