Seems like the world has fallen apart since I last wrote… first Brexit, the shootings in America, the Nice attack, the Munich shootings, the Turkish coup… I am probably forgetting some other horrors. It’s all so unsettling and scary! What is happening with the world?!
I wrote on the night of the EU referendum and went to sleep without thinking much more about it. Aled was up at 5:30 AM and woke me with the words “We’re leaving.” I was in a relatively deep sleep so was completely confused. “Leaving where?” I asked. And then it all came flooding in.
To say we were shocked is an understatement — as was virtually everyone I know! As I work at an organisation whose mission is to develop internationally minded young people who will create a more peaceful world, most of us were completely flabbergasted. Why on earth would anyone want to leave the EU? In this age of international trade, it seemed totally inconceivable.
We were glued to BBC news and Facebook as the events of the day unfolded — Cameron’s resignation, the plummeting stock market, the falling pound, the obvious lack of leadership in the pathetic Leave campaign, the number of people coming forward to say that they didn’t realise that by voting “Leave” the UK would actually have to leave the EU, the lies about the NHS funds… We signed the petition for a 2nd EU referendum over the weekend as Leave leader after Leave leader resigned. Nothing like throwing in the towel after screwing up the country!
It’s been a strange time in the aftermath. I’m pretty furious with the people who voted to leave but I’m still coming to grips with why. Is it democracy I’m mad about? Not really, I think democracy is a nice idea. Is it that people voted differently than I did? Perhaps, but not exactly. Some people have perfectly valid reasons for having voted to leave, and I can respect the ones that thought things through.
The problem I have with the EU referendum outcome is this: I think a large number of voters cast their vote to show their contempt for problems which aren’t a result of the UK being a member of the EU. Immigration isn’t going to stop completely when we leave the EU. There won’t be more jobs by leaving the EU. The NHS isn’t going to miraculously improve when we leave the EU. The shocking divide between rich and poor isn’t going to disappear when we leave the EU.
Many admit they were “protest voters” who were “fed up with the status quo”. But as far as I can tell, leaving the EU isn’t go to solve many of the problems they cited. Worse yet, I think a lot of our tax dollars are going to be spent on legal fees disentangling ourselves from the laws and institutions that were put in place exactly for the purpose of tying all these countries so tightly together so they would never fight again. And I don’t think the outcome (should it ever actually be achieved!) is actually going to improve Britain’s position in the world. In short, I think it’s going to cost an arm and a leg for very little actual benefit.
Oh it’s so infuriating! Honestly if the Leave campaign had a plan perhaps I wouldn’t be so mad. But you all know how unimpressed I am when there’s no coherent plan. And that idiotic Labour party! Now’s the time to come together and triumph — not disintegrate into a steaming pile of…
Perhaps I should move onto more mundane happenings of less global importance. Here we are on a trip to the Wye Valley, a very pretty part of the country just to the northeast of Cardiff. This is a nice little town called Ross-on-Wye…
… where some of the buildings date back to the 1500s.
We explored the river at Symonds Yat — sadly the camera was forgotten in the car — it was a beautiful gorge with nice pubs on the side. Then past Tintern Abbey, an incredible site. I’ve just read about it on Wiki — it was inhabited by monks between 1136 and 1536, until King Henry the VIII’s “Dissolution of the Monasteries”.
We continue to take advantage of our National Trust membership and headed out to Tredegar House near Newport — a fitting visit as the house was home to the Morgan family for over 500 years!
As with many National Trust properties, the grounds are beautiful and well-maintained and just lovely to walk around and enjoy.
Closer to home, we managed to get out in a row boat on Roath Park Lake which was enjoyed by all the Morgan Evans. Here we are inside a willow tree:
Yes this was actually intentional — just re-living some of my favourite moments of the Little Mermaid! (Yes, the Disney movie which had a far greater impact on my life than one could ever imagine.)
Weekend before last we were in Pembrokeshire to catch up with some friends and family, including Anne H and Allan (cousins on Steve’s side), and Sarah, Alwyn and girls (cousins on Anne’s side). Charlotte and Pete were visiting from Arizona with new baby Jack and older sister Sophie.
Here’s Morgy and Charlotte with a sheep at Charlotte’s parents in the Gwaun Valley.
And Morgy and Sophie feeding the pigs!
By then I had returned to Cardiff to get back to work but left the boys to enjoy the beautiful weather. You can’t beat Pembrokeshire on a sunny day! This is Ceibwr Bay, a hidden treasure (probably because no one can pronounce the damn place)
Morgy and Nanna, no doubt throwing stones in the water…
And here with Taidi enjoying a cup of tea in the afternoon.
There have been more interesting happenings in the past month, but this post is getting far too long and I am getting far too tired. I will try to write again soon to let you know, and to share pics of our most recent visitor! I will end with a cute picture of Morgy — caption along the lines of “Hallelujah, praise the Lord, the sun is shining in Wales!”