Saturday, April 25, 2015

Winter Tote, Reluctantly from Car to Closet

At some point in April, the weather warms enough to end the procrastinating and mandate the removal of the bag of mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats that has lived in the back of the wagon all winter.   The jackets might stay on for a bit longer, and the boots, sticks, and tweed throw never leave.

The bag will be put back into service sometime in late September.

Items shown include:
  • Wool Mittens 
    • Hand Knitted by the Ladies of the Congregational Church (Made in New England)
  • Very Old Orvis Wool Gloves with Leather Palms (Made in England)
Most of these items usable lives will be (and in some cases, already have been) measured in decades.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Camden Windjammers 1964, Part 1

Original photos from Archives
Camden Windjammer Mercantile, now a National Historic Landmark was built in 1916,  and restored in 1989.  She is still in service today with Maine Windjammer Cruises, the first and oldest fleet.  Here is Part 1 of some photos of a Windjammer cruise from 1964.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Picking up the Sails and Newport, Rhode Island

Each year at this time, the yards are abuzz as they gear up to launch boats.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Single Image

Original photograph from archives.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

The New Yorker's Geraghty Era at The Westport Historical Society's 2014 Exhibit

Between 1925 and 1989, 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport-Weston produced a remarkable 767 covers for The New Yorker Magazine. Some 44 of the covers actually depict Westport scenes.
So started the introduction to the Westport Historical Society's wonderful 2014 exhibit Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport "focusing especially on the influence of The New Yorker’s 'idea man' turned Art Editor, James Geraghty" (New York Times coverage here).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Character of the Place is Changing

A favorite part of New England is how the character of the place changes.  One may even more appreciate the oldest houses and yards - with their less-than-airtight construction and gentle rambling flora - as they seamlessly connect to the shifting seasons.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rain Jackets

There are a wide variety of rain jackets on the market today.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tempus Vernum

While neighbors seldom dash across the street to borrow a cup of sugar anymore, it is not uncommon these days for farmers to borrow from each other the occasional tractor, generator, or ram, as was discussed today.

And after a winter that lingered so much that March lambs had to be brought into the kitchen and wood fires to take off the chill were still being used a day ago, spring seems to finally have taken hold.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Themes of an Old Cemetery

A walk through an old cemetery or graveyard can combine history, both national and local, with quiet time out of doors.  The more one looks, the more themes emerge.