Thanks for popping in. Friday’s blog a private peak, right? Well, it’s Friday, it’s been quite a busy week, so Dave and I got away from the office early today, and decided to enjoy the lovely weather up on the Ashdown Forest. It has been very wet here darn sarf, so we went via the house and got our wellies on. For the benefit of our foreign friends, Wellies – short for Wellington Boots – are a kind of rubber footwear that folks often wear in bad weather, such as rain or snow, and also during muddy walks, as was the case today…
His and hers. Here we see our well loved wellies. I bought mine a few years ago when we went to the Glastonbury festival. Best buy EVER!!! Best festival ever too! Certainly one to remember. We were so knackered wading through the mud that we couldn’t even face Adele headlining on Saturday night at the Pyramid stage! Mind you, we had seen her at the 02 with Paul in the March before, so there was no FOMO! Check out the mudbath!! Carnage.
Anyway. Back to today. Same wellies and up on the forest we went. Oh boy! Was it muddy! But no problemo with wellies on!
Let’s have a little trivia session, shall we? Did you know…
- Wellies are named after their inventor, Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington. He asked his shoemaker to modify his riding boots, and the rest as they say is history. Wellington led the British Army to victory against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, and folks – especially British aristocracy – started wearing his new style of boot, too. The name “Wellingtons” stuck.
- Wellies were originally made of leather, but in 1856, the North British Rubber Company (famous today for the brand Hunter Boots) started manufacturing rubber Wellies, making them 100% waterproof.
- Wellies became popular in both Britain and across the globe after the 2 world wars. During both wars, the North British Rubber Company was commissioned to produce rain boots for soldiers in an effort to stop “trench foot”. When soldiers brought the boots home, farmers and those working in harsh weather conditions adopted the footwear because it kept feet warm and dry.
- Wellies were originally only one color: black. In 1956, Hunter Boots introduced green boots. Today, you can buy wellies in all colours and crazy designs.
- In some countries, it’s considered proper rain boot etiquette to wear “lived-in” wellies. Well, that’s Dave and me then! Stylishly muddy!
So we were chomping across the forest today, and a fella was lobbing a ball for his dog, using one of those boomerang type lobbing things. Probably called a dog ball thrower.
Dave : “Never had those gadgets in my dog days…I couldn‘t throw a ball now to save my life. Mind you, I did win the Welly Wanging Competition back in the day…. by a country mile!”
Barb: “The Welly what?!?”
And then Dave proceeded to tell me all about Welly Wanging. Yep. It‘s a thing! And little did I know that I was married to a Champion Welly Wanger!
So I thought I‘d write a little homage to Dave, the Trophy Winning Welly Wanger.
I’m not a welly wanger, I’m a welly wanger‘s wife
But I shan’t be wanging wellies –
It’s Dave’s Welly Wanger Life!
He wangs the welly far and he wangs the welly high;
He’s a super welly wanger is my welly wanger guy!
So there you have it. Dave the Champion Welly Wanger. Who knew…