After trips to Ace Hardware and Douglas and Sturgess Sculpture supply, I feel today is the day to get the structure covered in wire in preparation to get a fiberglass coating on the bird and then on to the mosaic. But the chicken wire is awkward and man, can it dig into your skin. I don my gardening gloves and work all morning, but progress is slow. My blowing partner Patty comes over in the afternoon to lend a hand (thank goodness), but Barry gets news about having to work on Wednesday so we have to switch the big installation day to Monday (that's tomorrow). Eeek! I put Patty on painting the tops of the grapes that I still need to finish and Barry and I start to load the van with all of the pots, mounds and boxes of glass; brushing by the peacock structure on our patio as we go... Eventually, Barry leaves to watch the Warriors over dinner with our friends on Alameda, and Patty and I get to work on the peacock. We get half the bird covered - but my dreams of accomplishing the fiber-glass skin any time soon are thwarted. At dusk, I too feel the call of the Warriors, so Patty and I knock off for the day and I get to see our beloved Dubs (taped) womp Houston with a 40-point lead! As for the peacock, there's always another day (but just 11 days to the Filoli opening... yikes!)
Kim is a glassblower, gardener and choral singer. She is a Canadian transplant, living happily in Oakland, CA with her husband Barry Stone.