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New Hampshire, Lakes Region: 2014 Summer Officially Here — I Went Running For The First Time, Topless.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The first day that I run topless is per my definition the FIRST DAY OF SUMMER.

I ran topless, much to my surprise, this morning, Sunday, June 1, 2014. That is good. June 1 is always symbolic.

It was in the 50s yesterday morning. It was in the 60s this morning BUT the Sun was beating down.

I actually went out in a golf shirt but when I got outside I realized that it was warm enough to run topless.

So I did. It was brilliant. Just right.

Beautiful Day.

You folks can now come up. It should be warm enough during the day.

Summer, New Hampshire Lakes Region 2014.

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D-Day 70th Anniversary, June 6, 2014: Homage To The Remarkable Beach Taming Hobart’s Funnies.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.DDay70thAnuraGuruge

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The D-Day, June 6, 1944, ‘Battle for Normandy’,
indubitably has to be the most significant battle
ever fought in the long history of mankind.

It was, quite simply, to determine the future shape and complexion of the whole World.

If WE hadn’t won that battle the World today would be very different.

It was an amazing achievement for the ALLIES. We should never forget that.

Yes, it truly was a concerted Allied offensive. Troops from 12 countries, totalling altogether 156,000 souls, took part: United Kingdom (U.K.), United States (U.S.), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Free France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece & Norway.

At least 4,414 died on our side — and there were at least 8,000 more injured.

[Not sure why we didn’t have troops from South Africa, India and in particular the amazing Nepali Gurkhas on D-Day. Maybe they were deployed in other places.]

Yep, we whipped and whupped the bloody Germans and that in the end was all that mattered.

I, for a change, do NOT subscribe to the nationalistic jingoism that sometimes gets imbued into discussions, descriptions and documentaries about D-Day. It was a COMBINED joint ALLIED effort. They all fought, they all died, they all got wounded BUT in the END WE ALL WON and we whupped the bloody Germans.


Major General, Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart KBE CB DSO MC (14 June 1885 – 19 February 1957), was a brilliant (a tad eccentric as all good Brits are expected to be) British (born in India) military engineer and Armoured Division Commander. His sister was married to Britain’s WW II legend (and one of my heroes) Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of AlameinKGGCBDSOPC (17 November 1887 – 24 March 1976). So Hobart and Monty were brothers-in-law.

Click to access Wikipedia entry for Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart KBE CB DSO MC.

Click to access Wikipedia entry for Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart KBE CB DSO MC.

General Hobart at Churchill’s express behest designed a whole bunch of amazing tank-based armoured vehicles to tame the beaches of Normandy and to whup the Germans. These were affectionately known as “Hobart’s Funnies”. They worked. The British used them, very effectively, on D-Day in Normandy. That, now, is all that matters.

Let us now celebrate and remember the Hobart’s Funnies.


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Click to access Wikipedia entry for "Hobart's Funnies".

Click to access Wikipedia entry for “Hobart’s Funnies”.

Google “Hobart’s Funnies” for MUCH more. They were truly remarkable.


New Hampshire: 2014 Bumper Year For Pink Lady Slippers — NH’s Official Wildflower

New Hampshire Lakes Region — 2014 Summer Is Here.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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It is our Official Wildflower — the Pink Lady’s Slipper.

Our Official Flower is the Purple Lilac.

You got to keep these straight. You can find all the NH ‘Officials’ here on my ‘NH Facts‘.

2014 appears to be a good year for the Pink Lady’s Slipper judging from this display. It is on the side of a dirt road. On a bank, with plenty of shade. Deanna counted 18.

We usually get at least 7 or 8 in the yard close to the house. We haven’t seen any in the yard this year but I haven’t gone looking.

We like to think of the Pink Lady’s Slipper as being PROTECTED. I think that is the best and easiest for all. In reality it isn’t ‘totally’ protected per se, but such treat them as if they were. They are not amenable to transplantation and die very quickly if picked. So BEST to just leave them where they are and admire them from a distance.

Click to ENLARGE. The shapes of orchids, which don't (typically) have a smell, is not a coincidence.

Click to ENLARGE. The shapes of orchids, which don’t (typically) have a smell, is not a coincidence.

They are a type of orchid — though coming from Sri Lanka (née Ceylon) I am used to more elaborate ones. As an orchid it will not have a (strong) smell. Instead, like (nearly) all orchids, it uses its color and suggestive shape to attract insects for pollination. So, “Lady’s Slipper” is an euphemistic ‘Victorian’ term. We all know (or I hope we all know) what it is meant to look like — and many other orchids do the same. The proper, polite, Victorian term would be pudendum, but I guess “Pink’s Lady’s Pudendum” though it sure has a ring to it would not really sound right.

There are 4 other, much rarer Lady’s Slippers in N.H.: Ram’s Head Lady’s Slipper (C. arietinum), Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper (C. parviflorum), Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper (C. pubescens) &  Showy Lady’s Slipper (C. reginae).

Enjoy.

Happy Summer 2014 in New Hampshire — Lakes Region.


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