Keeping my pipes and tobacco means I am restricted to only smoking on the weekends. That, unfortunately, does not keep me from this thread. I have determined that I need a new pipe... especially as I plan to have my rotation sent off to be reamed and cleaned.
Took advantage of the sale at Tobacco pipes today to buy some C&D blends to see if I can find some I like other than Dreams of Kadath and Star of the East. Bought a tin of Burley 1 and 3, Black Frigate, Opening Night, Pirate Kake and Redburn. Added a tin of Dan Tobacco Roper's Roundels, the name alone makes it worth a try. I think pirate Kake and Opening Night have the best chance.
I bought one of the pipes posted by @ShilohHollow , the Old England pot, and it came yesterday. I had the feeling that it would come, so I was waiting for the mail before going out to smoke. About noon, I decided that I should go ahead and load up a bowl. Then, just as anyone reading this is surely expecting... Like 20 minutes into my bowl, my wife comes out to the garden with a box. There's no better way of making something happen than that...
No problems, though. Finished a lovely bowl of Irish Flake while I looked at and checked out my new-to-me pipe. POIDH, so...
And a pipe-in-hand pic...
It's a really nice pipe. Looking forward to a bowl of Pegasus in it later this morning. If it smokes half as good as it looks or feels in my hand, I'll be thrilled. Thank you again, @ShilohHollow .
Received my SP package today. Some Pegasus and this absolutely beautiful Vauen Partially Sandblasted Acorn (0529) pipe. Here is the pic. LOVE THIS PIPE!! Not into the new Pegasus warning label on the bags though.
Gifts and trade stuff: 4 ounces of Art's Virginia, 2 ounces of aged Bald Headed Teacher, an EM 2004 Stanwell sandblasted billiard, an unsmoked 1980s straight White Pipe bulldog (my second one), an unsmoked 1980s SMS Turk's head smoking a pipe meer with paneled sides which is signed by carver John Boglon, a tin of 2003 Christmas Cheer, 2 tins of the last edition of Carolina Red Flake, and a couple secret, really cool gifts that I'll pass on to friends as asked.
Tried the smokingpipes estate credit deal but was beat out to the pipe I wanted before credit was applied. Enjoy that spigot whoever you were, jerk. Did however find another pipe I've been watching for, much cheaper, house money anyway, so I grabbed another pound of HH Burley Flake and Sutliff Match RR to accompany. Hope they get another spigot in but this works for me.
Just got home from the hospital and there was a couple of packages waiting for me.
An order from Watch city containing 8oz of Deluxe Crumble Cut and 8oz of Nor-easter
Then a second package from Blue Room Briars arrived containing a Nate King estate pipe.