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I picked up our furbaby from my Mum’s this afternoon. She very kindly has spent the last 10 days looking after him, despite being allergic to him! He wasn’t as excited to see me as I thought…I got the same greeting I get if I pop out to the shops for 5 minutes! It probably didn’t help that I bumped in to my old driving instructor and his dog when I arrived, so Jasper instantly got the scent of his dog and probably thought I’d been looking after another dog behind his back for the past 10 days…Probably not, but you never know!

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Day 140

Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.2, 1/6400sec

When I was booking our flights I had the genius idea of booking the earliest flight over and the latest flight home, to make the most of our days there! This was genius, until our flight was delayed by three hours and we had to drive back from Edinburgh, not getting in to bed until 1:40am and Matthew having to get up for work the next day…oops.

Before all that fun happened though we took a wee drive down to Praia de Castelo, my favourite beach so far! There’s a post there which you’re supposed to use to take a photo of the cliffs each time you visit and see if there’s been any corrosion, which Matthew does, but I like to use it to take photos of me and my beau!

This bump is really starting to take shape and I look more and more pregnant each day, instead of just looking like I ate all the cake. It still doesn’t feel real yet…our 20 week scan is next Monday and I am super excited! God willing we’ll see a healthy little squisher, full of energy so the sonographer can get a good look!

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Day 139

Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f4.0, 1/2500sec

White walls, orange rooftops, blue skies and turquoise waters, Portugal is pretty beautiful! On our last night we went in to Albufeira for dinner and a stroll around the streets of the old town. Matthew took me there last year and I got so excited when I heard the words “old town” and thought I’d get lots of pretty pictures of old buildings with beautiful doors lining little streets. Sadly it had changed a little bit since he was last there and the streets were now lined with tourist stalls, pubs and bars and swarming with drunken tourists. Not my cup of tea!

This time was a little bit better, we ate beside the beach and had a lovely view of the sea with the sun light getting more and more golden as it set. But I think next time we need to go further from the square and venture up to the residential areas to find the scenes I was hoping for.

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Day 138

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When Matthew and I spent four days in Portugal last summer he suggested going to Zoomarine, but I wasn’t overly keen on seeing dolphins in captivity as my last experience like that wasn’t very pleasant, so we went to the water park instead. However, you aren’t allowed on water slides when you’re 5 months pregnant, so this year he suggested Zoomarine again and told me that they’re all about conservation and protecting the oceans and the mammals and animals in the world. I checked out their website and I like their mission statement, so we went along to check it out.

Matthew’s favourite part was the walk through bird habitat, with lots of different exotic species. I liked these pink fellas! My favourite part was the dolphin show…combine a sniffly nose, with pregnancy hormones, and a love for sea mammals, and you get one sobbing pregnant lady. I couldn’t believe how emotional I was getting. I always loved dolphins growing up; choosing them for school projects, buying all sorts of books about them, making up fake business cards for my career as a Marine Biologist (because I thought that meant I got to swim with dolphins all day), adopting a dolphin through WDC and obsessively searching the seas for them every time we went on the ferry to Lewis. That love then extended over to whales, and I ended up getting a little teary eyed at the site of a whale clearing its blow-hole about a mile away from us on our holiday in Alaska four years ago…Matthew found this greatly entertaining.

When I cried this time he wasn’t sure if they were happy tears or sad tears because they’re living in captivity. They were definitely happy tears! I think it all started when we were told their most recent addition to the family, Tony, was born on my birthday last year. Sob. I share a birthday with a dolphin! And although we couldn’t see what goes on behind the scenes, we really did get the impression that they care about the oceans and the mammals in them, and love the family of dolphins that they have been caring for for many years in captivity.

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Day 137

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Happy Birthday, Hubby! We went out for a Birthday Breakfast at my favourite wee cafe restaurant along the road from the apartment, then Matthew spent some birthday pennies at Algarve Shopping, updating his shirt collection. We then had a wonderfully warm and relaxing afternoon by the pool, before heading out for a mini sunset portrait shoot and a delicious dinner. A great way to spend your first day of being 24! And your last birthday without a chubby baby to entertain!

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Mmmm, he choose the perfect t-shirt for todays adventure! He just blends in with that beautiful blue Atlantic water.

We were all set for a lazy day, sunbathing by the pool, or chilling on inflatables in the pool, but ended up booking a spontaneous yacht trip for the afternoon! So it was still a pretty lazy day, the location just changed. I could’ve moved in to that yacht, it was perfection! I don’t think the interior was anything fancy, but sitting on the stern with my beau, at sea level, watching the wake disappear behind us, with the sun shining down, was my idea of chill. The perfect afternoon!

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.2, 1/1000sec

Today we went on a very adventurous car journey…having been reassured it was very safe and comfortable for pregnant ladies! Haha! Baby definitely didn’t get much sleep this afternoon, either that or come October we’re going to have to buy a Land Rover and take up off-roading to get it to sleep!

Zebra Safari took us along farm tracks surrounded by beautiful wild flower fields, up steep mountainsides with panoramic views of orange farms and lush green hills, through rivers and in to beautiful Portuguese villages. It had everything I wanted all in one day! There were even opportunities to swim under waterfalls and in river pools, but sadly bump and I didn’t feel like jumping in.

Here’s Matthew and his parents at our stop under the cork trees, with one of the jeeps in the background. You can see where the cork has been peeled away from the tree trunks. Pretty cool! I confess I had no clue that’s where cork came from.