Archive for August, 2018

FOUND: The London Landmarks Notebooks from Posh Totty

When I travel, I always have a notebook or two on hand to jot down notes about things I see and find that may end up as a post right here on Lost Cowboy. Now I have found the best excuse to make another visit to one of my favorite places on earth – the London Landmarks Notebooks I found from the fine folks at Posh Totty.

About the London Landmarks Notebooks from Posh Totty:

“Celebrate your love of the City of London with our beautifully hand-illustrated London Landmarks Notebook, featuring your choice of famous London landmark. Choose from four different gold foiled cover illustrations; Tower Bridge, Big Ben, London Bus or The London Eye, and choose from four stylish colours; teal, navy blue, pink or grey. Each London Landmarks Notebook is handmade to order and features a stylish matte laminated cover, with approx. 140 lined pages inside. A gorgeous gift for a London local or souvenier for a visitor.”

Find the London Landmarks Notebooks from Posh Totty here.

See all the great gift items from Posh Totty here.

FF: The Cat Notebook from the Detroit Card Co.

Meanwhile, the fine folks at the Detroit Card Co. have a great line of notebooks, like their Cat Notebook which I quite fancy (I like cats).

About the Detroit Card Co.:

“The Detroit Card Co. is a Michigan paper goods company making colorful, modern items to brighten your day, hand-drawn by Genna Cowsert. I believe in living creatively and finding what brings joy during our time on this beautiful, impermanent Earth, and I hope what makes me happy might make others happy as well. Thanks for stopping by!”

Find the Cat Notebook from Detroit Card Co. here.

Find the notebook collection from Detroit Card Co.here.

See all the great paper goods from the Detroit Card Co. here.

So I won’t be going on my traditional Cape Cod late summer vacation again this year for the second year in a row (I hope it does not become a thing) but thankfully I was able to get my fix with a few days on the Cape in July. And thankfully the fine folks at Smudge Ink can keep my Cape memories alive with their wonderful Cape Cod Map Print.

About the Cape Cod Map Print from Smudge Ink:

“From the Kennedy’s Hyannis retreat to the dunes of Provincetown, the Cape embodies the classic New England summer. Breathe in the salty air with a map of this iconic peninsula in ocean blues.”

Find the Cape Cod Map Print from Smudge Ink here.

See all the other fine prints and related product of Smudge Ink here.

The season may be winding down, but the farmers’ markets are still full of fresh, ripe, and delicious tomatoes and I for one say it is time to celebrate. Which is why I was drawn to Tomatomania! A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden and in the Kitchen by Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee.

About Tomatomania! A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden and in the Kitchen by Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee:

“Every spring, thousands of self-described ‘maniacs’ gather for a series of multi-day garden events for the largest tomato seedling sale in the nation: Tomatomania! CEOs and soccer moms, grandmothers and hipsters, hardcore gardeners and eager first-timers—folks from every walk of life unite to celebrate this energetic rite of spring and their shared love of tomatoes. In this practical and fun guide, Tomatomania! owner Scott Daigre provides a peek into his Ojai, California, tomato patch and details a “reality gardening” approach to growing the world’s favorite summer treat. Tomatomania! walks readers through every step of the tomato gardening process, from the earliest planning stages to those final satisfying kitchen table moments of the season. Including 20 simple yet unique recipes and numerous kitchen tips to get the most out of your tomato harvest, this comprehensive guide to growing and cooking with tomatoes will turn you, too, into a proud ‘maniac!”

Tomatomania by Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

When I was a little kid, some time back in the latter part of the last century, I had a clock radio with a flip clock – you know – the kind of clock that flips the numbers over like an old-school train schedule. I loved that clock and remember just watching it for hours as the minutes flipped by. That clock radio is long gone, but I can relive part of my childhood with this Flip Clock I found from the fine folks at Schoolhouse.

About the Flip Clock from Schoolhouse:

“A helpful analog reminder to put your phone down. Crafted by one of the world’s original flip clock manufacturers, in business since 1956, this expertly made timepiece features design detailing true to its mid century predecessors. The battery operated quartz German movement keeps precise time.”

Find the Flip Clock from Schoolhouse here.

See all the great home accents from Schoolhouse here.

I’ve posted about the great products form the fine folks from Moral Code before, and I am doing so again today because I love them so. Today I am featuring their Huxley Premium Leather Trunk – perfect for classy storage around the house or taking a trip old school – sans the roller bag.

About the Huxley Premium Leather Trunk from Moral Code:

“Add some storage panache and prestige to your home with the Huxley premium storage trunk. Available in two sizes, the Huxley is perfect for hiding away whatever needs hiding away. It’s sturdy, stylish, and crafted to perfection from naturally distressed brown leather for that authentic vintage look and features a buckle closure and interior pocket.”

Find the Huxley Premium Leather Trunk from Moral Code here.

Find all the classy products of Moral code here.

The big news from y garden this week is I have a nice crop of healthy eggplants coming in. It looks like this one (below) will be ready to harvest soon, and I have a half dozen or so others coming along. It was a slow week for tomatoes after my big haul last week, but tons of peppers are ready to harvest. Sad news, it is past peak for the basil, my biggest plants have all gone to seed.

Here is an organization after my own heart, the fine folks at Bikes Not Bombs use bicycles as a vehicle for social change and they need our support.

About Bikes Not Bombs:

“Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.We reclaim thousands of bicycles each year. We create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. Our programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation. Each year we collect roughly 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from our supporters around Greater Boston and New England. We ship most of these bikes overseas to economic development projects through our International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.”

Learn more about Bikes Not Bombs and how you can support them here.

FF: The Black Ceramic Flask from MGCO

I guarantee if you pull out the great Black Ceramic Flask I found from the fine folks at MGCO at your next tailgate party (or any appropriate event) you will be sure to be the envy of all those gathered.

About the Black Ceramic Flask from MGCO:

“The Ceramic Flask is a newly designed drinking flask designed for the casual picknic, bar top or mantle. Made with quarter-inch ceramic off-white slip cast and accented with 2 leather straps, brass stud and brass button.”

Find the Black Ceramic Flask from MGCO here.

See all the fine products from MGCO here.

FF: The Moto Black Flask from Izola

Meanwhile, more niche, but almost as cool, is the Moto Black Flask I found from the fine folks at Izola.

About the Moto Black Flask from Izola:

“A worthy reminder for your favorite enthusiast. Stay safe, ride longer. Coated stainless steel. Matte black. 6 oz.”

Find the Moto Black Flask from Izola here.

See all the great products form Izola here.

Just what every bike needs – an old-school basket perfect for little rides around town – like the Original Large Bicycle Basket I found from the fine folks at Peterboro Basket Co.

About the Original Large Bicycle Basket from Peterboro Basket Co:

“This popular basket has been hand-woven with our traditional size weave and is stained in our beautiful honey stain. With two adjustable leather straps on the back, it can be used for so much more than just a bicycle. It can also be attached to a wheelchair, walker or on the arm of a chair or a railing for easy access. This basket includes our Peterboro brass medallion and limited lifetime warranty.”

Find the Original Large Bicycle Basket from Peterboro Basket Co. here.

See all the fine baskets, bicycle and otherwise, from Peterboro Basket Co. here.

My favorite books these days are nonfiction accounts of crazy adventures that play out like a novel – in the way of truth is stranger than fiction. Such is the case with The Stowaway – A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro, which documents the incredible story of young man who stowed away on an expedition to the South Pole. Just the idea of this story boggles the mind and it is hooks you from the start.

About The Stowaway – A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro:

“The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? There wouldn’t be another encounter with an unknown this magnificent until Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon. Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning’s every stage. And then, the night before the expedition’s flagship set off, Billy Gawronski—a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business—jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard.”

Reading accounts like this make me wonder what kind of person I would have been in days of old. Could I ever take a risk as kid that leads to a crazy adventure? Probably not, but I am glad there were people who did so we can read about them all these years later.

The Stowaway – A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.