Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Music, 2017 Edition

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I'm having some friends over for Christmas dinner and I want some good background music but nothing too corny. Do you have any suggestions for some good tasteful, understated Holiday music?"

Some suggestions (with links to playable music samples on Amazon):

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

(Scratchy) Photo by Salt Water New England, 1980s

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: Cuffs?

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Mr. Green opted for cuffs; Mr. Douglas did not.

Reader Question for the Community:
Are there any hard and fast rules when it comes to cuffs for Men's pants?  Which pants should be cuffed?  Is there an official size?  Does it differ for grey flannel trousers, suits, and khakis?  Are there other specific instructions or considerations?

A Bit of Earl Grey

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Out and About

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

White Flannel Sheets

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White flannel bedding is like having crisp, white sheets without the crisp.

Still working through the stockpile, bought over ten years ago.  The price was right.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

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The recipe for whole berry cranberry sauce is just 138 characters..

For every 12 ounces, add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to boil in a saucepan. Lower heat, cook for 10 minutes and stir.  Chill.

At the Shore Today

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mercer Blue; Mercer White

Mercer Oxfords - Photos By Salt Water New England
"The Perfect 'Bell Shape' of the Mercer Roll"  (SWNE Reader)

Yale wins The Game and Title

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For the first time in 37 years, the Yale Bulldogs are the outright Ivy League champions following their 24–3 victory over Harvard in the 134th playing of The Game. 
The Original Handsome Dan, Payne Whitney Gym, 1960s - Photo by Salt Water New England

Morning Visitors

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Company with coffee this morning included a coyote and fox.

This AP article was found based on the comments:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Maremma Sheepdog

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Organic Food at the Grocery Store

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It was not that long ago that inquiries even for organic milk predictably invoked a quizzical look and occasionally a courteous, ineffectual phone call to the warehouse.  Today, thankfully, markets are replete with many different options, which are especially appreciated now that local produce is a bit harder to find. 

The question has shifted to, for which foods are the organic options the better choice?

Tweed Shooting Coat and (Baggy) Navy Sweater, Female Edition

Thursday, November 16, 2017


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Question for the community:
Who makes the gloves you will be wearing this winter?

Some suggestions from readers:
Men's Cashmere Lined Calfskin Gloves from Brooks Brothers; Men's Herringbone Overcoat from Brooks Brothers; Bridle Leather Duffle from Lotuff

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

On the Bridge

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Father, with camera...

Guernsey Jumper In Loden - Made in Guernsey

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The authentic Guernsey Jumper is comfortable to wear, exceptional at blocking wind, and will last for decades.   Real Guernseys are only made on the English Channel Island of Guernsey.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Personality and the Patina of Individual Craftsmanship

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Bond liked fast cars and he liked driving them. Most American cars bored him. They lacked personality and the patina of individual craftsmanship that European cars have. They were just 'vehicles', similar in shape and in colour, and even in the tone of their horns. Designed to serve for a year and then be turned in in part exchange for the next year's model. All the fun of driving had been taken out of them with the abolition of a gear-change, with hydraulic-assisted steering and spongy suspension. All effort had been smoothed away and all of that close contact with the machine and the road that extracts skill and nerve from the European driver. To Bond, American cars were just beetle-shaped Dodgems in which you motored along with one hand on the wheel, the radio full on, and the power-operated windows closed to keep out the draughts. 
- Ian Fleming, Live and Let Die

A Few Old Familiar Books

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There is a certain pleasure in reaching into the back corners of bookshelves and rediscovering familiar books from decades back.

All four had been purchased in the 80s and 90s, including found on one of the many tables of books that were downstairs at the old Yale Co-op.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Lotuff’s Women’s Leather Wallet - Made in New England

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The Lotuff Wallet for Women is beautifully made of tumbled vegetable-tanned leather, fully leather lined, and with enough compartments to be used as a stand alone clutch, if one prefers.

Open Spaces

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Reader Question: A Serviceable Bar

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A Reader Question for the Community:
We will be hosting quite a few friends and relatives over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.  My wife and I don't drink much ourselves, but we want to stock a serviceable selection of liquor/beer/wine for weekend guests.  Do people have any suggestions for what to include?  

Reader Question: Holiday Candles and Candlesticks

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Reader Question for the Community:
I am planning my Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table settings, and am trying to decide which kinds of candles others think are best for the occasion. I imagine your readers have some elegant settings and I would like their opinions. If using tapers, do you use beeswax, soy, or traditional? Have you found a particular candle to be truly dripless? Also, what kinds of candlesticks do you usually prefer? Brass, crystal, ceramic or silver?

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tweed Shooting Coat and Navy Guernsey

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