Friday, September 26, 2014


While we were driving down country to visit family, I stopped to take a photo of the Matamata i-site. The information center on the main street is a clear indication of where you are, in prime middle earth territory.

Middle Earth is the fictional setting of the author J.R.R Tolkien and his fantasy writings of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
 The Hobbiton movie set is just down the road, located on the most picturesque rolling hills, on private farmland.
If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit you can take a guided tour around the movie set and see where it all happened.

I felt like a dwarf when I had my photo taken at the airport

Almost the weekend! hope you have a happy one



  1. CAROLYN! There you are! And in this most wonderful place???? We love that movie and have seen it at least 20 times, for its great cinematography and set! I'd sure love to see this place!

    Have a fantastic weekend dear friend! Anita

  2. Hello Carolyn,
    What a great place to visit. You took great pictures!
    Big hug,

  3. Now that would be fun to see! Looks so fun!!! I hope you have a great weekend too Carolyn! Nicole xo

  4. Blessings to you, Carolyn.
    The week-end is just about here and I am thrilled. May you have a great one.

    This structure is whimsical. Like it.
    Fun to see,

  5. It's so long since we've driven through Matamata, so it must be time for a little jaunt!!
    I would love to see Hobbiton in Middle Earth - such a fun thing to do!

    I love the photo of you Carolyn!
    Wishing you a happy weekend!

    Shane x

  6. Dear Carolyn,
    it must have been so interesting to feel like a Hobbit walking around in middle earth! Like your pictures.
    Have a nice weekend!

  7. Dear Carolyn,
    wonderful, you have been in Middle Earth :O) I love "The hobbits" and all the fantasie writings from Mr. Tolkien! The house looks lovely and at the airport, this is really a big figure :O)
    Wishing you a happy weekend, my dear friend,
    sending Love and hugs,
    Claudia xoxo

  8. Dearest Carolyn,
    Indeed that Hobbiton did dwarf you but I like you a lot better!
    Wishing you a lovely spring weekend. My Internet is fully working again and with you, I am now caught up on blog visits. And rushing to get into my bed...

  9. Hi Carolyn. I like these movies very much. It would be nice to see these places! Happy week end. We are waiting snow here in Finland. - Markka -

  10. such a fun place *.*
    love and hugs x

  11. Oh Wow Carolyn!
    You are so lucky to be able to visit the Hobbit village. The houses are adorable. I wished we had stayed in New Zealand, just bit longer so we could have visited the place. We were in Wellington when they were filming the first part of The Lord of The Rings. We saw them filming on Mount Victoria and saw Peter Jackson doing his food shopping in New World! ;-)
    We just missed all the real excitment in Wellington after the film came out, as we moved to Australia. There were celabrations in the streets and a party at the Hobbit village.
    It's lovely to see you and your photos. I'm not surprised they filmed in New Zealand, it's the most beautiful place!
    Have a good weekend.

  12. I had no idea that you could visit Hobbiton! The visitors centre is great isn't it, an attraction in itself! Hope that you have a great weekend too. xx

  13. Lucky you to have been there in Hobbit land, dear Carolyn.. I love the books and also the movies, and the house looks just like they all lived there . Thank you for showing, and a very happy weekend to you my friend.
    Hugs from Dorthe

  14. What a fabulous world of fantasy! Everyone needs to visit a little magic every now and again! Thanks for taking us along!

  15. Hi Carolyn, what a wonderful spot to visit. Simply enchanting to be there. I would love to visit. Your photos are wonderful. You took a beautiful pic at the airport.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs XO

  16. Wow you have been right to the middle of the earth...Granny says my middle would not fit there.
    Hugs Wilbur

  17. Must be so dreamy, Id love to visit it too!:) And you look lovely in the pic! Have a great weekend Carolyn, kisses! xo

  18. Sweet Carolyn!!!!

    It's a great feeling to wake up and go to my blog and see a sweet comment from you! I hope you are having a glorious summer! If so, it may very well be that we are both experiencing summer at the same time...our September has been and still is very summer-like, with this weekend being about 80 degrees F. LOVELY!

    Again, what a magical experience to see this set of a most beloved movie.


  19. How beautiful are your lovely photographs.
    Blessings my friend
    Love Jeanne

  20. Oh wow! I'm a huge fan of both series! How fun it must have been to see all of that. I would love it!

  21. Hello, Dearet Carolyn; Wow, great place to visit, isn't it♪ And you look fabulous♡♡♡ I'm the tiny one more look like a dwarf p:-) And I LOVE sweet closing flowers(*^_^*)

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in New Zealand, xoxo Miyako*

  22. How amazing, I would so like to visit. Happy Weekend, Barbara x

  23. Hi Carolyn, I love the Hobbit and Lord of the rings. I would like to visit that place one day. How exciting for you.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a good weekend.

  24. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. My husband and daughter were LOR fans. I bet this is a place they'd like to tour.

  25. I'm not a Lord of the Rings fan but that looks like an interesting place to visit anyway!

  26. Looks like a nice place and you looks also really nice!
    Have a lovely sunday, take care...

  27. Your post is very well timed as I watched half of the hobbit last night and intend to Watch the remaining half tonight :-)

    The scenery makes me homesick....

    amicalement, Leeann x

  28. Lord of the rings looks massive. i enjoyed your visit to Middle Earth. Sarah x

  29. hello Carolyn,
    So lucky you visited hobbiton!
    Me and my friends would like so much visit it too, I'm sure we'll have a blast there! :D

  30. And now the weekend's gone. Ours was good, I hope yours was too :)

  31. Wow this must be a very interesting place. I like to visit it too.
    Great pictures of you. Have a nice week

  32. Oh, my son used to love to watch Lord of the Rings when he was a young boy. That would be such a sight to see the Hobbit house and the movie set. And the rolling hills and farmland sounds beautiful. Any chance for me to see nature, and I'm there. :~)

    It's October already! Enjoy this month, Carolyn.



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