Around 2:00pm Saturday afternoon, Sue and I headed north to Tamworth, NH to visit the grave site of her grandmother who would have been 100 years old today.
It was a rather warm 47 degrees here in Dover, but by the time we got out of the car just an hour north it was a very bitter 35 degrees. Sue's mom joined us at the cemetery and then we all went over to White Lake.
It was too icy to walk all the way from the parking area to the lake, so Joanne drove us down to the last gate and stayed in the car while Sue and I walked down to the snow covered beach. We had wanted to get some pictures of sunset, but it was so cloudy that we just headed back home. On the spur of the moment, we decided to stop in Rochester, NH for dinner at The Governor's Inn.
Dinner out was sort of a celebration as the 6th was my 2 year anniversary of The Great Hip Replacement Ordeal. I was going to have a party, but in light of Kerra's passing, decided to take it light.
Though the food and service were outstanding as they always have been, I just have to say that Sue and I were both very disappointed in the noise level from the bar area. Regardless that we had been seated at a table right by an open window area into the bar that was a wine rack area, the noise in the dining area was just too much for a quiet, relaxed dining experience. I even called the manager the next day to express that if I wanted to eat in a tavern environment, I could do that in Dover or anywhere else in Rochester and that I was very disappointed in their seeming shift in focus from a mature dining experience for that of the bar crowd.
After getting some work done on my research project in the morning Sunday, we had some lunch, and then went food shopping. Since it was early when we got back, I got some reading done before we took a break and played several sets of backgammon over a glass of wine.
My dinner menu for the night was an off-the-cuff mixture of chicken, seasoned sweet sausages, wine, herbs, kale, scallions, and red pepper with garlic finger potatoes that Sue baked. Movie of the night was a hard sell for Sue: The Lord Of The Rings, Fellowship of the Ring.
She was a good sport and took about 2 hours of that before throwing in the towel for the night. Maybe we'll finish it during the week; we'll have to see what she has to say about it tomorrow.... one of those things that either grabs you or it doesn't.