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01 Dec

Advent Calender Offer 1 - Nadolig Llawen!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Ooh! Behind today's window is our very popular Mermaid's Larder with a 15% off code! Perfect present.

Five attractive bottles of dried seaweed to bring flavour and depth to dishes and sprinkle magic on your meals. Enjoy a but a journey down the Welsh seashore!

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ends 2nd of December (end of day)
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mermaid's larder
19 Nov

Top 5 Welsh Presents for Christmas for Him. Nadolig Llawen!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Here are our handpicked favourite Christmas gifts for Him - perfect for dads, grandads, brothers and partners (and indeed yourself!)

1. Corgi Socks - Fair Isle Welsh Winter - Wool - Mens - Linen £20.00

Traditional and luxurious, Corgi wool socks are a warm and cosy treat for your partner, brother, dad and grandad. 

Founded by Carmarthenshire draper Rhys Jones in 1892, the family are still making socks over 100 years later!

£20. Order yours today. Click here to learn more.

 

2. Tumbler / Whisky Glass - Iechyd Da - Good Health - NEW

A new design for our best selling whisky glasses! Our Welsh vintage style whisky glasses are sure to enhance the pleasure of drinking whisky.

Partner with a bottle of Penderyn for the perfect gift!

Only £9.99 each - find out more here.

 

3. NomNom Chocolate - Made in Wales - Penderyn Welsh Whisky

Talking of Welsh whisky - have your discovered our new chocolate? Made with a less than well behaved measure of Penderyn whisky, NomNom indeed!

Paired with an open fire and the crackle of a record it promises to be a delectable Winter's companion for him.

Only £5.99, find out more here.

4. Tie / Lapel / Hat Pin - Silver Welsh Leek

Our exclusive silver leek tie pin is a reproduction of an C19th antique.

A really special gift that he will enjoy wearing with a tie or on his lapel to celebrate his Welshness

Made from solid silver and beautifully packaged in a box lined with Welsh wool.

£20 - find out more here.

5. Pint / Beer Glass - Iechyd Da - Good Health

Our exclusive 'Iechyd Da' beer tankards have been selling like hot mince pies all year round!

Add a bottle of Brains and you have the perfect gift. I am sure he will get plenty of use out of it!

Only £15. Order yours today. Click here to learn more.

09 Oct

RIP Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan - Whose Loyalty Never Died

Posted by Becca Hemmings

On this day in 1401, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan was brutally executed for preventing King Henry IV's capture of the Welsh prince, Owain Glyndwr.

Owain Glyndwr rebelled against English rule and had crushed Henry IV’s army on the slopes of Pumlumon in 1401. Furious, Henry sought out Glyndwr, and discovered that he was in Llandovery. Accompanied by his son (the future Henry V) and a vast army, they asked the locals for help.

Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan was a local, and offered to help the king find Glyndwr. However, the 60 year old landowner had two sons in Glyndwr’s army, and had no intention of betraying his prince. He led the king and his forces astray through the uplands of Deheubarth for weeks; which allowed Glyndwr and his men to escape and evade capture.

Eventually, The king realised that Llywelyn had tricked them. Embarrassed and angry, Henry ordered a gruesome punishment for Llywelyn; he was dragged through the town of Llandovery and tortured in the town square, in front of the castle gates. (warning - next part not suitable for sensitive eyes!) They cut out Llywelyn's stomach and cooked it in front of him. His death was long and excruciatingly painful. Finally, he was hanged, drawn and quartered. They sent his salted remains to other Welsh towns to deter them from opposing the king. However, Glyndwr remained uncaptured and was never betrayed.

600 years after Llywelyn’s death, a sculpture was erected in Llandovery on a small hill next to the castle where he died. It is Llywelyn, watching over his town and commemorating his undying loyalty.

 Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan sculpture

Image source: Becca Hemmings


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