Sunday, July 6, 2008

Final weekend pictures

We took a bike ride in New Hampshire yesterday, about 7 miles off road over hills that were like mountains, but it was alot of fun - really it was!  T had done this ride before and remembered it as being very picturesque, we were in a little town called Harrisberg, which really is a beautiful little town with a general store and some restored mills.  
But, I like pictures of the unusual also, and this was the first house that I saw.   Seems to be missing a chunk doesn't it?  And rather abandoned which is too bad, it's a beauty overall  - or could be.   


We took off and after the first hill, I took this picture.  It was a grey day, but the view was wonderful and it was nice to be riding out of direct sunlight. 
T remembered that at the top of the hill there was a great dairy farm, and he knows how much I love beautiful well kept farms - they just make me happy for some reason.  So we got to the top of the hill and this face started at me, from a totally overgrown field, wild as can be.  NH wildlife (don't get mad Suki!) 

Here is my road warrior staring at the farm.  Why is he staring.....
Here's why - the beautiful farmhouse had gone to rack and ruin  - but the ramshakle barn had a new tin roof.  I think they moved house, T thinks that there was a great tragedy in their lives and they still lived in the house like Miss Havisham.  Who knows. New Hampshire-ites are known for their independent natures and most anything goes. 

We stopped at this lake for lunch, where I collapsed and demanded help up the next hill.  I got it! 

Finally back to the Harrisburg General store, which is wonderful, in a great building and you can sit on the porch and sip your soda-pop and watch the world go by. 

This is Dublin NH's old school house, now a historical society building.  I have a thing for classic architecture, and just had to take this picture - the house lines just satisfy something in me.  They just feel right - do you agree? 


11 comments:

sukipoet said...

Hi Mim. Aren't you the one, cycling up the mountains that around here they call hills. Yep. I know the general area well. Actually, it's Harrisville. I have always loved Harrisville. The mills, some of them, are still used for weaving and wool. In one old mill an artist has her studio. I have sat on that very porch. And the wild life--was that a cow or a bull? Lovely pictures. Namaste, Suki

Mim said...

Suki - I was so exhausted when I got home, I showered and crashed. But we're going out again today just locally. You're right about Harrisville and we went into the weaving studio - I was just glad I didn't have my credit card on me!
Cow or bull??? I don't know - how do you tell aside from looking at it's back end? it looked kinda tough to me, must be a boy-cow. Mim

Mim said...

Suki - I was so exhausted when I got home, I showered and crashed. But we're going out again today just locally. You're right about Harrisville and we went into the weaving studio - I was just glad I didn't have my credit card on me!
Cow or bull??? I don't know - how do you tell aside from looking at it's back end? it looked kinda tough to me, must be a boy-cow. Mim

Debra Kay said...

That's a hereford calf-it's a young animal but I can't tell the sex because those parts are missing from the photo. Behind it is an Angus calf. If I had to guess, I'd guess they were steers because they grow better for beef(both types are beef cattle) and the farmer probably wouldn't want to breed the two.

The photos were lovely, and what a nice day with you and hubby, out on the road, in the world....ahhhhhhh.

K.C. said...

I am as impressed by your riding ability as I am by the pictures. I don't even own a bike because I am not sure I could handle the exercise! Great photos! Kayce

Forever Young said...

i totally agree with kc's comments....you go girl, go.

Teri C said...

This ride was so much fun! Thanks for all the insights!

Lisa M Griffin said...

ahhh the charm of New England life, old rustic barns, gorgeous lakes and vistas, and of course the errant cow. I have lived in New England my whole life (maine, then Mass, now NH) and I have to say there is nothing quite like it. Great pictures by the way.

NANCY LEFKO said...

looks like a great ride...wonderful photos.

I think you were actually in Harrisville, which is only a stone's throw from my town of Peterborough. Harrisville is quite lovely and I am glad you had the chance to enjoy it.

studio lolo said...

My husband and I are longing to move back to New England for just these reasons. The charm of the place is magical! I have family in NH, so I really enjoyed being near them via your post :)

human being said...

OMG!
i was dying for such a ride in such a place...
Mim, thanks for taking us with you... you really made my day...
loved the houses and the serenity of the environment...
your descriptions were as beautiful as the shots...