Monthly Archives: December 2014

Saving a Castle

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In the grand scheme and time line of countries and castles America isn’t that old. There are castles in Europe and Asia that laugh when we talk about things on a scale of a few decades or maybe a century.  Yet, a hundred and fifteen years can be considered a long time – long enough for a castle to have a full life, wane then fall into disrepair. And this is what happened to a small castle in New Hampshire called Kimball castle. 

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ok two years for the president of the Concord and Montreal Railroad to build and it was completed in 1899. And it stayed in the Kimball family until 1960 when the last remaining heir died leaving it to a charitable foundation with the intent of it becoming a nature preserve. The preserve never happened and time slowly, but predicatably, took it’s toll on the building.

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I did some research on the castle and what I can tell is that it is currently for sale and the asking price is $799,000.00.  But I haven’t actually talked to anyone about that. It may have changed.

Anyhoo, wouldn’t this be a wonderful project? To take this actual old castle and breathe life back into it? You know it and the stone walls surrounding it was all actually buillt by 100 Italian stone masons! Kind of cool.

It is only about 150 miles from where I live and I have given some thought to this being a big thing in my life but to be honest it is too small! Yup, too small for me. After all the Big castles I have visited in the world I just can’t see myself in this one. It is quaint and cozy but just too cramped!

Okay! Interested in learning more about the castle and the movement to save it? Check out the fa

cebook page about it right here: Save Kimball Castle  You can join the group and to learn more about this undertaking to save the castle contact Darnell through the group. Here is a picture that she sent me:

You can see more pictures of the castle and learn more about it on my website right here:

Medieval Castles and Kimball Castle

Moonlight Meadery

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I spent last weekend on a mini vacation with family. We rented a chalet in New Hampshire and made the drive up there. On the way, just as we crossed the border into NH we stopped at the border liquor store. They sell a lot of stuff there because NH is tax free. So, a lot of people make the trip to save on taxes.

I had seen some things about a new Meadery in New Hamshire called “Moonlight Meadery”. So I figured that they might carry some of this mead in the NH Liquor store. ANd sure enough they did! There was a selection of their mead tucked in a corner of the store.

I was surprised to see that the bottles were the half size 375 ml bottles but after tasting it I understood why. Let me explain.

Moonlight meadery has made some really good decisions about mead and what their mead should be. They are dessert wines. Not to be had in large amounts. More of an aperitif. Something sweet to be enjoyed slowly and in smaller doses.

And… they have captured something really important when it comes to mead.  The ancient tradition of the honeymoon gifting. Yes… romance and love. This is what mead is all about. Or what it used to be about.

You see, in days of yore a newly married couple was given enough mead to last them a month. And this is where the term “honeymoon” comes from. The honey mead that was gifted.

Moonlight meadery has stayed true to that tradition and made their mead sweet, delicious and to be consumed in smaller amounts. Thus the smaller bottle.

Just the names are a clue to this. Here are some of the meads that they make:

Sensual, Je’ taime, First Dance, Slow Dance, Embrace, Flame and Wild!

Yup! Great names and great meads that recapture what mead used to be all about. Love and Romance 🙂

So, even though I drank my meads alone there still is hope for me! LOL

I bought both their Apple Pie and their Sensual and enjoyed them both.

If you are new to Mead I recommend giving this meadery a try. Particularly if you want something for you and your significant other to experience together.

Here is a link to their website if you want to give them a look: Moonlight Meadery