Thursday, March 29, 2012

Royal Male and The Black Pearl, Newport, Rhode Island

Chuck Ramsay, in a guest post last year, put forth a list of great pairs of places to shop and then places to eat afterwards.   This is a Newport addition.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New England Boatworks, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Spring unofficially arrives when boats are prepped for launch.  And there are few better places to see this than New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  There was a busy and focused hum yesterday.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

York, Maine

Here at York Harbor Beach, low tide is spectacular and the view provides a straight shot to the Gulf of Maine.

Just before The Piscataqua Bridge to New Hampshire is York, Maine.  And it is always nice to have an excuse to go to York (the Yorks to be specific), especially off season. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

...From 'Guaranteed to Last'

Reading My Review Copy

“Before any product or material wears the L.L. Bean label, it first must withstand a heap of abusive treatment in the laboratory and field.  Only the strong survive.”

- Jim Gorman, Guaranteed to Last - L.L. Bean's Century of Outfitting America, page 104

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Replenishing Some Men's Classic Wardrobe Essentials

Every season has some replenishing of wardrobe essentials.  Here are a few somewhat random items.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Concord, Massachusetts

Concord was originally settled (somewhat) in 1635 by Simon Willard, ancestor of the clock maker, but it is best known for its role in the much later Revolutionary War, and afterwards for its literary luminaries.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vermont Welcome Center, Guilford, Vermont

Great rest stops and welcome centers are gifts to visitors and invoke sighs of relief from people returning home.   They are destinations in themselves. The best examples are not interchangeable - they capture some aspect of the spirit of the place.  

Friday, March 9, 2012

Yankee Magazine and Dublin, New Hampshire

Long timeYankee Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Judson Hale, has written the definitive book on the soul of New England, the delightful Inside New England.

And the magazine is now in good hands with the new editor, Yankee Magazine veteran,  Mel Allen.  In an era of declining standards on many fronts, Yankee Magazine is still in top form. (Although it did take many a while to get used to the larger format.)

One has to be charmed at an office that uses rocking chairs as guest seating. 
The founders of The Old Farmer's Almanac remain present.
Paying homage to the great Judson Hale. 
And part of how Yankee Magazine maintains its character, no doubt, is being an integral part of the lovely New Hampshire town of Dublin, just down the street from Peterborough.

Here is a link to one of Jud Hale's monthly columns:
The index to all of his columns is here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Barbour Ground Zero (US), Milford, New Hampshire

There is a ground zero for Barbour in the United States, and it is their U.S. headquarters in Milford, New Hampshire.

Maple Syrup

New England roads now are dotted with pails, this year put out earlier because of the warm winter.
Farmers who produce hundreds or thousands of gallons of maple syrup have necessarily adopted ever more elaborate equipment.  But the process to make just enough syrup for a family (and maybe a few friends) is simple, satisfying, and does not require reverse osmosis.

Tkaing a turn with the auger, making sure the hole angled downward.
For sap to flow, the temperature has to be above freezing during the day but drop below freezing during the night.
One Drip at a Time
A watch dog watching.
This has not been a great season.
Adding to the Supply
Straining Out Some Debris
Since the stove is going anyway, mind the temperature and...
....evaporate away most of the water.
Now just add the requisite Richard or David Attenborough monologue.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Nantucket Reds from Murray's Toggery Shop

It was time for me to buy another pair of Nantucket Reds. While the Men’s pants seem fairly straight forward to buy, I have found the Women’s fit to be a bit trickier.