‘Vera’ has become one of our FAVORITE British shows — with ‘Downton‘ & ‘Shetland‘ the only others in that very top echelon. Teischan loves the show. She is re-watching all of the earlier seasons and I think she has watched some of the episodes more than twice — already.
She was so happy that there is a Season 10. I am glad too.
We watched the first half of episode 1 today. We didn’t notice any obvious changes from the last two seasons. The same main characters and they don’t seem to have aged or changed. They are sticking, faithfully, to the tried, tested and proven formula. Nothing wrong with that. We love it like that. Can’t comment on the story as yet since we haven’t seen all of it. So far, so good. The usual twists and surprises.
Well, just wanted to make sure you knew that ‘Vera’ was BACK.
The Diary Of Anne Frank
Now, as you know the UNH is also doing a free event which I have already talked about. That is this. So, you now have two free events. Wow.
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This is going to be our new go to dining place in Hampton — even though it is not on the beach, but in town. Does not matter. The fabulous dining experience and great people more than make up for not being able to see the sea.
Kind of a serendipitous discovery for us. We usually go to the coast on New Year’s day — either Portsmouth (and surrounds) or Hampton — which also happens to be our wedding anniversary (I savvy enough to have go married then so that I was unlikely to run the risk of forgetting). Last year we went to Hampton, found this delightful place ‘on the beach’ and had a great time. Got to know them and liked it so much that we made 3 special trips during the remainder of the year (though it is a 90-minute drive). Then they inform me that they will be closed this New Year’s Day. I was not amused. We asked around and some folks from Exeter told us about the ‘Galley Hatch‘ and assured us that we will like it. They were right.
Very congenial place. I like the set up and the well-kept fish tank was a bonus. I am a sucker for good fish tanks in restaurants (probably because I rarely eat fish at restaurants).
A menu right up our alley. They had some good specials. I can’t be 100% sure but I think that was a special, Greek lamb burger I had — sans the bun.
The staff were exceptional. Very nice folk. We had a good time.
The desserts and sweets were something else, though as some of you know I do not imbibe in my old age. I am still brown from all the chocolate I ate when I was young. Deanna brought some carrot cake home.
Definitely going back. Yes, I will gladly make the drive. Looking forward to it.
That we were treated to a spectacular sunset as we were leaving seemed like an omen. A match made in heaven.
As is my wont, and since it was our anniversary I was slightly dressed up. Nothing too fancy. Just a bow tie, black sweater and an old jacket. But, suffice to say that was slightly more fancy than most of the other men.
So, one of the waitresses suggested that the next time we come we might want to go their more ‘upper scale’ sister restaurant — Tinos — upstairs. They even wanted us to go upstairs and check. We did. Very nice. But, I liked ‘The Galley Hatch’. So next time I am still going downstairs. Maybe I won’t wear a tie. SMILE.
Anywho … if you are in Hampton (New Hampshire) check it out. You will not be dissapointed. You will, as is invariably the case, thank me for the recommendation.
Oh, the main men’s room has an interesting configuration. Nothing wrong. Just amusing. Cracked me up. Definitely check it out too. SMILE.
2020 Chinese New Year, Free Event At ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH) — Terracotta Warriors & Qin Bamboo Slips.
4-minute BBC documentary if you are not familiar with this
Terracotta Warriors — the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
The 2020 iteration of the now yearly event being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.
As ever it is a FREE event, open to the public. We have gone to these nearly every year. Without fail they are extremely good and a great bunch of people. Very friendly. Very hospitable.
This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE. They never disappoint. That is part of their ethos and it is impressive.
‘Autofinders’, Laconia, N.H. Now Sells The BEST Homemade Apple Pies In The Lakes Region — Cheap Too, At $6.90.
The apple pies were so, so good that folks started calling or stopping by asking whether they could buy more! In the end, Keith, one hell of a salesman, decided ‘what the heck’ I will sell apple pies too. That is how they got into selling apple pies — and they are still outstanding. Good price too.
Only problem: limited quantity each day and when he is sold out, he is sold out. Keith will then try to sell you a car as compensation. That is really not that bad of a deal. Explains why I now own 6 cars!
Keith’s girlfriend makes these pies. She is gifted. When they started Keith only needed about a dozen a day. Yes, he would sell that many — i.e., cars (not pies) — in a day. She doesn’t want to go into mass production. Quality (and care) comes before quantity. Hence, the limited supply.
Very, very yummy. I am glad that I live 40-minutes away because I would be around every day buying an apple pie.
Check it out. You will THANK me (as ever). Call Keith at 603-527-0055.
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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!
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.
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.
I had read, online, that the January 2020 update to Android 10 had just started, today, to be rolled out to Pixel 4s. Last month had to wait until nearly the 3rd week to get the December update. So, I was curious whether I could get the latest update right away.
I had to manually check for an update. At that juncture it went ahead and started the download. Only a 12MB download but with all the housekeeping it does it took about 20-minutes to download, optimize and install. Haven’t used the phone since. It rebooted OK. Looks OK, so far.
I will keep you posted with anything untoward crops up.