Monthly Archives: July 2015

East Gloucester Map, 1884 from Pat Dalpiaz

Joey–I am attaching a couple of pictures I thought you might find interesting.  Several years ago, I bought this map at Dogtown Books and had it framed.  My dad grew up on Haskell Street which is why I picked this map out of all he had to offer at the bookstore. 
These pictures are taken through the clear covering the framers used and therefore not as clear as they might be otherwise.  Still, I thought you and others at GMG might like to see a little piece of East Gloucester, 1884!  I think it’s pretty cool.

You can see others here.  This is Plate 5.

I follow GMG and appreciate all your efforts along with your hard working crew of volunteers!   Pat Dalpiaz

Gloucester Plat Map for Capt Joe 001Gloucester Plat Map for Capt Joe 003


Mute Swan male female çygnus olor ©Kim Smith 2015Side-by-side Comparison ~ Female Swan Back, Male Swan Front

Have you ever wondered whether you are looking at a male or female swan? I had often until I learned that the male’s black protuberance at the base of the bill swells during the breeding season. Very recently, I learned that the fleshy black knob has a name. So now rather than calling it a knob, nobble, thingamabob, or that black protuberance above the bill, I can say blackberry, and you can too. That really is an often used term in Europe, their native home. The blackberry is also unique to Mute Swans; no other species of swans has this feature.

Mute swan male female cygnet cygnus olor ©Kim Smith 2015I’ve posted this photo before however, it shows very well the different sizes of the male and female’s blackberries. Male, left; female, right.

Once in a Blue Moon….



“Once in a blue moon someone comes along that you’ll never forget.” ~ Unknown

How true this is! Tonight truly marks something special and it is; the Blue Moon!

“One of the most special aspects of this moon is that we won’t have another blue moon month until 2018. For many of us, we will be receiving our last bits of a long awaited wake-up call that actually began back in 2012, far before most of us were aware of the changes that were developing.” for citation click here

After having a stressful month my good friend Heather Ann Northcott posted an article on my facebook status and it made so much sense. I absolutely believe things happen for a reason and they do so when stars are aligned.

This is a great read. Enjoy!



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