Now I know why everyone in Vancouver wears gumboots.

My morning has been hilariously unfortunate.

It actually started last night. There was no hot water for my shower. A little pissed off I retired to bed happy in the thought that I would have one in the morning. WRONG. No hot water this morning either.

So without a proper shower I ran around and got ready. Took a bite of my home made bran muffin only to find it was now mouldy. Lucky I have avo on toast to compensate.

Then I walked to the bus. I knew it was raining but I couldn’t tell quite how bad from my 18th floor apartment. It was pissing down. It’s a 10min walk to the bus. By the time I got there I was saturated. My pants were sticking to my legs, my butt was wet from my umbrella dripping on it… I was a mess. It was in this moment that I realised why all Vancouver-ites wear gumboots.

It was also in said moment that in my no-hot-water-mouldy-muffin rush that I realised that while I had grabbed my handbag, I hadn’t grabbed my purse. With my money. And my bus card. And the rest of my most needed possessions in life. I actually laughed out loud at my calamity. I talked my way on the bus and was pondering how I would buy lunch, get home, pay for the docs this arvo etc when I found a card – HALLELUJAH – I could now buy lunch and go to the docs and use transport.

To celebrate I bought a regular almond chai latte. I don’t know what they think regular is but this was regular size for a four year old. And still $4.20. Unimpressed but amused I wandered to work and now I sit here wondering how the rest of my day will pan out…





Hobbiton – Casual Shire stroll

I had my doubts after reading reviews about Hobbiton. I need not have – it was incredible.

From the enthusiastic, knowledgeable tour guides to the infinite details of the set it was well worth $75NZD.

Mum, Dad, Kim, Dan, Sean and I took the bus from the Matamata information centre to The Shire’s Rest where the tour began. I’d read that the bus was crappy etc but for a courtesy bus I thought it was fine. Not top class by any means but just you usual bus. Carolyn, our driver was lovely and happy and even though her microphone had broken gave us info on the road out.

When you’re there you change buses to another that takes you to the tour starting point. This driver was Theresa and she was equally as enthusiastic.

My favourite guide was the guy who actually took us around the set and while I don’t know his name, he was fantastic. Obviously loves his job. He provided interesting insights, pouted out things otherwise unnoticed and was full of facts and answers. He even took about 100 photos.

We just roamed around the set looking at all the houses and gardens and props. Mum’s pretty motivated to build a little Hobbit house on out farm now! I hope she does!

We took SOO many photos each. Can’t help it when it’s so cute there and there’s so much to play with.

Peter Jackson is a clever man!!

Only thing missing was my lilttlest bro Lukey. He had to stay home and study for uni, poor guy.

I will leave you with a bunch of photos – they prob tell you more than I can.

Also – maybe wear shoes you don’t mind getting a little dirty! Not bad but as you can imagine there was some mud on the farm from the rain.








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