My Baxter State Parka from 1995 (aka my Joel Fleishman Jacket)This has been an unusually cold and snowy winter. We have not even experienced the usual coastal bonus of having the snow cut by rain. So last week's storm left us with close to four feet of snow on the ground, which meant we had to bring in men.
It took a backhoe, a plow and three men to deal with our driveway
Our carpenter/handyman spent half the day on various roofs, or if you prefer, rooves.
The chickens had to have Hoth-like tunnels dug for them.
With weather like this you value, and count on, the staple garments. Nothing keeps me warmer than my 15 year old L.L. Bean Baxter State Parka. And having spent time in Baxter State Park in northern Maine, I can attest that it is aptly named. Year after year, it does its job.
At night, I double up my Hanna Andersson long johns. We like to keep the upstairs fairly brisk for sleeping, so each bed has two down comforters with white flannel comforter covers.
Our month-and-a-half old Men's L.L.Bean Zip-Front Wool-Lined Boots were taken out of action by some bad stitching
What surprisingly let us down this year were the new Men's L.L. Bean boots, which came unstitched at the heels only a month and a half into the season. This was genuinely problematic as my husband and son then had to share the one good pair of boots. Shoveling was done in shifts instead of in conjunction. And Beans is currently out of stock in this and similar styles, so even their guarantee doesn't help much.
We have many pairs of L.L. Bean Men's Flannel-lined khakis and these are worn every day (including by me). These have served us well and are still going strong with no obvious signs of wear.
We are bracing for yet another storm in two days, but at least Sampson is enjoying his new view.