Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and Lake Winnipesaukee

Here is a fitting moment, given the lake was the site of the first Harvard-Yale Regatta in 1852.  Harvard won.

Wolfeboro belongs to the club of classic New England towns.  It is rich in beauty and tradition with a very active commitment to community activities.

Of course, it is impossible to talk about it without also appreciating New Hampshire's largest lake, Winnipesaukee, on which it borders.


This property has been in the family since the 1940s.

[Insert Escher's Three Worlds reference here.]

Wolfboro's town center is also bordered on one side by Brewster Academy.

Wolfeboro itself was established in 1770.

Black's has been here forever and has the same feel as the late great The Fligors in Edgartown.

There are many loons on the lake and The Loon Center is in nearby Meredith.

This is the place for ice cream, as long as you treat the lines as community building activities.


At least some residents would prefer that Mitt Romney, who has a place one cove over from ours,  spends more time here over the next four years.

Wolfeboro hosts its annual antique car and wooden boat show, although it rained this year.

The public spaces are where many musical events are held.

Any real New Englander calls it Na Hampsha.

This was hand made and given to the town by Russian visitors.

It is a dog town.

Past the depot is a great place to go for walks.

Wolfeboro's original spelling.

This public trail was once the train route.

Perhaps the town was even more appreciated in great contrast to the day before.  

Wednesday's View From the Hotel Room Window....
...and Thursday's Speaking Venue.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reader Question: Which Barbour Jacket for a Tall Man?

The Very Large, Bellows Pocket of the Barbour Border Jacket

Would you be so kind as to advise me on the purchase of a Beaufort jacket? The issue is that I'm tall and slender at 6' 4" and therefore not sure if the jacket will be long enough in the sleeves and body. (I wear a 16/16 1/2 and 35" inseam in a shirt.) I may have to buy a larger size in order to increase the jacket length, but this might make the jacket too big around my shoulders (I'm somewhat narrow shouldered for my height). This is assuming that the bigger the jacket, the longer that it will be in the length. So, should I err on the side of a bigger jacket or more fitted? Is it more important that is be longer in the body or fit better around the shoulders? Thank you. 

I will be buying a jacket this weekend at the Barbour store in Georgetown, Washington DC. They will be offering $50 off on Saturday.  Warm regards.

Consider trying on the Border Jacket, Barbour's longest wax jacket - about six inches longer than the Beaufort. It is often difficult for a 6'4" man to wear the Beaufort - it is too short.  The two styles are very similar to each other. Besides the length, the differences between the Beaufort and the Border is that the Border does not have the poacher's pocket in back, and the Border 's two bellows pockets in the front are quite sizable compared to the Beaufort. With its extra length the Border can also look a little "blousy" as you go up in size. I personally do not like the look of a fitted Barbour. It should feel comfortable and allow you to move when wearing it.

Try it on with whatever garments you might want to wear under it and think about whether or not you will want a lining. Some instead prefer a heavy wool sweater instead, although some men wear it over a sport jacket.

Other readers may also have suggestions.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Eric Sloane and Stone Walls (or Fences)

Eric Sloane and his dog, Spooky.  (Original Black and White Photographs From Archives)
"The thing that might impress you most about New England is its stone 'walls.' When they were built  anything forming an enclosure was called a fence.  Whether it was made of roots or wood or stone, they were never referred to as walls; they are more properly called stone fences."

Eric Sloan wrote these words in "Eric Sloane's America", one of his many books.  These pictures of him (and his wife and dog) were taken at their house in the northwest corner of Connecticut in the late 1960s.

His Wife, Ruth


This came to mind the other day, watching a craftsman at work.
Set up with Coffee and Barely Audible Classical Music


He apologized for his approach, and explained that this wall had not been "properly" built and therefore he was cheating by using the mortar for the repair.


He is one of the few remaining men in the state who can build a proper dry wall.

Starchy White Congregational Churches and Stone Walls (Fences)


Robert Frost cited (but did not endorse) "good fences make good neighbors." The corollary may be also worthy of consideration. "Good neighbors make good fences."