Below you'll find a gallery of photos from my not so recent trip back to the north island of New Zealand. Jarrad and myself were very kindly invited to visit Hobbiton to celebrate International Hobbit Day (How did I not know this existed before now?!?!) by the kindest people at Pure New Zealand I won't lie... there were tears when Jarrad told me we were invited. You've probably all seen my last Hobbiton photos and would know that I'm a mega Lord of The Rings nerd.
My dreams came true as we got to tour the little village before sitting down for an enormous banquet breakfast in The Green Dragon Inn. Later in the day there were food stalls and markets and maypole dancing. We had a huge buffet dinner that night under a big colourful marquee with the cutest little folk band playing while we watched a special effects makeup artist transform a couple of the guests into the most realistic goblins I've ever seen (not that I've seen many goblins to compare them too haha). It was a night to remember... and I'll be saying my little prayers every night that I'll get to experience it all again some day.
I definitely levelled up on the adventure scale on this recent trip to Iceland. This place is by far the coldest and scariest place I've ever visited but at the same time, the most breathtakingly beautiful. Being in this big frozen country with it's huge snow capped mountains and rugged, rocky terrain made me feel just like a hobbit on a journey to Mordor. I half expected to see a dragon atop every mountain we came across!
I owe a big thankyou to 66North for keeping me warm (as was possible!) and dry during my time spent here with the thickest jacket I've ever owned. Thank goodness it was also waterproof so we could trek mountains in the snow and climb through waterfalls without freezing into an iceblock.
Also I’d love to give a shout out to The Gatherers Grove for the beautiful blanket you’ll see in some of my photos. I used it to death over in Iceland to rug up and keep warm during long road trips around the island but it’s also the perfect size to use as a picnic blanket and I love to keep it in the back of my car now that I’m home, for those spontaneous afternoons in the park. Follow the link to check out some of their other beautiful products.