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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Thursday night, Louie, Titsch and I went out for drinks and food at St. Orres, an upscale restaurant near Gualala. Louie had heard that they had a new bar menu (dinners are in the $40 range), so off we went. We had a great time. Wild boar tacos $2.50 each. Big seafood quesadilla $10.00. Good! We each got a drink, then a bottle of red wine (there goes our low-cost night out).
   It's a great building. Redwood, lots of light, some unique doors sheathed in copper. Attention to detail. They rent little cabins in the garden for around $150.

Titsch is a Welshman, last name Jones. My mom's maiden name was Virginia Jones, so we're distant cousins. (I once heard that there were 350,000 Jones's in Wales, as well as a separate Jones phone book.)
   For the toast to our first drink, Titsch said, "yaccudda" — pronounced "yakki da." (On Google it comes out as "yachydda.")

We started talking about the Welsh language and Titsch said the longest place name in Europe was a Welsh town, which he recited, much to our delight: "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch:"


He said the name meant something like "St. Mary's church at the foot of the hill beside a willow tree next to whirling brook and a red cave."
Wikipedia details here.

8 comments:

Carol said...

Thanks so much for that. I'm a Jones too.
Sounds like a wonderful night.

limewindow said...

Ha Lloyd - that night sounds like good crack - or in other words, excellent fun! The Welsh are a tonic when it comes to poetry, song, and long words. All the time I've been following your blog I suspected you had a deep stripe of CELT in you - so Jones it is - very good! Virginia Jones - even better! Keep her lit.

Anonymous said...

well Lloyd, it is nice to hear of folks getting together and the goings on ... in fact, i might say your post was "smile inducing"...

Gill said...

Sounds like a great time... one wonders how far into that bottle of wine you were when the video was shot... ;-)

Gill

Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd

It's good to be recognised as a separate country, most of your fellow countrymen have not heared of Wales(Cymru. They always speak of the UK as England, not recognising that the United Kingdom is made up of three separate countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northen Ireland.

I have to comment i check your blog on a daily basis and am looking forward to your next book.

As a previous comment states you have a stripe of Celt in you, we Welsh are the original Britions (Brythionic/Prydain) we were forced to the far West of the British Isles, an example of this being the County of Cornwall was once knowen as West Wales, the similarity of place names will confirm this.

Anyway keep up the blog, it's brilliant.

David

Carpenter, Chartered Builder, Chartered Environmentalist

Rhondda,Glamorgan, South Wales

Cymru am Byth (Wales forever)

Moon to Moon said...

He he, I have been there. My parent s live in Snowdon National Park. Wales is , in my opinion, the coolest place ever!! It has a dragon on its flag... you can beat that xx

Anonymous said...

there is a Welsh word used in the US - unusual in that it contains no vowels:
cwm

Anonymous said...

cwm - means "valley"

David

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