Photo by Salt Water New England

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Tweed Pangs

Photo by Salt Water New England
Autumn cannot come soon enough - tweed pangs.

On the Coast...

Photos by Salt Water New England
I would really rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else. 
- E.B. White.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Little Swedish

Photo by Salt Water New England
My pajamas for over 30 years, Hanna Andersson Adult Long John Pant in Organic Cotton, Made in Peru:
Clogs (2004) made in Sweden; So were Great-Grandparents Hilda and Sven.

Friday, July 12, 2019


Video Snippet by Salt Water New England

Lilly + Lilly + Pearls

Photo from Our Archives

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Reader Question: Winter Coat for the Commuter Rail?

Photo by Salt Water New England
A Reader Question for the Community:
Dear Muffy, 
First of all, thank you for all the beautiful photos and good advice over the years. I have found brands I had never tried before and become a devotee of many recommendations from the community. 
I do have a question regarding winter coats. I am planning my winter wardrobe and commute via light rail. I live in the Rockies and the temperatures vary in winter from 35F down to -6F at the very lowest. It snows but doesn't rain too often, and we don't have too much of a wind chill. Rather than a Patagonia, I was contemplating a Robert W. Stolz Silvia coat. As it is made for the Austrian climate, I assume it will work on most cold days except the truly unbearable. I commute to the university where our dress code is extremely casual. I like to be snug, but I also don't want to take up too much space on a shared seat on the light rail with a bulky coat. I need to be warm at the station and not overheat when I am walking uphill for 10 minutes to my office. 
Many thanks!

Winter Coat Wardrobe Suggestions:

Tennis Courts + Water

Photos by Salt Water New England

Monday, July 8, 2019

A Bit of Mad Scientist

Many favorite houses over the years have had a bit of a "mad scientist" feel to them.

The structures have traditional bones; the interiors contain many of the familiar artifacts and touchstones.  But any visitor quickly gets the feeling that significant experimentations are being conducted.

Houses with mad scientist cooks are the easiest to identify, of course.  But the engineers, the botanists, the authors, the cartographers, the scientists, the mystery solvers, imbue the quarters almost as palpably, even if just out of sight behind some closed door, up the staircase, or out back in the workshop.

And with friends, there is always that tension. "Normal" conversations in the sitting room inevitably give way to showing the newest work or galleys, and on more than a few occasions, taking spontaneous field trips.  (On one such occasion, we found ourselves deep in the woods at midnight calling in barred owls.  On another, examining prototypes that used lasers to provide equine acupuncture. Or testing vintage cars rebuilt using 3D printing for missing parts.)

Across all of the examples, there are perhaps two constants.

The first is that the houses are never inert, but always evolving.  Even in their incompleteness is an excitement of what might come next.

Second, spending time with such people makes guests leave with an inspiration that can be measured in months, years, and often lifetimes.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Question: How and from Where Is Your Favorite Way to Watch Races and Regattas?

Question: How and from Where Is Your Favorite Way to Watch Races and Regattas? 

A favorite mark (above) or a favorite bridge (below)?  Favorite club? 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Summer Days

Photo by Salt Water New England

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

July Third

Photos by Salt Water New England

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

Reader Question: Favorite Outfit When the Temperature Reaches 90+?

From a Reader:
I have a question for this intelligent community. When the temperature reaches 90++++ what is your favorite outfit? I prefer white and creme linen and cotton with flip flops and a straw hat. I'm wondering if both males and females have other useful suggestions. Hats and foot gear suggestions appreciated! Love the warmth but enjoy being comfortable

Reader Question: Reader Question: Favorite New England Presidents' House/Museum?

A Reader Question:
I am an historic house groupy and would love to hear from my friends in this community.  Favorite New England  presidents' house/museum?  How about we stretch the boundaries just a touch and include those in the state of New York for consideration?  

Reader Question: Where to Purchase Women’s White Blouses?

From a Reader:
Would anyone know where to purchase women’s feminine  white blouses, not shirts, with pearl buttons?  The Irelands, Scotland, and England may still make them.  
Where does GORSCH find the wonderful blouses it showcases in their catalogue?

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Sun Tag

Photos by Salt Water New England
Even with precautions such as UV blocking museum glass, a goal is to keep old photographs, such as my father's of Louis Leakey, out of the direct sunlight.  However, each season brings different paths of light in the house, and once safe spots sometimes need to be vacated for more protected corners.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A Reader Question: What is the best source of emergency back-up heat for the winter?

A Reader Question for the Community:
Even though it’s summer we’re trying to figure out the best source of emergency back-up heat for a New England winter. 
We have an oil burning furnace and a back-up generator in case the electricity goes out (which it does during ice storms). A couple of years ago when there was a cold snap; oil dealers were weeks behind with deliveries. Fortunately we were able to get a delivery in time but we bought a few space heaters as a safety backup to keep the pipes from freezing if it came to that. 
However, we just had our electrician come by and we learned that to run multiple electrical space heaters to keep the pipes and house warm enough (we don’t mind bundling up)  it would create a dangerous load on our current system without significant upgrades. We have a fireplace upstairs but it needs a new liner and insert which would run at least $5,000, and that wouldn’t address heating the basement pipes. We’re now considering buying a wood stove for our basement OR using Kerosene space heaters, but the latter would require we keep a window open on each floor during a time when it could be sub-zero outside with fierce winds.  
I’d like to know what readers recommend.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Photo by Salt Water New England

...And Radishes

Photo by Salt Water New England
Boston Head Lettuce;
Red Leaf Lettuce;
Red Peppers;
And Radishes 

Getting Ready

Photo by Salt Water New England

Monday, June 24, 2019

Reader Question: How Short Shorts?

Scratchy Photograph from the SWNE Archives.  Maine Coast, 1980s.
A Reader Question for the Community:
I'm a huge fan of the 5 inch Stand Up short, and shorter short's in general. Since I'm wearing pants that go down to the ankle unless its 75 or I'm working out, I figure that I might at well get as much exposed skin to cool myself off better. 
Muffy and the rest of the SWNE readers, what do you guys think of short shorts, particularly on guys that are over 6 feet?

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mercer + Patagonia: Long Sleeves and Shorts

Mercer Shirt and the Long Gone 9" Patagonia Stand Up Shorts; Photos by Salt Water New England
Mercer & Sons Shirt:
9" Patagonia Stand Up Shorts

Quoddy Canoe Shoes: