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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

April in Newport

From the Archives of Salt Water New England

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Hot Pink + Grenfell

Photo by Salt Water New England

  • York River Trader Belt <R.I.P.>

On the Boston Post Road...

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Arthur Beale Sailors' Smock in Breton Red

Photos by Salt Water New England

Arthur Beale's useful, substantial, and good looking Sailor's Smock is also available in classic Breton Red.  Made in Britain.

Shown below, in Navy Blue:
Shown below, with the Saint James Minquiers Moderne Breton Top:

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Seen at the Garage, 1964ish Volvo

Photos by Salt Water New England

WSP: Introverts are dreading a return to the noise, crowds and small talk of ‘normal’ life

Many professionals are questioning the value of returning to the 9-to-5 office — introverts because they prefer to work alone, extroverts because their lives would be simpler. Is getting dressed, enduring a commute and sitting at a desk really necessary? Every theory about remote work — it makes employees less productive, less collegial, less available — has been challenged during the past year....

What happens next might depend on who’s in power. Extroverted bosses like the hustle and bustle of a traditional office. Introverted bosses may be more open to a hybrid workplace. In either case, the days of the open office plan, once the darling of corporate consultants, may be numbered.

- WSP: Introverts are dreading a return to the noise, crowds and small talk of ‘normal’ life <Link>


Friday, April 9, 2021

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (June 10, 1921 – April 9, 2021)


A reader question:

Muffy, I just heard the sad news that Prince Philip passed away.  I am curious what fellow SWNE readers think about his legacy (including clothes, of course!) and what does it mean going forward?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Madras Shorts

Photo by Salt Water New England

  Where do you get your madras shorts?

Monday, April 5, 2021

In the News: South Bristol's Gamage Shipyard, Builder of Schooner MARY DAY

Schooner MARY DAY - Photos by Salt Water New England
The Lincoln Country News reported "South Bristol’s Gamage Shipyard Has New Owners."

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter

Photos by Salt Water New England

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Comment from Ferd on This Time of Year

Comment left by Ferd: 

This time of year also sees the start of that most Prep of all Preps sporting event, New England Small Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse games at venues such as Williams, Bowdoin and Trinity. These events typically attract more dogs than spectators but once in a while you will spot Mummy and Daddy standing quietly on the sidelines watching their son, who is inevitably named Philip or Charles, play America's oldest game. 

They will stand out because of their attire. He will be wearing his father's Camel hair overcoat and corduroys, finished with #8 Alden half strap loafers that have seen better days a very long time ago. She is a size 2 and will wear her younger son's Andover Hockey jacket over khakis. Her footwear, incongruously, will be Belgium loafers. 

Attached by needlepoint leashes will be two Golden Retrievers always named Honey and Bear. 

Most noticeable however is that they never cheer, certainly never scream at the referees in the manner of parents from Long Island or New Jersey and, in fact, rarely watch the game itself. He will often leave his spouse to walk over and greet another parent with whom he went to Groton. She too will wander about chatting with acquaintances, especially her friend with whom she just had been shopping with at Eye of the Needle. 

This couple overall will display the casual, calm attitude of today's American aristocracy. When the game is over, they will approach their son on the sidelines but never hug him. The father might shake hands if the son's team had won. The couple will not linger as they will have already done all the socializing they need to do during the game. The Retrievers jump into the Defender and off they go to West Hartford, or Darien, or Boston. 

With deep regret, I must report that the pandemic has either cancelled this experience for the Spring of 2021 or drastically reduced the number of games to be played. Bowdoin, for example, is not playing at all this Spring. Perhaps it is resting on its laurels after being ranked the #2 small college in the country this winter, but then I really don't know.

Friday, April 2, 2021

This Time of Year...

Photos from the Archives of Salt Water New England

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Daily Graze

Photos by Salt Water New England

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Has the Vaccine Changed Your Summer Plans?


A reader question:

I’m curious if your readers are planning to get or have already received a Covid vaccine? If so, how will it change their summer plans in New England? 


Monday, March 29, 2021

Tweed Waistcoat on a Windy Day

The combination of a soft pink shirt and a mossy-green tweed. Photo by Salt Water New England
A tweed waistcoat is an ideal layer for the still cool spring days.   And the large pockets are quite handy.

Made in England:

Made in the USA:

Thursday, March 25, 2021

A Fabulous New Tattersall from Mercer & Sons, Made in the USA

Photos by Salt Water New England
Mercer & Sons has a new, and sublimely good, tattersall - the Cornwall Country Tattersall - in brushed cotton flannel.  This brighter tattersall is particularly good for the cool days of spring:

  • Cornwall Country Tattersall Brushed Cotton Flannel <>
  • Shown with the Shot Shell Leather Belt from Leather Man Ltd.:

    And Jack Donnelly Khakis:

    All Made in the USA.


    Essential Garden Tools

    Photos by Salt Water New England
    When asked about essential garden tools and the best places to get them, readers have suggested the following:
    I may be frugal in a lot of ways, but I have learned that you have to invest in a good pair of loppers and shears. (Bob NOLA)
    Felco pruning shears (they even have a left-handed version!). I bought mine at Amazon but that's because I live in rural NC and nobody around had them. I get my heirloom seeds a good hardware or garden store (there are 2 in the town where I work). I still have some garden tools from my husband's grandfather (including a lovely hoe, which I admit I use more to poke a bonfire than I use in my raised bed vegetable gardens). Ergonomic trowel (from a box store) probably one of my favorites but sadly it doesn't last very long. If I could find the new design in high quality construction, I'd be thrilled! (Hoya)
    A good pair of gloves with a nice gauntlet is helpful. Saves arm and hand scratches. good pruning shears are a must. (mary anne)
    My favorite tools are my Felco 2 pruners, a Smith Hawken telescoping ratchet lopper, and a circle hoe.  (Joyce North)
    I ran a small field-grown, perennial nursery from our home during the years 2002-2010. My customers were always asking for recommendations of tools and such. My list is surprisingly small and affordable.
    • Felco Bypass Pruners
    • Felco Bypass Loppers
    • Small “nippers” for delicate trimming.
    • Kitchen string
    • Auger attachment for cordless drill which is perfect for mass planting of bulbs.
    • Deluxe soil knife w/serrated edge, replaces my late father’s hunting knives. Can be found at;
    • Atlas Gloves, the best overall gloves out there. They are machine washable and inexpensive.
    • Heavy duty, leather work gloves for all seasons and available in women’s sizes. Can be found at;
    • Muck shoes, high & low
    • Hoe, edger, and pointed shovel, inherited.
    • Hula Hoe, perfect to maintain inside edging.
    • Spear & Jackson Spade from England. This was my splurge, and well worth it.
    • Good, sturdy wheelbarrow    (Laurie Ann)  
    To escape a sudden downpour at the Chelsea Flower Show last May, my husband and I ducked in to the Sneeboer <> tool tent. We've been gardening for 30 years together and inherited many of my English husband's grandfather's tools -- but had never seen anything like the quality of the Sneeboer, nor their breadth of offerings. Made in the Netherlands, they sell tools here through several distributors and online. I do NOT work for the company, but I would. Stout, heirloom quality equipment. The hand trowel I bought that day (the only piece I could fit in my luggage) stands up to the ubiquitous "Connecticut Potato" better than anything else we've ever used. As our inferior quality pieces wear out, we will be replacing them with Sneeboer tools. Can't wait.  (Flatlander)
    I have two garden tools I go to again and again - an old hand-held weeding fork/claw made by Snow & Nealley (a once-great Maine tool company which has recently been bought by some Amish people in Smyrna, Maine, so perhaps they will start making other tools again besides just axes...?), and a small garden hoe I bought at a yard sale. The hoe is old and has a forged head and a long lightweight wooden handle - it's a total pleasure to use. I also forgo wheelbarrows and garden carts and just use a tarp instead. Toss the weeds on it, then drag the whole thing back to the compost pile. I'd wholeheartedly recommend Fedco for seeds, plants, and tools - <> they really know their stuff and their great annual catalogs have much more. (Sarah Faragher)
    My favorite "tool" is my Ford 2610 tractor aka "Babe, the Blue Ox," which I acquired two years ago and which may see hard use in the coming months. Our meadows have been farmed for years by locals eager for extra space to grow hay, buckwheat, cattle corn, even pumpkins until the last fellow, a wonderful organic farmer growing a variety of vegetables, went belly up for lack of customers. Now the onus is on me and my Ford Tractor unless I can find a new farmer who would like to use the land to grow crops. This hope seems difficult to fulfill in an area where farmers with a need for a little extra land are becoming scarcer every year. (Hearthstone Farm)
    Rogue Hoe Company makes a variety of excellent hoes and rakes, including a hoe-rake combo with a long handle. I have a Cutco pruner and hand tools. These, along with a pointed shovel, get the job done for my big vegetable garden and borders.  (Goldilocks)
    A good knife.  For me, the best gardening knife I have found is a Spyderco Tasman - a serrated, rustproof hawkbill blade with a FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) handle (  The serrated hawkbill blade laughs at weeds, vines, and small branches - while opening any bag or burlap rootball covering with ease. It is such a natural extension to your hand and I am lost outside without it. (Tim_McD
    One who is adept with either a circle or a hula aka stirrup hoe can easily maintain a weed free garden. It is a surprisingly underknown but essential tool.
    Three of the tools that I rely upon frequently, in addition to several of those on Laurie Ann's list, are (1) the cobrahead ( for weeding in tight spaces (I prefer the long handled version as I'm usually working on a slope and it saves my back), (2) the heart spade from Red Pig tools (, which is great for breaking up clay and hard pan during planting, and (3) a Cape Cod weeder, again from Red Pig ( All of these are made in the US, and are very high quality. What surprised me when buying foreign-made garden tools like hoes from a big box store is that they are unusable without about 1 hour with a sharp file to give them a useful edge. I can't decide if this is an issue of poor supplier quality or fear of product liability litigation by the big box store. Either way, it's slightly annoying. I did not have this problem with any of the tools mentioned above; all arrived with an edge, ready to use in the garden. 
    Greatest tool for a vegetable garden and several thousand convicts at Huntsville and Angola will agree, a forged eye hoe. I have three in my shed. (The Govteach)

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

    Plaqued Houses and Houses with Plaques: When and How?

    Plaqued Houses...  - Photos by Salt Water New England

    A reader question:

    Muffy, my wife and I are moving to Conn from Kansas next month. Where can we buy one of those signs shown on the house? ... Any info would be great.

    ...and Houses with Plaques.

    Sunday, March 21, 2021

    Lotuff's 929 Briefcase - Made in New England

    Photo by Salt Water New England

    In their sumptuous 929 Briefcase, Lotuff  Leather has successfully created an everything bag.  Made of their celebrated hand-selected vegetable-tanned leather,  it is a briefcase for those not wanting a briefcase; a pocketbook for those not wanting a pocketbook.   Due to its well designed top, it is very easy to use with a generous opening.  

    It shifts easily between men and women, and I have been experimenting with using it for all of my daily activities, and have not hit a problem yet.  I like the feel of it under-filled, as a pocketbook replacement, but it bulks up beautifully to tote a lot more when needed.

    Those who want their bags to be structured and stand up on their own are in luck.  And those who like the feel of soft, pliable leather are also in luck.  It is both.

    The pockets inside handle a couple of pens, a phone, and sunglasses on one side, and a bigger item such as an iPad or laptop on the other.  It is also perfect for business meetings or as a carry-on for cross country trips.  

    I truly love this bag.

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

    Fishing Season, North Woods of Maine, Photo by My Father

    Photo by My Father


    Tuesday, March 16, 2021

    The Huntsman Mackintosh in Fawn from Cordings of Piccadilly, Made in Scotland

    Photo by Salt Water New England

    There are many days when I feel that wearing a Fawn riding Mackintosh is as dressed up as I ever want to be.  They set a crisp, polished tone with not just dash but actual intrepidness.  

    Monday, March 15, 2021

    Early Spring

    Photos by Salt Water New England

    Sunday, March 14, 2021

    Always Food in the Workspace...

    Photos by Salt Water New England

    The Grenfell Shooting Coat from Cordings of Piccadilly - Made in London

    Photos by Salt Water New England

    The Grenfell Shooting Coat fills the gap between winter and summer, between thick tweed coats and windbreakers.  Made of iconic Grenfell Cloth—with 600 thread-per-inch long staple Egyptian cotton—the coat is naturally water resistant while remaining breathable.  

    It also brings an unmistakable presence.  

    The Grenfell Shooting Coat has been relied upon by countless soldiers, sportsmen, and London commuters for protection from the elements over the decades.  This coat has a simple practical design with a relentless attention to detail, including real horn buttons, removeable game pocket, and a rich color often described as iridescent green.  And it uses its combination of outer layer, lining, and knit cuffs in concert to achieve a surprisingly secure while ventilated fit.

    Made in London, it is a garment that will get better with age.