Good barbecue starts with a good rub and the fine folks at Buxton Hall BBQ know good barbecue. Lucky for us, Buxton Hall BBQ now offers a set of their signature rubs for ribs, chicken, and my favorite, turkey.

About the Buxton & Spicewalla Turkey Rub from Buxton Hall BBQ:

“Whether you’re smoking a turkey breast or roasting the whole bird, this rub will cover all of your poultry seasoning needs. The mildly sweet flavors of fennel seed, along with Spicewalla’s Herbs de Provence, are complemented by a spicy kick of black pepper and make this rub a must-have for turkey, chicken, or pork loin.”

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The fine folks at Homesick have a great line of evocative scent candles to put you in the mood of all manner of times and places. As we enter autumn and move inside, of course Homesick have a great collection of their Fall Favorites, like the perfect-for-the-season Pumpkin Picking Candle.

About the Pumpkin Picking Candle from Homesick:

“Vibrant leaves welcoming hayrides and the search for the perfect pumpkin. A cool fall day with hot apple cider and pumpkin spice.”

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Another book from my boyhood I revisited this summer is Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes. Growing up in New England around the time of our nation’s Bicentennial celebration I was obsessed with the American Revolution. This novel, which put a young boy in the middle of the action in the early days of the Revolution, was the perfect read at the time. Now, as an adult, I read Johnny Tremain with a different lens and found it as intriguing and entertaining as I did as a youth. Well worth the time for anyone interest in historical fiction – especially when written as a reflection of mid-century America.

About Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes:

“Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse-boy, riding for the patriotic newspaper The Boston Observer and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events of the American Revolution, from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington.”

Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

My nana used to always say “your belt is only as good as the buckle.” Which is to say you need a good buckle to keep your belt in place. But a belt buckle is also a good way to add some flare to your outfit. Which is why I love the buckles from the fine folks at Hook N Hide – like their English Pointer Buckle.

About the English Pointer Buckle from Hook N Hide:

“Each buckle is handmade from Tumbaga, a blend of silver, gold, and brass. All designs are branded with our HNH signature to ensure origin and numerical lineage. Due to the handmade nature of this product, slight variations will occur. Over time each buckle captures a unique colorful patina emulating the incredible details of this iconic dog.”

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It is still technically summer, but fall is definitely in the air and I can’t think of any better way of extending the outdoor season than with a nice fire. Fire pits have been growing in popularity in recent times and there are plenty of options for your outdoor fires. However, I am making the case for investing in a high quality fire option that will last you for years. The best I have found are the fire kettles from the fine folks at Sea Island Forge – like their 30-Gallon Fire Kettle, Stand & Boot Rail.

About the 30-Gallon Fire Kettle, Stand & Boot Rail from Sea Island Forge:

“Gathered around a fire with friends and family… this is where time slows down and memories are made. No matter the occasion or the season, the SIF Fire Kettle provides the perfect blend of feet-up relaxation and open fire cooking. This Kettle suits backyards big and small with Boot Rail space for 8-10 pairs of boots, sneakers, even flip-flops. Add our cooking accessories and it becomes a full-scale culinary experience.”

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As many long-time Lost Cowboy fans know, I have posted many photos of Mount Chocorua in New Hampshire over the years. The sight of the mountain across its namesake lake as seen from the bridge in Tamworth, NH is my favorite view in the world. Well, I have been unable to visit since 2019 and am really missing it. The other day when I posted about artist Hanna Lucy (a New Hampshire artist whose work includes a great image of Chocurua) I was overcome with a wave of homesickness and went online to see images of this great view and found this one which warmed my heart and help sooth my mood.

If I ever leave my house again and am fortunate enough to be invited to some cool event I am going all in on the bow tie. Not just any bow tie, I will choose cool ones like the bow ties I found from the fine folks at Larkin Lane – like their Wheaton Bow Tie.

About the Wheaton Bow Tie from Larkin Lane:

“Gorgeous silk ikat meets the classic bow tie! Inspired by the bright bow ties at Nashville’s Steeplechase, Lark designed the first Larkin Lane bow tie for her husband. Using authentic ikat from Uzbekistan, our bow ties are handcrafted right here in the US! The Larkin Lane bow tie is a traditional self-tying bow tie. However, with our special design, once tied, it can be unhooked in the back and removed, thus preserving the bow for future wear. Ideal for both the bow tie connoisseur and novice!”

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We are at the time of year when my seasonal vegetable garden is yielding all manner of good stuff every day. Today I had this great yield (below). I have some nice cucumbers and tons of tomatoes ripening – which I plan to make a nice cucumber salsa. I can spice it up with the many peppers which have ripened. In addition, I have the small eggplants which have been coming in all season and still tons of nice fresh basil.

I am a little behind posting about the books I read over the summer and will be catching up in the coming weeks. Up first is a classic I set a goal to read over the summer – David Copperfield by the great Charles Dickens. I am a big Dickens fan but had not read David Copperfield for many years, and even when I did, I read an abridged version back in school. So I wanted to dive into the full text and relive the tale of Dickens’ greatest protagonists. And boy, I am glad I did. It was a commitment and it took a little time to get into the rhythm of the narrative, but it is clear why David Copperfield is heralded as a classic and among Dickens’ best. Originally written in serial form, you can easily pace out the reading chapter by chapter and pick it up days later and dive right back in. I have to say the experience of revisiting this classic was like spending time with an old friend.

About David Copperfield by Charles Dickens:

“Dickens wrote of David Copperfield: ‘Of all my books I like this the best’. Millions of readers in almost every language on earth have subsequently come to share the author’s own enthusiasm for this greatly loved classic, possibly because of its autobiographical form. Following the life of David through many sufferings and great adversity, the reader will also find many light-hearted moments in the company of a host of English fiction’s greatest stars including Mr Micawber, Traddles, Uriah Heep, Creakle, Betsy Trotwood, and the Peggoty family.”

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens is in the public domain and can be found just about anywhere, including a newly released version available from the fine folks at Amazon,

I love the work of New Hampshire-based artist Hanna Lucy – not just because I love the colors and the style, but her art is mostly of the landscapes I love from my homeland – the glorious Mount Washington region of the great state of New Hampshire. I first spotted Ms. Lucy’s work when I found her piece depicting my favorite spot on earth – the great Mt. Chocorua (below). When I saw this I fell in love with it and looked up the artist and fell in love with all of her work.

About Hanna Lucy:

“I’m Hanna Lucy, an artist based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I’m an avid gardener, backcountry skier, mountain biker, and climber. Outdoor adventure and creative pursuits have given my life meaning. I am drawn to spaces where I can explore my edges, forge meaningful relationships, and find wonderment. I create art to express the overwhelming beauty and sense of belonging I find in the natural world.”

Visit Hanna Lucy online and see her work.

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