Below are images of Ruby’s third, fourth and fifth birthday cakes. All of them homemade from scratch by Erin and decorated by Claude. It has become a “thing” for Erin and me to get totally into the process of a) chatting with Ruby before her birthday to see what kind of cake she wants, b) scheming about how we might accomplish her wishes, c) baking the cake – Erin is the point person on that, and d) decorating the cake – I’m the point person on that. We make a good team and we can’t wait to see what challenge she comes up with for her sixth birthday. Here’s a collection of photos of her third, fourth and fifth birthday cakes followed by a July portrait of Ruby. She wasn’t much into making cake decisions when she was one and two.
Matt Weir has been hard at work installing Earth Measure at Bernheim over the past several months. The work is a landscape scale collection of mostly geometric elements inspired by the life work of Barry Bingham Jr. who was involved in media, newspapers, photography and nature. That’s a short list. Before Barry’s death in April of 2006 he was a trustee of Bernheim. Matt’s sculpture is a tribute to Barry funded by an anonymous donor. For me, the project has afforded an opportunity to witness the creation of what will be a monument that will last far beyond anyone currently involved in the project. Perhaps one day these pictures and the the stories they tell will be an important reminder of the beginnings. For now, it’s a rare opportunity to be a fly-on-the-wall as stone is added and then chipped away. The grassy lawn in the middle of the piece will make a great place for a party one day soon. Since I’ve got keys perhaps there will be a late night shindig there sometime soon.
Ruby wanted “orange poles” for her birthday. We had no idea what she was talking about and she kept saying, “you know…those orange pole things.” Later, driving down the road she pointed out traffic cones and said “like those orange poles.” So for her birthday she got a lot of them from various family members. Now we are waiting to see what she wants to do with them. Here’s a few pics from the day.
Happy birthday We the People. Our day was low key but quite fun. It rained all day so we made forts, created a witch costume (still not sure where that came from) ate gooseberries, had a cookout at the family home, watched the evening primrose burst open at just after 9:00 p.m. and then rode through Cherokee Park on the way home where we encountered a small group of teens shooting off about $30 worth of cheap fireworks. That is the perfect scale fireworks show for my tastes. And it’s fun to watch a gang of teens coordinate the simultaneous launch of two roman candles and three star bursts. Cheers yall.