Male American Bullfrog mating serenade
Reinventing our culture to benefit the many, not just the few.
Pitch Perfect Pandemic Precautions –
Wolf Hill native noneysuckle (Lonicera semervirens) and super Hummingbird attractant ‘John Clayton’
Piping Plover Chronicles –
Huge Shout Out to Essex Greenbelt and Dave Rimmer, director of land stewardship.
Huge thank you to Joe Luciodo!
People’s Letters Really Helped. Thank you, thank you for writing!
Charlotte Pops In ❤
Happy Memorial Day!
The flags that you see lining the boulevard are organized each year by Pauline Bresnihan. She owns the gift shop Pauline’s Gifts, on Essex Avenue in Gloucester, with many lovely hand painted and whimsical items for your home and garden.
Sending thanks and gratitude to everyone who wrote emails ❤
Piping Plovers are on the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday night, which will be live streamed at 7pm.
Castaways Vintage Café
Short and Main
Piping Plover Chronicles continue –excellent detailed footage of Piping Plovers mating.
To clarify about My Blog. Several friends have written with confused questions re my blog. I have been writing, filming, designing, photographing, and painting all my life. I started my own blog long before I began contributing to a local community blog. I both wrote and illustrated a book on garden design, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!, which was published by David R. Godine, and have written many articles for numerous publications including a weekly column on habitat gardening. Here is a link to my blog and to my book, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden.
If you would like to follow or subscribe to my blog, click the Follow button in the lower right hand corner. Thank you so much if you do! http://www.kimsmithdesigns.com.
Baltimore Orioles arrive when the pears and crabapples come into bloom in our garden. Great idea for an Oriole feeder from friend Robin!
Castaways Vintage Cafe
Piping Plover Chronicles –
Piping Plover Smackdowns
How can you help raise the next generation of PiPls? It’s a great deal to ask of people during coronavirus to care for, and write letters about, tiny little shorebirds, but people do care. For over forty years, partners have been working to protect these threatened creatures and it is a shame to put them at risk like this needlessly. We have been working with Ward One City Councilor Scott Memhard and he has been beyond terrific in helping us sort through the problems this year; however, I think if we wrote emails or letters to all our City Councilors and asked them to help us get signs installed it would be super helpful. Please keep letters kind and friendly, or just simply copy paste the following:
Subject Line: Piping Plovers Need Our Help
Dear City Councilors,
Gloucester Plovers need our help. Please ask the Conservation Commission to install the threatened species signs at the symbolically cordoned off nesting areas and at the entrances at Good Harbor Beach.
Thank you for helping these birds raise their next generation.
Link to all the City Councilors, but I believe that if you send one letter and also cc to Joanne Senos, a copy will be sent to all the City Councilors. Her address is: JSenos@gloucester-ma.gov
This is what snow in May looks like!
Happy Mom’s Day! Sending love to all our beautiful and hard working Mums, Aunts, Friends, Grandmothers, Great Grannies, Great Aunties, and all our loved ones ❤
Piping Plover Chronicles – new series – currently following three different PiPl families at three different locations. This is great for comparing and contrasting. Our PiPls are behind, by several weeks. Not because they arrived any later, but because of dog and human disturbance in the nesting area, which is due to a lack of signage. We are working to correct this oversight.
A behavior shared by all Plovers is called “foot-trembling.” Also called “foot-tapping” and “foot-pattering,” the vibration caused by the PiPl shaking its foot brings worms and other prey closer to the surface of the sand.
Please send in your wildlife stories, restaurants and businesses you think we ought to know more about and help support, fun recipes, and anything else you would like to share about.
Thank you for watching! Happy Mom’s Day ❤
Castaways Vintage Cafe has a lovely selection of succulents potted up in sweet pots with bits of shell tied in. They sold out their first batch, but will have a brand new selection ready to purchase Saturday morning.
Good News Cape Ann! – Episode #5
Sounds of Cape Ann, fog horn, songbirds, boats
Red-winged Blackbird singing across the marsh and calling to his mate in the reeds below.
Musing over name of show- Good News Cape Ann, Finding Hope, my friend Loren suggested Beauty of Cape Ann, and husband Tom suggests Coastal Currents – what do you think?
Cedar Waxwings, Hummingbird, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Baltimore Orioles, and Palm Warbler
Mini tutorial on how to plant a hummingbird garden
TWO MONARCH CONTORVERSIES! Is it okay to raise Monarchs at home? What is the problem with Butterfly Bushes?
Beautiful Piping Plover courtship footage – Piping Plovers in the field, what are they doing right now?
Charlotte stops by.
Take care and be well ❤
Alex’s Scallop Ceviche Recipe
1 lb. sea scallops completely submerged in fresh lime juice
Dice 1/2 large white onion. Soak in a bowl with ice water to the reduce bitterness.
Dice 1 garden fresh tomato, 1 jalapeño, and cilantro to taste
Strain the onions.
Strain scallops but leave 1/4 of the lime juice.
Gently fold all ingredients. Add cubed avocado just prior to serving.
Castaways Vintage Cafe offers a fabulous selection of fresh fruit, veggies, acacia bowls, coffee, smoothies, and much more. You name your healthy start- to-the-day and Castaways has it!
Castaways Vintage Cafe is located at 65 Rogers Street, Gloucester. They are open from 8am to 2pm and are offering curbside contactless pick up of acai bowls, lattes, coffee, smoothies and juices.
In addition Castaways is offering delivery or pickup of assorted fresh veggie bags and fruit bags. Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays and must be ordered the day before. Order through FB or call the cafe 978-559-7984 to order. These are an offering to provide for our community while hopefully keeping people out of the grocery stores.
Castaways will soon be opening their complete line of one-of-a-kind vintage clothing online. In the meantime you can peruse their selections of vintage shirts and sayings here: SHOP
Good News Cape Ann!
Topics Episode #4
Thank you Friends for watching! Links to topics provided below
Timelapse sunrise over Salt Island (see end of video)
Ospreys catch a Skate!
Coronavirus – Sending much love and prayers to my family of friends who are suffering so greatly.
Chocolate-dipped almond biscotti recipe
Please write if there is a Good News topic you would like to share. I am thinking about changing the name of the show to Finding Hope, what do you think about that?
My friend and neighbor Melissa Tarr, you may know her from her lovely Main Street shop Design of Mine (or from her daughter Bianca’s cafe, Castaways Vintage), shared this amazingly simple naan bread recipe. She makes it often and serves with warm hummus. I am planning to make it this week with a curry dinner. So excited to try this. Thank you Melissa!!
For the dough
- 250g/9oz plain flour
- 2 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 120ml/4fl oz milk
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
For the topping
- nigella seeds, poppy seeds or sesame seeds, or chopped garlic and fresh coriander
- 1 tbsp butter, melted, to serve
Good News Topics include Castaways Big Red Heart, Massachusetts DCR Protecting Piping Plovers, and Snowy Owl final episode.
Although Jeff’s gallery is temporarily not open due to coronavirus, you can contact him via his website: Jeff Weaver Gallery
About Jeff Weaver
Jeff Weaver was born in 1953 in Framingham, Massachusetts. He began drawing and painting at an early age, accepting portrait commissions by age fourteen. In his high school years, he won awards in drawing & sculpture in the Boston Globe state-wide art competitions. During this time his teacher was Eleanor Marvin, accomplished sculptor and graphic artist, who nourished his draftsmanship skills. After graduating from high school, he entered the Boston Museum School. In 1972 he took up residence in Gloucester, sketching and painting the waterfront on an almost daily basis.
In his early years in the city, he supported himself at various waterfront jobs, as well as from commissions for boat portraits from fishing vessel captains, and for murals in commercial establishments and private homes. This eventually led to many years of commercial work, including over 30 murals painted in different parts of the city.
Returning to fine art pursuits in the 1990s, Jeff again focused on depicting Gloucester and its environs in various media. He currently operates a studio/gallery at 16 Rogers Street on the Gloucester waterfront.
Love this message painted by Bianca Giacalone. You can see the Big Red Heart at her Castaways breakfast and coffee shop. Thank you Bianca!
This would be a great spot to take a family photo at while out getting some fresh air and practicing physical distancing ❤
Castaways Vintage Cafe is located at 65 Rogers Street, Gloucester. They are open from 8am to 2pm and are offering curbside contactless pick up of acai bowls, lattes, coffee, smoothies and juices. In addition Castaways is offering delivery or pickup of assorted fresh veggie bags and fruit bags. Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays and must be ordered the day before. Order through FB or call the cafe 978-559-7984 to order. These are an offering to provide for our community while hopefully keeping people out of the grocery stores.