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Friday, February 21, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Cheltenham, Spring Tweeds, and the Cordings Promotion

Photo Provided by Cordings
The case for tweeds in spring can be made in one word.  "Cheltenham."

This four day jump racing event, the most anticipated of the National Hunt calendar,  also makes the case for spring covert coats, spring tattersalls, and spring lambswool pullovers and corduroys.

Those wanting to take advantage of this Cordings of Piccadilly's Cheltenham Festival Offer have until Sunday, February 23rd.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Question for the Community: What is the most meaningful piece of poetry or prose you have committed to memory?

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Question for the Community:
The act of memorizing a long piece of poetry or prose is a commitment.  But once done, it is available for years, perhaps decades.  Of the longer pieces of poetry or prose you have committed to memory, perhaps for public speaking contests, monologues in plays, or just for sport, which has been the most meaningful? 

Good Things Come in Pairs...

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Out and About

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Friday, February 14, 2020

The Guardian: How ultra-processed food took over your shopping basket

Alternatives to Ultra-Processed - Photo by Salt Water New England
In The Guardian:
Ultra-processed foods (or UPF) now account for more than half of all the calories eaten in the UK and US...  
Unless you grow, forage or catch all your own food, almost everything you consume has been processed to some extent. A pint of milk is pasteurised, a pea may be frozen. Cooking is a process. Fermentation is a process. Artisanal, organic kimchi is a processed food, and so is the finest French goat’s cheese. No big deal. 
But UPFs are different. They are processed in ways that go far beyond cooking or fermentation...   [A]n ultra-processed diet – with its soft textures and strong flavours – really does cause over-eating and weight gain, regardless of the sugar content. 
- How ultra-processed food took over your shopping basket <>

Thursday, February 13, 2020

SWNE 2020 Acronym List

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  • B2 (as in BSquared) - Brooks Bros.
BDA - Bermuda

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Reader Question for the Community: Where to stay on Nantucket?

A reader question for the community:
My family and I have always wanted to vacation in Nantucket but know nothing about suitable places to stay for a summer get-away.  Anybody have experiences and recommendations they can pass on to aid in our planning?  We're thinking of a week some time this summer.

Dear Muffy: Socks with Camp Mocs?

A Reader Question:
Hello Muffy!
I wanted to reach out to you regarding a wardrobe question:
Can one wear socks with a canoe shoe or does the style lend itself to a more bare ankle look?
As always, enjoy your blog on a daily basis.
Thanks much for your input.
I prefer camp mocs, including Quoddy's canoe shoes, worn sockless, but they are fine with certain types of socks.  Unfortunately, as with boat shoes, the best socks are often ragg wool that may necessitate going up half a size or so.   

Sunday, February 9, 2020


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A Pleasure to Handle...

Hand Washed - Photos by Salt Water New England
There are two approaches to chores.  One is to automate or outsource them.  The other is to have and use things that are truly appreciated, and are a pleasure to handle.  While both have their merits, we as a society may be currently overly focused on the first and under-appreciating the second.


Saturday, February 8, 2020

Harbor in Winter

Photos by Salt Water New England

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sugaring Season

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020)

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Other than making high quality, tasteful clothes, L.L. Bean tries everything

A Great L.L. Bean Product Designed Decades Ago, Still Made in Maine - Photo by Salt Water New England
Averyl kindly sent two L.L. Bean stories that suggest some strategies du jour.  In the first, L.L. Bean wants to be more "nimble," and is trimming down its payroll to do it.
In the second, L. L. Bean tries once again to be hip, or at least provide some catnip to the fashion press, by collaborating with Todd Snyder.
And in the past, statistical analysis suggested L.L. Bean had been "breaking right" in terms of their customer base.
One wonders if some plucky MBA graduate is even now preparing a pitch for the L.L. Bean boardroom, anticipating their further failures to produce sought-after clothes, outlining some "Hail Mary"strategy of reinvesting in intelligent clothes that are tasteful, high quality, and responsibly sourced.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Dusting Off My Whippets...

Photo by Salt Water New England

Monday, February 3, 2020

Elements of a Classic Mens' Wardrobe in Spring/Summer Colors

Photos by Salt Water New England

Quoddy's Best Blucher, the Maliseet Oxford for Men - Made in Maine

Shown with Mercer & Sons, and Leather Man Ltd., All Made in the USA

    Sunday, February 2, 2020

    Ship Oils - In the Camden Library

    Photos by Salt Water New England

    Thursday, January 30, 2020

    From the Archives: Heading out to the Start, Newport to Bermuda

    Photo by Salt Water New England

    From Brooks Brothers Today...

    Photo by Brooks Brothers; Taken from Direct Email
    I confess that I didn't even know Brooks Brothers had customer-favorite slim-fit jeans, but apparently they just got better.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020

    SWNE's List of New England Preppy Towns, 2020

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    Fast Company: It’s time to regulate fashion the way we regulate the oil industry

    When buying clothes, smart people often apply less-than-smart criteria, and conscientious people often make less-than-conscientious decisions.  And even small clothing companies today can sell shirts and belts (perhaps adorned with US Flags) that were made by the same global supply chain championed by L.L. Bean, Patagonia, and Walmart.

    Perhaps this gap will close.  Consider this article that "N from VA" kindly sent:
    Some quotes:
    [T]he scale of the industry’s environmental footprint is a relatively new problem.
    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that textile manufacturing consumes 98 million tons of nonrenewable resources—from oil that goes into synthetics fibers to fertilizers to grow cotton, and 93 billion cubic meters of water annually. And the International Energy Agency estimates that the textile industry also generated 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, which is more than all international flights and maritime shipping trips combined. This is just scratching the surface of the problem. 
    It’s easy to think of fashion as frivolous. But the truth is, it’s an industry that is actively destroying the Earth. 

    Sunday, January 26, 2020