Although Bubo appears to have an injury surrounding his left eye, it did not seem to affect his ability to see. I sent a photo yesterday to Erinn Whitmore and both she and Jodi Swenson confirmed that he’s probably okay at this point.

This afternoon he flew into Hedwig’s territoy, which had been hers all day, and after an aerial battle took place, he claimed her rock. I don’t know if it’s the light but Bubo’s eye does not look any better today. The crows and seagulls are vicious and unrelenting towards the Snowies, other raptors don’t want them in their territory, and they are battling each other–it’s easy to understand how an eye could become injured. Posting photos tomorrow of the Snowy battle.

Comparing right eye versus left eye.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Tonights special guest: Chick Marston! 7pm 1.24.

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 24th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: CHICK MARSTON!

American folk blues master, Chick Marston comes back to
do it all over again. Simple and to the point, Chick’s perfect
sense of time and rhythm brings us into a world shared by
true legends such as Doc Watson, Jelly Roll Morton, Merle
Travis, Leadbelly and so many, many more. All should
drop by whenever Mr. Marston is in the house, and… if you
happen to be a musician, well, bring a big notepad. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
1/31 – Lynne Taylor

2/7 – Inge Berge

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

When the Students Become the Teachers

Cape Ann Youth Hockey would like to extend A big THANK YOU to Coach Geary and the Gloucester High School hockey team for spending their Saturday morning with the Learn to Skate crew.

What a great experience for the skaters,  both young and old.  Many of those same Gloucester Fisherman started pushing milk crates around in that very same program!  How special for them to return and share their time and talents with this year’s youngest skaters as they gain confidence and skill.  No doubt those young skaters will remember it for a long time to come!

These photos are courtesy of Dawn Enos.  She caught some really special moments.  Check out Cape Ann Youth Hockey’s Facebook page for even more photos.


Shutdown in Salem

Since it was kind of grey and wet, we decided to take a ride to Salem which has been on our list of inclement weather activities.  Strike One: the Peabody Essex Museum was closed—-and I think we’ve made that mistake once already…….

Off we go to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.  What’s that you say?  Government shutdown???  Parks open but no staff or amenities???  Strike Two although just wandering around reading the signs was pretty interesting by itself.

Oh well, let’s look at the map and decide what next.  The New England Pirate Museum sounds interesting and it’s right here.  Oh…….Strike Three “Closed for the season”… would think with the federal government shutdown, those pirates would need someplace to go.


It was a very quiet Monday in Salem and I found myself really wishing I had a drone…..


I’m thinking the FAA would probably come right to life if I’d tested this NO DRONE ZONE out.

This Week at Backyard Growers:

Cape Ann Community

Cropped Ferment

Part 2 of our Fermentation Workshop is this Thursday from 6-8pm.  Join us at Pigeon Cove Ferments kitchen where we will be making our own sauerkraut! Missed part 1? No problem! Participants will leave this workshop with full confidence on the science behind fermentation and how to make your own kraut.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Questions? Contact: 978-281-0480 or

Hope to see you there!


Having a staycation during February break and looking for a way to keep the kids entertained?

Backyard Growers is hosting three days of children’s workshops during February break for children grades K-5 packed with hands-on activities. Each day children will learn and discover more about food and gardening though activities such as: grinding wheat to flour, making and painting with plant dyes, holding and learning about worms, dressing up like a plant, and more!

February Break (1)

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