I must admit, I love birthdays. Whether it's my own or a dear person's special day, I feel so excited for the fact that another year has gone by, new experiences have filled their lives and new people have been added to their life journey..

I see it as a blessing.. Another year older..another year wiser...and even more grateful..for the added experiences, the life lessons, the special moments, the beautiful memories..

So when my girfriend turned 40 and decided to have a girls' weekend away to celebrate her birthday I was very excited but definitely didn't expect it would have been as beautiful as it was..

8 girls.. 1 birthday.. 1 cooking lesson.. 2 dinners.. 2 breakfasts.. 3 cottages..  4 cars..4 bottles of wine.. And heaps of happy moments...

We got to cook at #stickyricecookingschool and make yummy gourmet spanish food under the guidance of a very experienced and kinda funny french chef...

We got to cook at #stickyricecookingschool and make yummy gourmet spanish food under the guidance of a very experienced and kinda funny french chef...

There was lots of chopping...

There was lots of chopping...

Simmering...

Simmering...

Yummy special ingredients #saffron

Yummy special ingredients #saffron

and we had the chicken with red capsicum sauce challenge which we nailed...!

and we had the chicken with red capsicum sauce challenge which we nailed...!

But after all the cooking comes the best part where we got to taste all our yummy food...

But after all the cooking comes the best part where we got to taste all our yummy food...

In a wonderful mystic and calming private room..

In a wonderful mystic and calming private room..

Filled with my favorite candles... #glasshouse

Filled with my favorite candles... #glasshouse

So we ate..

So we ate..

And ate...

And ate...

And ate a little more...

And ate a little more...

Stayed in those gorgeous little cottages...

Stayed in those gorgeous little cottages...

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Took long relaxing - much needed - baths...

Took long relaxing - much needed - baths...

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Watched bright cherry blossoms bloom overnight...

Watched bright cherry blossoms bloom overnight...

Celebrated Mrs. C's birthday in the sunshine and with sweet treats..

Celebrated Mrs. C's birthday in the sunshine and with sweet treats..

Explored picturesque Stirling and took beautiful memories home...

Explored picturesque Stirling and took beautiful memories home...

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Shopped till we dropped...#tinytreasures..

Shopped till we dropped...#tinytreasures..

Had those deep and meaningful conversations that I love..about friendships, motherhood, work, relationships and love..over a jug of cold sangria and some more spanish food...

Had those deep and meaningful conversations that I love..about friendships, motherhood, work, relationships and love..over a jug of cold sangria and some more spanish food...

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And kissed each other goodbye with the promise that we will do this again soon...

And kissed each other goodbye with the promise that we will do this again soon...

Make sure you find time to get away..it's healing for the soul...

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