All photos courtesy Friends of Burnham’s Field
Today at Willowdale we celebrated our dear friend Sarah’s new baby-on-the-way. Lots of fun was had by all and Sarah was truly surprised. I’ll post photos tomorrow after I have a few minutes to sort through, but wanted to share about this fabulous, elegant and simple desert that Bennie Lightbody, Willowdale’s Executive Chef extraordinaire, created for the shower.
Panna Cotta, which means cooked cream in Italian, is made by simmering cream, milk, and sugar with a very small amount of gelatin. The pudding is eaten all around Italy, but is thought to have originated in Piedmont. Bennie served the Panna Cotta with a coulis of mixed berries along with the whole fruit. Pure Heaven!
Regular readers of GMG are aware that contributor and friend-to-all Fred Bodin was stricken with cancer that has damaged nerves and muscles, greatly impairing his ability to walk and function at home and in the Bodin Historic Photo gallery.He is now undergoing intensive physical and occupational therapy. In this video, Fred takes us into a therapy session, introduces us to members of his rehab support team and talks about his illness and his hopes. As you will see and hear, he has made dramatic progress and his attitude is nothing less than inspirational.
Many of you have generously contributed to the Friends of Fred Bodin Fund. Fred will thank each of you personally. In the meantime, bills continue to come in and we urge all readers to contribute what you can so that Fred’s business and home will be waiting for him when he is back on his feet.
Please send checks payable to Friends of Fred Bodin Fund c/o Marty Luster, 6 Castle View Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Marty Luster and Donna Ardizzoni
A Lobster boat at Seven Seas Wharf. Gloucester, Ma
Plein air Oil on Panel
Woof…Woof…Dr. Ray Cahill Writes~We wanted to offer to help answer questions and hopefully quell concerns about the Canine Influenza Virus that has now spread to the North Shore. Here’s a primer with a link to some reliable information if you think it’s blogworthy.
SeaPort Vet Hospital
CANINE INFLUENZA HITS CAPE ANN… don’t panic :))
According to the State Veterinarian, multiple cases of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) have been confirmed in dogs on the North Shore. All cases were reportedly exposed at the same day care facility in Ipswich.
The main thing to know is that this is not an epidemic. Canine Influenza is new to our area, and there is no need for alarm. Owners whose dogs go to daycare, boarding facilities or dogs shows are already familiar with the risks of traditional kennel cough and how to help protect their dogs via vaccination. CIV (the symptoms of which mimic those of kennel cough) presents one more challenge to dog care facilities and the pets that visit them. Those facilities may already be considering whether or not to require the influenza vaccine.
The Canine Influenza Virus is highly contagious between dogs but will not transmit to people or other species. Not all dogs become sick when exposed, and serious illness from CIV is uncommon. Also, just like for most diseases, dogs that are sick, immunocompromised or very young are considered most at risk.
Reliable information about CIV can be found at: