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Red Fall Foliage In Central New Hampshire, Near Peak — September 22, 2020.

by Anura Guruge

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All in one grove in New Durham, on Route 11. This happens every year. So, I keep an eye open for it. Today I stopped & got these picture for YOU. Enjoy.

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by Anura Guruge


The 2 Non-Fake Christmas Trees Are Up (But Not Decorated) — So, All 3 Trees Are Up On The Advent.

by Anura Guruge

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Got these two, $35/each
from ‘Farmington Boy Scouts Troop 188’
At ‘Harley Davidson’ In Rochester, N.H.

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Most of my work is done — i.e., buying and getting the trees inside and installed. I don’t do much of the decorating. There are enough hands for that. These two trees were BIG. Had to chop off a fair amount, on both, top and bottom. We have tree toppings so we need space at the top.

Having an electric chain saw makes it easy. SMILE. I am now even cutting vertical notches at the bottom to facilitate water absorption. Teischan, as always, helped since the trees are ‘her thing’. Wasn’t too bad. Waited until 2:30pm when the temp. was just about freezing. Felt warm and good.

No school tomorrow (Monday) because of the snow. So, I assume that some decorating will commence. Stay tuned.

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by Anura Guruge


We Bought 2 Christmas Trees From ‘Farmington Boy Scouts Troop 188’ At ‘Harley Davidson’ In Rochester, N.H.

by Anura Guruge

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Good trees. $35/each.

Exceptional service.

They will load and securely tie down.
(They know what they are doing.)

Route 11 in Rochester — ‘Harley Davidson’ dealership.

Weekends Until All Trees Sold.

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Made a point of getting it from them this. We had discovered them last year and was very impressed with their exceptional service. I loved it. After decades of struggling tying down trees to the roof I can now let a couple of professionals do it — with aplomb and courtesy. Very nice group of people. Very impressive. Glad to give them the money rather than to Walmart.

They should still have trees on Sunday. They had a got 225 from Canada. They were, however, going fast — as they should.

We, as usual, got two. We are very pleased.

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by Anura Guruge


“Locke’s Hill Trail”, Gilford, NH — A Mini (But Rewarding) “Mount Major”.

by Anura Guruge

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Pictures taken with a Fujifilm X-E2s.

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From Google Maps, of course — who else? Click image to access Google Maps at this ‘point’.

Locke’s Hill” in Gilford like “Knight’s Pond” in Alton is an oft overlooked by folks looking for a ‘not-to-hard’, BUT rewarding hike on ‘this side’ of Lake Winnipesaukee. “Locke’s Hill” trail, like the much more famous “Mount Major” in Alton is on Route 11, about 6 miles apart. See map above.

“Locke’s” is a definite, v. kid friendly, alternative to “Mount Major” — the views from the top not that dissimilar. “Locke’s” at 1.9 miles of hiking is exactly half as long as “M.M.”, and at 1,057′ its elevation is 728′ less than that of its ‘big cousin’. On a difficulty scale of 1-5, if “M.M” is a 4 “Locke’s” is probably 1.25. If you go up “Quarry Trail” on the left of the Trailhead and come down via the “Lakeside Trail” the only real (slightly) steep places you will encounter is on the way down!

We, I and the two kids, did “Locke’s” on Monday evening when the temp. was in the high 70s. It is shady and cool. Totally deserted (as it tends to be). We encountered one other group and that was when we were nearly back at the car park. In contrast there were about 8 cars at “M.M.”. When I lived in Gilford, less than 1.5 miles away, I did this trail quite a bit, often with Ulysses.

Easy, fun, rewarding hike. The stone seats are cool. Unlike “Knight’s” it is very quiet and peaceful until you are nearly back to the car park — at which point you hear the traffic on Rte 11.

At the v. top, by the red tower do NOT take the wide track with what are tire-tracks from the tower maintenance vehicles. Instead either GO STRAIGHT ahead or find the narrower foot-path which is the “Lakeside Trail”. Otherwise you will miss the views of the Lake! Do not go back along the “Quarry Trail” following the signs to the car park. You will miss the Lake again! Yes, the signage could be better at the top. But now you have been warned.

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by Anura Guruge

Shout-Out For ‘Country Tire & Service Center’, Route 11, Just Before Rochester, New Hampshire.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.countrytirelogo

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We got a pair of Firestone FR710s for our van yesterday from these folks. It definitely, per their motto, was easy and different. I am fairly sure that they were ‘honest‘ too. There definitely were no hidden charges or ‘gotchas’. The ‘balanced and on the vehicle‘ price they quoted me was what I got charged, though they had to do a bit of juggling on the wheels since we were not replacing all 4 tires. I was suitably impressed. It was a competitive price too — but that goes without saying.

It was, in reality, the second time we had been there this week. We had also gone there on Thursday. The front tires on the van were out of balance. I called, got an appointment and took it in. There $8 per tire for balancing is fair. They balanced both front tires but said that they thought I had a shifting belt in one of the tires. Two of the tires were getting close to their limit. The balancing did not cure the vibration. While we were there they had given us, in writing, quotes for three different tires.

I was so aggravated with the van that I was going to ditch it and lease a new van. I spent a fair amount of time checking out leases. New Hampshire auto dealers are so screwed about leases. Deanna really didn’t want two new vehicles. Our KIA Sportage only has 14,000 miles on it after 19 months. We put even less milage on the van.

So I decided just to put two new tires on the van and keep it until June. Of course I checked the prices. I made some calls. Don’t bother with the Walmart Rochester Auto Center! It is basically CLOSED. Period. Move on. I love Walmart. I shop Walmart weekly, in-person or online. Deanna thinks I am a Walmart addict — but, trust me, the Walmart Rochester Auto Center is closed.

After much soul searching I decided to go with the Firestones. I called up Country Tire. I talked to Dan Loring, the Customer Service Advisor. He is the one that I had dealt with. I liked him. He tries hard. He told me that I should put the new tires on the back — though the van is front-wheel drive. He explained why. He called it ‘squirrely’ handling. It kind of made sense. I said ‘OK’. Then I CHECKED on the Web! Yes, I am a professional cynic and paranoid. I don’t even trust myself. He was right. So, that was a thumb’s up for him. [But, for the record, he didn’t know, when I first called him up, that you can have your tires balanced, ON the car. Yes, they don’t have the equipment. They should. I like having my tires balanced on the car. I know I have had it done, on my Yellow Corvette, in Laconia.]

Bottom line, we like these people. We like the café, with one cup of complimentary coffee, and Wi-Fi, they have. It is better than your normal waiting room. Good experience all around.

The place is owned by a Poulin brother, of ‘Dick Poulin Chevrolet‘ in Rochester. Funnily enough after getting the tires balanced we did drive to Dick Poulin to check the leases on a Chrysler. Wasn’t impressed. Won’t be going there again. The sales manager who checked out our van as a trade-in didn’t know how to use the trip counter to get the total milage as opposed to the trip milage that was being displayed! Aaaahhhh! I didn’t wait to hear what he was going to give me for a trade-in. I left in a hurry.

Country Tire does more than tires. We might check them out for other stuff, though we do have a decent mechanic in town who has taken care of us ever since we moved to Alton 2007.

Funnily enough this place is build on what used to be one of our favorite local, ‘cottage industries’ in the area. It was a small bungalow that sold ‘fancy’ garden furniture from the yard. In 2007 we stopped to get a Canadian swing — on wheels. The place was run by a lovely, ‘older’ gentleman. The brother-in-law of the lady who owned the house and business. Very, very nice. Though I was ready to pay by credit card for it, and I think it was in the $600 range, he told me to apply for the GE Finance no-interest for 12 months deal. I knew I would get that, I am a total sucker for any and all 0% deals — and I get 3 to 4 offers a week. We applied. He had to call it in. It was taking a few minutes. He goes into the house and comes back with a bunch of bananas! Yes, of course, the kids were with us. The bananas were for all of us. I was beyond impressed. That was masterful. We used to stop by. Never bought another expensive piece from him, but we would invariably buy some, unneeded but cute, decoration. Only because we liked him! We were sorry to see the house, the business and the gentleman go. But, we have Country Tire in its place. Maybe the good Karma lingers.