Dydd Dewi Sant

01/03/2014 § 3 Comments

St David’s Day

St David is the Patron Saint of Wales and today, 1st March, is his feast day.  When I was growing up in Wales, it was traditional for the children to dress up in national costume and have a day off school …

Girls' Welsh costume

and many Welsh folk today, wherever they find themselves today, will wear a daffodil …

daffs in my garden, surviving the frost this morning

early morning daffs in the garden – brrrrrr, it’s chilly this morning

a Christmas present

I’ve given my wonderful dragon a bit of a dust, to commemorate the national day – isn’t he a beauty?  He was a Christmas present from Himself and was created by Richard Pell, a brilliant metalwork artist. Love his gold-tipped teeth, tail and claws!

I’m off to turn over all the calendar pages now – something I always look forward to each month!  I’m going to mark up 20th March as it’s the first day of Spring, though there are pancakes to look forward to on 4th March Shrove Tuesday and Mother’s Day on 30th when there’ll be extra hour of daylight to look forward to as the clocks move forward.  Along with my first two fairs of the year and a couple of planned jaunts, it looks like being a busy month!

I feel a list coming on – Things to do in March …

SONY DSC

But first, there’s that hot cuppa in my new PiP mug – the very best way to start the day!
What are your plans for March?

Happy St David’s Day
Adaliza x

St David’s Day …

29/02/2012 § 1 Comment

Dydd Dewi Sant

What’s this?  A giant bloom amongst the catkins!

I decided to crochet a spring tulip the other evening – some tulip.  It wasn’t a huge success, but I folded and tweaked and added a few more petals and out popped a huge daffodil!  It makes me smile and chuckle  – a tulip it certainly isn’t!

These two, in a pot, have been confined to the patio because they refuse to speak to each other.  That’ll teach them!

Now that’s what I call Spring!  Nothing like a bunch of daffs in full bloom with some catkins.

1st March  is St David’s Day – the patron saint of Wales.  The daffodil is our national emblem – and so is the leek!  It is rumoured that the words for daffodil and leek are very similar in Welsh  (Cenhinen = Leek, Cenhinen Pedr = Daffodil). This may explain why both have been adopted as national emblems.  Certainly, many leeks and daffodils will be worn tomorrow to celebrate, little children will dress up in our national costume and the hopefully the sun will be shining on the hills and in the valleys.

 Happy St David’s Day pob un.

Adaliza x

Tugging at my heartstrings …

27/02/2012 § Leave a comment

Y Cei in Cardigan town …

“The quay was historically a point of departure and return and, as such, is a site of contradictory emotions.  For those leaving or returning, and those bidding farewell or welcoming loved ones home, it is a place of beginnings and endings, of sunset and sunrise; it can be as bitter as brine or as comforting as a breeze.”  In Welsh, the words appear along the quayside wall.

It was difficult to tear myself away from Ceredigion this weekend.

From the lovespoons and window preparations for our national saint’s day on Thursday – Dydd Dewi Sant; to the otter guarding the lower castle wall and quay in Cardigan; from the mists across the valley at sunrise and winter trees; to the ancient streets and farmhouses – yes, indeed, it was hard for me to leave.

Adaliza x

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