In a quagmire of trying to organize 95,000 photos and came across this glowing Annisquam scene. Happy summer days to come!
Annisquam Lighthouse and Ipswich Bay
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Just in case you’re not absolutely sure you want to go, check out this video from NYE
The Weal of fortune spins around this Thursday to land on Mr. Chris “Stovall” Brown again. One of your favorite glitar commandos and rust bucket vocallists, Chris and I often play together at O’Rielly’s (more on that later). He’s truly killer and a grate stage performer.
No bogosity here.We’re wealing in the biblically named Mr. Ephraim Lowell to help out on the skins. BTW, I don’t hear those alien voices much anymore, but I’m gonna wear my tinfoil hat anyhow, just for practice.
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
Eli Cedrone will be doing live portrait sketching this weekend Sunday (March 26th 1-5PM) at the “Form Face Figure” Exhibit at Charles Fine Arts Gallery at 196 Main Street Gloucester.
This day March 23rd, I celebrate my arrival in Gloucester in 1954 from Lajes do Pico Azores.
Many thanks to my parents Anibal and Adelina for all their scarifies bringing our family to this great country.
Photo of my parents as God Parents during a christening in 1969.
Couple more shots from Magnolia Beach the other night…such a peaceful spot!
Pick #1: The Boston Flower Show
This year’s show theme is “Superheroes of the Garden”. You’ve probably heard of Comic-Con, the huge celebration of comic books, video games and popular culture. This year’s Flower Show will be a veritable Horti-Con, honoring the crusaders, innovative tools and legendary plants helping to make us all champions in the battle for garden supremacy!
Our gardens are created by landscape designers, garden centers and nurseries, farms, florists, schools, and non-profit organizations to delight attendees and introduce themselves and their services. Gardens and displays feature dozens of examples of plants, methods and materials to increase the beauty, the bountiful harvest and the ecological friendliness of our gardens and outdoor spaces. The gardens are judged just prior to the opening of the show by prestigious members of the New England horticultural community and awarded prizes based on creativity, use of plants and materials, color and fragrance, and ecological concepts among other criteria. Awards are posted at each garden. See if you agree!
Pick #2: HONK!
READ MORE AND GET TICKETS HERE
The North Shore Players Youth Theatre proudly presents the musical Honk!
The 18-member cast, ages 7 to 14, sing and dance through this retelling of the Ugly Duckling Story, as the Ugly Duckling struggles for acceptance, while avoiding two hungry Cats. Honk! is presented at Hogan Regional Auditorium, 450 Maple Street, Danvers. Performance dates are Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are: $18/$15 (student/senior) and can be purchased at the door, through cast members, or below, online with PayPal: ($1 per ticket for service fee):
Pick #3: Healthy Smoothie Class at Whole Foods MarketStreet
Local Fruit Smoothie Competition:
Sign up for a free class at a Whole Foods Market Wellesley! Students learn about healthy eating, and then compete in small group teams to create the best tasting fruit Smoothie, using local fruits, yogurt and 100% juices. Ready… set… buzz that blender.
Reserve your seat on EventBrite as space is limited, ages 8+. (https://kidscookinggreenmarch.eventbrite.com)
About Kid’s Cooking Green:
Kids Cooking Green offers classes and activities introducing children to the importance of eating locally grown food. Through hands-on cooking, and lively classroom presentation students learn about nutrition and the positive impact eating locally can have on the environment, and their bodies.
Parents, we ask that you also stay at the store for the duration of the class.
As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid
March 21, 2017
By Patrick Flynn
A tag from a fishing boat that famously survived the Perfect Storm off the US coast in 1991, has washed up on a beach in Co Clare.
The tragedy, which resulted in the loss of the fishing vessel Andrea Gail and her crew, was later featured in a film starring George Clooney.
The last vessel to communicate with the Andrea Gail was her sister ship the Hannah Boden which at the time was skippered by Linda Greenlaw. Both boats had been fishing off Massachusetts when they encountered a raging storm which eventually sank the Andrea Gail.
The Hannah Boden remains in active service to this day and it was a tag from one of her lobster pots that was discovered on Fanore beach by beachcomber Liam McNamara last Tuesday.
Liam made contact with a crew member from the Hannah Boden who confirmed that the tag was from the vessel. The tag travelled over 5,000 kilometres across the Atlantic from the US coast but may have been lost overboard between 10 and 15 years ago. Liam said: “It is in fact a tag from the now very famous New England boat, the Hannah Boden, which survived “The Perfect Storm” of 1991 while her sister boat the Andrea Gail which was lost at sea with all hands. A stern man from Linda’s boat has confirmed the tag and license number with Linda herself and confirmed it as being from her boat. I posted it on my Beachcombing page and shared it on some of the USA lobster and commercial fishing sites in the hope of getting it positively identified,” he said.
In September 2015, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) life ring was found on the Clare coast thousands of kilometres where from it was lost overboard in Florida.The life ring, and attached strobe light unit and emergency beacon, were washed up near Byrnes Cove in Kilkee and spotted by the crew of the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter. The US Coast Guard later confirmed the equipment to be from a Response Boat Small Class 25ft from Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral in Florida. Port Canaveral is located 3,900 miles (6,276 kilometres) from Kilkee where the items were discovered.
“World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.” – UN.org
First-year immature Iceland Gull, center left foreground
The pretty white gull was on the last remnant of ice at Niles Pond yesterday morning, preening and bathing alongside a mixed flock of Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls. Although doing his/her best to blend with the other gulls, he appeared to be playing with a feather blowing around on the ice.
I wonder who amongst our readers has seen an Iceland Gull, and where it was spotted. Please write and let us know. Thank you!
Iceland Gulls are most often only seen in our region during the winter. Despite their name, they do not breed in Iceland, but in the high Arctic and Greenland. Their diet consists of fish, marine vertebrates, carrion, some terrestrial and aquatic plants, and berries during the late summer.
I wished I could have gotten closer to get a better photo, but if you scroll through the following pdf, written by Dick Coombs, you’ll find an excellent description of a 1st-winter immature Iceland Gull, just like the one at Niles, along with photos of a mature Iceland Gull: http://www.southdublinbirds.com/nimages/fyles/IDofIceland&GlaucousGulls-print(DC).pdfNiles Pond foliage readying to burst
The Sunken Road
From U.S. Park Service:
This farm lane served as a breastwork for the Confederate center. For about three hours 2,200 Confederates, later reinforced by additional troops, held off the attacks of a combined Union force numbering nearly 10,000. Finally, just after noon, this thin gray line collapsed and fell back several hundred yards to the Piper Farm. The Union attackers had suffered too many casualties to pursue their advantage. Seeing the dead in the road an observer wrote, “They were lying in rows like the ties of a railroad, in heaps like cordwood mingled with the splintered and shattered fence rails. Words are inadequate to portray the scene.”
A Simple Farm Lane Changed Forever
During the early hours of the battle, Col. John Brown Gordon promised Robert E. Lee: “These men are going to stay here, General, till the sun goes down or victory is won.” The Confederate troops that Gordon commanded were part of a well protected line of over 2,200 men hunkered down behind piled-up fence rails in this well worn sunken road.
When the Federal attacks shifted south at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Confederates held their fire until the last possible second. Then, as Gordon remembered, “My rifles flamed and roared in the Federals’ faces like a blinding blaze of lightning…the entire line, with few exceptions, went down in the consuming blast.”
For more than three hours thousands of men blazed away at each other at point-blank range. Eventually the overwhelming Union numbers and confusion in the Confederate ranks forced the defenders back. When the fighting subsided, 5,500 soldiers lay dead or wounded on the field and in the road. That number included Col. Gordon, who had been hit five different times. After the deadly struggle for this sunken road, soldiers who fought here described it as the “road of death” and a “ghastly flooring.” From that day forward, the road has been known as Bloody Lane.
“Heaps Upon Heaps Were There in Death’s Embrace”
A few gull photos on my morning walk.
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Derek Walcott (1930 – 2017)
A native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Walcott was one of the most decorated of modern poets and playwrights. A winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, he began writing in his teens, attended the University of Jamaica and moved to Trinidad to teach. He was hired by Boston University in 1981 and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Grant the same year. He later taught at the University of Alberta, (Canada) and the University of Essex, (England). Thrice married, thrice divorced, Walcott had two daughters. He died last week in St. Lucia.
I heard Tom Hiddleston read this on NPR last Sunday and wished my radio had a repeat button.
Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, March 22nd – 7pm
Special Guest: CHARLEE BIANCHINI!
photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando
The ever so wonderful Charlee Bianchini graces the Rhumb
Line stage this week with charm and with beautiful music.
My regret is I cannot myself attend. Our touring group
collectively picked up a nasty bug upon return from Cozumel
last week. Allen Estes will kindly step in as host. This will
prove to be a great chemistry, for sure. I wouldn’t miss it! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
03/29 – Liz Frame
04/05 – Bradley Royds
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂
Gorgeous Feb 23, 2017. Foreground capped with light layer of snow, artist adorned with snappy white fedora, and white caps on the water.
Who is this artist? The colors and texture of the landscape, that white hat, and straining eyes (mine and the artist)…well, it had me thinking Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ” Who are those guys?” and “white straw skimmer” (minus the “beginning to get on my nerves”)