Monday, January 25, 2010

The Filson Mackinaw Cruiser


Based in Seattle, Washington, Filson is undergoing a period of what can be called re-appreciation, and have expanded their line of offerings (jackets, vests, sweaters, luggage, hunting wardrobe, etc.). These days, one is as likely to spot Filson jackets on the streets of Manhattan as the North Woods of Maine.

Above is the classic Filson Mackinaw Cruiser, made of 26 oz wool. (Except for the Charcoal, which is 24 oz). They also make the Double Mackinaw Cruiser, which has a one piece cape sewn over the Cruiser to give you a double layer on the top. It is made in the USA of virgin wool - nice long fibers straight from the sheep.


This jacket purchased was  in 1992.

It has a six button front, four front utility pockets with sturdy snaps, and two additional handwarmer pockets. There is a large rear map pocket that covers entire width of back, also with snap flaps.

Shown in the classic Red/Black, it also looks good in Navy, Charcoal, and Forest Green. It offers exceptional protection against the cold wind. It is unbelievably durable, although not a lightweight garment.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

White Flannel Sheets - Best of Both Worlds

Garnet Hill Shadow Stripe Flannel Comforter Cover and Shams
As with walls, sheets are wonderful in white. A vast expanse of white is always refreshing, and gives a visible crispness.

However, the actual crispness of traditional percale sheets is not always appreciated when one is trying to sleep. An alternative is a set of white flannel sheets. Nothing feels more comforting, especially freshly laundered.

This combination of white and flannel is surprisingly inviting year round. Then, it is hard to beat the cotton flannel from Germany.

Given the somewhat overwhelming array of possibilities one faces when purchasing bedding, it is sometimes nicer to not have to make any decision at all.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sperry Top-Siders



Women's Bluefish and Men's Billfish
For decades, after Paul Sperry in 1935 invented the iconic boat shoe with the "Razor-Siping" sole, no other brand would do.   Now, of course, they are made in China instead of Connecticut.   Choose either the Original Boat Shoe (in Classic Brown only) or the popular Billfish 3-Eye in Dark Tan, (the only acceptable color option). The Billfish is a somewhat more substantial shoe which is arguably more comfortable despite the mesh.


Women's Bluefish 2-Eye Boat Shoe







Men's 3-Eye Billfish in Dark Tan 





Men's Authentic Original Boat Shoe


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Compost: A Microcosm of Stewardship


One tenet is passing on more to the next generation. Composting - simple, effective and inexpensive - is a perfect example of this stewardship. It is accessible to all but the most urban dwellers. It allows for reducing waste, eliminating chemical use, and nourishing the gardens. And it rewards patience.


And what could be more satisfying for anyone than taking your kitchen scraps, and not only not sending it to a landfill, but enriching next year's gardens?