Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nashua 101

After a leisurely start capped by a fine Saturday brunch, Richard and Barbara gave us an historic tour of Nashua that finished with a nice downtown shopping excursion.

We began with the old houses of Nashua. I do not have any images here, since we decided not to photograph peoples’ homes, but what we saw is what you would expect of a prosperous 19th century New England mill town. We were here once briefly a decade ago, but it has been nice to be able to get a sense of the place where our friends live. Theirs is an 1847 home built for a prosperous city leader which has gone through one move and a number of families in its long history.

From there we went to the largest mill, now adaptively reused for housing, and then to Main Street, the commercial face the city presented (and still presents) to the world. After Richard and I played with images, we joined Sharon and Barbara in a couple of local crafts shops located side by side, Twill and The League of New Hampshire Craftsman. Sharon came close to getting the perfect yarn for her next project at Twill, and next door she did acquire a pair of glass cardinals for her emerging bird collection and I got a nice new hand crafted mug. Richard waited patiently until I selected my mug to snap up the one I considered and did not take. Barbara rounded out our shopping excursion with a nice pin cushion in the form of a Shaker box. It was a fine day.

The Old Mill, now housing

The old powerhouse, soon to pass into memories

Main Street

Barbara and Sharon

The old Nashua Telegraph, a fine example of adaptive reuse

See bottom left

Oh, and Richard and I moved some firewood.

And for our labor, we got to eat dinner at MT’S Local. Wow! This is the real deal, new American cuisine at its best. No tricks, no gimmicks. Fresh, wholesome local food prepared with skill and care and a fine sensibility. From the fresh bread to the housemade biscotti everything is what it should be and just a bit more. If you are within 100 miles of Nashua you owe it to yourself to come here.

Sunday afternoon it's on to Northampton and a Tuesday visit with Abigail Weeks, Pelikan technician extraordinaire.

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