As many of you will know we are blessed with an array of fantastic old books and pamphlets describing all things pipe and pipe smoking. It always fascinates me how the mere act of smoking a pipe can be imbibed with so much lore, and the fact that this was recorded so minutely in days gone by. One of my favourite tomes dates from the mid sixties and was published in the USA, and whilst having a flick through I came across this great piece of memorable advice on when to smoke a pipe, under the Chapter entitled Pipe Etiquette…
“The subject of when to smoke has received scant attention – but understandably so, for a man generally smokes a pipe when he feels like doing so. But this early rhyme leaves little doubt that the pipe may be enjoyed from breakfast orange juice to bedtime nightcap:
A pipe at nine is always fine.
A puff at noon is none too soon.
A pipe at three the thing for me.
A pipe at seven an aroma to heaven.
A pipe at nine is half divine.
A pipe before slumber makes just the right number.“
So in summary this seems to suggest the more puffs the merrier! Enjoy…