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Great Article About Giuseppe’s (Meredith) & The Owner Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois.

by Anura Guruge


Happy 30th Birthday
Giuseppe’s.

Congratulations & THANK YOU!


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Click here for ‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘ article.


I have been singing their praises for YEARS.

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How I met Julie 22-years ago.
In case you are interested. Cute story.

Click to access post. You have to keep on SCROLLING. It is at the END of this post.


This is so, so GREAT. Made my day when I saw it. So, well deserved. By FAR our favorite eatery anywhere on Lake Winnipesaukee. My now 18-year old daughter insists on going there for her birthday for at least the last 10-years. Plus, I have attended at least 22 of the to-date 25 annual JTG musical extravaganzas. I have been going there since 1997, if not 1996 — that been when I discovered Meredith.

Thank YOU, Julie. Thank YOU Michael. Thank YOU the staff.

You have nourished, entertained and treated us, right royally, for so many years.

Here is to the next 30-years. Cheers.


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The Definition Of Class, Poise and Timeless Grace.

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Jaguar XJ8 2002 Anura Guruge


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Sunset, Central New Hampshire, May 20, 2019.

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New Hampshire purple sunset Anura Guruge


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The Blueberry Crisis In New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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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Rattlesnakes (Timber Rattlers) In New Hampshire — We Supposedly Had Two In Our Woods.

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Click image to access “The Baysider” original in today’s, i.e., May 16, 2019, issue.


I do NOT like snakes! Period.

It doesn’t matter whether they are small or large, striped or spotted, venomous or harmless, green or brown. I do NOT like snakes.

There is, of course, a very good reason as to why I don’t like snakes. I grew up in a country, Ceylon, where we had deadly snakes, King Cobras among them, and you personally knew of folks who had died from snake bites. I remember one incident when a boy of about 19, who lived nearby, got bitten by a cobra. I don’t think we had anti-venom then. The whole neighbourhood kept vigil around this boy’s house, late into the night, as he died. I remember that starkly.

So, I do NOT like snakes.

This column in our local newspaper today sent a shudder down my spine. It CONFIRMED, quite forcefully, that we do indeed have rattlesnakes in New Hampshire. They are called Timber Rattlers.

It gets worse, especially since I do NOT like snakes.

When we bought this house, in Alton, in 2007, the neighbour next door, an busybody Baptist pastor — who alas was also a Selectman — had decided to appropriate, for free, some of our land. Thanks to a corrupt Realtor we only learnt of this illegal incursion after we signed the contract and parted with the check. It took some time and money to sort out and one of the things we needed was a complete professional survey of our property to make sure that we had managed to recoup the land that this bugger had stolen.

We hired a well known and reputable ‘local’ surveyor. He was very nice.

There was, as always, two of them. Around noon they came to see us, quite flustered and red. They had seen seen two Timber Rattlers in the woods! They insisted that they knew what they had seen and that rattlers were occasionally seen in NH. I was beside myself. I do NOT go in the woods much. Have not heard of any reports, since, of rattlers in the neighbourhood.

Then this story. YIKES.

I do NOT like snakes.


Scary coincidence here.

I had, just last week, read a real scary story of a real serious, though not-deadly, rattlesnake bite in Yosemite National Park no less. Yes, I like the West and we travel to the West often — including last Summer to Canyon de Chelly (yet again). Running into a rattler is one of my perennial frights.

Click to ENLARGE. In the April 2019 issue of “Reader’s Digest”.


That is enough about snakes.

Did I mention: I do NOT like snakes.


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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2019 Ice-Out Was Wednesday, April 24 — @ 5:24am.

by Anura Guruge


Prior instances when it was on April 24 (non-leap years)
and April 23 (leap years).


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I take LEAP YEARS into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 21 & April 22 are 111-days in From Jan. 1
depending on whether it was Leap Year or not.



Ice Out 1992 to 2019.

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Vagaries of Ice Out 2000 to 2019.


So, it wasn’t April 22nd as most people had expected. It was two-day later.

But, it was 2-days earlier than last year.

Same as 2015.

2014 was one-day off, but was also on a Wednesday.

Nowhere close to being even close to ‘long’. Longest was 132-days (since Jan. 1) in 1888.

Also, not the shortest. SHORTEST was just 3-years ago. 2016. 77-days, March 18,


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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2019 Ice-Out Expected To Be Monday, April 22.

by Anura Guruge


Prior instances when it was on April 22 (non-leap years)
and April 21 (leap years).

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I take LEAP YEARS into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 21 & April 22 are 111-days in From Jan. 1
depending on whether it was Leap Year or not.



Prevailing consensus is that it most likely will be April 22 in 2019. But, there could always be a pesky little floe floating around that could delay it by 12-, 24-, 36 or even 48-hours.

I am just going with the flow. 


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