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““At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.”
― Salvador Dalí

What a day! The first part of it was spent leaving Wales, which took a really long time. We’ve decided that time moves differently in Wales and miles are measured in a strange way. It took around an hour to go 25 miles down the road, which isn’t normal!

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I was already thoroughly spoiled with a gorgeous Owl carving/candle holder from William that I had spied the day before in Hay-On-Wye (Photos being saved for another day!) But when I got home, there were even more presents from other family members, parents, sister and her boyfriend and so on.

Birthday cake

I now have my very own weather station, something that I’ve been intrigued in for quite some time and something that might seem quite geeky to get, but is actually quite awesome! I also had an amazing collage of childhood memory photographs organised in a ‘family’ box frame courtesy of my sister, along with lots of other bits and pieces. My parents had got me lots of bits and pieces, mainly featuring owls! I also got some beautiful jewellery, a lovely cookery book courtesy of Mary Berry and loads of other things. My boyfriends parents bought two gorgeous matching owl lamps (that somehow they knew I had my eye on since a while – see, thoroughly spoiled I did warn you!)

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After a really nice meal with the family, grandparents included, we headed back home for more presents (more owls!) There was also an owl charm for my bracelet, and lots of scarves and pretty bits. All in all, I’ve done fantastically well from turning twenty five and would love to do it all over again tomorrow. I haven’t photographed too much in the way of gifts, because who knows where they will feature in upcoming blog posts during the 365 challenge..

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The photos today are a bit of a mix, Birthday Cake (Traditionally made with all the chocolates on top), blossoms and sunsets and a few of the final Wales shots. We passed by Tintern Abbey on our way to England and actually I had been there two years ago to the day, so William very kindly took some snaps whilst we sped past.

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Mostly, I wanted to end with a huge thank you to everyone who made this day special. Becoming halfway to fifty years old is quite a momentous occasion and made all the more memorable by the people around me (some of whom I know will be reading this!)

“To my mind the life of the lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

Two more lambs were born overnight and another this morning followed in quick succession by another one! Most of the sheep seem to be having triplets or twins. It’s quite surreal looking down  onto the field and seeing a small bundle of lamb sitting there when it wasn’t even in the world a few minutes before! Once in the world, lambs are able to very quickly suss things out and are walking within a few minutes, drinking within a few more and moaning by the first hour of life!

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After another amazing breakfast of fresh sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes, we headed to Hay-On-Wye (The town of books!) Last time we visited it was a Sunday in October, hardly the busy bustling tourist season that we expected so we sort of had dubious thoughts about how amazing it would be today. We weren’t disappointed though!

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The town was buzzing with locals selling their handmade crafts, lots and lots of bookshops, plenty of craft and trinket shops and lots of pretty buildings! Hay-On-Wye also has its very own Gold Post Box courtesy of Paralympian Josie Pearson. In 2012, Josie achieved gold in Discus. Although not her home-town, Josie chose Hay-On-Wye because she spent a lot of time living there. The Royal Mail traditionally paints a post box gold in the hometown of gold medalist competitors during each Olympics.

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The car park was full by the time we decided to leave and we took a slow wander back to our base in Knighton. We had to take a detour when we saw signs to the Orgasmic Cider Company. It looked pretty deserted but the owner was happy to let us sample the different ciders that were on offer and we departed armed with a couple of bottles!  We continued on through beautiful scenery, dipping in and out of England along the way and the small glimpses of sunshine provided a bit of warmth.

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The afternoon was spent relaxing and reading and enjoying the views (and the sheep!) – tomorrow it’s time to head back home to Hampshire and to the prospect of turning 25 years old as it will be my Birthday ;)

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