Sunday, April 22, 2012

Springtime in New Hampshire

Americans Stand with Israel
by Bee Sting
Sunday, April 22, 2012

This is my state - the "Live Free or Die" state.  My husband and I moved to New Hampshire in 1991 - whew! Time flies!  We both grew up in cities north of Boston, Massachusetts and we both knew that one day we would live in New Hampshire, since we spent most of our summer vacations in the White Mountains.  

To step outside and smell the fresh morning mountain air and to be living near Winnipesaukeee Lake is the closest thing to heaven, for us "city" folks.  I have never taken for granted the sights and sounds of seeing wildlife and hearing birds singing at the break of dawn. Compared to the sounds of trains and busy traffic outside the window when living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire offers you the amazing beauty of apple farms, country fairs, lakes and mountains - all within a short distance from where ever you live within the state.

This winter was a welcomed relief of past winters - barely a snow storm the entire season!  The buds are blooming on the trees, grass is already turning green, spring flowers are popping up everywhere, birds are returning to the feeders and I'm looking forward to that first family get together shortly, when we can all enjoy sitting among the evergreen trees in my own yard.  

This afternoon will be dining out with my brother and his wife, at a beautiful old Inn and restaurant.  They live in Massachusetts, but enjoy visiting my area and we enjoy each other's company.  When family from outside the state visit, I like playing "tour guide" to show off some of the attractions in my area of New Hampshire.  This next photo is the place we'll be enjoying dinner later today:  
The Centennial Hotel/restaurant, Concord, NH

and here are some other sights that I love during springtime in New Hampshire:

Lake Winnipesaukee
Lake Winnipesaukee, aka: Lake Winnie, or by Native Americans "Winnipiseogee" which is most commonly translated as "Smile of the Great Spirit" has a surface area of 72 square miles and is 28 miles long at it's longest point. Lake Winnipesaukee also offers 240 miles of shoreline that has everything from multi-million dollar homes to campgrounds.

It is not uncommon to see a black bear crossing the road!

New Hampshire Black Bear Cubs and Mom from Chris Fowler on Vimeo.

Picture taken on Route 118 in Warren, NH. ©Bryan Flagg
The Origin of the word "MOOSE" is thought to be from "mus" or "moos" 
of the Algonquian (North American Indian) family of languages 
thought to mean "eater of twigs." 

Moose and baby
Welcome to Apple Annie's

That's all for now .... 
I will share photos throughout the summer ...
.... Bee Sting