Thursday, May 17, 2012

Barbour Westmorland Waistcoat (Gilet) at the Farm

 
 ** Warning - a picture of the activity is coming up, so please don't read any further if this is going to be a problem for you. **  


Barbour Westmorland Waistcoat repaired at the Barbour Milford, NH facility.  Where else these days can one get this kind of expert work done at such reasonable prices?  



 


 

An expert at breeding, she always wins Grand Champion at dairy shows for her Jersey Cow herd which, in turn,  produces the highest quality raw milk.


Water temperature is critical.




 



 
Being close to the manufacturing process has many advantages...

 

...including some of the company one meets.


"Moo", the new Old English Sheepdog puppy.


18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very James Herriot! I was expecting Siegfried Farnon to show up at any moment!

Bitsy said...

Love this post -- it so evokes the experience of of being on a farm. I can almost smell the dirt and the cows. Having lived many years in a similar environment, and now living in a more urban one and missing those smells, I truly enjoy your posts on rural life.

Thank you for taking time during your time off to give us these wonderful glimpses of sailing and farming and all the wonderful things you post about!

Mary R. said...

Barbour has been a valued part of our farm for three generations. So durable. Enjoyed your post.

Uncle Jack said...

I can assure you that you'd find some IKEA items, like their solid white china, to your liking. Lots of no-frill items, which is what New England used to be about.

Anonymous said...

Muffy:


Is that your doppelganger I espied in one of your pictures?

always enjoying your posts,

wg

Thornproof said...

Fun post! Thanks for sharing these pictures. I must say that the folks at Barbour in Milford have been very good to me too. Lisa the seamstress has come out from the back room to inspect beat up jackets that I've brought into repair and told me what I should do now and what I should expect to do on the next visit. On my older Westmorland, she put leather trim on the pocket warmers, the bellows pocket and all around the bottom hem. This should let the jacket last for another 20 years, I hope!

We seem to frequent many of the same places. I'm sure I'll bump into you one day. Cheers!

Ann said...

I so admire people who are experts in things such as your friend. It takes years of experience and study to produce quality stock, one could imagine. I'm so glad people like her are keeping those sciences alive and well!

Sarah said...

This brought back memories for me! At our tiny 3 acre one Jersey cow farm, the "lady with the long arm" (as my father called her) would show up once a year. And each spring an impossibly cute calf resulted from this earthy yet clinical ritual. The picture of you watching the insemination is one of my favorites so far. I remember watching with horrified fascination as a girl. That is one long glove!

Greenfield said...

"Raw Material!" made me laugh; been there, done that with horses. LOVE the vest, and what an absolutely beautiful little Jersey!

Mona said...

Great post! 'Moo' is adorable.

John said...

"I watched a cow being inseminated the other day. ** Warning - a picture of the activity is coming up, so please don't read any further if this is going to be a problem for you. ** This got me thinking about value chains and our current culture around both skills and goods"

IT IS COMMENTS LIKE THIS THAT MAKE THIS BLOG A MUST READ...JB

Farrah said...

My uncle once told me that he refuses to shop at Walmart/Target/Sam's/Costco type stores as he does not want to purchase lettuce and televisions in the same location. He doesn't realize that his wife purchases his Ralph Lauren there frequently. This truly woke me up! I would love to hear more about how you shop while being fiscally responsible in small stores.

John said...

I couldn't agree more about "big box," at least as it exists today. Aside from the principle involved, they simply aren't very nice places to be. I've found once I made it a conscious decision to avoid those places as much as possible, it becomes easy. You'd be amazed how many small operators there still are, if one just takes the time to look.

Lovely images and food for thought as always!

Worthington said...

Oh! I love Boo. Too cute for words.

Myeongjun Jo said...

your vest is so nice. :)

Anonymous said...

I agree. I would rather pay more to not have to deal with the big-box environment.

Anonymous said...

Hi, great post. I wondered if you might tell me where you got the blue/white jumper in the top picture and if there is a specific name/style to it, as I would very much like one myself. Greetings from the UK!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, will be ordering one from Yarmouth Stores in the UK. Had to smile at the 'geeky, wonky, trope-filled fanboy' comment on the referenced page.