Since it is our plan (as the Lord allows) to visit the U.K. sometime in the future and I have written this month about a visit to Ireland, England, and Scotland, I felt I should like to visit Wales and round it off. Now, Mrs. Herb has not found any ancestors there, yet, but the countryside looks so beautiful and I’m thinking the word rugged fits. According to the BBC, there are 3 national parks and 5 areas of natural beauty. 80% of the land is dedicated to agriculture.
“Okay, Herb,” someone said. Well, I think they said. It might be the voices again. I better check my meds… All right, I confess, I just made that up as a way to segue into what seems like a natural question, “Why Llangunllo?” Well, because. Actually, the real reason is that I follow the blog of a person who retired to that town. As with Lincoln, England, and Ireland, I haven’t included the names of people I know because they may not want their blog or their identity connected to where they live and I try to respect people’s privacy. Anyway, another reason is that in several Louis L’Amour books, you can find that the Sacketts are Welsh.
Anyway, my fellow blogger created a very complete and active website called, interestingly enough, the Llangunllo Community Website all about the village showing events and interesting history, and beautiful photographs. A church was built there by St. Cnyllo around 500 A.D. and the village sort of grew up around it so there is a lot of history to read. The church has been destroyed twice by invaders and rebuilt. The village also has a Youtube channel.
Besides my friend’s village, there is also a place in Wales, on the Island of Anglesey which is where Prince William and Princess Kate live. On this island is also the town with the longest place name in Europe, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
Likelihood of this happening within the next year: 0%
Likelihood of this happening in my lifetime (Lord willing, of course): 85%
Likelihood of running into someone I know or met on the Internet: 100%