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A spontaneous expedition
So today was my birthday and a very nice day it was. First our son phoned from Turkey, where he's currently on holiday with his family, so that my grandson and littlest granddaughter could sing Happy Birthday to me. Then at 10 a.m. we set off to meet our daughter at the Bwlch Nant yr Arian visitor centre in Mid Wales. She had texted yesterday to see if we were free and though my first instinct is always to decline an unexpected invite with some excuse, I thought, what happened to spontaneity? So I said "yes" and we had a lovely day out.

Though we spent some time in that area recently, we visited the nearby lead mines not the visitor centre in the forest, so it was new to us. Though the weather was slightly weird, being both warm and strangely misty, we had a very nice walk around some of the forest tracks, as far as a lake, (about 4 miles) and then had lunch in the cafe before driving back. My present of a miniature rose bush, wine and chocolates was delivered shortly afterwards. We're just having our usual Friday night pizzas tonight, but I'll cook a roast dinner tomorrow to extend my birthday celebration.

Bwlch Nant yr Arian
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sartorias From: sartorias Date: May 24th, 2019 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a lovely birthday!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 26th, 2019 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
It was! Very low key, but just what I needed.
halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: May 24th, 2019 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
sounds pretty great. Belated Happy Birthday, as well.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 26th, 2019 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! The day out to the forest visitor centre was good. Low key, but exactly what I needed.
grey853 From: grey853 Date: May 24th, 2019 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday! I'm glad you had such a great day.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 26th, 2019 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! The day out to the forest visitor centre was good. Low key, but exactly what I needed.
sallymn From: sallymn Date: May 25th, 2019 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh happy birthday!!! That looks like a lovely area for walking....
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 26th, 2019 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
It was a very nice visitor centre and there were trails for walking, cycling and even riding horses. It's too far to visit often, but as our grown up children live in South Wales and we live in the North, it's another place we can use when we want to meet in the middle.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: May 25th, 2019 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
A very happy birthday to you! Thanks for sharing the photo of your lovely walk.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 26th, 2019 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
It was a very nice visitor centre and there were trails for walking, cycling and even riding horses. It's too far to visit often, but as our grown up children live in South Wales and we live in the North, it's another place we can use when we want to meet in the middle.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: May 25th, 2019 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
A belated Happy Birthday!

That's a lovely landscape shot - really captures the strangeness of the weather.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 26th, 2019 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
It was weirdly misty and also rather clammy. Sadly this Bank Holiday weekend is not going to be as good as Easter, but it was a nice unexpected day out.

It's a very nice visitor centre and there were trails for walking, cycling and some people had even brought horses. It's too far to visit often, but as our grown up children live in South Wales and we live in the North, it's another place we can use when we want to meet in the middle.
lab_jazz From: lab_jazz Date: May 25th, 2019 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday to you :)

Lovely photo of your natural environment
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 26th, 2019 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. It was a lovely day and great to spend time with our daughter who we don't see as often as I would like.
tx_cronopio From: tx_cronopio Date: May 25th, 2019 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy belated! Sounds like a lovely day!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 26th, 2019 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
It was a very nice visitor centre and there were trails for walking, cycling and even riding horses. It's too far to visit often, but as our grown up children live in South Wales and we live in the North, it's another place we can use when we want to meet in the middle.
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