I am officially 21. My last landmark birthday in terms of becoming an adult - guess I'd better start behaving like one now - whatever that means!
On my birthday, my parents picked me up and we started driving - they still wouldn't tell me where we were going so I was in the dark for a little over an hour!
And then we arrived in Hartlepool, a town on the east coast of England, North of York. My parents know how much I love the sea - so this was the perfect place to go!
We enjoyed a hot chocolate (apparently this is the one thing that has changed with me turning 21 - I actually drank a hot drink!) and then wrapped up in many, many layers to face the cold!
My Dad and I enjoyed playing around with our cameras as we walked along the seafront.
The North of England is quite industrial in this region as you can see in the distance
I love this shot my Mum got of me and my Dad as we looked out to sea!
It was the weekend of Bonfire night so we in the evening we wandered back up to the seafront to watch the fireworks! I can honestly say I have never seen fireworks over the sea before!
On Sunday morning we went back to the seafront and I sat and watched the sun rising over the water. It was so beautiful and peaceful! I would love to live near the sun and go running with that view every morning!
The next part of my surprise was a visit to Durham. This was my Dad's idea - knowing what a Harry Potter fan I am, he wanted us to go somewhere they shot some of the films. This quad in Durham Cathedral was used in the second film in the scene where Ron accidentally jinxes himself to throw up slugs!
I really enjoyed looking round the cathedral and Durham itself - although I was surprised at how small it is!
We went for a meal in York before I said goodbye to my parents. We had such a good weekend together and I am gutted that I won't see them until term has finished - 6 weeks from now!
Oh, and I had to show you the cakes my Mum made me...they are yummy chocolate sponges, sandwiched with buttercream and iced to be patchwork quilts (buttons not edible!). Don't they look great!
And that was my birthday! I feel so lucky to have had such a lovely time and I received some lovely presents from my friends and family!