OK, I’ll show my turkey but

first I gotta explain. We put the  Morrison flag motto out on the pole first:

So we need to bone two 16 pound turkeys (except for legs and wings) then they sort of intertwine in a kind of 69 and voila, choice and tasty”

(Note the little red pop up timers not popped up because when they pop it means your turkey is overcooked. Also, that plate is three feet long. ) The stuffing in a a huge crockpot and the gravy from the stock of the bones from the day before.  The rest of the horde brings something and I think I may pop but maybe just one more slice of pumpkin pie. My favorite part of Thanksgiving, leftovers. The lobster was gone way before the birds hit the table.

Julie LaFontaine from the Open Door

Did you know the Open Door feeds over 14% of Gloucester’s people?  They need donations!

Click on the picture above to play the video and find out how you can help.

gimmesound Thanksgiving ~ Question #4 & Greeting from Mayor Kirk

Mayor Carolyn Kirk got the short end of the wishbone and joins Kory to help with today’s Turkey Day trivia question.. Gobble gobble!

Ok, so have you gotten all the trivia questions, if not click here to see all the video clues.  Be ready for Friday’s final clue and instructions.

Happy Thanksgiving!

You Otter Know!


We have  Vernal Pond on our Property. It’s a good and bad thing. we are not allowed to do anything within at least 50 feet of it. But we get to see alot of interesting things. Owls, Hummingbirds, Thousands of Dragonflys.  Minx’s, herons, foxes, egrets, ducks and their ducklings, turkeys, coyote’s, Peepers that sound like the Aliens have landed during the Spring. and now a Otter! Thanks to my Son Salvatore’s girlfriend Errin, she identified these photos of an Otter that was sunning itself on a rock in our pond.

Thanksgiving and the Sacred Birches

The Sacred Birches, Lanesville, circa 1900 John I. Coggeshall/@Fredrik D. Bodin
Many of my best Thanksgivings have included a walk in the woods, notably among birches. Birch trees were among the first trees to grow after the last ice age, and are the national tree of Russia, symbolizing fertility, renewal, and miracles. They’ve been revered by many cultures since the ancient Celts, including the Finns, Swedes, and Norwegians, who settled here on Cape Ann. Birch groves in Dogtown and Lanesville are still highly regarded. At the turn of the century, John I. Coggeshall photographed these birches near his Lanesville home. I hope to find them after turkey dinner with friends in the Plum Cove neighborhood. If you know where this treed slope is, please let me know.
Printed from the original 8×10 inch negative in my darkroom. Image # A93810-007
I’m not a big poetry reader, but one particular verse from Robert Burns struck a chord with me, and I recite it at meals such as Thanksgiving:
A Scottish Grace

Some have meat and cannot eat
And some have none and want it
But we have meat and we can eat
So the Lord we thanketh.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Thanksgiving Sunrise

Sunrise over the Rockport breakwater this morning. The one time I wish  I had a video camera. The sunbeam started over on the  left then tracked like an enormous searchlight across the Dry Salvages before lighting up the Straitsmouth Lighthouse.

Click on the photo to go to a G+ album with the Rubber Duck contemplating a wave before overeating on Thanksgiving and another wave off Andrews Point. (Clicking into the  album also gets you the bigger photos.)

22,819,054 lbs of Fish Landed In 120 Trips- Our Grandfather Captain Joe Featured In Atlantic Fisherman Magazine 1952

Courtesy Fred Buck at The Cape Ann Museum

To compare this and put some perspective to this accomplishment you can compare that 22,819,054 he landed to the total number of all groundfish landings in one year by all boats in Gloucester in 2010 were 81,400,00lbs.  His average trip over those 120 landings was 190,158.78 lbs.  This was landings of groundfish, not herring or pogies or mackerel.


From NOAA’s Records-

*Total landings of all species on groundfish trips were about 81.4 million pounds in 2010. This compares to landings ranging from 102.4 million pounds to 107.2 million pounds in the 2007-2009 fishing years. Groundfish landings on groundfish trips also declined from a high of 71.6 million pounds in 2008 to a low of 58.0 million pounds in 2010[11]. Non-groundfish landings on groundfish trips also declined from a high of 39.3 million pounds in 2007 to 23.3 million pounds in 2010 (Table 3).