Monthly Archives: March 2014
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Robins do not eat bird seed. With very little fruit remaining on the branch and the ground once again covered in snow, I made a quick trip to Essex Bird Shop yesterday to pick up a tub of mealworms. Our resident Robins quickly found the little tray we had set out and it was clear that they were very hungry.
Oftentimes you’ll see a robin cocking its head, as if it were listening for earthworms. Robins have what is called monocular vision, which means their eyes are on the sides of their heads and that the eyes can work independently of each other. The robin is not hearing the worm, but seeing it! Worms make up about 20 percent of the American Robin’s diet.
The Robin is the One
That interrupt the Morn
With hurried — few — express Reports
When March is scarcely on –
The Robin is the One
That overflow the Noon
With her cherubic quantity –
An April but begun –
The Robin is the One
That speechless from her Nest
Submit that Home — and Certainty
And Sanctity, are best – Emily Dickinson
More about the American Robin:
For more information about why we can see the moon and sun at the same time please following the following link.
Breaking News! Brenda Malloy was walking on Wingaersheek Beach around noon today and discovered this partially eaten crocodile (or alligator) carcass. She estimates its length to have been at least 8′ long, as more than 4-1/2′ of it still remains. What do you folks out there see – crocodile, alligator, baby sea serpent, and where did it come from? It was right above the high tide mark, so if you want to see it, get out there before dark. It is located on the beach in front of the stucco mansion with the red roof.
World View! A Benefit Concert for Temple Ahavat Achim honoring Amy and Mark Adrian Farber for their 40 years of service!
Featuring “Pharaoh’s Daughter“
Sunday, March 23rd at 4 pm at the breathtaking Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA!
Tickets are almost sold out – get yours NOW! General admission is $50/per person.
This morning my new comare Maria Cannavo came over to help me make the St. Joseph bread for tomorrow feast. In less then 3 hours we sampled our first batch of hot Italian bread… Heavenly….. OMG …..Delicious! Monday we plan to meet again to make the bread for Next Tuesday nights S.t Joseph Trolley Festivities! Thank you Maria I’t always fun baking with you! Muah
It must be warm being in the sun and between the window and the shade. As is said sometimes, these shots were “offense by accident”, I saw this guy out of the corner of my eye driving through Magnolia. Turned around and he waited for me…
Orange and Finochio (fennel) Salad
all photos and recipe from Sista Felicia
5 Finochio (fennel bulbs)
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh oregano leaves
1 medium onion
Juice of 2 lemons
½ cup pitted black olives
¾ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Masala wine
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
Step 1: using a sharp knife cut both ends of orange, off and discards ends
Step 2: place flat side of orange on a cutting board and place the blade of the knife under the pith of orange and guide the knife in a downward direction removing the skin
Step 3: repeat steps 1 & 2 with remaining oranges
Step 4: place one skinless orange in your hand and insert a paring knife into both sides of orange sections membrane’s to remove skinless orange slices and reserve in a bowl
Step 5: reserve fresh orange juices in a small bowl by squeezing juices from reaming sectioned orange membranes
Step 6: remove the long stems and any outer damaged skins from the fennel bulbs and discard
Step 7: Using a mandolin slice onion very thin and reserve￼
Step 8: using mandolin slice fennel bulbs very thin and reserve
Step 9: Juice lemons over a small strainer to capture any seeds and pulp
Step 10: chop fresh mint
Step 11: Chop fresh oregano
Step 12: layer ½ Finochio (fennel) slices onto a large platter
Step 13: top Finochio (fennel) slices with 1/2 of the orange slices
Step 14: layer ½ the onion slices over the orange layer
Step 15 Repeat steps 12, 13, and 14
Step 16: Sprinkle chopped mint and orange over the top layer
Step 17: scatter black olives over the top of the salad
Step 18: add reserved orange juice, olive oil, masala wine, sugar, salt and pepper to the lemon juice pulse until dressing ingredients become evenly incorporated
Effff. Again. What the hell is my problem?
I need spring to hurry up and get here, like yesterday.
Speaking of yesterday…
Yesterday, I grabbed my keys and phone, threw on my coat, realized I had a second to actually pee alone, took the opportunity to multitask by simultaneously going over my mental to-do list, and then heard voices. I actually took a second to look in the toilet….cause, you know, its possible that the voice was coming from there….and then dismissed it, flushed, zipped, washed my hands (honestly), and ran out the door. I took my phone out of my pocket to check the time….and realized where the voice was coming from. Efff. Pocket dialed mid pee. Left a message of the whole damn thing.
Flash forward just a few short hours. Got home, unpacked backpacks, hung up coats, unpacked lunch boxes, chucked filthy snow pants + jackets into the laundry, jumped into shower….with…my…socks…on…again. Yes, again. Because, unbelievably, I did that once last year too.
What the hell?! Mid march madness in my mommy brain? Seasonal distressed disorder causing disorder to my order?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming to be busier than anyone else…maybe just stupider. (see what i did there) 😉
But not this stupid, yet.
Gloucester Railway,Rocky Neck photo From Anthony Marks
The burned out hulk of a house at the corner of Washington st. and
Mansfield st is finely being demolished after two and a half years. In
its place will be a new building with retail space on the first floor
and townhouses on the upper floors.
Woodpeckers from Gail Byrnes
Fri: W winds 10 to 15 kt…becoming SW in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Fri Night: SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sunrise 6:53AM Sunset 6:49PM
High Tide10:42am / 9.0 / 11:07PM / 8.7
Low Tide 4:20AM / 0.9 / 4:48PM / 0.5
Visible: 91% ↑
Age: 12 Days
Video Cast …..
Hey there Joey! Backyard Growers and Burnham’s Field Community Garden are co-hosting our first annual seed swap – here’s the info! Thank you for your awesomeness!
Join Backyard Growers and Burnham’s Field Community Garden
for our first annual SEED SWAP event!
Come for new seeds, bring your own from last year to trade with friends and neighbors, and get some support perusing this year’s seed catalogues and dreaming of the harvest you will reap from your vegetable garden.
We’ll also be offering a couple demonstrations: seed starting basics and how to make a plastic bottle sub-irrigation system.
WHO: All folks associated with Backyard Growers and Burnham’s Field
PLUS any and all local gardeners who would like to join us!
WHERE: City Hall Auditorium
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1 from 6:30-8 PM
BRING: The event is free, but please make sure you bring seeds to swap!
QUESTIONS: Contact Lara firstname.lastname@example.org
or Courtney email@example.com
RSVP on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/BackyardGrowersProgram/posts/795394827156520
For more info on Backyard Growers: www.backyardgrowers.org
For more info on Burnham’s Field Community Garden: www.burnhamsfield.org/community-garden
Gloucester Police Department, Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, and Gloucester U at Gloucester High School have partnered to bring a brand new course to the Gloucester U after-school program!
Students will work hands on with GPD and other instructors from the field, travel to various exciting locations, and even have the opportunity to earn 1 academic credit!
Click the link below to Register for the Course! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/175dEHKu5mb3oyFkKRXAHcGlHI8XDlKqwL9BZSs9Whns/viewform
For more information got to Go to http://gloucesteru.weebly.com/new-course-offerings-session-2.html or Contact:
Lead Program Coordinator
Gloucester High School Library
A Reading & Discussion from David Abel about Poet Edward Marshall
Gloucester, MA – On March 28, the Gloucester Writers Center presents a reading by David Abel from his own work and a discussion about his ongoing research into the work of poet Edward Marshall at the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 E Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 from 7:30-9pm.
Poet, editor, and bookseller David Abel is the author most recently of Float (Chax Press), Tether (Barebone Books), andCarrier (c_L Books). A founding member of the Spare Room reading series, entering its thirteenth year, with Sam Lohmann he publishes the Airfoil poetry chapbook series. He is the proprietor of Passages Bookshop, and was an inaugural Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art. Recently he curated the exhibitions Chax Press: Publishing Poetics for Pacific NW College of Art and Object Poems for 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
The Gloucester Writers Center was founded in 2010 to save the late poet Vincent Ferrini’s home and turn it into a working writer’s center. Its mission is to preserve, promote, and celebrate Cape Ann’s rich literary legacy and to encourage writing and the belief that all voices count.
If you would like more information about what the Gloucester Writers Center does or any of the recent events, workshops and classes visit gloucesterwriters.org
“The Gloucester Writers Center is a working writer’s center in a working town.“