This family were not total strangers, we had visited them previously.
We went to the local school and learned to sing Welsh songs and to count in Welsh.
We were quite happy and were being cared for, though the surroundings were very strange. The cottage was an end of terrace building with two downstairs rooms and two upstairs rooms. The staircase was no more than a strong ladder in the corner of the front room and we were told to come down backwards because it was safer.