Our hosts Angela and Os (nicknamed Uncle Ozzy by the end of our stay) were absolutely fabulous, sparing no detail to give us the comforts of royalty. Angela was constantly ensuring our needs were met; fluffing our pillows, washing our laundry, and mapping our best route for a desired destination. Angela also "rang" many other relatives orchestrating an afternoon tea
. Complete with numerous Welsh specialties and fine china, we further sketched the family tree meeting endearing couples such as Bob and Barbel Jones who treated us to a grand lunch. Uncle Ozzy served to complete our five star accommodations with his countless hours in the kitchen slaving away on the next masterpiece for us to devour. Taking gourmet cooking classes after he retired, Uncle Ozzy is both a knowledgeable and artful chef, making us gorgeous vegetarian specialties from soufflé to leek tart. Fruits and vegetables picked fresh each morning from the garden served as superb breakfast and lunch; offsetting the “oceans” of butter and cream making French recipes and Uncle Ozzy’s cooking so irresistible. For our anniversary these two lovelies planned a special meal with champagne and “Happy Anniversary” inscribed flutes. Calculating the year we were married, Uncle Ozzy exclaimed 2005 was fantastic for wine and served his favorite with another magnum opus. Although Wales has beautiful countryside with stony castles dotting the hills below the looming Black Mountains, our memories of this place will be filled with family, tarts and the love shared in both.
In order to travel from England to Ireland, one must pass through Wales. Not exactly an exotic tourist destination, our motivation for actually staying was that Kenny's great grandfather emigrated from Wales (illegally we discovered which has been so fun for me to nonchalantly and incessantly refer to Kenny as an illegal… I’m sure you can imagine how fond he is of his new pet name). The Euro trip we had imagined hadn’t included Kenny tracing his ancestry and visiting distant relatives, but we both feel blessed our travels led us in this direction.