Opportunities to spread the word come up in the most surprising places. After an afternoon of viewing houses in Gwynedd (I still live in Greater Manchester but I’ll be moving soon), I decided to view some potential “next visit” houses externally before heading home.
I found myself looking at a house in Clwt-y-Bont, near Deiniolen, which I had assumed was very strongly Welsh-speaking (like the other villages and towns I had spent the last few hours in). I was wearing my Welsh-speaking head to the extent that English actually felt a bit odd to hear.
Well, whilst surveying the garden from the road, it seemed right to explain what I was doing to a guy who was at the front of his house. So I explained how I was doing a quick external look at the house for sale just down the road from him (in Welsh, of course) and he apologised (in English) for not speaking Welsh. He confirmed my view that it was a “very Welsh” area, but I had found an exception.
Well, the guy knew a few words, but gave the familiar account about it being hard and needing to try … so obviously I advised him to Google for SSiW and blew my trumpet a bit about how it had worked for me and a lot of people I know about in the SSiW community. Hopefully he might follow up on my advice.