Photo by Salt Water New England

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Blah of Mainstream Retail


A reader sent this article, Is the Midcentury Modernism Obsession Dying Down? that noted:
...a noticeable push away from the understated ethos of modernism and, especially, the impersonal blah of today's version of it. As Charlotte designer Catherine M. Austin puts it, "I think any time a 'look' has hit the mainstream chain retail stores and is mass produced, it has lost its allure."
One still can predict, however, that anytime an emerging trend is towards creating "a genuinely personal space," especially when shaped by the Skinner Box of Instagram, the results will all look remarkably similar.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Spode Gloucester Today

Photo: Salt Water New England

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Autumn Trouser Promotion at Cordings of Piccadilly

Covert Coat and Silk Chasing Scarf - Photos: Salt Water New England
There are so many lovely items for Autumn at Cordings of Piccadilly and now is a good time to take advantage of their Autumn Trouser Promotion - Buy One Get One 1/2 Price.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Around Town, Now With 15% More Cars

Photos: Muffy Aldrich | Salt Water New England


Saturday, September 14, 2019

September Harbor

Photo: Muffy Aldrich | Salt Water New England

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Up Close...

Photo: Muffy Aldrich | Salt Water New England

Reader Question: How has social media improved the clothes people buy, and how has it hurt?


A reader question for the community:
Dear Muffy, 
I much prefer buying my clothes directly from the company/store without the mall store mark-up.  The explosion of the Internet and social media has made that easier in many ways.   But I also feel that this has enabled more and more clothing companies, large and small, to pull the acrylic over our eyes, so to speak.  So much language about "designed" in the US while at the bottom of the product description is the dreaded "Imported".   It seems like the loudest companies, not the best companies, win.  Marketing feels cheap and easy.   I get irrationally angry at the companies that sell belts or sweaters with American Flags on them that are made in China.
Here is my question. Overall, has social media helped or hurt people in finding good clothes? 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Quiet Day in Stony Creek

Photos: Muffy Aldrich | Salt Water New England

Monday, September 9, 2019

Signs of Autumn on the Drying Rack

Photos by Salt Water New England


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Dubarry of Ireland Kildare Boots For Men, and a Few Other Items for Autumn

Waterproof Boots - Photos: Muffy Aldrich | Salt Water New England

Dubarry of Ireland boots are staples in the field, around stables, and in-town due to their intrepid designs and smart materials:
Shown here with:

Cordings Lambswool Jumper in Bordeaux

Friday, September 6, 2019

Reader Question: What is a "Must See" or "Must Do" Around Wiscasset in Autumn?

Photos by Salt Water New England
A Question for the Community:
I read your blog almost every day and comment every so often (I’m the guy from New Orleans, if you were wondering), and as it happens, I am about to head to stay with some friends in Wiscasset for a week.  I’ve only ever stayed around Portland before, particularly on Little Diamond Island in Casco Bay, so I wondered (other than Red’s), what is a must see/must do in the Wiscasset environs?  


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Waxing the Barbours

Photos by Salt Water New England
This is the time of year that many wax their Barbours.

Without regular reproofing Barbours obviously are not as waterproof, but also can take on an old military fatigue jacket look, especially in the Sage.  And each waxing can add to their patina.  Some claim that Barbours' colors age differently based on their environments, meaning they would truly become more unique with age.

Before (on left) and After (on right)
How often should one reproof a well-used Barbour waxed item?  The conventional wisdom is every year.  Surprisingly, a new Barbour may sometimes need it after just a few months.  And older, well maintained Barbours can go longer without.

Disclaimer:  This technique may or may not overlap with any official (i.e. correct) way, but it is fast.

Monday, September 2, 2019

A Reader Question: Best Place on the Maine Coast for a Family Reunion in August

Photo by Salt Water New England
A Reader Question:
As our family members are getting older, we’ve decided the family reunions in August on southern beaches are becoming too unbearable.   Too much sun, heat and humidity.   We are going to Maine in October and have been charged with finding a location for a reunion for 4-5 families (all in separate cottages).   It has to be near the ocean or bays, not much further north than Camden and not someplace which is touristy (if that is at all possible in Maine in August).   The idea is to stay 2-3 weeks.   Some members would like to do a few touristy things like visit lighthouses, check out some of the various beaches and museums – but we basically just want to be outside, walk, relax, read, go swimming and enjoy each other.    Any suggestions about places we might visit and check out in October?   Thanks for any and all ideas.   

Honey by the Bucket

Photos by Salt Water New England

Sunday, September 1, 2019

We fly...

Photo by Salt Water New England
“We fly, but we have not 'conquered' the air. Nature presides in all her dignity, permitting us the study and the use of such of her forces as we may understand. It is when we presume to intimacy, having been granted only tolerance, that the harsh stick fall across our impudent knuckles and we rub the pain, staring upward, startled by our ignorance.”  
― Beryl Markham, West with the Night

White Sails

Photo by Salt Water New England

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Storing Things in Plain Sight

Lotuff Leather by the Door - Photo by Salt Water New England


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Around Town Today

Photos by Salt Water New England

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Question for the Community: How has the way you eat changed over time?


A Reader Question for the Community:
Dear Muffy, 
The conversations on clothes and exercising were really interesting.  I have another one.  
How have readers changed their approach to food over the decades? How were reader's twenties and thirties different than forties or fifties or older?  
Thank you for SWNE!

Quoddy Tent Sale: Going on Now

Photo by Salt Water New England
Save up to 75% off select Quoddy inventory.  Quantities are limited.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Photo by My Father

Buddy and Pete

Photo by Salt Water New England

Monday, August 26, 2019

Christmas Cove, Maine

Photo by Salt Water New England

Sunday, August 25, 2019

New This Season: The Dubarry of Ireland Galway Boot in Navy

Photos by Salt Water New England
Dubarry of Ireland has just introduced the newest color of their famous Galway Boots, a beautiful Navy.   These great looking waterproof boots have all of the Dubarry features that are loved by so many - the Gore-Tex lining, the quick (and soft) drying leather, injected rubber soles, and pulls for easier on and off.  The Galways provide comfort, protection and durability - they last a long time.
These are shown in their original fit, but they also offer a slimmer as well as a wider fit for Women:
The Men's version:

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Around Town

Photo by Salt Water New England