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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!)

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“Keep your best wishes close to your heart and watch what happens. ”
-Tony DeLiso

We arrived in Wales around midday after paying an extortionate amount of money to drive across the Severn Bridge (£6.40). I write this because in about fifty years time, this blog will still likely somehow be online and future generations will be laughing at the fact that something cost so little, yet we thought it so much!

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We travelled through some of Brecon, which was beautiful, and then into Llandovery. (My spelling of these places is awful!) After a slow trek we arrived at our destination in Dutlas at about half past three having spent a good few miles heading down a dead end track that the satnav didn’t recognise at all. We had to go through farm gates and pyschotic dogs as Collie’s from another farm encircled the car and barked constantly. The owner of our holiday place told us next time to keep driving as it was the only way to get past them!

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The views from where we are staying are incredible, and completely private. They aren’t shared with anyone else at all and the rolling hills seem endless. We’re going to explore them tomorrow rather than venture too far into pyschotic dog land. Right below our balconey, there is a field of female sheep. We’re on sheep watch for the owners because they’re due to give birth from tomorrow onwards. However one was fairly ahead of the game, but sadly her first lamb was stillborn. Much rejoicing later though when we found out that she was having triplets. The other two lambs seem to be going strong in their pen this evening. Hopefully tomorrow will lend itself to some lamb photographs!

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