Tuesday, May 30, 2017

T Stands For Party on Bow Lake

Sunday, we travelled north to New Hampshire to attend my niece's graduation party. The party was at Himself's sister's lake house on Bow Lake. The day was predicted to be partly cloudy and cool. The weather dudes got the forecast wrong. The day was partly sunny and the temperatures not too cold or hot.


The newly minted graduate's diploma. Her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Too many numbers for me. English major. You do the math. (-;


Festive decorations. Bunting and balloons.


We arrived a half an hour after the party invitation start-time and oddly enough, we were the first guests to arrive. Himself is having back issues and sciatica so after the 2 1/4 hour ride, he decided to sit and wait for the other guests to arrive. While he was waiting, my sister-in-law gave me a tour of the house and property.


We took a walk to the dock and the 


boat. After people had a chance to eat, drink, and visit, boat rides were offered. The boat holds 10 people.


Though you could swim off the dock, the water there was filled with weeds. The house is actually located on a little island. Around the other side, was a private beach for the residents. There were benches to sit and relax and to watch the young ones splash and swim in the water. At this time of the year, the water is still chilly at 50+ degrees, but that didn't stop the kids.


Looking out towards the wider end of the lake.


Someone had a memorial bench installed for their loved one, a veteran. Appropriately decorated for Memorial Day.


After walking back to the house, I was thirsty so helped myself to the drinks in the cooler. I had an Arnold Palmer, a combination of iced tea and lemonade.


I didn't get many pictures of the food. People were starting to look at me funny as I was snapping pictures of plates. Opposite, the grill was a set up for slow cookers filled with sausage and peppers, baked beans, and other hot dishes There were also some chicken wings plain, which I sampled, and hot and spicy which I did not sample.


I skipped snapping food pictures and captured some other images on an another walk with another sister-in-law. I was sad to see this flattened monarch butterfly. People were zipping around on golf carts or ATVs. and this poor creature was at the wrong place at the wrong time.


Most of the homes are now year-round homes, and the gardens were in bloom. I was taken with these azaleas as I had never seen them in this color before. They were more orange which doesn't show up in the picture. I've only seen azaleas in pink or red.


We walked back to the dock where some guests had found a quiet and bug-free spot to enjoy their meal. The May flies were out enforce, but there was a breeze by the water and not many bugs.


Captain Niece expertly maneuvered the boat back to the dock. The Eldest had taken a ride. My sister-in-law decided she was going to take a boat ride. I declined.  It was quite breezy and choppy on the other side of the lake. I am sometimes prone to motion sickness. Even though I had brought my Seabands and essential oils for motion sickness, I decided with a 2-hour ride still ahead, I was good.

We had a lovely day. Good food, company, and surroundings.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

26 comments:

  1. I think this is the longest post I've ever read at your blog.

    I had to laugh at your comment about finance and too many numbers. I'm a math major and statistician, but those accounting and finance ledgers don't make sense to me. you have to put something on, then take something off from the other side. Does that sound logical? Not to me, either.

    I enjoyed seeing the graduation party, though. It was fun to see you trying to be sneaky when photographing food and drinks.

    I would have gladly taken a ride in that boat. It looks like it would be fun.

    Thanks for sharing this party, the food and drinks with us for T this Tuesday.

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    1. Well, BC, before calligraphy and children, I was a computer programmer. As part of the programming course, I had to take accounting. I would never have passed the course if I didn't have two hands. :-D

      If the party guests were just the in-laws from my husband's side of the family, they wouldn't have looked twice at me snapping photos. They know I'm nuts, but most of the guests were my sister-in-law's in-laws and we only met them years ago or for the first time at the party.

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  2. What a lovely place you visited, the food looks great, too. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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    1. The food was good and the beach was very nice.

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  3. what a lovely soothing place to enjoy friends and family celebrating! I love being near any water, and a boat ride to boot would be fab. I know what you mean about all the numbers and math:) I much prefer English also.Glad you had such a nice day. Happy T day too!

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    1. It was the perfect spot for a celebration. So much so that another sister-in-law said we should have the annual Clan Gathering there

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  4. Sandra, just to let you know, I couldn't leave a comment on your blog about the cute penguin ad. There was no comment link. If I click on reply to someone else's comment, I got the add a comment, but it just refreshed your page. Must be World Haunted Computers Day

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  5. Congrats to the graduate-what a lovely setting for the party-thanks for sharing with us Happy T Day Kathy

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    1. M had the perfect day for her celebration.

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  6. Sunday was a nice day- better than if the party was Monday. I've never been to Bow Lake (which I am guessing is in Bow) but it looks like a nice place to spend the day and relax. Congrats to your niece too. Hugs-Erika

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    1. If the party was Monday, I think it would have been postponed. Bow Lake is in Strafford.

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  7. It looks like you had a wonderful time celebrating! The food looks yummy and I can just imagine sitting by the lake in the cool breeze, lovely!😀 I loved visiting joining in the celebrations with you and don't worry I get funny looks as I'm always taking photos too - Happy T Day! J 😊

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    1. We had a great time, inspite of the funny looks while I was taking pictures. It was really nice by the lake. No bugs!

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  8. Sounds like a lovely day! Congratulations to Niece! :D

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    1. We had a wonderful day. I might have to get myself invited up there as I thought sketching by the lake would be fun.

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  9. CJ...conga ratz to your neice; paws crossed as the tabbies say she finds a great job and one she LIKES !!...your relatives home is amazing........would so love to live in a setting like that... ♥☺☺

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    1. I want to live in this relative's house! The inside was all newly remodeled and the scenery around the lake, just gorgeous.

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  10. Lovely photos of the Graduation celebration party. The area looked beautiful and so did the ones you got of the delicious looking food you had to eat. congratulations to your niece.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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    1. Will have to wrangle another invitation in the Fall. I bet the foliage around the lake will be amazing.

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  11. "You do the math" - lol - you're a hoot, CJ. How nice that the weather cooperated for the big day.

    I am imagining myself sitting at that table looking out at the lake. What a lovely setting, especially with no bugs!

    You made the two-hour drive there and back in one day? Poor Himself's back! I hope he has recovered.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    1. The table on the dock was the pick spot of the venue. Next occasion, I'll have to make a bee-line to get there.

      Two hour drive is doable. Over that, we would have had to have found a place to stay. Though we would have had to reserve very early as this was a big holiday weekend.

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  12. What a scenic relaxing view and lovely place to celebrate! You made me smile about taking photos of plates. I never remember to try it! Happy T Day!

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    1. The lake was just so peaceful. As to pictures, usuallly I'm just taking a photo of my own plate at a restaurant where noboby is really paying attention. But this was right out in publicand with the stares, I was self-conscious. :-D

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  13. What a lovely party CJ! The boat ride and food , company and the graduate.. just fabulous!!! Thank you so much for sharing this Tday. Sorry i'm a little late... i hadn't realized you posted something... Hugs! deb

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  14. What a fantastic place to relax - an absolutely peaceful place! What a party!

    Happy T-Day CJ!

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  15. What a beautiful area and a beautiful day! Poor little butterfly!

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