Photo by Salt Water New England

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Bosie's Islander - Made in Scotland

Fairisle Yoke - Photos by Salt Water New England
If The Country Store of Concord, my childhood favorite, was still around, I can imagine that they would sell these truly beautiful Fairisles from Bosie.   Made in Scotland of 100% Donegal Merino wool, they manage to simultaneously feel extremely soft and hearty.  They are wonderful sweaters with enormous appeal even in this horrid July heat and humidity.

Shown here in Sheridan on the left, and Swilly on the right, they come in many colors.  Cardigans are also available.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Question for the Community: Which Vessel?

All Photos by Salt Water New England
Part of the fun of spending some time on the water is the variety of vessels one encounters.  Given that, a question for the community:
If you could go out on any kind of boat for a few hours this afternoon, what kind would it be?

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Cordings Big Summer Sale is On

Photos by Salt Water New England
Now is a terrific time to take advantage of all the wonderful shirts, jackets, trousers, knitwear and more that Cordings of Piccadilly has to offer as they have just kicked off their big summer sale.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Broadcloth on a Hot Day

Photo by Salt Water New England

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Today - Not Quite the Riddle of the Sphinx, But...

Photo by Salt Water New England

Friday, July 3, 2020

Maine Coast...

Photo by Salt Water New England

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A Reader Question: What are your preferred clothes during the pandemic?

A Reader Question for the Community:
How are your daily outfit choices going with the isolation of the pandemic?  I find myself living in ACK red shorts (today's are green with bluefish), a Surcingle belt, and not ironed, old, soft, well worn OCBDs.  Dressing up is putting on Maliseets or Smathers & Branson flip flops with embroidered American flags and donning a T3 to go, top down of course, to the grocer.  Dressing down is an old, soft Tee shirt.   I feel cheated by not being able to wear a seersucker suit or a Madras odd jacket to church. 

My Father in Summer, Massachusetts, Early 1960s

Photo by My Grandfather

Monday, June 29, 2020

A Reader Question for the Community: Dog Names

A Reader Question for the Community:  Dog Names
A while ago you had a list of preppy dog names.  We are planning on getting a dog and would like to hear what SWNE readers think are great dog names.  

Sunday, June 28, 2020

First Extraction of the Season

Photo by Salt Water New England

Friday, June 26, 2020

Out and About

NYT: "In the crystalline air of the pandemic economy..."

In The New York Times:  Pandemic’s Cleaner Air Could Reshape What We Know About the Atmosphere <>:
Early studies appear to show that even as the coronavirus took more than 100,000 American lives, deaths related to more typical respiratory illnesses like asthma and lung disease fell in the clean air...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Pink Trunks

Photo by Salt Water New England

Sterling Silver Turk's Head Bracelet from Tory's Jewelry

Photo by Salt Water New England
This great looking sterling silver Turk's Head Bracelet from Tory's - located in Marblehead, Massachusetts' Historic District - is a refined and dressed up version of the classic summer bracelet (Sailor's Knot) while maintaining the simplicity that has made the design so popular throughout New England's coastal towns.

CSA/Farm Share Pick-Up

Photos by Salt Water New England

Farming Without Pesticides

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Reader Question: In clothing stores, for what do you look in a salesperson?

A reader question for the community:
I have a question for the SWNE community.  With a clothing store, what do you look for in a salesperson? How do you find that all important depth of knowledge and taste?   Are there salespeople you can recommend by name in various favorite stores?  I hope stores will take this into account when moving forward past these difficult times.  Thank you!


Monday, June 22, 2020

All Made in the US

Photo by Salt Water New England

NYT: Shearing Sheep, and Hewing to Tradition, on an Island in Maine

A reader kindly sent the article "Shearing Sheep, and Hewing to Tradition, on an Island in Maine" that included:
Maine was once a land of shepherds. Its islands and coastal communities were dotted with the fleeced bodies of sheep, its shrubs and trees grazed into oblivion. Historical photos show wide expanses of pasture that have now become thick with forests and houses.  
- <

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

In Praise of Scandinavian Design

A Sweden 34 - Photos by Salt Water New England

A Sweden 34

Monday, June 15, 2020

Reader Question: Has your approach to lawn care changed?

A question received this morning was timely, as we have been shifting a bit our model of lawn care.

While I have never treated our lawn with chemicals (instead adding compost to less healthy patches), we have changed a bit.   

After many years of hiring a neighbor to do full-service mow, trim and weeding, we now have more of a hybrid arrangement thanks to the purchase of this surprisingly terrific reel mower from Fiskars (  It does a fantastic job on the relatively flat grassy areas.  (It is not quite as good on the heavily shaded/mossy ground.)  It is a greatly improved version of the ones we have tried in the past that almost always jammed.   No gasoline, no fumes and no unpleasant noise. In fact, this sound is quite pleasant, akin to the wooden screen door closing, the wooden gate latching, or the porch swing. 

I have resumed the duties of weeding the gravel walkways and near the salt-water pool. And a local arborists drops off wood chips for paths to and around the compost area and stone walls.

But our mowing area is quite sizable (and we have cleared some land over the years) so we augment with a twice a month complete mowing/trimming with a professional and we keep it up in between.

Averyl sent the following question(s) for the community:
Treated or untreated? Organic or Scott’s et al?
Manicured, uniform golf-course aspirations or natural applications including clover and other green ground cover?  Are they weeds or flowers? 
Save the bees or your quest for perfection?
Status symbol or place to express your true nature?
Do it yourself or farmed out?

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Around Town

Photos by Salt Water New England

Friday, June 12, 2020

Do We All Turn Into Our Parents?

Photos by Salt Water New England

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Classic Camp Moc: Quoddy Canoe Shoes for Men and Women

The Classic Camp Moc - Photo by Salt Water New England
Quoddy Canoe Shoes for Men and Women
Canoe Shoe shown above:
  • Upper: Horween® Chromexcel / Brown #19 Print
  • Sole Type: Boat Sole
  • Sole Color: Boat Sole / White
  • Thread: Natural
  • Hardware: Bright Brass
  • Lace: Rawhide / Coffee
  • Lining: Tan Glove Leather