Monday, September 18, 2017

Question for the Community: Which Apple Varieties for Pies?

A Reader Question for the Community:
It is getting to be Apple Pie season. Which combinations of apples do folks recommend for pie? Pointers to suitable heirloom varieties would be especially appreciated.

Apple Pie For Breakfast

Reposted Entry
To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast. 
- Attributed to E.B. White

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Opinions on Facebook

Photograph from SWNE Archives

A Reader Question for the Community:
I have a question for the community.  It is a bit off topic, but I value the unique SWNE perspective.  I have been personally wrestling with the issue of Facebook and social media in general, so I wondered, what are people's opinions of Facebook? 
Note: Due to some technical difficulties with voting, the poll has been removed.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Question for the Community: Cleaning and Conditioning Sperry A/O Topsiders

A Question for the Community:
I wear my Sperry A/O Topsiders (dark brown) all the time, including most days at the office.  Does anyone have advice and experience with cleaning and conditioning their Sperrys?  I am considering mink oil or Red Wing boot oil; any other thoughts?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Life in New England Begins in the Early Fall

A View of Camden from Mt. Battie
The year actually begins sometime after Labor Day when the summer people have left and the kids are back in school. It is then the New England community pulls itself together for a new year. Town organizations become active again, the church makes plans for various regular activities, cultural events such as the Boston Symphony commence – in short, year-round life in New England begins in the early fall. And ends in June. July and August are more or less a pleasant never-never land. 
- Judson Hale, Inside New England <>

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mariner Shackle Pendant and Earrings in Sterling Silver by Patsy Kane - Made in New England

Marblehead's Patsy Kane (whom many know from her witty comments) has recently introduced two new products, the very pretty Mariner Shackle Pendant and Mariner Shackle Earrings, made in New England.
While the real-world role of shackles in rigging encourages one to wear these more casually...



... the sterling silver and delicate design also makes them appropriate for some dressier outfits.

Tattersall Shirts and Moleskins

Mercer & Sons New Tattersall Pattern: James Bond Favorite Tattersall-Green British Brushed Cotton Flannel <>.
For many, autumn is a time to replenish Tattersall Shirts and Moleskin Trousers.

Tattersall Shirts

Outside town, only one fabric is suitable for the countryside.  This was invented in 1890 by Henry Ernest Hollins, a Derbyshire mill owner... named after the patterned horse blankets used in Richard Tattersall's famous market.  
- Paul Keers <,>, A Gentleman's Wardrobe
Some Men's Tattersall Shirt (non-wrinkle-resistant) providers are:
  • Barbour Tattersall

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Reader Question: Making Guests Feel Comfortable

Reader Question for the Community:
I have a question, one I hope other readers will find interesting as well. What have people done for you when you were a guest that made you feel comfortable?  What are things that you do for your guests to make them feel at home?  This could be for an hour visit, or even a weekend.  Thank you, and can't  imagine my day without SWNE.  

L.L. Bean Chamois Shirts and Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirts, 2017

Chamois Shirt on Narragansett Bay

Question for the Community: How Do You Prepare for a Storm?

Photographs of Irene and Sandy Damage from SWNE Archives
Dear Editor, As we are waiting for Irma to make her way to Southwest Georgia, a question for the community.  How do you prepare for a storm ... your home, your pets and yourself?  Prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

National Horse Show, Madison Square Garden, 1960's

Original Photograph from Archives

Friday, September 8, 2017

Windjammer VICTORY CHIMES, Rockland, Maine

Based in part on his VICTORY CHIMES experience, Captain Richard “Kip” Files was selected to sail the CHARLES W. MORGAN in 2014.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Puppies and Kittens and Calves

Some counter-programming...

Reader Question: What to Do With An Inherited Fur Coat? Or Antique Ivory?

Original Photograph from SWNE Archives

A reader question:
I've inherited a fur coat. Is it still preppy to wear fur? Is it better to be political correct and just sell it?

Similarly, this antique ivory necklace has never been worn since passed down.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MoMA Exhibit asks Is Fashion Modern?

Some Items From the List
The Museum of Modern Art has staged a follow up to Bernard Rudofsky’s 1944 “Are Clothes Modern?” exhibition, called “Is Fashion Modern?”  The list of items itself is worth purusing, including (from the C's) Clogs, Chinos, and Chanel №5.
Notwithstanding a broader issue - that many academics can have an awkwardness when discussing modern clothes that is almost an inverse of their facility in discussing modern films or novels or cars - actually visiting the exhibition seems like the same dodgy value proposition as going to a class reunion.  You already keep in touch with what you like, and are familiar enough with the rest to not need to see them any time soon.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Life on the Connecticut Shore: Scratchy Photograph from the 80s

Original (Albeit Greenish) Photograph from Archives
Father in Orvis 80/20 Tattersall, J. Press Bow Tie, BB Grey Flannels, Barrie Chukka Boots, and Christmas Socks, and an Irish Setter Named Kent

Friday, September 1, 2017

Brown University - That Time of Year

The decision: arrive early or enjoy the last weekend of summer?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Getting The Nails Done

Fletcher Clock, England

Peter Mayle on The Connaught Hotel (mid-1980s)

Author Peter Mayle describes what he likes about The Connaught Hotel (mid-1980s) in Acquired Tastes <>:
The lobby is tiny by contemporary standards, no bigger than your great-grandfather's study, and probably furnished in much the same way, with brass and glass and mahogany paneling, and carpets and chairs in those quiet colors that age gracefully until they achieve a kind of faded bloom. There is nothing to jar the eye, nothing too bright. Everything has a well-bred gleam... 
...[W]elcome was the absence of self-congratulatory literature— those overwritten puffs that most hotels cannot resist scattering throughout their rooms to promote their bars and restaurants and telex machines and conference facilities. Indeed, there was a sentence in the single sheet of guest information that... read: "Business meetings in public rooms will not be welcomed. " Work, like sex, should be conducted away from the view of other guests. The writer was a man after my own heart, and he was particularly firm on the matter of dress: "No jeans." I warmed to him even more. 
...I suppose the truth of it is that I am a sartorial snob. Jeans, running shoes, ski jackets, tennis shirts, yachting sweaters, great-white-hunter outfits, and Australian bush hats are all admirable garments in the right place and at the right time, but they look sloppy, incongruous, and rather silly in the middle of an elegant hotel. Some people may think it's chic to look like an escapee from a logging camp, but not me...
...[The staff was] more than professional. They were friendly, and many grand hotels are too busy being grand to be friendly... To find people like this, to train them and to keep them, costs far more than any number of superficially impressive luxuries. All the marble lobbies in the world can't compete with friendly human beings who are anxious to please you. That's what you pay for, and it's worth every cent.