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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Welsh tutor cat...

... forbids use of the English text. Read the Welsh!

The coursebook for the Welsh course I started this week recommends practising on anyone who'll listen - including the cat. A better choice of victim, I think, is those people who call me from India wanting to ask me questions. They don't understand any more than George does, but there's more entertainment to be had from throwing random Welsh sentences at them.


  1. Ha! That's fabulous. Perhaps I'll have to start babbling in Norwegian the next time I get one of those telemarketers on the phone.

    1. It's worth it for the complete bafflement at the other end. I don't know yet whether it discourages return calls.

  2. That's a good idea! Sure to get them off the phone without resorting to angry words ;)

    1. It was certainly quicker and less stressful than arguing with them.


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