I failed to mention (in yesterdays blog) that one of the first things I looked for when I arrived in Manchester was their local bead store....of course..!
I googled and found THE BEAD PATCH
Owner John was there, (his wife Patt was home ill), but he was so lovely and I have to say, they have a great selection and wonderful prices.
I was ecstatic to see they sold a few looms but the Jewel Loom (center) he told me is their best seller...yay Julianna Hudgins !!
I promised more pretty scenery...(hope no one is getting bored with my obsession)...I know many of us are sick of seeing snow, but I have to say it looks very different up here in ski country !
AND....here's something we would NEVER see back in New Jersey....maple trees being tapped to give sap.
Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees, although it can also be made from other maple species. In cold climates, these trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Maple trees can be tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap. The sap is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup.
I was fascinated !!!
and more of the yummy HUGE multi hued houses
and historic places (churches of every demonination on practically every corner !!)
and even apartment houses
practically everything, to my eyes, looked right out of Colonial times.
I'm something of a history lover no matter what country I'm in.....and....... a real tourist...just take me "around" even if it means just looking at buildings and I'm a very happy camper.
We ventured into Concord today....the state capitol of NH.
As we leave our ski area the trees sparkle like diamonds
it's a long and winding road into town.....
the roads are majorly bumpy, full of potholes and we're bouncing around in the car like crazy....but..as long as I have my camera I'm happy ! I love this pix that The Lenster took cause the red hair against the white is so striking !!
we got to see the home of our 14th President Franklin Pierce
the state capitol
we stopped to see some of the famous stone arch bridges in Hillsborough. They are declared historic structures.
Concord was also home to Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, a new religious movement that emerged in New England in the late 19th century.
This is the church she founded
and this was such an unusual place of worship. Beautiful stained glass windows.
Other moving memorials were...
and this bronze eternal flame dedicated to fallen police officers
stay tuned....there WILL be more !!