Friday, September 19, 2014

Sea Shore New Hampshire

New Hampshire has seventeen miles of sea shore so we decided to take a tour yesterday. We went to Portsmouth, Rye Harbor and other sea towns.

 sea grass blowing in the wind

 distant view of the islands

 John Smith monument completed last month

 New England explorer John Smith

 more rugged sea shore

 sea shore flower

 stone home with view of the shore

 home with unique chimney caps

unique chimney caps
(I'm sure these caps will influence a piece in clay)

palladian windows with palladian lattice above

We stopped at a local restaurant and had lobster bisque and drove back to Newport. The shore is about a two hour drive from Newport, New Hampshire.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pollards Mill Newport NH

Yesterday we arrived (without incident or mishaps) at our destination in Newport, New Hampshire. Gary's grandparent's settled in Newport in the early 1900s after immigrating from Finland. Gary's cousin, Jack, and Jack's wife, Gale, still live on some of the original property settled by their ancestors. After a tour of Gary's cousin's home Jack gave us a short tour of the town.

One of the stops we made was the Pollards Mill site. The grist mill was torn down in 1919, so I've posted a photo, first photo, from a postcard taken at that time. Gary's father learned how to swim in the South Branch of the Sugar River right at this same spot. Stay tuned for more sites and sounds of this area. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Unadilla and Oneonta New York

This time we camped by the side of a creek in Unadilla New York which is just before the town of Oneonta.

 A lazy creek meanders by our camp site.

 Blue asters and goldenrod abound along the countryside everywhere.

 Trees fall beside the creek and are left to decay.

Life is good, That is after we made it through all the rough roads that proliferate this state. I suspect the frozen earth of winter heaves the ground and creates havoc with the roads here. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Gall

Last night we arrived at our campground in Carlisle Pennsylvania. I got out of the car and looked up to see this gall on a large maple tree branch. It's about a foot long. I am not sure if this is a woody gall or burl or if it's a disease type call. What do you think. It looks woody to me.

Here's our truck and trailer parked in our spot. Pulling a trailer we sleep in our own rig and take our meals so we don't have to eat out all the time, saving a few dollars.

 There are numerous rocks jutting form the earth here, Some are quite interesting.

Here's my computer station, live from me to you. Ha. Well time is limited so I'll leave you for now. Once we get to our destination in New Hampshire, I hope to have some touristy photos for you so stay tuned. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.