Hobbiton – Our walk through the Shire in New Zealand

Hobbiton – Our walk through the Shire in New Zealand

An image of a hobbit hole with a yellow door and a wooden fence with a gate out front of it at Hobbiton, in New Zealand. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Way before Bob and I decided to go to New Zealand, I held close to my heart the idea of one day visiting Hobbiton.  When we viewed the movie, The Hobbit, I fell in love with the whimsical Hobbit Holes that Bilbo Baggins and Frodo called home.  The dome-shaped dwellings captured the imagination of my inner child, and the seemingly utopian bucolic lifestyle struck a chord with me. Read more

Dunluce Castle a renowned ruins in Northern Ireland

Dunluce Castle A Renowned Ruins In Northern Ireland

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After waking up to a damp and foggy morning, Bob and I postponed our plans to drive directly to the Giant’s Causeway, in Northern Ireland.  We thought a tour of the Bushmills Distillery would provide a great distraction while we waited for the skies to clear and that it would brace us for the day ahead, but frequent stops to take in the daunting sights along the Causeway Coast caused a substantial delay.  On one headland of that inspirational coastline, we discovered the dramatic ruins of Dunluce Castle. Read more

Our visit to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland

Our Visit To Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge In Northern Ireland

Image of the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede Island in Northern Ireland

When visiting Northern Ireland, Bob and I spent the early part of one afternoon exploring Giant’s Causeway before we ventured a little further along the coast to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, an attraction that would test our resolve and sense of balance. Read more

Our bike ride on Inishmore Island

Our bike ride on Inishmore Island

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Bob and I had spent the early part of one morning touring the ancient fort, Dun Aonghasa, and photographing the wide variety of wildflowers at that location, so by the time we returned to our accommodations at Kilmurvey House, our rental bikes were ready and waiting for us.  A quick stop at the nearby cafe afforded us some sandwiches and apples that were tucked into our backpacks before setting off on our bike ride on Inishmore Island. Read more

Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park

Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park

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On our one and only outing to Tommy Thompson Park this past winter, Bob and I felt like kids let out of school for the summer.  It was a pleasantly warm, sunny day…typical March weather with a persistent wind out of the north that threatened to chill us to the bone if it weren’t for the strong rays of the sun beating down on our backs.  Still, winter had its icy grip on Toronto’s lakeshore. Read more

The Walled Victorian Garden at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

The Walled Victorian Garden at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

Walled Victorian Gardens at Kylemore Abbey in County Galway, Ireland

The grandeur of Kylemore Abbey extends well beyond the opulence of the original Castle to the expansive Walled Victorian Garden that rises from the heretofore boggy moorland in County Galway, Ireland.  It is a magnificent example of what can be achieved when creative engineering is combined with tenacity and inspiration. Read more

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland

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A slow tour of the Connemara region in County Galway was our aim after leaving County Mayo.  Its mix of blanket bogs, lakes, mountains and moorlands is reputed to be awe-inspiring and unspoilt, a perfect example of natural beauty.  Bob and I were off the sheets early to an already wet morning, and rain was expected to settle in for the day.  Our route to Ros an Mhil (Rossaveal) was undecided, but we intended to catch a ferryboat at noon, that is until we rounded a corner and were brought up short by the jaw-dropping beauty of Kylemore Abbey. Read more

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