Helo, Cymru

March 14, Feast of Saint Matilda. 

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead."

 --A.A. Milne, "Daffodowndilly"

Hello, Wales!  The daffodils are out in full force, and I am so, so happy to see them!

We had a fairly good flight, and the flat is cozy and much prettier than in pictures.  The Lenten fast was somewhat compromised with the travels; and I forgot what delicious food there is here.  (The stereotype of bland, mushy food crept back into my psyche while I was gone--shame!)  But we are fortunate that the UK as a whole is a little more forward-thinking as far as dietary restrictions than my old hometown in the rural South.

We are settling in well.  Afon has already had a look at the sea and wanted to get to it; but we held him off because he can't realize how bitter cold the water is.  I can't say much for now because my husband's laptop is temperamental and deletes my text as I type--so frustrating.  But we are getting an adapter for my computer this Sunday, so I will have plenty to say by then!

Thank you all for your prayers! x



  1. I can't tell you HOW GLAD I am to see this post!!!!!!! I was thinking of you just yesterday and saying prayers... much love to you all! you know, fyi, that there are traveling dispensations for fasting, so don't be too hard on yourself there!

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! Good to know about the fast, like dispensations for if you can't get to Mass while traveling. I never got to mail you the card I intended in all that moving bustle--at one point, Afon ripped it out of the envelope, and then I couldn't find a new one in all the boxes. :sigh: So your letter is several months delayed. :P

  2. Yay, Wales!! I love your pictures--and the daffodil poem! Can't wait for further photos and details. Ooh, and I know how Afon feels about the sea.

    Much love! <3

  3. Glad you got there safe and sound... Give Afon a squeeze from me and enjoy your adventures, as we live vicariously through your posts! XOXO from the deeeeep south!

    1. Will do, Shelley! We need to teach these folks about grits (though I'm pretty sure they invented fried fish!). c;

  4. I love your daffodils verse! I've never heard that poem before and I just may have to steal that for my own blog. :) Blessings as you settle into your new home!


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