About me

I’ve got one foot a whole size bigger than the other and I’ve never had a pair of shoes that fit properly.

In my left eye, below the lower lid, I have a blood vessel vein thingy in the shape of a heart. The more creative and spiritual part of me likes to think it’s because I look at the world through love filled eyes… Or at least my left eye does. My right eye is obviously the more cynical of the two.

I’m generally quite a private person, and tend to keep a lot of my thoughts to myself. I thought this might be a good way of expressing some of them though.

No doubt some of them will make sense, and some of them won’t, but at least they’ll exist somewhere else other than just in me.

I’m a Daughter, a Sister, an Auntie, a Godmother, and a friend…. I love my family and friends very much, but probably don’t say that as often as I could.

My actual name is Bethan, but I get called a variety which include… Bethanage, Pritch, BP, Bupps, Bethies….I’ll answer to all of them..

I’m Welsh and I’ve got two cats called Minnie & Cochen…Minnie works on the doors as a bouncer in the rugby club opposite my house, and Cochen is studying Performing Arts at university… She hopes to become an actress one day….

I did have another cat called Cooper, but he ran away a few years ago to open a laundrette in Mexico and design shoes.


20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steve Walters
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 00:53:47

    Come on Bethanage’, fill in something for this About page – at least a profile and/or description as to where ‘Bethanage’ stems?


  2. donna773
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 03:33:29

    Hi Bethan, I just left a comment on your blog and have just looked at your profile. So weird because I am also Welsh (spent my youth in Cardiff, Caerphilly and Pontypridd). Also, the guy in the article I mentioned is from Ponty, though we actually met in a remote urbanisation on the Costa Blanca. I also have two cats at my home in Spain (plus four other regular visitors that I feed!) and at one time had SEVEN! They are the most amazing animals. You don’t own them, they own you! By the way, you write very well – what do you do for a living? Donna (www.grumpyoldgran.com)


    • bethanage
      Dec 24, 2010 @ 17:16:12


      Thanks so much for your comments.
      I was born in Neath, and I was brought up in Swansea. I actually lived in Pontypridd though until I was 4.

      I love cats too. I love the attitude they have, and I love their arrogance, but I also love the vulnerable side to them which usually only cat owners see and understand.

      I’m not sure who said it, but one of my favourite quotes is
      ‘Cats were once worshipped as Gods and they have not forgotten this’!!

      That, along with

      ‘If cats could speak, they’d lie to you’!

      It’s good to know that you are keeping cats across Europe well fed and well loved!

      Thanks for your kind comment regarding my writing. Considering the field you built a career in, that’s a big compliment to me!
      I’m very new to this, so I’m still finding my feet and trying to understand and develop a style, or my style.
      At the moment, I manage a small accounts team for an Insurance company. A good friend suggested I start a blog, as I’ve become quite interested in penning my thoughts… So here I am!
      Take care


  3. thepaulohana
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 20:21:29

    Nice to met you Bethies, I am Christina 🙂


  4. Moira Pritchard
    Dec 25, 2010 @ 13:10:42

    I always said if I had a little girl, I’d call her Bethan. It was always my favourite name. I was priveleged to give birth to a little girl, a sister to her big brother Alan. I thought the only other version of her name could possibly be Beth. I have been amazed by how many version of Bethan there can be from her friends & some of the family!!! She is, & will always be, Bethan to me!!!!!


  5. Sarah Bennett
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 20:08:04

    In the depths of Xmas sickness I could sink no lower and watched Dances with Wolves… of little interest but Michael asked me “What would your Indian name be?” Thought it might be something for you to ponder once all the versions of Bethan have dried up!
    Sarah x


  6. Steve Walters
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 22:12:52

    As promised… ‘Your Book Dedications/Notes’.

    Ok, I don’t know what you call the bits that we all write inside the cover of a book that we are giving as a present. But, here’s some interesting one’s that you’ve written to my wfie & I…

    To: bec.
    Book: ‘The Wonderful Weekend Book’.
    What you wrote Inside Front Cover:
    “Because how you spend your time matters…
    Because Family & Friends Matter…
    Because time spent with them matters the most…
    Enjoy! x”

    To: Steve (me).
    Book: ‘The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes’.
    What you wrote Inside Front Cover:
    “The First thing behind every
    creative door is a backdraft
    of fun & other nonsense!
    Enjoy ! x”

    You’ve written many others; none of which I have to hand.

    Thanks friend. Ciao Ciao.
    ” Think ‘Why Not?’, not, ‘Why?’ “


    • bethanage
      Jan 13, 2011 @ 22:14:38

      Thankyouage Stevenage for your post and continued support! Very much appreciated and if there is a market for writing messages in books, then I might be the girl for it!


  7. aquatom1968
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 22:42:12

    Hi Bethan, your blog looks good!
    Thanks for commenting on mine this evening, I’ll have a good old nosy through your posts when I have a little more time! Back soon… bye for now! 😀


  8. kosmobarbara
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 17:38:45

    OMG, love the description of your cats! I can imagine them SO vividly 😀


  9. penpusherpen
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 10:08:23

    HI Bethan,
    I came in answer to your lovely comment, and, as I usually do, I answer first on my page, then I come ‘a calling’ to see the commenteer in person, sort of thing… Lovely introduction page, says a lot about you and your sense of fun and view of this world…I hope you hear from Cooper now and again, to let you know how business is doing in Mexico..(I love to say that as Meh-he-co) and if he’s settled in or not…If my Bess (Border Collie) travelled to find herself out in the wide blue yonder I’d be forever wondering if she was ok, .. 🙂 …not that I’m worried she’d do that, she has me well and truly trained and Her Maj’ as I call her (whispered aside) knows which side her breads buttered!! …
    Bendigedig! is a fantastic sounding word, (I’m probably pronouncing it wrong) … and I think I could apply to your blog too…I’ve enjoyed my look around and hope to call back and take my time to trawl through your lovely pages…bye for now…and many thanks for dropping by and commenting..


  10. Androgoth
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 22:04:26

    I have just landed on your Space
    from Aquatom’s…

    You have many postings to view
    and so I will return and take a long
    browse on the morrow, until then
    do have a most exquisite evening.



  11. Sonia graham
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 13:02:58

    Bethan love ur site.u r very talented! I was looking for some apt words for my new goddaughter and saw ur poem which was beautiful. I see you have given permission for them to be used. Please could I?


    • bethanage
      Jul 27, 2012 @ 22:24:09

      Hi Sonia,
      Thanks for the lovely compliment.
      Feel free to use them, and I hope you enjoy being a Godmother. It’s a magical title and a wonderful responsibility…


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