I've been in Wales now for about 36 hours. Already I've had three cups of tea made for me by various Welshwomen.
I remember when I first came to America, to California, and was surprised to discover that rarely would anyone offer to make me a cup of tea, and I have to say I thought it quite rude until I realized that it was just one of those cultural differences.
But Thelma, my parents' neighbor, discovered me sitting in the car in my parents parking spot, waiting for my sister yesterday, and had me come in the house and made me tea and sat me down for a chat with her and her husband Bryn. And every time I go to visit my parents in their new care home, the caregivers make me tea.
Very nice. A very civilized country. Sorry. Civilised, with an "s".
We will have to make sure everyone has tea, while they're here. And welshcakes.
By the way, the weather is very pleasant over here, quite warm by the late afternoon, and sunny. It's supposed to hold in this pattern for most of next week. I haven't seen any Welsh daffodils in flower, but I've seen some very close to flower. And a few lambs.
Did I mention that the daffodil is the Welsh national flower?