Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Single Image: Middlebury

Original Photograph from Archives

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wiscasset Wall Mending

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.  
- Robert Frost. “Mending Wall.”

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Quoddy Campadrille for Women - Sewn by Hand in Maine

Shown in Sand Suede Upper Leather with Brown #19 Print Collar
Quoddy recently introduced their Campadrille for Women.  This slip-on shoe, already very popular, is sewn by hand in Maine from the finest Horween leather and suedes.

The Campadrille combines a smart design with Quoddy's moccasin construction, including an exceptionally soft lining and Poron cushioning, resulting in a surprisingly comfortable shoe suitable for a wide range of venues. These are made to order and you can design your own from their extensive collection of upper leathers and collars.
  • For a 15% discount, use the code SWNEQUODDYCAMP (expires October 7, 2016)

Almost Single Image: Flow Blue Small Platter

The Behaviour of Poultry...

Single Image: Atlantic Fishing

Original Photograph from Archives

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Single Image: Dubarry Galway Boots

In Walnut
Galway Boots and Alpaca Socks sent by Dubarry of Ireland

Thursday, September 22, 2016

By the Front Door

Home Grown Apples

 Any apples not picked will end up feeding the deer, chickens, or coyotes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Single Image: Silvermine

Original Photograph from Archives

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bill Bryson on Small Pleasures

Wrote Bill Bryson <> in Notes from a Small Island  <>:
One of the charms of the British is that they have so little idea of their own virtues, and nowhere is this more true than with their happiness. You will laugh to hear me say it, but they are the happiest people on earth. Honestly. Watch any two Britons in conversation and see how long it is before they smile or laugh over some joke or pleasantry...

Monday, September 19, 2016

An Evening Walk to the Harbor

“The seasons have their fragrance.  In summer there is a small of greenness, of heat, and grass and surface dust; in autumn the fragrance is one of cold dews and ripeness, of fallen leaves and the tang and ferment of leaves, of a world smouldering and withering away in the year's invisible fires.”
- Henry Beston, Northern Farm

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Portland Shirt by Sailor Rose - Liberty of London Prints, Hand Sewn in New York City

Made in the U.S.A.
Sailor Rose offers their Portland Shirt, a beautifully made, finely finished top, shown here in the exquisite Liberty of London White Flower.  This one hundred percent cotton fabric almost feels like silk.  The cut is neither too billowly nor too tight, with just a gentle taper, and the sleeves generously long.
With Buttons Down the Front and a Chest Pocket

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rev. William Sloane Coffin

Yale Chaplain, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin (Phillips Academy, Yale University) -  Original Photographs from Archives

Friday, September 16, 2016

Out and About

"Happy Post Summer, Pre Fall!" (Quoting Patsy Kane <>)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Apple Pie For Breakfast

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Brown University Band Buttons

Ivy League Humor - Useful for Taking the Sting Out of Epic Losing Streaks
On the Fridays before Brown's football team played at home, band buttons were handed out at Faunce House.  Here are some that have been saved over the years.

These match up with Dartmouth, Harvard, Cornell, Yale, and other institutions, including non-Ivy.  The color provides guidance.  Some can be fairly obscure.

Two classic buttons, not shown here:
(One naughty word was pixelated out on one of the above shown, as it may/should offend some/all. The target was, however, Princeton. And the button was recalled and destroyed by the administration (appropriately) before distribution. This is one of the very few surviving examples.) 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Single Image: The Club

Original Photograph from Archives

Sunday, September 11, 2016

True Hand-Knit Aran Sweaters for Men and Women from Blarney Woollen Mills - Made in Ireland

Naturally water repellent, these sweaters were originally designed for Irish fishermen.
Ireland's Blarney Woollen Mills offers these superb Aran sweaters, hand-knit by Irish knitters in Donegal, Ireland, a county known for its rugged beauty on the shores of the Atlantic.
Aran sweaters that are authentically hand-knit are increasingly rare as they are so labor intensive; each sweater takes between forty and fifty hours to knit.  These are the most substantial of sweaters, very warm, very comfortable, and not as prone to the stretching found in many machine made versions.

This Aran jumper/ sweater is made from locally sourced, 100% pure new wool.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Returning from the Buying Float

Organic, Free-Range, and Oddly-Sized Eggs

Mystic By Sea

Whenever possible, it seems better to see a place by water than land or air.  The pacing is more leisurely, but one fills each hour with so many more observations.  One such example is Mystic Seaport, which reveals itself to be constructed in a spot where no real seaport would have made even remote sense.

And while the views of any more modern structures can all look the same - floor to ceiling windows - the older houses, churches, and businesses present their architecture and mature yards openly and with little obfuscation.

Friday, September 9, 2016