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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

High-Flying Celebration

The truth is that it wasn't exactly a celebration in the air, but there were take-offs and landings. We celebrated my birthday breakfast at the Midfield Cafe on Saturday morning.
The Midfield Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch except Tuesdays and its located at the Nashua Airport. It's not an eatery you would easily spot see on a drive as it's tucked away on a road that leads only to the airport. Yet from what we had heard from many people, the cafe is always packed. So, it was a destination for my celebration. 

The airport is an active general aviation airport that's located just 3 miles NW of Nashua, NH and about a 10 minute drive from our apartment. It dates to 1934, when the City of Nashua bought a small existing airport, which had a grass runway and no hanger. Over the next several years, and with federal help, Nashua, paved the 2,000-ft  runway and constructed buildings. A hangar was built using bricks from a mill factory that had been destroyed in a major city fire several years earlier.

In 1943, the airport was renamed Boire Field, after Ensign Paul Boire, who was Nashua's first casualty in World War II. Nashua Airport/Boire Field encompasses 400 acres and has space for 441 aircraft on the field. The airport's control tower was added in 1972 and operational from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. There's no scheduled commercial service.
The airport's Midfield Cafe is a busy place, especially on weekend mornings. While there  for breakfast we watched numerous aircraft take offs and landings. We plan to return, next time on a weekday morning when we can spend more time at the window seat.
Thanks to all the fellow bloggers for the birthday wishes, which were read and very much appreciated. As a rule, Grenville and I no longer exchange holiday or birthday gifts, although we do give surprise gifts. He surprised me with this gift — a popover baking pan. 
As you can see, it was put to good use and we enjoyed fresh-from-the-oven popovers with homemade stew on Sunday. They were delicious and so easy to make. Now, you know why Grenville gave me this gift. (He's a smart guy.)

13 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

No gifts? Not in this family, but I'm glad you had a good outing.

Christina said...

Happy belated birthday! I love to receive birthday gifts, I am as exited as a small child on my birthday. I noticed a gigantic pile of snow beside the runway. Wow! I have never seen or even heard of popovers and will do some googling after finishing this comment. It does remind me of a Yorkshire pudding, which we might have with stew or roast beef. Have a lovely day. x

Sandra said...

that restaurant would be worth the visit just to have the planes to watch while eating. sounds wonderful to me and i am thinking the pop over pan might have been a gift for the MR himself. LOL

mamasmercantile said...

Clever gift, they certainly look delicious. What a great place to visit, most interesting.

William Kendall said...

It sounds like a good place to have a bite to eat and enjoy the view. The size of the planes would be similar to a small airport here that takes single engine planes like that.

Michelle said...

We don't do gifts either. After 30 years I think we have run out of options! LOVE the popover pan. I have been thinking about getting one.

Latane Barton said...

Happy Birthday Beatrice. Looks like a fun place to celebrate. Miss you in Va. I get to go to the Eastern Shore some now (granddaughter engaged to a guy from there). We could visit if you were still there. Bummer.

Emma Springfield said...

I can see that you had a good day. I have not seen you look healthier, happier, or lovelier.

diane b said...

Happy belated birthday and that cake looks delicious. The airport restaurant sounds like a neat place to eat and watch the aircraft.

Lynn said...

We have a smallish airfield near my home that has a bar/restaurant. It's fun to go there and watch take offs and landings.

The popovers look so good!

Jean Tuthill said...

I didn't know about popover pans... I'll have to look for one. Happy Birthday, looks like you had a great day celebrating!

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm. I love popovers. Happy belated birthday. Aloha from Hawaii.

Connie said...

Hope you had a nice birthday breakfast. Those popovers look good!

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