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Bean Boots, and why you should buy them for Christmas.

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If you happened to read my last blog “Christmas at the Welch House”, maybe you remember my “Buy Local, Give Global” statement. In the same vein, let’s talk about L.L. Bean.

L.L. Bean was founded by, well, Leon Leonwood Bean in 1912 and this boot design, “The Maine Hunting Boot” was his first product.

This is a Bean Boot.
The often imitated, never duplicated Bean Boot.

He was an outdoorsman himself, and was sick and ...

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Christmas at the Welch House

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Well, if you live anywhere in the Eastern United States you don’t have to be reminded that winter is just around the corner, and yes, it can snow in October.

Susan and MJ with Santa
Susan and MJ with Santa

That also means that Christmas is right around the corner, too.

I know, I know. I can hear the groans already. I’m no expert in the field of gift-giving, but I like to think of myself as ...

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Maine Open Lighthouse Day – September 17, 2011

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What is it about lighthouses that make them so fascinating?

Personally, I really admire the craftsmanship and sheer guts needed to build these structures.18th & 19th century masons built these Lights in remote locations, sometimes on a cliff or a spit of rock in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by deadly rock, tide and wild. It’s amazing they were able to persevere.

Although these men were paid for their work, these lighthouses weren’t built for profit. These builders risked their ...

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Rain, rain. . . Oh, for cryin’ out loud!

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If you live anywhere near the East Coast, you’ve spent the last forty days and forty nights listening to the gentle pitter-patter of raindrops hitting absolutely everything.

Those of us that live here in the harbor understand that, environmentally speaking, we live in a temperate rainforest, and like the Brits we are used to rain.

I love this shot of the schooner in the fog.
I love this shot of the schooner in the fog.

So, when ...

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Fisherman’s Festival – 2011

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When I was a kid . . . (Cue gentle snoring).

Ahem. When I was a kid, we used to go visit my Great-Grandmother in Groton, VT for the annual Fall Festival. At the time I thought it was pretty hokey. They would have a parade, with the town’s single fire engine, kids with decorated bikes and ...

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