Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brad Cole at Leather Man Ltd. with Cecil Lyon

Brad Cole (left) and Leather Man Ltd's legendary owner Cecil Lyon (right); photograph provided by Brad Cole
While in Essex, Connecticut today,  Brad Cole stopped by Leather Man Ltd. to, in Brad's words, "personally thank them for the wonderful service they have provided to me."

Leather Man Ltd./ Eliza B. have also just released the date for their Annual Factory Sale - October 25 & 26.

Everything is made here in Essex, Connecticut, including...

...Some of our favorites belts...

...Our indestructible key chains (three old Volvos and a neighbor's house key),
...And our well used Austin Jeffers checkbook cover.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Single Image - Kilts in New England, 1971

Photograph from our personal archives

Places to Avoid (Driving) in (Southern) New England

Another Reason I Love Volvos: Safe Loaner Cars (and our door-to-door service)
Allstate just released its 10th Anniversary Best Drivers Report.  This report compares accident rates in 200 cities across the US.  Locations in Southern New England occupy five of the worst ten spots, including four of the bottom five.  Unlike some research, this correlates directly with my own experience, especially driving on I-290 through Worcester, New England's second largest city.

Places to Avoid (Driving) in (Southern) New England:

191. New Haven, CT (where a fatal accident was just reported, according to NECN)
196. Providence, RI
197. Springfield, MA
199. Boston, MA
200. Worcester, MA

The entire report can be found here:  2014 America's Best Drivers Report by Allstate

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Today's Farm Share

Included in Today's Farm Share

Reader Question: What is the difference between Preppy and Americana?

More Americana?

Dear Muffy,

What is the difference between the styles Preppy and Americana?    Are they very separate things or is there more overlap between them?

More Preppy?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Peach Pie

This time of year, I put up a favorite peach pie recipe.  It is best to use fresh, local and ripe peaches if possible.

I use my grandmother's rolling pin (the same style as found at Vermont Rolling Pins) and her old Betty Crocker cookbook.  

Ingredients for Filling
4 Cups of peeled and sliced peaches
⅞ cup sugar
4 Tbsp flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1⅓ Tbsp butter

Peel and cut up peaches
Mix in sugar, flour and cinnamon

Ingredients for Crust
This crust is the same as used in the apple pie recipe.

1 cup white flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt (don't leave out)
½ cup canola oil
¼ cup whole milk

Mix together, divide in half
Roll each half flat between two pieces of waxed paper

Put bottom crust in pie pan (I use 9 inch Pyrex pans)
Pour in filling
Cut up butter into four or five pieces and place evenly on top of filling
Put on top crust
With a knife, place five or so slits in top crust

Bake in pre-heated oven at 425 degrees

Bake for around 40 minutes and check. One can bake it for an additional 10 minutes, or until crust is darkened enough

I serve it hot or cold, but never with ice cream.

This picture of our dog appeared in the original posting of this recipe.  He is older now (just turned 14), but still begging. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Question for the Community: Movies that Expand on TDP Themes

In the old days, we used to have movies and shows on plastic discs...
Hi Muffy,

Thank you for regularly including posts on television series that you enjoy.  Can you please pose this question:  What movies (both classic and modern) do TDP readers recommend?  I am looking for recommendations that include themes often presented on your blog.  Two that come to mind are The Philadelphia Story and the adaption of John Cheever's The Swimmer.

Thank you.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Fair Photo

Photograph from our personal archives.

As fair season approaches, we will be posting one picture each Saturday from different agricultural fairs around New England from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s from our personal archives.  

Single Image

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ivy Protests

Protests Around Yale,  1961 (Photographs from our personal archives)
Current news, reviews, and reflections on the state of corporate, political, and academic leadership and management today created an interesting tapestry.

Here are some quotes from the Wall Street Journal review of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite by William Deresiewicz (thanks to M. for sending it) drawing in part from his experience as a professor of English at Yale and as a graduate instructor at Columbia, along with some favorite photographs from our family archives of several different protests.

“[T]he rat race for college admissions—and, later, for entry into the top banks and law firms—has robbed these ultra-high achievers of their passion, intellectual curiosity, purpose and depth.”  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Maine Moose

A Familiar Site
Depending on where one is in Maine, a moose sighting can be a big check on a bucket list or such a common occurrence that one fails to even take notice.  I have experienced both.