Upcoming movies I’m looking forward to and a must watch series if you’re a guy.

The Homie Cast

James Bond 007; No Time To Die release date 8 April 2020

Top Gun 2 Maverick release date 26 June 2020

If you haven’t seen Banshee streaming on Amazon Prime, it’s must watch if you’d like the above two movies. Link here

Submit movies you’re looking forward to or must see guy flicks in the comments.

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The blossoms of the Butterfly Amaryllis are considerably more delicate and petite when compared to the blossoms of most Amaryllis cultivars so this year I grouped three bulbs to a pot for extra beauty. I think my plan was successful 🙂

The Butterfly Amaryllis (Hippeastrum papilio), has to be one of the most stunning of all bulbs to force indoors. Not only that, but unlike other species of Hippeastrum, which need to go dormant, you can grow papilio all year round. The plants will grow larger and produce more blossoms with each passing year!

Hippeastrum papilio is a member of Amaryllidaceae and is native to the tropical forest of the Atlantic Coast of southern Brazil. It is endangered in its natural range but is increasingly propagated among gardeners.

The following is excerpted from a book that I both wrote and illustrated titled Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden, which was published by David Godine.

How to Grow Amaryllis ~ Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! 

Living in New England the year round, with our tiresomely long winter stretching miles before us, followed by a typically late and fugitive spring, we can become easily wrapped in those winter-blues. Fortunately for garden-makers, our thoughts give way to winter scapes of bare limbs and berries, Gold Finches and Cardinals, and plant catalogues to peruse. If you love to paint, and photograph, and write about flowers as do I, winter is a splendid time of year for both as there is hardly any time devoted to the garden during colder months.

Coaxing winter blooms is yet another way to circumvent those late winter doldrums. Most of us are familiar with the ease in which amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs will bloom indoors. Placed in a pot with enough soil to come to the halfway point of the bulb, and set on a warm radiator, in several week’s time one will be cheered by the sight of a spring-green, pointed-tipped flower stalk poking through the inner layers of the plump brown bulbs. The emerging stalks provide a welcome promise with their warm-hued blossoms, a striking contrast against the cool light of winter.

Perhaps the popularity of the amaryllis is due both to their ease in cultivation and also for their ability to dazzle with colors of sizzling orange, clear reds and apple blossom pink. My aunt has a friend whose family has successfully cultivated the same bulb for decades. For continued success with an amaryllis, place the pot in the garden as soon as the weather is steadily warm. Allow the plant to grow through the summer, watering and fertilizing regularly. In the late summer or early fall and before the first frost, separate the bulb from the soil and store the bulb, on its side, in a cool dry spot—an unheated basement for example. The bulb should feel firm and fat again, not at all mushy. After a six-week rest, the amaryllis bulb is ready to re-pot and begin its blooming cycle again. Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Coaxing Winter Blooms

Click here to read more about Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities.

Love my Truck

As most know, in December my truck slipped out of park and ended up in the Annisquam River at high tide.  I was there to try and get a sunset photo but then the truck started to roll.  I want to thank Tally’s for helping getting my truck out of the river, Gloucester Auto Body for their patience and doing such a great job making my truck look brand new, Babson Ewell and Sean at Extreme Auto for checking everything making sure no mechanical damage.

Nichole’s Picks 1/18 + 1/19

Pick #1: Several Different Activities Taking Place at the Crane Estate Through Its CraneOutdoors Program

There is always something amazing to do at the Trustees’ properties!  We are so fortunate to have so many gorgeous and unique places in our own backyards.  This CraneOutdoors Program is pretty wonderful.  Check back often to view upcoming events and take advantage of all that they offer.  It’s a shame to not truly experience where we live!

Whether you’re looking for adventure, ready to try something new, or just love being outside, we’ve got something special for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages!

Hiking, Paddling, and Boating, Oh My!
CraneOutdoors offers a year-round lineup of exciting outdoor adventures designed to get you outside and enjoying one of The Trustees’ most beautiful properties. With over 2100 acres of beach, dunes, woodlands, and marsh and a network of miles of trails, we’re going to bet we can give you an experience you’ll never forget!

Most outdoor adventure events are geared towards adults, but some are family friendly – check the event description or call or email for specific information.

Get Outside Together
CraneOutdoors also runs family and drop-off programs with the goal of getting the next generation outside and encouraging a lifelong enjoyment of nature. Get your feet wet (metaphorically but sometimes literally!) with a Trustees Trekkers Family Hike or Family Full Moon Hike. Forge deep ties to the environment early while building creativity, confidence and wonder with our Preschool Nature Explorers program. Give your children the gift of time outside, away from screens with our After School Nature Play, SpringQuest (spring vacation), and WinterQuest (winter vacation) drop-off programs. And don’t forget about the Ultimate Summer Adventure: SummerQuest day camp!

CraneOutdoors Private Experiences
Are you visiting the area? Maybe staying at the Inn at Castle Hill? Or are you a family, friend, mom, or adventurous bachelor(ette) group? A corporate group? If you’re looking for a tailor-made outdoor adventure with an experienced guide in a gorgeous setting, let us build you something special. Contact tbarrieau@thetrustees.org for information.

Programs meet in different locations. Upon registration please remember to leave your email address, where we will send you pre-event information about where to meet, what to bring, and what to expect.



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Pick #2: Come Cheer on the Rockport Vikings at CAYH/Agawam Youth Hockey Night

CAYH and Agawam players are invited to the Monday, January 20th Vikings home game vs Nashoba at Talbot Rink @ 6pm for our first annual Cape Ann/Agawam youth hockey night!

Wear your Cape Ann or Agawam jersey and get free admission if you are accompanied by a paying adult.

Cheer on our own CAYH mites in an exhibition scrimmage with Agawam mites after the first.

There will be Vikings fan gear available and giveaways.

Let’s fill the stands with CAYH/Agawam families and cheer on the Vikings!


Pick #3: New England Auto Show

My boys are so sad to be missing the New England Auto Show this weekend.  We’ll be away.  Being the car enthusiasts that they are…especially Thatcher….they love spending hours there checking out all of the newest models, all of the new features and technology, and the trucks and high end cars.  It really is a lot of fun.


JANUARY 16-20, 2020

It’s the Biggest Auto Show in New England… and the perfect place to browse hundreds of the newest vehicles!  Located at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport District, the New England International Auto Show is the premier showcase of the newest model year imported and domestic vehicles — cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks and sport utilities –  cars to suit every budget and lifestyle. Factory and dealer representatives are on hand to answer your questions in a no pressure environment, and with your favorite car lines all under one roof, it’s easy to compare prices and features, saving both time and money.

So come sit in the cars, pop the hoods, inspect the trunks, kick the tires. The New England International Auto Show is great entertainment for serious shoppers, car buffs and the entire family!

Here are my boys several years ago running and hopping from car to car….barely able to contain themselves. Not much has changed.

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Angel Assist Program

Cape Ann Wellness

Angel Assist Program:
For every bottle of Angel Wings 1500 mg full spectrum oil we sell, we will be donating 10% to local non-profit HAWC. “Healing Abuse, Working for Change” HAWC assists victims of domestic violence, while working towards societal and cultural changes to prevent future cases of violence. They have 23 facilities across the North Shore area.

This bottle typically retails at about $135, and we are offering it for $100! So not only do you get a great deal, but you get to feel good about donating to a good cause!

Stay tuned for our February partnership! If you would like to recommend a non-profit, please e-mail us at angelwingscbd@gmail.com

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Sunday Jazz Brunch Featuring Peter Fedele – Feather & Wedge


Join Feather & Wedge for brunch this Sunday with music by jazz guitarist Peter Fedele. Peter is well known for his unique style that combines traditional jazz, with bebop, rock and funk.

Reservations highly suggested!  978.999.5917

Sunday, January 19, 2020
10:30 – 2:30 PM

Peter Fedele Jazz Brunch Feather & Wedge

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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