Happy Mother’s Day and Rock On Moms!

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To all the beautiful, hard-loving and hard-working Moms, daughters, best friends, sisters, grandmas, and aunts ~

Happy Mothers Day!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABest Friends Pancake Breakfast with Shaffy Roelll, Alex, Sam Scatterday, Mike Petrino, Cam Tibert, and Andrew Visnick




Saucer Magnolia and Another View of the Mabel Burnham House, Essex

Burnham House Essex MA Magnolia ©Kim Smith 2014Mabel Burnham House, Essex 

Saucer Magnolia ©Kim Smith 2014No group of trees and shrubs is more favorably known or more highly appreciated in gardens than magnolias, and no group produces larger or more abundant blossoms.” ~ Ernest “Chinese” Wilson, botanist and plant explorer

Do you have a favorite flowering tree? If I  had to chose just one, which would be very, very difficult because I LOVE all flowering tress, it might just be the Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia soulangeana). But ask me again when the dogwoods are in bloom! I would love to know what is your favorite spring blooming tree. Write in the comment section and let us know. And send a photo, too, if you’d like. Thanks!

Saucer  magnolia ©Kim Smith 2014Global climate change is causing extremes in weather worldwide. The horticultural problems created by a spring cycle of freezing-thawing-freezing temperatures are only going to increase. The gardener’s best defense is to plant species that can withstand these new horticultural parameters. I find the Saucer Magnolia, which blooms later than the Star Magnolia, a much better choice for New England gardens, where spring is fleeting at best and tree blossoms are often quickly ruined by frost.

Magnolia Burnham Houes Essex MA ©Kim Smith 2014

dsc06526Joey’s Marsh View of the Burnham House, Essex, at Dawn

The Cove



The Cove
By Lisa McVeigh

It is not a rooster
nor an alarm clock
that wakens me,
That lifts me out of my peaceful
to the bright new day
It is my senses calling me –
Proclaiming the beauty
Of the Cove in all its wonder

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Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents.Tonight @ Captain Carlos.



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So good, for real!!

I’m a sucker for ricotta on my pizza…or on anything else for that matter.  We ordered a pizza from Mike’s Place in Gloucester the other night and it was unbelievable.  I’ve been jonesing for some sweet sauce pizza since one of GMG’s podcasts months ago that discussed a theory on favorite pizzas and it was finally my turn to pick the pizza.  So ridiculously yummy…

Breaded eggplant, caramelized onions, ricotta and mozzarella with Mike’s favorite-sweet pizza sauce

Check out the Mike’s Place full menu


Carrot Cake Marmalade


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Carrot Cake Marmalade

This recipe was created several years ago to use up an abundance of carrots from my farm share at  Applenton Farms.  It has become a recipe I make through out the year. A jar of Carrot Cake Marmalade make a great hostess gift, and easy appetizer to assemble and serve to unexpected company! Visit Laura at The Cave on Main Street  today open 9-5  for this yummy Chevre Cheese shown in the photo below.


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Rock your MOM Tomorrow with Stonework!


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If you don’t get your mom an M S Foley Stoneworks sculpture or kitchen item, she is gonna be rip-roarin, foot-stamping, pan throwing, rolling pin wielding pissed off. Special Saturday hours this week. Call between 9 & 5. Items from $20 on up. Put a smile on mom’s face! (Or you may live to regret it.) http://www.msfoleystoneworks.com/

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Harbor Cove, circa 1930

The fishing fleet is tied up in Harbor Cove about 1930, between Downtown and The Fort. The Gloucester Oil Supply Company is nearby, and a notation on the negative envelope refers to the Schooner Mayflower in the photo. Can you find it?
The fishing fleet is tied up in Harbor Cove about 1930, between Downtown and The Fort. The Gloucester Oil Supply Company is nearby, and a notation on the negative envelope refers to the Schooner Mayflower in the photo. Can you find it?

Weekend Forecast May 10th – 11th Cape Ann Weather …

Marine Forecast :
Sat S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the morning. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Scattered showers. Vsby 1 nm or less.
Sat Night SW winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Sun W winds around 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft.
Sun Night SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot or less.

Weekend is Looking great , temps 70’s to perhaps low 80’s and muggy .. Saturday could be a toss up how ever with a warm front stuck near by few showers and Clouds maybe patchy fog and drizzle near the coast especially Saturday morning .. Winds light from the south east 5-10mph becoming south 15-25mph and gusty late afternoon … Lows in the low 50’s Saturday and Sunday Night.. Mother’s Day looks Spectacular with plenty of Sunshine temps near 80°.. Chance of a T-storm late …
Beach Forecast : Saturday Sun Index 5
Water temp 47°
Seas 2-3ft
Wind SSE 5-25mph
Beach Forecast : Sunday Sun Index 7
Water Temp 47°
Seas 3-4 ft
Wind SSW 20-25mph

Hourly Forecast :


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