Community Photos 2/11/15

Lisa Olson Submits-

Kiara didn’t realize she was as tall as the sign!

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Leslie Heffron submits-

Hi Joey – In case you’re interested in some calm after the storm shots, I’m sending these views of the Pigeon Cove, one of my favorite “go to” spots!

Leslie


2/10/15 Sunset From Anthony Marks

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Short Film: Snowy Day Robin and Starling Flock

If you are fortunate enough to have a flock of robins visiting your neighborhood, take a closer look and you may notice other species of birds mixed with the flock, most notably European Starlings. The starling’s winter plumage is shiny black, bespeckled with white dots and some iridescence to their feathers. During breeding season they gain an even greater degree of iridescence.

Native to Europe, the starling was introduced to the United States in the 1890s. They often join flocks with American Robins. Starlings eat many of the same fruits and berries (crabapples, sumac, holly, and winterberries) as do robins and they are very competitive. Starlings also compete with birds such as Eastern Bluebirds for nesting sites. In a recent mixed flock of robins and starlings I also noticed one gorgeous waxwing!

Several years back we posted this short video. I wish I still had the footage because I am a much better editor today however, at approximately 30 seconds, the starlings make their entrance.

Anne Malvaux inspired today’s post. This morning she very sweetly sent along photos of the flock of robins and starlings that were in her neighborhood on Rocky Neck. She writes,

“Hi Kim, thinking about you because I have at least 50 robin red breasts in my tree in front of my window. I hope all is well. – Anne Malvaux”

Thank you Anne!!!

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Original post from 2012: Round Robin Redbreast Snowy Day

Joey C #1 Valentine’s Day Gift For A Man Or Woman- UGG Ansley Slippers

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They are a luxury that may seem expensive only until you put them on.  From that point on you will understand completely.  You will be praised for years.  Thank you Cynthia Hill for the suggestion way back when I asked.  They are among my very favorite things along with my Restoration Hardware Robe.  No-brainer City.

Wicked Tuna Hard Merchandise

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WAKE UP CAPTAIN!

 The Wicked Tuna’s “Hard Merchandise”

I caught the Hard Merchandise from the TV Show Wicked Tuna unloading a few Bluefin Tuna at the State fish Pier this Summer. One of the Tv crew members said the shows they’re filming will air in February 2015. So you may get lucky and watch them film on the Gloucester waterfront. The Hard Merchandise has been fishing for years here in Gloucester way before the TV show. They dock at the wharf behind the Madfish Galleries on Rocky Neck. I’m sure all their Fans will enjoy these photo’s. Video’s coming soon.

PAUL

Does A Guy That Sends His Girlfriend A Teddy Gram For Valentine’s Day Deserve A Kick In The Nuts?

I was watching the infomercial this morning and thought to myself what a shitty gift.  Unless the girl is under the age of 16 I just can’t think of anything worse to clutter up someone’s joint.

You may have read  Terry Weber’s piece on great gifts for men,  this is like the exact opposite, and for women.  
Ladies,  in the comment section  leave your suggestions for good Valentine’s gifts for women and more importantly- some of the worst.  Leave out the obvious vacuum cleaner,  scale and ironing board.

LIVE STUCK! FEDEX TRUCK GETS STUCK IN GLOUCESTER – WINTER STORM 2015 – NEW ENGLAND

While I was trying to shoot a video on the best shovel, and shove techniques to use, the FEDEX truck got stuck on my street here in the Bayview area of Gloucester. After some attempts to dig them out, a very kind local named Forest comes up the other direction behind me. We came up with a plan, then I grabbed my cam.  BAAAM….#becausegloucester

Stay tuned for the shovel video!!

Valentine Cherry Meringue Lollipops

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Valentine Cherry Meringue Lollipops

A fun Valentine recipes  perfect for the lovely children in your life!  Click Read more for step-by Step details & photos ! Continue reading “Valentine Cherry Meringue Lollipops”

The @FarmBarGrille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tourney Is Back For 2015

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For More Info, Follow The Facebook Page Here

April 12, 2015

First Ten Teams To Put In Their Registrations and Entry Fee Get A 1st Round Bye.

All Participants Receive Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Hoodies

The Event Is A Benefit For Next Step- and Organization Who Helps Young Adults With Terminal Illness- http://www.nextstepnet.org/

Much thanks to Rick Doucette at Camp Spindrift For Hosting The Event

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Kim Smith and Craig Kimberley Videos From 2013-

2013 GMG/ FARM BAR AND GRILLE BIKINI SPEEDO DODGEBALL ACTION SHOTS FROM DAVID COX

2013 GMG/FARM BAR AND GRILLE BIKINI SPEEDO DODGEBALL PORTRAITS FROM DAVID COX

2013 GMG/FARM BAR AND GRILLE BIKINI SPEEDO DODGEBALL CROWD PHOTOS FROM DAVID COX

2013 GMG/ FARM BAR AND GRILLE BIKINI SPEEDO DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT TEAM PHOTOS FROM DAVID COX

For the Love of Chocolate

Maybe because Valentine’s Day is coming up….or maybe because we’ve had a gazillion feet of snow and it has been downright miserable out….either way, I’ve had chocolate on the brain.

Without getting all mushy or TMI on you, there’s something undeniably romantic (in my humble opinion) about chocolate.  Not like the average box of chocolates, but like a super yummy chocolate fondue spread, a chocolate martini, or some hot chocolate coffee liquor kind of dessert in a glass…or a crazy rich and decadent gourmet chocolate mousse.  That’s what I’m talking about.

And maybe a little bit of John Legend. Just saying. A girl can dream.

So, with that in mind, and while thinking about “Things to Do Over February Vacation” my mind traveled to hot cocoa.  Because honestly, insert my humble rude awakening,  hot cocoa with the kiddos is much more likely these days than any of the afore mentioned romantic types of chocolate indulgence.

So, on that note, I started to do some research as to where to find the best hot chocolate in Boston.  Why Boston, you ask?  Well, I also have a small love affair with getting over the bridge.  I LOVE living here on Cape Ann, but I also adore taking the boys into the city, flying by the seat of our pants, and making a day (or even better yet…a night) of it.

So, while looking around, I stumbled on a great little piece by Boston.com and figured “Why reinvent the wheel?”

Check this link out for some of the top spots to hunker down with a giant mug of chocolate!   

Some of the places look great for a day with the little ones….and some look like a perfect place to snuggle down for a while with a significant other for some quality time and warm fuzzies.  You choose.

One of the top spots listed is the Langham Hotel and its Cafe Fleuri.  Every Saturday from September to June they boast a Chocolate Buffet to shame all others.  It isn’t cheap…and reservations are a good idea…but what a fabulous alternative to tea with a little sweetheart….or a romantic date with a grown-up one.

Take your taste buds on a decadent trip across the globe with The Langham, Boston’s famous Chocolate Bar.
This season presents a new theme, the “World of Langham,” which pays homage to the upcoming 150th anniversary of The Langham, London. Featuring more than 100 chocolate dessert combinations, Executive Chef Mark Sapienza and Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Pike feature chocolate dishes from Langham Hotels across the globe, every Saturday in the hotel’s Café Fleuri restaurant.

Stations with varying levels of chocolate intensity and flavors – from white to dark and everything in between – feature a never ending supply of desserts from every continent along with local classics from the past 25 seasons including Boston crème pie, whoopie pies, brulées, bread puddings and more. Action stations feature crepes, chocolate fountains, chocolate lava cake and ice cream sundaes as a contemporary jazz band sets the tone for the afternoon.

If anyone else has great, and more local, suggestions as to where to mug up for a Winter Treat, please share and comment!  There’s still several weeks to go and we need to make the most of it!  We’re in this together, friends.