Tuesday 19th September
The trip to Concord was uneventful, we found our way easily with the aid of a print out from Mary. The roads here in NH are logically and frequently numbered, though whether that’s typical we have yet to find out. The Gov. building seemed eminently practical – several Gov. departments housed on the same campus, well sign posted and with free parking! There were no queues… could this all really be true?
After much consultation between “colleagues” the deed was done and we had paid the money and registered the said vehicle with our choice of number plate- see photo below, no sorry Vic we didn’t go with your suggestion but thanks anyway! I think we need to start our own eccentric America book: we were handed a temporary plate to use until the real one is posted to us in about 2 weeks. This temporary plate is cardboard with the registration hand written in black marker… what would the DVLC make of that?
We ambled, rather disappointedly, around downtown Concord. It was not quite what we expected, though it did have a rather grand state house and a replica of the Liberty Bell complete with added “crack”. Having eventually found an appealing restaurant, we lunched. Malc continued his “firsts” with a buffalo burger. We successfully negotiated the double fourway intersection on the way out of town and headed back North. I should say at this point that we were in Trish’s car as Doug had driven 5 hours to work in New York, she had arranged a lift so we could use her car.
We had spotted an interesting sign on the journey down, so we made a detour on the way back to visit the Shaker Village at Canterbury. This proved to be a good decision, we spent a fascinating couple of hours there and came away knowing far more about this group of people than we expected.
Did you know for instance that they originated from a lady who was born and grew up in Manchester England?
Or that they were extremely inventive, particularly in technology?
Or that they strove to be as efficient as possible in everything they did?
Or that they were the first group to package seeds in small amounts and to have a seed catalogue?
Sadly there are no Shakers still living there today, the last lady died in 1992, though there is a small settlement still surviving in Maine.
Satisfied, or so we thought, with our day we arrived “home” proudly clutching our documents. It was only then that we realised that Malc was named as “John Malcolm” (John is his middle name for those who are confused)
Lesson: read everything you are given at the time!!
By this time it was too late to ring them, so somewhat deflated we went to bed.