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

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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.

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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.

Selfies My Way — Yet Another From ‘Castle In The Clouds’ & Yes, I Need To Shave Better, September 8, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, you are free to steal these pictures.


The ‘Castle in the Clouds‘ has great mirrors for ‘selfies my way‘. I have taken more selfies there than anywhere else — I am sure. Just check. Search on ‘castle selfie’.

Wow. I am getting lax about shaving because of the mask thing. Not good. Need to shave better. Point taken.


At least 64 posts in the “Taking Selfies My Way” series.

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Small Sampling Of Flowers From The ‘Castle In The Clouds’ (NH) — June 25, 2020.

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We were there for the ‘Spring Cleanup‘. Given that I was working (for a change) & Teischan was in a hurry to get home once we were done, I didn’t get much of a chance to take many pictures. So, what I show here don’t do adequate justice for what they have in bloom. The Castle & the grounds are resplendent. All set for the July 1 Grand Opening for 2020. You really should go & enjoy the flowers, the magnificent views, the architecture, the culture & ambiance. Even the restaurant & cafe are open & they have GOOD food. Enjoy. SMILE.


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‘Castle In The Clouds’ [NH], Spring Clean, June 25, 2020 — Painting Back Walls & Cleaning Trolleys.

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Washing the red trolley.


Painting the back wall of the Cafe.

Before & After.


Done. It matches.

Painted the counter too since it was peeling.


Sparkling!


We have been volunteering at the ‘Spring Cleanup‘ for the last two years. This was our 3rd year — at least for Teischan & I. We have also done the ‘Fall Cleanup’.

Cleaning the trolleys have become our speciality. This was our 3rd year doing so. There was only two this year. We have done all three in prior years. This year we had to fisrt remove Christmas decorations from December. It is all fun.

Then I agreed to pain the back wall of the ‘Cafe’. I had NO idea what I was volunteering for — & was definitely not dressed for painting. But, c’est la vie. It was a beautiful day & I am used to going topless. Yes, the wall needs another coat of paint. We, however, had run out of both paint & time. But, it will do for now.

The Castle is opening on July 1, 2020. It is looking good.

We will make a few visits between now & Christmas.

Definitely worth visiting. Enjoy.


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Hiking The ‘Shannon Brook Trail’ At ‘Castle In The Clouds’, Moultonboro, N.H.

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It was the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. It was a picture perfect day in terms of New Hampshire weather. We wanted to do something ‘outside’ and the ‘Castle‘ came to mind. That we were going to dinner at Giuseppe’s in Meredith in the evening made it a ‘no brainer’. We could just do a loop of the Lake. And that is what we did.

Though we had free tickets for the ‘Castle‘ from ‘Volunteer Day‘ none of us wanted to tour the ‘Castle’ again. We have all visited it at least six times. So, we just wanted to enjoy the grounds. Found this hike. Nice and easy as hikes go and you can still visit the waterfall. So, great value. I enjoyed it. I had already walked/run 3 miles in the morning. So, I wasn’t too concerned that it was not overly long. Still ended up doing 20,000 steps for the day. I am cool with that.

This trail, as you can see from the maps, parallels the ‘paid entrance’ auto road for much of the way. You are not allowed to walk on the auto road — autos only. So, for folks like us who want to hike this is the way to do it. You can see the road from many places on the trail. You could cut across if you wanted. SMILE.


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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — September 1, 2019.

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Maple Lodge Castle in the Clouds New Hampshire Anura Guruge Canon EOS RP Tamron


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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — July 10, 2019, ‘Castle In The Clouds’.

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Taking Selfies My Way — Yet Another From ‘Castle In The Clouds’, July 10, 2019.

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IF you search you will see that MANY of my ‘Selfies My Way‘ have been taken at the magical ‘Castle in the Clouds‘. They have nice big mirrors with good lighting. Hard to resist.

A ‘selfie my way’ using a proper camera rather than my Google Pixel 2 phone. You can see why they say that the Canon grip on the EOS RP is pretty substantial.



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My New Motto In Life: ‘Skip & Go Naked’.

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Went to the ‘new’ ‘Woodshed‘ in Moultonborough for dinner last night after ‘The Barnstormers‘ at ‘Castle in the Clouds‘. This was the name of their featured drink (which was very good) and they were kind enough to have this badge perched atop the drink.

I am SOLD. I can live with that. ‘Skip & Go Naked‘.

The question is will YOU join me?

My old motto ‘Think Free, Or Die‘ isn’t as catchy.


The New ‘Woodshed’.



So, My New Name & New Motto.

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