Recently, I made my third trip to New Hampshire, to visit my friends Kitty and Kochanski: a laid-back weekend with friends, watching TV, looking at over the lake by Kitty’s cabin, and enjoying the fine fall weather. I’ve not been to New England many time, and enjoyed my drive up from the Boston airport. I lived in a wooded area myself, but a preponderance of live oaks and pines means most of the trees stay green year round, so a bit more color was nice. I don’t understand the fascination with McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts, but it’s probably because they don’t have a culture of tiny barbecue shacks and taquerias on every corner.
That being said, the first night of my visit we stopped by a small restaurant in Hillsboro, NH, called Mediterrano. If I lived in this area, I would eat dinner here at least once a week (the other choices in this part of the state being mostly pizza or hamburgers). Delicious Turkish food, served by a family of immigrants. The dolmades were some of the best I’ve ever eaten.
In addition to picking up some lovely hand-spun yarns, including a soft angora, I got to see the famous spinning bunnies, and watch Kitty demonstrate needle felting. We also visited one of the largest yarn shops in the country, WEBS. I didn’t spend as much as I could have, although I did pick up a couple patterns. As much as I order online from that company, you would have thought the clerks would have recognized my name!
Of course, the best part of the weekend is hanging with friends. Kitty’s cabin is a warm and cozy place overlooking a small lake. Sitting snuggled on the sofa, out of range of any kind of signal, watching DVDs of old TV shows, and catching up with your friends. What could be a more relaxing time?
How do you like to decompress?