Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving break in New Hampshire

Just back from an enjoyable few days in New Hampshire over the Thanksgiving break. We stayed at the Mountain Club on Loon resort, which is set on the slopes of, well...of Loon Mountain, a ski resort. We don't go for the skiing, prefering to walk rather than hurtle uncontrollably down a mountainside. Surprisingly there was a lot of snow down, at least on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, so the skiers were out in force. We took some brisk walks through snow capped trees instead.

We ate at a couple of local restaurants, the Common Man Restaurant in Lincoln and the Woodstock Brewery in North Woodstock. We've been to both places on previous visits and its sad to see how the Woodstock Brewery restaurant/pub has gone downhill. The decor all looks a bit tired inside, the food was average at best and the waiter was bordering on rude. We won't be back.

The Common Man restaurant in contrast was extremely good. The wait staff could not do enough for us and the food was lovely. Definitely recommended.

One further benefit of being away for a few days is the time we get to just chill out. I enjoyed some quiet hours of reading and managed to finish my book (Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand). I enjoyed the book - it was the true story of Louie Zamperini and his struggle for survival when held as a POW by the Japanese during WWII (I will think twice before I buy anything Japanese again!)

All in all we had a nice relaxing time. The weather was perfect, we didn't get caught in traffic in either direction,  we took some good walks, swam in the hotel pool and watched the skiers from the warmth of the outdoor hot tub. It doesn't get much better than that!

Friday, November 18, 2011

For better or for worse

TV has come a long way in the past 10 years. The color is better, the picture is sharper, and so is the sound. On the average TV show, the sound quality is so good you can hear breathing, a feather falling and a gnat's fart. However that level of detail can get annoying. I was watching Coronation Street tonight, as Lloyd and Cheryl were breaking up. Lots of tears streaming down faces etc. But I found myself increasingly irritated by the sniffing. Great big wet dribbly sniffs to accompany their tears. Good grief! much of the wet stuff have you got up your nose!? Its enough to put a girl off her wine