Monday, March 30, 2009

Baby Emarie stops for a visit.

Emarie stopped for a short visit with Guthrie on Sunday. Very Cute and very alert, she was.

Still a touch of snow in the yard

Just a few patches of snow remain in the front yard. Will they last until April 1st? (Picture taken at 5 pm, March 30)

But there still is a big pile in the back yard, where once or twice I shoveled the porch roof.

Verrill Farm up and operating after fire

In the fall, Laurie and I were driving into Cambridge along route 2 when we saw billowing black smoke coming from what we would find out later was Verrill Farm burning. The main building and kitchen were completely burned down. The pictures above were taken soon after that.

With the many visits I have been making to Concord to pick up my mom's mail and water her plants, I was pleased to find Verrill Farm open again. They are using several temporary buildings; but their retail space is nevertheless pretty substantial, perhaps as much as 2/3 of the original space. More importantly (to me!), they have their full complement of baked items, including huge cookies and scones of several flavors. And they seem to be pumping out their famous pies in great quantity. The deli is open and they are serving their full complement of sandwiches and prepared foods.

I am told they are soon to be rebuilding!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Paul's Diner for breakfast

Breakfast early this morning at Paul's Diner:

Paul's is a nice little diner in Westford. We've only gone there on weekends, but I see a brisk morning "breakfast sandwich and coffee" business as I drive past it in the morning on my way to work.

They've done some nice things inside to make it look "fifties-ish". I am hoping to get my fishing buddy, Paul, to go there sometime before one of our fishing outings. He'll have to get their t-shirt! In one of the pictures below you can see a wall of framed prints... each showing someone, somewhere in the world, wearing a Paul's Diner t-shirt.

Their extensive breakfast and lunch menu is here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Laurie went to see Emarie today.

Emarie, the little cutie, now weighs 11 pounds 9 ounces and is over 23 inches! This according the her blog. Here a few pictures Laurie took while visiting.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Correction: Barsellotti's is actually Judies Restaurant

Reed sent me an email pointing out a few errors in my post about having lunch in Amherst. Sorry for the poor journalism. Reed points out that we actually ate at "Judies". It seems that in 2006 Judies Restaurant bought Barselotti's and expanded into its area and even eliminated the driveway that had been between the two buildings (does that sound right, Reed?). Judies kept the sign and most of the bartenders. Barselotti's had been a favorite watering hole for over 70 years. There's a good one-page story about its history here in the Amherst Bulletin.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Deer through the bay window

Images taken this morning, about 7:30 or 8:00. As they passed through the back yard, this group decided to spend 5 minutes chewing on a few branches from this maple limb that fell during the December ice-storm. Then, they walked off into the woods, basically in a single file.

Monday, March 23, 2009

One more thing about skiing at Sunday River

Well, if you have a sweet tooth go to North Peak Lodge. It's about half way up the mountain, and can be accessed from the top of several lifts. It really is just a cafeteria as far as I can tell, and a place to get warm on a cold day.

In addition to hot cookies coming from the oven, the cinnamon buns served here probably weigh half-a-pound. A fine sample is shown below on a 10" paper plate! After indulging, it is unlikely that you will need to eat again until dinner! Plus they serve Starbuck's coffee. For me, it doesn't get much better than that.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Skiing with Jaimie


I drove up to Bethel Thursday afternoon to spend the night at Jaimie's apartment in the dorms of Gould Academy, and to ski with her at Sunday River on Friday. First, here are a few random shots taken Thursday afternoon and while walking downtown for dinner at Sud's, a dark paneled pub in the basement of the Sudbury Inn (Web site and menu here). If you like French Onion Soup or 1/2-pound burgers with hot crusty french fries, then this is the place!

Jaimie's cats are named Madison and Mansfield.


Friday turned out to be another sun-filled day. Temps at the mountain probably got no higher than the low 30s, as the skiing surface could best be described as loose frozen granular. We did notice some mushy snow at the bottom of the mountain at the end of the day. The view from the observation deck at the top of the mountain was spectacular. That's Mt. Washington in the distance in the long photo, some 20 miles away.

Skiing with Tyler last Monday

Tyler and I drove up to Sunapee Monday for a day of spring skiing. Mondays at Sunapee are called Magic Mondays as lift tickets are $40. The skiing started off a bit icy due to the overnight freezing, but with full sun and temps eventually in the upper 30s the surface turned first to "corn" snow and then to what I think of as "mashed potatoes" as the melting increases in the afternoon. It gets a bit difficult to push around, so we found ourselves on the stepper slopes and trails where we could ski a bit faster and use our speed to get through the potatoes. Here are a few images from the day. (Other than Tyler in the blue jacket, I don't have a clue who the other people are.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A few hours with Reed on Sunday

I drove out to Amherst to see Reed on Sunday. He and I, and his friend Amy, went out to lunch at a cool restaurant across from the fire station, called Barselloti. Great food, though the service is a bit slow. But worth it! I took Reed's advice and ordered the chicken, bacon, and guacamole sandwich. Awesome. They also make a nice salad with the same ingredients. Barsellotis is known for its popovers, served with apple butter. The popovers are huge, as you can see below.
Reed and I always finish up, when having lunch together, with a trip to Rao's for coffee (or iced Chai tea, as Reed likes to get).