RETURN OF THE NATIVE

 

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With some difficulty, and with some stings from nettles and pricks from thorns, they struggled out of the thicket.

Then they had another surprise. Everything became much brighter, and after a few steps they found themselves at the edge of the wood, looking down on a sandy beach.

A few yards away a very calm sea was falling on the sand with such tiny ripples that it made hardly any sound. There was no land in sight and no clouds in the sky. The sun was about where it ought to be at ten o’clock in the morning, and the sea was a dazzling blue. They stood sniffing in the sea-smell.

(THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA – PRINCE CASPIAN BY C S LEWIS)

*Close friends CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien both wrote epic fantasy novels inspired by the English countryside, so when it came to bringing the Lord Of The Rings and The Chronicles Of Narnia to the big screen, it was inevitable the films would be shot in – New Zealand. The film’s New Zealand North Island base was the old Hobsonville Air Base in northwestern Auckland, where most of the spectacular sets were built, including London’s ‘Paddington Station’, as the Pevensie children are evacuated from the capital to avoid the bombing of the city during WWII.

*I love the sea and this week’s prompt had me jumping with joy.  I have always lived near the sea and from my childhood, nothing refreshes me so much as sitting in the sands and watching the sea. This week’s prompt  was so enticing that I have posted a second blog, again from the Chronicles of Narnia. I have added a bit about the film’s location which, I was surprised to find, was in New Zealand and not UK!

 

 

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