Archive | January 5, 2020

A Bracing 4.3-Mile Jaunt In Freshly Fallen Snow With Mainly Blue Skies — In Central New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. GPS route/elevation map from my Garmin Fenix 6.


I readily admit I am indeed fortunate to be able to hike like this — straight from my garage door. This is what I call my ‘snow route‘. Straight up the hill (which is plowed by the town) with some detours into unplowed trails.

I went to bed knowing that I would wake up to snow. They had said 1″ to 3″, but given our 700’ altitude, on the side of a mountain, we tend to get more. And that was the case. Maybe 4″, but not enough to get out the snowblower. Anywho, I was going to walk, 4-miles (10,000 steps), before I tackled snow clearing. Proved to be a good move since my 19-year old daughter, atypically, was there ahead of I and had already cleared a fair amount. That was a bonus.

Lovely morning. Some dark clouds, but mainly blue skies. It was also quite warm — for this time, i.e., low 30Fs.

Nice jaunt. Loved it. Walking in the unplowed trail was fun. Luckily someone else had beaten me to it — albeit in snowshoes. I walked in the indentations made by them. That helped. Didn’t sink as much. On the way I found an unused, still-sealed ‘bear repellent’ can! Didn’t see any blood or any signs of a struggle so I didn’t call the police. What fun. Brought the can home.


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I Found An Unopened Can Of ‘Bear Repellent’ On A Remote Trail — Should I Contact The Police?

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This is NOT a joke. This is true. I found this bright orange, seal unbroken, ‘Bear Repellent‘ can on a remote, rarely travelled wooded trail this morning during my 4.3-mile hike.

Should I call the police?

No blood.

Person was on snowshoes so the snow was disturbed. Maybe ONE bear track! You can see it in the 2nd picture, top-left.

I would have thoughts bear were hibernating by now — but it has been a fairly mild winter SO FAR.

Haven’t heard of any missing folks. So, I haven’t called the police as yet.


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‘Georges Duboeuf’, The Provisioner Of My Beloved ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’, Has Passed On (Aged 89) — I Salute Him.

by Anura Guruge


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Given that I grew up and came of age in Britain, in the 1970s, I have known of ‘Beaujolais Nouveau‘ all my adult life. I, a lover of all forms of Beaujolais (Beaujolais Fleurie in particular), started celebrating ‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day‘, i.e., Third Thursday of November, in Britain, with gusto, around 1980. Soon I was hosting a ‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day’ party, in a London restaurant — when I was the Customer Support Manager for ITT Business Systems (UK).

I carried over the tradition to the U.S.

In the U.K. you were not restricted to ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ just from ‘Georges Duboeuf’. You could get many different bottlings.

Not so in the U.S. — at least up here in New Hampshire. It is all from ‘Georges Duboeuf’. That is OK.

Over the years I have got used to getting my Nouveau from ‘Georges Duboeuf’ and doing my review.

I am sorry to see Georges passing. He had to have been a good and great man.

I salute him and as he would want me to, I say ‘Cheers’ holding up a glass of red.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — January 5, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

nature's art in snow New Hampshire Anura Guruge Google Pixel 4


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I Now Fast For 15-Hours A Day, EVERY DAY, Without Trying & With Ease — It Is A Piece Of Cake.

by Anura Guruge


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This 15-hour fasting was NOT an intentional part of my new diet — the one that I have been on for the last 11-months following my major knee surgery (to repair a busted quadricep tendon).

What I did was CUT OUT all snacking, cold turkey and with ruthless determination. I have 2.25 meals a day. A HUGE dinner around 8:30pm. A LARGE lunch just before 2pm and a miniscule breakfast around noon. That is it for solid food. NOTHING in between.

Though I was on a fairly strict low-carb diet prior to this snacking on raisins, nuts and cheese was my downfall.

I have totally (and I mean utterly & totally) given up nuts & raisins (and I (being a nut myself) am very partial to nuts).

I love cheese. I can live on cheese. But, now I restrict myself to a little amount of cheese every 4th day.

It has kind of worked. I have lost some weight — like 30 pounds (13.6 kilos, 2.1 stone). Still some ways to go. Really want to lose 3 to 4 more pounds to get down to 142 pounds (10.1 stones, 64.5 kg).

I had never heard of the 16:8 diet until last week. It amused I. I don’t think 1-hour makes much difference.

I am NO stranger to fasting! I used to, in my prime, fast 3-days a week! Yes, 3-days a week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Then for about 15-years I fasted 30-hours once a month.

I don’t fast anymore! I do NOT consider my 15-hour break from solid food fasting. Just part of my routine.

Just thought I will share this with you in case you were considering a 15:9 diet. Piece of cake. Requires NO effort.

Oh, I go for a 90-minute walk/run in the morning which helps. SMILE.


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