And by like us, I mean, hate us because they keep leaving gross bugs on our doorstep. They’ve been leaving all sorts of insects, but last week their pièce de résistance was a Weta. I don’t find this adorable at all. It’s so gross. SO. GROSS. Here’s a video of what a weta looks like. Did I mention the gross?
Why can’t the stupid cats that pee all over the backyard go and kill the Tui birds poaching my tomatoes?
We’ve been having such amazing weather here in Wellington! It’s be so wonderful to get out the flip flops and shorts and enjoy the sun! So why am I blogging, you ask? Because it started raining again. Sadface. Last week I headed over to the Wellington Botanical Gardens for a picnic, and managed to take a few shots while there.
Right behind our house are some great hiking trails. I’ve posted about them before. Anyways, since our Christmas break had a stay-cation element to it, we decided to get outdoors and take on the trails. The wind was whipping up, which really helped cut the heat in the hot summer sun.
Take note: this is what happens when you forget to set a timer on your homemade pizza. I bet you weren’t even sure what it was, were you?
Last week we made pizza from scratch. Bill made the dough, I took care of the assembly. The poor pitiful piece of charcoal featured above was supposed to be leftovers since we had more dough that we thought. Our house filled with smoke rapidly and the odor hung around for a few days. Lesson learned.
The husband and I decided to get some bike riding in over near Lyall Bay, but my bike had other plans and it needed to be brought into the shop. So, while we waited for it to get looked at, we grabbed a quick breakfast at the Maranui Cafe, and nabbed some seats outdoors before the rush.
Totally worth it. The sun was shining, the planes were landing, the birds were chirping! I could totally get used to this summer during winter thing.
Happy New Year to everyone! We rang in the New Year in downtown Wellington near the waterfront. Apparently there were supposed to be fireworks, but unfortunately, they were cancelled last minute. We didn’t let that damper our spirits though! We had a great time, and are looking forward to all that 2013 brings!
The Hobbit World Premiere finally came town and all the insanity that goes along with it. Road closures, people sleeping in front of the theatre, elves and hobbit look-alikes running amok. We showed up two hours before the whole thing was set to kick off, and got decent positions near the start of the Red Carpet. It was something to be seen. As only casual observers, we weren’t angling for a spot on the barrier, but rather just wanted to take some photos of celebs we may (or may not) know. And boy, did we take photos. Enjoy!
Hugo Weaving (Elrond)
Pre-Red Carpet Entertainment
Sir Richard Taylor (Weta Workshops)
James Cameron (Director of Titanic, Avatar, etc etc)
A strange mix of Santa Claus, the Travelocity Gnome and generic wizard of sorts?
Elves and leprechauns living side by side. The beer helps too.
This guy plays the main dwarf. My guess is he’s supposed to take the place of Aragon in this franchise. If IMDB served me right, his name is Richard Armitage.
Elijiah Wood…is short. Very very short.
Best seat in the house.
Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key
This is how you know there were plenty of people who liked to dress up. This was the coolest one of them all.
Some trolls for good measure.
So. Many. Gandalf. Hats.
Yay! We made it!
Dude in the green tie and sunnies is Martin Freeman – he’s playing Bilbo.