Friday, 7 August 2009

Is Cardiff in Wales?

I've just had the strangest conversation. I've just been to visit my old Dad, and while I was there his neighbour, Brenda, dropped in for a chat and a cuppa.

Now, Brenda is a lovely, lovely lady and Dad always enjoys a visit from her, but it has to be said that she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

We got onto the subject of holidays and I mentioned that we had just been to Wales for a week.

Brenda: Oh, is that the same Wales I go to?
Me: Yes....I imagine it is.
Brenda: I go to North Wales, but what I can't understand is why South Wales is such a long way from it.
Me: Erm....well, yes because it's in the south.
Brenda: Is Cardiff in South Wales?
Me: Yes
Brenda: Y'see, that's what I don't understand, because Cardiff is next to London isn't it?
Me:, it's not, it's in south Wales.
Brenda: But London's in the south too, so they must be close to each other.

God love her, she was a trifle confused about the geography of the British Isles, but after a quick sketch and a few labels I think she got it.

Then she asked me where my girls where.

Me: Oh, they've just gone to France with their Dad for two weeks.
Brenda: that next to Wales?

I kid you not. I came away feeling amused but incredulous at how someone can be so unaware of their country and continent. Unbelievable.

PS. I have included a map for any non-UK readers of my blog, who may not be familiar with the geography, and not to insult anyone's intelligence! I live in North West England.


The wife of bold said...

Bless her she sounds funny but hard work - and i thought my geography was bad!

notSupermum said...

WoB, she was very good humoured about it, and we did have a laugh about it actually.

Tessa - Devon and Cornwall are next to each other in the South West. St. Mary Mead is a fictional village I think, but I always imagined it would be somewhere in the Home Counties where there are lots of cute villages. Btw, your namesake is settling in here nicely :-)

Audi said...

And here I thought Americans were the only ones with such shockingly poor knowledge of geography!

Nicola said...

this is so funny. and i thought my geography was bad. btw - love your new addition to the family! i intend to adopt a greyhound when i return to the UK. such lovely gentle dogs. look forward to hearing more about her and how she is settling in x

notSupermum said...

Audi, glad I was able to help out with that!

Nicola, thanks - Tess is a very placid dog and I'm so pleased we adopted her. There are hundreds of retired racing greyhounds looking for homes - you won't regret it.

Maternal Tales said...

Oh I live in the South East - I'm so far from you!!! (And thanks for including the map, because I would never have known otherwise)!! Bless Brenda - at least she provided you with material for a good blog post. Got to love her for that.

PS - yes it really is me...and not an imposter...I'm still here. Sorry I haven't been round in so long. I'll make it up to you xxxx

liv said...

If you think about it, Cardiff is as close to London as some suburbs are to major cities in the states.... It's just not "relatively" close so to speak.

notSupermum said...

Emily, so good to hear from you again....yes, funny isn't it that when something like this happens you immediately think 'good item for the blog'.

Liv, thanks for visiting - yes, you're absolutely right of course. I just expected her to have a little more awareness of her own country!

see you there! said...

So, uh, where is Wales??? HAHAHA I do admit having to consult a map once in awhile while reading fiction about the various Henry's.

I like maps anyhow.


notSupermum said...

Darla, but you're forgiven because you don't live in the UK! I like looking at maps too, especially old ones.

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

I love conversations like that, they are just so bizarre you can't quite believe that you've just had them.

Tess looks amazing. We're umming and ahhing about adopting a stray here, I'm leaning towards having her, especially when I see pictures of Tess looking so relaxed and happy.

notSupermum said...

Brit/Fraught - Tess has only been here a week, but she has really become one of the family already. She's a real sweetheart. I think it's great if you want a dog to get one from a rescue centre. Let me know what you decide to do.

Insomniac Mummy said...

Hehehee! I shouldn't laugh, I dropped geography before I did GCSE's.

Mind you, I think I know where Cardiff to London, right?


notSupermum said...

Insomniac Mum - thanks for visiting, and yes you're spot on with your knowledge of the UK!