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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Time for Tea

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Making a pot of tea on this rainy Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Every Morning, The Same Thing...

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Early Spring, Female Edition

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Early Spring, Male Edition

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Reader Question: How are other readers spending this time?

A Reader Question for the Community:
Well, this was a surprise!  How are my fellow SWNE readers doing?  Do you think people could share updates?  Any helpful ideas to share?  I really hope everyone is staying safe!      
Kindest regards.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Out and About

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The Grocery Decontamination Zone

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NYT - Party Zero: How a Soirée in Connecticut Became a ‘Super Spreader’

From The New York Times:
About 50 people gathered this month for a party in the upscale suburb of Westport, then scattered across the region and the world, taking the coronavirus with them. 
- Party Zero: How a Soirée in Connecticut Became a ‘Super Spreader’ <>

Sunday, March 22, 2020

New York Times Opinion: America Will Save America.

Some opinions from today's Times:
Governors and mayors, business owners, university presidents, philanthropists, pastors and nonprofit groups of all kinds have taken the initiative to mobilize, guide and protect those they lead and serve.... These are the hallmarks of a horizontal, open society, one that is often inefficient but ultimately more innovative and resilient than closed, top-down systems.... 
Over the longer term... we are better off with as much experimentation and as many leaders as possible... to guide our transition to a very different world. 
For example:
  • Many of the universities that managed to move all classes online [with] its obvious benefits in terms of lower costs and greater inclusion...
  • We are also suddenly living in a world... of drastically reduced plane and car emissions....  
  • [W]e need to invest in more locally based, customized goods and services and supply chains, which are less vulnerable to threats like cyberattacks, natural disasters and disease (not to mention automation).
  • [W]e are seeing a fast forward, to a rudimentary Universal Basic Income... 
We can use this crisis to create a better America. 
- Forget the Trump Administration. America Will Save America. <>

[C]an we more surgically minimize the threat of this virus to those most vulnerable while we maximize the chances for as many Americans as possible to safely go back to work as soon as possible... 
Either we let many of us get the coronavirus, recover and get back to work — while doing our utmost to protect those most vulnerable to being killed by it. Or, we shut down for months to try to save everyone everywhere from this virus — no matter their risk profile — and kill many people by other means, kill our economy and maybe kill our future. 
- A Plan to Get America Back to Work, Thomas L. Friedman <>

Some New Growth

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Little Spring...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Boston Globe: Trying to escape the coronavirus, the well-heeled flee to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard

A reader sent in this story:
Trying to escape the coronavirus, the well-heeled flee to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Islanders fear supplies will be depleted and that the influx will bring infection 
- The Boston Globe <>

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Way Life Should Be...

Maine Coast, 1970s - Photos by my Father

New York Times: St. Bernard’s removed its beloved headmaster...

A reader sent this email:
Hi Muffy, I hope you can keep your blog going during these interesting times!  I thought other SWNEers would find this quote and article relevant, especially given our past conversations on prep school mores:

[Headmaster Stuart] Johnson stood for something beyond the ruthless pursuit of scores, metrics and marketable achievements. He stood for the intrinsic value of erudition. 
- New York Times:  The Manhattan Private School That Tore Itself Apart - St. Bernard’s, the renowned boys’ school, removed its beloved headmaster — and a war between very wealthy parents erupted. <>

Question: What habits from prep school do you still have today? (Repost)

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For those who went to prep school, either as a day student or as a boarder, what habits, good or bad, did you pick up that remain with you today?
Some comments:
As a 21st century prep school graduate, one differentiator is that I’m comfortable wearing pants even on the hottest of days! 
Being over prepared! :) 
In my kindergarten school picture I'm wearing a blue blazer, an OCBD, and a repp bow tie. I wore the same ensemble throughout my school years. And as I sit here about to teach my next class at a New England boarding school, I'm still wearing it. Semper eadem.  
Clogs, khakis, OCBD shirts and Clinique makeup. Good manners and thank you notes. 
Decorum at all costs- not oversharing thoughts and feelings because really, in the end, nobody cares. Today there is a tendency to reveal too much, how much one makes, what something costs, and on and on. It becomes exhausting to pretend to care. I don't and find my eyes glaze over much of the time. 
My years in prep school taught me that it is better to swim than to sink, that I'd only be fooling myself if I thought I was either unique or particularly special, that nobody likes a contrarian or a complainer, and that downers get left behind. (Reggie Darling) 
Weejuns. Wool. Button downs. LL Bean sweaters. Voracious reading. An absolute solidarity with my classmates that never wanes. Observing before engaging. 
A heavy reliance on the wonders of shoe goo, formerly motivated by a scheme to use the money for new loafers to buy beer. Pairing foul weather gear with blazers and suits which is likely not a great look on an adult. Overall preference for repairing and holding onto things rather than as a lawyer I wear the same blazers from my senior year (thankfully my mother always bought a size too big) (TGK) 
Manners, pearls, the utility of a well made navy blazer, understated makeup, and always pushing my chair back into place after rising from a desk or dining table.
• The habitual use of "sir" to any male older than I.
• A certain fondness for navy blazers, OCBD shirts, khaki slacks, loafers as an all-occasions dress code.
• Always, always having three or four books going at once. (I know it sounds snobby, but ink-on-paper is where I go for relaxation.) 
To nearly "All the above" I'll add my love of outdoor sports. I spend a good portion of everyday every season outdoors.(Suzanne ) 
Tendency to over-dress for informal events and under-dress for formal ones. (Sartre) 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Custom Classic Tote at Eliza B./Leather Man Ltd. - Made in Essex, Connecticut

Made in Essex, Connecticut - Photos by Salt Water New England
Totes have always made great summer pocketbooks.  Bright, light, casual, and sturdy.

And a perfect way to find the right colors and get an over-the-shoulder drop (if desired) is to customize a classic tote at Eliza B./Leather Man Ltd..  They offer a great array of fabric choices ranging from the more traditional options that I chose to a bit more exuberant.  And for an additional ten dollars, you can have it monogrammed.
They are currently 20% off.

Here are my combinations, with which I could not be more pleased:

Saturday, March 14, 2020

In Town, Last Summer...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Mercer Shirt Delivery - Variety is Overrated Edition

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A Perfect Shirt:  Mercer & Sons Pink Sands Bengal Stripe:

Concord, Massachusetts

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Observing Fishers (Fisher Cats)

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

The Wincanton Tweed Jacket, Trousers, and Waistcoat for Ladies from Cordings of Piccadilly

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For the classic Cordings look for ladies, go no further than their lovely Wincanton tweed. Made of British tweed, the jacket has a Navy velvet collar, leather football buttons and a single back vent, and has matching trousers, waistcoat, and skirt.
Shown with:

Velvet Slippers Hand Made in England

Harley of Scotland's Shetland Sweater for Men from Bosie Knitwear of Scotland

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Bosie Knitwear's Harley of Scotland Shetlands are the softest I have even encountered.   They credit this to their yarn,  which comes from a "200 year old spinner," being milled in "some of the softest water in Scotland".

Made in Scotland, their Shetlands are seamfree and are extremely comfortable.  Shown here in the beautiful Heather.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Reader Question for the Community: Favorite Murder Mystery Books

A reader question for the community: 
I am looking for some great murder mystery books (can there be anything more English than that??).  Do readers have suggestions, perhaps that reflect the themes of SWNE - I love it here!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

New Aurora in Rosebud from Bosie Scottish Knitwear, Made in Scotland

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The Aurora in Rosebud, a lovely new spring color from Bosie Scottish Knitwear, arrived today.  Bosie's soft, light and comfortable classic Aurora has an intricate and unique Fair Isle design and, of course, is made in Scotland.  It comes in many beautiful colors, including another favorite, Mint.  You can see all of her wonderful sweaters here:
The Aurora in Rosebud will  be available on their website mid-March.