Spectacular Scenery, Vibrant Culture, and their Passion for Rugby!
31.07.2007 20 °C
We love this wonderful country, and its made us extremely homesick, then happy to be here seeing its outstanding natural beauty of dramatic mountain peaks, national parks and forests, unspoilt coastline and clean green countryside. It has so reminded us of our lovely New Zealand. We had a very welcoming stay at Llanelli, a tiny suburb called Furnace, named for the area's production of coke (from coal), in the local wee pub was a signboard headed "the greatest victory of all" then beneath it, Allblacks v. Llanelli October 1972" truly they won't let it go, they won! Their full team and photos plastered all over the wall, they thought we were just great being there, wanted to know our views on the upcoming rugby world cup.
We of course had to visit the Millenium Stadium (WOW!) lucky those who are going for the World Cup Rugby, the tour took us into the dressing rooms (we saw where Daniel Carter limbered up before his last game!) ahhh, we marched through to the stadium (with authentic crowd noise blaring through the speakers) it gave us goosebumps! WOW! It seats 74,000!
We joined the National Trust here, this is a registered charity and is independent of government, they look after special places for ever, and for everyone, well we have gone to cathedals (Cardiff, St Davids), abbeys, mansions, estates,castles, churches, blah blah blah....but wonderful, truly magnificient grand mansions, all perfectly intact, including the linen, kitchen utensils, the table settings at the formal banquet rooms, the paintings, the books in the libraries (dating back to the 12th century ....)just perfect, you wander through these places, and feel as if you are disturbing what is real, and it is us, the visitor that is out of place.....I am in awe of Great Britain, for its history, its wealth, its culture, its magnificence, it makes one realise our very young our New Zealand really is as a country.
Who knows what "Llanrhaeadr-ym-mochnant" is famous for? Come on, one of you must know! Winner gets ....Mike McKenna you know the story...but better keep it clean, a warm welcome at our Fulham flat!! Give you a hint, a film was made there! ahhhh, but which one.......??
I am keeping short the blurb and wanting to give you more photos to cast your eyes upon. This wonderful country is still developing, it needs to, we have discovered it is well behind us kiwis in a lot of ways, banking, processing of crowds, queing, etc. etc. but we discovered today though that one can purchase spirits and port at the local supermarket and what a selection.....! yes the Houghts are still doing what they enjoy best, drinking the wines (we have acquired a taste for the cheap french and italian ones in the supermarket). It's all good.
ps I phoned Denis Signal from Howick whose living just out of Liverpool, he sends his regards, he and his family are in a 4 beddie house, have bought a car, toured France, and like us, are getting jobs and endeavouring to settle here for a wee while. All is well in his camp....go us kiwis!
Please keep sending us the emails, we truly do get homesick, we miss you lot (sometimes) and we appreciate our family and friends more than we ever have in the past.....hurry up and visit, a wine and bed await! Love you lots, Elsie and Noel