Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Look Back

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Good Morning,

I'm setting the time machine back to a period from 1988 to 1991. It is difficult to be exact with scanned photos. The photos were taken in Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire. Enjoy.

My cousin Katie at one of our many Easter Egg Hunts in Stamford, CT

We were young at one time. Sadly this photo was badly underexposed and adjusting it brought out all the film grain. One of the perils of not having automatic exposure.

I like this photo of Ginny, but as with the previous shot, it was badly underexposed.

When we built our house there was a large sand pile. The kids decided to bury Erik. Watching him climb out of this was pretty funny.

I love this photo of Matt (on right of Megan) and his friends on top of Mount Monadnock. Notice that no one is looking at a smart phone (they didn't exist).

Another favorite shot. No smart phones but Matt had a walkman.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pickles - November 12, 2004

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I was going through the photo archives when I came across this photo of Pickles taken in November 2004. He was the toughest cat we ever had, gentle with humans but deadly for rodents. He loved to be outdoors and was impervious to weather. One time he disemboweled a rabbit that was almost the same size as he was.

He shared the home with our cat Buster who was a bully but Pickles had none of that and held him off when he had to.

One day he didn't return but I know he went down fighting.

“Books, Cats, Life is Good.” - Edward Gorey

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Chicken Wings and Dancing - November 11, 2006

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Wendy and Bob Grippardi have held a number of "theme" parties over the years. In November of 2006, we competed for the  best chicken wings recipe. I'm not sure who won, but it was a good time.

Western wear was encouraged as part of the theme

Luanne got into the mood

Dick Keddy

Wouldn't be a party without some dancing

Ginny gets funky

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

West Coast Village Life - Group Photos

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Group photos taken in fishing villages on the west coast of Vancouver Island, probably in the early 1950s. 

My wife (left) with her mom and siblings. 

It must have been a chilly day

My wife's mom. When I asked what her name was, my wife replied "I just called her Mom". My wife was one of the many children that were sent to the Residential Schools where they were forbidden to speak their language or practice their culture. As a result she was separated from her parents and missed out really knowing them. I visited one of the schools she attended in 1974 and posted a few photos and background information which can be found by clicking on this link.

This photo reminds me of ones of my own family when we try to organize them. Everyone is doing their own thing.

These children display all the emotions.

One of my favorites, my wife (with dog), her sister and mom on the Pier at Ceepeecee.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

West Coast Village Life - 3 Children

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Photographs freeze a moment in time and place in milliseconds. These photos were taken at one of the villages on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The negatives were not a standard size wich makes me guess that they were taken with an older camera, perhaps in the 1940s. I'm intrigued to think that many of these kids are now in their senior years. These pictures did stop time.

Can you identify anyone or the location? If so please leave a comment. 


I assume that creature is a dog

Three cuties, check out the ribbons in the hair

Different choice of footwear

Friday, November 4, 2016

West Coast Village Life - Ceepeecee

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In 2012 I scanned a number of family photos taken in the fishing villages along the west coast of Vancouver Island. I'm guessing from the size of the negatives that most of the photos were taken in a period from the late 1940s to early 1960s.

My wife has told me stories about what it was like to live along the coast. These were fishing villages and many of the photos were taken aboard the boat or by the shore. The villages had no running water and no electricity. These photos were taken in Ceepeecee, my wife's birthplace.

Ginny and her mom on the dock

Ginny and  her mom

Tight squeeze

Family Portrait

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween Nor'easter - 2011

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A photo was posted on the Facebook page Life in New Ipswich that reminded me that five years ago we got a trick and not a treat for Halloween. A Halloween Nor'easter dumped 16 inches of snow on New Ipswich, Since the trees still had foliage and the ground was still unfrozen, a lot of trees uprooted and we had extensive power outages. We haven't had a repeat since. Here is a look back.

The snow started October 27, 2011. Notice that the leaves were still on the trees. The snow continued and continued

It was beautiful after it stopped. This is Smitthville Reservoir.

After the snow, we did get some warm days, however in October we knew it wouldn't last.

I had stored a generator at my Mom's house in New Boston. I drove it back in the height of the storm. It was a disaster of poor planning and last ditch efforts.

We got a lot of snow. I had 15 inches but other folks had more.

As far as I'm concerned it can start snowing some time in January.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Remnants of the Past

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I find it interesting to find remnants of the past tucked away in corners of the town. Parts of old mills, a penstock rusting away in the woods, iron brackets for fencing, can be seen in various places.

In an old postcard I spotted a what appears to be a planter with a street lamp. I assume the lower part might have served as a watering trough for horses. I was pleased to see that it still exists in front of the Re/Max Town Square office at the former location of the 1808 House.

Turnpike Road facing South (undated postcard)

Iron Planter in front of Re/Max Town Square in New Ipswich, NH. I suspect that the gas connection for the street lamp was accessed via the panel beneath it.

Former location of the 1808 House on Turnpike Road in New Ipswich, NH

A few photos of the original 1808 house can be seen on the New Ipswich Historical Society Website

New Ipswich AutumnFest - October 15, 2011

Having a fun day
A Hug from Mom

A look back to 2011 at Memorial Field in New Ipswich. Photos of the annual AutumnFest.

Maureen Vaillan (Mason Brook Nursery) painting pumpkins

Kid games

Shortwave radio stations

Ham Radio demostration by David Rust

Swinging good time

Deb Holmes selling tickets



Cow patty bingo

Face Painting

Hayride with mom