"liberty cuffs" back in the day. Inside the cuffs of Navy Dress Blue Jumper. The idea was when you were on the beach you would unbutton your cuffs and turn these out so everyone could see them. Jumpers were also custom fitted with side zippers so they could be worn tighter than issue. Although I was issued a set during the Navy’s many uniform changes, I made Chief shortly thereafter.
HMS HOWE, Flagship of the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, passing through the Suez Canal on her way to join the British Pacific Fleet. In the foreground is an Egyptian felucca. 14 July 1944 (IWM)
camouflage was used by the British, not so much by the U.S. Navy, to my knowledge.
Sunday morning. The sound of rain falling outside mixes with Corelli’s famed concerto grosso and I am enjoying my second cup of tea. Indeed, this is God’s day. Even the dogs are at peace, laying quietly beside me instead of their usual early morning excitement amidst chasing squirrels that they never can catch.
When I consider the few portions of my daily life over which I have complete mastery, how at odds they are with the modern world. I am quite sure that I’d become a recluse if I were of independent means or, should industry overtake my idleness, convince others of like mind to establish a village with me in some remote county of the South. A hamlet that purposely leaves out modern infrastructure and convenience in favor of craftsmanship and the work of one’s hands. Utopian dreaming? I suppose it is, but what harm is there in it? None, and perhaps, quite possibly, some small good may result from my sharing this Sunday morning’s thoughts with you.
Time to finish my tea and get ready for Church. God bless you.
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