This will be our last look at the Shire (for now :) - although I'm certain I will continue to reference it for the rest of my life, lol! I have to admit that I was surprised (shocked would be the better word) yesterday to find out that a number of you have not yet seen the movies. The books are another story and I will grant you a pass on them - they're a big undertaking - but the movies are a must-see. At least give the first one ('The Fellowship of the Ring') a try - and let me know when you do - I'd love to hear your feedback. Find out what all the fuss is about!! JJ Hubby had only seen the movies, but as a result of visiting Hobbiton, he is now in the midst of reading 'The Hobbit.'
I must tell you that while away, I read 'The Hunger Games' trilogy. While they are not necessarily great literature... I couldn't put them down! I completely understand why it was turned into a movie (which I have yet to see.)
Professional thatchers were brought in to fashion the roofs on a number of the homes. According to our tour guide, a properly thatched roof will last upwards to 100 years.
It's the details that made this 'town' feel so authentic. It feels like it's been around for centuries.
Pickles the cat :) While the movies were shot, he apparently made a general
nuisance of himself and was banished from the set on a number of occasions.
This scene reminds me of 'The Friendly Giant'!
This is still a working sheep farm.
Pretty much everywhere you look in New Zealand, you'll see sheep grazing on the hills.
I was posting once a week prior to my time away, but have decided to shoot for twice (Monday's & Friday's) for the next while - I'll see how that goes :) Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!