Today, the light

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Three views from the corner.

Trio one


Trio two


Trio three

The walk.



Mogli blends










Tree fire

Winter Solstice Solo 2019

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The solstice tradition continues in force. Thanks to all who came for the love, laughter, music, and joy.

Tiki lighting

Tiki lighting


Deck the bridge


Sophie prefers parties indoors, thanks..

Sophie prefers indoor parties, thanks.


The barn in party mode




More before


Sundown on the solstice

The lighting was as spectacular as ever.


Turn sun turn!






Meanwhile in the barn…Sophie takes a party nap.


Do not party like Sophie.




Solstice potluck disco center


Burn hot

Alec and the fiddle player


The solution to cold butts


2am coals

I know, lets do it again. See you at the summer solstice!

The Garden Winds Down

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The garden produced prolifically this year.  It was a great year for watermellon and corn.  Heck, even the squash lasted for several months before it was wiped out by the squash beetles.

Some of the last of the bounty is coming in now.

Pepper haul Sept


Jalapeño, habañero, hot banana, cayenne

Late September tomato

Pick a peck of peppers

The tomato plans and the peppers have lots more production to go before they peter out. Meanwhile, the corn and the sunflowers are done. So down they come.

Gleaned corn

Now you see it

Now you don’t

I will stand up the husks in a typical Fall display, probably tomorrow.

extra junk

Sunflowers down.

Beheadings galore

Now you see them

Now you don’t

Sunflower poles


Winter is coming.

Shadow play

Art in the Corner


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.


Mogli leads the way.

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


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)


Dirty hand is happy hand.



Exactly how i feel!  :)  

Walkin’ On Water!

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Yes, no holy man, but pretty damn cute. And risky!  Shenandoah is frozen fun.  No human i know would head out that far, naked!DSCF0887.jpgDSCF0886.jpg


Cautious, she is.


Dude!  Come on back.




He’s a Beauty.

Not everyone has that…Je ne sais quoi!


Burn Baby Burn: 2017 Winter Solstice Fire


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.


Boilo causes time warps



Turn sun turn

Thanks to all who came. An excellent iteration.

You Are The Sunshine……

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Mogli tends to Soupy Jr.


Soupy Junes plays coy


Sun shine



One way or Another..

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Mogli, single shot


Puck, single shot, close behind.


on return.


speedy sophie


pre-sprint chill

The 2016 Leukemia Cup is Yours! Team Tartan Sails Again


We’ve been sailing the Leukemia Cup for 8 years in a row now as Team Tartan and raising lots of money to fight blood cancer. We’re super pleased and proud to report that because of you, our 106 donors, the 2016 Leukemia Cup is yours!

Together we raised $59,729 this year. Just wow.

Team Tartan Takes the Cup

Team Tartan Takes the Cup

Extra special thanks is due to Phil Venables who donated an incredible $40,000 this year. Phil has been our major supporter for four years running and has a collection of red hats to prove it. Thanks Phil! You can sail with us anytime!

The Leukemia Cup Trophy

The Leukemia Cup Trophy

Many of our steady supporters were kind enough not only to donate again, but to raise their 2016 ante. Andy and Heather Steingrubl are a prime example. They doubled their donation this year to a whopping $2000. Everyone should emulate that behavior next year.

Kilts!  We Sail in Kilts!

Kilts! We Sail in Kilts!

Together as Team Tartan we’ve all raised $186,053.60 since 2012. Here’s how that stacks up as a bar chart.


We certainly love to break fundraising records, but we also like to win in the water as well. This year we took 3rd place in our class (non-spin)! So we’re back in the big league standings which is not bad for a bunch of sailors in kilts.


Here’s what Commodore Chris had to say about the 2016 race itself.

Team Tartan on the Water

Team Tartan on the Water

We sailed this year with one new crew member. Amy Barley took Eli’s place as Eli is off at college now. There were four of us on board, Chris captaining, Esther, Amy, and Gary grinding and acting as rail meat. And there was Stretch, our one-year-old rescue puppy mascot, who either scampered along the deck, tail wagging and jogging from sailor to sailor in search of dog treats or curled up in the jib sheet taking a nap between races.

Stretch the Team Tartan Mascot

Stretch the Team Tartan Mascot

With only moderate 5 knot winds and temperatures in the 90s, Team Tartan lumbered out to the start line for the 2016 Regatta in the weathered 25 foot Catalina Rebecca. It was hot, and a far cry from last year’s soggy race.

Race 1: Not Fast

Race 1: Not Fast

The first race was as tight as the winds were moderate. On the two mile “course D” we took around 40 minutes to pull in third across the finish line. We were only seconds behind our on-the-water nemesis Captain Bill. The general rule of thumb is if you beat Bill you can actually win the regatta. So we were feeling pretty good about race 1, but we knew we had to do better.

Race 2: Real Winds

Race 2: Real Winds

As the winds picked up well past 7 knots for race 2, the members of Team Tartan found their groove. Winds hit a day long maximum of 12 knots during the race, and creaky old Rebecca found enough uumpf to pull ahead of the fleet. Team members were straining hard on each tack keeping as much weight on the windward side to keep the boat’s keel under her. The tactic worked, and we won the bullet in race 2! Yep, we even bested Bill. Now things were going our way.

Team Tartan 2016

Team Tartan 2016

Sadly as the gun for race three sounded, the winds died down and so did our boat’s speed. Unbeknownst to us, as we traveled through the shallows, our keel and rudder snagged long green masses of hydrilla grass from bottom (something we only discovered after we limped across the line in 5th place). Race 3 was devastating to our overall ranking.

Pro Tip: Attack Grass Slows You Down

Pro Tip: Attack Grass Slows You Down

Attack grass and lame winds aside, as race scores were tallied in full, we won third place in the fleet! Go kilt sailors.

Commodore Chris Sails Team Tartan to 3rd Pace

Commodore Chris Sails Team Tartan to 3rd Pace

Team Tartan 2016

Team Tartan 2016

We celebrated with dark and stormies as we were reunited with Faith, Anna, Chris G, Gary Sr and Laura (the land bound part of Team Tartan) after sailing. During the race, Faith checked in visitors to the spectator boat, and Team Tartan members and supporters Gary Sr., Laura, Anna, Carly, Maggie, and kiddos all loaded up on a packed spectator boat to see the races.

There Be Pirates!

There Be Pirates!

Your Faithful Crew and a Bunch of Burgees

Your Faithful Crew and a Bunch of Burgees

BTW, donations are still being accepted for the 2016 Leukemia Cup. Want to put Team Tartan over $60K? We’re all for it! Donate here.

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