Sunday, August 28, 2016

Harris Tweed Buckled Cape from Ireland's Blarney Woollen Mills

Made of Harris Tweed - Handwoven in Scotland's outer Hebrides from Scottish grown wool.
Ireland's Blarney Woollen Mills offers this lovely, and most comfortable cape, made from grape hued Harris Tweed.   It is fully lined, has side buckles, generous pockets, and an easy hidden snap front closure.  The tweed is, of course, outstanding.
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Roger Tory Peterson (August 28, 1908 – July 28, 1996)

All Original Photographs from Archives.

Roger Tory Peterson

He was probably the best-known ornithologist of the 20th century and, as the writer and critic William Zinsser once observed, "A Field Guide to the Birds," was "the single most revolutionary development in American birding." 
- New York Times Obituary: <>

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Single Image: Kokadjo, Maine, 1972

 Sign erected by Maine Forestry Services in the 1930s; Original Photograph from Archives

Single Image: Spode Gloucester Blue

Single Image: Tenant's Harbor, Maine

Single Image: Ivy Protests

Original Photograph from Archives

Friday, August 26, 2016

Regatta Snippet III

Two Churches and a Great Tree

“A great tree changes the look of the landscape, of course, and not only from a distance; it shapes space in the third dimension, too. An old sugar maple... sponsors a distinct kind of light and air around itself. Its shade is dense, but always sweet, I think, and never oppressive. The space that a maple articulates seems particularly hospitable to people—it's an intimate, almost domestic space... No matter how large it grows, a maple never drops its tie to the human scale; a few of its boughs invariably reach down to us so that we may climb up into them, if only in our imagination...” 
- Michael Pollan, Second Nature

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Aureoboletus Mirabilis

This bolete is commonly known as the the velvet top.
Mushrooms are the great decomposers and recyclers of the world, and they can be categorized in terms of their survival strategies. Note, again, that they're not plants. They don't photosynthesize. Instead, they get their nutrients in one of three ways. Some are parasites, like the lobster mushroom, feeding off other living things, even animals. Others are saprobes, recycling dead organic material (wood, dung, humus) into soil. The rest are said to be mycorrhizal, which means they partner with plants in a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients.
- Langdon Cook, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America <>
Good Neighbors Bring Good Mushrooms

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Single Image: Maine Coast Dock Pumps, Early 1970's

Original Photograph from Archives

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sheepskin Fleeces from Ireland

This brown and white fleece is from the four-horned Jacob sheep, a rare breed. 
If one is looking for cushioning and support for a desk or rocking chair, and has decided on the centuries-old seating solution of sheepskin, then exceptional options can be found at the McCaffrey Irish Store.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The New England Agricultural Fair

Original Photographs from Archives

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Three Vanity Fair "Spy" Lithographs

"popular Astronomy" - 1900

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Langdon Cook's The Mushroom Hunters

Unlike a trifolau of Italy—a professional truffle hunter who is revered, and well compensated, for his centuries-old craft and is likely to be accompanied by a dog with equally honed skills—the American commercial truffle hunter is not held to the highest of standards, and this mediocrity is shared right up the line. I've sat down to dinner at one of the nicest restaurants on the West Coast and watched the owner go table to table showing off a Périgord truffle the size of a tennis ball. The girth was impressive yet it possessed no magic—it was completely tasteless, probably because it had been dug up too early. That's a crime, Jeremy Faber would say. He has little tolerance for the lack of sophistication in the American truffle market. The pickers rake the truffles too soon; the merchants buy the unripe truffles anyway, out of ignorance; and trusting customers allow themselves to be fooled because they've never actually tasted a good truffle and don't know any better. The result is a collective shrug.  
- Langdon Cook, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America <>
Langdon Cook

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Portrait - Photographer Edward Steichen

Original Photograph from Archives

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Odd Tomato

Some houses prefer the odd tomato.

Regatta Snippets II

Monday, August 15, 2016

Single Image: The Honeycomb Stitch Sweater from Aran Sweater Market - Made in Ireland

From the Back In Moss Green
The Honeycomb Stitch Sweater is made in Ireland of thick, 100% pure Merino Wool.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Regatta Snippets

New Haven Politics, Henry H. Townshend Jr., Early 1960's

Original Photographs from Archives
 Henry H. Townshend Jr. was a lover of history, English setters and fly-fishing...  [T]he Townshends were patrician in the most positive sense. "They were the most open, welcoming, down-to-earth people ... that you could imagine, plus they shared the gifts that they had of incredible intelligence, for one thing, but also wealth with the community that they shared." 
- Ed Stannard, New Haven Register <>

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Village Architecture

“It is true that walking through a... village in the late afternoon is very different from striking out into the woods, but it is also true that the observations and encounters of village walking are just as pleasurable as those of a more sylvan nature. I like to watch the passage of light into shadow on the individual houses toward evening, and the movements of friends up and down the street... 
The ebb and flow of village life at any given moment is just as fascinating as most phenomena of the ... wood and meadows.”  
- Reeve Lindbergh, The View from the Kingdom

Friday, August 12, 2016

For the Glorious Twelfth

Grouse Shooting, 1952 - Original Photograph from Archives