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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — May 19, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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exquisite peach blossoms New Hampshire 2019 Anura Guruge Canon EOS RP


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Did You Know That ‘Mel B’ Is Totally Blind In Her Left Eye?

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Click to ENLARGE. This is from 2014. 5-years ago. Just Google. This is from ‘Fox News’.


This now was the OTHER eye.

Click image to access U.K. “Daily Mail” story.


As a recent fan over the last few years of ‘America’s Got Talent‘ (AGT) I have seen Mel B in action as a judge. That really is about the only exposure I have of her. I am not a fan per se and some of the sordid stuff I read about her has me totally confounded as to how she can appear in so many FAMILY-oriented TV shows.

Anywho …

I saw the story about her RIGHT eye in the U.K. “Daily Mail” a few hours ago. That was shocking enough. How do you go blind in one eye — instantaneously. That is scary. My worst nightmare.

Then I read about her being permanently blind in her left eye — because of a botched laser surgery! Ahhh! I had no idea.

Plus, it should be talked about to HIGHLIGHT the potential danger of lasik surgery. They make it out as so easy and failsafe. Then you read this.

You have to wonder how many millions she got in damages — though in my book no amount of money can compensate for the loss of an eye.

Sad, SCARY and it should be a salutary warning to us all.


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Renewed Measures To Provide More Navajos, In ‘Navajo Nation’, With Grid-Based Electricity.

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Click image for ‘ABC News’ coverage.


Click to ENLARGE. The town talked about in this story. It is pretty remote.


More good news for the Navajos and they sure can do with as much as they can get.

On-demand, grid-based electricity is such a necessity. So much else depends on it — phone charging, Internet access, reliable refrigeration etc.

So, I was delighted to read about this. Must be so exciting. I hope it is affordable — because the Navajo are NOT rich. But, lovely people.

I hope this initiative dovetails with their new efforts to break into Solar Energy.


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‘Castle In The Clouds’ [NH], Spring Clean Up Day — May 18, 2019.

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As we had done last year, we were there for the ‘Spring Cleanup‘ this year too — except this time it was just Teischan (13) & I. Given our ‘success’ cleaning the trolleys last year we volunteered to do that again this year. And again another change. Last year they had two trolleys out. This year just one. The other two were being fixed. Plus, they needed to use the trolley latre that morning to ferry some new employees up the Castle for orientation. So, we only had an hour — maybe an hour and a half at best. We did our best. They wanted us to concentrate on the inside.

Amazing how dirty it gets. I spent a fair amount of time on the brass. Got some of it gleaming.

Beautiful day! The sun was out, in glory, and it was borderline hot. Great day to work outside. Having lunch on the terrace was even better. It was a privilege.

We had fun. Great people and a worthy cause — and you can’t beat the setting.

They have a new — very nice and knowledgeable ‘Director of Buildings & Grounds — Al Sochard. He was very kind and helpful.

A good day was had by all — methinks.

Judging by those that stayed for lunch we didn’t have as many people as last year. But hard to tell. Some left before lunch.

Weather permitting we will be there for the October Clean Up too.


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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — May 18, 2019, ‘Castle In The Clouds’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. That was pretty SPECIAL. I was chuffed.


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lake winnipesaukee and gunstock from Castle in the Clouds 2019 Anura Guruge Canon EOS RP


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Installed The ‘MagicDust’ (Beta) On My Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — It Has Je N’ais Se Quoi.

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ActiFace“, for Garmin, has been the ONLY watch face I used on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus over the last year. I like ‘ActiFace’. I had customized it for my preferences and it was just right.

On Thursday, while my Fenix 5 Plus was connected to ‘Garmin Express‘ I out of idle curiosity looked at what new watch faces were available at Connect IQ.

The ‘MagicDust‘ beta caught my eye. As you can see it does have a resemblance to ActiFace.

Downloaded it. No issues. Came up at once.

I have been too busy to sit down and customize it as yet. Appears that it has a TON of settings.

I like it. It has a certain quality and charm to it.

I am going to keep it on and see what I can do with it.

I will keep you posted.


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The Blueberry Crisis In New Hampshire.

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Click to ENLARGE. This is a Google Map (Satellite view) of the hill I live on — with 3 BIG wild blueberry farms.


Click to access ‘Boston.com’ original from last Fall. Still v. applicable.


No. Nope — there is no shortage per se. Actually we are in the midst of a global GLUT of blueberries. Chile, Canada, Mexico and Peru are POURING in ‘cheap’ blueberries into the U.S.

This has resulted in blueberry prices going down since 2017. Good for the consumer.

Not good for growers, especially those in New England — New Hampshire, of course, among those hit. Plus, in New England it is wild blueberries, that grow close to the ground, as opposed to the ‘Highbush’ grown further down. Highbush is called cultivated. Wild blueberries have more antioxidants, tend to be bluer and tastier. But, they are hard to pick. That adds to their cost.

I live on the side of a hill — and in reality it should be called ‘Blueberry Hill’. We have three large wild blueberry farms on it. I run/walk by them most days.

Last year I heard rumblings that the owners of these farms were not happy. They were not making the kind of money they were used to. I then heard that a Maine company that ran one of the farms, on behalf of the owner, had pulled out. It was not economical to run the farm!

Yesterday, on my walk, I got to talk to one of the owners. He told me that the issue was the prices: ‘way down’. They are basically at break even and their cost is lower than mosts and they also sell at local farm markets where they can get retail as opposed to wholesale pricing. He was not happy. He reckons that Canada is dumping blueberries into the U.S. market.

Not good. I like having these farms around. They bring in bees to pollinate the plants. Watching that is fun.

So, this is a heads up since many people don’t appreciate what is happening. All they notice is that blueberries are plentiful at the supermarkets and that they are at a good price.

But, this, alas, is at the expense of New England farmers.


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