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Treasures I Got At Yesterday’s ‘603 Estate Sale’ In Manchester (N.H.)

by Anura Guruge


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In my old age I don’t go crazy anymore. I am extremely selective — mainly because we have basically run out of room. I just look for exotic items that tickle my fancy and you should be able to see the theme here.

There was no way I was going to bypass the ‘Prayer Feather‘. Not only was blinking beautiful it was (supposedly) Native American art (though I, in all my travels, have never seen such or heard of them). As some of you know I collect Native American art and have quite a collection. SMILE.

The straw family is American folk art — and beautiful too. I found them in a box of miscellaneous and mainly ‘tat’ Christmas decorations. I was lucky to find the baby.

As for the lobster trap Christmas ornament. Remember, wife’s father was a lobsterman and it has Maine connotations.

As for the b&w picture. It is on metal. I think it is quite an old ‘tintype’ — or ferrotype. It is well worn and the metal is bent. Judging from the subject it could be close to hundred years old. I like old pictures. So ….

Then the $15 (pre-discount) leather jacket. It is a ‘Wilson Leather’ women’s jacket in XL. Fits I. SMILE. I tried it on. Had it on for a few minutes. Folks said it looked good. Looked new. New or not used often. I am a sucker for lather. Plus, the less obese I need new jackets. The old ones are way, way too big.

So, that is what I got. Delighted with all of it.

My prized buy from the last ‘603 Estate Sale’ — in Derry, in November. You should be able to see the motif.


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Teischan Is Adding ‘Poi Balls’ & A ‘Lighted Wand’ To Her Hula Hoop Repertoire.

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First of all NOTICE that it is January 10, 2020, in New Hampshire
and that she is in a T-shirt and 5:30pm!

Yes, it was 60F!


A lighted wand was one of the Christmas presents she requested along with 3 other hula hoops.

I researched and found the ‘poi balls‘. That was a surprise. She likes them, as I knew she would. I got two sets — one for the family (i.e., I) as well, but she has appropriated that set too. That is OK. SMILE. I know where they are and she lets me play with her toys. She knows which way her bread is buttered.

Smile.

Fun.

Keeps her happy.

This was the first time she was able to go outside and do it.



Hula Hoop collection and my custom holder for them.


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Another ‘603’ (As In ‘N.H.’) Estate Sale — This In Manchester.

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These ‘603 Estate Sales‘ are addictive. Lot of fun. Very nice folks that run it and you can always get a deal. We go for what I call ‘the sport’. Nothing we want. Nothing we need. Nothing that we are getting to resell for a profit. Mainly to see if there is anything — somewhat unique — that catches our eye and we can get at a deal. They, after the first few hours, will majorly discount prices and entertain offers.

We did NOT get any of the items pictured above. We got a few items and I have NOT taken any pictures of them as yet. We spent $40. I think we spent $60 at the last onein Derry.

We have been to about five or six of these — once every few months. Miss some due to other conflicts.

This one, in Manchester, was a lot of fun. Least crowded we have been to, which was good as it was also the smallest of the houses we have been. Not as frantic as other sales. That was good. Lot of good deals. But, we really didn’t want any.

The ‘cricket’ poster for $40 cracked me up. I have seen it and I am sure I have a smaller version of it, in printed form, somewhere in my extensive cricket collection. Wonder if it sold.


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2019 Christmas Revels (Cambridge, MA), ‘American Experience’ — The ‘Thank You’ Video From The Gang.

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This year end ‘Thank You’ video (at Vimeo) is now becoming another Revels (Cambridge) tradition. A nice touch. A welcome year-end reminder, when the days are truly dark and damp, for those of us who were fortunate enough to attend a performance, as to the ever uplifting gaiety of a Revels. For those, alas, who could not attend, it gives you a quick glimpse of what Revels was all about.

We attended the December 19th show. The sixth, seventh or eighth  Revels we have attended at Cambridge. Overall, I have been to about 20 between Revels North & Cambridge.

2019 Revels, by definition, was good. They are all good. That goes without saying. It wasn’t the best. The backdrop was the 1930s Dust Bowl and as such it wasn’t as gay as if it was set in a Stately Home in Europe. SMILE. But, it was OK and that is what counts. We wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Already looking forward to 2020 Revels in Cambridge.

Enjoy this ‘Thank You’ video. It captures what it is all about.

Happy New Year 2020.


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‘Little Women’ (2019) Movie — Masterfully Crafted & Shot, And Yes, Heartwarming Too.

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The 2017 U.K. BBC produced 2-part TV mini-series
shown on PBS ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ this last Summer.


The cinematography & production was masterful. A visual treat. The quality of the imagery was breathtaking. That is what saved this long (i.e., 2-hour, 10-minute) movie for I. I was just totally taken in by the artistry.

Of course we all know the story — though I, who didn’t grow up in the U.S. — had not read the book. But, I had seen the TV series — just this last Summer. And therein lay the problem. It was déjà vu repeated (SMILE). The BBC production, in terms of quality, was not that dissimilar. Watch the YouTube trailers above. Different casts, though as equally good I think, but very similar — and the ‘Masterpiece Theatre‘ showing had the advantage that it came in two-parts.

The movie is long. Teischan (13) who wanted to see it, though she had seen the PBS version, said that she got bored! Not good. But, 85% of that was that we had just seen the other less than 6-months ago. Our fault.

So, first and foremost. IF you saw the PBS version wait until this movie is available on ‘TV’. Go see something else. There is no shortage of decent movies right now.

IF you haven’t seen the PBS version I am sure you will LOVE this movie. Great story and the movie is immaculately produced. It cannot be faulted on its own — just when compared to the other production from just 2-years ago. Why you would spend all this money to make a movie when the BBC had done a TV version, basically in the same timeframe, is a mystery.

But, overall, I enjoyed it. So, I have given you the parameters.

Enjoy. Happy New Year.


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Christmas Day 2019 — Just A FEW Pictures For The Record.

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Yes, between us we have quite a few pictures, BUT this is about all I am going to publish. SMILE. That privacy thing. The kids don’t like ALL of their life up on the Web. I get grief on this, justifiably, often. So, especially at Christmas I give them a break. SMILE.

So, this is all. Just so that you know we had a Christmas. All the best.


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The Amazing ART You Get For Christmas When You Have A Gifted Daughter.

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We are very lucky. We know that. Only problem is that we are out of wallspace and she is very fussy about where her artwork is displayed!

She was working on these for at least 4-days leading up to Christmas. We could not go into her craft area. Since she has been doing this for at least the last 5-years we knew that we would be getting ART but had no idea what to expect. This was a new style. Spectacular.

Enjoy.

NO. She will NOT sell her work!


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