Archive | September 11, 2017

New Hampshire 2017 Fall Foliage Is Early & Enticing.

by Anura Guruge


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I haven’t gone and checked my pictures from prior years, but my gut feel is that we are about two weeks ahead of ‘normal’. Very bright reds. Really striking.

All of these are from our yard and I didn’t go much beyond a few feet! Time, time … time. Lot to get done.


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Get A 10% (15% If Prime) Discount On Amazon By Getting A $100 Gift Card For YOUR Own Use!

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I needed to buy a few things today (including a 72mm polarizing filter for my a7 II for shooting fall foliage) when I kept on getting this blue $10 off message next to the price.

So, I checked. It was poorly worded and ‘confusing’ to begin with. Kept on saying I had to RELOAD MY GIFT CARD BALANCE. But, it got me thinking.

I had $0 balance on my own personal ‘gift card’ — which is essentially another Amazon funding source. Amazon had loaded $1xx.00 onto it when traded-in my dreaded Sony Full-Frame FE 28-70mm zoom in mid-August, 2017. I had spent that all when I got my mitre/chop saw to do the rails on our deck. Hence, the $0.00.

But, here was the deal. Reload that ‘card’/account with $100 and I get another $10 as an additional bonus. So, $110 for $100.

Then it gets better IF you are Amazon Prime and use your ‘Amazon Prime Store Card’. You get $5 back as cash-back! S0, $115 for $100.

Yes, of course, I had to ‘pay’ Amazon $100 to get the $15 BUT it isn’t as if I was just giving them the money. I knew I would spend that $100 within the month.

So, I pulled the trigger. And it worked. $10 back at once, and $5 in my credit card account.

I like 15% discounts. Talking of which I had a 15% off coupon from Friendly’s the other day. Used that too. {Smile}


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Carl Zeiss, Whose Name Still Denotes Quality Lenses, Was Born This Day 201-Years Ago; September 11, 1816.

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If you are into photography ‘Zeiss’ will be a very familiar with the name. It is a kind of watchword among the cognoscenti. It is a crying shame that I do NOT, alas, own a Zeiss lens! I really should rectify that. Up until now, i.e., until I sent Full-Frame with my a7 II, the only one that was relevant was the Sony SEL1670Z 16-70mm f/4 and it gets such mixed reviews AND I do have the Sony 18-105mm which has a longer reach.

That said, I do keep over 200 of Zeiss lens wipes at any one time!

That he was born over 200-years ago is pretty amazing.


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D.H. Lawrence, Of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” Fame, Was Born This Day 132-Years Ago; September 11, 1885.

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Some insights into “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”
from my “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book.

From my “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book. Click to ENLARGE and ENJOY here. Use above links to get more.


‘Poor’ DHL. ‘They’ made his life ‘unpleasant’ during his rather short life; he dying, from TB, aged just 44. As with so many others he is more revered and appreciated posthumously. That is a shame. So, on September 11, his birthday spare a thought for DHL and his indubitable brilliance.


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Will I Get The Now Hotly Rumored Sony a7 III — Most Likely, BUT NOT Right Away.

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I am actually very happy with my 4-month old Sony a7 II. It is a delightful camera to use and I like Full-Frame! Who would have thought.

My biggest limitation is THE lens. I only have one lens for it — the Sony FE 24-240 (f/3.5-6.3). The image quality of that lens is NOT great and I struggle with that daily. I really will have to do something about that later this year — maybe for Christmas.

I know that I will eventually succumb to the a7 III because of the newer technology. And YES I will trade in the Model II.

But, I am going to wait. Two books I need to finish and publish first. PLUS, I am going to wait until I have taken 20,000 pictures with the a7 II. That is 9,000 more pictures as of today. At 20,000 I would have taken more pictures with the a7II than with any other camera I have ever owned.

If things go relatively smoothly we might be looking at April 2018. That is good. I would have had the II for nearly a year! Wow.


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“Buckey’s Restaurant & Tavern”, Moultonborough, NH — A Delightful & Outstanding Find.

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Click to ENLARGE. Location relative to “Castle in the Clouds”.


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It was a serendipitous discovery, on Saturday, September 9, 2017, and we are delighted. BEST restaurant we have eaten at over the last few weeks and we have eaten out quite a bit of late. It happened to be the 7th time we were eating out over the last 9 days.

The plan was to eat the restaurant at “Castle in the Clouds” after we meandered about. We had had lunch there in July and had really liked it. We got to the restaurant at 4pm to find that it was CLOSED and that it is only open till 3:30pm — even on weekends in the Summer. Poor show and I have e-mailed the Castle to express my dissatisfaction.

I remembered that there was a restaurant on Rte 109, on the left, not far from ‘the junction’. That is how we ended up at “Buckey’s“.

Initial reaction was a bit ‘mixed’. Deanna, who is not a big meat eater (as I am), was not impressed with their slogan “Where good friends Meat!” They really might want to rethink that given that they have a pretty varied menu. The stuffed Bobcat on the wall did not go down well at all, at all, with Teischan and I. Plus, there was a large table next to us that was rather loud with their inappropriate language.

But, the service and food won us over. We had a male served, Joe, of roughly the same vintage as I — which means he was no spring chicken. But, boy, was he good. Very impressed.

The quality of the food was a revelation. I tend to eat burgers, without a bun — since it fits in best with my diet. There “Big Buck Attack” with very good onion rings and huge side salad (for 50 cents) was amazing. So was the ‘Sampler’. Next time I will have to order two. It was gone in no time. Deanna had a Greek salad and had no complaints. I ordered a chocolate ‘bomb’ for Teischan and she was MOST impressed.

Very decent pricing. Wine by the glass is served in two sizes. 5oz and 8oz. I like that.

Yes, we will be going back.

Very impressed. Very happy.


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