An April evening in Portsmouth

North Church Portsmouth

Hello, Portsmouth.

I visited the old port city on Thursday evening. Settled in 1630, incorporated in 1653, capital of the colony in 1679 and refuge for exiles for Puritan Massachusetts.

Portsmouth flower box

Buddha in the window and flower box of spring.

Market Street Portsmouth

Market Street.

Commercial Alley Portsmouth

Commercial Alley and t-shirts. “Cool story, bro.”

“When nothing goes right, go left.”

Live free or die sign

Signs: “Live free or die.”

“You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.”

moffatt ladd

Moffatt-Ladd House, 1763.

Home during the American Revolution of General William Whipple, one of New Hampshire’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Ayla Brown

Ayla Brown sings the national anthem at her father’s campaign kick off event at the Portsmouth Sheraton.


Outside the Sheraton, some people tell Scott Brown where to go.


On the left side.

cold dead hands

On the cold dead hands side.

Scott Brown

Inside, Scott Brown announces run for U.S. Senate.

Introduced by former N.H. governor John H. Sununu as “the once and future senator.”

North Church Portsmouth

Post-event, a walk in twilight and a waxing moon.

North Church draws the eye upward…

south wind north church

… to see that the wind is from the south.