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Moonshine the Puppy (2-10 months)

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Moonshine the puppy is now 90+ pounds and is not even a year old yet.  He is growing up fast.

Here he is on his first day home.

And on the beach in mid-October.  Still a gangly adolescent, but a big one!

Now we’ll go back in time…

 

The Stick (Fall 2021)

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Sunset and Moonshine (by Romey)

Who knew that installing a new washer/dryer combo thing could be so fun?  That’s the nature of the Stick, I suppose.  Now that I properly own it again, the time has come to spruce it up (a constant battle in the elements provided by the nearby Atlantic).  We also fixed the ridiculously installed electricity, added some lights in the kitchen and over the bar, and installed a beautiful shelf in the bathroom.

Special thanks to Mr Skaggs for the help, as always above and beyond the call of duty.  Anyway, here’s how all that unfolded over two visits

Moonshine and Rosie demonstrate how it feels to arrive at the Stick.

 

Mike learned about pickapeppa on cream cheese.  A serious YUM.

 

The ocean is great when you are under one

 

Look at that professional grade piping!

 

The new shelf

 

Kitchen lighting. Now there is no excuse for not properly cleaning the kitchen.

 

The bar lights

 

Claudio and his family are going to do some major work next year. But first they need to see what they are getting into.

A second trip down with the Shepardsons and Romey was required to install the W/D (on order for several weeks).

 

Installing this thing required taking the entire closet apart, cleaning out 25 year worth of dryer lint, and putting it all back together (without improving the design one tad…LOL).  Gotta say that drying sheets and towels is a thing.

How you feel after several days of partying at the Stick

 

 

 

Moonshine demonstrates what it feels like to leave the Stick.

Post Covid Summer Solstice 2021

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Well, some things happened.  My life situation was utterly rebooted.  There was a pandemic.  Two solstice parties went by in miniature.  There was no blogging.  That kind of thing.

 

But we remember how to get back on the horse!  Yes we do.  So get up there and ride.

Solstice Fire Summer 2021

One of the secret traditions of the summer solstice has always been the Lisa Messerhead inspired salmon feast (implemented by Aubrey).  Of course that happened.

The salmon spread

Yum

But that was soon a memory, and the party began into the green and cicadas.


Soon the tables were full of great food, the keg was tapped, people played in the Shenandoah, and the party found itself in full swing.

Just like old times.  Except everyone in attendance was vaccinated against Covid-19.  The few friends who were not vaccinated were not allowed to come (though we still love them).  At this point in the global pandemic if you’re in the United States and you’re not vaccinated you are a pox on the public.  Don’t be an asshole. We’ll hold off on the usual herd of kids until they are no longer vectors, etc.

Anyway, the food was super delicious. And there was lots of it.

Home made by Ale and Eli

 

People gonna eat up

 

The imposter dog!

 

Yes, we’re having fun

Just before the lighting, Jackie, Eli, and Ale read some poetry focused on black identity in honor of Juneteenth.

Jackie reads a poem or two

And then it was time!  The bonfire was lit!

2021 Summer Solstice Fire

 

Mr prepared guy serves as a fire mirror

 

 

Romey attends her first actual size solstice

 

The people

Of course there was music.  It went on all night and even when the rain started in slow around 11:30.  But then a DELUGE.

The progeny carried one of the tents over the music pod as we shifted inside.  The last embers of the party extinguished around 4:30.

Thanks to all who came.

Remember the before times, but carry on!

Today, the light

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Three views from the corner.

Trio one

 

Trio two

 

Trio three

The walk.

 

 

Mogli blends

 

Shenandoah

 

 

 

Light

 

 

 

Tree fire

Team Tartan Takes the Cup: Leukemia Cup Regatta 2019 is YOURS

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Ten years of sailing the Leukemia Cup was crowned by another fundraising win thanks to you. We’re super pleased to announce that our final fundraising total (in our first “post baby” race) is $74,829 (a mere $171 from $75,000). That means the Leukemia Cup is Yours! A huge thanks to all of our 90+ donors.

Team Tartan Takes the Leukemia Cup 2019

Extra special red hat thanks goes to our stalwart supporter Phil Venables who donated an incredible $50,000 this year.

The Team Dog Joins in Celebration

Burgees

Team Tartan before the day

The morning started early as it always does in a regatta. On the water, our rusty sailing took over and we were clobbered in every race. Remind us that when your co-captains have a baby, they spend much more time changing diapers than sailing!

Sailing the Leukemia Cup

Team Tartan on the Water

But boy did we have fun.

Morning prep to sail in kilts

Secret weapon Stretch

Thanks from Team Tartan

Team Tartan has raised $366,066.61 since 2012! Thank you for your support and for helping us fight blood cancer.

Ancient Mariner in a Kilt

Art in the Corner

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Art in the Corner

Ever since we moved to this property in 2002, I have wanted to use one of the old rusted farm implements as an art piece. 17 years later, here is the piece pretty much exactly how I imagined it. The rock slab is a 2500 pound bluestone slab from Pennsylvania. Getting that properly staged was a thing, but it all went surprisingly smoothly.

Mogli is suspicious of this art idea

Busting Ice and Bothering Geese!

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With age does not always wisdom come. But, fun it was! We had a crazy-cold week that froze the river, and now a crazy-warm day to test out the water.  Nice.

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Mogli leads the way.

The mic on my phone was broken, but just imaging the sound of crunching ice.

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Time for a break.

Here, imagine geese honking their displeasure! and ice popping as it melts. Hit ‘play’ and it is not upside down.

Sweet Mogli has captured a hunk of ice to take home! (Video is correct when plays)

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Dirty hand is happy hand.

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Exactly how i feel!  :)  

Burn Baby Burn: 2017 Winter Solstice Fire

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Cerbe meets mogli before dark

Music. Great food. Huge fire. Friends. Boilo. What more could you want?

Early birds get to see the lighting

Mmmmmm. Beer.

The lighting

Put it in perspective: 100 feet of flame.

This year the fairy ring of osage oranges turned into a warning line for fire spread. We had to get water buckets and a hose out for the first time ever.

The fire spreads

View from the field

The two (or three) pods making up the solstice party are always a good mix. Food and cheesy Christmas music in the barn. Fire and live music in the field. This year some of the real music moved into the barn during a brief rain.

Lights

Boilo causes time warps

Marco

Boilo

Turn sun turn

Thanks to all who came. An excellent iteration.

You Are The Sunshine……

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Mogli

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Sunshine

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Mogli tends to Soupy Jr.

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Soupy Junes plays coy

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Sun shine

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Success

One way or Another..

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Mogli, single shot

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Puck, single shot, close behind.

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on return.

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speedy sophie

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pre-sprint chill

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