Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Little Potting in the Sitting Room

Need Bigger Pots.....                 Photos by Salt Water New England


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Summer in Newport

Photo by Salt Water New England

Narragansett Bay

Photo by Salt Water New England

Nautical Code Flag Bracelet, Tory’s Jewelry, Marblehead, Massachusetts

Photo by Salt Water New England

Sheepscot Congregational Church, Built 1825

Photo by Salt Water New England

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

On Lilacs and Beach Roses

Photos by Salt Water New England
WASP Decor had sent this comment to TDP:
I was sitting, of all places, in the McDonald's parking lot in Bucksport, Maine, sipping a Newman's Own coffee and when I opened up my sunroof , this overwhelming smell of Lilacs flooded my wagon. I parked right under a towering lilac. I sat there, made a few phone calls enjoyed my coffee *and* the lilacs. 
Growing up, we had a monstrous, round bush out in our front yard. The center made for a great spot as a kid for hide and seek!
{Off topic: My all time favorite scent/flower is the Rose rugosa, or beach roses; neither of which are in my new yard. So, I must get on this and plant some. What is more heavenly than to drive around any beach community (in New England) and smell the beach roses and fresh salt air.}

WASP Decor was known for his many pitch perfect thoughts, not the least of which being the list of attributes on the header of his much missed blog:
Outdoorsy.
Old.
Frumpy. 
Comfort. 
Antique.
Worn. 
Faded. 
Summers in Maine.
Winters in Georgetown.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Navy Blazer: Double Breasted or Single?

All Photos by Salt Water New England
One version:
"The origin of the blazer goes back to the Captain of the frigate HMS Blazer, who in 1837 was faced with a visit to his ship by Queen Victoria.  To smarten up his shabby-looking crew the Captain had short jackets in navy blue serge, with brass Royal Navy buttons, made up for his men."
- Paul Keers <http://www.keers.co.uk/, http://amzn.to/2hiAM0B>, A Gentleman's Wardrobe 

"Blazers always work."  (Wharf Rat)

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Lawn Alternative

Photo by Salt Water New England

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nicely Wrinkled

Photo by Salt Water New England

The Asian Bird Motif

Photo by Salt Water New England
One favorite style of bird motif - found in Western European chintzes, silks, and later dishes - has its roots in Asian design, the result of the East India Company's 1601 charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I to trade in China and neighboring countries.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Traditional Guernsey Jumper In Navy from Guernsey Woollens

Photo by Salt Water New England
Another excellent source for authentic Guernsey jumpers is Guernsey Woollens.   All of their jumpers (sweaters) are made, of course, on the Channel Island of Guernsey of 100% Pure British Wool.  They offer a variety of styles, including a crew neck version of the traditional Guernsey, if one prefers that to the traditional Guernsey neck.  And they offer a pleasing range of colors, although Navy is the most classic .

They also offer their Traditional Guernsey Jumper in a tall size, with an additional 3 inches added to the body and sleeves.

A Particularly Nice Bright Shade of Navy

Spring Flowers in Old Yards

Photos by Salt Water New England
The older yards this time of year transform.  Generations of either careful planning or benign neglect pay off with intense textures and colors of new growth that vary across microcosms of light and shade in a single sweep.  Those who enjoy the ocean for its energy and constant change get that everywhere they look now.  It is as transformation to the view as Autumn foliage, only with a better pallet.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Reader Question: Cross-Generational Sports

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When I was growing up in the 1970s, there were a handful of canon sports that entire families played, such as tennis, sailing and skiing.   Friends and neighbors inevitably played the same ones.  Equipment was passed around, handed down and periodically refreshed.  What are the sports today that cross generations and neighbors?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Where can one find good khaki pants for women?

Photo by Salt Water New England
Probably the single most asked question of SWNE is:
"Where can I find good khaki pants for women?" 


In Lambing Season

Photos by Salt Water New England
"This little lamb went to market. Also, when he was just 2 days old, to the Patagonia outlet in Freeport, Treat’s in Wiscasset and Rising Tide in Damariscotta."
- Portland Press Herald <https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/08/how-nugget-got-to-be-briefly-the-traveling-lamb-of-waldo-county/>

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Early Spring


Ernie Webb

Photos by Salt Water New England


Madras Shorts

Photo by Salt Water New England

Friday, April 6, 2018

There are two types of opinions on Nantucket Reds...

Photos by Salt Water New England
...Newport's (above), and The New Yorker's (below).


Thursday, April 5, 2018

For Tea and Old Pots

Hand Selected

Photos by Salt Water New England 
There is a difference when products are made by hand, and individually, compared to en masse.  Cuts are more precise, construction is tighter, and there is a hard-to-measure role for an experienced eye.

With both leather and wood products - where there is raw material with varying grain - the craftsman can hand select the most attractive pieces to be the most prominent.  The longer one spends with such items, the more one comes to appreciate the role of knowledgeable people who cared.


English Plate, Austrian Cups

Photo by Salt Water New England

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

When Cloudy Was the Weather

Photos by Salt Water New England
One misty moisty morning when cloudy was the weather... 
- From an English Poem