I've just seen the new Air New Zealand Middle Earth television commercial. It's centred around the second Hobbit movie and coincides with the film opening next month.
I'm probably wrong but it appears to have been filmed at Queenstown Airport.
Oh, J and I have well completed our minimum number of swims for Hataitai Beach in November. Today our old friend, Dressing-Gown Man, was at Hataitai Beach. It's nice to meet our beach buddies again every summer. Today was very warm and I loved it at the beach.
There were, maybe, half a dozen people in the water, but practically all of them were standing thigh-high in the sea and chatting away. I've noticed this phenomenon over the last few years at various beaches around the country. Hardly anyone actually swims anymore. A lot of folk like to run like mad into the sea, do a fast dive into the water, swim overarm for half a dozen strokes, then... that's it. They stand and talk doing the thigh-high-in-the-water thing, or hare back to the shore.
Here's a recent pic of my little Wednesday dog, Coco.