I love mine. I am free to stomp thru as many giant puddles and muddy paths as I like. I feel like a 5 year old when I wear them. The word Wellie is a slang word for the Wellington Boot which is basically a rain boot. They’re called Wellies because they were made popular by none other than the Duke of Wellington himself. Wellington boots were very fashionable among the British aristocracy back in the early 1800’s but today everyone with a kid or a dog or the need to set foot in the out of doors in England owns a pair. I have some furry inserts I put in the bottom of mine in winter because they aren’t well insulated and I usually wear my ski socks with them too at this time of year.
Mostly though we admire the truly beautiful countryside that when you see it all you can think is how much you love this place and how you want to remember always what it feels like to walk across a farmer’s land and laugh at the sheep, to see a postbox around a narrow bend in a sleepy little village, to climb a hill and see nothing but wide open spaces stretching out in front of you, to walk thru woods filled with snowdrops and holly and conifers and laurel and have to step to the side of the trail so someone on horseback can pass you by.