Saturday, October 21, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017


Tailgating in Connecticut, 1970  - Original Photograph from Archives
Tailgating Tips from SWNE Readers:
How many folks are you planning to host for? Take that number and multiply by 1.5 to 3 because I guarantee that someone will know someone there and the party will grow. If you are serving food make sure you have trash bags,PLENTY of paper cups and plates, ice and the requisite amount of coolers. (John B )
Hot chocolate is always good and appreciated if it's a cold day.  (John G)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: What to Pack for a 12 Day Trip, Including London, Scotland, Rural England, and Paris?

Paris, Late 1970s.  Original Photograph from Archives
Enjoy your blog. I have been a fan for many years. A question for the community: what to pack for a 12 day trip? London, Scotland, Rural England, Paris. I am not a sporting person - prefer museums and wandering. We like classic things. I always pack too much. Very curious as to what the community would recommend. I always find our shoes to be very important -- happy feet = happy travelers.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Six Bottles

This Glenfiddich Burleigh Ware promotional water pitcher, made in Great Britain, recalled an MGC story:
While in Scotland, the Laird of Duns Castle wrote an address to a small Edinburgh wine shop on a piece of paper and told me to stop in. “If you want good whiskey to take home, mention my name,” he said quite seriously. In Scotland, whiskey is not to be taken lightly. 
I did as I was told and came out of the shop with six bottles: Knockando, Oban, Macallans 30, Bunnahabhain, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. Three of these I had already tasted, along with a most unusual Welsh whiskey while visiting Hay-on-Wye. The Welsh innkeeper had retrieved an ancient bottle hidden behind many others, dusted it off, and poured. “Better than you’ll ever find in Scotland,” she claimed. Of course I told her it was fabulous, even though it tasted like adhesive tape, but the roast lamb that day was fabulous, no white lie needed. 
Anyway, my hoard sat in an old dry sink at home until one day soon after my return, I decided to embark on a health regimen, clearly an extemporaneous decision. I cut out sugar, sodas, all junk food, spirits and took up running. The unopened six bottles I gave away to a friend who had a deep appreciation for fine whiskey and always drank it neat. You should have seen his face as I handed the cardboard box to him. It took him several years to finish them off as he sipped away, one tedious wee dram at a time. 
A final note, if you order food in Scotland with “gravy”, this means that whiskey will be added to your dish. At least that’s what the Laird told me, and he was a serious man, especially when it came to whiskey. 
- MGC 

Monday, October 16, 2017


Summer to Winter; Cotton to Wool

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools. 
- Henry Beston Sheahan, Harvard Class of ’09; <>, Northern Farm <

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Eric Sloane and Stone Walls (or Fences)

Eric Sloane and his dog, Spooky.  (Original Black and White Photographs From Archives)
"The thing that might impress you most about New England is its stone 'walls.' When they were built anything forming an enclosure was called a fence.  Whether it was made of roots or wood or stone, they were never referred to as walls; they are more properly called stone fences."

Eric Sloan <> wrote these words in "Eric Sloane's America," one of his many books.  These pictures of him (and his wife and dog) were taken at their house in the northwest corner of Connecticut in the late 1960s.

Dubarry Kildare Boots

The Dubarry Kildare Boots for Women - Made in Portugal
Dubarry of Ireland celebrates its 80th anniversary, and their Country Boots continue to set the standard.  The Kildare, a calf-height, waterproof and breathable boot, is ideal for this time of year.  Easy on and easy off, they will serve as the practical go-to boot throughout autumn until the colder weather sets in, when the lined Donegals take over, having proven themselves as excellent winter boots over the past years.

Boots sent by Dubarry.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

The 16 Inch Wool Ragg Socks Return - Made in the U.S.A.

L.L. Bean is once again offering the taller, 16 inch wool ragg sock this season.   Shown above, on the left, next to the 12 inch wool ragg sock on the right, it is a bit lighter in color and has stripes at the top, and still made in the U.S.A..  While the shorter versions work well with bluchers, camp mocs and boat shoes, some find the taller versions preferable with wellies and in the field.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Podcasts may just provide the easiest access to some of the most interesting conversations, research, reporting, and thinking today.  They buck the trends of sound-bites and click-bait and rants and even comments sections that have dominated much of media today, and provide something much closer to passionate long-form journalism.  Podcasts, after a few episodes, provide the comfort of familiarity combined with the satisfaction of constantly learning something new. They are also a highly efficient way of staying up to date.

The biggest mystery to people who both produce and rely on podcasts is why their current penetration is still as relatively low as it is.  Those who started the habit before iTunes supported them especially don't understand the feet dragging, given how easy subscribing and listening to podcasts has become.
  • For those who currently consume podcasts, which do you recommend?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: Where Do You Get Your Tweed Jackets?

Father in J. Press Tweed Jacket, at the Home of Senator Claiborne Pell, Newport, Rhode Island, Mid-1960s.  Original Photograph from Archives
Reader Question for the Community:
While I don't wear suits anymore, I read with interest all of the comments on your recent post on suits.  But I do wear tweed jackets, though most of mine have seen better days.  So I was curious where people might recommend as a good source.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

In Case You Missed It

Bangor, Maine - Perhaps the Birthplace of Paul Bunyan - Original Photograph from Archives
"Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone, and be kind to one another.  
Call us if you need us. The men and women of the Bangor Police Department will be here. 
All we have is each other. 
- Sign-Off of Lt. Tim Cotton, Bangor Maine Police Department

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Eleven Favorite Lines from Midsomer Murders - Murder on St. Malley's Day

Below are some favorite lines of dialogue from Season 5, Episode 4: Murder on St. Malley's Day <>.  These are worth noting during viewing.

1. |   For the look given by Daniel to his father:
Anthony Talbot:  Don't worry, Papa.  The race will be run as usual.  And Daniel will win it for you. Won't you, Daniel?  
Daniel Talbot: I'll do my best, Grandad.

2. |   For the casual Latin:
Jonathan Eckersley-Hyde: Quid nunc? What now?

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Popular Fallacy of Tartans?

With the possible exception of whisky, no national emblem of Scotland has a wider, more emotive appeal than tartan. Yet its mystique largely rests on a popular fallacy that clan or family tartans are as ancient as the hills, when in reality the great majority were invented by the Victorians, to whose voguish enthusiasm for the Highlands tartan probably owes its survival... 
A solemn, mostly spurious convention exists as to who is entitled to wear which tartan.  There is no real evidence that early tartans were regarded as the inalienable property of individual clans, though it seems likely that over the years the most popular sett or pattern worn in a given locality would have been appropriated by the dominant clan. One of the few tartans that shows any consistency between past and present, I'm unreasonably proud to say, is the green, black, and white of the Macleans, first described in 1587.
- Charles Maclean <>, author of Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scotch Whisky and Malt Whisky: The Complete Guide 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Village House

The Original Renys

Since 1949

Salt Marsh Farm