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Spring In New Hampshire: More Crocuses, But It Is Still WAY TOO COLD!

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts: >> 2015: Sounds of Peepers.

>> 2015: Crocuses and Green MGB.
>> 2015: Winnipesaukee ice-out.

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More crocuses and Spring scenes
from Central New Hampshire,
viz. Alton in the Lakes Region.

But, it is unusually cold! It hailed yesterday
though I took the Green MGB out, topless (and froze)).
Still a bit of snow around.

The crocuses are out as are the daffodils & forsythia.

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Sound Of Spring In New Hampshire — The Peepers + Some Sights & More Crocuses.

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2015 crocuses, Alton, N.H., April 19.

Related posts:
>> 2014: Sounds of Peepers.
>> 2015: Crocuses and Green MGB.
>> 2015: Winnipesaukee ice-out.

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The Peepers have have been in fine voice
since last Friday.
Had the dogs in quite a tizzy.
They jumped into the swamp to check.
All the Peeping stopped, at once. Quite funny.

I videoed this same swamp last Spring.
It was quite a hit.

So this is the 2015 version.
Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, New Hampshire.
(West on Route 28 close to Barnstead).
This the road that I run on — most days.
1.25 miles uphill — then 1.25 downhill.

Click to access YouTube video. Read the description. The dogs are introduced there, if YOU don’t know them already. They run, off leash, with me. Turn up the VOLUME. Quite impressive.


Pictures taken on Prospect Mountain Road,
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — Earth Day.

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Found this “Peeper Ale” bottle, from Maine,
up the road. Despite the signs about throwing rubbish
there is a lot of litter on this beautiful road.

The most unusual object I have seen was a discarded,
purple, female, plastic vibrator. The mind boggles.
Obviously somebody threw it out of a car or truck.
I guess they were still frustrated!

Very apropos. I hope they stopped and listened to the peepers as they supped the ‘Peeper Ale’. Like the picture and the “Do what’s right” message.

Taylor ‘Blueberry Farm'; about 1/2 way up my climb. The swamp with the peepers is at the bottom.

The trees are still bare. One of these is the crab apple tree that bore the LAST red apple in New Hampshire. Find my post.

There is still snow on the ground, in the shade, at the top.

The dogs love the cold, melted snow pools.


Alton Author Brandy DiFauda Finishes Her Online “The Case of the Red Painted Lips” Story.

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Related posts:
>> “Brandy’s Writers Cramp”.


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Brandy DiFauda is an up-and-coming
writer living in Alton, New Hampshire.

Her first full length novel, in eBook form,
is planned to be published in May 2015.

This is her latest online story — on her blog.

Her detective, Neal Scarpetti, is
NOT related to Patricia Cornwell’s
Kay Scarpetta.

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Click to access Brandy’s blog.


Pelting Precipitation Will Precipitate Lake Winnipesaukee 2015 Ice-Out — April 25 Looks Promising.

The green MGBs are out.

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2015 crocuses, Alton, N.H., April 19.

Related posts:
>> 2015:
Already happened 19 times.
>> 2015:
Not even close …
>> 2014 Ice-Out: middle of road.
>> 2014 Ice-Out, April 23.
>> Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out, Analysis.

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Alton Bay, N.H. — from the overlook and from town.
Monday, April 20, 2015 4:48 – 5:00pm.
Gray, rainy and rather miserable.


The rain, which started in earnest around 2pm on Monday, April 20, 2015, has been relentless and at times punishing.

It will do a job on the ice. This rain, if it continues for another 24 hours, per the predictions, will expedite the ice-out by 3 to 4 days.

So my revised estimate is that we will see ice-out by this Friday, April 24, 2015.

Ice-Out Traditions: When I ran “Waiters on Water” (WOW), food takeout to Winnipesaukee Islands by boat and jet-ski, there was a family with a house on the east-side of Locks Island who would get there as soon as Glendale was ice-free so that they could have cocktails over the first weekend, ideally on their dock, with ice they scooped out of the lake. They would order takeout to go with the drinks. It was neat. Nice people.


Heron On Merrymeeting River, Alton, New Hampshire On Easter Sunday 2015.

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A Few Related Easter posts:
>> Easter 2015 egg hunt at the Guruge’s.
>> Easter Google Doodle.
>> 2015: Easter-Passover same weekend.
>> Easter 2014 at the Guruge place.

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Photographed by Anura Guruge using a refurbished Canon Rebel T3i
with a Canon EFS 55-250mm zoom lens.

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Monday, April 6, 2015: I had to go into Alton around noon to pick up Teischan who was sick (again). The heron was at the same spot, Merrymeeting River (by Alton circle) — both times I drove past. Must be his/her spot. How can I tell its gender? Different color? Size? I will have to look up. Just wanted to let YOU know.

A friend who knows his birds put me right on a few things. It is definitely an adult Great Blue Heron (GBH). Very little difference in appearance between males and females. So could be either. He also added: “Herons migrate in early, so if the bird has already settled in, one would expect that its mate is located in a heronry (A GBH rookery) in an isolated wetland with a number of dead or dying trees in which they are nesting”.


Two Thirds Of The Guruge Family At 2014 Christmas: Post Clearlakes Chorale Concert.

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Related posts:
>> Devanee & Dad Clearlakes 2014.

>> Clearlakes 2014 ‘Italian Christmas’.


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Anura Guruge and family Christmas 2014


For reasons we have never fully sussed we are not very good and taking family photographs.

We have tons of pictures of various members but very rarely do the four of us appear in the same picture
and even ‘once in a Blue Moon’ doesn’t quite cover when we get all six of us in the same picture.

So this was a novelty.

A very kind gentleman from the chorale, a keen photographer himself,
offered to take a family picture when he saw us taking pictures
in batches.

So this is Christmas 2014.
To be precise, Saturday, December 13, 2014 (12/13/14),
at about 9:40 pm,
post Clearlakes Chorale concert
at St. Katherine Drexel Church,
Alton, New Hampshire.

Danielle (25) & Matthew (22) are missing.


Devanee & Mum, right after the Devanee & Dad picture
and before the family picture above.


Clearlakes Chorale 2014 “Italian Christmas” Concerts, December 13 & 14: Rousing, Uplifting & Inspirational.

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Related posts:
>> 2014 ‘Italian’ rehearsal. 
>> Clearlakes 2014 Italian Christmas II.
>> 2014 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2013 Christmas tree lighting.
>> 2012 Christmas tree lighting.
>> Clearlakes Christmas 2014 ….
>> Spring 2014 Clearlakes virtuosismo.
>> Clearlakes 2013 Christmas: Stupendous.
>> French Christmas 2013 concert.
>> Our little Ad. for Clearlakes.

>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale concert.


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Sunday afternoon ahead of the concert.


The programme set out to be lively and the 76 voices and 16 piece orchestra hit the notes out of the church — Alton’s ten year old, aesthetically pleasing St. Katharine Drexel Church.

The notes soared. You could feel them rising and bouncing off the ceiling. You could feel Christmas. If you closed your eyes you could smell pine boughs and Christmas cake and that was even before they sang a stirring Italian version of “Deck the halls …”, Con i rami d’agrifoglio. It was a load of fun, superbly entertaining and inspiring. People left, both concerts, smiles on their faces bonhomie in their hearts. This is a wonderful prelude to Christmas.

Devanee, Sunday. Cropped from a telephoto shot of the whole Chorale.

Yes, of course, I am biased. Yes, Devanee, my 14 year old is in the choir. A sparano. The tall blonde, third from the left in the back row. She is the youngest of the bunch and this is her third year with Clearlakes. Yes, she started when she was 11! During that time, with two concert weekends per year. and practices every Thursday night other than in the Summer, Clearlakes has definitely become a major part of our life. Even in the Summer we have a lot of overlap of folks who also sing with with Great Waters. I was at both concerts, the Friday night rehearsal and the last practice on Thursday. So four days of it and I couldn’t get enough.

Given that I am in charge of the cooling, which means we keep all the windows open even in the winter, I knew that the sound of this gay concert floated out and drifted towards Toute 28. I wish I had a way to have made sure that folks passing by could have heard it. If they could they would have stopped. This was not your common or garden music you associate or expect in rural New Hampshire. The Sunday’s performance, with the church packed, further enhancing the acoustics, was as good as what you would see around Christmas on PBS! I was proud to be associated with this class, extremely convivial outfit. At the intermission, in between adjusting the window openings and going downstairs to check on status I was talking to a well-heeled professional from Wolfeboro. He was saying that he is sued to going with his wife to Boston to get culture but this was as good as anything he would expect to hear in Boston. I concurred.

Really not more that I can say without sounding trite. The Spring concert is in May, May 9 & 10, 2015, and you should mark it on your calendar. Stravinsky, ‘Symphony of Psalms’. I will get a preview in mid-January. That is when the Thursday practices will begin. I will keep you posted.

It was a hectic but delightful weekend for us. Devanee and I went to the traditional, after-concert/Christmas party at a very elegant (and historic) house in Wolfeboro. We could have stayed there a long time, but I had promised Teischan that we would get our two Christmas trees this weekend. So at 7pm we were cresting Prospect Mountain Road headed to Walmart in Rochester. By 8:30 I had two trees, in their stands, watered and in place. So both kids are happy.

Merry Christmas.


Sunday afternoon pre-concert ‘warm-up’ and photo op. I took the two official pictures for the Chorale using an elaborate Nikon belonging to a member. These shots are with my cheap T3i.


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