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Pickity Place…

https://www.pickityplace.com/

Yes, it’s in the middle of nowhere, also known as Mason, NH.  The GPS had us winding our way through the woods until you had to wonder if this could possibly be right.  And then there it was, Pickity Place.  Several little weathered red buildings set in lovely gardens.  Herb gardens, flower gardens, and vegetable gardens.  The vegetables weren’t the only edibles to make it onto our lunch plates either, every one of the courses that made up our 5 course lunch was garnished with edible flowers.  I confess that they were prettier than they were tasty.  The flowers I mean, the food was delicious.

You can’t just drop in on this place, reservations for the seatings are required in advance.  While you are waiting for the bell to signal that it’s time to be seated you can wander in the gardens, or shop in the gift shops.  Or if you haven’t done it on line already you might peruse the menu for the day and choose which of the two entrees might tickle your fancy.  The menu changes monthly, and I thought September’s offerings looked tempting also.  What a nice way to spend the day with my oldest and dearest friend, and to make two new friends also…

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Look the other way…

There is the beach at Highland Lake, with a lily pad pond and dragonflies.  Then there is the other end of the lake where I took an especially nice sunset picture over the winter.  There was beautiful color in the sky and the Aiderondack chairs just set the stage.  Now there is beautiful color in the flowers, but they pretty much hide the Aiderondack chairs completely.  The sky was clouding over.  A severe weather alert posted when I got home, and the weather showed up right on time.  Scared the dog half to death so we snuggled up to watch TV.  The storm is over but the dog is still snuggled up.LakeflowersLakeflowers2LakeflowerbeeLakeflowers3

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Looking for herons…

There was a Blue Heron sighting at Highland lake this morning, but not by me.  And when I attempted to find them myself what I found were dragonflies and Canada geese.  Sound familiar?  I thought I’d hurry out ahead of the stormy weather that was predicted for later.  And come back to reorganize the car ahead of a further NH exploration this weekend.  This retirement/snowbird thing is suiting me just fine.

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Making my way…

Last night I found a potential post I had written sitting forgotten in the computer.  It was written as I began this first snowbird season of mine, driving with a new appreciation of what I was seeing through the windshield as I made my way north.  I’m sure that I expressed most of what I had written in former posts since then, but what struck me was my last comment from that post.

If it’s photography that’s opened my mind to actually see and appreciate all that’s around me then it has improved my life immensely.  Now to try to slow down and stop for the photo ops along the way, that’s my goal for this trip.  And every day from now on, no matter where I am.

And that’s exactly what I feel like I’ve done.  I’m happy that I wrote that statement so that I can pat myself on the back for following through.  But there are so many more places left to explore.  I can’t wait…

 

 

 

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Lakeside views…

Arriving at Lake Winnipesaukee we found ourselves enjoying the view from a waterfront park.  That the park also had sculptures was a nice added attraction.  But we were a little mystified by the signage announcing that the park was safe for kids and animals, based on the lack of pesticide use.  What they neglected to warn us about was the Canada geese and their droppings, which were tough to avoid.  Not complaining though, it was just funny funny to read how safe it was and find yourself tiptoeing through the, well, not the tulips…Meredithscene6Meredithscene10Meredithscene7Meredithscene3Meredithscene5Meredithscene4Meredithscene2MeredithsceneMeredithscene9Meredith12Meredith13MeredithadirondacksMeredithgateMeredithgeese

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Meredith…

We took a little drive to Lake Winnipesaukee yesterday, and because I had to look up how to spell that I now know that it’s 21 miles long and varies from one to 9 miles wide.  We parked at the town pier in Meredith and were soon clicking away.  It was a gorgeous day, and fun, after we recovered from our initial trauma.  A hotel with gorgeous flowers had caught out eye first, and there were swans in the water there also. So we walked that way, dodging a gauntlet of Canada geese, and as we got closer I saw that one of the swans was caught on fishing line, a common problem for the birds in Florida, and I was getting upset. I was wondering who to inform about this while my friend walked closer to the second swan, and then informed me that they were not real swans.  Nope, fake swans and the fishing line was actually anchoring them down.  Kathy was hoping I wouldn’t mention this, but how could I resist?  Maybe her daughters won’t read this…

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