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“Rowen”, Our Newfies, First Easter.

by Anura Guruge


Water does not scare her, BUT she is still curious.

Will NOT drink from streams or lakes! Will sniff it … will pee in it, BUT will not drink. Only drinks from bowls or from a hose. That will sure change.



125-days old. That is 4-months & 5-days. Getting big. We have had her just over 9-weeks. She has changed our lives! Great dog. Lot of fun.

Forget what folks tell you about Newfies. She has become a GREAT walking dog. She, furthermore, enjoys her walks now that she has got it figured. Walks 4-miles with me every morning. She is FINE. She is getting STRONG.

So, why don’t I post more pictures of her. It is very difficult for I to get pictures of her! She is always so close to me. If I stop she is all over me. Standing up. Same at home. So, I have to rely on others.


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by Anura Guruge


Newfie “Rowen’s” Very First Encounter With An Unfrozen Stream — Cute.

by Anura Guruge



It was cute. Temperatures here have only gone above freezing (& even then just during sunlight hours) in the last couple of days. So, everything has been frozen solids — & the lakes are still frozen. This stream, across a little-used hiking trail that I often frequent, just broke free from the grips of what was a hard & harsh winter. You can still see the ice in protected ‘coves’. Well, it was all knew to Rowen, who was born in Iowa, on November 30, 2020. He is indeed a snow puppy.

She walked into the water without any fuss. She is familiar with water. She has had enough baths & loves playing in her water bowl. BUT she would NOT drink the water — though she, as is common with that breed, is always thirsty. She didn’t even sniff it. But, I am sure she will work it out in no time. Braxton, as is his wont, was lapping away. She paid no heed.


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Pictures Of Partial Solar Eclipse Over New Hampshire — August 21, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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I did NOT bother to get a special eclipse filter. I was not that motivated. I was going to leave that to the professionals.


Filter That I Used — Nature’s Own.

Reflection of the Sun in water I poured into a wheelbarrow.

I waited for the water to settle and then used an EV between -1 and -2.


Reflections of the Eclipse.

This was when the water was rippling.


It was cool. We only got to see a partial, but even that was memorable. First for the kids.

I did see the Solar Eclipse of May 10, 1994 over New Hampshire.

I had got 5 eclipse glasses from Amazon and that worked out.


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Would The Buddha Really Have Said “When You Love A Flower, You Water It Daily”?

by Anura Guruge


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I saw this on Facebook Friday, December 16, 2016.


As soon as I saw this it struck me, immediately and viscerally, as incongruous.

Why?

I really don’t remember hearing much about the Buddha, i.e., Gautama Buddha, talking about love! That is true and in my youth I was very immersed in Buddhism and would have remembered if ‘love’ was a major plank of the Buddha’s teaching.

Got me thinking. Gautama Buddha and love! Hhhhmmmm.

This was a man who walked away from his newly born son, supposedly his only child, without a backward glance or any regrets — within 24 hours of the son being born! This was a man who walked away from his doting wife. Why? Because he fretted that life was misery. I only started seeing this aspect of the Buddha over the last 15 – 20 years. I do not see him as what you would call an affectionate person.

Then there is his WHOLE thing about ATTACHMENTS. Love is the ultimate form of attachment.

And then on further reflection I realized that it is very unlikely that the Buddha would have said: “When You Love A Flower, You Water It Daily”.

Three reasons.

  1. This would have created an attachment to a ‘thing’, i.e., the flower, that by nature would soon die. That was anathema to the Buddha. So, that was strike one.
  2. The Buddha was BIG into flowers — as ‘things’ that should be used when meditating, and doing so by focusing on how a fresh, beautiful flower would soon die, wither away and become unsightly. Strike two.
  3. The Buddha would have known that you don’t water a flower per se, and that any amount of watering would not permit it to last ‘that long’. Strike three.

I could be wrong. But, this does not sound like a saying from the Buddha. Enlighten me IF I am wrong. I am all ears.

Thanks. Merry Christmas.


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Think – Today: Why Is The Amazon River Called As Such?

by Anura Guruge


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amazonrivermap-svgVery simple. The huge river in South America — the Amazon. Why is it called that?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’What happens to the fat that you lose/burn during dieting. It is expelled from the body in the form of Carbon Dioxide and water (mainly in sweat and urine). There can also sometimes be some Ketones that are expelled — that produces bad breath. This YouTube video explains more and is quite entertaining.


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Adorable, Rotating Google Doodle To Celebrate Evidence Of Water On Mars — September 29, 2015.

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>> First day of Autumn 2015: Northern.
>> Rugby World Cup 2015.

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The REACH, once again, makes sense. Bravo.


New Hampshire Lakes Still Very Swimmable In September 2014 — Though It May Already Be Start Of Foliage Season.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Swimming 1st time 2014July 1, 2014.
>> Halfmoon deserted … — Aug. 24, 2013.

>> Water temperature in Halfmoon Lake … — June 30, 2013.
>> Losing swimming buoyancy — July 10, 2014.
>> 1st swim of 2013 in Halfmoon Lake — July 8, 2013.

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That is Teischan with Braxton (the Beagle) around 5:45 pm, September 1, 2014 on Halfmoon Lake, N.H. The blob to the far right is Maya, the non-stop swimming Golden. She is swimming to the swim platform — the one I swim to. Click to ENLARGE.

Halfmoon Lake, looking towards Barnstead, from the Fernhill beach. Notice that there is but a tinge of foliage. Those are the two dogs. Click to ENLARGE.


I, for various reasons, hadn’t swum in 10 days. The last two times I had swum, both at our beach on Halfmoon Lake, Alton, N.H., it had been borderline cold.

We went to the beach around 5:30 pm yesterday, Labor Day — which happened to be September 1, 2014. That was a bit early for us, BUT ‘Sept. 1’ is a landmark for us on our beach. As of September 1 until Memorial Day we can take the dogs to the beach whenever; during the ‘Summer’ they can only go after 7pm.

I decided to give the water a try. Given the Biblical deluge that we had had the night before I fully expected the water to be too cold — at least for me. There was nobody out swimming — but that is par for the course ‘that late’ most evenings. Two very young kids playing close to the beach, but that doesn’t count because they don’t feel the cold as much as I do.

But when I ventured in, beyond my knees, I was pleasantly surprised. It was warm! It had actually warmed up since I last swam. Well the day time temps. have been higher we are going to have at least four 80°F days in a row this week.

So just want to let you know that the lakes in Central New Hampshire are still eminently swimmable right now — i.e., first week of September 2014 — even though we may also be talking Fall Foliage.


We are still messing around with the my refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 18-55mm IS II Lens.
Took these two pictures before we headed for the beach.


Went Swimming In The Lake, i.e., Halfmoon Lake, Alton (N.H.), For The First Time In 2014 Yesterday — June 30.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Halfmoon deserted … — Aug. 24, 2013.
>> Water temperature in Halfmoon Lake … — June 30, 2013.
>> Losing swimming buoyancy — July 10, 2014.
>> 1st swim of 2013 in Halfmoon LakeJuly 8, 2013.

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I thought I was at least a week behind ‘schedule’ and I was going to ‘blame’ it on us having been away much of last week. But I knew that I had the exact date of last year’s first swim enshrined, for posterity, on this blog.

WOW! I was actually 9 days ahead of last year. I am amazed, but pleased.

In my ‘middle ages’, given that I have lived in N.H.’s Lakes Region since 1991, mid-June used to be my traditional target date to start swimming in ‘the lake’ — the lakes over time having been ‘Shaw’s Pond’ in New Durham, the ‘Big Lake’ in Meredith (1997 – 1999) and Gilford (2000 – 2006) and now ‘Halfmoon’ in Alton since 2007.

Now much older and with considerably less insulation I need the water temps to be higher. Yesterday was tolerable. Maybe even pleasant. I did a decent swim.

I still feel the loss of 2 pounds of buoyancy as a result of losing weight. It is still very noticeable. All I can say is ‘WOW’ … who would have thought. I now make allowances for it.

Well, now that I started swimming I will try and swim, near daily, well into September. I like swimming. So in the Summer it becomes a run up Prospect Mountain in the morning and a swim in the evenings. Works for me.

So Summer is here. Come up and enjoy it folks.


Halfmoon Lake Has Been Deserted (And Unseasonably Cold) This Last Week. I Am Still Swimming.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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That is a lonesome and kind of cold me.

Deanna takes the dogs early in the morning.


This has been quite a Summer. Lots of rain to begin with — but nowhere close to a record. Then a brutal heat wave for one week. More rain and then this cold spell in August that precipitated an eerily early fall foliage.

The lake, i.e., Halfmoon (which we use most often though I, as usual, swam in Winnipesaukee 5 or 6 times), is cold. Kind of a bummer. It was cold in June. It was too cold for me to go swimming till July 8 — and that is 2 weeks beyond my normal start. But, I am persevering with the swimming because when I stop swimming I know that the Summer is over. That it has been hot over the last few days have helped a tad, but the temp. at night is what we usually get in September.

We went to the beach around 5:40 pm on Monday — that being usually when we go since none of us like baking in the Sun. The whole beach, from one end to the other, as you can see from the pictures above, was empty. August 19. Beautiful afternoon/evening. It is as if people have given up on this Summer. We also went Wednesday and Thursday and there were a few people around. Yes, I know that schools have started in MA and in some parts of NH. But, it is sad. This is way too early to call quits on the Summer.

At least the ducks, Maya and I will try to get as much swimming as possible before it gets really cold. Maya will carry on swimming till November! Loves the water. Doesn’t mind the cold.