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When Spring Knocks at Your Door…

“When spring knocks at your door, regardless of the time of year or season of our lives, run, do not walk to that door, throw it open with wild abandon, and say, "Yes! Yes, come in! Do me, and do me big!”  ― Jeffrey R. Anderson, The Nature of Things - Navigating Everyday Life with Grace When I see Spring blossoms, I don't wait to photograph them, because they'll shortly be replaced by green leaves. We won't see colors like that until Fall, and after that we must wait until the next Spring.

“When spring knocks at your door, regardless of the time of year or season of our lives, run, do not walk to that door, throw it open with wild abandon, and say, “Yes! Yes, come in! Do me, and do me big!”
― Jeffrey R. Anderson, The Nature of Things – Navigating Everyday Life with Grace
When I see Spring blossoms, I don’t wait to photograph them, because they’ll shortly be replaced by green leaves. We won’t see colors like that until Fall, and after that we must wait until the next Spring.

 

 

 

Furry Catkins

pussywillow blooms

My favorite botanical sign of spring.

Pussy willow is a name given to many of the smaller species of the genus Salix (willows and sallows) when their furry catkins are young in early spring.

Before the male catkins of these species come into full flower they are covered in fine, greyish fur, leading to a fancied likeness to tiny cats, also known as “pussies”. The catkins appear long before the leaves, and are one of the earliest signs of spring. At other times of year trees of most of these species are usually known by their ordinary names. (Wikipedia)

E.J. Lefavour

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I don’t care what that Groundhog saw . . .

sign of spring

This is the real sign of spring!  I looked out my windows through rain streaked glass and saw a huge wave of robins filling the trees on Rocky Neck Ave and Wonson Street.  I’ve never in my life seen so many robins at one time.  These aren’t winter overs – they are here to tell us that spring is right around the corner!  Either that or it is a mass robin suicide pact.  I vote for the spring option.

E.J. Lefavour

GloucesterCast Podcast 4/25/13 With Guest Kim Smith

GloucesterCast Podcast Taped 4/25/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Kim Smith

Click to listen- With Host Joey C and Guest Father Matthew Green

Topics Include:

Spring, Planting, Mayor’s Poll On Good Harbor Beach Footbridge, Kim’s Black Swallowtail Butterfly Movie, Community Milkweed Planting Project, Kim’s Prius, Paul Morrison and Coyotes, Duckworth’s Bistrot, Craig Kimberley’s Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Premiere at The farm Bar and Grille, Feeling Like Your Live On Vacation In Gloucester

Origami class at the Hive tonight!

Tonight, April 25, I will be teaching an origami class at The Hive at 7PM.  The cost is $15 students, $20 adults. Supplies are included.

The theme is “Spring!”  So I am going to offer a “menu” of models we can chose from, including flowers, butterflies, birds, and insects.  The ones in the photo are examples; which models we can do depends on the experience and skill of the workshop participants. I’ll have a range of difficulty from simple to high intermediate.

If you can’t make it to the class, don’t despair! I am hoping to teach classes at The Hive more often after June.  Also, I will be available for private lessons for individuals or groups at other locations if requested.

- Fr. Matthew Green

Origami class at the Hive, April 25

Next Thursday, April 25, I will be teaching an origami class at The Hive at 7PM.  The cost is $15 students, $20 adults. Supplies are included.

The theme is “Spring!”  So I am going to offer a “menu” of models we can chose from, including flowers, butterflies, birds, and insects.  The ones in the photo are examples; which models we can do depends on the experience and skill of the workshop participants. I’ll have a range of difficulty from simple to high intermediate.

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

Get Ready for Spring!

Cincinnati Country Club Cherry blossoms ©Kim Smith 2013

Cherry Blossoms

Cincinnati is typically about a week and a half to two weeks ahead of us in spring bloom power.

Cincinnati Country Club - ©Kim Smith 2013

This past weekend my dear sister-in-law, Amy, remarried a super great guy, Arnold. The reception was held at the Cincinnati Country Club where we also stayed for several nights.

Cincinnati Country Club dining room ©Kim Smith 2013

Cincinnati Country Club Dennis Buttleworth ©Kim Smith 2013 copyCincinnati Country Club ©Kim Smith 2013Cincinnati Country Club Magnolia stellata ©Kim Smith 2013Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

The early spring flowering trees were in full glorious bloom, including hawthorns, magnolias, and cherry trees, and all looked luxuriously lush and brilliantly fresh–

Get Ready!

Cincinnati Country Club Liv and Alex Hauck ©Kim Smith 2013Liv and Alex

Wednesday, March 20 at 7:02AM Vernal Equinox

Spring will arrive at 7:02 AM on Wednesday morning shortly after sunrise at 6:45 AM. Start practicing standing raw eggs on their end. Rubber Duck is a master.

duckegg

It won’t be long until we dip our duck feet in the water.

duckfeetRight now it is a bit too soon. The A01 buoy off Gloucester Harbor is recording 40 F from the surface detector all the way down to 50 meters. in the next month or so that 50 meter detector will still be at 40 F but the surface will creep up to 50F and beyond. 50 F is where I draw the line for flipping my kayak. Arms and legs still function for an hour at 50 F but colder than that and paddle is just too hard to grasp. So when the air temp gets really mild make sure your personal flotation device is up to snuff and stick close to shore. Better yet, wait a few more weeks until that A01 buoy reads 50F.

ps. Seasonal Openings 2013 Part I will be posted on the first day of spring. Our first seasonal opening is March 31st. Can you guess?

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