Summer must be about shot; it's been down in the 40s every morning lately.
The pumpkins are getting big, the tomatoes are busting, but nothing is ripe
yet, except that early sweet corn, which we've been enjoying (always plant
your corn uphill from the kitchen, so you can get it in the boiling water
faster, stays sweeter that way). Up here, at the end of each growing
season, all the window sills in the house get covered with tomatoes, trying
to coax a little redness into them just before Amanda gets into
sauce-making mode. If you've been suffering through the heat where you
are, hop in your car and drive up. To give you an idea how cool a summer
we've had, Moosehead Lake's water temp never got out of the 60s this year.
Trunk news - we've been finding some nice, original condition trunks
lately. Rather than refinish them, we've been selling them more or less
as-is, preservation of their historic nature and all that stuff. They're
on the site's For Sale page if you'd like to see:
We've had a number of requests for slightly heavier, thicker trunk
handles. Our common trunk handles are made of two layers of leather, but
we've now added an additional handle style (TH-03, secret code) that has
three layers of leather. Seven bucks a pair, shipping included. They're
shown over on our Parts page:
The trunk straps that we've been telling you about are being made right
now (the maker was waiting for the right buckles to arrive), so we should
have them in a week or two. These are turning out quite nicely, the edges
of the straps are being stained, the buckles have an antique brass finish.
I think you'll like them. We're still hoping to have them priced, with
shipping included, at a cost per pair well below what other places charge
for a single strap. Don't worry, you'll hear more about these when they
arrive. If you think that's something really, really worth looking
forward to, you need a vacation.
Speaking of vacations, we took ours to Tennessee/Georgia/North Carolina
just so we could join the long lines of cars driving through Smokey Mtn
National Park. What a crowd. Still, it's a beautiful area. We drove
down with the girls, did 720 miles the first day, which put us in
Virginia. If we can do that in our old junker there's no excuse for you
not visiting us in Maine. As far as we can tell it's the same distance
heading north as it is heading south.
Time to hit the road, heading up to Skowhegan today to an auction and to
do some work. Bear hunting season opens next week, another sure sign that
frost will be on the pumpkins before we know it. I saw that fisher run
across the door yard again last week, what a beautiful animal. He or she
has cost us a couple of cats and three bunnies in the last few years, but
also does a great job of keeping woodchucks out of the garden. That's
give-and-take, I guess.
Warmest Regards from Maine;
Stuck at the Keyboard