Apparently I have left some of you hanging with my lack of Hobbiton Movie Set photos, since I had one sweet reader ask about them recently. I still have several hundred photos from New Zealand that I have not yet edited. So I stayed up last night, hanging out with my teens (who have far more of a capacity than me to stay up late) and got these photos ready for the web.
Ben was able to get us tickets at half price from a homeschooling group he is (was?) part of. Sweet!
Now here, I have to confess…I haven’t actually read the Lord of the Rings books. I’ve tried. Oh, how I’ve tried. The first time was when I was about thirteen years old and I learned that Tolkien was friends with C.S Lewis. I’ve been a fan of Lewis forever. So when l learned that little tidbit, I tracked down a copy of The Hobbit. And couldn’t make it through, as we call it in our house, the Tea Party Scene. You know, where the first third of the book is all about Bilbo Baggins in his Hobbit hole (not a dirty, nasty, wet hole)? You know.
I tried again just before Apollo was born. By that time Judah had read and loved the books. But again, I couldn’t do it. Judah insisted that it gets good about a third of the way through. And now Tilly and Enoch have both read and enjoyed the books as well. We had a Lord of the Rings party back in September, but I wasn’t here for it. Instead I was in the hospital with Enoch as he recovered from a ruptured appendix. But I will read the books. Or at least one. I am about to start the Hobbit again, hoping that after being at Hobbiton and seeing the movie, I’ll be able to make it through. Send me good vibes, will you?
Drinking Ginger Beer and Cider in The Green Dragon.Our tour guide asked for a volunteer to jump over this fence (the exact fence Bilbo Baggins jumped over in the movie). BEN! was game of course and practically flew over the fence yelling, “I’m going on an adventure!”