It’s not every day that Ingrid Tarrant asks to borrow a bath towel…

…It was some years ago that we moved to Llanwrtyd on a whim and with little or no thought and even less planning and preparation.  All our best decisions are made of the cuff and following the heart.  Never has a good decision been made from weighing up the pros and cons and doing a cost analysis – i can use both buying a flat off plan in Southend and investing pension money in Equitable Life as two very costly examples of trying to be grown up and sensible.

“Spirit in the Sky” Statue of Red Kite in Llanwrtyd Town Square

John and I prefer to go with what feels right, with an ‘it’ll be right’ attitude to how it will all work out.  (At this point I have to admit that John has always been much better at this than I when it comes to playing the “What If ” game – but I am pretty much getting the hang of it).

Cerdyn Villa B&B – our Rural home here in the Heart of Wales

We know it and love it as the “HOME OF BOGSNORKELLING”.  It is  a USP that opitimises our life & this lovely little town –  quirky, interesting, fun, and friendly – always up for a laugh, showing visitors a good time.  Not many towns (or villages) are lucky enough to have a real USP.  Businesses spend thousands on think tanks to identify these.  We have this one handed to us on a plate – or rather, through the enthusiasm, determination and imagination of Mr Gordon Green – creator of our many quirky events.  Together with a go-getting community of tireless volunteers who make these things happen year on year.

Great! The M&Sshortbread tin, available throughout the UK depicts Wales as "World Bogsnorkelling"
Great! The M&Sshortbread tin, available throughout the UK depicts Wales as “World Bogsnorkelling”

Moving from the outskirts of London our friends there might wonder that we would not ‘miss the excitement’, ‘ have nothing to do’, ‘ be bored’ .  To be honest we didn’t think about any such issues before we came nor did we think about how active we would end up being either.  In all my years B.L. (Before llanwrtyd)  I never met, spoke to , or had anything to do with journalists, TV crews or people in the public eye.  But here its almost a weekly occurrence.  Yesterday I was chatting to CNN about the rules of Bogsnorkelling and liaising with National Geographic channel who are sending a film crew.  We’ve had Paddy McGuiness, Griff-Rhys Jones, CNN, CBS, So TV, the list goes on.

Some years back Chris and Ingrid Tarrant, before their acrimonious split , were here filming a series about a road trip around Wales.  You may have seen the first series where they traveled around England.  Anyway, there was Ingrid ready to jump in the Bog and give it a go…. but she didn’t have a towel….

John & I with Ingrid and Chris Tarrent - Ingid, post - bogsnorkel -  wrapped in my towel
John & I with Ingrid and Chris Tarrent – Ingid, post – bogsnorkel – wrapped in my towel

Me with Chris Tarrant

Interesting things happen when you open your eyes and you least expect them.  Live it, love it.

We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.”
Will Rogers

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Rose Tinted Ramblings

I'm Bernice but unless I'm in trouble, it's Berni. I laugh heartily; love wholely and live completely. I write what I think. Sometimes its fun, sometimes its political, sometimes its frustration, or angst. Always its real and heartfelt. I now live in Mid Wales having found a home with my family (John, my parner and Jason, our son) here in Llanwrtyd Wells where everyday eccentricity is celebrated. a place in the UK that attracts those from outside the mainstream and has created an identity based on its quirkiness. A perfect home for someone like me who tends not to follow the crowd, doesn't have a quiet laugh, and tends to speak first, think later! Life has reached a juncture where I have become aware that when you live your life through rose-tinted spectacles, every experience becomes one including joy, laughter, friends, meetings, experiences and great memories. Having always fancied being a columnist I figured why not share my rose-tinted ramblings with anyone out there who might want to listen- and if no-ones out there, why not write them anyway - bit like a public diary - but hey I have no dirty little secrets that I'm not prepared to share....!!!!

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