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I volunteer with Friends of Birkenhead Council Kennels and this week I was at the fundraising from New Ferry CO-OP. It was a lovely experience and I had the pleasure to meet a few very nice ladies.

The council wants to close the kennels and the dog warden and move it very far, in Liverpool. So, please sign here the petition to stop the closing of the kennels. Every signature counts!

The people from the neighborhood were very supportive and generous. I was impressed to see how many dog lovers are there and how not-dog lovers reacted too. The closure of the kennels affects everybody.

These days, at the fundraising, were a good reminder why I moved here last year and, funny, this happened a few days before I will celebrate my 1 year anniversary of moving to UK.

Hubby took a picture when he visited me yesterday at the fundraising. He was very busy in L’pool and he stopped just for a second.mfobck_01

Remembrance day

Today I’ll wear my poppies because I want to commemorate the fallen heroes that made it possible for me to live in a free country and come here from another free country. So, today, I’ll commemorate British and Romanian alike.

Remembrance Day, or Poppy Day is commemorated since the end of World War I and is a memorial day for the soldiers that died protecting their country. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

We went in Liverpool to assist at the Remembrance Day Service. It was very nice, different from what I was expecting.

After the service we walked in the center, enjoying the nice weather. Hubby took a few pictures, as usual.
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I’m 30!!!!

Yeee!! Yesterday I turned 30! I’m happy because for many reasons 30 is much better than 20!

10 years ago I was going to the University and staying with my mother. I had to study things I liked, but, even so, it was an obligation. I had no clue what a balance diet can do for me or that I had to workout to feel great. I was a volunteer and I loved it, but I was surrounded by people in need… due to my volunteer work and the nature of my studies. And… I just met a handsome tall man.

Now, I’m married to that man, I’m living in UK, I have a great job and hobbies, a great dog and many things have changed. I wouldn’t trade my place now for what I had 10 years ago. So far the journey to 30 was nice, beautiful and sometimes bumpy, but I’m here now and I am enjoying what I’ve accomplished so far.

Now…let’s see some pictures from yesterday. We were in Wales for a day-trip. I took some pictures in the car, on the way there. 30_01

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Thru the mountain or under the river, tunnels everywhere.
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We parked far from the Castle, but in a remote area, so Festus could sleep while we’re visiting Conwy Castle.
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A lot of sheep, but this is normal for Wales, no?
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Muffin mania begins!! 😀
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Knight shop! Isn’t that great?! It was full of interesting stuff, luckily it was my birthday and not hubby’s 😀
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We planned to go to Snowdonia, but the GPS failed us (again, we really need another one). The weather wasn’t good for walking in the forest, so it wasn’t a huge thing we didn’t arrive there.

We took A5 to Chester and we stopped near Llyn Ogwen lake.
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We wanted to go on top of the mountain, but we had to stop. The stones were wet and Festus was running up and down, we were afraid he would brake his bones or mine :)
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We found a forest and we let him play with some branches, as usual. More pictures on his blog. After that we visited Chester, just the city centre and it was so nice. I really love it, we have to go back soon :)

update: My birthday cake, I forgot about it :)
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British Pudding Day

Yesterday was British Pudding Day, so we celebrated with a Sticky toffee pudding. It was so good!

Isn’t it lovely to celebrate all the sweet-days? With such an excuse, indulging can only be guilt-free :)

Hubby loved the pudding even if he is not a big fan of dates. I must admit I thought 200 g is too much, but I was wrong, the recipe is perfect. I modified it slightly, I didn’t put butter in the toffee sauce and I used Earl Grey instead of simple black tea (because I have only Earl Grey from Twinings, my favourite tea).

Here is a picture of the pudding. Enjoy!_MG_0305

Bonfire night

I’ve read about the tradition on 5th November on the bonfirenight website. It’s very interesting.

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Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603 and the Catholics hoped her successor will be more tolerant of their religion. He wasn’t, so 13 men tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament, hoping they will kill the King and the Prince of Wales.

The 13 men stored 36 barrels of gunpowder in a cellar, under the House of Lords. It became clear that innocent people would be hurt and some of them had second thoughts. One of them warned one of his friends to stay away that night.

The warning letter reached the King. His forces captured Guy Fawkes, who was tortured and executed.

The Gunpowder Plot struck a very profound chord for the people of England. The reigning monarch only enters the Parliament once a year, on what is called “the State Opening of Parliament”. Prior to the Opening, and according to custom, the Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster. Nowadays, the Queen and Parliament still observe this tradition.

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Bonfires were set on that night to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night. So, the tradition of bonfires started in 1605 when people lit bonfires to celebrate the fact that the King was saved.

The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire. As years progressed, however, the ritual became more elaborate. Fireworks were added to the celebrations.

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