Daily Archives: May 15, 2021

Flowers From The ‘Castle In The Clouds’, N.H. — May 15, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


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EARLY DAYS! Nothing like what we will be rewarded to in a few weeks. It has been a cold (but rainy) Spring. Now that it is getting warmer the plants will quite literally burst into bloom.


‘Castle In The Clouds’, N.H., Spring 2021 Volunteer Day — May 15.

by Anura Guruge


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Lynne Walsh, “The Castle’s” exemplary Volunteer Volunteer Coordinator, who makes this all possible & work — along with Al Sochard, Director of Buildings & Grounds


It was BOTH fun & productive. So glad we went & pitched in. I think this was our 5th time. We ‘specialize’ in cleaning the three trolleys — inside & out. Today, I even started scraping off some peeling varnish from one of the trolleys. My plan is to go back & give it a new coat of good marine varnish.


According to the ‘Thank You’ e-mail from Lynne this is what we all got done today. I am glad.

We got a huge amount done and I think this makes us that much closer for opening May 29th.  Here’s what we accomplished today!

  • Much raking around the main parking lot, walkway to the Carriage House, and large picnic area in front of the gift shop.  This makes it look cleaner and welcoming to guests – with our first guests coming tonight to our first wedding of the season.
  • All trolleys were cleaned from top to bottom, outside and in!  This too really enhances the appeal to the wedding guests tonight!
  • Additional garden clean up and primping by some of the gardeners at gardens by the Carriage House and Gift shop.  Beautiful flowers and plants blooming!
  • Planted the window box at Maple Lodge by another gardener – thanks Gretchen!
  • Painted the lower guard rail in the main parking lot (volunteers had painted  the upper guard rail the year before so this really looks nice now!)
  • Painted the benches on the sun porch up at Lucknow Mansion to welcome all tour guests.

The weather could not have been more perfect. WOW. First really warm day of 2021. We lucked out. Well, I try not to wait just for the Volunteer Days. I went in a few extra days last year. Hopefully I can do the same this year as well.

SUPPORT ‘The Castle’. It is a New Hampshire TREASURE. Wonderful place to be around. Volunteer. Nice bunch of folks — bar I. But you can avoid me. SMILE.

Anura’s Picture Of The Day + 6 Others, May 15, 2021, ‘Castle In The Clouds’, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


All taken with my (January 2021) Google Pixel 5.

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Anu’s Picture of the Day:


The other 6:

The Sad Tale Of A Tall Tree — Standing Rampant One Day, Felled For Firewood The Next.


by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. What a bunch of dotards.

This grove of trees, on an unused building lot, is just down the road from I — on one of the two roads I can take to leave our house. So, I don’t go by there everyday, but do tend to pass it a few times a week. [Yes, the other road is the ‘main’ one.]

When on foot I invariably stop to admire these trees, They are so tall, straight & standing proud.

This week I saw three trucks on that lot. I knew it wasn’t a good sign. I was right. They cut down the main tree. True, it appears to have lost its top part over the winter. But, STILL it is a shame. But, I guess trees are to be sacrificed. Expendable. Renewable. Right? That is the justification.

As A Longtime Amazon Shareholder (Of Consequence), I Just Love That Home Depot & Lowe’s SUCK At Online Shopping.


by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. What a bunch of dotards.

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘MarketWatch’.

During the last week I have been foiled & screwed when it came to online shopping with Home Depot & Lowe’s. They are BEYOND useless. Pathetic. But, I am glad. As an Amazon shareholder I am delighted. Better for Amazon & that means better for I & my also my kids. [Yes, my two of my kids do. Amazon is already paying for one to go through College.]

Both Home Depot & Lowe’s are so bad that they come away as sleazy, scamey & scandalous. Well, I have learnt my lesson the very hard way. Screw Home Depot. Screw Lowe’s. I will try to do even MORE shopping via Amazon.

Amazon RULES. Amazon EXCELS. Amazon is AMAZING.

Home Depot sucks.

Lowe’s suck.