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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Gloucester: A working Seaport

I grew up in Natick, MA, but it has been some time since I spent much time in MA. Wanting to get a way for a few days and having a new digital camera I decided to go someplace picturesque.
Seeing Steve B's ( and others lead me to Cape Ann or the other Cape as they say in MA.

I had two gorgeous days! The sun was out and it was on the warmish side with blue skies and a few mid-day white clouds.

My first sight of the ocean was in Magnolia (above). The view was breath taking; the water was so blue and the sandstone colored rocks made a beautiful contrast.
Then I rode into Gloucester. I had been here as a teenager but that was eons ago. I walked along the water front and watched lots of seagulls and a few boats but the harbor wasn't very active when I was there.

I went back to the harbor in the evening. I saw this seal lazing on a rock and also took the picture I posted yesterday. I walked along the beach and picked up some ocean washed glass and watched more seagulls and ducks.
Lastly, I always love seeing this old paint manufacturing building in the pictures I see of Gloucester. It was the subject of several of my pictures but this one at sundown was my favorite.

Tomorrow its back to school, but these pictures and memories will keep me going until June.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Out and about

Well, my back is healing and it is school vacation! Yes, teachers enjoy every break also, perhaps more than the kids. If they only knew.

I'm on one of my meanders, as I call them. I won't quite make it to Maine, but I have been enjoying some gorgeous weather in MA and NH. It's been raining since I left in NY. I'm taking pictures with my new camera. I've gone digital, finally!! I have to say there is satisfaction being able to know whether you got the shot you wanted immediately. It just might be addicting. I have thought about this for a long time. So I spent a day and a half on Cape Ann, MA. Ate some great clam chowder and fried clams, walked a few beaches and took a lot of pictures, to follow later.

I'm now in N H engaging in my second hobby, genealogy. Spent the day at the archives in Concord, but apparently my relatives didn't let anyone know they were born, married or deceased. I found a few listed but not as many as I expected. I also dropped by the house my gg grandfather owned in manchester. It is now owned by the state. Had a great talk with the head guy there. He is very interested in all the history.