Ridge Country Retreat
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... visit. The grounds are kept up by a team of gardeners, most of whom worked on the shire for the films and then stayed on afterwards. They do a bloody good job as it basically seems untouched. There were originally 31 hobbit holes but for the Hobbit another 9 were built. All of these are to different scales so different characters could either look really small or really big stood next to certain holes. There are also fake trees everywhere that look ...
... enough space to get your foot fully flat. The path was also narrow, long grasses and ferns restricting vision of the hazards beneath. The odd creek crossing brought mud, clay and of course water. Not great when you're the 200th person through! I was fortunate to be following someone at most points, usually a large man, who found the hazards (by accident or design!) and so allowed me to choose my path more carefully.
I had taken on one gel by this time and ...
... Japanese restaurant in the hotel which had great reviews. It was worthy of the reviews - great food and delicious sake, though the bottled water was ridiculously expensive at $11 for a litre bottle!
Our final day in New Zealand and once we had checked out it was time for an early lunch and on our dietician’s recommendation (thanks again Lee) we had our final meal at Federal and Woolf cafe. Again, a great recommendation, and set us on our way for the 11 ...
... little hobbit homes. We took a trail and visited almost every home. Little clothes lines, small wagons filled with wood for the stoves, lots and lots of gardens, both vegetable and flowers. There was even smoke coming out of the chimneys. If you have seen the movie, then you would really appreciate what we saw. Rich and I will now watch the movie. Sometimes we just have to go backwards in our life!
Also, there ...
... runs to his right - but only back to his starting position. More yelling - and Bob yells back "What! I cant see a ball". Eventually the ball trickles over the boundary line - still just 10 metres from the now stationery and very confused birthday boy. Just as well that it crossed the boundary otherwise they may have run 17.
The Googlies finish at 6/149 and we are happy with a good win. During the after match celebrations I ...