Although I wished I could have stayed longer, the brief hour that I was there at the Block Party last night was so much fun. A cooling and most welcome breeze arrived just as the party began and everyone was there to have a fabulous time. Many thanks to the “Block Heads” who bring us this wonderful event–times 3! Don’t miss the next two upcoming Block Parties, August 17th and September 21st.
Kirk Family and Friends at Jalepenos
Alex Becket of Dr. Bones’ Circus of Marvels
Alicia at her studio open house yesterday; also open Sunday from noon to 6:00
Eloise and Madeline
Skyler Corbett and her Mom, intent on choosing a design at Toodeloos
Face painting with Susan at Toodeloos
Melissa Cox, with her usual sense of humor
Parent Night At School Madeline shows us her Kindergarten painting depicting what she wants to be when she grows up. A fashion designer in Paris. Nice aspiration right there Madeline. Much better than what she told us she wanted to be last year- a taxi driver or a hole puncher. Imagine a career as a hole puncher.
What Up Mad Pie?
For those of you interested in Public Skating times at O’Maley you can click on the Calendar Below to find an updated calendar and more info- http://www.gloucesterschools.com/talbot-rink
Three Amigos and Sista Felicia
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The first day of the new year started with pre-plunge preparations and a spectacular brunch at Sista Felicia and Barry’s Always Warm and Welcoming Beautiful Home.
Ron Gilson, Peter Van Ness, and Erika
Wonder Woman, also know as Donna Ardizonni
More Three Amigos
Van Ness Family
GMG Chief and The Zip Line Kid
Happy New Year!
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Gloucester native Geordie Keefe had brussels sprout for Christmas.!
No dreidel, no Festivus Pole, and most of all NO RUBBER DUCKS…just leg of lamb, fine wine and Shirley’s blueberry pie…good wishes to all..
"PJs and Paper Plates", our very laid-back Christmas brunch; lots of music, twice-baked potatoes, eggs, bacon and cookies. Also do home-made dog treats for pet friends.
Truth be told Snoop Maddie Mad was more excited about driving downtown and picking out presents for her sister at Toodeloos than she has been about picking out stuff for herself. All ride down to Gloucester she was fretting and nervous because she wanted to be sure that she got something that her sister would like. Then when we got home it was straight up to her room so she could wrap the presents herself.
She’s a good one that Snoop Maddie Mad.
Chip off the ‘ol block I’d say.
Even 7 year old Beannie Weannie knows to keep the camera horizontally for video.
The Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad Eat flowers from the Pickle Guy, Ma’s Marmalade Represents, and The Bean Loses another tooth. Random I know but that’s what you get when you have two monkeys hanging off your shoulder at the Farmer’s Market.
The Ciaramitaro Family stopped by Willowdale today for a tour of the butterfly gardens. We were lucky to see several Monarchs and dozens of Painted Ladies.
Click the photo to view larger and you will see the Monarch climbed onto Madeline’s finger–it takes great patience to hold still long enough to allow a butterfly to climb aboard!
Madeline was determined that a butterfly would climb onto her finger–first trying the Painted Ladies and then very, very patiently, and holding very, very still, encouraging the Monarchs. She was thrilled when one did–and did so several times–very sweet to see her joy. Madeline and Eloise were expertly identifying the male and female Monarchs and explaining to all in how to tell the difference.
I loved this Macy Gray song from the moment I first heard it. The lyrics are full of hope. I found the song to be perfect for creating a montage of my favorite clips, filmed in and around Gloucester over the course of the past month. The footage is from works-in-progress butterfly films, 2012 Greasy Pole shorts, and random footage from a family picnic. Is it too kooky–butterflies and Greasy Pole Walkers–you tell me because I see beauty in everyone and everything.
Filmed at Niles Beach, Pavilion Beach, Good Harbor Beach, Eastern Point, Brace Cove, Gloucester Harbor Walk, and Plum Street. Created for Good Morning Gloucester. Dedicated to Joey and his beautiful family and to our beloved Gloucester community.
Thank you Ciaramitaros for your help with my Monarch film!
Thank you to my darling daughter Liv; as Craig said, “a trifecta–beautiful, smart, and funny!”
Beauty in the World Sung by Macy Gray
2012 Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers
“Beauty in the World” is by American singer Macy Gray from her album The Sellout, which is Gray’s fifth album and first since her under-performing 2007 album Big. The Selllout is her return to musical form after almost conforming when her last album didn’t take off. “I thought after Big flopped maybe I should do what everyone else was doing,” she said. “Go out and hire the hottest producers, the best writers, get real skinny. But none of those people called me back.”
The song was inspired by hearing her daughter’s laughter on a down day. “I didn’t even know what she was laughing at. I thought ‘at least she’s happy.’ And I felt at least I hadn’t failed there, because my daughter’s happy.” -wiki
Madeline and Eloise
Last summer the Ciaramitaro girls stopped by our garden to see a newly emerged Monarch butterfly. After releasing the butterfly, Eloise wanted to learn more about the Monarchs, and butterflies in general. This year she remembered from their visit the previous year that the Monarch caterpillar food plant is milkweed. Eloise, who I am convinced is a budding naturalist and artist, is an avid gardener (just ask her about her vegetable patch!), so I promised her milkweed plants. We scouted out a sunny a corner of the family’s yard and, after mom Jill helped dig up the sod, we planted a petite butterfly garden, with Common Milkweed for the Monarchs, parsley and fennel for the Black Swallowtails, and marigolds to attract the nectaring insects. We’re looking forward to their first butterfly sightings!
If you come to Gloucester or if you’ve lived in Gloucester and you haven’t experienced a sail on the most beautiful ship in Gloucester harbor, The Thomas E. Lannon then I really feel sorry for you.
It’s beyond just bouncing along on a pretty boat, it’s the warmth and friendly hospitality of the Ellis family, Kay, Tom and Heath. It’s experiencing Gloucester harbor without the blaring of a diesel engine or the exhaust fumes. It’s the peace, it’s the sunset, it is the friendships forged.
I’m telling you right now you just gotta go. You have friends coming in from out of town? Take them on the Lannon, you’ll love it,and they will thank you.
more pictures and video coming