Friday, June 10, 2005

Fun in New Hampshire

We are having a lovely time in New Hampshire visiting my Mom and her guy Jim. Need proof? How about this crazy family:

Originally uploaded by amyeetx.
We are having big fun!

The first day we were here we took a tour and sampling at Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was neat to see how they made the beer, and we all enjoyed the tasting. Anna was busy scoping out the flower beds because she found they had planted strawberries in them--let's just say that the brewery has lost a few strawberries to a hungry 2 year old. We headed out to the Kittery outlets, as well, since they have some stores I love, including Hanna Andersson. I'm not talking about purchases, ok?

Yesterday we took a boat ride in Portsmouth, NH on the Isles of Shoals tour boat. What were we looking at? Well, the husband was enjoying the boats, since he is obsessed with building a wooden lobster boat (yes, we live in Texas--let's not talk about why that is strange....)

Originally uploaded by amyeetx.
Boats for Bruce

It was a little grey and hazy, but we enjoyed the tour. We cruised by one of my favorite lighthouses, Whaleback Light, in the Portsmouth Harbor.

Originally uploaded by amyeetx.
Whaleback Lighthouse, Portsmouth Harbor

We cruised around the islands at the Isles of Shoals ( history here). I like that lots of 19th century authors visiting the Shoals: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and others. Celia Thaxter, writer and gardner, lived there during the 19th century as well.

The island that most people are interested in is Smuttynose:

Originally uploaded by amyeetx.
Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals

You might know this island because there is a beer named after it, but the island is also famous for a double murder.

I'll post more soon!

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