Sea Smoke Saturday

By the time you see this post, the air should be considerably warmer than the recent frigid weekend. Despite the BITTER cold, the sea smoke was very impressive. I have to say I was a little bit surprised at how many others with cameras were braving the cold for shots like these (though likely better).

My Grandmother’s Kitchen Revisited

By happenstance, I recently met the owner of my Gloucester grandparents home and he graciously allowed us to visit. Jeff Martin lives in my grandparents home on Haskell Street. I have fond memories of my times there ALL those years ago. The urge to revisit the home was ramped up when Jeff shared that he’d found a number of items hidden away in the attic walls that I though might relate to my family’s history.

In the intervening years, Jeff and his family have made many changes to the house but its bones remain and I was overwhelmed with memories even though it looks very different today than it did when I was a child. Even GMG Jim has his own memories of visiting this house on our honeymoon which enriched the time we spent with Jeff recently. We are very grateful to Jeff for sharing the house with us as well as the trinkets he found.

I understand that people might hide things in the walls of a home to bring luck to future inhabitants, but I kind of doubt that a hidden corset was intended to bring luck! Of most interest to me were the letters written between 1895 and 1899, proving the house existed prior to the 1900 date built as stated in city records (Jeff tells us there was a fire–believe me, there was ALWAYS a fire–and records that were lost defaulted to 1900) so that was enlightening. These letters were primarily between sisters Mabel and Elena Gertrude Goodwin. We have Goodwins in our family tree so I am working to make a connection. I hope to share more about these letters soon.

Thank you very much Jeff for sharing your home and your interest in history. If you ever get the chance to revisit a home from your childhood, I think you should consider it. Your grandmother’s kitchen holds a special warmth that will flood back regardless of the years gone by. If you get the chance to share your home with a former resident, I also think you should consider allowing it. I think it brings perspective to your life that you might not have considered. Thank you very much Jeff for your graciousness and giving this grandchild some memories back.

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Barred Owl Celebrity

We have been fortunate enough to see a barred owl at a nature area a couple of times recently. And, since Scottie is always asking about my bird sightings, I’ll dedicate this one to him! Here you go Scottie. This one’s for you. “Barred from the Nest?” is Scottie’s question!! HAHA PS I am deliberately not disclosing its location at it has become a bit of an issue with interested onlookers disturbing the wildlife.

Free Pet Nail Clipping Saturdays in February to Benefit Cancer fundraiser

Shout out to our FOB Cat Cavallina who sent me the following heads-up for all you dog owners out there: Robyn’s Dog Grooming on Main Street in Gloucester is hosting a couple of special events throughout February to raise donations and cancer awareness.

FREE NAIL CLIP CLINIC walk-in at Robyn’s Grooming on 388 Main St. 

First Saturday of every month (Feb.4th) from 9-12. All proceeds benefit ongoing Cancer Sucks in Every Color fundraiser. All donations welcome.

In addition, there’s Old Dog Spa Day:

OLD DOG SPA DAY –

customized grooming for your small dogs 14 years and older. Every Friday for one hour from 7:30-3, one dog per hour solo grooming spots available.  Call the shop to BOOK IN ADVANCE 978.283.4211

Jumping On The Seal Bandwagon

The boys are back in town! The Brace Cove seals were on full display on a recent sunny morning. It’s been a while since I’ve seen so many hanging out there. Our friend Donna recently posted her seal photos so I am jumping on that bandwagon since they are too wonderful not to share some more. Further story details and photos are available at Pat D’s Photos and Adventures on Facebook, so check it out if you are interested.

Delightful Alexandra’s Bread

We stopped by Alexandra’s Bread on Main Street for a little pick-me-up a few days ago and were reminded of all the other delightful surprises within. We got a couple of scones from the bakery and browsed the vintage and quirky items throughout the rest of the store. We were too late for bread that day but we just as happy with the scones and the warm atmosphere. Maybe you haven’t been there recently either and could use a little distraction from the dreary weather? I suggest stopping by to remedy that.

Light Up The Night

Ready or not, here comes Valentine’s Day. Pat D’s Photos is offering porcelain night lights featuring local scenes and other favorites just in time for your Valentine. Each is 3″ wide and about 1.5″ deep and comes with a bulb. These night lights and other items can be viewed by following Pat D’s Photos and Adventures on Facebook or at PatDsPhotos.com. FREE DELIVERY to Cape Ann area. Contact me through the Facebook page or by commenting here with questions.

Here’s what they look like plugged in:

They can be purchased using PayPal here:

Cardinal in Snow Night Light

Cardinal Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$25.00

Fisherman Pink Dusk Night Light

Fisherman at Pink Dusk Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$25.00

Back Shore Snowy Night Light

Back Shore Snowy Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$25.00

Footbridge at Dusk Night Light

Footbridge at Dusk Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$24.00

Fisherman Night Light

Fisherman Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$25.00

Puffin Night Light

Puffin Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$25.00

Sunflower Night Light

Sunflower Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$25.00

Motif Night Light

Motif Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$25.00

Peeking Owl Night Light

Peeking Owl Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$25.00

Sandy Point Snowy Night Light

Sandy Point Snowy Night Light

Porcelain plug in night light 3″ wide includes bulb. Plus shipping or free delivery to Cape Ann.

$25.00

Maritime Science Education Center Welcome Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting

A great crowd turned out for today’s welcome and ribbon cutting to Maritime Gloucester’s new Maritime Science Education Center on the Harbor Loop. After 2 years of hard work, setbacks and achievements, the Maritime Science Education Center is now a reality. The Center was hailed by Mayor Greg Verga, Senator Bruce Tarr with proclamations to officially welcome it to Gloucester’s community. There was healthy representation from all over the community. Here’s a video of the Welcome Ceremony held in the Gallery as well as a video of the actual ribbon cutting in the new Maritime Science Education Center.

Photos from Jim Dalpiaz:

Dinner With Friends At Oak To Ember

We went with our friends Susan and Leo to the new Oak to Ember restaurant on Rogers Street. Formerly the Cape Ann Brewing Company, the inside has been completely gutted and renovated to reflect an entirely new vibe. And it succeeds in being a real treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Our server Cheri answered our questions thoroughly and easily. We ordered calamari appetizer along with shrimp cocktail and oysters. Susan and Leo split a flat iron steak entree while Jim had the smoked chicken. I tried the wood grilled lobster, something new and delightful for me! We shared some apple cake for dessert. We lingered over our meal and drinks chatting with our friends. There was a steady flow of customers ranging from families to couples like ourselves. Cheri didn’t rush us out the door, which we appreciated. It was a delightful experience. Welcome to Gloucester, Oak to Ember!

Maritime Science Education Center Opening and Ribbon Cutting This Weekend! Don’t Miss It!

Welcome to Gloucester’s newest immersive marine science experience! The Maritime Science Education Center at Maritime Gloucester on the Harbor Loop will be unveiled to the public this weekend and you’re going to want to put it on your calendar, especially for the children in your lives. Three new zones will be featured at this opening including the Plankton Lab, Exploration Station and the Impact Zone. Each is sparkling and newly renovated and features the work of artist Brian Murphy. Believe me when I tell you it’s stunning in its thoughtful design and visual appeal.

Members Only tours will be offered starting tomorrow (timed tickets required) Thursday Jan 26 and the ribbon cutting is scheduled for Fri Jan 27 at 3:30 PM. Saturday and Sunday will be open to all. Timed tickets are required and are available at this link with further information. Touch tanks, exhibits, aquariums and more! There’s something cool everywhere you look. You do not want to miss this!

Which Bird?

I am considering some new images for giclee printed notecards (thanks to our friends at Cape Ann Giclee) and would like your input. Which of these do you like for blank notecards from Pat D’s Photos for the upcoming season? Back Shore Snowy, Great Blue Heron couple, Barred Owl, Puffin or Baby Gull? Some of these already appear on different products but I’d like to spice up the notecard selection. When I thought about selecting some photos for potential printing, I did not realize they would all end up being birds! For other photos and to folow our adventures, check out Pat D’s Photos and Adventures on Facebook.