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Apple Picking 2019 At “Appleview Orchard”, Pittsfield, New Hampshire — October 11, 2019.

by Anura Guruge

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Going apple picking at our ‘local’ (about 7 miles away) ‘Appleview Orchard‘ is a much cherished, must-do annual ritual — which we have faithfully adhered to for at least the last 7-years. Maybe more. Just do a search on ‘Appleview‘ and you will see all the posts, with tons of pictures, from prior years. You will recognize the various points of interest and maybe even notice that my pictures have got slightly better — mainly because I have upgraded lenses and cameras over that time.

Last year we went early — in September. Mid-October, however, is our usual time. This year, for the first time, we did NOT go on a weekend. We have a busy October and Friday was a school holiday in Alton. While we knew that we would miss all the weekend activity, i.e., music, hayrides and apple fritters, we also knew it would be less crowded!

Well, full disclosure. This year, for the first time, we didn’t pick any apples. We bought some and I will confess, that as is my wont, I picked and ate one from a tree — but, I know that Dennis & Mary (the lovely owners) wouldn’t expect anything less from I. [Yes, I did have a long chat with Dennis but didn’t tell him I ate an apple! He knows. We ‘know’ each other.] SMILE. We are cool.

That, permanently borrowed apple, is ALL I ate! The days of me eating 36 apple fritters, 6 servings of apple crisp and a gallon of ice cream, ALAS, are long gone. But, Deanna and Teischan had their customary ice cream and I later found out that a whoopie pie was involved too. I just got in my steps and took pictures.

The farm looks GRAND. Gets better every year. Beautiful foliage.

They are having their ‘AppleFest’ this weekend. Please go. You will love it.


From 2012. WOW. They were YOUNG
and I was HUGE
(thanks to all those apple fritters and ice cream).

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by Anura Guruge


Jaguar Sets Out To Leverage The Fact That Only Exceptionally Smart People Own/Drive Jaguars.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

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From the U.K. Daily Mail. Click here to access original.

The video on YouTube.


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What can I say other than that this makes so, so much sense. It is a no-brainer so to speak though, in reality, it is ALL about brains. Only smart people buy Jaguars. Check the demographics. Those without any sense buy German. I have talked about this so often. This is brilliant. Exploit the fact that you can rely on a Jaguar owner to be sensible and smart. Goes with the image. 

Kind of fits in with the theme of their current Ad.


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Sea Bird Chinese Restaurant, Wolfeboro, NH: My New ‘Local’ Chinese

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

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Sea Bird Asian Cuisine, 89 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, 03894; (603) 569-9031

Sea Bird Asian Cuisine, 89 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, 03894; (603) 569-9031. Click to access their Website.

It is not that prepossessing from the outside, but many ‘experts’ will tell you that that can be a good thing when looking for good Asian food.

Teischan and I went to the ‘Sea Bird’ for dinner around 5:30 pm yesterday, after we had finished unloading the truck at Brewster after the Clearlakes Chorale concerts. Deanna and Devanee were attending the ‘after concert’ party, so it was just the two of us for a change. That was a good thing since I had hardly seen Teischan over the last 3 days because I had spent so much time helping out with the concert setup. [It is a good job that we hadn’t checked their Website because it claims that they are closed on Sunday during the Winter — but maybe by ‘Winter’ they mean post New Year.]

I hadn’t been to the Sea Bird in many, many years. In a prior life, when I owned a place on Shaw’s Pond, 6 miles down the road from Wolfeboro, I used to frequent them often.

I wanted to check them out. I was in search of a local Chinese now that I have decided to help the one in Alton pay less taxes by not going there.

I am glad that I went. The thing that struck me the most was the service. It was spot on, the best that I have experienced at a Chinese in a very long time. Thank you. Made my day, and it had been a busy and tiring day, but also very rewarding. The Sea Bird was the ultimate icing on the cake.

To be fair it wasn’t that busy. There was one other table occupied and when they left we had the place to our self and the undivided attention of the two owners. The lady who served us was one of them, Lan Sam. I also got to chat with her husband Guy Phu. Very nice folk. Know what they are doing. Interestingly Guy’s brother owns Phu Jee’s in Meredith. I know it well and we talked about that restaurant since we had visited quite recently as part of the Meredith ‘Trick or Eat‘.

Lan was attentive to Teischan. She is a mother. I pay particular attention to these things. It was the way that she treated Teischan that gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. The generous portion of ‘Pineapple Passion’ I was served helped.

We ordered our usual staples: steamed dumplings, scallion pancakes, House fried rice and the cashew chicken dinner special that came with spare ribs and chicken wings. The scallion pancakes were fluffy and dry; not oily and compressed. They were good, as was all the others. It is genuine, unpretentious ‘Chinese-American’ food — what Americans expect when they order Chinese at a common or garden, local Chinese. The portions were good and the price decent. I was pleased.

Per Devanee’s explicit instructions before she headed off for her party, I ordered the ‘usual stuff’ — which is what Devanee told me to order. She had some when we got home even though she had eaten at the party too. She had Chinese for breakfast also. Yes, she likes Chinese. Deanna and I had some for lunch. Guess we are eating Chinese for dinner too.

Food is good. We are going back. I was impressed. Good overall experience. Very nice people. Also nice to have Chinese folks serving you at a Chinese restaurant — as opposed to Americans at the Alton place who also volunteer that certain dishes are too spicy for them. Hoping to go there for dinner New Year’s Eve while we are at the Wolfeboro First Night. It is their busiest night. So we agreed that we will come shortly after 8 when things would have quietened down a bit. I will let you know how that goes.

P.S., Mitt Romney has never visited the restaurant in person, though he might have got takeout from them. That kind of makes sense. The Romneys don’t strike me as folks that will eat Chinese from a local place.