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Welsh Men Are Born to Sing

Janice, of Sharing the Journey was the first to verbalize this pithy phrase to me when I told her that our Welsh Tour Bus Driver whistled and called me “love” as he assisted me down the stairs.

At the Scottish Dinner Theatre at the Prestonfield Mansion, the entire cast called out “Welsh men are born to sing,” when our driver called out his country during the introductions.

I heard it nearly a dozen times on my trip. Other than Tom Jones on television and the lovely actor, Matthew Rhys, who plays the lawyer son on Brothers and Sisters, I have not heard a Welsh man sing.

old cardif castle

cardif celing

We enjoyed learning about hand- carved love spoons at Cardiff Castle in Wales, and so enjoyed the walk around the elegant house and taking pictures of the Keep and Gates, but our best sighting was while sitting on the wall by the dragon sculptures and watching 3 paramedics assist a woman who had fallen and broken her leg or knee. If our bus driver is included in this scene, we were looking at 4 of the most beautiful men we had opportunity find our eyes enjoying. The three female employees also joined us in our appreciation of the moment shared their appreciation of their Welsh unsung males!

cardif dragon

On to pithier and classical romance of the journey:
On a rainy morning we were venturing forth on Loch Lomond in Inverness and after seeing the game keepers cottage the skiff moved on to the lovely Inn and Stables by a waterfall. It was a beautiful site also to behold.

loch lomand falls

We had been filled with stories of William Wordsworth, his sister, and his friend Coleridge as the day previously we had stopped for Gingerbread and Kindle Cakes near their home. And now, the Captain said aloud – “this large rock by this water fall and house is where William Wordsworth penned his love poem ‘To a Highland Girl’”

Sweet Highland Girl, a very shower
Of beauty is thy earthly dower!
Twice seven consenting years have shed
Their utmost bounty on thy head:
And these grey rocks; that household lawn;
Those trees, a veil just half withdrawn;
This fall of water that doth make
A murmur near the silent lake;
This little bay; a quiet road
That holds in shelter thy Abode –
In truth together do ye seem
Like something fashioned in a dream;
Such Forms as from the cover peep
When earthly cares are laid asleep!

This was all I could remember of the poem, but if you would like to read the beautiful entire poem,it is here:
It was printed carefully into a card in my Grandmother’s Bible – The poem was written in 1803

O ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road,
An’ I’ll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks O’ Loch Lomond.

I just bet you know the tune to this ditty and can sing it right how!
I am not sure I was in Scotland before ye; it was a wonderful visit and full of beauty to gaze at!

Where do you think the most beautiful men live? Have you written a love poem to your true love? Have you sat upon a Love Island such as the one in Loch Lomond to spoon or bundle with your true love?

I think this should be an interesting discussion – looking forward to your comments…

22 Responses to “Welsh Men Are Born to Sing”

  1. Dot Says:

    All the photos yesterday and today are great, especially the waterfall. I was really looking forward to seeing the four Welsh men! The best-looking men in the world? They’re everywhere. I’ve never had a true love, but I’ve written love poems about, not to, a few men. I’ve spooned while sitting on the boardwalk looking out at the ocean. I’m not sure what bundling is.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    My kiddo takes a mighty fine picture! Thank you for noticing. Oh those pesky love poems – so heart felt and sometimes mindless!

    Bundling is when you wrap up in a blanket together and sleep with someone you have great fondness for but may not have sexual relations. I think sometimes it does not include sleep, as I would say I saw lots of folks bundling with folks at cold football games or La Crosse matches when I was living in the eastern part of the USA

    We did not have permission to take the pictures of the medics at work – so we did not, you will just need to take my word for it!

  3. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – I am loving this series, too. The waterfall is magnificent and before you posted the rhyme, the song Loch Lomond was in my head the minute I read its name.

    I am chuckling at your enjoyment of eye candy. And yes, I’ve written poems for my dear husband. I tend to write birthday and gift poems for just about everyone, but there is one I inscribed in a leather bound book that he keeps in its own place.

  4. Evita Says:

    Ooo what a nice romantic topic today Patricia!!!

    Love the photos and stories and as for the men, not sure where they live. I know mine lives at my house 😉 And yes I have written him a love poem (several in fact).

    And where have we gone that we didn’t spoon or bundle – LOL… okay, okay enough details, we have to keep this thread clean 😉

    Have a fantastic weekend :)

  5. patricia Says:

    Betsy,
    This has been fun writing and yep those guys really caught about 8 women’s eyes – we stayed until the Ambulance drove away and the employees of the Castle went back to work – WOW
    My Grandfather wrote us all poems for our birthdays and my Grandmother sent the cards with $1 in it.
    I enjoy reading poetry but am not able to write it at the moment – I was amazed I remembered so much of the Highland Girl poem on the spot, and loved looking it up and reading it again.

    Evita,
    Yes, we need to keep this thread clean – but we do not need to limit our minds.
    You too have a lovely weekend. I am off to Sand in the City sculptures now and fund raising and my fellow is taking me out to dinner for my 60th on Sunday!

  6. patricia Says:

    The white tents behind the dragon are for Prince Charles to welcome his troops home from Afghanistan – Lots of excitement at Cardiff Castle!

    The ceiling picture is from the elegant house. I think we have some more interesting picture of the carvings around the doors in the house coming up – very intricate

    FYI

  7. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. I’d LOVE to visit Cardiff Castle — have always had a fascination for castles. Maybe I was a princess in a previous life :-) I can’t say that I know where all the beautiful men live… but there are some fine looking specimens in Vancouver.

  8. Julie Says:

    My dad told of being a young boy listening to his grandfather singing Welsh song while working in the fields. My great-granddad was off the boat from Wales. I’d have loved to have had a recording! As for beautiful men? Gosh, I see them everywhere I turn!! They’re everywhere… But I’m with Evita; the handsomest is in my own home. :) Alas, he’s starting to forget what bundling and spooning is all about; LOL, methinks it’s high time for a reminder!!!

    Patricia, thank you again for sharing your trip’s tales. You’ve done the trip I’ve dreamed of. It’s so fun to hear it nearly first-hand! More, please. :)

  9. Robin Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PATRICIA!!!!

    I’m SO glad you had a lovely time – and your pictures are beautiful. Lots of love – Robin x

  10. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    I think there are some fine looking men everywhere – but these folks really caught the eye. Yes indeedy in Vancouver too
    Cardiff Castle was one of the least impressive castle, but it was well kept as was Blair Castle too. We did not get into Edinburgh Castle and Airth Castle was tiny but lovely – changed my perceptions.

    Julia,
    More stories coming up – don’t worry about that – It was a lovely trip and I highly recommend it – and we heard about a walking tour of Ireland that sounds lovely too – more bed and breakfasts
    We did not hear any Welsh men sing – just whistle but Wales was just gorgeous too as was the Lakes District and All of Scotland ….I love the handsome fellow at home – remind him quickly!

    Robin,
    Thank you for the well wishes and happiness blessings. Sending you a big hug this morning. I had a great photographer on hand – didn’t she do a fine job!

  11. Turf Dad Says:

    I kid you not, I once wrote a blog post about who much I liked Tom Jones. http://malathionman.blogspot.com/2008/06/its-im-not-unusual.html

  12. Turf Dad Says:

    Ugh, HOW much I liked Tom Jones.

  13. Patricia Says:

    Turf Dad,
    I am not much of a fan of Tom Jones or all the references to Tom Jones. But I did think being told about Welsh Men being born to sing, was a significant part of my journey. I’ll go read your post now !

  14. Patricia Says:

    Great post Turf Dad, thank you for the link.

    We did not hear any Welsh men singing, we did have lunch at the 18th hole of the St. Andrew’s golf course!

  15. janice Says:

    If you pop over to Marc’s site, (Welshscribe.co.uk) he has an audio of the Welsh singer Rhydian Roberts in his archives; he’s got a lovely voice and isn’t a bit like Tom Jones. ;)Many Welsh miners sing to bond and cheer themselves up; it’s a tough life.

  16. Patricia Says:

    Janice,
    I am all for popping over and hearing this fellow sing – how wonderful to find your comment here and a referral – awesome.

    I think I have Edin burr ah rolling off my tongue now! Thank you for that assistance too…:)

  17. Patricia Says:

    Janice,
    Lovely voice on that Welsh man – Thank you for the referral

  18. J.D. Meier Says:

    You have some great pics there. I love waterfalls and that one looks especially energizing and powerful, yet serene. Actually, it looks like poetry in motion.

  19. Talon Says:

    There’s something energizing about waterfalls. That one is gorgeous!

    It’s nice to admire human beauty, too. 😉

  20. Patricia Says:

    JD,
    I think my daughter did quite well on the photography and this water fall inspired the love poem and a love island across the water, when folks go to spoon on the Loch.

    Talon,
    All kinds of beauty in this world – just need to open one’s eyes to find it or ears to hear it!

  21. Jannie Funster Says:

    The Cardiff castle ceiling is truly a wonder.

    Yes, I was in Scotland a-fore ye, Patricia. Ten years ago.

    You certainly saw the sights.

    I LOVE Welch men, then again, I love most men, singing or not.

    And we have a Welsh love spoon! Was a wedding present.

  22. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    I also loved the frogs carved into the wood work at Cardiff Castle and moldings for the ceilings – I think we have some pictures of that too.

    Janice at SharingtheJourney sent me to hear Rhydian Roberts ( I think I have that correct) a contemporary Welsh male singer – very good. I found a post at welshscribe.co.uk