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Rockingham County

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  • Day8

    3. Tag USA - "Driving wild"

    September 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Unser erster Zwischenstopp war in der überschaubaren Kleinstadt Lynnfield...wir hielten bei einer Dinerkette: „99“.

    Ich habe mich mittlerweile schon in die Cranberrie-Limonaden und -Säfte hier verliebt. Als Zugabe gab es kostenloses Popcorn - aber typisch amerikanisch in salzig - Julia zeigte sich wenig begeistert 😅 und ich durfte alles allein aufessen 😂. Im Diner lief American Football auf den Fernsehern und ein Trikot der Red Sox hing über den Gasttischen...es hatte wirklich echtes, amerikanisches Flair ☺️. Die Kellnerin wollte uns Spezialitäten von der Karte empfehlen - typisches Essen nach Art des Deutschen Oktoberfestes 😂. Als ich ihr sagte, dass wir aus Deutschland kommen, fragte sie mich, ob wir Bratwurst kennen 😅... aber wir wollten dann doch lieber eine Platte mit Shrimps bestellen. In Massachusetts und Maine sind Meeresfrüchte (Seafoods) die Hauptdelikatesse.

    Anschließend ging es weiter on the road. Wir mussten feststellen, das wir nur sehr langsam vorankommen . Auf den amerikanischen Autobahnen muss teilweise Maut („toll“) bezahlt werden und wir wollten deswegen lieber die kleineren Straßen nehmen...aber dann darf auch meistens nur 20 bis 35 Meilen in und zwischen den Orten (ca. 30 - 60 km/h) oder seltener 40 bis 50 Meilen (ca. 65 - 85 km/h) auf den Landstraßen gefahren werden. Dafür war die Landschaft wunderschön und auch das Laub der Bäume beginnt sich bereits rötlich zu verfärben.

    Wir erreichten am Abend den kleinen Ort Portsmouth, der wie fast alle Orte hier einen kleinen Hafen besitzt. Nach einem leckeren Abendessen dort im „Mombo“ (Hummersuppe was sonst 😂...es lebe das Seafood) machten wir uns auf den Weg zu unserem Zimmer im „Ocean Inn“ im einzigen Urlaubsort Maines mit Sandstrand - Old Orchard Beach. Wir mussten ungeplant im Dunkeln fahren, weil es leider schon 19Uhr dämmert und wir einfach zu spät dran waren. Die Leute hier waren bisher alle sehr freundlich und unsere Zimmervermieter hatten extra auf uns gewartet. So ging ein weiterer aufregender Tag zu Ende mit amerikanischen Rocksongs direkt vor unserer Tür - denn dieser Ort ist eine Touristenpartymeile🌛.
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  • Day3

    Solar Eclipse

    August 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Finally I had to do for what I was coming here: Working. As always I was welcomed very friendly. Since the last time there were also some new colleagues which I could get to know. I heard that there will be a Solar Eclipse on Monday so I had the chance to witness this event. When it was about time all people went out and were prepared to see a spectacular event... but it even didn't get really dark here in New Hampshire. Too far away from the core shadow which was in South Carolina on the East coast. The colleagues from the West coast (Seattle, WA) were more lucky as they were closer (core shadow in Oregon) and they had less clouds. As nobody had glasses one of the colleagues had a tin foil with a round little hole in it and when the sun shined through it you could see the crescent behind on a white paper. I got a pic from a West coast colleague and another pic from Illinois which is really cool. After work I went shopping in one of the big outlets in New Hampshire - I had to use the time (there is always so less time here)Read more

  • Day25

    Day 25

    August 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Didn't wake up properly till 9am.

    Pottered and did some shopping. More chatting.

    Had sandwich for lunch then out to Portsmouth No sun today and a little bit chilly near the sea. Nice town - has grown and is more commercialised. Lots of bars and restaurants but all pretty quiet. Looked at Strawberry Bank but $20 each to get in and it looked really quiet so we didn't bother. Had drive along the coast. Very pretty and some beautiful houses.

    Stopped at Lowe's shop to look for small garden table, yard brush, pan scourers and plastic wine glasses. Success in all but the glasses. Home 4.30 and made cottage pie for tea.

    Ally struggling with some aspects of the new house - water is awful and needs special filtering, need treatment to disperse supposedly dangerous radon gas. Garden is a wilderness - much work to do but location is good.

    Had beer outside watching and listening to humming bird. Lovely.

    Had wine & tea and yet more chat. Bed 10ish
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  • Day26

    Day 26

    August 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Up 8ish. Tea & toast and out to Manchester by the Sea with Ally. About an hour drive. More road works but did fine. Parked for an hour and walk around. Started very cloudy and had been raining but sun soon came out. Very pretty town.

    Went looking for replacement hat and in one shop, lady told us she has been to Manchester and experienced beans on toast in Warrington! She told us where to buy hat so we found quite easily. Also bought fridge magnet.

    Had quick drive around then to Singing Beach. Looked beautiful in the sunshine but they were charging for carpark and to get on the beach so we didn't bother. There was hardly anyone around except the money collectors! Parked on the road on 2 hour limit then went for lunch.
    Went to Cala and had haddock sandwich/club/pizza - all very nice then headed back to the car. Got $35 ticket for pointing in the wrong direction. Sickening!

    Drove home via liquor store looking for John's current favourite wine Sebastiani but they didn't have it.

    Shopped at Hannafords then home 2.30. Had tea and cake brought by friendly neighbour this morning.

    Made big lasagne for tea then sat and had beer outside.

    Andy asked about warm spot in kitchen ceiling John most interested in investigating! Later discovered permanently heated pads - fire hazard.

    More chat. Bed 10ish
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  • Day27

    Day 27

    August 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Andy's 60th birthday. Phones started pinging birthday wishes from 4am!

    Opened cards (except mine! Don't know where it is!). Ally included a cheque in her card to pay parking fine - present nobody else can give. Very amusing. I got him WMM shirt and hat and hat for Tony too.

    Andy went for run then we set off for Newburyport. Lovely seaside town with big shipbuilding history. Had a walk about then delicious corned beef hash for lunch.

    Had boat trip for just the two of us with Cap'n Bob. Very good and interesting. Amazing houses on the Merrimack river.

    Back to car 3.30 and home via wine shop to buy Sebastiani wine, beer and small outside table.

    All sorted and back 5pm.

    Had very strong beer watered down with lemonade then Davey & Susie arrived but left the lobsters behind so she had to no back for them!

    Had nibbles then huge amount of lobster. Very, very messy! Lots of wine and chat, birthday cake and fizz.

    Told them our news and they will try to come.

    Bed 11ish. Quite a special birthday.
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  • Day28

    Day 28

    September 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Up 8ish to help tidy up. Sunny day.

    Pulled up weeds & swept by pool. Looks much better.

    Andy played a bit of footie with Charlie - he's bored poor lad. This is Labor Day weekend so he is off school today and Monday.

    Did some washing, checked in for tomorrow and sorted clothes.

    Left over lasagne for lunch then walk round local area. Enormous houses (some well kept and some not), trees and driveways. Everything here is on such a big scale - rooms, cookers, fridges, garages, cars, basements, gardens and everything is full of STUFF. The size of everything just says 'work' to us but it's just a way of life here. No pavement to walk on and quite a few cars so not really pleasant to walk.

    Home 4ish.

    Out to Exeter 6ish. UFO festival this weekend and a few examples on show!! Called at beer place but very small and didn't really appeal. Went to Margaritas Mexican. Nice food & drink and finished with deep fried icecream, Mexican hat and birthday song from staff. $100ish. Very pleasant.

    Home 8.30. Sat out by Charlie's fire pit. Surprisingly cold. Had couple of glasses of wine & nice chat. Really lovely evening.

    Bed 10.30
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  • Day29

    Day 29

    September 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Awake early and up 8ish. John made bacon & eggs then we packed up and left them 10ish.

    Filled car and got back to airport with no trouble. Sparkles on my t shirt set off sensors so I had additional checks.

    Had coffee & cake then flight 1pm to Philadelphia.

    Quite a bumpy flight but only about an hour so no problem.

    Landed to torrential rain. Totally uneventful journey to Marriot - $35. We're on 22nd floor but gloomy view of grey skies! Shock to the system after the wonderful weather we've had most of the time.

    Nice big room, cup of tea with awful powder milk then out to find Irish Bar McGillins - supposedly oldest in town.
    Traffic busy, lots of grumpy drivers and puddles. Couldn't find pub so went in Fergie's Irish Bar. Diddly diddly band playing. Had beers $9.50 for two. Found McG but heaving and loud but still only 5pm ish so didn't stay. Went to The Bar - almost empty but was a bar and cheap and dry. $9. Then to Finn McCoos - sat at bar. $10 for 2 x 22oz beers (compared to 16oz before). Had shepherds pie and fish & chips. Perfectly ok and hit the spot on this cold & wet night. This rain is from Hurricane Harvey which has caused huge devastation in Texas. Shouldn't complain really.

    Went to 7/11 for milk, biscuits and wine. Don't sell wine!! Trudged round a bit and eventually found booze shop. Bought $10 wine then home 7.30ish. In bed to get warm by 8pm. Ate biscuits and drank wine watching 50 Shades of Grey. Rubbish film!

    Asleep before 10pm.
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  • Day5

    USS Albacore

    August 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

    Since we stayed an extra day in Portsmouth, David and I went to (West Marine for an unfruitful trip 😤 and happened upon) the USS Albacore, one of the first experimental torpedo shapes of US submarines which changed the entire design strategy for submarines in 1953. Unbelievably confined space and every single thing had a function.Read more

  • Day37

    Isles of Shoals

    September 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    You should definitely come here. And there is a good chance you could. (Actually, this could be a perfect place for an Autodesk retreat. Just saying’.)

    As we speak, there is a coterie of artists, writers, photographers, musicians, poets, and yoga goddesses (their name, not mine) having retreats on Star Island, one of a tiny archipelago of 9 islands. Star Island has been owned by the Unitarian Church since 1915, and it is open to groups and individuals during the summer. You get lodging and meals, and it is committed to sustainability. We are on one of their moorings tonight, listening to the mournful foghorn and the many birds.

    AND it was discovered by Capt. John Smith in 1614.

    AND I got a free zucchini from their garden (I did not steal it).

    The well-known poet Celia Thaxter (another Hingham name, but relationship unknown) was from White Island. She was the daughter of the lighthouse keeper. Later, she lived on Appledore Island and established her reputation. While she lived in the isles, a resort was started, and who should visit but Sarah Orne Jewett (see “thought for the day” post from yesterday), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and American impressionist painter Childe Hassam.

    For those of you who like Smuttynose craft beer, it is not made on the nearby Smuttynose Island which I am looking at. But, it was named for the island. The island received its name because the rocks at one end are black. I’ll post a picture of the island,but it will be hard to distinguish between the black rocks and the tide marks.

    Pirates came to these islands, including Capt. Kidd. Blackbeard brought his 15th wife to Smuttynose, and then left when the British fleet came after him (and he never returned). (David added, “and now Greybeard is here).

    Hopefully, this is enough to entice you.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Rockingham County, Рокингам, রকিংহাম কাউন্টি, Condado de Rockingham, Rockinghami maakond, Rockingham konderria, شهرستان راکینگهام، نیوهمپشایر, Comté de Rockingham, Rockingham megye, Ռոքինգհեմ շրջան, Contea di Rockingham, ロッキンガム郡, Rockingham Kūn, Hrabstwo Rockingham, راکنگہیم کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Rockingham, Рокингем, Округ Рокингхам, Рокінґгем, راکنگہیم کاؤنٹی، نیو ہیمپشائر, Quận Rockingham, Condado han Rockingham, 羅京安縣

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