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Spud Sunday: A Spud’s Weekend In Wales

Welsh sheep

Welsh natives: the sheep do outnumber the humans here by quite some measure

Today finds me still in Wales, land of castles, sheep, occasionally dodgy internet connections (hence the spud-sunday-on-a-monday-again, oops!) and of long and hard-to-pronounce place names, like this one:

Long Welsh place name

This translates as (deep breath now):
'the church of Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the church of Tysilio by the red cave'
...or words to that effect

The Welsh word for potato – tatw (pronounced ta-tu) – is, luckily for me, much less of a mouthful. I learned that and a lot more whilst eating my way around picturesque North Wales these past few days and attending their True Taste national food awards. However, as I’m still (literally) digesting it all, I shall have to return at a later date to fill you in proper-like.


  1. And I thought Ireland had difficult-to-pronounce place names!

  2. I was trying to read this on the iPhone (ha ha ha) and had to put it down and fire up the big screen to read that village name. I can’t wait to read more about the tatw… and True Taste. I am sure you had a wonderful time, despite the bockety internet.

  3. an you imagine tufting to address alerted to one of those fine folks! GREG

  4. I hate auto correct. I mean to say “can you imagine trying to address a letter to one of those fine folks”. GREG

  5. Daily Spud

    Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Aine: clearly we don’t by a long shot :)

    Móna: That name requires a very wide screen indeed :D I did, of course, have a lovely time and the internet was only occasionally and inconveniently bockety – alas, it just shows how technology-dependent I have become!

    Greg: Good job you put in the manual correction – I would have been stumped trying to figure out just what you meant by tufting an address :D

  6. What whirlpool? And even if it is a weird language, shouldn’t it be Against the Rules to have four Ls in a row in a word?!

    Maybe the sheep had something to do with it…? ;)

  7. Daily Spud

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Those double double L’s are a real killer! And it’s not like they make a simple ‘L’ sound either – no sirree. Maybe you’re right and it’s the sound some poor unfortunate sheep made when they got trapped in that fierce whirlpool… :D

  8. Your weekend in Wales must have been fun, fun & fun! Thanks for sharing a bit of it with us!

  9. Daily Spud

    Monday, November 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hey Sophie my friend! I had a lovely weekend indeed and I hope to share more of it with you all soon :)

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