Monday, September 25, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: Holiday Travel to the UK


A Reader Question for the Community:
Dear Muffy: My daughter is studying at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, for the year on a scholarship from the St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia (Dad says, “God bless them!”).  We are traveling there to spend the holidays with her.  I would be interested to know your thoughts and recommendations and/or those of your readers on (i) what to bring, and (ii) what to buy once there.  We know that “warm and waterproof” must be first and foremost for what to bring (e.g. Merrill Moab WTPF).  I should think wool sweaters or items from Cordings might be on the “what to buy there” list.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

An Approach to Life

MGC's Comment Below Appeared in TDP Entry "When is it Worth the Money?"  (Original Photograph, Which Accompanied the Post, from SWNE Archives)  
Capturing, in writing, a regional character is a challenging task.  Judson Hale has done it exceptionally well.  And as impressive and accurate has been the TDP/SWNE commenter known only as MGC, in a series of wonderful notes he left on this site, too valuable to be lost to the sands of the Internet.  An example:
A close friend, who had grown up in a relatively rich family, once faced a decision she never would have anticipated; should she buy toilet paper or food? It was the end of the month, she had just a few dollars left and her future did not look rosy. 
Despite her situation, her spirits were always up in those days. She was a single mother to a teenage son, who was turning out to be an exceptionally fine young man. And she had her ice skates, her cross country skis, her garden in the summer, binoculars for bird watching and a host of friends from the village. When it came time for her son to go to collage, she found every scholarship that was available. He graduated from the University of Vermont four years later. 
Never once did she lament her financial situation. Instead of buying things, she did things. She got involved in town affairs and helped others whenever help was needed. And her tiny house had the most warm and inviting energy. When her roof began to leak, I came over to fix it. It took all day and I can’t imagine an activity that would have given me more pleasure. 
In 2000, my friend had saved enough to splurge on something for herself. She bought an Apple computer, which opened up a new world. In 2002, an aunt died and left her $10,000, which could buy a lot of toilet paper. She invested every penny in Apple stock, much against my advice and the advice of every analyst on the street. Why? Because, as she put it, "Apples are user friendly, beautiful and owners love them.” Peter Lynch employed the same observations when investing for his hugely successful Fidelity Magellan Fund. As far as Apple stock in concerned, the rest is history. 
My great aunt (my great-uncle’s second wife), however, had a somewhat different approach to life. As an example, every Christmas she would display her ‘gift’ from my great uncle, who indecently had been dead for thirty-five years. The gift was pretty much the same year after year, diamonds from Firestone and Parsons, which has a store in the Ritz Carleton. The cost of each new bauble was about the price of small house. Both my mother and I could barely hide our revulsion, and my great aunt’s house, filled with priceless objects, was about as inviting as a mortuary. 
MGC

Life on the Connecticut Shore, Late 1920s

Grandmother and Great Uncle Holding Father

Friday, September 22, 2017

Vermont, October 1978: From Rockingham to North Shrewsbury

Bartonsville Covered Bridge - Original Photographs from Archives
For those who use the astronomical calendar, today is the first day of autumn. (Those who prefer the meteorological calendar have been enjoying it already for three weeks.)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Where Do You Get Your Corduroy?

Actor Sterling Hayden - All Photographs from SWNE Archives
I shared your blog with a group here, which then sparked a discussion about narrow wale vs. wide wale corduroys.  (Comment)
Where will you be getting your corduroy?  And what are your thoughts on narrow wale vs. wide wale, preferred leg cut, and cuffs?

Some Sources:
Some Suggestions from Comments:

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 <http://amzn.to/2x2m576>

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.

Tattersall Shirts and Moleskins

Mercer & Sons New Tattersall Pattern: James Bond Favorite Tattersall-Green British Brushed Cotton Flannel <http://www.mercerandsons.com/italian_and_english_superfines_plaids_checks.htm>.
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 <http://www.keers.co.uk/, http://amzn.to/2hiAM0B>, 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.