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Subject:BACK FROM THE SHIRE!!
Time:10:31 am
Current Mood:jetlagged
Hello All

I'm back from NZ - in fact we got home last Friday - but I'm still suffering the effects of the flight - thumping headache, nausea, tiredness. Oddly enough, I didn't get any of this trouble when we flew out there. Many thanks to everyone who sent bon voyage messages before I left. I now know why Elijah and all the LOTR cast adore NZ so much - it is magical, nothing less than sensational. So many differing landscapes and all of them breathtakingly beautiful. I've taken hundreds of pics - as soon as I can get round to loading them onto my computer and sorting out the best ones I'll post some of them. Some of the LOTR-related highlights: seeing Hobbiton, touching the Party Tree and the steps to Bag End: going on an escorted LOTR tour round Wellington which included Rivendell and a place called Fernside where some of the Lothlorien & Gladden Fields scenes were filmed. Fernside is a beautiful house set in private grounds which are not open to the general public - you can only get in if you do the Red Carpet tour or the one we did (Flat Earth)- or if you stay there which would be very expensive. The most surreal moment came when we had lunch there, just me, hubby, Colin the tour guide, two others who came on the tour, and the Fernside guide who was dressed as Aragorn - all sitting in a huge marquee which had been erected for a family wedding at the weekend. I had to pinch myself to believe I was really there!!: discovering The Bucket Fountain: having lunch at the Chocolate Fish Cafe - no wonder the cast loved this place so much: spending time in the Queenstown Mall where the hobbits had lunch the day after the Queenstown Winter Ball; understanding why Lij said Queenstown was his favourite NZ place.

Discovered after we got home that the hotel referred to on the ROTK dvd extras where they used the squash court for filming some F&S scenes was the one we actually stayed in for 3 nights!!! I wish I'd known at the time!!

It really was the holiday of a lifetime - I can't believe its over. Alas, its now back down to earth with a bump - I'm back at work and hating it:(

I've heard you lucky US folk will be seeing Lij on 'Ellen' tonight. I'm looking forward to reports, pics etc - really hope it will be put online somewhere.
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ladysunrope
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Time:2005-03-23 11:58 am (UTC)
I loved the Red Carpet tour -hope you found vic to be just as lovable as we did. The moment I stood in the doorway of Bag End and looked down at the Party Tree will live with me forever.
Welcome home.

I so want to return. New Zealand gets into your blood.
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ourdramaqueen
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Time:2005-03-23 12:03 pm (UTC)
Wish you could come too in December... both of you! :(
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-23 08:44 pm (UTC)
*New Zealand gets into your blood.*

It certainly does - could have done with so much longer there, we only scratched the surface. We didn't actually do the Red Carpet tour - it was a self-drive holiday but we booked the Flat Earth tour for just that one day - so much easier than trying to find all those places ourselves!!
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ourdramaqueen
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Time:2005-03-23 12:01 pm (UTC)
WELCOME BACK!!! *hugs* Wheee sounds like you had the time of your life there! I'm looking forward to see the pics and hear more details!

Now go get some rest though - I hope you'll soon recover from the flight. *hugs*
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-23 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks - will post a more detailed report when I'm back in the land of the living!!
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shirebound
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Time:2005-03-23 12:23 pm (UTC)
Eeee, what a wonderful trip!!!

:D
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-23 08:49 pm (UTC)
It certainly was. Can't believe its over but at least we have some video film to remind us, plus the pics of course:)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-29 08:08 pm (UTC)
Just a note to apologise for missing your birthday yesterday. I was having quite serious computer problems which prevented me from doing very much (still not resolved). Hope you had a lovely day:)
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shirebound
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Time:2005-03-29 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was a lovely, lazy day.

:D
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ex_salwood
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Time:2005-03-23 01:18 pm (UTC)
Squeeeeeee... welcome back! Reading your mini report above has made me all excited to hear more!
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-23 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks - hope to post a more detailed report soon:)
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teresarosewood
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Time:2005-03-23 01:46 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm so glad you had such a lovely time! NZ sounds soo beautiful...I would love to go there one of these days to see for myself. Can't wait for your pictures!


Welcome back :)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-23 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the welcome back - and I'm sure you will get to NZ yourself one day:)
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teresarosewood
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Time:2005-03-24 05:55 am (UTC)
Hehe I'll go with Elijah =D


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lisabellex
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Time:2005-03-23 02:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a lovely time. I'd love to visit New Zealand some time... *sigh*

Welcome back!

;)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-23 08:54 pm (UTC)
*I'd love to visit New Zealand some time*

I'm sure you will - if anyone had told me a few years ago that I'd go there one day I wouldn't have believed them!!
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ms_banazira
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Time:2005-03-23 07:14 pm (UTC)
Good to see you back! Hope you recover from your jet-lag soon! And can't wait to see those pictures!

ban
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-23 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks - can't believe I'm still feeling like this after five days!! I will post the pics & a fuller report asap:)
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woodfrodo
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Time:2005-03-23 08:08 pm (UTC)
So glad you had a hobbity trip..and seeing where the filmings were and maybe taking the steps that elijah/frodo took! It is no fun after coming back from a big trip.. just don't want to end! :)
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-23 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was wonderful to see so many places where the actual filming took place. But it seems there are very few places in NZ that weren't associated with the films in some way - they got everywhere:)
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evening_emerald
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Time:2005-03-24 09:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, what an incredible trip!!! I love the LOTR-related highlights -- cannot wait to hear more about your vacation!
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-29 08:09 pm (UTC)
Having some bad computer problems but as soon as they're resolved I'll post a fuller report with pics:)
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peripety
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Time:2005-03-24 11:56 pm (UTC)
It does sound like the trip of a lifetime.

The bucket fountain...heeee! Were you able to imagine Dom and Elijah on top of it??
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-29 08:14 pm (UTC)
"The bucket fountain...heeee! Were you able to imagine Dom and Elijah on top of it??"

Definitely!! And Liv saying "Guys - did you just pee in that fountain?" Its not really all that high - I don't know how they managed to do that without being seen - or perhaps they were:)
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2005-03-26 01:39 pm (UTC)
Hi Pauline. Blossom here. Welcome back - though I daresay you'd rather your were still in NZ! Your trip sounds wonderful, and I look forward to hearing more and seeing your pictures.

At least you have lots of great 'Elijah' news to come home to, with the very positive feedback he's getting from reviews of 'Hooligans' and 'Sin City.' The One Lad is knockin' 'em dead!

I hope you're feeling better now.
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not_alone
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Time:2005-03-29 08:18 pm (UTC)
Hi Blossom! Yes, I do wish we were still there - it just wasn't long enough and was over too soon. We only scratched the surface. Have had another computer crash since I came back but fortunately this time I have most of my important stuff on disk. When I've sorted things out I'll post some pics. I have managed to catch up on all the good Lij news though:) I'm just beginning to feel better now but its taken a really long time!!
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