First, Wales is the most stunningly beautiful place I know--the deep green of the hills, the dramatic views, the softness of the air.
*the story of a woman who raised 13 children in a cave on the Orme.
*sharing a Cadbury chocolate bar with my sister, while over looking the town.
*getting picked up at the bus stop by a nice man named Harry, who gave us a ride all the way to Llanwurst and dropped us right at the tea house we were going to.
*quiz nights in the pubs with a glass of cider and a lot of laughs
*jacket potato (baked potato) and baked beans make a satisfying dinner
*the generousity of Kate, who loaned me her laptop, so I could Skype Brad and Amy
*sitting in the deck chairs like real tourists and watching the parade of people on The Promenade
*how much Karen loved bakewell tarts the first time she ate one
*the woman barking out the window at a group of noisy school children
*tea at the St. George Hotel, where my grandparents met
*walking around Crafnant Lake and eating lunch on the lawn
*the funny names of the undertakers in town: Peter the Box, Lem the Crem, Harry the Hearse
....and a person named Dick 18 Months, because he lost the top of his ear in an accident--an 'ear and a half!
....and the local hairdresser: Bruce the Hair
*all the men walking up and down The Prom in capris
*headline in the newspaper: Bearded Tits Make a Comeback in North Wales
*delicious flavors: buttermints, cheddar biscuits, brambly apple pie, English bacon, squash, digestive biscuits with chocolate, blackcurrent jam
*they move food around in Marks and Spencers daily so you have to search all the rows every time
*some of my favorite expressions: loo rolls (toilet paper), wheelie bins (garbage cans), hoover (vacuum cleaner), hob (stovetop), cling film (plastic wrap)
*walking a country lane lined with hedgerows of wild roses, nettles, ivy, brambles and bracken
*the sweet quality of children's voices
*the way the wind farm seemed to move across the bay,
depending on the light and your position
*being surprised by Morris dancers
walking down the street in black face, tattered clothes, and feathers
*the granduer of the cathedral at Chester
*the laburnum arch at Bodnant Gardens in full bloom
*the ultimate food--a bacon roll--bacon on bread with butter!
*they have a television station called Filth
*a baby seagull that fell off the roof and cried all night because he couldn't get back in the nest
*the guy with signs on his front, back, both arms and also holding a giant sign that says, "Stop Filming Me."
*seeing seagulls regularly attack people on the beach eating fish and chips
*when Karen saw all the fresh prepared foods available in the grocery store Asda, she said, "I'm so jealous, I could spit!"
*another hairdresser: Curl Up and Dye