Monthly Archives: March 2018

After the Fall: A Lesson in Mindfulness

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Happy St Patrick’s Day! Today has me reminiscing about Nor’Easter Riley- derived from ‘Reilly,’ which comes from the Old Irish name Raghailleach.

(Video by Tucker Destino)

‘Sheltering-in-Place’ Nor’Easter Riley brought hurricane-force winds, astronomical tides, record-breaking waves and flooded roads. With flying debris and falling tree limbs, I chose instead to shelter-in-place and watch the 3-day storm unfold on the news and social media. Over the 3 days I watched as people were evacuated to safety, trees fell onto homes and branches through car windshields. Never did I expect during this Nor’Easter that I would end up injured in my own home!

Accidents Often Occur in the Home Despite my efforts to stay home and safe, while home alone I ended up falling down my basement stairs. Late that night my husband was on his way home with a weekend guest. I was distracted and…

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ROCK ON R. B. STRONG (LITERALLY!) WORK CONTINUES ON THE NILES POND BRACE COVE CAUSEWAY RESTORATION

The arduous work of rebuilding the Niles Pond Brace Cove causeway continues, despite the mid-week blizzard. I walked the causeway Tuesday night and then again the past several mornings–the pace of the restoration is fantastic and will soon be completed. Many, many thanks to the generous residents of Eastern Point who are striving to keep Niles Pond from being engulfed by the sea.

R. B. Strong’s Larry expertly operates the John Deere excavator, deftly extracting and moving boulders around as if they were pebbles on the shore. The track-hoe not only scoops and lifts the massive rocks, the bucket is also used to tamp down the boulders once in place, as you can see in the video below.

GLOUCESTER CITY HALL SUNSET

Last night’s sunset shifting colors.

Beautiful Fish: Rosefish (Acadian Redfish) with Landings -By Al Bezanson

 

OCEAN PERCH; (ACADIAN) REDFISH; RED SEA PERCH; RED BREAM; NORWAY HADDOCK

“This is one of the most plentiful of the commercially important fishes in all but the shoalest parts of the Gulf: on the offshore banks, in or over the deep central basin, and along shore.”

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder (1953) online courtesy of MBL/WHOI http://www.gma.org/fogm/Sebastes_marinus.htm\

The situation cited in the excerpt above, in a couple decades after this 1953 publication, proved no longer to be the case.  Subsequent data from NOAA shows 184,370,800 pounds landed in 1951 declining to 290,321 pounds in 2000.  This plot is from published NOAA data.

Comments invited.  Surely some readers of GMG were involved in this fishery.

 

 

St. Joseph Feast at Sista Felicia

Another fun and inspiring time at Felicia’s on Friday night celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph. Wonderful time. The food, the altar, the guests and the hostess made for such a beautiful evening. Thank you Felicia.

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Top o the mornin’ from Farm Bar and Grille! Irish breakfast & Mike O’Leary & Friends LIVE celtic music felt like a pub in Dublin, and home 🍀🍀

Saturday Saint patties day @FarmBarGrille in Essex started extra early this year (officially 9:30 AM to 11 AM) with a superb Irish Breakfast,  LIVE Irish music from Mike O’Leary & friends, festive beverages, amazing coffee & famous Irish soda bread. They’re serving a great menu ALL day. Get over there while it lasts! (And mark your calendars next year!)

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shamrock shakes, irish coffees and other specialty festive drinks

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Farm Bar and Grille, 233 Western Avenue, Essex, (978)768-0000 Facebook – @FarmEssex

MENU and scenes from early this morning

Mike O’Leary played with David de La Barre (Irish whistle and voice) and Linda Swicker (voice). Fiona Warner lilting voice accompanied the trio, and with Maeve, too.

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Irish Breakfast LIVE music Michael O’Leary and friends at Farm Bar and Grille St Patrick’s Day 2018 (L-E) David de La Barre, Linda Swicker,  Fiona Warner, Michael O’Leary

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bonus (one of Michael O’Leary’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day tunes) do you know it?

Their restaurant En Fuego will feature some creative St Patrick’s Day specials, too.

Beacon Sunset

Driving around the back shore in Gloucester there are so many incredible views of our gorgeous town, this scene is no different. As I approached the Beacon Marine the light was changing fast I knew there wasn’t much time so I quickly pulled over and grabbed gear and set up through the railings just in time,