Blog two – the Eisteddfod

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Anyone who did music lessons is probably familiar with the concept of an eisteddfod – a festival in which artist not only performs but also competes. From the spelling you have probably gathered the word is Welsh. However, if you are an Australian, you may not realise that you have been saying the the word…

Some pre-travel conversations

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With five days until I leave for Wales I find myself having some interesting conversations:   ‘What will the weather be like in Wales, Liz?’ ‘Summer when I arrive.’ ‘And after that?’ ‘Autumn.’ ‘Followed by winter?’ ‘Well, yes…’ ‘So, it’ll be cold and grey and it will rain a lot?’ * What will you eat…

Poldark – a post series reflection

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I didn’t watch the Poldark TV series in the 1970’s. But I’ve seen the DVDs at the library, looking somewhat dated and uninspiring. I have also turned the novels over in my hand and wondered whether I might enjoy them. They are Cornish and therefore Celtic, Cerynweg being a sister language to Cymraeg (Welsh). I’m…

The Anchoress – by Robyn Cadwallader

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The author’s name first attracted me to this book. Surely she was a Welsh woman? On investigation, however, I found the her to be an Australian. Oh well, dim ots, that made the book a possibility for the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge. Everyone was talking about it – a debut novel, such an interesting topic,…

A week of small things

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Last Saturday, I told my husband I wouldn’t be speaking English and spent the day chatting in Welsh on Skype, doing SSiW lessons, and listening to Radio Cymru. It was a long, intense, surreal kind of day. As daylight gave way to dusk, I took the dog for one more walk around the block and…