Mr J and myself often used to travel to Cardiff for the Six Nations before we had the kids - in the time where hotel prices weren't extortionate and you could get many last minute deals on various websites.
But after the kids came along we could no longer afford to go, so we used to make a fuss at home during the championship - daffodils in every vase, an abundance of home made chicken and leek pies, Welsh cider and everyone in red shirts. But somehow I feel that over the years it's lost a little of it's appeal for me.
There used to be a time when we would watch with passion and dedication no matter how badly we were losing, and often feel sad that we were unable to actually be there in Cardiff. But these days, for some reason, it doesn't feel the same and we don't make a fuss any more.
Well, this could have something to do with it I suppose. I remember when it was available in HD on S4C - it was fabulous. Then they went back to poor picture quality, so bad in fact that one time we watched in in HD on the BBC with the sound muted and live Radio Cymru coverage in the background!
Actually going to Cardiff for the games has become extortionately expensive. Hotels have really hiked their prices up and ticket prices are really high. You need about £500 for two people to be able to attend a weekend game.
I'm sure that play quality and consistency in play quality also has an effect. But it really doesn't feel the same as it used to be.