Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gŵyl Tyddyn a Gardd Frenhinol Cymru


Please God I am not making a fool of myself and that title actually does translate into the 'Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival', which is where Bert, Clint and myself spent last weekend. It was my first visit ever to Wales and I was very impressed with the country. It may be wet but it is beautiful and the people are lovely.

Which is not what we'd been led to expect from Clint. He regaled us all the way over with stories of the sheer horridness of the Welsh people. His dislike of the Welsh stemmed from his experiences driving tankers of Irish milk to a cheese factory in Anglesey. What did the Welsh do to him that drove him to take umbrage with an entire country you may ask? And I did. It appears that a canteen lady in the Welsh cheese factory in Anglesey wouldn't give him a cup of tea saying curtly that the canteen was closed and that he could get his tea from the machine. Meanwhile there was a group of employees sitting at a table nursing hot steaming cups of proper tea and they were all glaring at him. What did Clint do? I asked him this. It seems he told the canteen lady to stick her tea and then flounced out. Now there is an entire cheese factory in Anglesey that thinks Northern Irish people are perfectly hateful.

The Garden and Smallholder festival was all about flowers, pigs, woodcraft, pigs, goats, pigs, vintage farm machinery, pigs, vegetables, pigs, cattle, pigs, farmer's markets, pigs, dogs, pigs, country clothes, pigs, sheep, pigs, camelids and pigs.

And did I mention the pigs? They were far and away my favourite part of the show.

While I was away I picked up a new Facebook friend. Her name is Mavis and she is a Berkshire pig. She's got a brother who lives and works here, in the Ministry, in the AI section. Tough job but somepig has got to do it.

9 comments:

sageweb said...

I love pigs..carry one with where ever I go. Too bad about the cheese factory..I wonder if it was good cheese?

Nelly said...

The factory makes 'mozzarella fior di latte' probably for frozen pizzas and other such uses.

As for pigs. I long for a kune kune.
A pig that is not for eating.

Grannymar said...

Did you see any pigs?

Nelly said...

I did see some pigs. Oxford Sandy & Black, Kune Kune, Mangalita, Tamworth, Middle White, Pietrain...

Anna said...

Iread pigs are smarter than dogs and make great pets. They do seem a little low in the cuddly factor though. :-)

Hagelrat said...

Pigs are amazing but i've never really been fond of them.Wales is quite pretty.

Brighid said...

The P word is not used much around here, after the daughter-in-law's foray into P farming.

Nelly said...

Brighid - that sounds like it might be an interesting story.
Hagelrat - I try not to get too fond of the pigs we've had around here. Makes them hard to digest!

evilganome said...

Ah, fond childhood memories of all the pigs I became friends with and subsequently had for dinner. They really are wonderful creatures and I have always rather liked pigs.

Not too keen on chickens or sheep except as a meal, but I do like cows and pigs as animals, as well as dinner.