Dotted along the New England Coast are a handful of cloistered waterfront enclaves of cottages. They have varying degrees of privacy ranging from “very”, such as Scarborough, Maine’s Prouts Neck (where even as an invited guest I had to get through several stop points), to Boothbay, Maine's Isle of Springs (boat only), to Old Saybrook’s Fenwick, where the roads running through it are accessible, as are the (public) golf course and clay tennis courts which are placed squarely in the center of the enclave.
|A Public Nine-Hole Course|
Luckily, after experiencing colder than normal temperatures in New England, we then enjoyed much warmer than normal temperatures, which corresponded nicely with our trek to Fenwick.
One thing I like about Fenwick is how very little it has changed since my childhood. It sits where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound, and it is known architecturally for having a large concentration of Shingle-style buildings (16) from the turn of century (and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places).
|It was originally settled in the mid 1630s by John Winthrop the Younger, Lion Gardiner and George Fenwick.|
| Outer Light (Saybrook Breakwater Light), a sparkplug lighthouse, is a quarter mile off shore, built in 1886.|
We were also able to try out our new rugby shirts, sent to us by Barbarian.
As opposed to rugby “style”shirts, these are real rugby shirts. I have never experienced a shirt with fabric this tough, and felt ready to be pummelled by a Rooster. Several other qualities stood out as well - including the perfect shade of Navy and the generous cut.
Here is another example of tough material – Orvis Men’s Ultimate Khakis, plain front and cuffed.
|Leather Man Belt - White Code Flags on Natural; Feathered Edge|
The wind picked up, so I put on my new Anorak. I have spent several years calling L.L. Bean asking them to bring back their classic Anorak. Apparently I was not the only one and this Spring they are offering it again for both Men and Women. This is a very generously cut garment, sized to fit over sweaters and the like. (The Women's Medium has a chest garment measurement of 49½.)
|Enjoying this Unusual January|