Sunday, May 26, 2019

And Summer Begins

Photos by Salt Water New England
Meteorologists say the first day of Summer is June 1st, while the calendar suggests it is not until June 21.  Students think of the moment the last academic obligations are fulfilled, while others note their sudden, mysterious craving for grilled food and chilled drinks.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Sporting a Bit of Marblehead This Holiday Weekend

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This long, bright holiday weekend is off to a perfect start with a bit of Marblehead, including the personalized nautical code flag from Tory’s Jewelry (also known for their Sterling Turk's Head Bracelet) and Mariner Shackle Pendant from Patsy Kane.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

A Smattering of Pink and Green

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F.L. Woods Shirts - Made in the US

Photos by Salt Water New England
There is almost a false dichotomy when it comes to clothing today.  If you want lighter and brighter items, your options are too often rather vulgar (too bright) and cheaply made (such as "Made in China").  Meanwhile, more substantial and well finished items items are often only available in colors that are a tad drab.

It wasn't always that way; back to the 1980s, it was so easy to get clothes that were brighter but also very well made.   This combination is of what I think when I wear F.L. Woods shirts today.  At a time when everyone seems to be wearing graphite and black, these shirts are a breath of fresh air - light and bright and still very well constructed.  (And at a time when more vendors who had touted "Made in the US" are quietly shifting to "imported" garments, F.L. Woods' are still made locally.)

I find that these Men's shirts are easy for a woman to wear, as their full cut is more forgiving around the hips and the tails are not too long.   And while the sleeve length is perfect for me, they can also be rolled up.  I wear them in a size Medium, which is slightly oversized, which is my preference.

Men's Shirts, Made in the US (shown below from left to right):

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Frame in a Frame...

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Readying the Pool's Salt Water System

Photo by Salt Water New England
The horrid green of a newly opened pool for the season...... An initial hit of shock by the pool company (unfortunately) is followed by several blocks of salt, which will then take over the job of keeping the pool clean and clear until autumn.  As a bonus, one leaves the pool smelling vaguely of salt instead of chlorine.

Mid-coast Maine

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Question for the Community: How do you raise children who are comfortable around the arts?

A Question For the Community
What are the best ways to raise children to be comfortable around classical music, art, books, and architecture?  I know part of the answer is being a role model, which my wife and I both are.  Are there specific tips, places to go, or other thoughts, especially around what is best for different ages?  

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Long Sleeves in Summer

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Around Town

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Life on the Connecticut Shore - 1960s

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Looking for Shorebirds in the Wayfarer Jacket from Cordings of Piccadilly - Made in England

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The weather was ideal today, bright and sunny, for wearing the outstanding Cordings of Piccadilly Wayfarer Jacket but with a cool and steady wind off the water.   The shorebirds have returned and their activity was brisk.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Boat Shoes (2019 Edition)

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Questions about boat shoes typically include:

1. Who makes boat shoes?

2. What makes a shoe appropriate for boats?

3. Can you wear boat shoes with socks?

4. Can you wear boat shoes as everyday shoes?

5. Are Sperry Boat Shoes still the standard, and how do the various boat shoes compare?

1.  Who makes boat shoes?

Some boat shoe providers are:

Monday, May 13, 2019

Around Town

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Three Questions

Some articles for consideration:

Should museums and schools accept filthy lucre?

Is Nantucket now just a resort, having made their Faustian bargain?

"Volvo gave all automakers free license to use the belt design."  If you were a Volvo investor, would you approve?

Saturday, May 11, 2019

What to do?

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Saturday is dump day, and with it the concomitant decisions of what to do with various things.  Today a few shirts and cups found a new home with friends, a stack of old framed prints had already been put by the side of the road with a free sign (they went immediately),  but this item continues to vex.  It is an old Abercrombie & Fitch hamper, with most of the pieces intact.  One temptation is to gut the disagreeable innards, and use the wicker.  But that seems wrong somehow, so it will likely be put away until either some great fit arises or, more likely, just a Saturday hence.

Friday, May 10, 2019


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Braided Leather Angle Tote from Lotuff Leather - Made by Hand in New England

Photo by Salt Water New England
It would be difficult to overstate the exceptional handwork, quality, beauty and sheen of this Lotuff Leather Braided Leather Angle Tote.  And it is easy to imagine that for some people, this bag would be their everywhere bag.  It fits in at a gallery as easily as the office, it is big enough for an event or travel, and it makes for a perfect gift.
Substantial enough to stand up on its own.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Tilley Hats - Made in Canada

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A core item for many wardrobes is a Tilley hat.  Critically, they provide protection from the sun, even reducing glare.  They are also lightweight, come in a variety of styles (everyone has their favorite), and, of course, float.  Despite their lifetime guarantee, many sailors keep a few spare around, as the possibility of being without one is just unthinkable.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Around Yale Today

Photos by Salt Water New England
 One might wonder if beautiful spring weather makes one of the most bitter sweet days of the school year, moving out, better or worse?

Early Signs of Spring

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Old Norwegian Chairs

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(And our quite dusty floorboards...)

Oh My! Around Town Today...

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Spring Boats

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Reader Question: Leather Saddle Bag

A reader question for the community:
This question comes a bit out of season as I’ll use a straw bag or canvas tote for most of the summer. However, I would like to find a brown leather saddle bag for daily use (fall through spring). I’ve looked at Coach and Dooney Bourke but dislike the prominent “C” clasp on the Coach bag and I'm suspicious of the leather quality at Dooney Bourke after reading reviews online. Is it impossible to find a discreet (no loud branding) saddle bag of medium size that is equally appropriate for a trip abroad and a farmer’s market at home? 
A frustrated millennial