Since returning from holiday, come 10 pm, when the baby is in bed and our D.I.Y tasks have been completed, Dylan's Thomas's comforting lilt can be heard from our house. Indeed, since we returned from Wales we have gone a little Dylan Thomas mad and are ploughing our way through the many gems we have found on you tube. My partner is a big Thomas fan and I would call myself a fan. We planned our little South West Wales jaunt to take in a bit of Dylan Thomas country as a way of celebrating 100 years of Thomas. We took in the Gower Peninsula, Swansea and the Mumbles and took a day trip to Laugharne. The Gower Peninsula is beautiful I recommend you visit. The main exhibition room at the Dylan Thomas Centre is being refurbished I recommend you don't drive in to Swansea, twice, in hope of seeing this!
Alan introduced me to Thomas when we first met and I have fuzzy, hazy memories of falling asleep to 'A Childs Christmas in Wales' and 'Under Milk Wood'. I must admit to struggling to connect with some of his poetry when I read it dry from the page. Taking the time however to absorb some of the city and countryside that influenced his work really invigorated my interest and allowed me to revisit some of his poems with fresh eyes
We took a trip to Laurgne which is such a sweet little town. Dylan Thomas lived here for two short periods of his life and spoke very fondly of the place. Many people believe that the town was an influence for the village of Llareggub in 'Under Milk Wood' We were totally absorbed in Laugharne , we lost a few hours until we saw that ours was the last car in the car park and realised that it was way passed Frieda's dinner time. We got chips and sat in the car sheltering from the rain before driving home. Alan said that this ritual meant we were a' proper' family. Happy times.
For all you non Thomas fans I apologise for the random photos of what is Thomas's writing shed, a hotel he used to drink in, and the photo of the rocky headland is Worms head a special place he used to visit. Still with me? Well done, I realise we had a bit of an anaorakish holiday in more ways than one.