November

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November is when things start to wind down here … shorter days, colder nights, fewer leaves. The summer people have gone and everything is stripped-down bare. The stark trees – our beautiful leaves gone now until May – offer wider views but little color; the focus shifts to the wonderful architecture of New England and whatever is left on the ground from autumn.

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These photos were taken in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. If you’ve never been to this small city, add it to your bucket list. This is a treasure trove of history with museums, historic architecture, and maritime lore. Portsmouth is completely walkable; put on your walking shoes and visit Prescott Park and the waterfront – the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is just across the way, where you can sometimes see submarines at the dock (I have a thing for submarines). Strawbery Banke is here too, where 40+ buildings have been assembled to depict life here from 1695 to 1950, complete with interpreters (this is wonderful!). You can climb aboard the USS Albacore, a retired Navy submarine now on dry land that offers tours. Take a harbor tour and learn about nearly 400 years of local history.

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A little further down the road you can find Fort Constitution, one of seven forts built to protect Portsmouth Harbor; Wentworth-by-the-Sea, one of the grand hotels of New Hampshire built in 1874 and saved from the wrecking ball a few years ago; and many pull-offs on the side of the road that lead to beaches with views of the Isles of Shoals. I bring visitors here for the shopping and the restaurants but the truth is there is so much more and you cannot see everything in one day.

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So … enjoy the photos and celebrate the simplicity of November. Before the snow flies, the blunt beauty of the season is what sustains us.

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10 responses to “November

  1. This “visitor” has fond recollections of my time there. Thanks for the memories.

  2. You’ve really captured the hushed mood of pre-winter. The contrasts in the second photo are wonderful.

    Looks like a fantastic place to visit! (All our summer visitors are gone now, too.)

  3. Paige, your posts always remind me why I choose to live in NH. Thank you.

  4. You have made November look stunning! I envy the area you live in. And Portsmouth is a darling town. Speaking of NH peeps, do you follow http://backroadjournal.wordpress.com? She lives in NH too. I wonder how close you live to one another…

  5. Hello Paige: Methinks Karen D of ‘backroadjournal’ lives in Danville? And does have a great blog indeed – I hope you have looked at the current entry re her kitchen being photographed for a major magazine for Christmas. Meanwhile love all the autumnal shots from your neck of the woods: would love to be walking there đŸ™‚ ! As a small kid back in N Europe I drove my poor parents batty shuffling in every pile of leaves I could find!!! It was not good for one’s shoes either come to think of it!!!!

  6. Wonderful as always. I enjoyed Portsmouth when Rick and I visited back in 1998. Beautiful area! And, of course, the before and after of Wentworth by the Sea is a favorite memory for both of us!

  7. We (you & me) will be visiting Portsmouth for the historical elements when I visit you some day! What an interesting town. Your pictures capture the essence of the area divinely.

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