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“Christmas At The Castle In The Clouds” — A Collage.

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“Christmas At The Castle” (In The Clouds), Moultonborough, NH (Nov. 24, 2018) — In 43 Pictures.

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Our second “Christmas at the Castle”, last year having been our first. By now we are, however, reaching ‘veteran’ status in terms of visits. This I think was our eighth visit to the ever enchanting “Castle In The Clouds“.

It was, of course, good. Big change in terms of weather from last year. No snow last year and it may have been a tad warmer. But, compared to the last few days it was warm — in the mid-30s Fahrenheit. But, it wasn’t too crowded. Strange. The parking lot was overflowing and people were parking on the access roads. But, the Castle itself was relatively sparse in terms of visitors. That was nice.

If we were to be honest, the decorations were not as lavish and grand as last year’s. I didn’t check but I suspect they had less donated ‘tableaus’ than last year. But, it still was good, pleasing and worth seeing. We had fun. I took 290 pictures.

There was also the craft fair. That was pretty crowded.

After a 45-minute wait we gave up on eating at the “Carriage House Restaurant“. They looked rushed and harried and the seating seemed cramped. So, we drove down the road to “Buckey’s” as we had done on another visit. They are always good.

So, highly recommended. Two thumbs up with no caveats.

Thank YOU, “Castle in the Clouds” — and we plan to be there next Christmas as well.


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A Loon Family Hand Painted On A Goose Feather.

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This is the breathtaking art of an amazingly talented (and incredibly self-effacing) lady from Bangor, Maine. She paints it naked eye — and without using anything to keep the ‘filaments’ of the goose feather from separating as she paints. Moreover, according to her, she has only being painting, in any form, for two and a half-years! She just discovered one day, in adulthood, that she can draw like this. This is mounted in a frame and cost $24. I would have paid more.

This was at the Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Craft Fair yesterday.

She did not have a business card or anything else and very politely declined to have a picture taken. She just gave us a list of all the Craft Fairs she will be at for the remainder of 2018. She will be back in Wolfeboro during August 10 — 12. So, you may want to try and catch her then.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part XXX; In The Eye Of An Alpaca — July 7, 2018.

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Part of the family of Alpacas that I helped rescue during a storm in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, exactly a year ago — at this very same Craft Fair. I took some pictures of it. He was 2-years old and talking a storm. When I uploaded this picture I realized that I am reflected, without distortion, in his eye, right way up. Amused I. Had to post it. You have to look carefully — into the eye. It will help if you ENLARGE. And there is I, feet apart taking this picture.


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Flowers Of Alton, New Hampshire — July 16, 2017.

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Bar the two small purplish flowers at the start of the gallery all the rest were taken at Alton Bay — where yet another Craft Fair was in full-swing. The top picture was one of the displays at one of the stalls. Of late they have been doing a real good job with the flowers in Alton Bay.

The two purple flowers were taken at the Alton ‘dump‘ — transfer center is the more formal term.


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Flowers Of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — July 8, 2017.

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Some were at the Wolfeboro Town Docks, other were at the ‘Craft Fair’ while a few were taken on my travels from the docks to the fair.

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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a6500) + 6 Also-Rans — July 8, 2017.

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My Good Deed Of The Day — Alpaca ‘Rescue’ In Wolfeboro, July 8, 2017

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This was at the ‘Wolfeboro Craft Fair’, at around 1:15pm, on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the height of the quite powerful storm that rolled through. [That one picture, taken early on doesn’t tell the full story of the severity of that storm that lasted about 40 minutes.]

We were staying dry inside one of the three large tents when suddenly these two kids (in their late teens I reckon) burst in with two very soaked and pitifully bleating alpacas. It was quite dramatic and you could tell, immediately, that the alpacas were in distress. One flopped onto the ground the refused to budge. They were not happy.

Appears that the tent that they were under collapsed on top of the two alpacas which scared them no end — on top of the lightning, thunder and heavy rain. The ‘boy’ in charge (in the blue T-shirt in the above pictures) was ‘upset’ and doing his best to take good care of the alpacas and his drenched female helper. He was continually running out, into the storm, back to his mangled tent to retrieve sweatshirts for his companion, hay for the alpacas and towels.

He needed someone to hold onto the two alpacas while he rushed out and his helper was trying to get into her sweatshirt.

That is where I came in. He gave me very specific instructions that I must hold tight — hence why the reins are wrapped around my hand. They didn’t give me any trouble. Good as gold. They were scared. Reminded me of doctors in distress. Teischan took the three pictures of me with my Sony a6500. She did a good job.

When the rain abated they took them out and put them in a portable pen next to the collapsed tent. They were still soaked and not happy.

They took them home, to Belmont, in a trailer shortly after they managed to untangle and dismantle the tent. So, these two pictures are after the storm and you can see what happened to the tent. Despite the heavy winds and rain this was the only tent that collapsed. Others leaked, swayed and looked all set to get blown away but, in the end, stood their ground.


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6 Fuji X-E2s Images Of The Day — July 16, 2016.

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In Alton, New Hampshire: At the “Moore Farm” Open Day
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Wolfeboro, N.H. 2015 Christmas Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting.

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Of course all Christmas parades, by definition, are good. So that was the case here too though it lacked some of the key elements we had come to expect of late — viz. NO Kingswood High School Band led by Bobby Burns, NO Wolfeboro trademark large ‘puppets’ and NO Mrs. Claus. Yes, it was a dank & dreary day — more like Hampshire (in England) in November as opposed to New England. Last year we sloshed through snow. This year rain.

It was a new bachelor Santa with no Mrs. Yes, somebody very kindly gave me the low down BUT I am not going to divulge it. Personal. Just that we are so used to seeing BOTH Mr. & Mrs. It was still fun. Not sure why it was not up to the usual snuff. Could be the weather. The band might not have wanted to perform in the rain — given the damage it could do to the expensive instruments. But here are some of the pictures. Enjoy. It was good to see a LOT of people we knew.

Merry Christmas.