Our House Finch Babies Are About Ready To Take Off

The momma and poppa finches were busy this summer.  Three rounds of eggs in the nest that they built in the spring wreath on our front door.

You may remember when we returned from vacation late one night we entered the house through that door and the dad finch flew into the house.  We had a hell of a time getting it out.

I’m addicted… To This New Yorker Magazine Cover Lobster Puzzle From www.thatcherellery.com


Just go check out their site.  Kate and I met the wonderful people that run this online/pop-up coastal goods store and you couldn’t put together a cooler collection of nautical themed stuff for your home or for gifting.


You may remember the cigar ash tray with working wheel and compass we got at the Bluefin Blowout from www.thatcherellery.com



Reposting this from 2017 as another Northern Gannet is struggling  on the Backshore.

A second Northern Gannet, in little over a week, has come ashore to die on a Cape Ann Beach. A friend messaged from the Backshore that the Gannet was resting on the rocks and was not walking well.

Heartbreaking to see, the usually majestic Northern Gannet is struggling to survive.

This beautiful Northern Gannet appears to have the same neurological symptoms of the mysterious disease that has caused over one hundred Gannets to wash ashore on Cape Cod beaches. Veterinarians are sending samples of the dead and dying birds to the USDA to see if federal experts can find the cause. A harmful algae bloom (often referred to as Red Tide) is suspect.


The Gannet tried and tried to take flight, but to no avail, wobbling instead and repeatedly tipping over.

The first dying Northern Gannet seen on a Cape Ann beach was shared by Ann Rittenburg. On July 12th, she discovered the bird struggling at Good Harbor Beach. Dianne Corliss, Gloucester’s Animal Control Officer, rescued the seabird. Dianne tried to help, but the Gannet was eventually put to sleep. She warns that the bills of Northern Gannets are extremely powerful. If you come across a Gannet on the beach, do not go near it as they are known to go for the eyes and necks of people. 

What makes the deaths even more troubling is that Northern Gannets are winter migrants through our area, and most months are spent at sea. During the summer season they are typically at their North American breeding grounds, which are six well-established colonies, three in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec, and three in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Newfoundland.

My husband Tom and I saw  these magnificent seabirds from the shores of Provincetown last spring. They were feeding along with the Right Whales. The Northern Gannets soared high above the whales and then plunged straight down with a powerful ferocity. It was dramatic and gorgeous to see. I hope the same illness or Red Tide that is killing the Gannets will not affect whales.



History of Medieval Arms and Armor

August 22, 2019

History of Medieval Arms and Armor and Knighting Ceremony

Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 130 AM – 12 PM

History of Medieval Arms and Armor & Knighting Ceremony
John Pettibone, former curator and executive director of Hammond Castle Museum, will host a lecture and demonstration of the History of Medieval Arms and Armor. He has spent many years studying the ancient art of armor and examples from the castles collection will be on display including: Japanese samurai pole arm (naginata), an armored sleeve and shoulder protection from a Japanese Samurai, and a two handed European sword. John will talk about how one became a knight and the rules of knighthood. He will then confer knighthood with a Dubbing Ceremony for girls and boys of all ages, in order to induct our very first members into the Order of the Junior Knights of Hammond Castle.

At the conclusion of the program there will be a question and answer session, an opportunity to try on the Armor and a tour of Medieval aspects of the Museum.

This Weekend in the Arts 8/9-12/2019

Glass Artist Ingrid Pichler Selected as Third Summer Artist at Gallery 53

Opening Reception: Saturday August 10, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA

Exhibition Dates: August 7 to September 2, 2019

Gallery Open: Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Friday to Saturday, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Composition in Green, 14 ½” x 14 ½” fused glass by Ingrid Pichler

The Rocky Neck Art Colony welcomes glass artist Ingrid Pichler, Painting with Light, as Gallery 53’s third Summer Artist this season. The show is open from August 7 to September 3 with the Opening Reception on Saturday, August 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, located at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, is open daily from May 25 to October 14, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday through Thursday, and until 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday. For more information visit rockyneckartcolony.org/gallery-53-on-rocky-neck/ or call 978-282-0917. 

In her exhibition, Painting With Light, Ingrid Pichler manipulates reflected and transmitted light. She captures everyday moments and applies them onto glass using traditional techniques such as glass painting, staining and fusing.

Pichler has worked in architectural glass for almost thirty years. Her hands-on approach has enabled her to develop a keen understanding of the transformative potential of light in the context of architectural glass. Most of her works have been commissioned, location-specific installations, utilizing a wide range of techniques from traditional painting and staining, to new innovation for fusing and casting in contemporary glass technology.

Originally from northern Italy, Pichler studied art and design, and architectural glass in the UK before moving to the United States where she now lives with her family in Massachusetts. She works from her studio in Swampscott, and guest lectures in stained glass at Salem State University.


Dennis Brennan Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 8.8.2019

Dennis Brennan is back! That’s thursday at the Rhumbline. One of my favorite hat acts! I really do love Dennis’ tunes, and I must say I think he’s the finest thongwriter in the bosstown area. Each carefully crafted song always includes a williwaw of emotion, great chord changes and enough “room” to make all the players stand out. I love ya, man! Come see wherefore I gush! With the redoubtable Mason Shoe Salesman Steve Sadler, on Gootar  and the fiery Andy Plaistead, on Skins.

40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

Morning, Rockport Harbor

The boys are off to explore Thacher’s Island with their Race Team today so I dropped them off with their bikes…. so they can ride home later today …and made a little detour down Bearskin Neck to Helmuts.  I grabbed one of my favorite cranberry walnut muffins and sat for 10 sacred minutes before heading down 128 S for a day of work.


CBD and Inflammation

Cape Ann Wellness

One of my favorite properties about CBD is it’s anti-inflammatory effect on the body. While inflammation is apart of the body’s immune response, it isn’t always perfect. It can be beneficial when, for example, your knee sustains a blow and tissues need care and protection. However, sometimes, inflammation can persist longer than necessary, causing more harm than benefit. People with chronic inflammation are susceptible to asthma, tuberculosis, arthritis, Chrones, various types of cancer, and in some cases Alzheimer’s. Additionally, our environment can be causing inflammation in ways we don’t even realize. Are you eating an all organic diet? are you breathing in factory fumes or car exhaust on a daily basis? Do you drink a lot of soda? Because of these exposures, inflammation is likely running rampant in your body, and more importantly, your brain. Luckily for us, CBD can counteract this effect.

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