Wales has just 3 million people (compared to 60 million people in England) so is a much quieter country, famed for its gorgeous countryside, beautiful beaches and glorious tenors! It has its own language (quite similar to Cornish) and a strong history of community spirit. Some things it does well (the water board is non-profit with good reviews), others not so well (the homeless pet crisis means many have to come over the border to Bristol to find homes). Here are some inspirational resources you may wish to check out:
- Teach Your Dog Welsh and Teach Your Cat Welsh are fun retro books, to practice your language with furry friends. This light-hearted illustrated guide has over 60 words and phrases to learn.
- The Beaches of Wales is a photographic guide to Wales’ 500 beaches, including dog-friendly, secret and surf beaches, along with remote coves. The guide includes beaches from north to south, plus beaches located on the islands, isolated coves and remote sandy beaches on the Gower Peninsula. Features information on access, parking and seasonal restrictions. Always check for dog bans before you go. Many beaches in Wales (like northwest England) are home to jellyfish – see what to do if you find a stranded jellyfish.
- Patch of the Planet offers beautiful ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping!) holidays on an organic smallholding, with stunning views over Pembrokeshire, and an array of wildlife – including a willow woodland with regular visits from red kites. It’s a stone’s throw from neolithic sites with local blue stone (as found at Stonehenge). The site is run by a couple who are experts in wildlife-friendly gardening and landscape design (check out their YouTube channel with free videos on how to grow your own organic food gardens, and protect wildlife at the same time).
- Wild Places: Wales’ Top 40 Nature Sites is a guide by popular TV naturalist Iolo Williams. This illustrated book has beautiful colour photos of places and wildlife across Wales, to encourage visitors to appreciate the flora and fauna found in this beautiful country.
Happy Beans is a book of plant-based recipes by a Welsh farmer. When Welsh farmers start writing vegan cookbooks, you know the lifestyle has gone mainstream. The great thing about this book apart from the recipes being natural and seasonal, is that they are quite unique, you won’t find recipes anywhere else like it. Recipes include Nettle Soup, Butterbean Provençal , Georgian Woodland Mushroom Pasties, Linguini Mor Gwyrdd (green pasta), Banana & Walnut Loaf with Butterscotch Sauce and Jaffa Cakes!