Thursday, June 28, 2012

Salt Water Farm, Lincolnville, Maine

 

Salt Water Farm represents so much of what is important, combined with what is viscerally appealing.  Classes and supper clubs focus on "traditional methods of cooking locally sourced ingredients", in an exquisite coastal Maine setting.

Summer City Street Shots



 



 
 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Five Classic Vera Bradley Patterns

Greenfield

Bees

Provence
Royal
Delft
Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.

A little clique of themselves...





“[New Englanders] very contentedly made a little clique of themselves and intermarried very much, with a sure and cheerful faith that in such alliances there can be no blunder.”

John Morse, Jr., in Memoir of Colonel Henry Lee, as quoted by Judson Hale.



Children of the first settlers of the New Hampshire seacoast town of Hampton:  Here, on my husband's side,  brothers from one family married sisters from another family, and a child from each of those marriages then got married and had children.  As a result, the fourth great grandfather had the same great grandparents on both sides.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bow Ties and FIT's Ivy Style (Press) Release



These bow ties will make an appearance at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Bow Tie Worn in the New York Times Offices, 1968 (Photo from our archives)

The Belted Galloways of Aldermere Farm, Rockport, Maine


If you are headed in or out of Camden, be sure to bypass Route One and see the Scottish Belted Galloways of Aldemere Farm.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Newport Bermuda Race 2012




Yesterday was the start of the Newport Bermuda race.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sartorial requirements...




“Casual. No denim.”

- Sartorial requirements for tonight’s pre-race dinner, New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court, Newport, Rhode Island



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Maine's Lupines, Beach Roses, and Buttercups


While there is no question that "Leafing Season" has a better brand, "Lupine Season" on the Maine coast is just as wonderful.  Everywhere in late May and June are visual treats.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To survive, they had to be self-reliant...





“Many islanders lived their whole lives on the islands where they were born; there they died and there they were buried.  To survive, they had to be self-reliant, to build their own boats, to raise all of the food they did not take from the sea, to attend to their own sick, and to treat their own injuries...  

There was nothing anywhere that was unnecessary; nothing, whether the work of man or nature that existed without a purpose.”

- Eliot Porter, Summer Island, Penobscot Country (from a battered 1966 copy, about Great Spruce Head Island, Maine)



Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island

 
Church steeples shape the skyline of many New England towns.  And Newport is no exception.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Guernsey Sweaters Have Arrived at Royal Male

 
The Guernsey sweaters had arrived at Royal Male in Newport.


Going By Sea

 
The Guernsey sweater, made on the Channel Island of Guernsey where they have been knitting this sweater for over 400 years.   It is virtually indestructible, densely woven of its famous water resistant oiled wool, and hand finished.   

The details are specific and symbolic.  Quoting www.theislandwiki.org: a rib at the top of the sleeve represents a sailing ship’s rope ladder; a raised shoulder seam represents a rope; and the garter stitch panel represents waves breaking on the shore. 
It was Lord Admiral Nelson who suggested that the Guernsey be worn by the Royal Navy, and ordered them to be dyed Navy Blue from their original Natural.

 
They last seemingly forever.  Etienne wears his father's of thirty years ago and mine is now twenty five years old and still in perfect condition.

Discussing the fit:  The British wear them a bit tighter while Americans prefer a more loose fit. 

There is nothing quite like 6 ply cashmere

Dudley, the Royal Male dog, inspects the 4 ply Brussels Cashmere Corgi as well..
Etienne also showed this jacket made of the very rare qiviut, which comes from the underbelly of the musk-ox.  It it exquisitely soft and light, but warm.

 

 



It is a Men's jacket.

Their seasonal store at Bannister's Wharf is open as well.  And the sweaters can be shipped.