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‘Tubing’ On A Frozen Lake, New Hampshire Style.

by Anura Guruge



This morning; on our lake — ‘Halfmoon Lake‘, in Alton, NH.

NO. Not I. Don’t know them. School kids. Joys of remote schooling during COVID.

Cracked me up.

DANGEROUS, but clever.

I would have PREFERRED if the rider had NOT kept his leg out, as he rode — hopefully to ‘break the fall’. My fear was that if the bike did slip, sideways, and he fell, he would break his leg.

They were having fun. They covered a fair amount of lake & I did NOT see them fall. That was good.

This is CLASSIC New Hampshire.


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First Walk On Lake This Winter — & It Was Pretty Cool.

by Anura Guruge



Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire. I am sure this is the earliest I have ever walked on it. To make it more interesting, it was VIRGIN snow. No snowmobile tracks on the main body of the lake. There was not even any animal prints once I moved away from our beach. Yes, someone had drawn a BIG heart by the beach — the bottom left picture (above).

I am leery when there are no snowmobile tracks. My logical is simple but impeccable. If the ice can support the weight of a snowmobile, I am all set.

But, as you can see from the GPS track, way up at the top, I did NOT venture too far from the shores. It is shallow close to the shore. So, if I fell in, I would only go as far as my waist. I can deal with that. Fallen through the ice 5-times before. SMILE.


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The Bird Feeder Next To My Desk/PC, 45′ In The Air, With Its Colorful Buffet.

by Anura Guruge


Those of you who have been longtime followers of this blog know that we like bird feeders  . We have quite a few — though we have been forced to pare back after our four bear attacks this Summer, & I am the first to admit that it was OUR fault & not the bears in that, each time, we forgot to bring the feeders in.

Now our emphasis is on window feeders in places that bears can’t reach.

I jerry-rigged this one. It is not a birdfeeder per se. It is a metal shelving unit I modified to hang outside my office window. It is about 4′ feet from my right hand as I type.

I have to open the window, even in the winter, to fill it. I don’t mind. It tooks MONTHS before the birds discovered it. It is WAY UP. I guess they didn’t expect to find a feeder. That is why I try to make it colorful.

The white background. SNOW. Not PhotoShop. SNOW. Snow on the garage roof which is below.


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Snow That Split My Tree In Half MIGHT Help Heal It Now That I Bolted It Back.

by Anura Guruge



Bolting the two halves together.


The two halves are well supported & I have numerous bolts & nails holding them together. BUt, since the split is only about 18″ from the ground I had been thinking of building a small retaining wall around the tree & filling it with earth & fertilizer. Basically burying the wound underground so that it could heal in peace. Maybe take root. But, first I had to let the snow melt.

Then yesterday we got 20″ more of snow. The split is buried. To make sure we shoveled more snow around the tree. So, now we have a mound of snow around the tree. The wound, packed in Miracle Grow, is well buried. This might help. It sure will NOT do any harm. Of that I am sure. It will be March, the earliest, before all that snow around the tree will melt. Then I can go ahead with my retaining wall.


The tree at night.


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Bolting Together A Tree That Split In Half During Last Week’s Heavy Snowstorm.

by Anura Guruge



This is our so called ‘Family Tree’. We planted it, in front of the house, about 12-years ago, within a year of moving in (or so). It was knee high to begin with. It has grown tall, but it is lanky.

IF you look closely at the pictures you will see black tar. That limb had separated, albeit still attached, a few years ago. I strapped it tight, propped it up & nursed it back to health again. It healed & mended.

Then, not last weekend, but the one before that, in the huge snowstorm we had, with very heavy snow — it split & separated.

It has been lying on the ground since then. Today was the first day I could get to it BECAUSE of my cataract surgery! I was not supposed to do anything strenuous. Today was NOT the best day to do this. IT WAS COLD. Plus, I didn’t have many to help me.

So getting someone to hold it straight & tight was a problem. I wish I could have had more help. But, I think I can prevail.

I have filled the gap with Miracle Grow & a sugar mixture. I have some stuff coming from Amazon. I think the cold/winter will help. The tree is dormant. I will get working in the Spring. I will keep you updated.


I have had luck with fixing trees. This tree is now close to 30′. I planted it 13-years ago, when it was about 4′ high. During its 2nd winter it too got hit by snow & ice. I bound it back together. You can see how it has healed. That is the ‘hole’. It was in two. I joined it back together. It is one mighty & healthy tree.

I also fixed one of its branches. NO. NO. Not the one that is now broken. The one below it! I was supporting the injured one on the branch that is now broken. This one will be easy to fix. Smile.


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TDS Internet Speeds WAY, WAY Down In New Hampshire — Struggling To Deliver 2.5Mbps!

by Anura Guruge


Started happening Friday night, i.e., December 11, 2020.

At one stage, around 8pm, we couldn’t even get 1Mbps on a WIRED PC — when we pay for the 1Gig service. Yes, we have the 1Gig service, & I am getting, when I am lucky, 2.5Mbps! That is insane.

What is worse is that I can’t get TDS to look into it.

It has been over 24-hours & they are NOT responding.

So, I am giving you a heads up.

You might want to check your download speed IF you have TDS. You will have Internet, BUT it could be very slow.


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Alton (NH) Property Tax For 2021 Is Up 11.5%, But Lower Than It Was In 2019!

by Anura Guruge


As soon as I saw the property tax bill today (which was late (by the way)), I knew at once that the rate had gone up. My payment was up close to $500.

So, I checked my past bills. It sure had gone up compared to last year; 13.95% vs 12.51%,

But, I was surprised & humbled to see that it had been 13.99% in 2018. I checked what I had paid that December. It was a tad higher than what I owe next month. Smile. C’est  la vie.

So to I, the question is not why did it go up this year — but why did it GO DOWN the year before.

Next year, with COVID, things could be very different. Just a thought.


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We Still Have Great Fall Foliage In Central New Hampshire — October 18, 2020.

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Not unusual. It is still, kind of, mid-October. It has, however, been a LONG foliage season — NOT that I am complaining. I am amazed by the amount of color. To begin with there was a noticeable shortage of yellow. It was all red. Now we have a surfeit. Beautiful to walk through. I am now heading north (actually north east) to Maine. Not sure what I will find there. But, I will, of course, share with you when I get back.


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