More ‘Living in a Fitz Henry Lane Landscape’

Smith’s Cove last evening after the sun set and as the fog rolled across Rocky Neck.

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Message from Chris Leahy about the Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon

Spring has finally returned to New England! It is arguably the most exciting birding season of the year, when it is possible to find over 100 species in a day with relative ease – many of them in stunning breeding … Continue reading

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Look at all the Buds!

I am glued to my office hour upon hour editing footage for butterfly film as well as photographs for upcoming lectures, though longing to get out and photograph on this gorgeous day. My goal is to have all accomplished before the … Continue reading

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Solutions for Protecting Birds from Hitting Windows

Every year, in the United States alone, over 1,000,000,000—yes, that is one billon—birds are killed from flying into windows. Chris Leahy quoted this statistic at the talk he gave last week at the Sawyer Free Library. Coincidentally, earlier that day … Continue reading

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Reminder: Chris Leahy Speaks Tonight About Massachusetts Birds

Tonight at the Sawyer Free Library, Main Floor, 7pm : State of the Birds ~ Documenting Changes in Massachusetts Birdlife Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)

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Vintage stroller

My neighbor’s stroller–so sweet–even more charming when she is strolling the neighborhood with her children. I love the vintage-look, but actually think it is a relatively new carriage.

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View from the Jodrey State Pier

The Jodrey State Pier is named after Everett R. Jodrey, a barber by trade and activist sympathetic to the fishing industry. Jodrey envisioned a changing waterfront and eventually won support to construct a state fish pier in Gloucester. The money … Continue reading

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Think Spring!

Narcissus ‘Ziva’ Which version do you prefer, black and white or color? Beginning in November, we maintain a continuous flow of blooming narcissus by planting a new batch every two weeks or so. Paperwhites ‘Ziva’ blooms before the first of the … Continue reading

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Blooming today

Blooming today in my office, and with it’s “shocking pink” color and fabulous fragrance, making work all that much more pleasant. Epiphyllum Shocking pink was fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s (1890- 19730) signature color and she described it as “life-giving, like all … Continue reading

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Six Weeks of Fresh Flowers, for Nine Dollars!

The last stalk of ‘Orange Sovereign’ was cut, the plant discarded, and the pot tucked away for next year’s Hippeastrums. If we had a spare sunny window, I would feed and water the plant during the winter then place outside … Continue reading

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Will Allen, Sponsored by Gloucester Writer’s Center

Will Allen gave a fascinating talk to a packed house last night. Mr. Allen is an organic farming visionary. He understands the complexities of farming and the impact of deadly chemicals. He draws from a combination of well-researched scientific knowledge and … Continue reading

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Living in a Fitz Henry Lane Landscape

Wonson’s Cove Click photo to see image full size.

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Favorite snapshots from the pre-plunge breakfast at Passports

Thank you Passports for hosting the super delicious New Year’s Rocky Neck Pre-plunge breakfast! A wonderful time was had by all!! Beautiful Ciaramitaro family–video footage will have to wait until tomorrow– in the midst of making New Year’s dinner for … Continue reading

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A Note about Hippeastrum  Living in New England the year round, with our tiresomely long winter stretching miles before us, followed by a typically late and fugitive spring, we can become easily wrapped in those winter-blues. Fortunately for garden-makers, our thoughts … Continue reading

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Tribute from Senator John Kerry to Joe Garland

Over the holidays Helen Garland kindly lent me a copy of The Gloucester Guide, Joe’s fascinating  historical guidebook, or, as it is sub-titled, A Retrospective Ramble. I am looking for photos and information about Good Harbor Beach and recalled Joe’s book. Regrettably, I … Continue reading

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Holiday Magic or Several More Reasons to Shop Small Not Mall

Kim Smith writes- During my mad rush Tuesday morning to shop for our Thanksgiving dinner, I first stopped in at Alexandra’s Bread to pick up several loaves of their freshly baked bread. Knowingly, I had placed an advance order because … Continue reading

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