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17 Oct

Enjoy a Welsh Hygge This Autumn! Our Top Ten Cosy Products.

Posted by Ann Hemmings

Hygge is the Danish word which focuses on finding pleasure from the simple things in life. Using hygge in your home means creating a peaceful, cosy and clutter free environment.

Though this applies to the whole year round, Autumn is the perfect time to apply this lifestyle to your own home! 

Here are 10 of our Welsh products thats are sure to promote a serene and comforting feeling in your household.

 

31 Jul

Sheep Foot Rest - Ewemoo - All The colours of the Rainbow!

Posted by Becca Hemmings in Product Feature

One of our most loved welsh gifts has got to be these charming sheep foot rests. These will look right at home in any living room and help you put your feet up.

Each sheep is handmade in South Wales between the breathtaking Brecon Beacons and the glorious beaches of the Gower Peninsular.

As they are made to order there is a wait time for these gifts, but they are certainly worth the wait! Now there is only one thing left to decide, which colour would you choose?

ewemoo sheep foot rest



25 Jul

Our Top Five Welsh Gifts for Babies & Toddlers - Welsh Speaking & Learning

Posted by Becca Hemmings in Welsh Language

These are our top five gifts for littler Welsh learners or speakers. Each makes speaking or singing the Welsh language both fun and educational.

All have been tested on the youngest member of our team - our daughter! She is 20 months old and chief toy tester here at welshgiftshop.com.

1. Draigi, the welsh singing dragon, is by far her favourite and she particularly likes 'Ar hyd y nos.' She'll press the button and have a gentle sing and dance.

2. The abacus is also great as not only is it a great learning toy for her, but it looks really attractive! I love wooden toys (so much better for the environment than plastic) and I'm proud to have this on display at home.

3. Cwtsh (or cwtch) is her favourite book. She always asks for 'Bobo' and goes through all his emotions as he seeks out a cwtch from his mam. It's a lovely book with beautiful illustrations. 

4. These colouring pencils are great for learning her colours. She can't read yet (as only 20 months old) but likes to colour in. I'm speaking both Welsh and English with her and having the colours written on each colour is helpful for us both.

5. Jac y Do CD has all our favourite Welsh children's songs (38 in total!) Sion corn is her favourite, even in the height of summer! 

24 Oct

Five Recipe Ideas Using Welsh Laver Seaweed / Welshman's Caviar for Christmas

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Enjoy these five Festive favourite with a twist of Welshman's Caviar! Recipes and photos by The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company.

1. Roast Potatoes with Dulse 

Why not sprinkle dulse (available in our Mermaid's Larder gift selection here) on to your roast potatoes to make them even more delicious. Simply sprinkle on as soon as you remove the roasties from the oven.

2. Sprouts with Grass Kelp

This is a delicious recipe which will make sprouts the new favourite! Stir fry 3 shallots and 1 tablespoon of grass kelp (available in our Mermaid's Larder gift selection here) in olive oil. Add 500g of sprouts and enough water to cover them and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve with a little extra kelp if you wish!

3. Parsnips with Laver & Dulse

Prepare your parsnips as you like, add to baking tray with oil and then sprinkle laver and dulse seaweed before you put them in the over to roast. (Both available in our Mermaid's Larder gift selection here)

4. Welsh Caviar Stuffing

Add two tablespoons of Welshman's Caviar to your usual stuffing recipe for that moreish umami taste.

5. Bread Sauce with Wrack

Add 1 tablespoon of wrack seaweed to your bread sauce mix (available in our Mermaid's Larder gift selection here) to liven up this festive favourite.

 

18 Oct

Broad Haven UFO Sightings - Aliens in West Wales?

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Over 40 years a go a group of school children said they witnessed a strange UFO in a field near their school. To this day it is still unexplained.

Here are some facts to get you in the spirit for Halloween!

Pupil drawings taken from Broad Haven School's 1977 UFO scrapbook

Credit: BBC News

Where was it?

There were several reported sightings of a strange object in Broad Haven and Little Haven in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. The area became known as 'The Dyfed Triangle' a play on the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.

When was it?

The sightings took place in 1977, with others reported in the same decade.

  • 4th February 1977:  14 pupils of Broad Haven Primary School spotted the craft and a creature near their playing field. Their headmaster, Ralph Llewellyn, suspected that they were playing a joke, and so asked the children to draw the craft in exam like conditions. He was surprised how similar the drawings were!
  • 17th February 1977: A few teachers and dinner ladies at the school also claimed to have seen the craft, with one saying she saw the creature too.
  • 19th April 1977: The owner of the Haven Fort Hotel in near by Little Haven claims to have seen a UFO in a field with two human-like creatures

What Did it Look Like?

  • The craft was described as being silver and "cigar-shaped" with a "dome covering the middle third" by 10 year old pupil David Davies
  • Rosa Granville, owner of Haven Fort Hotel, described it as an "upside-down saucer." She said it was radiating so much heat that her "face felt burned".
  • Ms. Granville also witnessed two "faceless humanoid" creatures with pointed heads who didn't seem to mind the heat: "There was light coming from [the craft] and flames of all colours. Then they came out of these flames, that's what I don't understand." 

Is there an explanation?

There are a number of theories but these incidents still cannot be fully explained.

  • In 1996 Glyn Edwards admitted to donning a silver suit and wandering around the area in 1977 as a prank, but can't explain the UFO
  • Flt Lt Cowan, an officer from RAF Brawdy, examined the site near Ms. Granville's hotel, but could find no evidence of a landing. He reported that a "local prankster was at work" and noted that the description of aliens "fitted exactly the type of protection suit that would have been issued in the event of a fire at one of the local oil refineries".
  • The school children could have confused a sewage tank as a UFO, although many were from farming backgrounds and would have recognised this type of machinery. Additionally no council vehicles were believed to be in the area at the time
  • A former US Navy sailor said the silver-suited humanoid was in fact a member of US military personnel wearing their standard fireproof uniform and the UFOs were new Harrier jets flying over.

Broad Haven Pupils with UFO drawings

Credit: BBC News


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