CELEBRATING DIA DE MUERTOS AND HALLOWEEN

Charlotte had a super fun Halloween last night with our wonderful neighborhood friends–it couldn’t have been more perfect! So many thanks to East Gloucester super Moms Mandy, Gillian, Michelle, Colleen, Nicole, and Dawn for including Charlotte, for all that you do, and especially for your fantastic kids!

I had to dismantle our ofrenda before taking photos, the wind gusts were so strong several offerings broke. I am putting it back this afternoon, after the wind dies down. Día de Muertos continues through November 2nd and will post photos tomorrow.

Esme Sarrouf’s fabulous gum ball machine costume that she made herself!!!

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Flying with Pilar! Happy Halloween 🎃

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Out little Monarch ❤️👻🎃

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BANTRY BAY’S DAN MURPHY AND ROB PORTER LAND A WICKED BIG TUNA!

Nicole, Michelle, George, Charlotte, and I had an exciting morning watching Dan Murphy and Rob Porter arriving to shore with a beautiful 96″ Bluefin Tuna. The tuna meat was given a thumbs up!

ARE WE GOING TO HAVE A SUPER SNOWY WINTER??

Emma, Ben, and Lily – note that the snow is nearly as high as is the Duckworth’s sign – Snowmageddon 2015

On Sunday’s podcast we asked our guest, Chris Spittle, the Cape Ann weatherman to predict whether 2018-2019 would be a snowy winter, or not. Judging by the snowstorms of the past that have brought the greatest amounts of snowfall, it is likely that we may very well have a snowy winter and here’s why Chris suggests yes.

Historically, the greatest amounts of snowfall occur when North America’s trade winds are transitioning (Neutral state) from La Niña to El Niño. During the transition, and at the beginning (weakest) state of the transition to El Niño we are most likely to experience the greatest amounts of snowfall. Currently, La Niña (east to west trade winds) is oscillating to El Niño (west to east).

Chris shared the graphic below classifying the ten worst snowstorms of the past two centuries.

 

On the plus side, El Niño summers are generally warmer 🙂

NOAA website: What are El Niño and La Niña?

El Niño and La Niña are opposite phases of a natural climate pattern across the tropical Pacific Ocean that swings back and forth every 3-7 years on average. Together, they are called ENSO (pronounced “en-so”), which is short for El Niño-Southern Oscillation.

The ENSO pattern in the tropical Pacific can be in one of three states: El Niño, Neutral, or La Niña. El Niño (the warm phase) and La Niña (the cool phase) lead to significant differences from the average ocean temperatures, winds, surface pressure, and rainfall across parts of the tropical Pacific. Neutral indicates that conditions are near their long-term average.

 

Our front dooryard, in 2015, between blizzards.

Pirate’s Lane East Gloucester 2015

Plum Street 2015

We even had visit from a Snow Goose during the winter of 2015! He mixed with a flock of Canada Geese, staying for about a week, foraging on sea grass at Good Harbor Beach. 


Eastern Point Lighthouse Snowy Day

“MOM, I’M TURNING INTO A BUTTERFLY!”

Nicole Duckworth shares a moment from her wonderfully fun household–never a dull moment with four kids– two teenagers and two toddlers!

Her son Jude this morning, “Mom, I’m turning into a butterfly.”  

Jude this summer when he and his brother George stopped by to visit and see the caterpillars and butterflies from our garden.

INJURED COYOTE EAST GLOUCESTER

Saturday morning at 8:30 am, an injured Eastern Coyote was spotted In East Gloucester. The coyote was not bearing weight on its right back leg. He trotted gimpily up Plum Street, before heading down a driveway halfway up the street.

Note in all the photos the Coyote is holding up his right side back paw.

Sick and injured coyotes can be unpredictable although, this one appeared nonchalant. I at first thought it was a large dog and was headed towards him to possibly help him find his way home. Despite its inability to put weight on its paw, his coat looks healthy and and he was almost jaunty, leg injury and all.

“BEAUTY AND PEACE” ~ A POEM TO TREASURE, ABOUT GLOUCESTER, written by PILAR DAVIS

Our friend and neighbor Pilar Davis, who is a creative writing middle school student, wrote the following poem for a “Where I Live” assignment. Many thanks to Pilar for sharing her beautiful, beautiful poem

I am from strings of lights

From incense and craft materials

I am from warm colors

From Ikea furniture and flower boxes

I am from hugs and kisses

I am from Thanksgivings together,

From cinnamon buns on Christmas morning

 

From salty hair and sandy feet

From sailboats and sunsets

I am from the treehouse in the huge maple tree

From wood and splinters

From bare feet and scrapes

From the ocean

 

From friends who are siblings

From a neighborhood of friends and family who love and trust

From camping in the summer and sledding in the winter

I am from Lemonade stands and quarry mornings

From running from house to house

From ”play ‘till you can’t anymore”

 

I am from please and thank you

From cozy rainy days with popcorn and hot chocolate

I am from “Lisa’s chocolate chip cookies” and “Grandma Davis pasta salad”

From boats and adventure

 

I am from art

I am from happiness and laughter

From singing my heart out and passion

From the big swing in the backyard

From fires in the fire pit

 

I am from beautiful and peaceful East Gloucester

The photo of Pilar was taken several years ago. She’s more grown up now, but remains the same beautiful person, inside and out.

VOTING TO COINCIDE WITH NICOLE DUCKWORTH’S FABULOUSLY DELICIOUS TREATS :)

BECAUSE EVERY LITTLE BEE NEEDS A PAIR OF COWGIRL BOOTS

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Trick or treat 😍

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Love these ladies ❣️❣️❣️

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Mr. Bones in love❣️

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All Hallows Eve from Plum Street 🕷🎃☠️🍁👀

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Happy Halloween from East Gloucester!

Niles Beach and Gate Lodge, Gloucester Massachusetts then and now

circa 1900 vs 2018

gate lodge and niles beach ca.1890

Moving ivy –

ivy clad Gate Lodge built 1888, photograph ca.1900  Vs. ivy clad stone marker and grounds today

approaching Niles Beach former Gate Lodge on right ©c ryan_20180630_072943.jpg

 

niles beach ca 1890

glacial rock boulders and coast line Niles Beach Gloucester MA ©c ryan _20180630_120331

 

 

 

Searching for Artist! Byron Brooks? Part 2

Searching for artist! Byron Brooks? query from Kate Foley posted November 2016 on Good Morning Gloucester generated comments about the artist and his work. I was inspired to piece together some of my primary research and the comments into an informal online catalogue. It’s very much a loose work in progress! Hope it helps people searching for information about the artist, and compels collectors to share additional images of his art.  Just this week (6/27/18) another GMG reader commented that they acquired a Brooks painting in Tucson, AZ.

Byron Brooks online catalogue

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Byron Brooks_ WWII veteran, Coast Guard_ Artist_Gloucester resident_ born in Manchester_grave Pleasant Grove Cemetery Manchester MA_20180628_072316 ©C Ryan (3)
Byron Brooks gravesite, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester, Mass.

Byron Brooks is not listed in any artist biographical compilations. The index card sketch below mimics the format as IF he were listed in Who Was Who in American Art:

BROOKS, Byron [Painter] b. 1906, Manchester, Mass | d. 1978, Gloucester, MA.
Addresses: 12 Stage Fort Park Avenue and 2 Davis St in Gloucester, MA (Willet Street during the war)

Studied: not known

Member:
Manchester Art Association

Exhibited: 1961, Tenth Annual Cape Ann Festival of the Arts, Visual Arts Exhibition, Section VIII, Balcony Show. Painting, “Rock Clipper Ship”. Emily Anderson chairman (curator) 1957, Sixth Annual Cape Ann Festival of the Arts, “Cottage by the Sea”, Group SP (Sunday Painters section), curated by Emily Anderson
*Brooks ran a gallery from his home

Work: collection of Addison Gilbert Hospital
Employment: Driver-Delivery; employed by City of Gloucester Highway Dept

Veteran:  WWII veteran, served in the Coast Guard

CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE COYOTE KIND -BY KIM SMITH

East Gloucester Friends,

Please be on alert for a pair of very bold coyotes in the neighborhood. Over the weekend I was standing with a group of photographer friends and we were noticing the coyotes along the edge of a field. The coyotes ducked behind the shrubby growth and soon after, my friends left. I became distracted and forgot about the coyotes while photographing a chatty little Downy Woodpecker. Without warning, the coyotes were suddenly quite near, within twenty feet. I yelled and clapped loudly, which did not in the least intimidate one of the pair. The smaller trotted a few steps back toward the woodland edge while the larger one started to dig in the ground, similar to a bull marking his territory. It was more than a little eerie, and while yelling I began to walk backwards off the field.

When a gentleman came to the field to walk his dog, the coyotes headed back towards the shrubs. Reappearing a few minutes later, they had circled around in the shrubs and began to stalk the leashed dog. I walked towards the man to give the coyotes the idea that we were a group and they didn’t come any closer after that. This post is not meant to alarm anyone, but to let you know that we have some very hungry coyotes in our midst; I had the oddest sensation that they had an expectation of dinner. I sure do hope no one is feeding them.

The bolder coyote is on the left in the above photo. You can see in the middle photo in the first row that the bolder one’s coat is darker (also on the left).

PEACE

The internationally recognized “peace sign” was designed by Gerald Holtom as the logo for a group at the forefront of the peace movement in the United Kingdom known as the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. The peace sign was adopted by counterculture and antiwar activists around the globe. Davis Street, East Gloucester

Boston Globe on T.S. Eliot family home in Gloucester MA at last a writers retreat

“…UK-based T.S. Eliot Foundation purchased the home for $1.3 million, announcing its plan to transform the residence into a writers retreat. Two years of planning and construction later, the foundation has made good on its promise, quietly welcoming its first cohort of poets, writers, and editors this summer…”

Link to Malcolm Gay article

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2017/08/24/gloucester-eliot-finally-comes-home/9sSycB8jYOMKCRtGxm1QzO/story.html

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Gloucester art and breakfast | Zeke’s Place

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On the walls at Zeke’s place, summer 2017:

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Nancy Alimansky from Newton and Phyllis Paster from Wellesley are showing drawings in the main room. Both watercolor artists have painted Cape Ann scenes, many from Gloucester and Rockport.

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Nancy Alimansky #1

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Phyllis Paster #2

David Kielier resides and works in Gloucester.

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The first business to respond to the Mayor’s arts hotline was Zeke’s Place.

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GLORIOUS GLOUCESTER MORNING

All is well with Plover Families, on both the West and East sides of Gloucester!

SONGBIRDS FROM DAN ALLEN’S BEAUTIFUL GARDEN

Friend and East Gloucester resident Dan Allen sent along these wonderful snapshots of recent visits by songbirds in his beautiful garden. Dan’s garden is abundant with wildflowers, food, and welcome shelter for birds, bees and butterflies. Thank you Dan!Nothing common about this gorgeous little warbler, a male Common Yellowthroat. Yellowthroats migrate north from winter homes in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Yesterday I posted photos of a male Eastern Towhee. Dan’s photo is of the female! Wherever the male’s feathers are black, the female’s are milk chocolate brown.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is another nesting migrant to Cape Ann. They eat fruit, seeds, nuts, insects, and especially Love sunflower seeds. Only the males have this striking feather pattern; the female’s feathers are shaded in quiet tones of gray, tan, and brown. During the winter months, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks live in the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

 

BREAKING: COYOTE ALERT

The coyote was trotting down Bass Ave in the direction of Good Harbor Beach. It paused briefly at the garden at the corner of Bass Ave and Brightside and then proceeded to jaunt up Brightside before ducking into a yard.