life in the Kearsarge area

what's happening in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area of NH

Archive for June, 2010

Still fun

I asked the kids what they’d like to do and they said, in unison: “Newbury Playground!” I hadn’t been since it opened, but my kids have with a babysitter. There’s a new ticket booth (above photo) to go with the train play set, as well as some new signage (below photo). There were a lot of kids there for a Saturday morning. My daughter found a friend and they played together for a good hour. My son liked to stand at the top of the highest play set and pretend he was the king of the world. Although there are many new playgrounds in the area – Grantham included – this playground is still one of the best.  

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Happy colors!

Linda and George West have done a wonderful job with their new inn, Sunapee View Bed & Breakfast in Newbury. The rooms are so happy and colorful; it’s just the type of place I’d like to stay. Who am I kidding – it’s how I’d like my home to look! I stopped by during their open house this week and took a tour. If you have guests coming this holiday season, Sunapee View, located near The Fells, might make everyone happy with its whimsical decor, flat screen tvs, yummy breakfasts, and views of the mountain and the lake.

Living with nature

I’m not really an “outdoor” girl; as a matter of fact when I brought my daughter to a day at the Girl Scout camp, I said to the other moms, “Now, where’s the spa?” But I am really enjoying the three baby robins underneath my deck. If I sit on my bed and look out the window, I can watch the comings and goings of the parents – and see some little heads pop up to get their worms. This photo was taken last week. Now their eyes are open and they see me coming, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get any more pictures – but I’ll try!

New waterpark at Six Flags NE

Six Flags New England invited media down for the unveiling of their new water park, and my family had a blast. Splash Island has a 3-foot deep area in front, then a channel that swings around the back from left to right. Kids can climb aboard a bright pink inner tube, then the channel will gently push them from one side to the other. Then they can do it again, and again, and again.

We were also quite fond of this contraption:

There’s water spurting out of all types of  geysers and waterfalls, and that big bucket at the top dumps gallons on unsuspecting folks. (Well, you could time the intervals between buckets if you didn’t want to get drenched.) There are also four slides (two on each side) that drop you into lagoons of water.

It was a two-hour drive from Grantham to Six Flags (and, warning, along a terribly boring stretch of I-91), but we had a great time at the water park. Maybe when the kids are a bit older, we’ll try the rest of the park!

We may be living with nature, but don’t forget your manners

Who knew there was such a lovely camp in Thetford, Vt.? I took my daughter to Girl Scout camp for the day with her Daisies group and, despite the rain, was charmed by the location and amenities at Camp Farnsworth. We participated in a jam-packed schedule (from hikes to parachute fun to sports), but I did find the time to take a few photos for your viewing pleasure.

New playground for Grantham

Grantham has a great new playground! Located by the athletic fields (you’ll see the sign off Route 10 heading toward Newport), there’s a multitude of swings and a giant plastic play set ready for area kid to enjoy. The volunteers from Pepsi (Volunteer to Refresh the Community) put in the playground, then hosted a super-fun party with a bouncy house, bbq, music, and free stuff (t-shirts and face painting) for the residents of Grantham. If you’re in the area, bring the kids and check it out!