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“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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“Why are terms of endearment always food? Honey, cookie, sugar, pumpkin. Its not like caring about someone is enough to actually sustain you.”
― Jodi Picoult

Today, Buddy was subjected to the most awful of experiences as we posed and prodded him with the Halloween/Autumn display we traditionally have outside every year. However, I think Buddy secretly enjoyed it…

In 2009, when the tradition began, Star was the dog of the house (and still is despite what Buddy thinks) and posed beautifully next to the Halloween display. Her image from three years ago is shown below to give an idea…

This year, Star ventured out but only to show Buddy the ropes. She decided that she was many years beyond lowering the tone and posing with  a scarecrow but she was happy to show Buddy how it was done instead. And of course, William was on hand to make sure that Buddy stayed put!

Our Halloween decorating was kindly assisted by The Rug Wizard, a family run business nearby that provides an excellent service cleaning and repairing horses rugs. They provided the bale of straw which actually is quite difficult to find around the area! So without them, this shoot wouldn’t be possible!

The scarecrow has also been upgraded after the previous one spent a good four years outside in the elements and finally gave in to lack of colour and being washed away. We found the current one on amazon, he came in a huge box with a wooden crate as well! Quite amazing for £15.

So with Autumn definitely in the air as the temperature drops a little lower each day, it’s almost time for Halloween. I’m definitely not wishing away October though! I’ve even updated the blog theme to be a bit more seasonal…

“What do you mean there’s no food reward for this?!”

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