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St Dwynwen's Day
Posted on 14th January 2020

The Welsh Valentines Day, St Dwynwen’s Day

But what is it about and who is St Dwynwen?
St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated in Wales on 25 January.
St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.

Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and legend has it that she was one of the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters. Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else.

Dwynwen was so upset that she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.

He then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. 
Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed.
Her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers 
and third, that she should never marry. 
 
All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God’s service for the rest of her life.

She founded a convent on Llanddwyn, off the west coast of Anglesey, where a well, named after her, became a place of pilgrimage after her death in 465AD. Visitors to the well believed that the sacred fish or eels that lived in the well could foretell whether or not their relationship would be happy and whether love and happiness would be theirs. Remains of Dwynwen’s church can still be seen today.
In Wales we are known for our big hearts and love for our tradition. So why not give the perfect traditional Welsh gift on St Dwynwen’s Day and present your loved one with a unique hand carved Welsh lovespoon.

Love spoons have been given as courting gifts between lovers in Wales since the early 17th century and how wonderful is it that we still carry on this tradition in 2020.
The Welsh lovespoon is like giving your loved one a poem that is in the form of a carved spoon, romantic, thoughtful and something that can be kept forever.
Each symbol with a meaning and made with love.
For example a knot, to show that your love is everlasting and that you will be together forever. A lock to show that you will provide a home and security. Commas that are soul signs. There are many more, romantic right?

At The Lovespoon Gallery we have the most beautiful collection, we have worked very hard over the past 30 years to show the best carvers and keep this wonderful tradition.

So why wait until Valentines day to show your loved one how special they are, gift them a Welsh Lovespoon three weeks early on our special day, St Dwynwen’s Day.
 
 
 
 
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Welsh Rugby Love Spoon
Posted on 23rd September 2019

 

Rugby World Cup: Rhys Carre's love spoon task

 
Media captionWales prop Carre and the love spoon

Rugby players are usually known for robust tackling on the pitch - but one Welshman is spreading a bit of love at the World Cup.

And it comes in the form  of a beautifully carved Welsh lovespoon.

Wales' youngest player in Japan, Rhys Carre, 21, has explained to bemused journalists and locals about the carved piece of wood he has with him.

"It is tradition for the youngest player of the team to walk around with this at all the events," he said.

"The person who made it wanted to show their love for our country."

But it is a Welsh gesture of love that pre-dates not just the tournament but rugby itself, going back 400 years.

The prop, who has joined the English club Saracens, says the feathers represent "the fighting men", the harp "the singing voices" and the daffodil "the national emblem".

Rhys Carre
Image captionAs the youngest member of the squad, Rhys Carre has been entrusted with the spoon

The former Cardiff Blues star said he was "honoured" to have the spoon, but had already mislaid it a few times.

"The only problem is I think the rest of the boys like to hide it from me," he explained.

It falls on the youngest member of each squad to carry the spoon around - with Dragons centre Tyler Morgan entrusted with it during the last World Cup. 

However, the gesture goes far beyond a tour ritual.  In 2003 The Lovespoon Gallery in Mumbles provided the new mascot for the Team to travel to Australia. They wanted a unique piece of Wales and our culture to be with them wherever they travelled.  It proved to be an inspiration in the 2003 World Cup as they began their successful tour. It has been with them ever since. 

The inspiring meaning of this powerful lovespoon design.   The links are the linking of individual players as a Team.  The Welsh Harp is the music and singing of Wales, a sound every player can still hear in his mind even on the other side of the World.  The Dragon is protecting and the Prince of Wales feathers for the Team emblem.   In essence they have the heart and soul of Wales with them.

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IMG_1417.JPGHuw Bennett receiving the Team's new mascot from The Lovespoon Gallery of Mumbles in 2003.  He was the youngest member of the team at the time and this has continued to be the Team tradition ever since.    IMG_1151.jpgGeorge North when he was the youngest player in the Team.

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Bees and Butterflies love The Lovespoon Gallery
Posted on 25th August 2019

It seems that our beautiful hand carved Welsh lovespoons are not the only reason for our wonderful visitors this Summer.

We have recently planted Mexican ornamental mint in our pots outside the Gallery and they are definately causing quite a buzz.

Not only are they lovely to look at and amazing to smell but the bees and beautiful butterflies are loving them too.

One visitor counted thirteen butterflies all enjoying the plants at one time.

Many customers have stopped outside to admire the bees and butterflies enjoying this delicious plant before coming in to visit the Gallery to admire the craftsmanship of our very talented carvers who display their lovespoons with us.

So if you are looking for plants to make your garden look beautiful and full of life, Mexican ornamental mint is perfect.

We are so pleased with how they have grown making The Lovespoon Gallery that little bit more wonderful.

 
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