Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus Pawb! / Happy St David’s Day Everyone!
In case you didn’t already know – I’m from Wales, and I’m a little bit proud of it. By little – I mean a lot. You’ll know this if you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of standing or sitting next to me while Wales are playing rugby.
Today is a day to celebrate all things wonderful and Welsh – and there’s a lot for us to get through!
We have our own version of Hygge in Wales (except it’s actually a lot older!) It’s called ‘Hiraeth.’ Just hearing that word makes me feel warm inside.
I think Hiraeth is something all Welsh people are born with, there is no direct English translation, but in my heart it means ‘a longing, wistfulness, desire and a love of your home nation.’
Sometimes people liken it to homesickness, but I personally like to couch it in more positive terms. For me, it’s knowing that home is where the heart is – and you will always find comfort there (whether physically in the moment or through memories.)
Here are 40 things about Wales that fill my heart with joy, pride and hiraeth – and serve as a constant reminder as to why, in my opinion, Wales is the most beautiful & special country in the world.
What a brilliant opportunity then, to indulge in some serious self love – stick on a face mask, find your fluffiest bed socks, get some naughty snacks, and press play on a seriously uplifting film to warm the cockles of your soul. (hehe, cockles.)
Luckily for you guys , my dear friend, colleague and film buff Alastair has put together a list of his five fave feel good films – so you don’t even have to think about it!
A day when people are encouraged to speak out about mental health – in whatever shape or form it might be relevant to them.
And so, it feels fitting that I post this blog today.
It’s the post that has been in my mind, and in my heart for months – if not years, and of course, I am anxious about posting it (but then, I have an anxiety condition, so, what’s new?!)
For many of my friends and acquaintances this post may come as a bit of a shock, for a select few it will be common knowledge, and for those who have continually supported me during my cryptic messages on social media recently – it will probably come as a relief to finally know what the bloody hell I’ve been referring to in less than transparent terms for the last year.
When I decided to take dairy out of my diet for at least one day a week I really wondered how I would find it. But wouldn’t you know it – at exactly the same time as I embarked on this challenge – it seems that South Wales decided to become the vegan capital of the world – fortuitous, no?!
On Saturday, my best friend (who has been a vegan for over a year, and is a constant source of inspiration for me, obvz) and I were embarking on a day trip to find a bridesmaid dress, and I really wanted to treat her to something delicious to eat.
Luckily for us, the dress shop we were visiting in the Cathays area of Cardiff (shout out to all my Cardiff uni alumni!) has a new neighbour.
Blanche Bakery started out as a pop up in 2016 – and by the blessings of the food gods, now has a permanent home on Mackintosh place.