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Time:03:15 pm

Had a lovely surprise for Froday - a postcard from Hobbiton!! It was sent by our beloved annwyn55 - posted 28 July. I know she won't mind me telling you what she said:

"NZ is everything you said it would be. We spent today at the top of Mt Doom and I've just had a most satisfying snuggle in Elijah's bed here at the Powderhorn. Wish you were here."

I wish I was there too!! Ohhh the memories. But I missed out on sleeping in Elijah's bed as we didn't go with the Red Carpet Tour:( Thank you so much Annie - you really brightened my day:)

In other news, I would so love to go to this:
http://www.theradiocitylotrconcert.com/

Apparently further guests are to be announced. My imagination went into overdrive when I read that. I know it won't happen, but I imagined Elijah being announced as a guest - in rapid succession I had the following thoughts:

Can we afford the air fare to NY again? Answer no - but when has that stopped me where Elijah is concerned?

Our passports have run out - can we get them renewed in time?

My camera has broken.

Even if we booked to go, there would probably be a last-minute emergency and we'd have to cancel.

Then I came back down to earth. But even with all those worries, it was a lovely thought while it lasted:)

Anyone remember the reference to Primal Scream in the last chapter of 'Journey'? I'd included Elijah's visit to Harvard University in 2002 - one of the articles mentioned that Elijah said he'd love to take part in Primal Scream but had to leave before it took place. Various students shouted 'Let's do it now!'. Someone on my f-list asked if I knew what this was all about and I realised that I'd never really known. So I did a search and - this is what we missed out on!!!

"Primal Scream (Harvard)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Primal Scream is a tradition at Harvard University. At midnight on the last night of reading period and before final exams begin, students streak through the Old Yard. The streakers begin in the north end of The Yard and generally make one lap around, but the more adventurous sometimes aim for more. This is done both semesters, even during New England winters.

Some of the streakers will "dress up" in capes and masks, or top hat and tails, but their genitalia are still exposed. The walkways through which students run are lined with spectators and the Harvard University Band plays beforehand to excite the crowd.

Before it became a "night when the whole student body comes together to gawk at just that" it was a night with a closer association to its name. Beginning in the 1960s students would congregate in the Yard or open their windows and just yell for 10 minutes. It was designed as a way to release stress. By the 1990s, the streaking aspect of the evening had become prominent. The transition from yelling to streaking is unclear. Old administrators that have been at Harvard since the 1970s speak of an earlier day of adventurous streakers. Before there was streaking in the yard began the Quad Howl—streaking in what used to be old Radcliffe. These administrators of the Quad houses speculate that the change from the Quad to the Yard, which happened during their time, was because the narrow pathways of the Quad could not accommodate the increasing multitudes of people with an urge to get naked in public. The natural choice was to go join those in the Yard, giving them something to get excited about.

A small tradition of Quad Howl continues today: after each Primal Scream, a few Quad residents return to the Quad for a naked lap there.

While the records are not entirely clear, it appears that when Charles Adams, son of John Adams and brother of John Quincy Adams, was a student at Harvard, he and a few friends were disciplined for getting drunk and streaking naked across the Yard. He was later readmitted."


Hmmm - if he had taken part, I wonder if there would have been pics:D

Finally, I've just been looking at some of our own pics on my pc and came across a few taken three years ago which I'd intended to post at the time but completely forgot. They just make me think of The Shire, especially the first one. They were taken at Sutton Park, very close to where I live. It is a nature reserve covering 2400 acres consisting of woodland, heathland and wetland. Apparently it was the favourite hunting ground of Henry VIII. The last pic was taken from inside a restaurant - I love that window:)











HAPPY FRODAY!!
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lijahlover
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Time:2009-08-21 05:25 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful Froday and what amazing pictures! *hugs*

I'd so looooove to see NZ :)
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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-22 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'd so looooove to see NZ :)

Trouble is, once you've seen it, you want to see it again!!
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shirebound
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Time:2009-08-21 05:47 pm (UTC)
That park looks so peaceful and lovely.
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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-22 07:38 pm (UTC)
It is a very lovely spot. The trouble is, because the restaurant is in such an isolated part of the park, it keeps getting vandalised:(
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mole_caz
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Time:2009-08-21 05:55 pm (UTC)
I visited this lake on a day like yours and it isn't so very far away from me! Could be the Shire couldn't it?!
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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-22 07:41 pm (UTC)
Could be the Shire couldn't it?!

Oh yes - but, come to think of it, it *is* The Shire - the West Midlands on which Tolkien based his Middle Earth!!
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primula_baggins
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Time:2009-08-21 06:13 pm (UTC)
I kinda doubt Elijah will go to the Radio City thing. When they had the LOTR symphony here in LA in 2004, I was hoping he'd show up, but he didn't. Maybe that will calm your nerves a little. :D
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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-22 07:42 pm (UTC)
I know - I'd be extremely surprised if he was announced as a guest for this - my imagination just went into overdrive for a few minutes:D
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telstar_gold
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Time:2009-08-21 07:17 pm (UTC)
Streaker!Lij omg!! We missed out there :D

Your pics are lovely. As you say, the first is particularly Shire-like. I think I can even glimpse some ale kegs outside the Green Dragon, LOL!
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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-22 07:44 pm (UTC)
Yes - I don't think it was ever very likely it would happen, but it's nice to imagine:D
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mechtild
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Time:2009-08-21 08:38 pm (UTC)
That top pic really is Shire-ish, Paulie.

And thanks so much for linking the Radio City ad. If I lived a drivable distance (which means a person could drive there in one day) to NYC I would absolutely go. But the tickets plus hotel plus air fare would just be too much for us. It's lovely to dream about, though! :)

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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-22 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mechtild. We missed out on this event when it took place in London - can't remember the reason now - but I just had this rather lovely, though fleeting, vision of flying to NYC to see it, and attending some function afterwards where Elijah is amongst the guests!!!
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bellewood
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Time:2009-08-22 12:12 am (UTC)
I LOVE your pics .. love trees :) The view from that window is amazing!!

I would give anything to be able to be in NY on the 10th Oct (i think a few of my flist have tickets) but it's waaaay beyond my means. I am hoping that this years concert in the Albert Hall will be repeated next year with The Two Towers.. and maybe the year after with the Return of the King.. London is a lot nearer than New York.

Primal Scream.. now there's a thought :)
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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-22 07:52 pm (UTC)
I love trees too. Sutton Park is so beautiful, but it's always the case - when you have something like that on your doorstep you hardly ever bother to go!!

I really wish we'd gone to the FOTR screening at the Albert Hall. But I just had this fleeting image of Elijah being a guest at the NY event and meeting him at one of the events afterwards. There are more guests to be announced - but I know it won't be him:(
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_celebrian
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Time:2009-08-22 12:41 am (UTC)
Love the pics. :-) Would love to g to NZ or back to NY, but alas, neither is in the cards at the moment.

When we did primal screams in college it was just the screaming out the windows as stress relief. No streaking. ;-)
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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-22 07:55 pm (UTC)
The trouble is, when you've been to NZ, you long to go back again - everyone is the same. And there's no way we can afford that in the forseeable future:(

When we did primal screams in college it was just the screaming out the windows as stress relief. No streaking. ;-)

I'm sure you're greatly relieved about that!! :D

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(Anonymous)
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Time:2009-08-22 09:05 am (UTC)
I would love to go to that concert too, but it's out of the question... :-(

Thanks very much for the Primal Scream info, I'd not heard of it in that context. What a pity Elijah missed it, the pics would have been great! Cheered me up no end ;0)

Thanks for your beautiful pics, though, it looks a lovely, peaceful place and very like Hobbiton indeed! Glad you got your postcard :-)
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janejanejane
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Time:2009-08-22 09:07 am (UTC)
Sorry, that was me. The pc had logged me out again for some reason known only to itself!
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frodosweetstuff
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Time:2009-08-22 11:57 am (UTC)
Awww, those are wonderful pics! I'd love to go to that restaurant... *dreams*

And ooooh, it would be most lovely if you came to the concert!! I'm going and a few others as well!! :))) I doubt it'll be Elijah who'll be there but that would be amazing if it was. :DDD
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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-22 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'd love to go to that restaurant... *dreams*

It is a lovely restaurant - it's called The Boat House. The trouble is it's always being vandalised because it's in such an isolated spot.

Ohhh - I didn't know you were going to the NY concert - or perhaps I did & I've forgotten (memory like a seive lately!!). You must be so excited - and how wonderful if Lij was a guest, I know it's highly unlikely - but you never know:)
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2009-08-23 04:08 pm (UTC)
That would be one amazing event to experience, Pauline. I read several reviews from people who attended the recent London FOTR score + film performance, and by all accounts it was fantastic! To have Elijah ~ or any other cast member ~ present as a guest would be the icing on the cake! I could only dream of attending something like that at the moment, but I do appreciate being able to read all about the concerts through other fans' eyes ~ and ears.

Ah, Sutton Park! Great photos. Hubby and I have taken Holly for long walks through the trees there many a time, but we've never come across The Boat House. What a lovely, romantic spot to sit and enjoy a meal, looking out over the lake ~ and that is a beautiful window. What do those vandals think to acheive by their mindless attacks on the restaurant?

Hope things are improving for you. Take care, and thanks for sharing your pics.

~ Blossom.
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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-23 11:08 pm (UTC)
I wish we could have gone to the London screening - I'm sure it was amazing. The one in NY has other events happening around it (see my reply to Mechtild above) - I very much doubt Elijah will be a guest, but stranger things have happened!!

What do those vandals think to acheive by their mindless attacks on the restaurant?

Mindless being the operative word - they actually burnt it to the ground once and it was closed for a very long time. Perhaps if they had something to fear if they were caught they might think twice but that's never going to happen:(

I was going to say The Boathouse is by Blackroot Pool - if you click on the link below there's a little map showing the location which shows Blackroot but the url says bracebridge pool and every other site I've seen that mentions it also says Bracebridge - so I'm confused!!

http://www.gourmetsociety.co.uk/restaurants/the_boathouse_restaurant_at_bracebridge_pool.html

It's in a really picturesque setting:)

Things are ok at the moment, thanks - keeping our fingers crossed:)


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not_alone
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Time:2009-08-23 11:09 pm (UTC)
That top pic reminds me of The Road where the hobbits hid from the Black Rider under the tree:)
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