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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:11 am

{{Well despite all the hassles Lance you still got some excellent shots- got to say the waterfall one framed by the tress is definitely my favourite. Thumbs Up }}

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Post by Eldorion on Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:11 pm

Great pictures as always, Lance! The landscapes out west are really something special (though I've only seen a few parts of the West in person). Thanks for sharing them! Smile
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Post by Forest Shepherd on Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:58 am

Ain't no chipmunk! 'Tis a ground squirrel!

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Post by halfwise on Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:28 am

I was about to stand corrected, but a ground squirrel should have body stripes. I'm willing to say Lance had it right from the beginning.

http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natmap/facts/chipmunk_vs_squirrel.html

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Post by David H on Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:14 am

I'm with Forest. California ground squirrel.





https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_ground_squirrel

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:24 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_ground_squirrel

'Nuff said. Smugdog

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Post by azriel on Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:24 am

He's funny isn't he


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Post by Ringdrotten on Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:42 am

Ok, time to revive my travel thread! We landed safely in Auckland yesterday after a total of 25,5 effective hours of flight. Spent the day just walking around the suburbs, which was nice. We'll have another two days there before we end our trip, so we took it easy and slept off the jetlag instead.

Picked up our rental car today and headed south to our first (and only planned) destination - Matamata and Hobbiton! We're going on the tour tomorrow, so for today we've booked a room in a local bar, and currently enjoying the third round of local beers and ales. Pictures to come by the end of jan!

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Post by Eldorion on Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:55 am

That sounds like a great time {{{very jealous, though not of that amount of flying Razz}}} I look forward to seeing whatever photos you take. Nod
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Post by Ringdrotten on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:13 am




That's for starters - the Matamata visitor's center at the top, me at the bottom. Currently knee deep in a pitcher of local goodness, so maybe I'll check in and post some more tomorrow! Smile


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Post by Ringdrotten on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:15 am

I don't know how often we'll have wifi access on the trip, but I'll try to update here whenever I can. The rest will come when I get back home Smile

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Post by Mrs Figg on Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:02 pm

cheers ooh that Hobbit house Is great! I am so jealous you are going to Hobbiton.

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Post by Eldorion on Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:15 pm

Love the visitor center. Very Happy
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Post by Bluebottle on Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:31 pm

Nice, indeed. Nod New Zealand has some lovely wine. Tried some Central Otago?

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Post by azriel on Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:35 pm

So nice to see the sunshine again Smile You look happy Ringo, hope all is going well ? Smile

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Post by Ringdrotten on Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:59 am

Hoi! Just a little update here from NZ - we've done the north island by now, just began our trip down the south island. Hobbiton was amazing, lotr fan or no. The attention to detail Jackson had constructing that set would satisfy any hater, agree or disagree with the result. And Petty - being there, the grass was actually just right. And the party tree screamed for a good forumshire meet-up. The ale in the Green Dragon served in the absense of you guys, though Smile I will hold to my promise and post pics when I get home, but for tonight this'll have to do


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Post by Ringdrotten on Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:05 am

Blue - we haven't tried any wines yet (both of us being beer drinkers by default), but we're planning on visiting a local winery)

Az - doing great, so great in fact I'd like to take my sister here once if I land the job I want. If I do I'll buy her tickets, hotels, cars or trains and all of it - she should see all of this, LotR fan that she is Smile I'll get back to you all when I can!

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Post by Mrs Figg on Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:20 pm

fantastic stuff Ringo cheers  I always wonder which the most beautiful North or South island.

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Post by azriel on Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:58 pm

I'm so pleased for you Ringo ! Very Happy I love you

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Post by halfwise on Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:58 pm

Ringdrotten wrote:Blue - we haven't tried any wines yet (both of us being beer drinkers by default), but we're planning on visiting a local winery)

Nothing converts confirmed beer or wine drinkers like a visit to a good winery or brewery. Nod Though I think wineries do a better job here; too many breweries do not attend to the arts of proper contemplation.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:52 pm

Ooh ginger beer! Is it good?

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Post by halfwise on Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:25 pm

It's non-alcoholic, but if you get good Jamaican Ginger beer it has such a kick you'll still need a recovery period.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:03 pm

I enjoy some knock-off Jamaican ginger beer now and then, but I was wondering how the Frogmorton stuff performed in comparison to others.

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Post by Ringdrotten on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:48 am

Mrs Figg wrote:fantastic stuff Ringo cheers  I always wonder which the most beautiful North or South island.

We'll soon be able to tell (to an extent) Smile

Halfy - looking forward to being converted Very Happy

Forest - The ginger beer was great, though unfortunately I don't have that much to compare it to (rarely drink ginger beer). It was on par with or better than what I've tasted back home, though, so definitely not a bad one Smile My friend enjoyed it alot, and she's got far more experience with the stuff than I do.

Today we went for a hike up Mount Fyffe, something we didn't plan to do but were convinced to by a couple of guys from Ireland and England that we met in a bar last night. A few beers in and we were sold, so we joined them up to the top today. Good fun, fantastic view. Pictures to come Smile

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