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Mwynhewch y gorau o Gymru - Enjoy the very best of Wales!

Easter Egg Competition! Main Prizes Have Been Claimed - Runner Up Prizes Now Available!

30 Aug

Welsh Flower Names - Learn the Welsh Names for These Pretty Flowers

Posted by Becca Hemmings

To celebrate our new Blodau jugs / vases, here is a pretty list of flower names in Welsh

Blodyn is the Welsh for flower, blodau is the plural (flowers)

  • Blodyn neidr - Pink Campion
  • Blodyn y gwynt - Wood Anemone
  • Blodyn yr haul - Sunflower
  • Briallen - Primrose
  • Camri - Chamomile
  • Ceian - Carnation
  • Cennin Pedr - Daffodil
  • Clychau'r Gog - Bluebell
  • Crinllys - Dog Violet
  • Delia - Dahlia
  • Eirys - Iris
  • Ffion - Foxglove
  • Ffriddlys - Anemone
  • Ffwsia - Fuchsia
  • Fioled - Violet
  • Geraniwm - Geranium
  • Goldwyr - Marigold
  • Gwyddfid - Honeysuckle
  • Gwynonwen - Lilly of the Valley
  • Lafant - Lavender
  • Lili - Lily
  • Lili Wen Fach - Snowdrop
  • Llygad y dydd - Daisy
  • Meillion - Clover
  • Menyn - Buttercup
  • Pabi Cymreig - Welsh Poppy
  • Pansi - Pansy
  • Rhosyn - Rose

Blodau Jugs

28 Feb

Why are the Leek and the Daffodil the Symbols of Wales? Six Fun Facts for St. David's Day

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Ever wondered why we wear leeks or daffodils on St. David's Day? Here are six fun facts.

Silver Leek Brooch

1. Because Leeks Win Battles

It all started with the leek. This was the original symbol of Wales and, as legend has it, originated from a great battle against the Saxons. St. David (or some sources say The C7th king of Gwynedd, Cadwaladr) advised the Welsh to wear leeks in their hats to show which side they were on. It must have worked well, as the battle was won! 

2. Because Shakespeare Said So

The leek is mentioned as the symbol of Wales as early as William Shakespeare’s Henry V. There is additional evidence that shows Tudor guards wore leeks in their hats on 1st March to honour our patron saint.

3. Because Yum

We also grow lots of leeks - and they taste lovely (perfect in cawl!) Not sure about eating them raw, which is what soldiers of the Welsh regiments traditionally eat every St. David's Day!

welsh daffodil brooch

4. Because Daffodil Smaffodil

But what about the daffodil? This may have been an accident! The Welsh for leek is Cenhinen, which can be easily confused with the Welsh for daffodil, Cenhinen Pedr, which translates to "Peter's Leek". Eventually, as late as the C19th, it became the second symbol of Wales.


5. Because the Prime Minister Said So

David Lloyd George (the only Welsh Prime Minister from 1916-22) was said to be an advocate for them, as their beautiful bloom would often coincide with St. David's Day.

6. Because Daffodils are used for Drugs

Another interesting link is that daffodils are grown in Wales to produce galantamine, a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

So wear your leek or daffodil with pride this St. David's Day, and now you know the story behind our emblems!

18 Aug

New Personalised Bangle! Favourite Welsh Phrases & Words Inspiration

Posted by Becca Hemmings

We love these handmade Welsh bangles by Bodoli! 

Our personalised option makes an extra special gift as are completely unique. You can choose a name, date or perhaps your favourite Welsh phrase with up to 37 characters (20 for children)

Looking for inspiration? How about these lovely Welsh phrases / words, all 37 characters and under:

Werth y Byd - Worth the world
Ffrindiau - Friends
Cariad - Love / Sweetheart
Mae'r holl fyd o fewn dy afael - The whole world is within your reach
Caru ti i'r lleuad a nol - Love you to the moon and back
Gwreiddiau i dyfu ac adennydd i hedfan - Roots to grow and wings to fly
Mi gerddaf gyda thi - I will walk with you
Dwy law yn erfyn - Two hands praying (a song, link here)
Mae pont i groesi pob anhawster - There is a bridge to cross every difficulty
Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi - This land of my fathers is dear to me (from National Anthem)
Gwlad, Gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad - Land! Land! I am true to my land!  (from National Anthem)

01 Mar

Welsh Google Doodles - St. David's Day

Posted by Becca Hemmings
Here are all the Welsh Google Doodles for St. David's Day. Which is your favourite? I think I like 2013's the best!

Diolch o galon Google for the doodles!


google doodle 2018

google doodle saint david's day
google doodle 2016
google doodle welsh 2015
Welsh Google Doodle 2014
Welsh Google Doodle 2013
Welsh Google Doodle 2012
Welsh Google Doodle 2011
Welsh Google Doodle 2010
Welsh Google Doodle 2009
Welsh Google Doodle 2008
Welsh Google Doodle 2007
Welsh Google Doodle 2006
Welsh Google Doodle 2004


13 Jan

Hen Galan - Happy 'Welsh' New Year!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Today, 13th January, is Hen Galan, a Welsh celebration for the 'old new year'. Here are some fun facts!

  • 'Hen Galan' is the Welsh for 'old new year'
  • It follows the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian.
  • It is still celebrated in Cwm Gwaun, Pembrokeshire.
  • Traditionally it was a bigger celebration than Christmas!
  • Children sing for 'Calennig'; New Year gifts of sweets, fruit and money.
  • The men celebrate with Mari Lwyd, where they chant through the village with a decorated horse’s skull.
  • When the men visit your house and you cannot recite a verse, the group of men will invite themselves (or are often welcomed) in for food and celebrations!
  • The main reason for celebrating is to bring the villagers together, and to have a good time of course!
  • You can find a traditional Hen Galan song below:
Blwyddyn Newydd dda i chi
 / A happy new year to you
Ac i bawb sydd yn y tŷ
 / And to everyone in the house
Dyma fy nymuniad i / This is my wish
Blwyddyn Newydd dda i chi
 / A happy new year to you




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