"Oh you will be OK as long as you enter into the spirit of things and don't ever turn down invitations."...or worse...
"You know what the Welsh are like and they really don't like the English." Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. "Hope you've packed a fire extinguisher."These comments from parochial well wishers simply confirmed that our decision to move was the right one. We had always intended to join in as really it would be a bit shortsighted of us to move somewhere new and then promptly insulate ourselves from the world. You have to make an effort to make new friends. This was going to be home after all.
Never a more welcoming crowd could we have we met. Cymru Am Byth! A Barabrith was awaiting us on our arrival, left on the doorstep. People have warmly invited us into their homes and plied us with food and wine.
In our turn we help with looking after the common land (actually Him Next Door does most of the mowing), this Friday we have a community bonfire to burn all the chopping back we did earlier in the year. We also go to fundraising events in the local community and support the school, village hall and local shop whenever we can.
We actually proactively fund raise for both the common land (Cadwraeth Llysyfran) and St Meilyr's Church, nestled at the bottom of the garden. I am not particularly religious but believe I suppose essentially in Christian principles. And the Church is truly beautiful and awe inspiring in its age and presence. You wonder what those walls have witnessed in their time.
From my involvement in the immediate community was born the website http://www.llysyfranchurch.co.uk/. My little bit of giving.
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