Saturday, February 9


LANDSMITH: Adventure and Coffee. THAT is something we can get behind. You can TOO! With this modest Kickstarter from Heather Schmidt - running coach and cofounder of the maple soaked Union Square Donuts in Somerville MA;

Heather is sharing her marathon / trail running contacts to launch an outdoorsyworkshop/ coffeeshop called Landsmith; offering educational classes and outdoor instruction on trail biking and bike travelling, trail running, and weekly group runs and rides.  Whether you are an h-core beardy fullface rockhopper, or mum & dad and 3 kids - there will be chances for all to get involved.

Hey Heather - what is Landsmith?"
Located in Malden MA, Landsmith is a cafe and outdoor adventure club; an inspiring meeting place for locals, commuters, runners, cyclists, and adventurers alike. Whether you're stopping in on the way to work or for a run on the trail, we’ll offer you great food, coffee, community and connection to the outdoors.” 

Camp mugs, stickers, tees or Forestbound bag among the Kstarter thank you gifts. Aiming for Fall 2019 open. Can't wait to see this built out! 🌲🥐☕️  Link again here.

Monday, February 4

10E2626: Barbour Footstool

Think I saw this on Uk eBay... lost it now.. anyhow custom stool using an old Barbour.  Lodge material.

Monday, December 31

10E2625: SKIDA

Commonly known for floral inspired shell hats perfectly weighted for Nordic skiing, Vermont's SKIDA has been a staple of bright eyed outdoors types for a decade. 

"As a ski racer, [Corinne] Prevot started Skida while at Burke Mountain Academy and Middlebury College, both in Vermont, making and selling the headwear to teammates and at ski races. In 2013, Prevot opened Skida headquarters in Burlington, Vermont’s south end arts district. The newly introduced Cashmere Collection is made exclusively for Skida in Nepal." - via SkiVermont
Anyhow - they also do triangular neckwarmers, in flannel/fleece (as well as SKIDA cloth microfiber), like a bandana tied round the neck but with velcro.  On a chilly day outside whether on the slopes or not, I am converted.

Get 'em online or if you are stopping by the fantastic JJHapgood store or WildWings X-C ski center in Peru, VT.

Chili on the stove at WWXC. Eeeesential stealth lunch stop.

Sunday, December 16

10E2624: In Praise of Hot Water Bottles

Hot-water bottles are never going to be fashionable. Even to talk about them is to invite a smirk from your audience. And yet would anyone turn down the offer of a hot-water bottle in this weather? Cheaper and greener than leaving the heating on all night, a bottle is a portable comfort. With a little planning, it heats up the bed before you clamber in. With an adequate cover (and would you seriously consider a naked rubber bottle?), it keeps you warm into the small hours. And then there is the attendant ritual of decanting a boiled kettle... ...a hot-water bottle is the kind of prosaic comfort that is easy to overlook and yet somehow makes life so much better. In fashion? Never. A must-have? Absolutely.  - via The Guardian.

100%. Can't really say more. De riguer during the winter months. Hot water bottle covers are the iPhone case of the 19th century too. Different sizes and types abound. Cashmere is good, flannel great. Tweed no. Protip - jam your pjs by the bottle too before you get changed so they are all heated up.  What's next- slippers?? Hell yes.

Friday, December 7

10E2623: Queen Victoria's "Journal of a life in the Highlands"

The Journal of a Life in the Highlands by Queen Victoria covers years 1862-1882 (the period of Victoria's ensconcement at Balmoral in Scotland after the death of her husband Prince Albert) - includes all day to day activities and the closeness with her Highland attendant Mr. Brown.  Better than most lifestyle blogs, probably because not aspirational...      You can read the whole thing courtesy of the InternetArchive.  Abbreviated versions are in print as well.

If you have not seen the fantastic film Mrs Brown (as Victoria became colloquially known due to this close relation with Mr Brown) starring Judy Dench as Victoria and Billy Connolly practically inhabiting the role of Brown... get it on your list. Anglophilia sure - but great stuff. The movie was directed by John Madden who immediately followed up with Shakespeare in Love - another 90s classic ("that woman - is A WOMAN!" etc...) where Dench reprises as a monarch this time with cameo as Elizabeth I and a knockout line.

The Mrs Brown trailers are horrendous... just go rent it.  Read some first though...

Wednesday, November 14

10E2622: Heavey | Concord MA 11/15/18

We just happen to live next to the painter Whitney Alexanderson Heavey who has a showing in Concord, MA (11 Main Street) with reception tomorrow (Thursday 11/15, 4-7pm).  Really dig the  drippy marsh series as well as rough seascapes. Heavey lives in Chatham, MA half the year so makes sense. Once a year she opens her studio to visitors in nearby Maynard - but a common gallery presence on the Cape and Portland, ME. (site)

What are you doing on a gross stick season evening? Come by tomorrow. Shot of culture and high fives. Essential. Going wire to wire myself...

The artist name checked in the last 2 House & Garden's for those following along at home. Looking forward to this.