Friday, February 29, 2008


Today, Saturday, is St David's Day. St. David is the patron saint of Wales (just as St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland). Our heritage is Welsh, though we were both born in England, so today we look at all things Welsh!

The Daffodil
This is the national flower of Wales.

The Welsh flag

A map of the British Isles, showing the Land of Wales
(and Flamborough Head, my true passion).

The Leek also a national emblem of Wales.
It is something like an onion but more mild. A bowl of leek soup is wonderful!

The Welsh National Anthem
Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
(Land of my Fathers)

Welsh version
Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion enwogion o fri
Ei gwrol ryfelwr, gwlad garwyr tra mad
Tros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.

Gwlad Gwlad,
Pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad,
Tra môr yn fur i'r bur hoff bau
O bydded i'r hen iaith barhau

English version

Land of my Fathers, O land of the free,
A land of poets and minstrels, famed men.
Her brave warriors, patriots much blessed,
It was for freedom that they lost their blood.

Wales! Wales!,
I am devoted to my country.
So long as the sea is a wall to this fair beautiful
land, May the ancient language remain.

Picture of Sheep Pictures

And what would Wales be without her sheep?...

....and the beautiful Welsh Corgi...

Picture of Conway Castle - Free Pictures -

....and her many, many beautiful castles.


We will continue the adventures of my sister and I tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Welsh lesson-good reminders - also loved seeing the places you and your sister visited - Glyn is a good looking man - must be his heritage!!!

claude said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I post about the big bird today.
You daffodil is very beautiful !
The rest os you post very interesting.

Wanda said...

This was an absolutely wonderful tour ~~ Loved all the pictures, what a mini education you gave us!!


Jose said...

Wow, totally awesome I didn't know any of this. When I see pictures of castles I think of fairy tales only, no castles where I come from.

mrsnesbitt said...

My late neighbour was a great corgi breeder! Infact her house was known as the "Yorken Cottage".
When she entered her dogs in a show she would tell me she had won "best bitch in show" Oh, I would remark, how did the dogs get on! LOL! We laughed, same joke everytime.

duopastorale said...

Would you believe it, I missed that one. But then I'm not Welsh!