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Penclawdd Pizza - Take-away Hiraeth | by Old Sawley Youth
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Penclawdd Pizza - Take-away Hiraeth

From the amazing King's Head Llangennith, at the end of The Gower Peninsula. It's got outstanding accommodation, great food, a warm welcome, and perfect ale from the local Gower Brewery.

 

Penclawdd is famous for cockle harvesting, and laver bread, the latter being nothing to do with Hovis, but seaweed with oatmeal. It's much more appetising than it looks.

 

And, of course, Welsh Bacon and egg, the latter from bilingual hens, no doubt.

 

I was in the area carrying out last rites for my dad's ashes, born in Swansea, and always a Swansea lad. He was going home for the last time...

 

Hiraeth is a Welsh word with no literal English translation, but refers to a Welsh exile's longing for his homeland, a mixture of melancholy, regret, and hope.

 

I thought I was simply going to scatter some earthly remains, but I found that being back in the area primed the grief pumps, as I remembered trips with the family to the area. I have a minimum 50% Welsh content, but on that trip, it felt like a lot more.

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Taken on July 27, 2012