Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Solstice

Today the three older kids and I got up before daybreak (at 4 a.m.) and drove up to the pass near us. From there we watched the sky lighten in the east. To the west the snowcapped mountains turned pink and then orange as they gradually received sunlight. The mist on the lake at the pass swirled and vapourized.

We came back home by about 5 a.m. and had a breakfast of hot cocao, sunny orange fruit punch, toast and eggs ... sunny side up, of course. :-D

After a long lazy morning punctuated by Second Breakfast, we headed down to the beach. There we created the sun-themed, Andy-Goldsworthy-inspired natural installation pictured above.

The kids' big communal Playmobil order arrived this afternoon so they happily played all afternoon. Tonight we had grandma up for a late dessert just around dusk ... the sunny round yellow cheesecake we made yesterday.

It's 9:15 pm and I'm going to try to chase them off to bed soon. It's been a long but very fun day.

2 comments:

  1. The sculpture looks great! How did you get everything to stay together?

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  2. Hi Kelly -- friction, really. We started with four or five strong uprights, pushed into the gravel, and then wove some vaguely horizontal sticks between the verticals -- just an under-over-under-over sort of thing. This part actually ended up surprisingly rigid. And then we added more bits to disrupt the appearance of a grid, and to draw attention to the circle implied in the centre. Wow... only three more months until summer solstice again. I wonder what we'll do this year.

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