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The Five Retail Doors of the Cape Ann Tool Company

The Cape Ann Tool Company as of June 19, 2015

It has been decades since the ring of the 100 ton drop forge has been heard at the Cape Ann Tool Company. It took most of 2013 to get the smokestack down. Now it is time to dream about what will go behind the five doors.

My wish list:

1) A restaurant: Northern India plus Seafood. Greg Bover wants it named “The Tan Dory”. Or Mexican Seafood. “The Pigeon Cove Taco”. This will include a bar which does not require ordering a Cove Burger in order to be served a Fisherman’s IPA.

2) Coffee Shop and Bakery: fresh coffee and a bagel. Opens at 6 AM and imports Brother’s Brew Butternut Crunch Doughnuts.

3) Village Market: loaf of bread, butter, potatoes, onions, six pack of beer, Cape Pond Ice, scratch tickets, Allen’s Coffee Brandy.

4) Tackle Shop: bait, rods to rent for kids to catch a flounder behind the store, T-Shirts from Cape Pond Ice.

5) Art Studio: Art CO-OP, all media, pottery, ceramics, Rockport Art Association North Colony.

What’s on your wish list? A fresh seafood market? In-N-Out Burger? Uniqlo?

Retail Space Available: 617-482-6050

Pigeon Cove Shovelers

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I physically can’t shovel snow and Janet had shoveler’s fatigue. This morning, I saw three people walking up the street, all carrying shovels. We asked if they were looking for work, and they started clearing our driveway and walkways. These were, in fact, our neighbors Eva Maria (L), Heike (mother of these kids), and Levin (R). They did an outstanding job, speak German (their native language), and I asked them to come back after the next snow storm.

Cape Ann Tool Company Refurb in Pigeon Cove

Click the photo for a larger Panorama. (The roof is not tilted, that is my iPhone 6+ panorama stitching the photo.)

Cape Ann Tool Company November 10, 2014.

Cape Ann Tool Company November 10, 2014.

So the renovation seems a little weird but now I think I got it. Ream out the inside and put in nice new windows and redo the stucco on the stone end of the Cape Ann Tool Company. I would have thought those would be done last but I think they are aiming to get businesses in there quickly.

I could see a coffee shop, a little market selling fish, bread, and coffee, maybe even some light tackle so a kid could go catch a flounder over on the right. If I was dreaming I couple picture Plum Cove Grind moving into the front and a restaurant moving into the back overlooking Pigeon Cove.

No law against dreaming. An Indian Seafood Restaurant! Anmol II. Be still my heart. If you did that Anmol I promise to bring my family dining at least once a week.

Homeward Bound

Today, Sunday 6/8/14, I'm being discharged from the Rehab and going home. It has been a grueling five month journey. Along the way, I resided at three medical facilities that treated and nourished me back to health. Without them, I wouldn't be traveling the next path - to my home in Pigeon Cove. "One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time." Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) Pigeon Cove map 1852

Today, Sunday 6/8/14, I’m being discharged from the Rehab and going home. It has been a grueling five month journey. Along the way, I resided at three medical facilities that treated and nourished me back to health. Without them, I wouldn’t be traveling the next path – to my home in Pigeon Cove.
“One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.”
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)
Pigeon Cove map 1852

A Different View of Cape Ann Tool

From some shots I took last summer I have been putting this together. A montage of sorts. As you look at it, there appears more than just rusty relics of buildings, but also Pigeon Cove and the granite breakwater. Thought I’d share this different view.

Cape Ann Tool

Cape Ann Tool

Now You See It, Now you Don’t.

July 24, 2013. This is the Cape Ann Tool Company in Pigeon Cove, Rockport. The defunct industrial site will be made into single family housing and incorporate a public harbor walk.

July 24, 2013. This is the Cape Ann Tool Company in Pigeon Cove, Rockport. The defunct industrial site will be made into single family housing and incorporate a public harbor walk.

Photo taken November 16, 2013. It took months for workers to jackhammer the tower down to a height within reach of the excavator (foreground), which finished the job in short order.

Photo taken November 16, 2013. It took months for workers to jackhammer the tower down to a height within reach of the excavator (foreground), which finished the job in short order.

Pigeon Cove, 1884

A very nice couple from Melrose stopped in for a second time today, and bought a Rockport mug. "We're renting in Rockport for the winter," they said. Where? Pigeon Cove. I just happened to be framing this photo at the time. They're now on the gallery mailing list for future events. They love it here. Who wouldn't? Heaven on earth.

A very nice couple from Melrose stopped in for a second time today, and bought a Rockport mug. “We’re renting in Rockport for the winter,” they said. Where? Pigeon Cove. I just happened to be framing this photo at the time. They’re now on the gallery mailing list for future events. They love it here. Who wouldn’t? Heaven on earth.

New iPhone 5 Panorama

Click twice to embiggen: sucker is 9,283 pixels wide.Panorama on the new iPhone 5 is pretty slick. As simple as can be and no waiting. Sometimes it says to slow down as I pan across. Here is one of my first shots. Oh Em Gee! When I pointed the camera directly into the sun I detect a purple haze. Apple is going to die for this!

The pano stitching is pretty good. Handheld and turn the phone. The horizon is a tad ragged on the left hand side but the clarity through out is not too shabby. All three lighthouses , couple of boats, a dog and a duck. I over saturated the colors on a lower resolution and I can do a better job with a smooth sweep with practice. If dogs or people move when you are sweeping they can become quite amusing, scary, and mutated.

I’ll write my review of the iPhone after I use it for a week.
First impressions: I can talk in a monotone robot voice pretty easily so Siri can dictate notes and email. It does pretty well and I think I might use that feature.

The maps app with siri is seriously amazing. I have not driven off a cliff yet. Get in the car and tell Siri to drive to an address and #boom  she is a chatty little thing telling me the way.

Bizarre quirk: We haven’t figured out the command to tell her we have arrived and we would like her to quit the map program. Siri, quit maps, Siri, stop driving, Siri, shut up. None of them worked. Sue finally told her to shut the fsck up and she replied, “that’s not very nice” and quit the app. She is amusing and I hope I do not get locked up when found on a street corner swearing at my phone in one hand with a Rubber Duck in the other.

Click on the pick for the full monty. Stella, Rubber Duck, Chapin’s Gully, Pigeon Cove.

Could we sneak by without a winter?

Today’s Scientific American has a story here explaining why we have not had a winter yet. Something about the NAO or North Atlantic Oscillation keeping the jet stream straight and high to the north of us. Could it stay up there? They can’t seem to predict that. What? Can’t predict the weather? I wouldn’t mind if spring arrived sometime early February. I bet you could go out and clip some forsythia to force right now. Go ahead. Meanwhile …

This was shot February 27th of last year. Click the photo for a shot of Motif #1 the same day. So we need to sneak past February before we can start thinking that we have skipped an entire winter.

Rockport Class of 1961 50th Reunion from Donna and Jack King

Rockport Class of 1961 50th Reunion was held at the Cafe Sevens Seas, Gloucester House July 2, 2011, with a Dinner Buffet.  There was a “Memorabilia” table with pictures and mementos, music of the era, and a  booklet for class members.  There were also gifts from the Rockport High School Alumni.  Class members attended from California, Florida, Tennessee, New York, and New England, as well as Cape Ann & Rockport.  It was a fun evening!!

Rockport 50th Reunion Committee Members

Rockport 1961-The “Pigeon Covers” Class Members

Rockport 1961-The “Downtowners & South Enders” Class Members

Rockport 1961 50th Reunion all attending Class Members