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Hot Summer Doldrums at the Stick

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Sometimes the doldrums strike even at the Stick.  Intensely hot. No wind.  The Stick is usually a place of respite with crosswinds blowing through the house, but we up and left when it was just too hot.  This is likely to be more common as climate change unfolds.  That is, until the Stick is eaten by the Atlantic ocean.

We flew the usual flags.

In any case, we dragged a bunch of stuff down from the cabin.  So that was accomplished.

Which also means we got to get rid of some stuff.  UHaul at the dump!

All gone.

The dogs had fun when they were not completely overheated.  Maybe loves the beach.

Check out the baby puppy Maybeline in the water!

Life is but a bowl of dog food.

Oh yeah, there were cocktails too! Served up on the new bar.

Dark and Stormy

Gin and Tonic

Colt’s Neck

Of course, more dogs in the ocean.  Which sometimes means the baby has to be dried off.

One of my very favorite views.  We will, of course, be back.  Two visits slated for the Fall.

Dogs at Play: Ocean Isle

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The Stick with two dogs!  Including the new puppy Maybeline and Moonshine (who has already been to the beach this year).

Digging in the morning!

The sand and the ocean sans leash.

Where’s Aubrey Recording in Wilmington

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All work and no music makes gem a dull boy.  So we fixed that.  Music refactoring at the Stick followed by recording in Wilmington.  Here are some highlights.

Where’s Aubrey was joined by the incredible Charles Arthur in the studio.

And yes, we started at the Stick (on Ocean Isle Beach) where we practiced.  Our schedule was tight, and sleep is for the weak.  But first things first.  Since Rhine flew into ILM, we set up an impromptu rendezvous with Adrian and Julie.  Dinner was excellent, and Moonshine made a fast friend of Ralph.

We ended up at the Symphony with those fine people come Saturday.

Practice on the porch.

Industry sour with the last bottle of Green Chartreuse in NC.

Moonshine got in some fine music time.

The Wilmington Symphony played Shostakovich 5.

Moonshine, meanwhile, destroyed the screen door.

Turns out I found a musical sibling (same teacher, Linda Case, as Suzuki kids).

The bassist from NY.  Hella talent.

NC sippy cups for the concert.   LOL.

The after party was a blast.  But then it was time for even more work.

Each night before a recording session we crammed on the music.

There was also some beach time.  Moonshine was a hit at doggie day care.

Studio day one.

Hope in time for sunset and breakfast for dinner.

 

More cramming.  And more studio time.

Followed by more beach and more cramming.  We were very efficient, but the work was intense.

Studio day three (the last).

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And then it was time to get into the Liberals.

All in all a great experience.  We bonded as musicians and friends.

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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.

New Art at the Stick, Rainbows, and Sandcastles

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Merman by Neil Stavley

Merman by Neil Stavley

Mermaid by Neil Stavley

Mermaid by Neil Stavley

At the Stick on the porch

At the Stick on the porch

Rainbow dead ahead

Rainbow dead ahead

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Building

Building

Supervisor's umbrella

Supervisor’s umbrella

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Unbuilding

Unbuilding

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Great Advice

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[imagine this posting accompanied by Rachmaninov’s etudes-tableaux op 39, no 2 in A minor, a winter fire in the kitchen, and some roses]

Dear Winslow,

You are correct. I’m pretty sure we should deliver this now.

Thank you.

Untitled but obvious by Winslow McCagg

Untitled but obvious by Winslow McCagg

Yes.

Yes.

The dogs are on it!

Here they come Stick!

The front yard at the Stick

The front yard at the Stick

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April Claggett: Art in Dublin (NH that is)

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April Claggett‘s art is well represented here at apothecaryshed, both on our walls and as a set of artifacts for the Bitter Liberals. April has been pouring more energy into her art now that both of her boys are either in college or through college. Empty nest or open sky, you decide!

April is planning to get an MFA in painting soon (starting this Fall) and we’re interested to see how her painting evolves. A recent show at the Dublin, NH Community center makes a great “before” study.

Lots of paintings in the “before” category

April Claggett paints history

April Claggett paints history

The bathers troika

The bathers troika

A slice of the bathers

A slice of the bathers

Admiring April's art

Admiring April’s art

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

Each painting and set of paintings had lots of 'splainin'.

Each painting and set of paintings had lots of ‘splainin’.

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

The shells were and the bowls were painted at the Stick

April the observer observes the observers

April the observer observes the observers

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We’ll pick up the stitch pre-art school, if not before.