Monday, February 13, 2006

Into Mordor....with a cream scone

Adventures R Us
(imagine the R is backwards)

Today we ascended the Mountain of Doom up into Mordor.

Or should we say...MorrrrrDorrrrrrr
(imagine Scottish rolling of the Rs)

Yes we drove to Whakapapa (the 'wh' is pronounced 'fh' - now you try saying it outloud. Yes. Exactly.)

But before we could take the ring up to the fires of Mount Doom....we had to have a Devonshire Cream Tea at the Chateau in front of Tongariro (skiing field and volcano).

This time I remembered to ask for a Devonshire Cream Tea. At the Chateau they are famous for their Cream Teas. But on my first visit when I asked for a Cream Tea they looked confused and offered to serve me a cup of tea with cream in it.....
Apparently the key word is DEVONSHIRE. Not CREAM. Even though you spread lashings of cream on your scone, not lashings of a Southern County.

Anyhoo, we had a very nice scone...although it appeared to be a Lemon and Date scone which isn't quite the done thing....but we'll forgive them.

Then we ascended, at great personal risk, up TWO charirlifts to the almost-peak of the mountains....OF DOOM.

There seemed a distinct absence of fiery rocks, lava, orcs and hairy footed hobbits....but they did lend us a couple of jackets as it twas a tad chilly up the top.... in Morrrrrdorrrrrr.

I was quite amused to see how Sarah's short shorts disappeared under the long that it appeared...well you can see in the pictures.

Also, note how we managed to clench our toes tightly between our flirty flip flops (yes, this is they) we ascended and descended the mountain on the death-defying chairlifts. No hobbits feet in sight.

(For more on feet issues....please see Dave's blog)

After all these adventures we stopped by the lake for some sunshine....and then ended the day with a swim.



Blogger s@bd said...

oh! the flirtyness!
the 'rrrrrrrr'-ness!
the lemon & dateness (?)!
the sheer long-leggedness of it all!

Kind of wish I was there. Instead of here, watching DORA and wondering if it will be warm enough to take the kids outside.


1:20 PM  
Blogger chirobiro said...

wow, wow wow, Morrr Dorrr ( or "hows your father" achem..... as I will know remeber it!) and all that. Are you really sure there was no nasgul, or mouth of Sauron to be seen??

How exciting.. not that i am one of those silly LOTR fans or anything daft like that! I am sure I don't qualify only having watched them all about 5 times each, not to mention with all the the commentaries from the stars and directors and graphic and props people. Mind you Kev and I did watch them all again, about one week before Christmas for no other reason than my very uncompetitive husband wanted to win at his new trivial pursuits ( LOTR film DVD edition) game, and no one was going to get in his way !!!!!

So I am sure I can safely say, not being a LOTR geek or anything, that I am not at all excitied or impressed in the slightest that you went to Doom, and came back for a paddle.

PS just please take lots of Photos if you go to any of the other sites... pleasey please please.


2:04 PM  
Anonymous LA said...

Absolutely Fabulous

3:13 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Devonshire Cream Teas - hmmm sounds so heavenly - I can eat one right now - you're making me hungry :)

4:21 AM  
Blogger Linda Hope said...

Awww, Sarah looks so happy and like she is so enjoying herself...ahhh, if only....

[Operator: ladies and gentlemen, we appologize for this delay. Linda Cho is currently lost in a daydream into New Zealand. Maintainence crews are on their way and we will resume shortly. Thank you for your patience and we appologize for any inconvenience.]

Oh sorry... where was i? Oh ya, i wish i was there with you!

6:26 AM  

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