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Two unexpexted winds during last year’s travels.

First up we a an unexpected view through

the covered wagon prior to ride out for a barbeque meal. 

A few months later our Matamata

Bed and Breakfast,

in New Zealand provided us with

this gorgeous view above our bed.

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I always find it fascinating to sit and…

…watch the movements outside at an airport.

In this case it was Auckland nearly 12 months ago.

Cruising the Swan River in Western Australia.

Viewing some expensive real estate.

Inside looking out…and…

…outside looking in.

It is the same window.

 

My favorite ‘window’ shot from last year.

The view out our Matmata BnB in New Zealand.  🙂

Matamata is near the Hobbit Movie Set

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We had probably the busiest year we will ever have in 2018.Late February we spent a weekend in Auckland

to celebrate the engagement of

our eldest son to his bride to be.

 

In June we were blessed with falling snow while

visiting the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier.

Most of us had not seen falling snow ever,

so a real delight.

A week or so later while cruising the Inside Passage

during  our stop at Juneau we flew

onto the Mendenhall Glacier to visit the huskies

and have a rife in a sled.

Another highlight.

 

 

  

We hardly seemed to be home

before preparations needed…

to be made for our road trip in New Zealand

prior to our son’s wedding.

A Māori Hāngī at the

Whakarewarewa Māori Village in Rotorua…

 

…and a visit to the Hobbit Movie Set at Matamata,

 

…were preludes to the big day.

 

 

The next morning back at

Auckland International Airport

for our flight home.

 

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Hobbiton is my magical place this week.I found the Hobbits Movie Set…

a truly fascinating place to visit.

However, I have not been able to watch the first movie as yet.

I think this is THE tree which never dies and

gets a make over every few months.

If there are Hobbits fans reading this please forgive any inaccuracy.

As mentioned I have yet to watch a Hobbits movie.

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During our flying visit to New Zealand for

our son’s engagement party in February…

we only visited Auckland.

 

Prior to his October wedding in Auckland we decided

to make the visit worthwhile and more relaxing.

One of our planned destinations was Rotorua

where we heard about and visited

the Whakarewarewa Maori Village.

 

 

While it is a living Maori Village

its geothermal properties are also quite active.

The yellowish bag just right of centre is

a bag of corn cobs cooking in a geothermal pool.

 

The Hobbit Movie Set near Matamata was also

on our destination list and well worth the visit.

 Not far from Matamata and not on our list

of ‘must visits’ was the Hamilton Gardens.

If you have any interest in gardening at all it is well worth a visit.

In October 2014 as part of the 2014 Garden Tourism Awards,

Hamilton Gardens was awarded the prestigious title of

International Garden of the Year.

We only had time to visit the enclosed gardens.

Auckland and a wedding was calling.

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