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Welsh farmer has same supper every day for 10 years – even Christmas Day

17 Apr 2021 3 minute read
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A Welsh farmer has had the same supper very day for 10 years – even on Christmas Day.

Wilf Davies, 72, who has lived in the Teifi valley all his life, explained that he has a “routine” and that it “extends” to what he eats.

The farmer, who has only left Wales once, to visit a farm in England, has a flock of sheep, and he added that they “never ask for anything different for supper”.

He revealed in a column for The Guardian that for his supper he has two pieces of fish, one big onion, an egg, baked beans as well as a few biscuits.

For lunch he has a pear, an orange and four sandwiches with paste, but he says he will have some soup if it’s cold to allow himself a “bit more variety”

According to Davies, he is “not interested in other food”, and has never had Chinese, Indian or French cuisine.

He said: “This valley is cut in the shape of my heart. I once visited a farm in England, about 30 years ago; that was the only time I left Wales.

“Many of the friends I grew up with left to find work in the big cities. As a young man, I was offered a job in Scotland on the oil rigs, but I could never leave.

“My heart belongs here with the birds and the trees. I knew, if I left, I’d be thinking about my valley the whole time, so what would be the point? All I want is right here.

“I have a routine, just like nature. That extends to what I eat. I’ve had the same supper for 10 years, even on Christmas Day: two pieces of fish, one big onion, an egg, baked beans and a few biscuits at the end.

“For lunch I have a pear, an orange and four sandwiches with paste. But I allow myself a bit more variety; I’ll sometimes have soup if it’s cold.”

‘What I want’ 

He added: “When I go to the supermarket, I know exactly what I want. I’m not interested in other food. I’ve never had Chinese, Indian, French food.

“Why change? I’ve already found the food I love. It would be a job to alter me. My uncle, a bachelor and farmer like me, had the same food for every meal.

“He had bread, butter, cheese and tea for breakfast, lunch and dinner (although he would bring out the jam for visitors).

“Whether it’s Easter Day or Christmas Day, being a farmer means every day is the same. The animals still need to be fed.

“Feeding the sheep and seeing how happy they are makes me happy, too. They never ask for anything different for supper.

“People might think I’m not experiencing new things, but I think the secret to a good life is to enjoy your work. I could never stay indoors and watch TV. I hear London is a place best avoided.”

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