Horse riding falconer hunts ducks and rabbits

Falconer with horse birds wine assistants
Jonathan Shaw hunts with hawks and falcons from horseback at his 467 acre farm in Queenstown on the eastern shore of Maryland. At the World Horse Expo 2019 at the Farm Complex in Harrisburg, he had two prey birds, his horse and two assistants. His avian hunter is Geronimo, a gyrfalcon, which will hunt ducks and pigeons. His Harris Hawk goes for rabbits, squirrels and, he adds tongue in cheek, “small children.” Historically, Shaw says, falconers would ride horses because they could catch up with the falcon which otherwise would eat the falconer's dinner! The tradition didn't die out until the invention of the gun, the first of which was named after a sparrow hawk, a "musket." Shaw goes on to tell about all the now common expressions that come from falconry like "hoodwink", "under my thumb" and "wrapped around her little finger." Shaw's ideal horse is a pasofino because of its even gait. It won't jostle the falcon up and down when it's sitting on the falconer's glove before release. Prior, he had hunted with American Paint horses but when he was trotting around the farm his "hawk would think I was shaking a cocktail." Watch video interview of falconer describing how he hunts ducks and rabbits with his hawks and falcons while riding horseback."


Now for sale: luxury home next to Chestnut Hill Library

Bradley new luxury germantown ave home
Berkshire Hathaway realtor Tyler Bradley points to the newly laid marble floor of 2 E Chestnut Hill Ave Unit #3 during an open house in this picture. The nearly completed 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 4500 square foot house next to the Chestnut Hill Library is listed at $2,495,000. Bradley led the way through the house pointing out its prime location and elaborating on its luxurious amenities.
 
The exterior is local schist stone and hardy plank siding which will be painted a shade of gray selected by the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, Bradley says
 
Off to the left as you walk in the front door is a large light filled corner kitchen with a large black island and black oven hood with contrasting white shaker cabinets.
 
In the center is a large flexible space which could be used as a dining room. Through an archway to the right is a spacious living room with a coffered ceiling, fireplace and large windows offering views of Germantown Avenue and the Chestnut Hill Library.
 
As new construction, the house qualifies for Philadelphia’s generous, and controversial, 10 year tax abatement, the subject of current reform efforts by some City Council members . Bradley estimates the yearly taxes at $2000 (By comparison, a Chestnut Hill home currently listed at $800,000 less comes with over a $17,000 yearly tax bill)
 
Upstairs are a guest suite, 2 bedrooms, a laundry room, and a luxurious, expansive master bedroom. The marbled bathroom has a walk-in shower and a soaking tub. There is a linen closet and a large walk-in closet. At the south end is a sitting room which is plumbed to potentially accommodate a wet bar or eating area. This opens out onto an L shaped balcony.
 
The finished basement has a laundry room, large bathroom and could accommodate a fifth bedroom, au pair suite or in-law suite. There is additional space which could serve as a media room, playroom, or office. A doorway at the south end leads to a two-car garage. The relatively steep curved driveway is graded. And it is heated to allow snow or ice free access.
 
When asked about some neighbors' perception that the structure is disproportionately large in relation to the lot size, Bradley acknowledged that perception but expressed the view that as with any new construction, once it is painted and landscaped, it will appear to have been there for decades.
 
Who might want to live here? Families who raise their children in Chestnut Hill, Bradley says. And he reports an influx of empty nesters from the suburbs who want to be close to “Main [street] and train."
The future inhabitants will have an easy walk down the avenue to cafes, restaurants, markets and gyms or to either of two Septa stations for a 30 minute commute downtown. "One of the biggest trends in real estate now is walkability.”
 
 
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Fish fresh from Jersey's Atlantic Ocean trucked to farmers market in Chestnut Hill

Fresh jersey fish
A New Jersey van packed with fresh Atlantic seafood did a brisk business its first time out at the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market last Saturday. They plan to come every other week, alternating with the market they do in Bryn Mawr. Justin Hetrick introduced eager new customers and your correspondent to the fresh fish operation. "We are called Local130 Seafood [A large patriotic painting on the side of the van shouts it out] We are out of Asbury Park, New Jersey. The "130" stands for the amount of New Jersey coast line. All the fish that you see here today, with the exception of halibut which comes from New England, is coming right off the coast daily. Sea scallops out of Point Pleasant. You know Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island? We are Asbury Park, only 20 minutes from Point Pleasant and we can go the day they come in off the boat and get everything fresh that day. There’s a fleet of commercial boats that run out of there. Arguably, I think it’s the third largest port in New Jersey next to Barnegat Light and Cape May. They go out in all kinds of weather to catch us the fish that we need. We are pretty lucky and blessed to have that. Nothing here is ever frozen. Nothing that we sell in the shop is frozen. We pack it fresh and we put it on ice so it keeps the temperature nice and cold without ever actually freezing it. So it’s still soft to the touch. Here are some of the information cards that I didn’t put out yet - we have skate wings, the black sea bass, sea scallops, weakfish, fluke, A lot of people know it as flounder but we like to call it fluke. The only thing I don’t have a card for today is cod.” Watch video interview of fishmonger
at Chestnut Hill farmers market in Philadelphia of fish caught fresh from Atlantic Ocean here.