Sunday, January 15, 2017

Winter Beach Riding

The joy of splashing in the ocean and a good roll in the sand is universal.

Oatmeal Porridge

I brought in basket after basket of firewood, till the corner of the room resembled a woodshed. Then I folded up the bedclothes, threw my... blanket over the couch, lighted the oil stove, and prepared breakfast. An apple, oatmeal porridge, toast made at the fireplace, a boiled egg, and coffee. 
- Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928 <>

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Guest Post, Reposted: Life, Measured Out In Labradors: An Essay by Michael Rowe

This is what it is to live with and love dogs.  "Life, Measured Out In Labradors"  is slated to appear in his third essay collection.

We brought him home to live with us on a flawless late-summer afternoon in 2000 when the goldenrod and Queen Anne’s lace were in the fields and the leaves of the old-growth elm and maple trees bordering the rural highway north from the city were a rushing torrent of green through the open windows of the car.
We’d named him Harper three weeks earlier, on the day we first drove from Toronto to the country hamlet of Dunchurch, Ontario, and Corhampton Kennels, where he’d been born. All his life we would be asked if he’d been named after Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird. He wasn’t. His name had simply suggested itself that day. It had arrived fully-formed when we first held him, when he first chose us, staring solemnly into our faces with the most beautiful eyes I’d ever seen on any creature: gentle, intelligent eyes, irises the colour of warm, sweet coffee.
And his name was Harper—once spoken aloud, it was obvious and natural and settled.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Baracuta G9


Henri Lloyd

Pink Tulips Seersucker Clutch - Made in Connecticut

Fabric Clutch with Interchangeable Closures Made in Connecticut
PinkTulips is offering a January $100.00 off special on their POPPY Clutch A La Carte.  This Grey and Ivory seersucker clutch has an interchangeable magnetic snap closure that allows for a range of color closure choices.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Platter

20 Inch Platter - Made in England

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

J. Press, New Haven, Looking Back

All photographs are original and from the archives.

Shown are a few photos of New Haven's J. Press, from their original York Street store, to their temporary locations (and Tony making a suit) to a 1961 brochure, found in the attic a few years back and scanned in.


Original Photographs from Archives

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: Baby, Ph.D. Gifts

 Swans Island Company <Link>, Northport, Maine 
Reader Question for the Community:
In the near future, I have to give two gifts. 
One is a baby gift for my sister who is pregnant. I was considering a Steiff bear, which seems utterly useless, but would become an heirloom. ‎What is a lovely gift for a sex-to-be-determined child that isn't saccharine/tacky? 
The other is for a friend's birthday. He's a recent PhD recipient and I'd like to give him a nice pen. Is a Mont Blanc too ostentatious ? What alternatives could you recommend?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Out and About

Netflix's The Crown

People who enjoyed Peter Morgan's The Queen <> may enjoy the award winning prequel series, The Crown, including the outstanding performances by Claire Foy and John Lithgow.  And as an aside, for those who consume media in smaller chunks, it speaks very well for Netflix how easy it is to (temporarily) cancel the service, compared to, say, The New York Times.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Reader Questions For the Community: Where Will You Get Your Khakis in 2017?

All photographs are original and from the archives.
This will be a refresh and update of the core khaki entry.  Any suggestions for Womens khakis as well will be added.

Reader Questions For the Community

  • With the uncertain status of both Bills Khakis and Jack Donnelly, does anyone know where to get similar khaki pants, preferably Made in America?   
  • I have been following your blog for a bit, I was born in East Providence, Rhode Island and find your posts very enjoyable.  On behalf of my partner; she is quite small, around a 25-26 inch waist.  It seems that finding flat-front, straight cut khakis without a silly low-rise cut for someone of her size is an endeavor more trying than one might think....Can you point us in the direction of some sturdy chinos that might fit?  We aren't fancy nor impecunious, so something reasonably priced and sturdy enough to throw in the wash.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  • I have been searching for some women's cotton chino pants, with or without a bit of stretch, not too low a rise, and no longer know where to look.   It was always L.L. Bean and Lands End but they keep changing their styles.  And I don't want the wrinkle resistant ones either.  I am at a loss.

Whole Wheat, Blueberry, and Banana Muffin Recipe

Whole Wheat, Blueberry, and Banana Muffin Recipe

Friday, January 6, 2017

Goat Greeting

Wiscasset, Maine

New England Weathervanes

Wiscasset, Maine
It can be hard to describe a certain style of dryness. With humor, "Yankee" or "Down East" almost covers it; someone makes a remark in absolute deadpan that breaks up the room, and then - and only then - does that person let slip a slight smile.

The architectural equivalent of this low-key approach may be the weathervane. Houses can blend into the street or town green, letting the entire scene shine and not drawing undue attention, but look up a few degrees to the weathervane and the passion, the wit, and the individuality of the owners shine through.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Sero Fun Shirt. Made in Branford, Connecticut.

Now Is The Time To Sign Up For Farm-Share/Community Supported Agriculture Programs

Many farm-shares and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs are now taking members for 2017. Some sources for New England CSAs:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


The overnight ratings for the town will probably show a higher share for the sunset tonight than any of the network or streaming alternatives.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Which Barbour Should I Get?

Barbour Waxed Jackets, All Size 36 - All Made in England 

Question from an earlier post <>:  

Which coat would you recommend Muffy? I'm a woman but I'd like a traditional "country fit", not a "fashion fit". Will be used for walking - in the country... Hate to have to say that feel I have to clarify that it's for function not fashion.

The Bedale, Beaufort or Border (all unisex) qualify for the "country fit".

Trying them on is always best if you can, and think about what you might be wearing underneath them.
  • While if a Beaufort in a 36 fits perfectly over just a shirt, a 38 or 40 may be better over a thicker sweater or jumper.  I have Beauforts in four different sizes, 36, 38, 40 and a 42.  All get worn but just in different circumstances.  
  • Be aware that the garment chest measurements differ slightly.  At size 36, the Beaufort has a tighter chest measurement of 43.5", while Bedale and Border of 45".
The shorter Bedale is more forgiving around the hips, not only because of the cut but because of the snap studded gusseted side vents (made to go over the back of a saddle), which can be left unsnapped, a helpful quality in a unisex item.  The Bedale also has the knit cuffs at the wrist, great for staying warm, but not as great if you are wearing a sweater or jumper with thick cuffs.

 The Beaufort is a longer but more narrowly cut jacket designed for shooting, The Beaufort has the zippered poacher's pocket in the back and with the extra length, offers a bit more coverage, and has open cuffs, with nylon inner cuffs.

The Border provides the most protection, but is also the heaviest as it has more material.  It shares the open cuff feature of the Beaufort, but its two removable game pockets are on the inside.

Scratchy Photos of the Late 70's and 80's (i.e. plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose)

An old shoe box contained an amusing sartorial look back at the late 70's and 80's (and a few from the earliest of the 90's) through old, and often very bad, photographs taken along Salt Water New England.

Monday, January 2, 2017

National Horse Show, Madison Square Garden

Original Photograph from Archives

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