Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In Case You Missed It...

Gainsboroughs Center and Right (Romney on Left), Taken at the Yale Center for British Art
Regions reconsider the Faustian bargain of tourism, while stewards of both culture and the environment make gains.
Moody's Diner - Photograph from SWNE Archives

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The First Honey of the Season...

The first honey of the season (left),  lighter than the later honey of the season (right).

The Freshly Painted Porch

Preference: Rolled-Up or Short Sleeves?

Original Photograph From Archives
The English gentleman... does not like short-sleeved shirts (preferring to roll up the sleeves of an ordinary shirt when it is hot). 
- Paul Keers,  A Gentleman's Wardrobe <>

Monday, July 17, 2017



Original Photograph from Archives

South Street Linen's Boyfriend Shirt - Made in Maine

100% Linen - Made in Maine
Portland, Maine's South Street Linen makes high quality, all linen garments, and made in Maine using local seamstresses and a master printer on Vinalhaven Island.

One important attribute of their garments is comfort, and this Boyfriend Shirt is no exception.  It is effortless to wear, and the linen is beautiful - feeling strong but soft.  And it is very cool in this summer weather.
From their site:
Our commitment to the re-emerging textile community in Maine means we keep our manufacturing local. We consider ourselves part of the growing "slow fashion" movement, where quality and enduring design in small batches takes precedence over mass production. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration

Damariscotta Mills is a two and a half mile scenic detour out of Newcastle, up Route 215.  There, the two hundred year old fish ladder has undergone a massive,  and successful,  restoration effort,   The alewives, which lobstermen use for bait,  have returned to spawn.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Demoiselle Pearls - Classic Knotted 3-Strand, Made in New England

Mid-Century Thomas Webb Crystal - England

A Good Yard

1950s' Parenting

Original Photograph from Archives

Friday, July 14, 2017

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder is a quintessential New England food, along with (to quote Judd Hale) baked beans, codfish, lobsters, maple syrup, jonnycake, and apple pie.
Who makes the best clam chowder?   Traditional clam chowder tastes best using fresh, local ingredients.  It can be served on the dock or at a wedding.  Or, at a wedding on the dock.  This question can elicit not only the digging up of old recipes, but a weekend-long road trip to taste samples first hand.
New Englanders are always arguing with each other and with outsiders as to the proper ingredients and/or correct preparation techniques. 
- Judd Hale

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cordings' Green Loden Paddock Jacket - Made in England

Made in England from Austrian Loden cloth outer, the exceptional Men's Paddock Jacket from Cordings is not only a beautiful garment, but also a substantial garment, heavier and warmer (and more quiet) than your typical quilted nylon jacket. It is built for decades of use.

The Guardian: UK households binned 300,000 tonnes of clothing in 2016

Ideally, garments are repaired, used in a variety of situations as they age, and passed on to others.
An article in today's Guardian is a reminder of the environmental cost of buying cheaply made, disposable trendy clothes (including those mischaracterized as "classic" or "traditional").
The carbon footprint of the UK clothing sector is worsening, a new report reveals, driven by the ongoing popularity of cheap and cheerful “fast fashion”...

Monday, July 10, 2017

After and Before

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Making a Scene

Julian Fellowes said, during his commentary track for Gosford Park:
And of course, he has made a scene, you see. That's the great thing the aristocracy find hard to forgive. It is rather like with their sex lives. As Mrs. Patrick Campbell says, "I don't really care what people do, as long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses."  And similarly, anyone who makes a scene - anyone who gets drunk, anyone who picks a fight, anyone who argues too loudly over something that they disagree with - is breaking the rules.  They are somehow showing they are ill bred.  It is possible to conduct affairs or arguments or anything else, or indeed ruin, in a well bred manner.

Out and About

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Question for the Community: Does Popularity Destroy Great Establishments?

"Don't let Yankee grow any more, boys,"  [Robb] said... "the plumbing won't take it!" 
- Robb Sagendorph (Yankee Magazine founder, Harvard '22), quoted by Judson Hale (Yankee Magazine Editor, Dartmouth '55) in  The Education of a Yankee 
It is a premise that popularity can kill great institutions, locations, events, brands, and more.  Many do not want their favorite restaurant to become discovered.  Popularity of a dog breed leads to kitchen breeders. Clubs built around mutual interests that become well known soon become magnets for people with no interest in the original raison d'ĂȘtre.

Apocrypha aside, does popularity inevitably undermine great things?  Which institutions are more susceptible, what are the warning signs, and what establishments have been successful at staving off the consequences of popularity?

Or, as with stocks, is all growth by definition good?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Alexander Calder

Original Photographs from Archives
Alexander Calder is famous for having made sculptures that move, but conservators and collectors are cautious about showing them that way. “Calder: Hypermobility,” a new exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, is a rare chance to see several of his works as intended. 
-From the New York Times' review  <>

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Reader Question: An English Garden

Reader question for the community:
I would love to transform my backyard into an English garden next year, and would like to start planning it now. I live on the coast of southern Maine and my back yard does not get much full sun because of the surrounding trees. I’m hoping that your readers may have experience or input on how I could accomplish my garden goal or something close to it given the New England winters and partial sunlight.  Thank you!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Seymour St. John Greeting Kingman Brewster

 Original Photograph from Archives