Regular readers of our blog will know we have a feature called ‘A panad with…’ (‘A cup of tea with…’.) where we ask interesting people quick questions about food, philosophy, and life. Over the years, one of our favourite questions has come to be ‘describe Wales in five words.’ A little constraint makes some people very creative with their answers.
For St David’s Day, we thought it would be nice to gather some of our highlights together to celebrate our home. So here they are. From Sir Terry Wogan to Sir Ken Hom, and plenty of people in between, here’s how our small country is summed up.
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GREGSON: Wet, but still incredibly beautiful
BUTTER MAKER GRANT HARRINGTON: Surf, dragons, daffodils, rugby-rivals, earth
THE MARRAM GRASS HEAD CHEF ELLIS BARRIE: Beautiful, welcoming, community, adventure, food
GUARDIAN WRITER ANNA JONES: Wild lands, warm people, home
NATIONAL TREASURE SIR TERRY WOGAN: Land of song and laverbread
OWNER OF NOM NOM CHOCOLATE LIAM BURGESS: Determination, adventure, creativity, curiosity, magic
OWNER OF FATTIE’S BAKERY CHLOE THIMMS: Wild, comforting, fresh, bountiful & hilly
HALEN MÔN CO-FOUNDER ALISON LEA-WILSON: Proud, farsighted, inclusive, beautiful, nurturing
CHEF TOMOS PARRY: ‘Hiraeth’, rugby, daffodils, Welsh poetry
NANTMOOR MUSHROOM’S CO-FOUNDER CYNAN JONES: Fascinating, inspirational, frustrating and home
DYLAN’S RESTAURANT CO-FOUNDER ROBIN HODGSON: Wild, wonderful, wet, windy and wistful
DO LECTURES CO-FOUNDER DAVID HIEATT: Humble. Humour. Honest. Community. Creative.
FOOD WRITER SIGNE JOHANSON: Beautiful, serene, friendly, melodic, welcoming
CHEF KEN HOM: A place with great food
FOOD WRITER LEE WATSON: Friendly, historic, music, poetry, mountains
All images: Jess Lea-Wilson