Hobbits and a Bear

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Yesterday  Ollie, Tilly and I headed into Wellington (a two hour drive) and a city that has been a-buzz with Hobbit fever this week.  It was like arriving at a party when most people had gone home, just all the decorations  still up, but no food left…

Of course we missed the world premier of The Hobbit by only 2 days but there were reminders of it everywhere….

The huge Gandalf above the Embassy theatre was pretty impressive.

The huge Gandalf above the Embassy theatre was pretty impressive.

Wellington looked beautiful with Hobbit flags flying from every lamp post , giant posters and giant dwarves (can you get such a thing??)

A row of metal Hobbit characters  marching along high up on a building, especially effective at night.

A row of metal Hobbit characters marching along high up on a building, especially effective at night.

Wellington became The Middle of Middle Earth for the week and with such style.

Wellington became The Middle of Middle Earth for the week and with such style.

It was great to meet up with a niece who had been right at the red carpet on Wednesday and two nephews who had won seats on the grandstand.  So we heard first hand accounts of the grand opening and all that ensued on the red carpet.

(A  world away from us who were sleeping out under the full moon by a river…)

Wellington - what 's not to like on a sunny day, blading along the wa

Wellington – what ‘s not to like on a sunny day, rollerblading along the waterfront….

But this was not the true reason for our trip, no, we were there to see the one and only, the world famous, Mr Survival himself,the biggest hero in our house….Bear Grylls!!

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Yes, we met up with Ollie’s two cousins and the four kids and I went to the show, that is Bear Grylls   LIVE!

This was well hosted by funny man Rhys Darby – strange mix, but one that worked well .  We thoroughly enjoyed the show.
Yes volunteers got to come up and eat worms, light a fire with a flint and ask questions.  There were many Scouts there – the kids had their uniforms on too.  Bear did some climbing, self defence (against Rhys), eating (worms, crickets and pineapple lumps), he even played the guitar – very nicely – but mostly talked.  Ollie had heard many of the stories as he has read all of Bear’s books.

Ollie and Tilly had their Scout uniforms on, but were too far back to get picked to eat worms etc...

Ollie and Tilly had their Scout uniforms on, but were too far back to get picked to eat worms etc…

Bear came across as such a humble guy.  Nice.  Very nice, very unassuming.  He told some very good stories.  I liked the messages he gave to the kids and to us all.

Ones about having a dream.
The message to keep on following it and to never giving up on your dream.
The message to watch out for dream snatchers – you know the people who do not believe in you or your dreams.
This was a good reminder for me to surround myself and my children with passionate, positive people who support and believe in us.

I came away inspired and very grateful for such a fabulous day out.  Wellington is always a wonderful place to hang out.  People there are very confident about being themselves.  The city seems to generate creativity and is zinging with passion and fun.
(note to self take more photos of all the quirky and wonderful sights)

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