Muffy, thank you for all of the work you put into The Daily Prep. You mentioned at the beginning of this year that this was your fourth and "senior year." What does that mean for 2014?
While things could change, as of now I still plan to retire The Daily Prep at the end of this year. That will be twice as long as I originally thought it would exist, and I have certainly talked more than I ever intended!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I'll start by saying how much I enjoy reading The Daily Prep, both for entertainment and education value. It really is rare to find a blog worth reading these days, and rarer still to find one that stands the test of time (in true prep fashion, of course).
My dilemma is that of being preppy at heart, but not preppy by birth. You no doubt surmised from the title of the email that I live in Texas, as I have for my entire life of three decades. Needless to say, there is not a reliable prep tradition here in the South, and the version that does exist more than stretches the bounds of proper prep taste. As a frequent reader of your blog, I am attuned to this, but still the problem remains: How is a prep without the heritage, such as myself, able to balance/attain true prep style, keeping in mind (1) environmental differences between Texas and more traditional prep climes and (2) wanting to avoid appearing as an impostor or worse, trend-chaser?
I have no desire to fool anyone into thinking I have some long family history of a prep persuasion, but I cannot deny that my demeanor and style would be more befitting of Narragansett Bay than urban Texas. This being the case, what are the rules for those who share my quandary and wish to avoid appearing contrived and inauthentic (especially to true preps in-the-know)?
Humbly, a reader.
Posted by Muffy Aldrich at 4:06 PM
This weekend has provided a scatter shot of memories that defy any neat narrative - other than geography - or dominating moment. Even the temperature, so warm on land midday and cold and raw on the water and when the sun was down, epitomized the cacophony.
Nevertheless, here are some images and notes.
|The Tigris entourage had just flown in from Britain. (Tigris is still the most beautiful boat that I see in Narragansett Bay.)|
|The launch was busy with more important duties so we headed out the old-fashioned way.|
|Bags were stowed. (I cannot take credit for any of these.)|
|At a nearby mooring, intense preparations were being made as Tigris readies to cross.|
|And speaking of Guernseys, our captain was wearing his Guernsey, which was a wiser choice than my warm and bulkier but less wind blocking Irish fisherman sweater.|
|Major Peter Wood on the Right.|
|My Museum of Yachting hat is one of my favorites.|
|For those whose prefer a palette more diverse than my default brown, these Quoddy Women's Boat Mocs may be a perfect fit. They also make them for men. There are many things I love about them. Being Quoddys, they are handmade in Maine and I have found them to be supremely comfortable. The Horween leather is of exceptional quality and immediately molded to my foot.|
|Perfect Shades of Green and Navy|
|In a brand new design, these Quoddy shoes combine a moccasin construction and a Vibram sole.|
|As we came into Newport Harbor we passed the still dormant Harbour Court.|
|A pilot boat headed purposefully out.|
|This tour boat was one of the few other vessels on the water.|
|We decided to go ashore for some food.|
|Clarke Cooke House and Black Pearl were already successfully attracting their usual, robust seasonal crowds.|
|Sea Breezes and Cigar Smoke|
|So we got our chowder to go....|
|...and escaped to the tranquility of the boat.|
|I took the boat out of the empty (and thus wake-free) Newport Harbor...|
|...and into Narragansett Bay.|
|We found ourselves practicing a "hat-overboard" exercise, which is easier than "man-overboard" and easier still than "dog-overboard".|
|We then could not miss why the pilot boat was going out.|
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
|Photographs by my Father .|