We had two birthday parties today — Stan’s 70th (see last Sunday’s photo) and niece Emily’s 5th birthday celebration. Emily’s was held at the Louisville Equestrian Center, and all the kids got to ride horses as they were led around a large enclosed area. And they did the horsey version of a pinata, where the kids had to sift through a pile of hay to find wrapped candy hidden inside. The next activity involved hand painting an actual horse — literally. The kids dipped their hands into a tray of paint and were invited to walk over to a horse and leave their handprint on its flanks, legs and stomach. Before the kids got into the paint, I got a shot of the swirls of color in the tray, and then used a new app (the oddly named Kyoobik) to create this 60’s Flower-Power-esque image.
Tonight, June and I drove to Lexington, KY to see Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band. It was a bit of gamble as we hadn’t really heard his music before, but you know it was Hugh Laurie, and someone I’ve been aware of for some time (before his role on “House”) so I thought we’d give it a whirl. And even Hugh acknowledged as much. He began the concert by saying “I know you’ve all taken a huge leap of faith to be here,” and that music is a relatively new outlet for him. But he put on a really, really good show! I don’t think anyone would have come away disappointed. He played mostly New Orleans blues (think St James Infirmary and Swanee River) but put his own stamp on these classics. And he certainly benefited from having a tight group of musicians with him. (As he said at the beginning of the show, “Listen to them. Look at me..but listen to them!”) He was funny thoughout and engaged with the audience. All in all, well worth the price of admission and the hour-plus drive to get to Lexington. The theater was really hot on people pulling out their cameras, but I got a couple of quick shots at the end of the show. Hugh is the one in the purple shirt.
As I was putting the trash cans back behind the house (Wednesday’s are bin night here), I happened to look down at the spooled out hose reel and at a really quick glance I caught sight of another face in an inanimate object. This time I saw the makings of a gorilla’s face. Anyone else see it? Or am I just slowly cracking up?
Ahhh, so “Dark Romance” is the correct euphemism for this series of books!
As I go around the roundabout in the subdivision behind us, I’ve always been intrigued by how these two signs line up with each other as I make the turn. (Which just proves it doesn’t take much to amuse me or capture my attention!) Anyway, as I was taking the shot today, and looked at the silhouette combined with the “No Outlet” sign, it made me think of the lyrics of “Hotel California” — “You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave.” So I just went with that thought, as you can see.
A pretty straightforward shot today (well, except for the toned sky). But I thought the look worked well with the copper portico roof at Oxmoor Mall.
One of June’s master gardener buddies is busily readying his house and garden for a big birthday party next weekend, so June and I went over to his place this morning to help him distribute his truckload of pea gravel around a new garden area that he and June created.