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Ebrill 2004 April

From Bonnag to Bara Brith

We thought it was a mid life crisis when Paul and Chris Fisher told us their plans. We thought it would soon blow over. But, no, they planned to sell their beautiful home in a bluebell wood overlooking the south coast of the Isle of Man and move lock stock and dog to live between a pub and a chapel in the land of leeks and dragons!

This madness did not pass away and off they went on Celtic safari. Concerned for their well being we accepted their kind invitation to visit this Welsh outpost. We were full of misgivings and concern for our friends as we flew from the Isle of Man to Liverpool and were collected and driven to Carrog. Any doubts we had about their decision to move to a more suitable base for Paul’s growing Training Business were soon dispelled. Carrog with its stunning scenery, the lush greenery of the Welsh hills and countryside and the magical Dee sparkling through the Village and under the ancient stone bridge entranced us. We were captivated. My Celtic blood stirred and I experienced the same intangible sense of identity that had overtaken me when first visiting Brittany. But better was yet to come! Wherever we went we were met with a greatest friendliness and courtesy. Where are the Welsh people Ann Robinson met? Certainly not in Carrog! If people were conversing in Welsh when we arrived they changed to English for our benefit. We laughed with the locals in the Grouse and sang in Church with the regulars. I even was treated to a rendition of Happy Birthday by the Welsh congregation last September!

For several years, whenever possible we visit Carrog simply because Carrog is the sort of place one wants to be in.

We no longer worry about Paul and Chris’ sanity! Where better could our friends be than in beautiful Carrog amongst the kindest and most hospitable people imaginable?

Hopefully there will be more visits to Carrog in the future when we look forward to renewing friendships and sharing the Fishers journey from bonnag to barabrith.

Christine Bentley, Port St Mary, IOM.
(Bonnag is the traditional Manx bread. Recipe on next page. Ed.)

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