Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Barbour Countryman and Liddesdale Quilts

The Barbour Countryman Shown with Lotuff Zipper Satchel #9 in Chocolate <>
On this first day of meteorological spring, one may consider moving the quilted jackets to the more easily reached hooks.  If one doesn't mind the rubbing sound of nylon, these can be quite useful garments - lightweight but surprisingly warm and effective wind blockers.

The process of replacing a favorite example is a bit more complicated, however (and it seems like the following should be put to the strains of Tom Lehrer's New Math).

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


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Almost all would agree that the smoking of pipes was a habit of its time, as it should be.  Nevertheless, many - the last generation to have experienced it naturally - have deep and resonating memories of the experiences, from the Alfred Dunhill shop in New York and the Owl Shop in New Haven, to the role pipes served in various outdoor and indoor pastimes.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

10 Favorite Moments of Inspector Morse - Season 3, Episode 1: Ghost in the Machine

Screenshots taken from Inspector Morse - Season 3, Episode 1. Screenshots are the copyright of ITV Studios.
Below are just some of the enjoyable moments in Inspector Morse - Season 3, Episode 1: Ghost in the Machine.  This may be the easiest Morse episode to recommend.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: What do you do with your crystal?

Reader Question for the Community:
We received quite a bit of crystal for our wedding and have added to our collection at various anniversaries.  I love taking it out and looking at it but we haven't used it in decades.  We could use it for more casual events or I could put some out for decorations.  What do other people do with their wedding crystal?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bermuda Race

Alternative Vacuum

An Old Stack of Country Life Magazines

There is a pure, pre-Internet joy in finding a stack of old, forgotten magazines.  Favorite British magazine Country Life - these mostly from the 1970s - had some examples why.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Core Items: Navy Sweaters

"The navy sweater" is a category, not just a core item.  The color navy blue has a broad range, from more formal to informal with the paradox of having both gravitas and brightness.

Indispensable items, navy sweaters/jumpers - wool, cotton or cashmere, thick and thin, plain or cable knit - go with just about everything.

While getting harder to find, some current suppliers include:
  • J.C. Cording & Co. Lambswool Knitwea <>
The Texture of the Early 1990s Ralph Lauren Wool Cable Knit

A Good Time of Year for Quoddy's Resoling Service from Lewiston, Maine

New Molded Soles on Their Classic Boat Shoe
For those who take advantage of Quoddy's resoling and repair service, now is a good time to do it.   They will resole your Quoddy boat shoes (or other molded sole shoes), replace the laces, and condition the leather.   Fees includes the cost for shipping both ways, and the customer service is, as always, very helpful.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Joseph Heller at Yale and...

Original Photographs from Archives

Monday, February 20, 2017

White Church and Horses - Connecticut

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THUNDER BAY (WTGB 108), Rockland, Maine

Reader Questions For the Community: Where Will You Get Your Khakis in 2017?

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This will be a refresh and update of the core khaki entry.  Any suggestions for Womens khakis as well will be added.

Reader Questions For the Community

  • With the uncertain status of both Bills Khakis and Jack Donnelly, does anyone know where to get similar khaki pants, preferably Made in America?   
  • I have been following your blog for a bit, I was born in East Providence, Rhode Island and find your posts very enjoyable.  On behalf of my partner; she is quite small, around a 25-26 inch waist.  It seems that finding flat-front, straight cut khakis without a silly low-rise cut for someone of her size is an endeavor more trying than one might think....Can you point us in the direction of some sturdy chinos that might fit?  We aren't fancy nor impecunious, so something reasonably priced and sturdy enough to throw in the wash.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  • I have been searching for some women's cotton chino pants, with or without a bit of stretch, not too low a rise, and no longer know where to look.   It was always L.L. Bean and Lands End but they keep changing their styles.  And I don't want the wrinkle resistant ones either.  I am at a loss.

Question For the Community: Where Will You Get Your Oxford Shirts in 2017?

Oxford Shirts

Oxford shirts, Oxford Cloth Button Downs (OCBDs), are a classic style of shirt for men and women and a staple of many wardrobes.  A more formal shirt when new, they can be comfortably used in more casual settings when showing some wear.
White OCBDs are an essential wardrobe piece for men and women. (JD)
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Sources of oxford shirts for men include:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Reader Question For the Community: Where Will You Get Your Wellies / Rain Boots in 2017?

Le Chameau
A reader question:
Mud season seems to be coming a bit early this year.  I am looking to replace my rain boots, and I never know what to do.  Which boots have other people had luck with?  Is it worth it to go expensive or get by with cheap?  What are favorite brands, and which ones have gone downhill?  Thank you!
Options include:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Updating the S.W.N.E. Acronym List, 2017

A few acronyms*:

Snowy Courts

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Shirt Delivery

Daniel Patrick Moynihan (March 16, 1927 - March 26, 2003)

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“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” 
“The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.” 
― Daniel Patrick Moynihan 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: Sweater Care

A reader question:
I have many lovely wool sweaters that I have had for quite a few years (some are even decades old). I do try to preserve the quality of these sweaters, but I have yet to find a method of cleansing that I find satisfactory. 
I have tried dry-cleaning, but knowing caustic chemicals are used bothers me. Perhaps I must look into finding a "green" dry cleaner?
I have also tried hand washing and air drying, but this method has resulted in a few shrinking mishaps.
What recommendations do you have to clean and preserve the life of wool and/or cashmere sweaters? 
Many Thanks.

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