Author Archives: Kim Smith

Sigrid Olsen!

Screen_Shot_2015-01-15_at_8.43.00_AM_grandeSigrid Olsen is partnering with Home Shopping Network! Her debut dates are as follows: First preview on The List, April 16th, and then for 4 hours on April 21st. The collection will be available online at Home Shopping Network around the 1st of April. Read the Women’s Wear Daily article here: Sigrid Olsen Teams with HSN 

 

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Sigrid writes about her new location for Sigrid Olsen Art, “This is for all of my customers who have walked up and down Pineapple Ave in Sarasota looking for my shop, and those who, in the future, will be pondering my absence on Rocky Neck. I am sorry. I miss my little retail snapshots of both communities but am enjoying a new chapter. I have collected all my belongings, my artwork and set up a studio and office in my new home on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida.” Read more on her Facebook Page here.

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An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Winslow_Homer_-_The_Four_Leaf_CloverThe Four Leaf Clover by Winslow Homer

Thanks to my friend Cathy who shared this beautiful Celtic blessing yesterday in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.

Image courtesy wikicommons media.

BREAKING NEWS SNOWFALL RECORDS SMASHED!

With a total of 108.6 inches, last night at 7pm 2014-2015 became Boston’s snowiest winter since snowfall records started being kept in 1872.

Gloucester smashed her record awhile back. I think we are currently at around 125 to 126 inches. Does anyone know Gloucester’s official total?

 

Flurrying in Gloucester

A video posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

 

Read more about record snowfall in today’s Globe.

Top Ten Snowiest Winters

 

 

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Cape Ann Recruiting Globally!

GMG FOB Dan Connell forwards the following photo and meesage:

This came to me from a former student [Beth] at Simons College who works for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Cambridge:

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Just wanted to let you know it seems that Cape Ann is recruiting globally. I met this guy in the village of Soloti in northern Uganda a few days ago. :)

 

WANTED! Hollywood in Gloucester

Message from Scott Memhard at Cape Pond Ice:

WANTED – will exchange for new – your well worn Cape Pond Ice Navy crew neck (no hood) sweatshirts, size Medium and size Large, with our “New Style” logo – ie. the small “Cape Pond Ice – Gloucester MA – Pure Yankee Cold” on front left chest.

Folks visiting from Hollywood have a certain need – contact Scott or Larry at: coolestguys@capepondice.com if you can help  – your old sweatshirt may be famous!

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Essex Salt Marsh Panorama

Essex Salt Marsh ©Kim Smith 2015Still frozen, the Essex Salt Marsh panorama was taken yesterday.

Click to see full size.

As we were talking about salt marshes on a recent podcast, the following is information provided by the Massachusetts Bays Program:

The Essex Salt Marsh is part of the 17,000 acre Great Marsh that extends from Cape Ann into New Hampshire. Salt marshes are found in coastal areas. These unique ecosystems are formed within protective estuaries and support numerous plants and animals. Salt marshes are among the most productive lands on earth, outcompeting even the best-managed farms. Two-thirds of all marine fish and shellfish depend on salt marshes during some portion of their lives.

Salt marshes are divided into two general vegetation zones. The Low Marsh is flooded twice daily by the incoming tide and is dominated by Spartina alternifolia (low salt marsh grass). The High Marsh is flooded sporadically and is dominated by Spartina patens (high salt marsh grass). Salt marshes contain tidal creeks, pools, and islands of high ground, and serve as highly efficient pollution filters.

Nationwide, vast areas of salt marsh have been destroyed by filling, dredging, and developing upland areas. The Great Marsh has escaped much of this destruction, but it is impacted by pollution runoff and mosquito control ditches built in the 1930s, and by road and rail crossings, which restrict tidal flows to upstream marshes.

 

 

 

SEVEN FOOT LOBSTER ANCESTOR DISCOVERED!

Published in Live Science, March 11, 2015

By Laura Geggel, Staff Writer

A remarkably well-preserved fossil of a 480-million-year-old sea monster is helping researchers understand the evolution of arthropods. The creature, an anomalocaridid, has not one but two sets of legs on each of its body segments, showing that it’s an ancestor of modern-day arthropods, which include arachnids, insects and crustaceans.

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Here’s an illustration of the anomalocaridid (Aegirocassis benmoulae), a giant filter feeder that ate plankton and lived in the Early Ordovician period about 480 million years ago. The animal measured about 7 feet (2 meters) long, and is one of the largest arthropods that ever lived.

Despite its size, A. benmoulae was a gentle giant, said John Paterson, an associate professor of paleontology at the University of New England in Australia, who was not involved in the study.

“Its feeding appendages werebuilt for filtering plankton, not grasping prey,” he said. “This is in contrast to olderanomalocaridid species, some of which are interpreted to be the apex predators of their time.”

Read the full story here.

 

BREAKING RESTAURANT NEWS: CACCIATORE’S GRAND OPENING!

Cacciatore’s is opening its doors Friday, March 20th, at 11am. Located at 23 East Main Street, you can read more on their Facebook page here: Cacciatore’s.

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Photos Courtesy Cacciatore’s Facebook Page

Don’t miss Cacciatore’s at A Taste of Cape Ann on March 18th at Cruiseport from 5:30 to 7:30. They will be serving their Lobster Potato Pancakes.

Anyone that drops by for a visit to the Cacciatore booth at A Taste of Cape Ann will receive a coupon to use on their first visit to Cacciatore’s!

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Rain Forest Publications and Mourning Cloaks

Posting hurriedly today. My darling daughter is arriving Friday for a wedding dress fitting, and I am sooo behind in wedding dress making that I am sure I will be up half the next two nights!

Recently brochures from Rain Forest Publications arrived. Don’t you love pocket guides, for the very reason the name infers–so easy to tuck along when traveling and hiking. That’s my photo on the cover of “Mexico Butterflies.” The photo was taken not in Mexico, but in Gloucester!

Rain Forest Publications Butterfies of Mexico Guide Kim Smith cover photo ©Kim Smith 2015Be on the lookout for the first butterfly of spring, which will most likely be the Mourning Cloak Butterfly. Mourning Cloaks do not spend the winter in the cool volcanic mountains of Mexico as do the Monarchs, or as a chrysalis in our gardens, like the Black Swallowtail, or as a caterpillar rolled up in a tight little ball under a leaf, as does the Wooly Bear, but as an adult butterfly!

Pussy Willows, Salix discolor ©Kim Smith 2014Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)

During the winter months Mourning Cloaks live tucked away in cracks and crevices, between chinks of tree bark, for example. At the first warm breath of spring they begin to take flight, searching for a mate. You’ll often see them on the wing around Pussy Willows, one of the Mourning Cloak caterpillar’s food plants.

Mourning_Cloak_Butterfly_in_South_Central_AlaskaMourning Cloak image courtesy wiki commons media

 

 

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