Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and Lake Winnipesaukee

Here is a fitting moment, given the lake was the site of the first Harvard-Yale Regatta in 1852.  Harvard won.
Wolfeboro belongs to the club of truly classic New England towns.  It is rich in beauty and tradition with a very active commitment to community activities.

Of course, it is impossible to talk about it without also appreciating New Hampshire's largest lake, Winnipesaukee, on which it borders.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reader Question: Which Barbour Jacket for a Tall Man?

The Very Large, Bellows Pocket of the Barbour Border Jacket

Would you be so kind as to advise me on the purchase of a Beaufort jacket? The issue is that I'm tall and slender at 6' 4" and therefore not sure if the jacket will be long enough in the sleeves and body. (I wear a 16/16 1/2 and 35" inseam in a shirt.) I may have to buy a larger size in order to increase the jacket length, but this might make the jacket too big around my shoulders (I'm somewhat narrow shouldered for my height). This is assuming that the bigger the jacket, the longer that it will be in the length. So, should I err on the side of a bigger jacket or more fitted? Is it more important that is be longer in the body or fit better around the shoulders? Thank you. 

I will be buying a jacket this weekend at the Barbour store in Georgetown, Washington DC. They will be offering $50 off on Saturday.  Warm regards.

Consider trying on the Border Jacket, Barbour's longest wax jacket - about six inches longer than the Beaufort. It is often difficult for a 6'4" man to wear the Beaufort - it is too short.  The two styles are very similar to each other. Besides the length, the differences between the Beaufort and the Border is that the Border does not have the poacher's pocket in back, and the Border 's two bellows pockets in the front are quite sizable compared to the Beaufort. With its extra length the Border can also look a little "blousy" as you go up in size. I personally do not like the look of a fitted Barbour. It should feel comfortable and allow you to move when wearing it.

Try it on with whatever garments you might want to wear under it and think about whether or not you will want a lining. Some instead prefer a heavy wool sweater instead, although some men wear it over a sport jacket.

Other readers may also have suggestions.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Eric Sloane and Stone Walls (or Fences)

Eric Sloane and his dog, Spooky.  Black and white photographs from our archives
"The thing that might impress you most about New England is its stone 'walls.' When they were built  anything forming an enclosure was called a fence.  Whether it was made of roots or wood or stone, they were never referred to as walls; they are more properly called stone fences."

Eric Sloan wrote these words in "Eric Sloane's America", one of his many books.  These pictures of him (and his wife and dog) were taken at their house in the northwest corner of Connecticut in the late 1960s.


His Wife, Ruth


Set up with Coffee and Barely Audible Classical Music


He apologized for his approach, and explained that this wall had not been "properly" built and therefore he was cheating by using the mortar for the repair.


He is one of the few remaining men in the state who can build a proper dry wall.

Starchy White Congregational Churches and Stone Walls (Fences)


Robert Frost cited (but did not endorse) "good fences make good neighbors." The corollary may be also worthy of consideration. "Good neighbors make good fences."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quoddy: Boat Shoes and Dawson Mocs

When one looks at the Quoddy Dawson Mocs one is struck by two things:  how heavy they are and how extraordinary beautifully and toughly constructed they seem.  Just feeling the weight alone might make one think that it would take a month or two to break in.

Maine Political Commentary

The New York Times described Maine's Round Pond Fourth of July Parade as: "... Quintessential Americana turned on its head, a cross among a charming, Rockwellian parade, a roast and a political protest. Its claim to fame is that everyone... gets made fun of."

A piece of rough hewn political commentary (or satire of political commentary) on Route 32 in Waldoboro.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A View from Mount Battie, Camden, Maine

The View of Camden from Mount Battie

To anyone visiting the Camden, Maine area, it is easy to recommend a short trip to the Camden Hills State Park and up to the summit of Mount Battie.  It is touristy (so go off season if possible), but the views are spectacular.

A Good Dinner Party

For many, a perfect dinner party is outdoors.  It is a buffet.  Chairs are available, but seldom used.  It involves some (optional) community preparation.  Longer events and larger groups are broken up with extra-curricular activities, preferably around movement.  There are few hard schedules.  Guests come from a range of backgrounds.  The food is fresh and prepared onsite.  Dogs abound.  There are beautiful places to explore away from the hum.  And there is a fire to move towards as the night chill settles in.  

There was wine making...

...and bottling...

...and sausage making.

Heading out for a sail.

It is better to go under the Newport Bridge than to go over it.

A Job with a View

Frost covered most of New England yesterday morning; it was time for socks to be paired with the boat shoes.

There are always large vessels to be seen in the deep waters of Narragansett Bay.



The winds finally picked up.





Heading out for a second, evening sail.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wool Overs Fisherman's Crew at Owls Head Light

It has been most difficult to find a "normal" Navy crew neck sweater,  made of wool, and of a fairly hefty weight.  Not as heavy as the Guernsey, but not as light as a lambswool or Shetland.  And it needed to be plain, with wide ribbing at the cuffs and sweep.