Monday, April 24, 2017

Two Excerpts From Ladies Like Us


Many readers have enjoyed the thoughtful comments of the Cotswold's lovely Alena Kate Pettitt (Darling Academy), and for those who want to learn more about her book, Ladies Like Us: A modern girl’s guide to self-discovery, self-confidence and love <http://amzn.to/2oExjsX>, here are two excerpts that she has kindly shared:

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pimpernel Placemats


There was a time when some groups of people found it difficult to get married without acquiring quite a few sets of Pimpernel placemats, which now may serve a variety of roles around the house, including, in some cases, as placemats.

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).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nonquitt: A Summer Album 1872-1985

Good Friends Bring Back Good Chocolate


Earth Day 2017



The tired battles between corporate capitalism and monolithic socialism have never been about places like the one where I live. At best, rural areas have been granaries to feed the urbanizing, industrializing, modernizing world... 
In the past... environmentalism... has been a distant and patrician enterprise. City folks have wanted to protect the mountain heights where they spent their summers, the lakes where they had their camps just as animal lovers in the West have struggled to protect the elephants of Africa or the seals of Siberia. No slur is intended; such efforts are essential...
But that sort of feudal noblesse oblige... cannot guard the future of either the region or the world... A Rockefeller could happily set aside Adirondack wilderness, but to imagine self-sufficient, self-reliant Adirondack communities would threaten everything a Rockefeller stood for. ... 
A community that made environmental sense would not have all the things that we have today. Its stores would have far fewer items, and far more of them would be locally made... Electricity would come from local sources — rivers, wind, the sun — and be used more sparingly. Cars would grow steadily rarer, and buses and bicycles more common.... 
In certain ways it might be richer, too, of course. Maybe those of us who live in the cold climes would only get bananas, currently America's favorite fruit, on special occasions — but we would have a hundred varieties of apples to choose from, almost year-round... [And r]iding a bicycle makes you feel better... 
Everywhere the transformation will look different, just as spring comes to each spot with subtly different signs and vestiges. In city and suburb, in poor nation and rich nation, in tropic and farmbelt and pole, environmental hope will appear in various disguises. Some places it will come as a sleek new bus or a bike path; in others as a cleaned-up slum, a repaired school...

[O]n some not-too-distant day, I will wake up and drink a glass of fresh milk from a neighbor's small dairy... and it will fill me up with hope. 
- Bill McKibben, Hope, Human and Wild <http://amzn.to/2oTyVSQ>

Friday, April 21, 2017

Boyden's Naps

Venerable Deerfield Headmaster Frank Boyden, Shown Here in Yankee Magazine Profile from 1968
It is almost noon. [Frank Boyden] goes over to his house for a short nap. He is not taking the nap because he is eighty-six and needs it in order to keep going. He has been doing this all his life. Even more than fireplace fires, his naps are the essence of his mechanism, for he can go to sleep absolutely anywhere, at any time, and he can sleep soundly, if he chooses, for less than three minutes. Sometimes, while he is interviewing parents, he will press a button and his secretary will appear and say that he has a phone call. Excusing himself, he goes out, holding up five fingers to indicate the number of minutes he wants to sleep. He pulls a shawl over himself. It takes him thirty seconds to fade out. After five minutes, he is awakened. Up goes the hand again, this time with three fingers extended. Three minutes later, the secretary awakens him again. He gets up—as fresh as if he had slept through a night—and goes back to the interview. The first component of this art is that he can wash his mind free of anything at any time. Then he starts at the north end of the village and tries to remember who lives in the first house. George Lunt. Then he moves to the next house. He has never got beyond the third house. 
- John McPhee, The Headmaster <http://amzn.to/2obG42j>
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: Trail Shoes/ Light Hikers

 Reader Question for the Community:
My wife and I plan to do some light hiking this spring and summer.  Nothing serious, just some day hikes. We were wondering what people's experiences with various trail shoes have been.    Merrill seems to dominate but it is a bit overwhelming as there are so many options.  There is the question of not only which brand but also do you need an ankle-high or will the low option suffice?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Faces

Original Photograph from Archives

A Time of Year for Vests

Old Barbour Westmorland, Made in England - New Mercer Blue Oxford, Made in the US

Spring Growth

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Classic Yachts Snippet





Happy Easter

Original Photograph from Archives

Morning has Broken

Maine Coast Sunrise
Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world 
Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass 
-  Morning has Broken, Words by Eleanor Farjeon, 1931, set to the traditional Scottish Gaelic tune "Bunessan."
Sung Easter mornings at the Trinitarian Congregational Church Sunrise Service, Old North Bridge, Concord Massachusetts, 1970s, led by beloved minister Tuck Gilbert (Chandler "Tuck" Gilbert, Yale Divinity School, Class of 1951) and accompanied by a pedal-powered organ.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

In Case You Missed It...

Sticking with the Rhinelander - Original Photograph from Archives
High-end urban retail suffers while high-end country animals flourish.  And Common Ground goes further off the grid.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sailor Rose City & Country Shirt in Liberty of London's Pink Lodden, Made in the USA


Sailor Rose offers their terrific City and Country Shirt in this beautiful Liberty of London fabric.  The fabric design, Lodden, is a William Morris design from 1884.   The 100% cotton fabric is almost silk like and the shirt can be worn either tucked in or out.

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